February 24, 2014
The city council of the City of Sioux Center met on the above date in special session at 4:00 p.m. in the city offices. Members present were Mayor Dennis Walstra and the following councilmen: W. Dale Den Herder, Dave Krahling, Verlyn Rozeboom, Jamie Van Ravenswaay, Randy Vreugdenhil. Others present were: Paul Clousing, Murray Hulstein, Darryl Ten Pas, Dennis Dokter, Matt Van Schouwen, Brian Van Engen, Jana VanDer Vliet.
Opportunity was given for public input/communication. Ken Addink attended the meeting to discuss a potential use for the old hospital.
The Finance Director, Darryl Ten Pas, submitted the consent agenda consisting of the minutes of February 10, 2014, bills and financial reports for council consideration. It was moved and supported to approve the consent agenda as submitted. Upon voice vote, all councilmen voted Aye. Nays: none. Whereupon Mayor Walstra declared the motion approved.
City Manager, Paul Clousing, stated there was no correspondence to submit at this time.
The Assistant City Manager, Dennis Dokter, introduced Ken Smit, EMT President and Tracy Foltz, Chief Medic, who were present to give a report on Sioux Center EMT activities and future plans. Mr. Smit reported that the squad has 32 volunteer members and one paid chief medic. They responded to 504 total calls this year including: transports, 911 calls, paramedic assists fire and special events. They currently have three ambulances, one utility vehicle, one rehab trailer and a utility vehicle with EMS module. After discussion, the city council thanked them for their part in caring for the citizens of our community.
The finance director stated that a public hearing has been scheduled for this meeting to consider and adopt the proposed budget for FY 2014-15. The tax rate included in the budget is $12.3949/$1,000 of assessed value, a decrease of 1.82% from last year’s rate. Mayor Walstra opened the public hearing calling for all written and/or oral comments. Hearing none, he closed the hearing. It was moved and supported to adopt the FY2014-15 Budget and certify it to the county auditor by approving RESOLUTION SC-R-04-14 APPROVING ADOPTION OF THE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2015. Upon roll call vote, the vote was as follows: Ayes: Den Herder, Krahling, Rozeboom, Van Ravenswaay, Vreugdenhil. Nays: none. Whereupon Mayor Walstra declared the resolution adopted.
The finance director submitted changes to the ICMA employee funded 457 plan. It was moved and supported to approve RESOLUTION NO. SC-R-05-14, A RESOLUTION APPROVING AMENDING THE CITY OF SIOUX CENTER’S ICMA 457 PLAN TO INCLUDE THE ROTH OPTION TO THE PLAN. Upon roll call vote, the vote was as follows: Ayes: Den Herder, Krahling, Rozeboom, Van Ravenswaay, Vreugdenhil. Nays: none. Whereupon Mayor Walstra declared the resolution adopted.
The finance director reported that staff has been working on amending the 2006 promissory note with Sioux Center Land Development, bringing the interest rate more in-line with the current market rate. It was moved and supported to approve RESOLUTION NO. SC-R-06-14, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF SIOUX CENTER AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. SC-R-36-06 AND PROVIDING FOR AN ADJUSTMENT TO INTEREST RATE IN THE PROMISSORY NOTE AND LAND DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCING AGREEMENT DATED AUGUST 2006. Upon roll call vote, the vote was as follows: Ayes: Krahling, Rozeboom, Van Ravenswaay. Abstained: Den Herder, Vreugdenhil. Nays: none. Whereupon Mayor Walstra declared the resolution adopted.
The assistant city manager submitted a proposed agreement between the City and Sioux County Conservation (SCC) to lease and operate the Sandy Hollow Recreational Area and work toward the transfer ownership of the area over a period of time. After reviewing the agreement, it was moved and supported to authorize the mayor and city clerk execute a Lease and Development Agreement between the city and the Sioux County Conservation Board. Upon voice vote, all the councilmen voted Aye. Nays: none. Whereupon Mayor Walstra declared the motion approved.
The Utilities Engineer, Matt Van Schouwen, submitted bids received for #4/0 electric cable to be used for several system improvement projects, and to replenish stock. Four bids were received with RESCO coming in with the low bid of $68,580.00. It was moved and supported to award the #4/0 electric cable bid to RESCO in the amount of $68,580. Upon voice vote, all the councilmen voted Aye. Nays: none. Whereupon Mayor Walstra declared the motion approved.
The utilities engineer submitted an agreement between the city and the Iowa DOT pertaining to a Traffic Safety Improvement Program (TSIP) grant. The grant will find a study of the U.S. Hwy 75 corridor to further research traffic safety issues. After review, it was moved and supported to approve the TSIP Agreement between the Iowa DOT and the City of Sioux Center. Upon voice vote, all the councilmen voted Aye. Nays: none. Whereupon Mayor Walstra declared the motion approved.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.
Dennis Walstra, Mayor
Paul Clousing, City Clerk