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City Council Meeting Minutes 1/9/2019

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Mayor Tony James opened the City Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1906 Main Street, Granger, Iowa 50109.

Roll Call:  Present:  Backous, Bice, Saak, Schutt         Not Present:  Bermel

Backous made motion to approve the consent agenda, seconded by Schutt.  All Ayes.

Action on Resolution 2019-1 – recognizing Jarrod Sturtz’ more than sixteen years of service to the Granger Fire and EMS Departments was approved by Saak, seconded by Backous.  All Ayes.

Engineer Veenstra mentioned the proposed modifications involve the interior remodeling of the building and not any modifications of the exterior of the building.  The value of the interior building modifications exceeds $25000 and triggers the requirement for the site plan even though there are no exterior improvements proposed.  The site plan does not illustrate any of the proposed interior modifications of the building.  The City’s site plan ordinance does not require the illustration of the interior uses or spaces within the building as the site plan ordinance focuses on the building exterior and site improvements.  Without any proposed modifications to the site other than the interior of the building, there are no comments to offer relative to the site plan.  Engineer Veenstra would like note that all of the interior modifications of the building will need to comply with the building code requirements of the City.  Those requirements will be reviewed as part of the building permit process.  The Plan and Zoning Commission recommend the site plan be approved.  Action on Resolution 2019-2 – approving Site Plan submitted by Janning Family Chiropractic at 2000 State Street was approved by Schutt, seconded by Backous.  All Ayes.

Rose Dory with the Granger Women’s Club brought a proposal to the Council to place a little library in front of the community center.

The Public Works Director Sturtz mentioned putting the little library at the corner of the sidewalk that runs north and south across from the community center and east and west next to the ballfield and soccer fields.  The Granger Women’s Club will provide the eight foot treated post for the City to install according to height regulations which should be 42-46 inches from the ground.  The Club will secure the little library to the post and they will be responsible for the upkeep and repair of the little library.  The Granger Parks & Recreation will let the Club know if there are any issues that may occur in the future.  The Club will check on the content monthly to insure that it meets with library regulations and that the little library is clean and in good standing.  Saak approved the placement of a little library at the corner of the sidewalk across from the community center and ballfield, seconded by Schutt.  All Ayes.

Granger Trails Committee – The committee presented the Council with the design concept and cost for the trail hub plaza that will be going in over by the community center next to ballfield and soccer fields.  The Granger trails committee received a grant in the amount of $24,970 from The Wellmark Foundation which will pay for part of the project.  The total cost of the project is estimated at $40,118.  The Committee has also applied for a matching grant with Trees Please associated with MidAmerican Energy for the amount of $1,000 and they have also asked for a donation from Black Hills Energy.  The architectural plan will be presented to the Council at the February Council meeting and then the next step is to go out for bids for the project.  The project should start late Spring.

2015 Urban Water Quality Initiative – Engineer Veenstra has mentioned Ralph has given notice of termination of contract to Iowa State Contractors.  The contract is now terminated.  The bonding company has been in touch and they would be willing to work through a resolution to finish the project.  There is a meeting with the Iowa DNR and Jennifer Welch tomorrow to go over what requirements we have to follow in order to finish up the project.  What will be proposed to them is that based on value of the work that we can just go out and pick a contractor that we know will finish the work correctly and then we will get that price.  We will decide what money we are holding and decide what we have for money and what we need from the bonding company and let them know and we anticipate that we will then get a check for whatever balance.  We will still assess liquidated damages to the bonding company for the work that was not completed on time.  Engineer Veenstra hopes to have a resolution on this project for the next Council meeting.

Engineer Veenstra presented the list of the projects identified in the seven responses requesting information on for future capital projects.  The responses were received from the Mayor and one Council member, the Police Department, Public Works Department, Library Department, Parks & Recreation Department, City Hall staff and the Granger Trails Committee.  The list included a need for a new public safety facility which was received as a need on four of the seven responses.  In total there were 86 items listed.  The next step of the process is for the Mayor and Council to rank each of the responses from most important to least important.  Once the listing is complete the top 20 to 25 items ranked the highest would remain on the capital improvements plan.  The balance of the items would be removed off the list.  Many of the smaller items that are not on the final capital improvements plan can still be addressed as part of the annual budgeting process.  Council member John Schutt will take over with the list from V & K and combine any duplicate entries on the list into one and then he will email it out to the Mayor and Council to make their rankings and the final 20 to 25 that is ranked the highest will remain on the list for discussion.

