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Page Six OFFICIAL PUBLICATION MINUTES OF THE REGULAR NORWALK CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON 8-06-15 (abridged for publication) Mayor Phillips called the City Council meeting to order at 6:03 pm. Present at roll call:Tom Greteman, Erika lsley, Kyle Jackson and Jaki Livingston. Absent at roll call: Eric Delker. (RC = roll call vote) 15-134 lsley moved, Greteman seconded, to approve the agenda as amended to remove items and 9, concerning a rezoning request. Voice vote carried unanimously. 15-135 Jackson moved, Isley seconded, to approve minutes of July 16"" regular council meeting. Voice vote carried unanimously. Consent included tax abatement applications; Utility Advisory Commission ap- pointment; Resolution 080645-071 approving contract and bonds forthe project known as Norwalk Public Library Roof Replacement; Resolution 0306-1 5-072 ordering construction and setting 8/12/15 as date of bid letting for the Colonial Jodi Eddleman, City Clerk N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, August 20, 2015 vote carried unanimously. ' Photo Printing is a full commercial printer located in Carlisle, Iowa. Tom Phillips, Mayor Attest: If you have a flyer, letterhead, envelope, brochure, magazine, newsletter, book, etc., that you would like to have printed, give us a call for a Free Estimate. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Regular Session August 10, 2015 The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm. Directors Present-Katherine Schmidt, Rick Kaul, Justin Fletcher, and Maribeth Wright. Director Absent-George Meinecke. The following motions were made, seconded, and approved: oApproved the consent agenda as amended. 0Approved the School Board 2016 Legislative Priorities. Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S. lst Street Carlisle, Iowa 50047 Parkway Storm Sewer Improvements and expenditures: ADVENTURE LIGHTING EQUIPMENT $38.00 AIRPORT SIGNS GRAPH WAKONDA $540.00 BOBS CUSTOM TROPHIES NAME BADGES $136.70 BOUND TREE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT $100.00 CAPITAL CITY EQUIP REPAIR KUBOTA $948.34 CAPITAL SANITARY SUP SUPPLIES $618.49 CARPENTER UNIFORM UNIF ALLOW $1,852.79 CENTRAL SALT STREET SUPPLIES $19,508.36 CHRIS MURILLO CLOTH ALLOW $163.80 CONNER ELECTRIC EQUIP REPAIR $1,441.70 DAVIS EQUIPMENT EQUIP REPAIR $872.11 DES MOINES IRON EQUIPMENT $684.86 ELECT ENGINEER 8t EQUIP EQUIPMENT $917.82 EMS PROFESSIONALS SUPPLIES $140.16 FEH ASSOCIATES FIRE STATION $564.00 G L CLOTHING CLOTH ALLOW $1 ,551 .45 GE CAPITAL COPIER LEASE $520.00 GRAINGER OPER SUPPLIES $190.13 HEARTLAND TECH WIRELESS ACCESS $1,173.00 HILSABECK SCHACHT FIRE STATION $16,910.00 ' HOLMS AMER RADIATOR JAC MOWER $704.95 HOTSY CLEANING SYS OPER SUPPLIES $432.00 INDOFF INC OPER SUPPLIES $734.86 IA DEPT OF TRANS EQUIPMENT $1,403.82 IOWA ONE CALL LOCATES $551.80 IOWA RADIOLOGY PATIENT 424257 $72.00 IOWA SIGNAL REPAIR 28 NORTH $100.00 IOWA STATE UNIV PLAN NOTEBOOK $31.00 ISWEP EDU/TRAINING $150.00 JEREMY JONES SWIM LESSONS $30.00 KOCH BROTHERS WORKSTATION $622.86 LOGAN CONT SUPPLY SUPPLIES $78.11 LUCINDA SPERRY ART IN THE PARK $380.00 MALLORY MURPHY REIMBURSE $25.00 MARILYN MERRELL REFUND $39.50 MARY JANE SHARP INSTRUCTOR $840.35 MCCLURE ENG CO NCIS 2014 $35,200.00 MEDIACOM TELECOM $157.40 MENARDS EQUIPMENT $148.84 MENARDS EQUIPMENT $2,182.38 METRO WASTE AUTH LG ITEM STICKERS $10,117.36 MICHAEL WILSON REFUND $45.45 MIDWEST AUTO FIRE FIRE STATION . $550.00 MIKE MYER SERVICES NUSIANCE ORDER $120.00 MUNICIPAL SUPPLY CAPITAL IMPROVE $3,158.10 MURPHY TRACT & EQUIP JOHN DEERE $2,023.39 N WARREN TOWN & CTY PUBLICATION $104.27 NORWALK RUN CLUB TRIATHLON CLUB $458.05 O’HALLORAN INTL REPAIR TRUCK $73.35 PAUL SWIFT CLOTH ALLOW $269.95 , PEPSI—COLA CONCESSIONS $607.77 PITNEY BOWES RENT/LEASE $114.00 PLUMB SUPPLY FIRESTATION $1,039.68 POOL TECH POOL SUPPLIES $1,899.71 RANKIN COMM SYS PHONE REPAIRS $461.55 REAMS SPRINKLER SUP NURSERY SUPPLIES $377.78 SCHWAN’S SALES INT CONCESSION SALES $512.55 SHRED IT SHREDDING $46.95 SIMPLEX GRINNELL PANEL CITY HALL $822.51 SIMPSON MENS TENNIS INSTRUCTOR $1,605.80 SPRINGER PEST PEST CONTROL $68.00 STANDRIDGE GROUP CALENDAR PADS $1,099.00 STOREY KENWORTHY LASER $60.00 TAMI KING REFUND $45.45 TERMINIX INTL PEST CONTROL $64.00 DES MOINES REGISTER SUBSCRIPTION $31.00 THE GRAPHIC EDGE EQUIPMENT $285.30 TK CONCRETE WAKONDA $114,128.15 TOMARK SPORTS OPER SUPPLIES $233.95 TREAT AMERICA EDUerAINING $1,306.87 TYLER TECHNOLOGIES CASH DRAWER $359.00 USA BLUE BOOK SUPPLIES $56.98 VEENSTRA KIMM ENG SVC LEGACY S $17,679.62 VOORHEES TAEKWONDO TAEKWONDO $362.25 WADE WAGONER REIMBURSE $22.82 