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The Granger City Council met in person at the Community Center building on July 8, 2020, at 7 p.m. On June 25, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued an updated Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which among other matters, encouraged all vulnerable Iowans to limit their activities outside of their home including the participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose. The Governor’s Proclamation allows a community gathering (such as a public meeting) of more than ten persons so long as social distancing of at least six feet is maintained and increased hygiene practices are undertaken. The Governor further continued the suspension of state laws requiring a public meeting or hearing to the extent the laws that could be interpreted to prevent a governmental body from limiting the number of people present for an in-person location of the meeting, providing the governmental body provides a means for the public to participate by telephone or electronically. Compliance with the social distancing requirements for a public meeting could unduly limit the public’s participation at a City Council meeting. As permitted by Iowa Code Section 21.8 the City Council meeting will be conducted in person and by electronic means.

Mayor James opened the Public Hearing on authorization for the City of Granger to enter into a loan agreement and the issuance of the Not to Exceed $550,000 Water Revenue Capital Loan pursuant to the provisions of Code Section 384.24A and 384.83 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 2200 Walnut Street, Granger, Iowa. With no written or oral comments, the Public Hearing was closed at 7:01 p.m. James opened the regular City Council meeting at 7:01 p.m. Council members present were Backous, Bermel, Saak, and Schutt. Brandt was not present.

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

Alena Hesley – request for waiver of sewer charges resulting from water being turned on outside during the night at 1701 Crabapple Lane. Schutt made a motion to waive sewer charges in the amount of $150, seconded by Backous. All Ayes.

Emily Baker – Kona Ice Truck – request to waive time restriction on transient merchant license (Code Section 122.10 limits license to between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.) to allow service until 9 p.m. through December 31, 2020. Schutt made a motion to approve, seconded by Saak. All Ayes.

The City Council discussed amending Section 41.12 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Granger, Iowa on Fireworks to allow fireworks from July 1 through July 8 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. except on July 4 (11 p.m.). The fireworks law will stay the same over Christmas and New Year.

Not to Exceed $550,000 Water Revenue Capital Loan Notes – Action on Resolution 2020-17 – instituting proceedings to take additional action for the authorization of a Loan Agreement and the Issuance of Not to Exceed $550,000 Water Revenue Capital Loan Notes was approved by Schutt, seconded by Backous. All Ayes.

Action to approve Iowa DNR Construction Permit Application for installation of two new water filters and authorization to pay the application fee of $900 payable to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources was approved by Schutt, seconded by Saak. All Ayes.

Police Report for 6/8/2020 – 7/5/2020 reported 6 parking violations, 1 property dispute, 1 domestic abuse (arrest made), 3 thefts, 2 erratic drivers, 2 motorist arrests, 3 neighbor disputes, 2 solicitors, 1 traffic control, 3 firework complaints, 1 disturbance, 1 man with a gun, 1 dog bite, 3 criminal mischief, 2 harassments, 1 speeding complaint, 1 domestic dispute (verbal), 3 animal calls, 3 citations, and 5 other agency assists. The City Council reviewed the 28E Agreement to combine the Granger Police Department and the Woodward Police Department. Schutt would like the Police Departments to have a public forum so that the residents of Granger can come and ask any questions they may have regarding this proposed merger. The 28E Agreement is being reviewed by the Granger and Woodward City attorneys for any changes.

Fire Department June 2020 Report shows there were a total of 16 calls. 14 of those calls were EMS calls, and 2 were fire calls. The Fire Department had Pump Training in June. During this training, they exercised the different pumps on E271, T276, and B277 and had all fire members practice their pump operating skills. The EMS training for June was on Altered Mental Status in patients. They reviewed the best practices and efficiencies to ensure that they are providing the best quality of patient care. The trucks and stations were transitioned from the old badge to a new updated badge look. The department hired four new members for June. Tabitha Miller and Andy Tyler celebrate 5 years with the department.

Action to approve listing the 2007 Peterbilt with snow plow for sale with a sealed bid deadline of August 27, 2020, was approved by Backous, seconded by Schutt. All Ayes.

Parks and Recreation Report – The new playground equipment at Centennial Park should be installed by mid-August. Harned would like the community center cans and bottles to be taken to the cage at the Early Learning Center to be donated when they are full. The summer programming is as follows: Soccer will be canceled due to the low numbers and the dates are quickly approaching; Flag football will move forward using similar guidelines to Waukee Parks and Recreation; Yoga in the park will begin on July 11 with social distancing in place, and Movie in the Park will be July 25th with social distancing in place. Scratch Cupcake was a success with over 1200 cupcakes sold. There is an outside soccer program that would like to use the City facilities for their Fall soccer league. After a discussion with the Park Board, they would like to have a similar policy as they do with the Little League. They can use the field and equipment, but they must prep the fields such as goals, lines, etc. Action to approve adding an alcohol agreement for all park shelter rentals was approved by Schutt, seconded by Saak. All Ayes. Action to approve adding a $250 damage deposit to the non-profit agreement was approved by Schutt, seconded by Saak. All Ayes.