Engineer Veenstra mentioned he received a document from John Kline that relates to the Lot A of the Marin J. Finestead Plat 2 Addition.  In the document that was prepared by Paul Dekker that he is citing Section 166.17 of the Code of Ordinances relative to existing lots of record.  It appears Paul Dekker’s argument is a single family dwelling may be located on any lot or plot of official record as of the date of the enactment of the zoning ordinance without regard to the width or area of the lot.  This provision includes two additional requirements, one relating to side yard and the other relating to the rear yard.  In this instance it appears the rear yard issue is not a factor.  The side yard requirement may be applicable.  The side yard requirement indicates the minimum of the combined side yards cannot exceed 30% of the lot width and each side yard must be at or greater than 10% of the lot width.  Applied to the 60-foot lot width the maximum total side yard would not be required to exceed 18 feet.  Each side yard must be a minimum of 6 feet.  In the correspondence Paul Dekker is suggesting side yards in the range of 10 feet and 8 feet.  Engineer Veenstra mentioned it appears likely the zoning ordinance was enacted subsequent to the platting of the Martin J. Finestead Addition Plat 2.  As subject confirmation of the dates, it appears Section 166.17 may be applicable.  Assuming Section 166.17 is applicable, the only remaining question may be whether Lot A is considered a lot or plot of official record.  While the lot is part of a plat it was not designated as a developable lot.  The lot is designated as Lot A located between Lot 2 and Lot 3, clearly indicating the intent at the time of platting the lot was not intended as a developable lot.  Rather, the lot was designated as a future street lot.  In this instance the designation of the lot may be distinguishable from lots in older subdivisions that were intended as a developable lot of record, but no longer comply with the current zoning restrictions.  A provision of the type in Section 166.17 is common as lots in many older platted areas of cities the lots are too narrow to meet the current zoning requirements even though they are compatible with adjoining lots.  The primary intent of including a provision such as 166.17 is to allow lots that were intended for development to be developed in older platted areas.  The operative question with respect to Lot A is if it qualifies as a lot under the provisions of Section 166.17 or if Lot A does not qualify under Section 166.17.  The agreement from 1979 signed by the developer and accepted by the City in the resolution accepting the plat, Lot A was identified as a street lot.  The lot would not be accepted by the City until such time as the street were constructed in accordance with the requirements of the City.  Based on the clear identification of Lot A as a street lot the City of Granger is of the opinion Lot A does not qualify for the provisions of Section 166.17.  The request to develop Lot A does not involve subsequent zoning that would make a lot nonconforming.  Rather, the request to develop Lot A involves the transformation of a clearly identified street lot to a developable lot.  The Council understands Lot A will never be developed as an extension of Cherry Street.  As such, the Council is willing to consider allowing a residence to be constructed on Lot A subject to two conditions:  1) the property owners on the east and west side of Lot A, Lot 3 and Lot 2, both consent to the construction of a residence on Lot A and 2) there be a preponderance of the property owners in the general vicinity of Lot A that do not object to the use of Lot A as a single family residential parcel.  Engineer Veenstra suggests the property owners of Lots 1, 4 and 5 on the north side of Linden Street and the five lots on the south side of Linden Street opposite Lot 1 through 5 be consulted.  If both conditions are satisfied, then it appears the Council would be willing to allow development on Lot A even though it clearly was designated as a street lot.  If both conditions cannot be satisfied, the majority of the Council is of the opinion Lot A does not qualify under Section 166.17 as it is designated as a street lot and therefore cannot be considered for single family residential development.

Action to contribute $100 to New Opportunities, Inc. (which provides assistance programs from the federal and state governments to local residents) was approved by Saak, seconded by Schutt.  All Ayes.

Public Works Report – Action to authorize use of proceeds from the City’s sale of recycled copper and aluminum to Alter Metal Recycling in the amount of $252.35 for the purchase of a chop saw was approved by Saak, seconded by Schutt.  All Ayes.

Police Report – From 12/10/18 – 1/6/19 reported 4 animal calls, 2 suspicious vehicles, 2 motorist assists, 1 road rage on Hwy 141, 4 ambulance calls, 5 parking complaints, 1 identity theft, 3 accidents, 1 criminal mischief (charged 4 juveniles), 1 business check (open door), 1 remove traffic hazard from roadway, 1 possible child abuse, 1 bank alarm (Woodward), 1 out of control person (Woodward), 2 thefts, 2 citations, 9 warnings and 5 other agency assists.

Fire Department Report – Action to approve the purchase of an UTV outright instead of leasing in the amount not exceeding $13,800 from unspent funds on the Fire and EMS budgets for FY 2019 was approved by Backous, seconded by Bice.  All Ayes.

