Volga Council

By: KCTN News
Sep 17th, 2020

The Volga City Council held a Public Hearing for the consideration of the disposal of 802 Washington Street  on Monday, September 14, 2020 in the Volga City Opera House. Mayor Carrie Taylor opened the Public  Hearing at 6:50pm. Council members Alex Fettkether, Elaine Follon, George Duff, and Dennis Christeleit  answered Roll Call. Ann Duff, Glenna Whitford, Jim Duff, and Mac Duff were also present. John Friedley  entered the Public Hearing. Mayor Taylor informed attendees of the offer submitted by Green & Sandy  Howard to purchase the lot for $800.00. No additional comments were received. Motion by Christeleit to  close the Public Hearing. Second by Duff. All voted in favor. The Public Hearing was closed at 6:53pm. 

Mayor Carrie Taylor called the regular monthly meeting of the Volga City Council to order at 7:00 pm.  Council members Fettkether, Duff, Friedley, Christeleit, and Follon answered Roll Call. Mike Howard, Sandy  Howard, Jim Duff, Mac Duff, Jay Taylor, Glenna Whitford and Ann Duff were also present. 

Mayor Taylor presented Resolution 2020-19: A Resolution authorizing the disposal of 802 Washington Street.  Motion by Follon to approve Resolution 2020-19. Second by Friedley. A Roll Call vote was taken. Ayes:  Follon, Fettkether, Christeleit, Duff, Friedley. Nays: none. Abstain: none. Motion carried. 

Mayor Taylor excused herself from presiding over the meeting. Mayor Pro-Tem Follon took over the duties to  preside over the meeting. 

Mayor Pro-Tem Follon presented Council with an offer submitted for the purchase of 704 Washington Street  to accept or reject any and all bids received. Motion by Christeleit to accept the bid of $3750 from Jay and  Carrie Taylor pending the public hearing. Second by Duff. All voted in favor. Motion carried. 

Mayor Pro-Tem Follon opened the Public Hearing for consideration of the disposal of 704 Washington Street  at 7:10 pm. No additional comments were received. Motion by Duff to close the public hearing. Second by  Fettkether. All voted in favor. The Public Hearing was closed at 7:11pm. 

Mayor Pro-Tem Follon presented Resolution 2020-20: A Resolution authorizing the disposal of 704  Washington Street. Motion by Christeleit to approve Resolution 2020-20. Second by Friedley. A Roll Call  vote was taken. Ayes: Follon, Fettkether, Christeleit, Duff, Friedley. Nays: none. Abstain: none. Motion  carried. 

Mayor Carrie Taylor resumed presiding over the meeting. 

Public Comments: none received. 

The Consent Agenda was presented with the following items: 1) Minutes, 2) Claims, 3) Treasurer’s Report August 2020, 4) Bank Reconciliation Report-August 2020, 5) Monthly Budget Report, 6) Application for  Floodplain Development & Building Permit: Dave Derhammer, 203 S Main, and 7) Review of Building  Permit Application #2020-G: Dylan Smith, 202 Pine Street.

Dylan Smith entered the meeting. Discussion followed for setbacks on permit 2020-G. Due to right of way  restrictions, no addition will be put onto the existing west wall of the building. 

Motion by Fettkether to approve the Consent Agenda pending approval of floodplain permit by Tom Duff,  Floodplain Administrator. Second by Duff. All voted in favor. Motion carried. 

Motion by Christeleit to move to the property cleanup item on the agenda. Second by Follon. All voted in  favor. Motion carried. 

Property Cleanup: Mayor Taylor presented an Application for License to keep Junk Vehicles: Mike Howard,  102 Washington Street. Motion by Duff to approve the application. Second by Friedley. All voted in favor.  Motion carried. 

Mayor Taylor presented a letter regarding plans for property cleanup at 103 Washington and 100 Pine Street.  Mac Duff & Jim Duff were present for discussion. Motion by Follon to approve the plan. Second by  Friedley. Ayes: Follon, Friedley, Christeleit, Fettkether. Abstain: Duff. Motion carried. 

Council Updates on Focus Areas:  

Streets: Potholes will be filled with lime chips and calcium chloride to prevent immediate breakup. 

Dike: Mayor Taylor updated Council on the acceptance of Ethan Koehn’s bid of $41,600 for installation of  riprap, seeding and levelling on the pedestrian trail, and sediment removal. The City is awaiting the Joint  Permit for the riprap installation and levelling portion of the project. 

