COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Regular Meeting
September 23, 2019

The Oelwein City Council met in regular session Monday, September 23, 2019 at
6:00 P.M. Mayor Sherrets presided.

Roll Call Present: Fisk, Christensen, Milks, Weber, Cantrell
Absent: Derifield
Also Present: Mulfinger, Rigdon, Dillon

Adopt Agenda A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Cantrell to adopt the agenda as amended. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Brett Devore Brett Devore, 7 9th Ave SE, requested the housing program representative from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission attend a Housing Committee meeting to learn from citizens how the grant program is or isn’t working.

Consent Agenda A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Cantrell to adopt the Consent Agenda as follows:

A. Motion approving September 9, 2019 regular council minutes.
B. Claims Resolution in the amount of $325,301.98.
C. Class ‘C’ Liquor License and Sunday Sales renewal for American Legion Ross Reid Post #9.
D. Ownership update for Casey’s General Store #2682.
E. Class ‘E’ Liquor and Class ‘B’ Wine Permit renewal for Casey’s General Store #2682.
F. Class ‘E’ Liquor License Refund for Oelwein Bottle and Can.
G. Motion adjusting the part time police officer wage.

All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Public Hearing CDBG Sherrets opened the Public Hearing on Community Development Block
Water/Sewer App. Grant Water/Sewer Application. Diana Johnson, from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission read the following 9 points to Council:

(a) how the need for the proposed activity or projects were identified;
The need for the CDBG water/sewer grant with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) came from various planning sessions within the city. The City of Oelwein has experienced a significant number of water main breaks and leaks on their older portions of the distribution system. Within the last year, a list of twelve problem areas were identified that needed major repair. Due to budget constraints, mains needing emergency repairs, and portions of the gooseneck water services containing lead, five regions were evaluated to require restoration first.

(b) how the proposed activity or projects will be funded and the sources of funds:
The request from the IEDA will be $600,000. If successfully funded, the remainder of the proposed activity will be funded through an Iowa Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) loan, for a total project cost of $1,286,544.

(c) the date the CDBG application will be submitted;
The CDBG water/sewer application will be submitted on or before October 1, 2019 to the IEDA.

(d) requested amount of federal funds;
The requested amount is $600,000.

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(e) estimated portion of federal funds that will benefit persons of low and moderate income;
Per year 2015 low and moderate income (LMI) data from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Oelwein’s LMI is 60.2%. Therefore, it can be expected that the same portion of the funds will benefit that group of residents or a total of 3,861 persons.

(f) where the proposed activity or project will be conducted;
The project will be conducted within the city limits of Oelwein in the following five locations; 1st Street SE (Hillside Drive East to 12th Avenue SE), 12th Avenue SE (East Charles Street to Water Tower), 1st Street NE (8th Avenue NE to 13th Avenue NE), 5th Street SE (5th Avenue SE to 9th Avenue SE), and 6th Avenue SE (5th Street SE to 7th Street SE).

(g) plans to minimize displacement of persons and businesses as a result of funded activities or projects;
No businesses or persons will be displaced as a result of the proposed facility upgrades.

(h) plans to assist persons actually displaced, and;
No plans to displace any persons.

(i) the nature of the proposed activity or project.
The nature of the proposed project within the City of Oelwein is to include the replacement of 4-inch and 6-inch sand case- and cast-iron water mains with 8-inch water mains. Portions that weren’t previously meeting size compliance with Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) requirements will now be met. Lead service goose necks will be removed as part of the project as well. Water flow and fire protection will be increased.

Fisk questioned why 6 and 8” pipes. Mulfinger explained in different areas the 4” are placed by 6” and 6” are replaced by 8”.

No other comments were received from the public. Sherrets closed the Public Hearing.

Housing Needs A motion was made by Cantrell, seconded by Weber to approve City of Oelwein,
Assessment Iowa Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment. All voted aye.

