REGULAR MEETING MINUTES | April 12, 2023
Updated: Apr 26
April 12, 2023
ACKLEY CITY COUNCIL met in regular session April 12, 2023 in the Ackley Council Chambers with Mayor Michael Nuss presiding. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Council members present: Joe Wessels, Mike Abbas, Judy Crawford, Dan Scallon, and Chuy Flores. Quorum present.
Crawford moved, Abbas seconded to approve the April 12, 2023 agenda, as listed. Ayes-all. Motion carried.
Scallon moved, Flores seconded, to approve the Consent Agenda by one motion: a) March 8, 2023 Regular Minutes, as written. b) Bills approval, as listed. c) Place Reports on file: March 2023 Clerk Bank Reconciliation/Cash Report/Treasurer; March 2023 Clerk Budget; March 2023 Deputy Clerk Utility Billing Reconciliation; March 2023 Ambulance; March 2023 Fire; February 2023 PeopleService; March 2023 Ackley Development Commission, 1st Quarter 2023 Investment; 1st Quarter 2023 Ackley Public Library Investment; 1st Quarter 2023 Deputy Clerk Ambulance Write Off; 1st Quarter 2023 Prairie Bridges/Park Fest; and 1st Quarter Airport Board of Trustees. Ayes-all. Motion carried.
At Mayor Nuss’ discretion, Nuss moved item #8 Ambulance Merger to be placed before item #5 Dumont Telephone fiber optic project.
The Mayor informed council of their options regarding the previous action made during the February meeting regarding the AVAS proposed merger with Eldora EMS. Nuss requested Council members present their alternative plan if Council would decide to rescind the previous vote. Abbas moved, Wessels seconded to rescind the previous action of the merger. Ayes-Abbas, Flores, Wessels. Nays-Crawford, Scallon. Motion carried.
Further discussion regarding the AVAS merger. Carey Morton Callaway from the Eldora City Council addressed council with clarification, information, and inquired as to what any other provider was proposing as Eldora would like an opportunity to counter propose any offer. M. Carter from Eldora EMS addressed council with the areas that her service is covering as all small communities are struggling with getting staff. Amber Gronewold, on behalf of the Ackley Pool Manager, voiced concerns with having no ambulance service for Ackley and having 15- and 16-year-old life guards try and save lives is a huge burden on them with no service in town. Jesse Gardner, Ackley resident and AVAS crew member, inquired as to out of town crew members versus in town crews. Jill Janssen, whom lives in the AVAS service area, addressed council with concerns of coverage with her parents getting elderly and wanting to make sure they would get the coverage they need. Ann Schriever, Ackley resident, voiced her concern and support of the Eldora merger. Dale Brass, Ackley resident, informed Council that the community needed to have an ambulance service in town, as well as, informed Council that the Lion’s Building was no longer an option for the Ambulance as the Lion’s Club needed to be able to address their own club business. Joan Frazier, Ambulance President, shared concerns knowing it was not an easy decision. Abbas addressed C. Calloway assuming Ackley goes forth with the merger, when would Ackley be guaranteed coverage here in Ackley? Carter and Calloway both responded with the timelines of Phase I and Phase II of the merger. Carter will be spending at least a 12-hour shift twice a week. Chuy Flores voiced concerns about the risk the City of Ackley would be taking with the merger. Dan Scallon voiced concerns of the risk the City of Ackley is taking by not merging and not currently having a service that is sustainable. Wages and on-call pay was discussed. Nuss strongly encouraged a motion for the merger as there were no other proposals/options presented. Crawford moved, Scallon seconded to continue on with the Eldora EMS Merger. Roll call vote: Ayes-Scallon, Crawford. Nays-Abbas, Flores, Wessels. Motion failed.
Clerk Dennis informed Council regarding the Dumont Telephone/Huntel Engineering fiber optic project. Dennis provided council with the city ordinance regarding right of way permits and fees. Huntel was inquiring as to the right of way permit and fees and if “pot holes” were considered a ROW dig. L. Gallentine has not considered those as excavations. Item will be on May’s agenda.
Teresa Keninger from the AGWSR shared concerns with Clerk Dennis about the lack of sidewalks on Butler St. from the Ackley Housing complexes to the school. At one time, the City had been awarded a “Safe Routes to School” grant but was unable to commit their financial part of the grant requirements. Gallentine will look to see if this type of grant is still available and give the council a rough estimate of cost. Council instructed Dennis to update Keninger with no definitive commitment but the City will look at it.
