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Mayor James opened the public hearing on FY 2020-2021 City of Granger Budget at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1906 Main Street, Granger, Iowa, 50109.  With no written or oral comments, the public hearing was closed at 7 p.m.

Mayor James opened the regular City Council meeting at 7:01 p.m.

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

Backous made a motion to amend the agenda to move the action to approve the proposal with sanitation company for City-Wide Clean-Up Day after the public forum, seconded by Schutt.  All Ayes.

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

Action to approve the proposal with Walters Sanitation Service for City-Wide Clean-Up Day to be held on Saturday, May 16th was approved by Schutt, seconded by Saak.  All Ayes.

Action to refer to Plan and Zoning Commission the rezoning of the Landing at Oxley Creek West PUD area located between Oxley Creek and Sycamore Street for Wednesday, April 1st at 5:30 p.m. was approved by Backous, seconded by Saak.  All Ayes.

Police Report – From 2/11/20 – 3/8/20 – reported 1 accident, 4 ambulance calls, 3 motorist assists, 1 loose animal, 3 domestic situations, 1 reckless driver, 1 alarm, 1 hang-up 911 call, 1 out-of-control student, 1 parking complaint, 1 runaway, 3 animal calls, 1 solicitor complaint, 1 theft, 1 suspicious person, 1 welfare check, 2 noise complaints, 1 public assists, 2 fire department calls, 2 erratic drivers, 1 phone scam, 13 citations, and 6 other agency assists.  Action to hire Nick Stucker as a Reserve Officer effective immediately was approved by Saak, seconded by Schutt.  All Ayes.  Fire Chief Saak wanted to publicly recognize Chris Knouse and the police department for all their assistance with the EMS and fire calls and his partnership which is wonderful for our citizens and our community.  Councilmember Backous wanted to thank Chris for attending the Granger Trails meeting giving input on the upcoming fundraiser in May.

Fire Department February 2020 Report shows there were 9 EMS calls, 2 motor vehicle accidents, 2 mutual aids, and 1 fire.  Fire Chief Saak wanted to recognize his department and the other fire departments in other communities that came to assist the large structure fire outside of Granger city limits which were a total loss to the family, but more importantly, no one was hurt.  Saak also mentioned there was a fire hydrant over in the new development off Mulberry that has not been turned on.  Public Works Director Sturtz will call to have this turned on.  The fire township revenue that is left over after expenses will be set aside in a Fire fund for future purchases.  The Clerk will go back to 2011 to calculate this figure and a transfer will be made from the general fund.

Public Works Report – The water filter replacements were discussed and a possible five-year water availability charge, user rate, and bulk rate increase ordinance will be drafted by our City attorney for discussion at our April City Council meeting.  Action on Resolution 2020-06 – approving Wednesday, April 8th at 7 p.m. for a meeting on the authorization of a loan and disbursement agreement and the issuance of not to exceed $180,000 general obligation capital loan notes of the City of Granger, Iowa (for the purchase of two plow trucks) and providing for publication of notice thereof, was approved by Backous, seconded by Schutt.  All Ayes.  Schutt made a motion for the Public Works Director to go ahead and order the plow trucks, seconded by Backous.  All Ayes.

Parks and Recreation Report – Jennifer will attend an Escape Chambers class on Friday to hopefully look into doing something like that in the future.  The Spring/Summer program guide will go to the printer at the end of the week.  It should be in everyone’s mailbox the week after spring break.  Keith Braunschweig is working with the Parks & Recreation Department to help develop a Park Naming Policy and a Shelter House Rental Agreement.  Plans for the new playground equipment and resurfacing at Centennial Park are being discussed by the Parks & Recreation Board with a finalized plan by May.  Action to approve changes to the non-profit rental agreement for the Community Center building (to include that for all events, the Granger Police may make unannounced facility inspections, and if any alcohol is found without notification, that the damage deposit may be retained and the event could be canceled) was approved by Saak, seconded by Backous.  All Ayes.  Action to approve changes to the non-profit rental agreement for the Community Center building (to include that cancellations by the Parks & Recreation Department can be made up until 21 days before your reservation) was approved by Schutt, seconded by Saak.  All Ayes.

