MINUTES

SPECIAL MEETING

OF THE

MARBLE ROCK CITY COUNCIL

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:00 P.M.

 

          The Special Meeting of the Marble Rock City Council was called to order with

Mayor Engelhardt presiding with Councilpersons Ackley, Marzen, Schmidt, C. Schriever, and T. Schriever present.

 

          Moved T. Schriever/seconded Schmidt to open a Public Hearing on proposal to enter into a General Obligation Water Improvement Loan and Disbursement Agreement Anticipation Project Note (IFA Interim Loan and Disbursement Agreement) Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

          With there being no public comment Ackley moved/Marzen seconded to close the public hearing. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

          Moved Ackley/seconded Marzen to a Resolution taking additional action to a General Obligation Water Improvement Loan and Disbursement Agreement and authorizing, approving and securing the payment of a $108,000 General Obligation Water Improvement Loan and Disbursement Agreement Anticipation Project Note (IFA Interim Loan and Disbursement Agreement) Roll: Ayes- Ackley, Marzen, Schmidt, C. Schriever, T. Schriever. Carried.

         

          Moved Ackley/seconded Schmidt to open a Public Hearing on proposed Community Development Block Grant Application for municipal water system improvements project. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

The public hearing on the proposal to submit a CDBG application to IDED was opened at 6:05 PM.  Chris Diggins, NIACOG staff presented the following:

 

The need for the activity has been identified by the IDNR, City Council, residents and businesses.  

 

The proposed activities will be funded with a combination of CDBG funds and State Revolving Loan Funds from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 

 

The application has a due date of October 1, 2017

 

The City of Marble Rock is requesting $300,000 in CDBG funds.

 

70.66% low- and moderate-income persons, according to an income survey completed in April and May of 2017, will benefit from the project.  Therefore 70.66% or $211,980 of federal funds will benefit LMI persons.

 

The proposed activities will be conducted throughout the community.  The main replacements will along Main Street, Iowa Street, Beelar Street, College Street and Bradford Street, while valve and hydrants will be in various locations including on River. Main, Bradford and College. 

 

There will be no displacement of persons or businesses as a result of funded activities.

 

Not applicable. (Plans to assist persons actually displaced)

 

The project includes installation of approximately 3,520 linear feet of 6” water main, 315 linear feet of 8” water main, 8 hydrants, 11 valves, 1,240 linear feet of service lines, restoration, construction administration, and legal and administration. 

 

Following review of the proposed application, Diggins presented the Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment that was completed in October 2012.  The council agreed the items had not significantly changed and consented to keep it as presented.  The following is the 2017 CDHNA:

 

Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment

 

Community Name:          Marble Rock, Iowa    

 

Community Development and Housing Needs of LMI Persons

 

          1.       Municipal water system improvements.

 

2.       Provide assistance to low income families and elderly persons in owning and maintaining or renting safe, decent, affordable housing.

 

3.       Expand development opportunities for affordable homes in the $100,000-$110,000 range.

 

          4.       Infrastructure improvements.

 

Other Community Development and Housing Needs

 

          1.       Revitalize the downtown business district.

 

          2.       Attract new businesses in the retail sector.

 

3.       Make infrastructure improvements to attract new housing.

 

 

Planned or Potential Activities to Address Housing and Community Needs

 

          1.       Apply to IEDA for water system improvements.

 

2.       Continue to utilize financial assistance sources such as: tax increment financing and tax abatement as additional incentives for homeowners who wish to make property improvements and assisting new or expanding businesses.

 

3.       Develop low income housing to meet the needs of the community and create additional jobs in the community to maintain or increase income levels.

 

4.       Continue the efforts of local merchants to keep downtown storefronts filled.  Maintain aesthetic and structural integrity of the area.

 

          5.       Work with the area economic development group.

         

Date and location assessment was prepared:      August 23, 2017                  6:05 PM           

                      Marble Rock City Hall                                                       

 

Number of local residents participating: Mayor, Clerk, 5 City Council, 1 NIACOG Staff, 2 Public                            

 

A motion was made by Ackley to close the hearing, seconded by T. Schriever. All present voted aye and the hearing was closed. 

 

          Moved Ackley/seconded C. Schriever to a Resolution Approving A Fund Application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority for Funding Through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for a Water System Improvement Project; Committing Local Funds to the Project and Selecting a Grant Administrator if Awarded Funds. Roll: Ayes- Ackley, Marzen, Schmidt, C. Schriever, T. Schriever. All. Carried.

 

The Council has decided to have the September meeting Wednesday September 6th.

 

          Moved Ackley/seconded C. Schriever to approval of Dorsey and Whitney LLC.’s Bond Counseling Agreement. Roll: Ayes-All. Carried.

 

          Public Comment- Steve Wells commented on the sewer rates. They will be reviewed at next month’s meeting.

  

Moved T. Schriever/seconded Ackley to adjourn the meeting at 6:35 p.m.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                    Jerry Engelhardt______

                                                                   Jerry Engelhardt, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

Brittney Katcher_________

Brittney Katcher, City Clerk