Mayor James will talk to the Deputy City Clerk about the unpaid utilities at 1598 and 1600 Linden Streets.

The City Council discussed the proposed changes to the Swimming Pool permit ordinance. The decision was made to amend the permit to the following: 0-18 inches of water capacity, no permit requirements (same as now); 19 to 36 inches of water capacity require a 4-foot fence with locks; 37 inches and up of water capacity require a 6-foot fence (same as now). The new ordinance will require three readings.

Due to the opinions of the State Auditor and the Attorney General and Article III, Section 31 of the Iowa Constitution, which cites that no public money or property shall be appropriated for local, or private purposes, unless such an appropriation, compensation, or claim, be allowed by two-thirds of the members elected to each branch of the general assembly, the City Council has no option then but to not authorize the Fire Department to fill swimming pools.

Action on Resolution 2020-16 – setting the Urban Chicken permit fee at $25 for a 36-month permit, was approved by Schutt, seconded by Backous. All Ayes.

Action on Resolution 2020-18 – authorizing the City Clerk to make the appropriate journal entry reclassifications and interfund transfer of sums in the appropriate manner for the fiscal year 2020 was approved by Schutt, seconded by Saak. All Ayes.

Action to approve Walter’s Sanitation to do the City-wide cleanup on Saturday, September 19, 2020, was approved by Backous, seconded by Schutt. All Ayes.

National Prescription Opiate Litigation, Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy – Action to authorize the Mayor to file Consolidated Claim Authorization Form in Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy proceeding was approved by Schutt, seconded by Backous. All Ayes.

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

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

Mayor’s Report – The Mayor mentioned the Community Center is now open to the public for rentals and that the Parks and Recreation Director would be working two to three days a week at the Center and the rest of the time at home. The Mayor is planning an employee meeting the week of July 20th to go over the new changes to the Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual.

Black Hills Energy has agreed to reallocate the $500 donation (that was previously donated for Granger Days) to Granger Trails for the use of the 2nd phase of the project.

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.


