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Thursday, June 19, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Fifteen OFFICIAL PUBLICATION MINUTES OFTHE REGULAR NORWALK CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON 6-O6-14 (abridged for publication) Mayor, Tom Phillips called meeting at 705 North Avenue to order at 6:00 P.M. Present at roll call were Eric Delker, Erika Isley, Kyle Jackson, Jaki Livingston and Jamie Sylvester. Absent: none. (RC = roll call vote) 14-117 Motion by Isley and seconded by Livingston to approve the Agenda, carded unanimously by voice vote. Rods Harris, H.R. Green, and Dean Yo[di, Warren County Supervisor, updated council on the SW Connector extension project. Mayor welcomed those guests present. With no one present wishing to speak, the business portion of the meeting opened. 14-118 Motion by Livingston and seconded by Delker to approve the Minutes of the May 15, 2014 regular meeting carded unanimously by voice vote. Consent included tax abatement(s); set June 19 as date of public hearing on annexation moratorium agreement with the City of Des Moines; liquor license renewal for Kum N Go #28 & #240 and expenditures: A+ LAWN AND LAND OPER EQUIP $305.56 ADVENT IN ADVERT CLOTH ALLOW $469.18 AIR FILTER SALES BLDG MAINT $319.72 AIRPORT SIGNS EQUIP $650.00 AN RES LEAGUE ANIMAL INTAKE " $300.00 ASI ROLL OFF $260.56 BARCO MUN PROD STREET SUP $1,980.42 BETTY KARNES REFUND $52.00 BLU E TARP FINANCIAL FUEL REPAIR $99.99 BROWN EQUIP FERRIS $110.05 BSN PASSONS OPER SUP $306.93 BUSCH SYSTEMS RECYCLING $2,597.00 CARPENTER UNIF UNIF ALLOW $556.91 CITY STATE BANK WELLNESS CARDS $300.00 CLARK EQUIP CLARK EQUIP $24,928.50 " CONTRACT SPEC OPER SUP $448.72 DAVIS SUN TURF EQUIP COMPLEX $13,995.00 DES MOINES IRON CHERRY ST FENCE $115.00 DM STEEL FENCE OPER SUP $31.40 DMB SUPPLY SUP $169.00 DOWNEY TIRE REPAIR $797.97 ELLIOTT EQUIP TIGER TAIL $130.00 EMS PROF MED SUP $1,842.31 FRANK DUNN PATCH $616.00 G & - CLOTH CLOTH ALLOW $489.45 GREGG YOUNG REPAIR 32 $78.86 GRIMES ASPHALT COLD MIX $454.06 HARLAND TECH OFFICE SUP $130.00 HOME BUILD ASSOC HOMESHOW $7,500.00 HOTSY CLEAN SYS REPAIR $511.16 HYVEE WELLNESS PRES $100.03 INDOFF SUP $522.60 IOWA ONE CALL LOCATES $4.00 IOWA SIGNAL HWY 28 BEARDSLEY $100.00 IA WINDOW SVC BLDG MAINT $85.00 ISU EXTENSION AICP CERT MAINT $250.00 JAMES BORST REFUND $15.00 JAMES OIL FUEL $5,801.76 JESTER iNS INS RENEWAL $1,300.03 JILL LARSEN REFUNDS $121.00 KABEL BUS SVCS HRA CKS $5,600.53 KELTEK EQUIP $823.03 KINMAN GLASS BLDG MAINT $255.00 LANDS END BUS CLOTH ALLOW $321.54 LORI PRIER REFUND $31.00 LUCINDA SPERRY PAINT CLASS $304.00 MARTIN MARIETTA OPER SUP $162.06 MATHESON LINWELD MED SUP $591.67 MCLAUGHLIN INTL BIKESAFETY SHIRTS $557.89 MENARDS SUP $806.40 MERCY COLLEGE TRAIN ANNUAL TRAIN $100.00 MIDWEST K-9 DET BOARDING $2,100.00 MIDWEST WHEEL EQUIP $120.83 MTI DIST REPAIR $1,597.00 N WAR TOWN & CTY PUBLIC HEARING $328.03 NORWALK READY MIX LIMESTONE $2,486.50 OLSSON ASSOC SITE PLAN REVIEW $1,448.25 OREILLY AUTO REPAIR 50 $76.59 OUR DESIGNS CLOTH ALLOW $179.03 PEPSI-COLA . MEETINGS/CONF $200.89 PHIL PARKER REIMBURSEMENT $33.38 PITNEY BOWES SUP $46.74 PITNEY BOWES LEASE $735.00 PLUMB SUPPLY BLDG MAINT $120.07 PROLAWN - TANK GASKET $335.50 PURCHASE POWER POSTAGE $1,066.37 RDG BUSSARD DIKIS GATEWAY SIGN $1,891.31 REGISTER MEDIA PUBLIC HEARING $67.07 SECURITY EQUIP SERVICE AGREE $2,076.00 SHRED IT' SHRED ONSlTE $46.14 STANDRIDGE GROUP LETTERHEAD/ENV $300.00 STRATEGIC AMERICA WEB HOST $540.03 DM REGISTER SUBSCRIPTION $31.00 TOMPKINS INDUST EQUIP $56.46 TRUGREEN CHEMLAWN PARKS $6,248.00 TYLER TECH MAIL ASSIST $1,015.00 V & K STORMWATER $17,506.25 VERIZON WIRELESS CELLPHONES $1,714.85 VOORHEES TAEK TAEKWONDO $527.28 GRAND TOTAL $69,273.13 14-119 Motion by Delker and seconded by Sylvester to approve the Consent Agenda. RC vote carried 4-0 with Jackson abstaining for potential conflict of interest pertaining to an expenditure line item. Mayor opened Public Hearing at 6:21 p.m. concerning Ordinance amending the master plan and rules, regulations, guidelines for the Legacy Planned Unit Development as contained in Ordinance No. 01-01. Rosien noted that no written comment was received. With no one present wish- ing to speak, Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 6:23 p.m. 14-120 Motion by Jackson and seconded by Delker to pass first, of three, read- ings, of an Ordinance amending the master plan and rules, regulations, guidelines for the Legacy Planned Unit Development as contained in Ordi- nance No.01-01. RC passed unanimously. 