Abbas moved, Flores seconded to post job posting for the Pool lifeguards to Facebook, webpage, school. Ayes-all. Motion carried.
Crawford moved, Flores seconded to approve 605 Main Street CDBG-CV Façade Grant Change Order #3. Ayes-all. Motion carried.
Abbas moved, Scallon seconded to approve the proposed contractor violation letter regarding turning on/off curb valves. Ayes-all. Motion carried.
Abbas moved, Scallon seconded to open the public hearing for proposed ordinance No. 521 amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ackey regarding the Regulation of Off-Road Utility Vehicles at 8:21 pm. Ayes-all. Motion carried.
No written or oral comments/concerns/objections were given or shared.
Wessels moved, Flores seconded to close the public hearing for proposed ordinance No. 521 amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ackey regarding the Regulation of Off-Road Utility Vehicles at 8:22 pm. Ayes-all. Motion carried.
Scallon moved, Flores seconded to approve the first reading of the proposed Ordinance No. 521 amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ackey regarding the Regulation of Off-Road Utility Vehicles. Roll call vote: Ayes-Abbas, Crawford, Scallon, Flores, Wessels. Motion carried.
Scallon moved, Wessels seconded to waive the second and third readings of the proposed Ordinance No. 521 amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ackey regarding the Regulation of Off-Road Utility Vehicles. Roll call vote: Ayes- Crawford, Scallon, Flores, Wessels, Abbas. Motion carried.
Scallon moved, Wessels seconded to adopt said proposed Ordinance No. 521 amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ackey regarding the Regulation of Off-Road Utility Vehicles. Roll call vote: Ayes-Scallon, Flores, Wessels, Abbas, Crawford. Motion carried.
Scallon moved, Flores seconded to approve Beer/Liquor License for Friends of Prairie Bridges and the Ackley Chamber of Commerce pending dram shop insurance. Ayes-All. Motion carried.
Scallon moved, Crawford seconded to pass Resolution 23-13 Authorizing Mayor entering into a 5-year sanitary sewer maintenance contract with CIT Sewer Solution. Roll call vote: Ayes-Scallon, Flores, Wessels, Abbas, Crawford. Motion carried.
Wessels moved, Abbas seconded to pass Resolution 23-14 Designating certain streets for use of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and off-road utility vehicles. Roll call vote: Ayes-Flores, Wessels, Abbas, Crawford, Scallon. Motion carried.
Wessels moved, Flores seconded to pass Resolution 23-15 Hiring Amber Gronewold as pool manager and setting wages for the employees of the pool for the 2023 season. Roll call vote: Ayes- Wessels, Abbas, Crawford, Scallon, Flores. Motion carried.
Abbas moved, Scallon seconded to pass Resolution 23-16 Temporarily closing certain streets for the 2023 Sauerkraut Days. Roll call vote: Ayes-Abbas, Crawford, Scallon, Flores, Wessels. Motion carried.
Wessels moved, Scallon seconded to approve purchase to Mort’s Water in the amount of $2,678.78. for the sanitary sewer main repair at 405 Sherman Ave. Ayes-all. Motion carried.
L. Gallentine, from CGA, updated council on Sanitary Sewer Phase II and EQ basin projects. Contractor has been working on Splash pad, with a completion date of Memorial Day. Abbas moved, Scallon seconded to approve change order #2 for N. Butler St project for a reduction amount of $8,397.86. Ayes-all. Motion carried. City of Ackley was awarded a grant in the amount of $400,000 on the estimated projected cost of $600,000 for full reconstruction on Franklin St. north of the railroad tracks to Sherman Ave. The City would need to pay $200,000 of project for FY25.
Chief Frick presented an updated patch design. Frick will phase out old patch design and replace with new. Wessels moved, Scallon seconded to approve patch design. Ayes-all. Motion carried. The established date will be added to the new patch design. Frick updated council on 3 potential officers, 2 have passed the test. Frick to schedule time for interviews and inform Flores, Crawford, and Nuss of the available times.
