November 20, 2017 (not yet approved)
The Tripoli City Council held a regular council meeting on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall with Mayor Bernard presiding. Also present were Angie Daniels, Daniel Banks, Todd Drewis, Kesler Schulmeister, Tyler Shonka and Bruce Gronemeyer.
Mayor Bernard called the meeting to order with roll call. All council members were present except Ladage.
Motion Kirchhoff second Eschweiler to approve the agenda. AA MC.
Mayor Bernard asked for public comments concerning items not on the agenda. None were received.
Motion Woods second Kirchhoff to approve the consent agenda consisting of: minutes from council meeting on November 6, 2017; claims for $113,444.58; and treasurer’s report for October. AA MC.
Bruce Gronemeyer addressed the council on the trees that were trimmed by his home. He received a letter, trimmed his trees, and did not understand why they were trimmed by the city. Kesler stated the trees were not to the 15’ height as required. After a lengthy discussion, motion Eschweiler second Ott to keep the policy as it was laid out at the last meeting. AA MC.
Todd Drewis spoke with Randy McKenzie regarding vacating the alley and requesting a variance. The only option is vacating the alley. The City Clerk will check with the City Attorney and see if the west portion of the alley can be vacated to someone other than the adjoining property owner. This item will be placed on a future agenda.
Motion Eschweiler second Kirchhoff to approve the 1streading of Ordinance 19-2017 Amending Provisions Pertaining to Standard Penalty. RCV: Ayes – Ott, Kirchhoff, Eschweiler, Woods. Nays – none. Absent – Ladage. MC.
Chief Banks gave his monthly police report. Motion Kirchhoff second Ott to accept this report. AA MC.
Kesler gave his monthly street, water and wastewater report. Motion Eschweiler second Ott to approve this report. AA MC.
Motion Kirchhoff second Ott to approve the grinding of tree branches at the yard waste site for a minimum of $1,200. AA MC.
Motion Woods second Eschweiler to approve the Preconstruction Agreement with IDOT for Primary Road Project. AA MC.
Discussion on help for the City Clerk and grant writing. City Clerk will work up a job description, a list of tools needed for an extra person in the office, and expenses. This item will be discussed again during budget time.
Motion Woods second Eschweiler to adjourn. AA MC.
November 6, 2017
The Tripoli City Council held a regular council meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall with Mayor Bernard presiding. Also present were Angie Daniels, Daniel Banks, Todd Drewis, Kesler Schulmeister, Theresa Drewis and Tracy Buchholz.
Mayor Bernard called the meeting to order with roll call. All council members were present except Kirchhoff.
Motion Ott second Ladage to approve the agenda. AA MC.
Mayor Bernard asked for public comments concerning items not on the agenda. Todd Drewis asked if there was any update from the Building and Zoning regarding a possible variance. City Clerk explained that this is not an item that qualifies for a variance request, so his only option is to ask for the alley to be vacated. Councilman Eschweiler wants Mr. Drewis to talk directly with Randy McKenzie so that he verifies the information. Tracy Buchholz addressed the council on the snow removal bids. Mayor Bernard then moved this item to next on the agenda.
The person who was awarded the bid for snow removal contacted the City Clerk on Friday, November 3rdand wanted to raise the price per hour. That is why this item was placed back on the agenda. The Council will not approve an increase of his bid price of $50/hr for removal and $65/hr if ice melt is used. Tracy did not know the snow removal was being placed out for bid, he did not see it in the paper. He wished to place a verbal bid of $60/hr for snow removal, the same price as last year. After a lengthy discussion, motion Ladage second Woods to approve Tracy Buchholz’s verbal bid of $60/hr for snow removal on city sidewalks. AA MC.
Motion Woods second Ott to approve the consent agenda consisting of: minutes from council meeting on October 16, 2017. AA MC.
Kenny Hennings updated the Mayor and Council on the bike trail. He ran thru the list of grants that had been applied for and received. He discussed the mowing and sweeping of the trail. Motion Eschweiler second Woods to approve having Kenny mow and sweep the trail next year for approximately $500. AA MC. Kenny is more than willing to help any department in the city, especially Park and Rec, write grants.
Discussion on the trees that residents have not trimmed. Motion Eschweiler second Ladage to have the street department proceed with trimming the trees and charge $100 minimum and $100 after that for the work. Ayes – Ott, Eschweiler, Ladage; Nays – Woods, Absent – Kirchhoff. MC.
Motion Ott second Eschweiler to approve the 3rdreading of Ordinance 18-2017 Adding a new Chapter for Chronic Nuisance Properties. RCV: Ayes – Ott, Eschweiler, Ladage, Woods; Nays – none; Absent - Kirchhoff. MC.
Discussion on the LMI and MHI survey. Motion Eschweiler second Ott to have the council and employees conduct this survey instead of spending $6,000 - $8,000 to have it done. AA MC.
Motion Ott second Ladage to approve the Bremer County Sno-Knights application for the snowmobile trail in Tripoli city limits. AA MC.
Discussion on implementing a social media policy, as recommended by Iowa League of Cities. Motion Eschweiler second Ott to approve the policy as presented. AA MC.
Motion Woods second Eschweiler to approve the revised investment policy due to IRS and Iowa Code changes. AA MC.
Motion Eschweiler second Ott to have the City Clerk draft up changes to the City Code regarding standard penalties. AA MC.
The City received a bill from Bergmann Brothers Trucking and Excavating for work done at the Leon Kirchhoff property east of Tripoli. Motion Ott second Ladage to deny payment since this work was not discussed with the city nor approved by the city. AA MC.
Discussion on a request for city incentives. Clerk was directed to rebate only the current portion of taxes.
Motion Ott second Ladage to adjourn. AA MC.