Fire/EMS December Report shows there were 16 EMS calls, 3 motor vehicle calls, 2 fire calls and 1 mutual aid call.

Parks and Recreation Report – The bathrooms at Centennial Park have been completed by Brad Feick.  Painting will begin next week at the Community Center.  The new flooring will begin likely the beginning of February at the Community Center.  Kindergarten basketball, adult volleyball and rounded minds tumbling will all begin this month.  The Park & Rec Board elections are as follows:  Jeri Wendzel remains as Park Board Chair, Carla Drennen remains as Vice Chair and Jennifer Kopp remains as Secretary.

Action on Resolution 2019-3 – establishing automobile mileage reimbursement rate for employee’s using the rate promulgated each year by the Internal Revenue Service was approved by Schutt, seconded by Saak.  All Ayes.

Schutt reported for the Finance Committee that all information at this time was in order.  Backous made motion to approve the report, seconded by Bice.  All Ayes.

Bice made motion to approve all bills for payment, seconded by Saak.  All Ayes.

Mayor James mentioned the budget presentation by department will be next Wednesday, January 16th starting at 6 p.m. and then the budget workshop will be Wednesday, February 6th at 6 p.m.  Council member Bice asked about commercial updates and Mayor James mentioned he is waiting to hear back from John Viggers on how he wants the land for sale added to our website and then he will forward all the information on available commercial property in Granger to Karen and Kristy to add to the City website.  Council member Saak asked if we would consider tax abatements to new commercial as an incentive for building in Granger.  Ralph Brown mentioned there is state law that allows cities to adopt an ordinance on new commercial/industrial development that has a scheduled abatement and Granger had chosen not to adopt that ordinance.  It tends not to be so much for a small business but it’s more for larger businesses.  Ralph mentioned Dallas Center has adopted the ordinance and he could send it to the Mayor and Council to look at and discuss at the next council meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

_____________________________________

Tony L. James, Mayor

Attest:  _________________________________

Kristy Trzeciak, City Clerk

 

 