K. Meyer, public works, reported storm sewer manhole on Hwy 57/Franklin St will be replaced next week, street sweeping is about done, repaired a storm sewer on 4th Ave/Mitchell St., and cleaned out the creek culverts.
Clerk Dennis reported Bagley’s claim has been paid by PeopleService insurance carrier, update on loan forgiveness for Phase II, legislature changes regarding open meeting laws, deputy clerk’s last day, upcoming conference and vacation days and having to close City Hall.
During council comments, Crawford is requesting 3 alternatives for the future of the ambulance service from the nay voters of the ambulance merger. Mayor Nuss reminded council of the special meeting on April 19, 2023.
Gary Hemphill spoke to council regarding the loss of the grocery store and now the ambulance service, 2 of the reasons he relocated to the City of Ackley. Dale Brass inquired as to the function of the outside lights on the sidewalk.
Crawford moved, Wessels seconded to adjourn at 9:04 pm. Ayes-all. Motion carried.
Michael Nuss, Mayor
Malena Dennis, City Clerk
ACKLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
REIMBURSE PETTY CASH/SILO/INGRAM
ACKLEY PUBLISHING CO INC
AIRGAS NORTH CENTRAL
CYLINDER RENTAL/HAZMAT DELIVERY
BLACK HILLS/IOWA GAS UTIL
COUNTER/LED LIGHT/WHEN I WORK/FOLDERS
SAN SEWR PHASE II/N BUTLER ST/EQ BASIN
CITY OF GRUNDY CENTER
CLEAR THE CHAOS CLEANING
STEM FAIR/HARDIN CO LIB MTG
COLLECTION SERVICES CENTR
DAKOTA SUPPLY GROUP
SIGNAGE FOR SPLASHPAD
DIAMOND LAKE BOOK CO.
FIRE SERVICE TRAINING BUR
HAZMAT T. MEYER
PORELON INK PADS-2
HARDIN COUNTY SHERIFF
CONTRACT LAW ENFORCEMENT
HARDIN COUNTY SOLID WASTE
MARCH LANDFILL FEES
CAMERA CORD REPAIR
HEART OF IOWA
INGRAM LIBRARY SERVICES
INNOVATIVE AG SERVICES CO
IOWA DEPT OF INSPECTIONS
CONCESSION STAND FOOD LICENSE
IOWA DEPT OF REVENUE
IOWA FALLS EMS
CPR RECERTIFICATIONS-27 MEMBER
IPERS - REGULAR
JASPER ENGINEERING & EQUI
M&G TIRE SERVICE
2009 F450 AMB 2 TIRES/2007 TIRE REPAIR
MAIN STREET DESIGNS
MAINSTAY SYSTEMS OF IOWA
UPGRADED PD COMPUTER MEMORY
MIDAMERICAN ENERGY COMPAN
MOTHER EARTH LIVING
MUNICIPAL EMERGENCY SERVI
NAPA AUTO PARTS
TRUCK 327/325 FUEL/OIL FILTERS/POOL SLIDE
OTTER CREEK FARMS INC.
AMBULANCE BILLING FEES
TOTAL PAYROLL CHECKS
UTILITY BILL POSTAGE
S & S AUTO REPAIR INC.
97 FORD L8000 RADIATOR REPLACE
SALES TAX PAYMENT
SEQUEL ARCHITECTURE, PLC
605 MAIN ST - FACADE WORK
SHIELD PEST CONTROL
TASER INSTRUCTOR CERT-FRICK
THE NORTHWAY CORPORATION
REMOVE EQUIPMEN WELL #2/TELEVISE SHAFT
3/8/23 MINUTES/PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
WATER EXCISE TAX
WATER EXCISE TAX PAYMENT
EXPENSES BY FUND
AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUND
LIBRARY RESERVE FUND
ROAD USE TAX FUND
CAP PROJ - SPLASH PAD FUND
CAP PROJ-GO BOND 2020A FUND
CAP SEWER IMPROVEMENTS FUND
STORM WATER FUND
LIBRARY RESERVE TOTAL
ROAD USE TAX
EMPLOYEE BENEFIT TOTAL
LOST - DEBT SERVICE TOTAL
DEBT SERVICE TOTAL
CAPITAL PROJECTS - LOST TOTAL
CEMETERY PERPETUAL CARE
SEWER - SINKING
SEWER - RESERVES