Tony L. James, Mayor

Attest:  _________________________________

Kristy Trzeciak, City Clerk


 Access Systems Annual ShadowProtect Desktop Renewal License $        23.99
 Access Systems Sonicwall Support License/Backup Services/Advanced Cybersecurity Protection $      457.22
 Access Systems Leasing Old Copier Lease + Usage $      317.23
 Access Systems Leasing New Copier Lease + Usage $      242.81
 Access Systems Leasing Server Lease $      248.52
 Agsource Laboratories Wastewater tests + UPS shipping charges $      240.00
 Agsource Laboratories Wastewater tests + UPS shipping charges $      135.00
 Agsource Laboratories Wastewater tests + UPS shipping charges $      240.00
 Agsource Laboratories Wastewater tests + UPS shipping charges $      322.00
 Ashman, Shannon GCC Rental Fee Refund (Audio/Visual Equipment was not working) $        75.00
 Background Investigation Bureau Background Checks for Fire/EMS New Hires $        47.80
 Badger Meter Services for June 2020 $        39.42
 Banleaco Folder/Inserter Lease $      154.22
 Barnes & Noble Legos/Books $      183.79
 Barnes & Noble Books $        69.52
 Barnes & Noble Books/Beanie Boos/EGC Certs $      344.44
 Barnes & Noble Books $      161.31
 Bomgaars Bulk Bolts/Brakleen/Hook/Pick Set/Flexible Tool/Fasteners/Salt Pellets $        54.48
 Bomgaars Hanger Iron/Concrete Mix $        12.97
 Bomgaars Wood Posts $        25.62
 Brown, Fagen & Rouse Legal Services for June 2020 $   2,800.00
 Burns, Brandon Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Casey’s Business MasterCard Fuel $      940.22
 CJ Cooper & Associates, Inc. Drug Testing for Fire/EMS New Hires $      120.00
 CJ Cooper & Associates, Inc. Drug Testing for Fire/EMS New Hires/DOT Drivers $      170.00
 CJ Cooper & Associates, Inc. Drug Testing for DOT Driver $        70.00
 Culligan Water of Adel Bottled Water + Cooler Rental $        65.15
 Demco Love to Read Economy Bag $        46.74
 Demco I Love Books Book Bag/Love to Read Economy Bag/Bar Code Labels $      190.19
 Demco White-Out Correction Tape/Quick Dry $        24.21
 Diamond Vogel Yellow Paint $      305.80
 Dr. Oxygen Science Show Physics/Bubble Show Educational Show $      175.00
 Electric Pump Mini-CAS Panel Credit Return/Mini-CASII $(1,881.14)
 Empowerment Solutions Quarterly Hosting Fee for City Website $      225.00
 Feick, Brad Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Fire Recovery EMS June Billing $      460.22
 GateHouse-DB Iowa Holdings Publications $      690.18
 Graphic Edge Fire/EMS Clothing $      208.93
 Harned, Jennifer Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Hawkins Chlorine/Sodium Permanganate $   1,110.20
 Iowa DNR Annual Public Water Supply Fee for FY2021 $      142.07
 Iowa DOT Sign Tubing/Sign Tubing Anchor $      936.75
 Iowa DOT Reflective Beads/White Paint $      194.45
 Iowa Emergency Vehicle Installs Install for New Police Vehicle $ 12,149.53
 Iowa Finance Authority WWTP GO Capital Loan #C0755R $ 13,724.11
 Iowa Finance Authority WTP SRF Revenue Loan #D0056R $ 38,410.00
 Iowa Finance Authority WWTP GO Capital Loan #C0689G $ 66,380.00
 Iowa Finance Authority WTP GO Capital Loan #D0055G $121,455.00
 Iowa Finance Authority WWTP SRF Revenue Loan #C0628R-WRR $201,668.61
 Iowa League of Cities Membership Dues for FY2021 $      957.00
 Iowa One Call 811 Emails $      128.70
 Iowa Prison Industries No Parking Signs for Landing at Oxley Creek $        90.00
 Jetco, Inc. Removed Existing Chlorine Pump/Installed New Pump $      262.10
 Keystone Laboratories, Inc. Water Tests $      458.00
 Metering & Technology Solutions Water Meters/Nipples $      492.03
 Midstate Reclamation, Inc. Hydrant Meter Deposit Reimbursement $   3,233.72
 Midwest Technologies 1/2 Down Deposit for Acoustic Panels for Community Center $   1,491.18
 Mullins, Aaron Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Office Depot #10 Security Envelopes/Copy Paper/Paper Clips $        51.65
 Office Depot Plates/Insert Tabs $        29.45
 Office Depot 3-Hole Punch/Import Surcharge $        12.53
 Office Depot Laser Pro Paper/Paper Clips/Laminating Pouches/Ink Cart/Sign Holders/Import Surcharges $      137.83
 Oriental Trading Bug Foam Magnet/Princess Frames/Farm Animal Magnets/Animal Mask Craft Kit/
 Scratch Dinosaurs/Sand Art Assortment/Elephant/Crab Headbands/Color $      160.80
 Oriental Trading Unicorn Cup Craft Kit/Dad Picture Magnet Craft Kit/Fathers Day Pic Frame/
 Superhero Dad Cards/Dad Card/Fathers Day Foam Magnets $        59.29
 Project Partners Design Cabinets Painted in Small Conference Room at Community Center $      950.00
 Racom EDACS Access/Beon Access $      523.35
 Reiman Gardens Reiman Gardens Adventure Pass $      250.00
 Reserve Account Postage Machine Deposit $   1,200.00
 Sam’s Club Paper Towels/Febreeze/Toilet Bowl Cleaner/Fire/EMS Membership $        99.42
 Sprayer Specialties, Inc. Noz Body/Cap/TJ Adap/EPDM Hose/Hose Clamp/BoomJet Noz/C-Hose Coup/TJ Spray Tip $        81.86
 Strauss Security Solutions Door Closer Arm $      150.95
 Sturtz, Jarrod Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 Trzeciak, Kristy Cell Phone Reimbursement $        35.00
 UMB Bank, N.A. Public Sale Go Capital Loan $ 52,350.00
 UPS Shipping $        57.80
 Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. The Landing at Oxley Creek Plat 2 $   4,369.95
 Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Ironwood Estates Plat 3 $      703.31
 Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Consultation on Water System Corrosion Control $   1,029.50
 Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Water Treatment Plan Additional Filter Installation $   3,788.50
 Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Building Permit Fees for May 2020 $   7,581.00
 Walter’s Sanitary Service, Inc. Residential garbage reimbursement 6/1/20-6/30/20 $   8,103.00
 Walter’s Sanitary Service, Inc. Container Rental/Pickup $        10.00
 Walter’s Sanitary Service, Inc. Container Rental/Pickup $        86.08
 Williams Scotsman Police Mobile Trailer Rental Fee $      338.00
 TOTAL $553,623.56
 General Fund $ 48,377.08
 Debt Service Fund $240,185.00
 Water Fund $ 11,330.33
 Sewer Fund $253,731.15
 TOTAL $553,623.56
 General Fund $ 90,747.38
 Road Use Tax Fund $   7,456.99
 Employee Benefits Fund $      563.24
 Emergency Fund $        99.09
 Local Option Sales Tax Fund $ 16,254.88
 TIF Fund $      585.36
 Debt Service Fund $   1,736.69
 Water Fund $ 37,402.05
 Sewer Fund $ 56,618.64
 TOTAL $211,464.32