DECEMBER 2018 CLAIMS
VENDOR DESCRIPTION AMOUNT
 A & W Electric, Inc.  Pole Light Repair at WWTP due to Lightning Strike  $      282.46
 Access Systems  Bitdefender Antivirus License Renewal – Police  $        88.46
 Access Systems Leasing  Copier Lease + Usage  $      361.45
 Access Systems Leasing  Server Lease + IT Services  $      625.74
 Agsource Laboratories  Wastewater tests + UPS shipping charges  $      333.50
 Agsource Laboratories  Wastewater tests + UPS shipping charges  $      240.00
 Agsource Laboratories  Wastewater tests + UPS shipping charges  $      294.50
 Agsource Laboratories  Wastewater tests + UPS shipping charges  $      217.00
 Agsource Laboratories  Wastewater tests + UPS shipping charges  $      217.00
 Banleaco  Folder/Inserter Lease  $      154.22
 Barnes & Noble  DVDs  $        89.97
 Barnes & Noble  Book  $          8.79
 Barnes & Noble  Book  $        11.19
 Barnes & Noble  Books  $        47.94
 Barnes & Noble  Book  $        13.56
 Barnes & Noble  Books  $        37.58
 Barnes & Noble  DVDs  $        48.97
 Barnes & Noble  Books  $        79.94
 Barnes & Noble  Books  $        97.79
 Barnes & Noble  Books  $      146.92
 Barnes & Noble  Books  $        58.84
 Beisser Lumber Company  1×8-12 #2 Pine Carsiding  $      109.44
 Bomgaars  Antifreeze/Pipe Nipple/Pipe Bushing/Conn Hose/Insert Adapter
 Wheel Cutting Metal/Conduit/Ball Valve/Wheel Cutting Metal
 Wheel Cut-Off Metal/5Ft Ext Wire/Insert Elbow/Bolt Eye  $      143.31
 Bomgaars  Snow Brush  $          5.69
 Bomgaars  Toggle Switch/Anchor Ring/Ring Tie-Off/Strap Tie Down/Strap Ratchet  $        62.87
 Bound Tree Medical  Gloves/BVM Resuscitator/Electrodes/Defib Pads/Bandage  $      139.24
 Bound Tree Medical  Pediatric Defib Pads  $      118.99
 Bound Tree Medical  Supraglotic Airway Kit/Endotracheal Tube Holder/BVM Res Bag/Curaplex Suction Kit
 Suction Canister/Irrigation Solution/Defib Pads  $      210.11
 Bound Tree Medical  Glucagon Kit  $      333.24
 Brown, Fagen & Rouse  Legal Services for January 2019/Dallas County Recorder and Priority Mailing  $   2,619.02
 Brown, Fagen & Rouse  To Adel for Pretrial Conf regarding Ticket for Speeding/Telephone Conf w/ Chris Knouse  $      260.00
 Burns, Brandon  Cell Phone Reimbursement  $        35.00
 Capital City Equipment Co.  Oil Filters  $      136.98
 Carquest Auto Parts  Vacuum Cap/Elbow Conn/Hose Clamp/Fuel Hose  $        22.92
 Carquest Auto Parts  Washer Fluid  $          7.00
 Casey’s General Stores  Fuel  $   1,124.17
 Colored Sand  Party Pack  $      140.00
 Culligan Water of Adel  Bottled Water + Cooler Rental  $        17.30
 D.J. Gongol & Associates, Inc.  Wear Plate Assy/Hex Nut/Lock Washer/Gasket Rub
 Cover Plate/Fill Plug Assy/Check Valve Assy  $      830.62
 Dallas County EMS  Ambulance Tiering Services  $      150.00
 Dallas County EMS  Ambulance Tiering Services  $      150.00
 Dallas County EMS  Ambulance Tiering Services  $      150.00
 Data Technologies, Inc.  1099 Misc Forms/W3 Forms/1096 Forms/W-2 Forms  $      163.98
 David, Susanne  GCC Rental Cancellation Reimbursement  $      160.00
 Demco  Clear Glossy Label Protectors/Laminate 4-Mil Gloss Finish/Plastic Laminate Squeegee  $      140.23
 Electric Pump  Lift Station Pump Repairs  $   1,434.00
 Electric Pump  Lift Station Pump Repairs  $      654.00
 Elenco Electronics, Inc.  Jr. Scientist Tumbling Robot  $        61.50
 Empowerment Solutions, LLC  Quarterly Hosting Fee  $      225.00
 Feick, Brad  Cell Phone Reimbursement  $        35.00
 Fire Recovery EMS  December Billing  $      437.05
 G & L Clothing  Clothing – Mullins  $      254.64
 G & L Clothing  Clothing – Mullins  $        56.70
 Geneser Repair  Repair Hydraulic Leak on Tractor  $      145.55
 Genus Landscape Architects  Professional Services thru November 2018 – Design Development on Granger Trail Hub  $   2,222.80
 H & H Plumbing Inc.  Backhoe Rental for Water Main Repair  $      930.00
 Harned, Jennifer  Cell Phone Reimbursement  $        35.00
 Hawkins, Inc.  Chlorine/Sodium Permanganate  $   1,168.17
 Mullins, Aaron  Cell Phone Reimbursement  $        35.00
 Phonesavanh, Vone  Yoga Instructor Payment  $      294.00
 Polk City Fire & Rescue Department  Tiering Services  $      200.00
 Polk City Fire & Rescue Department  Tiering Services  $      200.00
 Praxair  Oxygen  $      194.05
 Purchase Power  Postage  $      400.00
 Racom  EDACS Access  $      479.40
 Signature Signs  Vinyl Lettering for Trash Cans  $        24.39
 State Hygienic Laboratory  Water Tests  $      324.00
 Storey Kenworthy  Checks  $      370.49
 Sturtz, Jarrod  Cell Phone Reimbursement  $        35.00
 Sullivan, Elizabeth  Bootcamp Instructor Payment  $        21.00
 Sullivan, Elizabeth  Bootcamp Instructor Payment  $      126.00
 Sullivan, Elizabeth  Bootcamp Instructor Payment  $      105.00
 Sullivan, Elizabeth  Bootcamp Instructor Payment  $        42.00
 Sullivan, Elizabeth  Bootcamp Instructor Payment  $      126.00
 Sullivan, Elizabeth  Bootcamp Instructor Payment  $        42.00
 Tiernan’s Service Center  Mower Tire Repair  $        25.00
 Tiernan’s Service Center  New Tires/Rear Wiper Arm/Rear Wiper Blade for 2013 Dodge Durango  $      803.31
 Tiernan’s Service Center  New Tires/ABS Electric Control Module/Alignment  $   1,478.39
 TOT  Instructor Payment  $      364.65
 Trzeciak, Kristy  Cell Phone Reimbursement  $        35.00
 Trzeciak, Kristy  GCMOA Luncheon Mileage Reimbursement  $        13.29
 UPS  UPS Shipping Charges  $        52.04
 Van Wall Equipment  Tiller Stand/Base/Nut Lock/Retainer  $        30.60
 Van Wall Equipment  Fuel Line Packing  $          1.48
 Veenstra & Kimm, Inc.  Engineering Services for Ironwood Estates Plat 3  $   1,947.69
 Veenstra & Kimm, Inc.  Building Permit Fees for November 2018  $   2,292.60
 Verizon Wireless  Cell Phone Charges  $        93.09
 Walter’s Sanitary Service, Inc.  Residential garbage reimbursement 12/1-12/31/18  $   7,329.20
 Walter’s Sanitary Service, Inc.  Container Rental/Pickup  $        86.08
 Walter’s Sanitary Service, Inc.  Container Rental/Pickup  $        83.67
 Williams Scotsman  Police Mobile Trailer Rental Fee  $      338.00
 TOTAL  $ 36,337.76
 EXPENSE TOTALS PER FUND
 General Fund  $ 28,141.60
 Water Fund  $   3,717.14
 Sewer Fund  $   4,479.02
 TOTAL  $ 36,337.76
 REVENUE TOTALS PER FUND
 General Fund  $ 71,713.31
 Road Use Tax Fund  $ 14,143.33
 Employee Benefits Fund  $   2,756.70
 Emergency Fund  $      526.97
 Local Option Sales Tax Fund  $ 13,666.61
 TIF Fund  $   5,954.73
 Debt Service Fund  $ 10,893.65
 Water Fund  $ 19,520.99
 Sewer Fund  $ 39,632.07
 TOTAL  $178,808.36

