La Porte City Council Proceedings – June 23, 2014

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on June 23, 2014. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7 PM with Council Members Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler present. Absent were Council Members Eric Allsup and Todd Butler. Also present were Shawn O’Shea, and Barb Grant.
Shawn O’Shea with MSA Professional Services reviewed the City’s grant application for Façade Improvement. After discussions with Iowa Economic Development, O’Shea suggested that the City work to review the cost estimates to make them more accurate. He recommended that the City and/or MSA meeting with participating property owners to specify which improvements the property owners want to see.
O’Shea reviewed the results of the Main Street Rehabilitation Survey at Festival of Trails. Of the 49 votes received, 40 preferred Option 1. with recycled brick in the drive lanes and concrete in the parking areas, 5 preferred option 2, with a small brick strip down the middle of the street with the remaining portion concrete and 4 preferred Option 3, concrete in the full width of the street. The Council will hold a work session at a future meeting to determine the next step in the project. Mayor Neil thanked MSA for their efforts and also The Progress Review for their coverage of the project.
The Council passed the final reading for an ordinance establishing penalty amounts for violations of the City’s junk, junk vehicle and dangerous buildings ordinances. Penalties for junk and junk vehicles are $100 per occurrence and $250 per occurrence for violations of the dangerous buildings ordinance. Each day a property owner is in violation of the ordinance is considered a separate occurrence and subject to penalty.
The Council gave final approval to an agreement with Operation Threshold. The agreement allows Operation Threshold to utilize the City’s Low-to-Moderate Income fund to assist eligible residents with repairs and financial assistance.
Laurie Rife was appointed to the Hawkins Memorial Library Board of Trustees. Her term begins on July 1, 2014 and runs for six years.
Alisha Evans was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Board. Her term begins on July 1, 2014 and runs for four years. There is still one open seat on the Parks and Recreation Board. Those interesting in serving are encouraged to contact City Hall for more information.
The Council approved a bid for engineering services from GPS, Inc in an amount not to exceed $22,300 for engineering services for the rehabilitation of 3rd Street, and Sycamore Street between 4th Street and Main, and a portion of West Main Street between Commercial and Barberry.
The Council approved a resolution that would allow closure of the 200 Block of Main Street on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 from 4-8:30 PM to facilitate parking for the 2nd Annual Memorial Ride hosted by PnB’s Brew Pub, to benefit Cedar Valley Crimestoppers and Angels Memorial Park.
Mayor Neil thanked the Lions Club and everyone involved for making the 2014 Festival of Trails a success.