Fireworks ordinance on agenda

Community and Family Resources to address WC city council on new drug trends, Arts R Alive to request street closures

Due to new fireworks legislation at the state level, the City Council of Webster City will be going over the first reading of a proposed ordinance amending the city fireworks code tonight.

The General Assembly of the State of Iowa has enacted new legislation relating to the possession, sale, transfer, purchase and use of fireworks. The new legislation provides for city councils, by ordinance, to prohibit or limit the use of consumer fireworks within their jurisdiction if determined a public safety risk or nuisance to neighbors.

The city is proposing to amend its fireworks ordinance to eliminate any inconsistent measures of both the state and city in order to avoid conflict of laws and better protect the public health and safety of its citizens.

The first reading of a proposed ordinance amending city code by replacing Chapter 111 of Title 3, establishing new rates to be charged for electrical energy sold by the city of Webster City is on the council agenda for possible approval. The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the operation of the municipally owned electric system.

Katie Talbot, Prevention Specialist with Community and Family Resources, will address the City Council of Webster City at tonight’s meeting. Talbot will be speaking about new drug trends and new programming that Community and Family Resources has implemented locally.

The council may approve a resolution to fix a date for a public hearing on a proposal to enter into an Electric Revenue Loan Agreement and to borrow money in a principal amount not to exceed $1,000,000. The proposed date is Monday, July 3 at 5:45 p.m.

The Arts R Alive in Webster City committee is requesting to close Seneca Street from Bank Street to Dubuque Street from Friday, July 28 to Friday, August 4 to allow the street to be painted by local artists. The street painting will be in conjunction with the Arts R Alive Sculpture Event on August 2 and 3 in West Twin Park.

The council will provide an update on the city-wide clean up, that happened on June 9 and 10. According to information provided in the council packet, 18 roll-off containers were sent to Trash Man and 12 bins were sent to Scrap Processors, Inc. The scrap metal generated an income of $1,716.40. Total expenses for the clean up this year came to $6,016.

A public hearing will be held at 5:45 p.m. on proposed plans and specifications and proposed form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2017 PCC Pavement Repair Project.

The council may approve a resolution adopting the Employee Pay Plan for the 2017-2018 year. If approved, employees of the police bargaining unit will receive a basic wage increase of two percent July 1. Employees of the fire bargaining unit will receive a basic wage increase of three percent. Employees of the International Union of Operating Engineers unit will receive basic wage increases of two percent July 1.

A resolution to possibly approve Change Order No. 1, increase in contract amount of $16,740, to the James Street Construction Project with Wicks Construction, Inc. is on the agenda. The amount will be used to address an existing guardrail on the north side of Overpass Drive that is damaged and has begun to lean.

The second readings of two proposed ordinances concerning Animal Protection and Control and the Youth Advisory Commission are on the agenda for possible council approval.

The next council meeting will be held on Monday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.