The Ottumwa Courier

December 19, 2013

Hranicka chairs his last city council meeting

By RUSTY EBERT
Courier correspondent

---- — KEOSAUQUA — The Keosauqua City Council heard an update on an agreement to build a new swimming pool, learned about a sewer backup that caused thousands of dollars of damage and approved salary increases and job descriptions for city workers during its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10.

It was also the last full meeting chaired by mayor Kevin Hranicka, after 12 years at the helm.

Richard Nichols, representing the River View Country Club, requested proceeding with the agreement of the city, Country Club and Swimming Pool Project Task Force — Friends concerning establishment of a pool for public use. Approval of the agreement will be on the January agenda. The main issue for both parties had been to come to agreement on language dealing with the right of first refusal.

The city approved a resolution that called for 2.75 percent increase of the base pay for city workers. Clothing allowance for full-time workers was set at $200.

A sewer backup at the Joe and Kelcy Nank residence on Country Lane Road was discussed. Kelcy Nank was present at the council to discuss the situation. The city’s insurance stated that the city was liable due to the city’s response to Nank. The insurance would pay between $4,600 and $5,000 on the claim, factoring in depreciation. The Nanks already have $8,550 in out-of-pocket expenses, not including their time. The low bid from the contractors was $12,200. The City Council would have to negotiate a settlement on the difference between the expense and the insurance payment. They would have to go into closed session. “We’re sorry it happened,” said Hranicka.

In other business:

• The city received communication from Mossy Oak Properties, encouraging the city to proceed with a TIF district, if there were other buyers that might be interested in the Hotel Manning, according to Mayor Hranicka. City Attorney Morrisey presented the council with a draft of the First Amendment to Urban Renewal Plan for the City and discussed the steps and timeline for the review and approval process.

• The council approved a resolution to appoint Heidi Bainbridge as new library board member and Dave Kirchner to the Area XV Multi-Housing board.

• A conveyance from KEDA (outlet 1) to the city was approved. The property is behind the hospital in the Des Moines City Subdivision, and it was given to the city by KEDA.

• The council will send a notice of nuisance to property owners of 607 First St. (the former Mike and Nikki’s building).

• The council received an update from Gary Lee about property on 110 Main St. (the Duckworth building). Lee advised the council that the contractor working on the building at 110 Main has reported he stabilized the building and that the foundation to the building is in good condition. He also advised that he will reevaluate the building in the spring to see if he will continue to renovate the building or will tear it down.

• Jim Chambers, City Superintendent, advised the council that seal coating the alley between Dodge Street and Lucas Street is estimated to cost $1,700.00. No action was taken.

• The council approved updating job descriptions in the policy manual and create a two-tier wage scale with regard to certified and non-certified positions.

• Councilperson Nichols discussed the responsibility of disciplinary action with regard to employees.

• The council voted to send a proposal to sell a 33’ by 149’ parcel adjoining the Owens’ property to Wendy and Jerry Owens.

• Hranicka discussed with the council the proposed FEMA flood maps.

• Kent Rice from French-Reneker-Associates advised the council that there isn’t any emergency CDBG funding available to replace the Badger water meters.

• Hranicka discussed preliminary figures for the FY15 budget.

• Kent Rice reported that Rathbun Regional Water is aware of the sand in the water system and has plans to perform repairs to alleviate the problem.

• Councilperson Peacock presented Hranicka with a Certificate of Service for his 12 plus years of service.