Action to approve the proposal by Main Street Designs in the amount of $17,605 to purchase new Christmas decorations for the City was approved by Schutt, seconded by Saak.  All Ayes.

Granger Trails Report – The Trails Committee is planning a bike/run/walk fundraiser for Saturday, May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise funds to build bridges to connect our new trail hub to connect across Oxley Creek.  There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the hub starting at 10 a.m.  The entry fee is $25 for adults and $20 for children under 12 which includes a t-shirt and there will be food vendors and music along with a bike raffle.  There will be more information about the event in the following weeks.  Action to approve school bus transportation from Granger to the Grand Blue Mile event downtown Des Moines on April 21st paying $.50 a mile and paying the bus driver an hourly rate up to $200 was approved by Saak, seconded by Schutt.  All Ayes.  Mayor James mentioned he went to the school board meeting and they formally approved in the minutes the encroachment of the sidewalk on their property which is part of the 2nd phase of the trail hub that will connect over Oxley Creek to Windcrest Trail.

Action to approve Resolution 2020-07 – approving the FY 2020-2021 City of Granger Budget was approved by Schutt, seconded by Backous.  All Ayes.

Action on Resolution 2020-08 – adopting amended and revised Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual will be moved to the April City Council Meeting.  Schutt made a motion to refer approval to the April meeting, seconded by Saak.  All Ayes.

Discussion of possible Real Estate Purchase in the Landing at Oxley Creek West plat.  Engineer Veenstra hear back from the developers that they would be willing to sell the City the 4.4 acres in the SW corner of the proposed plat for $5,000 an acre.  The Council is interested in purchasing the land to be used towards a City building or some other interest that would be valuable to the City.

The Council would like the City attorney to draft a Commercial Property Tax Ordinance that will mirror the Industrial Property Tax Ordinance abatement schedule with restrictions on commercial property being developed in zoned commercial district only.  Another discussion was brought up that the City would budget $2500 a year as an incentive to new businesses that stay open a year (up to 5 new businesses would receive $500 as a bonus).

Backous reported on behalf of the Finance Committee that all information at this time was in order.  Saak made a motion to approve the report, seconded by Schutt.  All Ayes.

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

Mayor James wanted to remind everyone of the Grand Blue Mile event on April 21st, the Woodward-Granger School/Town event that is scheduled for April 1st starting at 6 p.m. and the Granger Trails fundraiser that is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The discussion of Granger Days combining the event with Partners of the Parks and the Council was ok with splitting the revenue 50/50 and using the proceeds towards a park project which has yet to be determined.  Mayor James talked about the Granger Economic Development Association and how there has not been meetings for a couple of years due to timing and trying to get businesses involved.  He will look into either diminishing the association altogether or try to start it back up again.


Meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m.