 

January 2, 2019 Agenda

GRANGER PARKS AND REC BOARD AGENDA

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Granger Community Center

 

Jeri Wendzel                        Carla Drennen                     Ryan Castro                         Erik Smith                                                                                    Jennifer Kopp

  1. General Agenda Items:

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of the Agenda
  4. Approval of minutes from December 10, 2018 board meeting
  5. Public Form

 

  1. Board Discussion Items:

 

  1. Peak Performance – Eric Evans
  2. Director’s Report
  3. CCRA & Parks Report
  4. Grants update
  5. Officer Elections
  6. City Council Update Subjects:

 

III.  Board Action:

 

  1. Old Business:

 

  1. New Business:
  2. 1. Next Meeting – Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

 

  1. Adjournment:

December 10, 2018 Agenda

December 10, 2018 agenda

GRANGER PARKS AND REC BOARD AGENDA

Monday, December 10, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Granger Community Center

 

Jeri Wendzel                        Carla Drennen                     Ryan Castro                         Erik Smith                                                                                    Jennifer Kopp

  1. General Agenda Items:

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of the Agenda
  4. Approval of minutes from November 7, 2018 board meeting
  5. Public Form

 

  1. Board Discussion Items:

 

  1. Director’s Report
    1. Basketball – 3rd Grade and Up
    2. Flooring Bids for Community Center
  • Painting Colors for Community Center
  1. Nursing Home Sponsorship for Shirts
  2. Budget Discussion for 2019-2020
  1. CCRA & Parks Report
  2. Grants update
  3. City Council Update Subjects:

 

III.  Board Action:

 

  1. Old Business:

 

  1. New Business:
  2. 1. Next Meeting – Wednesday, January 2, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

 

  1. Adjournment:

September 5, 2018 Minutes

September 5, 2018 Minutes

 

Granger Parks and Rec Board Meeting, Wednesday September 5, 2018

  1. General Agenda Items:

Call to Order: Carla Drennen called to order at 7:05pm

Roll Call: Present – Carla Drennen, Jeri Wendzel, Jennifer Kopp, Ryan Castro, Erik Smith

Members of Public – Jennifer Harned (Parks and Rec Director), Brad Feick

Approval of the Agenda  Jeri Motions, Jenn 2nds

Approval of August 1, 2018 Minutes: Jenn motions, Jeri 2nds

Public Forum- None

 

  1. Board Discussion Items
  2. New Board Introductions: We are welcoming two new members to our team this month, Erik Smith and Ryan Castro. Erik has been a resident of Granger for 6 years and is heavily involved in coaching. Ryan has been living here for 10 years and is a dedicated soccer coach.
  3. Director Report:
  4. Beggar’s Night: We will continue to have Beggar’s Night on October 30th in order to keep it consistent with previous years and clear up some questions. This should help us clear up confusion on timing in upcoming years.
  5. Business Experience: David Combs, a High School Business Teacher, is offering a new class called Business Experience. This class will provide connections between students and local businesses in order for students to gain experience and knowledge in the business world. Jennifer has recommended a few projects for some of the students to do. We also discussed that this may be a good opportunity for getting help with organizing soccer.

III. Assumption Church Donation: Assumption Church has asked for us to donate to their fundraiser. In order to benefit the Community Center in the best way possible, Jennifer recommends that we donate a future rental that they could use for the fundraiser.