WARREN CTY HEALTH POOL INSPECTION $531.00 WARRIOR RUN DARE GOLF $1,058.00 WINNERS CIRCLE DARE GOLF $75.00 WOODMAN CONTROLS BUILDING REPAIR $290.00 15-136 Motion by Greteman, Jackson seconded, to approve consent agenda passed unanimously, RC. -Approved the Norwalk High School Athletic Hall of Fame By-Law as pre- 515-989-3251 sented. - oApproved the Confidentiality Agreement with Heartland AEA for the Tab- leau Project. ' The meeting was adjourned at 6:25 pm. Official minutes will be available following board approval. Kate Baldwin, Board Secretary 15-137 Motion by Greteman, Jackson seconded, to table consideration of pro- posed ordinance approving Farms of Holland PUD passed unanimously, RC. 15-138 Motion by Livingston, lsley seconded, to adopt Resolution 0806-1 5-066 approving the request from BLK Investments, LLC for the preliminary plat of Old School Flat 2 passed unanimously, RC. 15-139 Motion by Greteman, Jackson seconded, to adopt Resolution 0806-15- 067 approving the request from Norwalk Land Col, LLC for the preliminary plat of Orchard View Plat 3 passed 3 to 1 with Livingston voting against, RC. 15-140 Motion by Greteman, Livingston seconded, to adopt Resolution 0806- 1 5-068 approving the Warrior Run Estates Plat 1 final plat passed unanimously, RC. 15—141 Motion by Livingston, Greteman seconded, to adopt Resolution 0806- 15069 authorizing the City of Nomalk to enter into an agreement with UltraGreen to convert the Public Works facility, Public Safety building and City Hall to LED lighting passed unanimously, RC. 15-142 Motion by Livingston, lsIey seconded, to adopt Resolution 0806-1 5-070 authorizing the City of Norwalk to enter into an agreement with MidAmerican Energy to convert the street lights to LED lighting passed unanimously, RC. 15-143 Motion by Greteman, Jackson seconded, to table consideration of a paving requirement extension for Betterlife Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Outskirtz passed unanimously, RC. 15-144 Motion by Greteman, Jackson seconded, to enter closed session pursu- ant to Chapter 21 .51 (j) of the Code of Iowa to discuss the potential acquisition of real estate passed unanimously, RC. 15—145 Isley moved, Greteman seconded, to adjourn meeting at 8:14 p.m.Voice Question: am a member of a three member governmental body. Can talk to another member away from public meetings? "it Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column prepared by the Iowa Public Information Board to update Iowans on the IPIB’s activities and provide information on some of the issues routinely addressed by the board. ' ANSWER." It is difficult for two of three members of a govern- mental body to communicate outside an open, public meet- ing without violating Chapter 21 of the Iowa Code (open meetings). This includes not only meeting face-to-face, but also talking on the telephone, texting, emailing or any other means of communication. According to Iowa Code, sec- tion 21.2(2), the definition of a meeting is “a gathering in person or by electronic means, formal or informal, of a major— ity of the members of a gov- ernmental body where there is deliberation or action upon any matter within the scope of. the governmental body’s policy- making duties.” Two out of three members is a majority. Deliberation means to consider or debate. Two members c0u1d “nu—yuan} meet for “purely ministerial or social purposes when there is no discussion of policy or no intent to avoid the purposes of this chapter,” as allowed by section 212(2). However, a conversation about meeting times or a chance meeting at a civic event can easily morph into a discussion of agenda items and potential solutions to an issue facing the govern— mental body. Although a gath- ering for educational purpoSes (to receive information about an issue) can be considered a ‘ministerial’ function, it can become an illegal meeting when members start discuss- ing the information and how to implement that knowledge. Using email, telephone and texting to communicate can also create problems. Not only can there be violations of sec- OpenlowaG isfi x tion 21.2, 21.3 and 21.4 con- cerning notices, agendas and minutes, but there is also a violation of 21.8. Section 21.8 outlines specific precedures to be followed anytime there is a meeting of a governmen- tal body by electronic means. With a three-member govern- mental body, the simple text discussion concerning duties or issues violates the open meet- ings laws unless section 21.8 is observed. Best Practices: Save your de- liberations for the public, open 5 meeting. It is best when people can hear not only your deci- sion, but the rationale for the decision.