Tony L. James, Mayor

Attest:  _________________________________

Kristy Trzeciak, City Clerk



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 Agsource Laboratories Wastewater tests + UPS shipping charges $      240.00
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 Banleaco Folder/Inserter Lease $      154.22
 Barnes & Noble Books $      214.22
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 Barnes & Noble DVDs $        73.97
 Barnes & Noble DVDs $        69.67
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 Barnes & Noble DVD $        19.99
 Barnes & Noble DVDs/Legos/EGC Certs $      373.97
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 Brown, Fagen & Rouse Legal Services for February 2020 $   2,800.00
 Burns, Brandon Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Burns, Brandon Mileage Reim for Fire School $        35.65
 Capital City Equipment New Take Off Seat for Toolcat $      220.00
 Capital City Equipment Curb Brush for Street Sweeper $      137.16
 Casey’s Business MasterCard Fuel $   1,042.00
 Century Laundry Distributing Deliver and Install Washer for Fire Department $      522.17
 Colored Sand 8 oz. Squeeze Bottle $        52.50
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 Dallas County News City Hall Subscription Renewal $        46.00
 Demco Dr. Seuss Posters/Banner/Scratch Off Rewards/Cat in the Hat Plush Char/6″ Horton Plush Char $      142.74
 Demco Long Book Jacket Covers $        75.85
 Demco I Love Books Economy Book Bag $        46.74
 Demco Cat in the Hat Stickers/Bookmarks/Pencils $        56.64
 Erikson, Karen Mileage Reim for GCMOA Luncheon $        15.76
 Feick, Brad Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Fire Recovery EMS February Billing $      179.28
 Follett School Solutions Single Site LM – Hosted Service Renewal/Titlepeek Online Service Single Site Supp Renewal $      907.05
 Granger Motors Water Pump Replacement Police SUV $   2,640.96
 Granger Motors Fix Rear Brake Lights Police Car $      218.53
 Grimes Tire & Auto Center Tire Repair on Mower $        44.86
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 Hach Monochloramine F RGT $        92.24
 Harned, Jennifer Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Iowa DOT Ice Melt $      594.86
 Iowa Section – AWWA 2020 Water Distribution/Treatment Plant Operators Conference – Burns $        50.00
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 Kid Power Deposit on Kid Tractor Pulls for Granger Days 2020 $      385.00
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 Menards – Grimes Multi-Purpose Tool Hanger/Steel Leaf Rake $        24.43
 Menards – Grimes Nitrile Gloves/Straight Brush/Foam Brush/Master Trim/Master Cut In/Ext Paint/Brakeleen $      101.80
 Menards – Grimes Multi Widetool Holder Credit Return $     (49.95)
 Mullins, Aaron Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Office Depot Paper Plates/Bowls $        27.98
 Office Depot 9v Batteries/Copy Paper/Storage Box $        55.57
 Office Depot Ink/Copy Paper/3 Ring Binders $        82.24
 Oriental Trading Spring Icon BB Cutouts/Bulletin Board Cutouts/Designer Letters/Foam Bug Mask Craft Kit $        33.65
 Praxair Distribution Oxygen $      203.77
 Primrose Oil Company Armor Plate with Moly-D Grease $      275.00
 Racom EDACS Access/Beon Access $      494.05
 State Hygienic Laboratory Water Tests $        56.00
 Strauss Security Solutions Qrtly Access Hosting Fee $        57.00
 Sturtz, Jarrod Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Swank Movie Licensing USA Copyright Compliance Site License 4/1/20-3/31/21 $      440.00
 Terminal Supply Co. Repair Warning Light for Peterbilt $        74.44
 Terminal Supply Co. Camera System $      309.11
 Tiernan’s Service Center Oil Change/Replace Air Filter on 2017 Dodge 5500 $      167.50
 Tiernan’s Service Center Oil Change on 2013 Police SUV $        40.00
 Trzeciak, Kristy Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Trzeciak, Kristy Mileage Reim for GCMOA Luncheon $        15.76
 UPS Shipping $        61.21
 Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Ironwood Estates Plat 3 – Construction Services $        78.60
 Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Building Permit Fees for January 2020 $   4,572.20
 Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Charges $        93.99
 Walter’s Sanitary Service, Inc. Residential garbage reimbursement 2/1/20-2/29/20 $   7,898.60
 Walter’s Sanitary Service, Inc. Container Rental/Pickup $      118.00
 Walter’s Sanitary Service, Inc. Container Rental/Pickup $        86.08
 Westrum Leak Detection 2020 Leak Detection Survey $      750.00
 Williams Scotsman Police Mobile Trailer Rental Fee $      338.00
 TOTAL $ 33,599.11
 General Fund $ 28,881.86
 Road Use Tax Fund $   1,376.36
 Water Fund $   2,567.95
 Sewer Fund $      772.94
 TOTAL $ 33,599.11
 General Fund $ 23,425.61
 Road Use Tax Fund $ 15,372.04
 Employee Benefits Fund $      429.92
 Emergency Fund $        75.62
 Local Option Sales Tax Fund $ 13,837.61
 TIF Fund $      293.88
 Debt Service Fund $   1,302.02
 Water Fund $ 21,011.74
 Sewer Fund $ 42,861.29
 TOTAL $118,609.73