  • Jeri motions to approve donations
  • Erik seconds.
  1. Fall Workshop: Jennifer will attend the Fall workshop in Fort Dodge on Monday and Tuesday, Sep. 10-11th. She will gain useful knowledge from the directors of surrounding communities.
  2. Playground Inspection Interview: The three primary areas that were checked to be sure we are ADA compliant were: accessible pathways to play areas, safety surfaces installed, and playground equipment configuration. One of the largest concerns is the sand and lack of pathways. We also have a high amount of elevated playgrounds and only one ground level. Since, we have 5 elevated playgrounds, it is required that we have two ground level playgrounds as well. Jennifer is talking with the inspector to see which further actions need to take place.
  3. Playground Maintenance Course: Both Jennifer and Brad will be attending a local education course to further their knowledge of playground maintenance. This will help them to know what we are looking for in terms of being ADA compliant. It is September 19-20th in Pleasant Hill.
  • Jeri motions to send them
  • Carla seconds.

VII. Shirt Sponsorship: In order to increase revenue, we believe having local business sponsor shirts will be a useful step. Granger Nursing Home would like to purchase the basketball shirts for this years league. Their only requirement is that we have their logo on the back of the t-shirts.

  • Jeri motions to approve shirt sponsorship
  • Erik seconds

VIII. Winter/Spring Planning: Our new program guide should be going to the printer on September 14th. We are going to distribute the program guide to students at both Elementary Schools.

  1. Advertising for Program Guide: For the program guide, Janning Chiropractic paid $250 for a full page add. We are going to open this up to other businesses with the prices of $150 for a half page and $250 for a full page. If we have a high volume of interest, we will explore further pricing options.
  • Jeri motions to approve advertising
  • Jenn seconds
  • All vote ayes
  1. Adult Programming: As we had some issues with players lack of integrity this past volleyball season, we are going to look into having someone at each adult program to ref our games. Hopefully this preventive action will prevent future problems.
  2. CCRA/Parks: Currently, out of our 2018/2019 fiscal budget, Parks is 16% spent, and the Community Center is 6% spent.
  3. Grants Update:
    1. Trails: The grant that the Trails Committee applied for on the recommendation of Jennifer was approved.
      1. With it we are getting a Hub which will be a central area that will branch out
      2. Once we are done creating the hub, we will have a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
        1. This fundraiser money will be used for signs, bike racks, etc.

 

III. Board Action:

  1. Voting for Chair
    1. Jeri
      1. Erik motioned; Jenn seconded.
      2. Voted; all ayes from board
      3. Ryan abstained from the vote
  2. Voting for Secretary
    1. Jenn
      1. Erik motioned; Jeri seconded
      2. Voted; all ayes from board.

 

  1. Old Business: None

 

V.New Business: Next meeting will be Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 7PM

 

VI Adjournment: All Ayes to Adjourn

Jeri motions, Jenn seconds, meeting adjourned at 8:51pm

 

Submitted by Jennifer Kopp, New Secretary

 

 

August 1, 2018 Minutes

August 1 Parks and Rec Board Meeting

Granger Parks and Rec Board Meeting, Wednesday August 1, 2018

  1. General Agenda Items:

Call to Order: Lexi D. Called to order at 7:03pm

Roll Call: Present – Lexi Diersen, Carla Drennen, Jeri Wendzel

Members of Public – Jennifer Harned (Parks and Rec Director), Brad Feick

Approval of the Agenda  Carla Motions, Lexi 2nds

Approval of April 23, 2018 Minutes: Lexi Motions, Jeri 2nds

Public Forum- None

 

  1. Board Discussion Items
  2. Lexi Diersen resignation: will finish the month; will let board members know by Friday if she can help with set up on the 18th Movie in the Park and has agreed that she can help with Granger Days movie in the Park
  3. Interested Board Member introductions: 6 interested citizens, 1 showed up, 2 submitted letters of interest via emails

Eric Smith: 6 years in Granger, currently on Partners of the Park, will check to see if conflict of interest between Parks             and Recreation and Partners of the Park. Ran for City Council during the November elections of 2017

Ryan Castro: 10 year resident of Granger, growing family that uses the parks, facilities and goes to events. Spent 2 years             as a participating board member on an in-house initiative for a previous employer. Spent two years as a board member        and two years running operations for a registered non-profit sports league/organization in central Iowa

Dori Robinson: Been part of Woodward-Granger community since 2013, just recently moved to Granger from                                        Woodward. Excited to learn mor about the community and do part to contribute. Currently works as a director of                                    Ancillary services at The Iowa Clinic and a member of several boards

Upon further discussion it was voted that Ryan Castro would board members recommendation to fill Angie Sebastian’s term   on the Parks and Recreation Board and Eric Smith is recommended to fill Lexi Diersen’s Term (ends in 2019).