Motion Carried

Resolution 5112-2019 A motion was made by Milks, seconded by Weber to adopt Resolution No. 5112-2019 of the City Council of Oelwein, Iowa authorizing the submission of a CDBG Water/Sewer application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Ayes: Fisk, Christensen, Milks, Weber, Cantrell
Nays: None
Motion Carried

UERPC Services Diana Johnson from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission informed council of the services they offer to their five-county area.

Public Hearing GO Sherrets opened the Public Hearing on General Obligation Loan Agreement
Loan not to exceed in an amount not to exceed $150,000. No comments were received from the
$150,000 public. Sherrets closed the Public Hearing.

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Resolution 5113-2019 A motion was made by Milks, seconded by Weber to adopt Resolution No.
GO Loan Agreement 5113-2019 expressing intent to enter into a General Obligation Loan Agreement.

Ayes: Fisk, Christensen, Milks, Weber, Cantrell
Nays: None
Motion Carried

Resolution 5113-2019 A motion was made by Christensen, seconded by Weber to adopt Resolution
Oppose Alliant No. 5113-2019 Opposing an Alliant Energy Rate Increase and Anti-
Energy Increase Netmetering Legislation.

Ayes: Fisk, Christensen, Milks, Weber, Cantrell
Nays: None
Motion Carried

Resolution 5115-2019 A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Fisk to adopt Resolution
IA DOT Street Report No. 5115-2019 adopting Iowa Department of Transportation City Street Financial Report.

Ayes: Fisk, Christensen, Milks, Weber, Cantrell
Nays: None
Motion Carried

Library Board Mtg. Christensen stated the September Library Board meeting did not have a quorum present.

Housing Committee Fisk stated the September Housing Committee meeting had lots of discussion. Decisions on next steps to take, tear down or improve properties. People need to get on board. There is a serious housing issue on rental properties.

Board and Commission Sherrets requested City Council and staff help identify individuals for
Openings the following openings:
Zoning Board of Adjustment – Two Vacancies
Planning and Zoning Commission – Two Vacancies
Airport Board – Two Vacancies
Planning and Zoning Commission – Two Terms Expiring 12/2019
Zoning Board of Adjustment – One Term Expiring 11/2019

Appointment A motion was made by Fisk, seconded by Cantrell to approve the appointment of Captain Voshell to the 911 Service Board and Lt. Niedert as alternate and the appointment of Chief Logan as PSAP Representative and Officer Schmelzer as alternate. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

City Attorney Dillon stated that he continues to learn more about property ownership in Oelwein. There is a current stakeout to serve a property owner in California. Two were served on the East Coast and another fled the country. Examples of why property remains vacant so long in Oelwein and the measures that have to be taken to keep moving forward. Also some items are going to District Court.

City Administrator Mulfinger stated Department Heads are busy working on budgets and CIP items to meet with council.

Redemption Center Cantrell expressed concern that it is getting harder and harder to find places to take deposit returns. The place the can was purchased at is required to take the deposit return, but they may make the return requirements cumbersome to want to return there.

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Dogs at Large Cantrell stated there are loose dogs on the bike trails and in city parks and there is concern about safety. Chief Logan stated the leash law, animal owners must have their dogs under control whether on or off the leash. Anyone can carry mace for self protection.

Executive Session A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Milks to go into Executive Session per Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(g) to avoid disclosure of specific law enforcement matters, such as current or proposed investigations or inspection or auditing techniques or schedules, which if disclosed would enable law violators to avoid detection. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Return to Regular A motion was made by Milks, seconded by Fisk to return to regular session.
Session All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Adjourn A motion was made by Milks, seconded by Weber to adjourn at 6:55 P.M. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

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Peggy Sherrets, Mayor
ATTEST:

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Dylan Mulfinger, City Administrator

I, Dylan Mulfinger, City Administrator in and for the City of Oelwein, Iowa do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true accounting of the Council Proceedings held September 23, 2019 and copy of said proceedings was furnished to the Register September 24, 2019.

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Dylan Mulfinger, City Administrator

A vicious animal hearing preceded the regular council meeting and at 7:00 P.M. City Council met at the Plaza for a public meeting on Wings East Street Assessments.

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