14-121 Motion by Sylvester and seconded by Jackson to pass the third and final reading, of Ordinance 14-08 amending the official zoning map of the City of Norwalk rezoning land located at the Countryside Golf Course/War- rior Run Estates from R-1 to R-4, R-1 to R-3, R-3 to R-1 & C-2 and R-1 to C- 2: RC passed 3-2 with Isley and Livingston voting against. 14-122 Motion by Sylvester and seconded by Isley to pass the third and final reading, of an Ordinance 14-09 amending the master plan and rules, regu- lations and guidelines for the Legacy Planned Unit Development as con- tained in Ordinance No. 06-05. RC passed unanimously. 14-123 Motion by Isley and seconded by Livingst6n to pass the first, of three, readings of an Ordinance amending certain sections of Chapter 176, Sub- division Regulations as it relates to sidewalks. RC passed unanimously. 14-124 Motion by Isley and seconded by Delker to waive the second and third readings of Ordinance 14-10 amending certain sections of Chapter 176, Subdivision Regulations as it relates to sidewalks. RC passed unanimously. The next item on the agenda is approval of the Redwood Drive street repair bid. Hoskins reported that the water main break in March had purdped a million gallons of water underneath the street. Council consensus is to proceed with emergency repairs. 14-125 Motion by Sylvester and seconded by Livingston to adopt Resolution 0605-14-49 approving Highway 28 landscaping contract. RC passed 4-1 with Isley voting again'st. 14-126 Motion by Livingston an :1 seconded by Delker to adjourn the meeting at 7:32 P.M. Voice vote carried unanimously. Tom Phillips, Mayor Jeff Rosien, City Clerk Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett ]ulian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. More Senate Oversight Hearings June 9 was the date of the most recent Senate Gov- ernment Oversight Committee hearing. The subject of the hearing was recent construction projects at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. In 2008 the legislature authorized extensive construction and remodeling projects at the Home. The Schemmer company was hired to develop a plan for the project. It came up with a plan calling for the work to be dofie in four phases labeled Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4. The state was awarded federal matching funds for the projects with the state paying 35% and the federal government pay- ing 65% of the costs. During this time, Governor Culver issued an executive order requiring that all tate con- struction projects use project labor agreements. This basically required that union labor with union wage rates be used in the construction projects. This order applied to Phases 2-4. When Governor Branstad took office in early 2011, work was well along on Phase 1. There were substantial cost overruns and the work was significantly behind schedule. Part of the problem was that there were a number of "change orders" meaning that as work progressed changes in the plan were made, substantially increasing the costs. The figures given us by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) that oversees state construction projects, show that the amount contracted for the actual construction in Phase 1 was $40,992,951.80. The change orders came to $2,618,206.71 Ofa increase in costs t0 the taxpayer of 6.39%. In addition, the bids for Phase 2 were all sub- stantially above the amounts put forth by Schemmer. No contracts were entered into for Phases 2-4. Given this situation, the contract with Schemmer was terminated, several state employees were let go and a new company was hired to oversee the project. The ter- minology "Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4," was dropped. Governor Branstad had issued an Ex(cutive Order re- scinding the iequirement that Project Iabor Agreements be used in state construction projects, ,hen he took of- fice in Janqary of 2011. This is importmt because even those who were unhappy with the char, ges made agreed that using Project Labor Agreements increases the costs of constrdction projects to taxpayers. After these changes were made, we were told that work has been done on additional projects totaling $37,339,727.41. Change or- ders have come to only $683,687.23, or 1.83%, resulting in great savings to the taxpayer compared to the change orders under the previous work on Phase 1. In addi- tion, general contractors are no longer used by DAS re- suiting in additional savings to the taxpayer. The amazing thing to me is that the DemocratgPon the committee were not interested in the information that I have set out above. They focused entirely for hours " l and hours, on the procedures used t o terminate the o d agreements and hire.new people and the laying off of a few state employees nearly three years