 

  1. Director Report:
  2. Board Roles: Will put up the roles of Chairperson and Secretary during the September meeting. Both Carla Drennen and Jeri Wendzel expressed interest in the position of Chairperson. If Chairperson’s position is filled by current Vice Chairperson, Vice       chairperson’s position will go to vote in October.
  3. Soccer for 2019: Upon recommendation from Jennifer Harned, it’s been decided to scrap soccer for 3rd grade and up due to low numbers. It was also recommended that with the lower numbers for the upper age group, Jennifer H thinks it would be in the           best interest for an outside group to be formed to play against surrounding teams.

III. Swim Lessons for 2019: Feed back from Swim lessons are being evaluated as to whether we should explore a different       location/partnership for Summer 2019 with some concerns voiced.

  1. Sand Volleyball Feedback: We had some complaints about one team not calling themselves on anything. WE will need to look into having a staff member there during adult programs to keep score and monitor programs
  2. Bam Bam: Bam Bam ended this year without any weather cancellations. We did shorten the time two days due to heat, but heat index did not go to 105 to cancel. It was then brought up that one coach did cancel but it had not been mentioned to Jennifer                Harned. Great feedback from parents for the program with one feedback stating: “I think the bam bam program was great. My           daughter loved it and had a blast. The coaches were wonderful – I felt like they were great with the kids and did a great job   teaching them and keeping it fun. The length of the program was great – not too long, just long enough to keep the kids interest.            We look forward to next year!”
  3. Donations: John Kline donated $500.00 to the Parks and Recreation Department. Mike Grief also donated $250.00; thank             you notes will be given to both gentlemen for their kind donations to the department.

VII. Coaches Background Checks: Jennifer has presented the guidelines from National Alliance for Youth Sports for what              disqualifies a potential volunteer. After a short discussion, it was voted to put this on the city website:

What DISQUALIFIES a potential volunteer?

                       Before we look at the information obtained from the Criminal History Background check, the following automatic                                        disqualifiers are important to note:

*An applicant provides inaccurate information in their application

*References provide unpleasant or disturbing information about the potential volunteer

*Information gathered in the interview raises questions about the potential volunteer’s motives

*The volunteer refuses to complete the screening process

Then, we must analyze the information gathered from the Criminal History Background Check. If an applicant is found                                            to have been convicted of any of the following offenses, he or she will not be allowed to work with children.

* Sex Offenses and Misconduct

* Violent Felonies

* Felonies (other than sex or violence related) with the past 10 years

* Any child abuse or domestic violence convictions

* Misdemeanors within the past seven years

VIII. Playground Audit: Playground  Guardian did a full playground inspection by a certified inspector as well as an ADA             Audit to make sure we are compliant. Jennifer Harned is still waiting for some information on resurfacing tested and then will               have a full report for the Parks board as well as City Council on how to go forward.

  1. Movies in the Park: Jennifer is in need of help for set up and tear down for the next two movie in the park dates, Saturday August 18, 2018 (Greatest Showman reschedule) and Saturday August 25th (Granger Days-Ferdinand). The more hands, the     faster the process. Jeri and Jen K are set for the 18th, possibly Lexi, Carla and Jeri for Granger days, possibly Lexi.
  2. Playground Maintenance Course: Brad Feick and Jennifer Harned plan on attending a playground maintenance course held in Pleasant Hill on September 20-21. This is a different course without a certification at the end, but instead an overview of information on how to keep it maintained.

 

  1. CCRA/Parks: At the end of the 2017/2018 fiscal year, Parks was 98% spent, Community Center was 99% spent. At the time of the August meeting, the 2018/2019 fiscal year had already started. Parks is 5.5% spent and Community Center is 1.1% spent.

 

  1. Grants Update: N/A

 

  1. City Council: Appointment of candidates

 

 

III. Board Action: Voted to recommend Ryan Castro to fill Angie Sebastian’s term; Voted to recommend Eric Smith to fill Lexi Diersen’s term; Voted to post volunteer disqualifiers on city website

 

  1. Old Business: None

 

V.New Business: Next meeting will be Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7PM

 

VI Adjornment: All Ayes to Adjourn

Carla motions, Lexi 2nds, meeting adjourned at 8:21pm

 

Granger City Council Meeting 4/11/2018

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Granger City Council Agenda

April 11, 2018 – 7 p.m.

