City Council Aug. 5

Alex DeJong/The Herald

The Oskaloosa City Council meets Monday, Aug. 5.

OSKALOOSA— The city of Oskaloosa had a city council meeting on Monday, August 5, 2019.

Board and commission vacancies

The Airport Commission has one vacancy for a term ending December 31, 2021. The Board of Adjustment has one vacancy for a term ending December 31, 2020. The Building Code Board of Appeals has one vacancy for an ex officio member. The Historic Preservation Commission has one vacancy for an alternate member for a three-year term. The Oskaloosa Housing Trust Fund has one at-large vacancy for a term ending January 31, 2020, and one at-large vacancy for a term ending January 31, 2021.

Councilmember Bob Drost said, “The thing that hit me was the number of these board seats are for partial terms and I can speak from my experience sitting here on council now for the last year as the seat I was appointed to, its been a great education opportunity for me and a way to understand city government better and if there's anybody watching or in the crowd interested in getting involved, this would be a good way to get your feet wet and get a taste of it."

Pavement improvements

The council considered a resolution approving a contract with Garden and Associates, Ltd. for engineering services related to the pavement improvements on South Seventh Street and Meadow Creek Subdivision.

Councilmember Joe Caligiuri asked a question about South Seventh.

“Does that include the South Seventh Street going all the way down to 15th," he asked.

City Manager, Michael Schrock Jr., said "yes."

“Just to do a quick overview this was an item that we discussed during the budget meeting held earlier in the year and there was quite a bit of debate about where do we review community invest for future roads," he said. "We don’t have enough money necessary allocated to do both of them in their full capacity considering all of Meadow Creek and all of South Seventh. So the idea was let's try to get South Seventh designed. The other part would be to get to Meadow Creek which the Mayor has been requesting for ten years if not longer.”

There isn't a lot of traffic on Meadow Creek and that is why it has been pushed back on the funding plan.

The roads will take around anywhere from six to 12 months to design and then construction after that.

Reports

Tom Walling had a couple of questions about animals during a time for council members serving on boards and commissions to share their reports.

Walling said he had a neighbor call and wanted to know the legal rules on farm animals in town.

Dave Dixon said “there are obviously provisions of the code relative to that very short thumbnail sketch”

The other question Walling asked was, “Who's responsible for wild animals in the city dead or alive?”

Dixon said he believed the animal control officer from the animal shelter will handle them.

Closed session

The council went into a closed session to 'discuss strategy with legal counsel on a matter presently in litigation or in which litigation is imminent, where disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the city's position.'

When the council came back into open session the mayor sought a motion to support the completion of a settlement agreement with a former employee. That did pass.

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