Drainage: Howard discussed a change in direction for snow removal on streets to encourage better drainage. 

Mike Howard presented a request from Megan McDonald to reserve a certain percentage of campground  funds for campground maintenance and improvement projects. Expenditures would be approved by Council.  Motion by Follon to allocate 25% of annual camping receipts to a special fund for campground maintenance  and improvements. Second by Fettkether. All voted in favor. Motion carried. 

Mayor Taylor updated Council on the County Hazard Mitigation Planning. Council discussed local  components to include in the plan in the areas of equipment, debris management, community health,  ice/wind/hail storm preparation, tree/infrastructure repair and replacement. Mayor Taylor will submit the  specific list to Clayton County Emergency Management for feedback.  

0% State Contingency Loan: 

No proposals were received for sidewalk repairs on the west side of Washington Street. Motion by Follon to  table sidewalk portion of the project until a later date. Second by Christeleit. All voted in favor. Motion  carried.

Motion by Follon to apply to the State 0% Contingency Loan for costs to cover the sediment removal, riprap  installation, and levelling of the pedestrian trail as submitted by Ethan Koehn. Second by Fettkether. All voted  in favor. Motion carried. 

Motion by Follon to set the Public Hearing date for consideration of entering into a 0% State Contingency  Loan for State Disaster Aid Authorized by Section 29c.20 Code of Iowa for 6:50pm on October 12, 2020.  Second by Christeleit. All voted in favor. Motion carried. 

Water/Sewer Department:  

Motion by Duff to authorize an agreement with IIW Engineering to develop a response to pressure deficiency  as requested. Second by Friedley. All voted in favor. Motion carried. 

Mayor Taylor discussed a grant application to assist in additional engineering costs. Motion by Fettkether to  authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign SEARCH Grant application forms:1) SF 424 Application for Federal  Assistance, 2) AD1047: Certification regarding debarment, suspension, and other responsibility matters, 3)  RE 400-4 Assurances Agreement , 4) AD 1049: Certification regarding drug-free workplace requirements  (Grants), 5) RD Form 1940-Q: Certification for Contracts, Grants and Loans, 6) Set Public Hearing date for  informing citizens of the City’s intent to apply for Federal Assistance through the USDA Rural Development  SEARCH Grant program. Second by Friedley. All voted in favor. Motion carried. 

Public Works:  

Motion by Fettkether to approve Mike Howard to coordinate the disposal of outdated regulatory street signs  that are being replaced by selling them. Funds can be used to replace street name signs or non-regulatory signs  as funds are available. Second by Duff. All voted in favor. Motion carried. 

Motion by Fettkether to schedule Fall Cleanup Days – October 6 (scrap & appliances) and October 7 (large  items). Sign up and disposal fee prepay information will be included in the newsletter. Second by Duff. All  voted in favor. Motion carried. 

Administration:  

Mayor Taylor updated Council on the receipt of a Quit Claim Deed to the small parcel of county property  along Highway C2W. The transaction is complete. 

Mayor Taylor presented Resolution 2020-21: A resolution approving the FY 19-20 Annual Street Finance  Report. Motion by Follon to approve the report. Second by Friedley. A Roll Call vote was taken. Ayes:  Follon, Friedley, Christeleit, Fettkether, Duff. Nays: none. Abstain: none. Motion carried. 

Motion by Friedley to approve the Enterprise Fund Reports, End of FY 20 (Water, Sewer, Garbage). Second  by Duff. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Mayor Taylor presented Resolution 2020-23: A resolution approving the FY 19-20 Annual Financial Report  and Governmental Fund Type Definitions for the ending balance of FY 19-20. Motion by Friedley. Second  by Duff. Ayes: Follon, Friedley, Christeleit, Fettkether, Duff. Nays: none. Abstain: none. Motion carried. 

Mayor Taylor presented Resolution 2020-24: A Resolution adopting the updated Comprehensive Solid Waste  Management Plan for the Winneshiek County Solid Waste Agency. Motion by Fettkether to approve  Resolution 2020-24. Second by Follon. Ayes: Follon, Friedley, Christeleit, Fettkether, Duff. Nays: none.  Abstain: none. Motion carried. 

Delinquent Utilities were presented and shut offs authorized. 

Motion by Friedley to adjourn. Second by Fettkether. All voted in favor. The meeting was adjourned at  9:15pm.  




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