City Hall, 1906 Main Street

 

  1. Roll Call
  2. Consent Agenda—Approval of Agenda; Approve March 14, 2018, Minutes; Library Report; Treasurer Report; Clerk Report
  3. Public Forum
  4. Police Report
    1. Action to approve hiring Chris Knouse as a part-time police officer effective immediately
  5. Fire Department Report
  6. Ambulance Report
  7. Public Works Report
  8. Parks and Recreation Report
    1. Action to approve removal of meeting room wall at the Community Center
  9. The 2018 Sidewalk Improvement Program
  10. Engineer’s Report
  11. Discussion
  12. Action on Resolution 2018-1 – with respect to the adoption of Resolution of Necessity
  13. Ironwood Estates Plat 3
  14. Engineer’s Report
  15. Developer’s request to approve Final Plat, subject to the posting of acceptable surety for the completion of improvements
  16. Action on Resolution 2018-8 – approving Construction Plans for Ironwood Estates Plat 3
  17. Action on Resolution 2018-9 – approving Final Plat of Ironwood Estates Plat 3, subject to the City Clerk holding this Resolution in safekeeping until such time as the City Engineer, City Attorney, and City Clerk have collectively certified in writing that all public improvements have been satisfactorily completed, all surety and maintenance bonds have been posted in satisfactory form, that all platting documents have been submitted in satisfactory form, that the water fee of $250 and sewer fee of $250 for each lot has been paid, any required sidewalk agreement has been filed by the developer, and the Council has accepted the public improvements (or other arrangements made for the completion of the improvements by the posting of acceptable surety)
  18. Developer’s request that the Council consider approval of an urban renewal area incorporating a portion of Ironwood Estates Plat 3 and entering into a TIF reimbursement agreement
  19. Oxley Creek Improvements
  20. Engineer’s Report
  21. Discussion of claim filed by Nichols Equipment, LLC and deadline to file suit on claim
  22. Action to rescind Resolution 2017-37 which conditionally accepted the Improvements
  23. Action on Resolution 2018-10 – accepting Oxley Creek Improvements
  24. Action to direct City Attorney to notify parties of project acceptance
  25. 2015 Urban Quality Initiative – Engineer’s Report
  26. The Sidewalk Improvement Program – 2017 – Engineer’s Report
  27. Discussion – repair of sidewalks not included in Sidewalk Improvement Programs
  28. Highway 17 Traffic Study Report – Engineer’s Report
  29. City Engineer – Reports on any other projects and matters
  30. Discussion – potential annexation east of the City
  31. Action to set public hearing on amendment to FY 2017-2018 City Budget for 7 p.m. on May 9, 2018
  32. Report – Finance Committee – Bice and Schutt
  33. Approval of Bills for Payment
  34. Mayor’s Report
  35. Correspondence
  36. Adjournment

Kristy Trzeciak, City Clerk

Letter From Our New Mayor

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LETTER FROM OUR MAYOR

As we start 2018, and I start my first year as Mayor, I felt it would be a good idea to communicate with everyone via our website, as well as our monthly newsletter.  I am excited about being Mayor, and excited about Granger’s opportunities to grow while keeping the sense of small-town values and community spirit that makes this town a fabulous place to live.

We started January with some personnel changes.  Our Director of Public Works, Mike Greif, retired after literally decades of serving all of you.  We are certainly thankful for all he did for the City.  In January’s council meeting, the Council and I approved the hiring of Jarrod Sturtz as our new Director of Public Works.  Jarrod has been with the city for 12 years, and is committed to continuing to serve all of you the best he can.  I know he will do great things.

We also welcomed two new City Council members, Rob Saak and John Schutt.  Both of them are eager to make a difference, and will work hard for all the citizens of this City.  Rob and John replaced Scott Smyth and Bob Herrold, who served this City faithfully for years and decades, respectfully.  Be sure to thank them for their service if you see them.

I have big ideas for Granger, and will work with the council and citizens of this City to grow business in Granger, keep improving our schools, and ensure our community has the resources needed to support its fast growing population.  I also want to improve communication between the City and its citizens.  As a result, I’m planning to have a quarterly meeting to update folks on City happenings, introduce City employees, and make sure you get to ask questions of me or any other City official as needed.  The first meeting will be at the Community Center on Wednesday, March 7, at 6pm.  Please make it a point to attend—an active citizenry makes for a great City.

I am always available to chat, listen or field questions or comments.  You can reach me at TLJ9973@gmail.com, or by cell phone at 515-473-8494.  I look forward to hearing your ideas on how to make Granger even better.   Thanks!