Elkader Council

By: KCTN News
May 30th, 2019

The Elkader City Council accepted the resignation of Council member Roger Buchholz.  Buchholz has been on the council for 14-years and is the current Mayor Pro Tem.  The Council will provide a notice of intent to fill the vacancy at the July 8th Council meeting.

The Elkader City Council met on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in regular session at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, with Mayor Josh R. Pope presiding. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and roll call was taken.

Roll call: Present: Peggy Lane, Curtis Ruhser, Kevin Lau, Roger Buchholz,

Unable to attend: Daryl Kohen

Lane moved to approve the consent agenda. Ruhser seconded the motion.

Roll call: Ayes: Lane, Ruhser, Buchholz, Lau

Nays: None

Consent Agenda (Items on the consent agenda are considered routine in nature and all items are passed in one motion. In order to have an item voted on individually, it must be removed from the consent agenda.)

a. Minutes from the May 13, 2019 meeting

b. Bills (May 10-24, 2019)

c. Financial reports (Treasurer’s report)

d. Resolution 2019-17 - Approval of lease agreement with Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service (office space at 207 N. Main Street)

e. Resolution 2019-18- Approval of change order for river terrace project (final completion date)

Public comments A question was asked about the status of the Keystone Bridge rehab project and about the spring alley repairs.

Public Hearing for the City of Elkader FY 2018-19 budget amendment; approval of Resolution 2018-19 – approving amendment #1 of the FY 2018-19 budget Mayor Pope opened the public hearing for the FY 2018-19 budget amendment. No public comments were received before or during the public hearing. Mayor Pope closed the hearing and Councilmember Buchholz moved to approve Resolution 2018-19- Approving amendment #1 to the FY 2018-19 budget. Ruhser seconded the motion.

Roll call: Ayes: Lane, Ruhser, Buchholz, Lau

Nays: None

Accept the resignation of Mayor Pro Tem Roger Buchholz and provide public notice of intent to fill vacancy Mayor Pope commented that Buchholz has been on the City Council for 14 years and thanked him for his service. With regret, Lau moved to accept the resignation and provide public notice of intent to fill the vacancy at the July 8, 2019 meeting. Lane seconded the motion.

Roll call: Ayes: Lane, Ruhser, Buchholz, Lau

Nays: None

Approval of request for exception to section 55.02 of the Elkader Municipal Code regarding livestock (permission to have a goat on a steep hillside) (502 Volga Road SW) Council asked that this be brought back at the next meeting. Staff needs to determine what stipulations were placed on the party that made the last request to have a goat, and work with the current requesting party to determine if they can meet those considerations.

Update on blue building/horse barn/storage for the City and related entities Staff updated the Council on the plan to use the horse barn, once the last renter is no longer there, as cold storage. They will seek out another assessment of the condition of the building. Then the blue building can be dismantled and used for fire wood storage at the campground. Council is o.k. with this plan.

Approval for Opera House to be part of the Art in the Alley project (area along alley as well as area on fly-loft) The Opera House Board and the Opera House Players would like to participate in Main Street Elkader’s Art in the Alley program. They would like to paint a scene on the concrete block wall along the alley, and on the “southern” side of the flyloft (side opposite of the parking lot.) Buchholz moved to approve this request. Lane seconded the motion. Council indicated that design ideas should still go through the Art in the Alley program.

Roll call: Ayes: Lane, Ruhser, Buchholz, Lau

Nays: None

Administrative staff update The Police Chief presented a written and verbal update. The City Administrator/Clerk updated the Council on a number of items.

Questions and Concerns of the Council No questions or concerns from the Council were received.

Adjournment Ruhser moved to adjourn the meeting. Lau seconded the motion. Council voted unanimously to adjourn. Mayor Pope declared the meeting adjourned at 5:53 p.m.