ago. They also tried to give us the impression that federal matching money was not available for the work done after Phase 1. In fact, we were told by wtnesses at the hearing that federal matching funds were obtained for the new con- struction. The only things that did not qualify for match- ing funds were the revisions of the plans, as opposed to the actual construction, for work after Phase 1. In the overall context of the project that involved fairly small amounts. It was the price the state had to pay to avoid throwing good money after bad. The additional con- struction work itself did qualify for federal matching funds. As always, feel free to contact me at Julian.Garr ett@legis.iowa.gov or 515-281-3371 with your ideas or concerns. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 OFFICIAL PUBLICATION MINUTES OFTHE NORWALK CITY COUNClLWORK SESSION ON 5-29-14 (abridged for publication) Mayor Tom Phillips called the work session at 705 North Avenue to order at 5:50 ;PM. Present at roll call: Eric Delker, Erika Isley, Kyle Jackson, Jaki Livingston and Jamie Sylvester. The agenda topics included updating priorities, prioritizing capital improvement projects, township fire service provision and annexation. Specific conversations centered around tax abatement TIF policy, the city pool and public safety staff- ing needs. Mayor Phillips adjourned the meeting at 9:33 P.M. Tom Phillips, Mayor Jeff Rosien, City Clerk Legislative Newsletter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 " I recently met a constituent who proudly informed me that her daughter had joined the Navy. I was pleased to be able to tell her about the Home Base Iowa Pro- gram that was passed by the Legislature this last ses- sion and signed by the Governor on Memorial Day. When her daughter completes her service and training, I hope that she will consider returning to Iowa. Experi- ence has shown me that veterans are good citizens, hard workers and instill positive values in their children. If you have a family member or know a veteran, let them know about the Home Base Iowa Program. Some of the provisions of the Home Base Iowa Pro- gram are: Military pension exempt from State income tax Veterans' hiring preference Streamlined occupational licensure for veterans and spouses Automatic in-state tuition at state universities and community colleges for veterans, spouses and dependents These incentives are in addition to current benefits such as; . oA $5,000 Home Ownership Assistance Grant Iowa Veterans" Home Property tax exemption Injured veterans grant program War orphans educational aid National Guard education asstance program Free spedalty license plates Vietnam conflict bonus Veteran lifetime hunting and fishing licenses For more information, you can contact www.homeba seiowa.org or 855-9HB-IOWA (855-942-4692). I am spending/abe summer educating myself about issues Iowans are concerned about. I attended a water quality and agricultural event in Melbourne in which I was educated about various programs to remove nitrates from ground water and recycling the water. I am Sched- uled to attend a tour June 17 sponsored by the State Soil Conservation Committee and Conservation Districts of Iowa. We will be touring Madison, Clarke and Union counties and visiting watershed and soil conservation projects, a windmill site, wetlands and other conserva- tion programs, I am looking forward to learning about these projects. I find that farmers in Iowa are very con- servation aware and are working hard to protect our important natural resources. If you have a project you would like me to attend, contact me at 515-559-4702. I Did You Know? I (NAPS)--(TKffe's Work- ing Hands and Healthy Feet can quickly relieve, restore and maintain severely dry skin that cracks and splits because they're formulated with glycerin, which draws moisture in. Made in America, they come with a money-back guarantee. For more information, visit www. okeeffescompany.com. National School Choice Week is an independent pub- lic awareness campaign that shines a spotlight on effec- tive education options for children. The Week features more than 5,500 events across all 50 states. You can learn more at www.school choiceweek.com. Returning veterans want a home and a job. Anyone interested in learning about the resources available to active and retired service members can call the Easter Seals Community One Source Hotline, (866) 423- 4981, e-mail veterans@easter seals.corn Or visit www. century21.com/aboutus/. The Frozen Theater is a horror-documentary film fea- turing the rise and fall of the U.S.S.R. through the bio- graphical story of Grisha Bruskin, presented by Archival Magazine.