REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
DECEMBER 22, 2015
A regular meeting of the City Council of Vinton, Iowa, was held on the 22nd day of December, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers, Vinton, Iowa. Mayor Watson presided and the roll being called the following Council Members were present and absent: Present: Bendull, Elwick, Hessenius, Parmater, Parr, Stark. Absent: None.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Elwick, second by Stark to approve the agenda. Question: Aye – All. The Mayor declared the motion carried.
Motion by Hessenius, second by Stark to approve the consent agenda. Question: Ayes – Bendull, Elwick, Hessenius, Parmater, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried. Items on the consent agenda are to receive and file the December 10, 2015 council meeting minutes, receive and file the November revenue and expenditure report, receive and file the Airport Commission meeting minutes of December 16, 2015 and receive and file the Library Board meeting minutes of November 11, 2015.
Kay and Carmen Wirth, 901 W 17th Street, stated their neighbor Ron Malone’s second sump pump had frozen up and had again directed the water discharge toward the Wirth property. Administrator Ward stated that he and Chief Paxton had discussed with Mr. Malone the possibility of applying for conditional use permit. This would be a temporary solution to this water drainage problem. Administrator Ward will follow up with Malone after the holidays.
Motion by Hessenius, second by Parr to adopt an ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF VINTON, IOWA, BY AMENDING PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO THE INSTALLATION OF WATER SERVICE PIPE. Question: Ayes – Bendull, Elwick, Hessenius, Parmater, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried and that said ordinance had been given its third consideration.
Motion by Elwick, second by Hessenius to now adopt the above stated ordinance. Question: Ayes – Bendull, Elwick, Hessenius, Parmater, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried and declared ORDINANCE 1014 duly adopted.
Motion by Stark, second by Elwick to table a RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A CONTRACT WITH THE LOCAL POLICE BARGAINING UNIT OF THE TEAMSTERS. Question: Ayes – All. The Mayor declared the motion carried. There was a question about longevity, if it would no longer be offered to new hires after a certain date. Administrator Ward will check on this.
Administrator Ward had sent a letter to IMWCA about employees’ use of seat belts. The police captain will provide training to employees who operate vehicles while working. Council’s general consensus was to approve the seat belt policy.
Council discussed the process of applying for building permits and inspections. It was suggested to pay an hourly wage to an inspector. Council feels Vinton only needs a part-time inspector. A work session will be held to discuss building inspections and sharing an inspector.
Motion by Elwick, second by Bendull to pass a RESOLUTION APPROVING PLAT OF EDWARDS PLUMBING HEATING AIR CONDITIONING FIRST ADDITION TO VINTON, IOWA. Question: Ayes – Bendull, Elwick, Hessenius, Parmater, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried and declared RESOLUTION 12-15-07 passed and approved.
Motion by Parmater, second by Hessenius to receive and file the bridge inspection and rating report from Calhoun-Burns and Associates, Inc. Question: Ayes – All. The Mayor declared the motion carried. Three of the four bridges are good shape. The East 13th Street Bridge has a shorter expected life span. Administrator Ward stated that federal funding could be available, but the daily traffic count has to increase in order to qualify for this funding.
Chief Paxton reported county dispatch services will not increase for the next fiscal year. Mayor Watson administered the oath of office to Captain Dickinson yesterday.
Mayor Watson thanked Council member Chris Bendull for his service to the community. Bendull replied it has been his honor to serve.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned. Time: 8:12 p.m.
John R. Watson Mayor
Cindy Michael City Clerk