1. The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on May 1, 2006, at the Tyler Fire Hall. Mayor VanDeVere and Council Members Carmany, Harper, Hunt, and Williamson present. Guests Present: Tamara Koopman from Meulebroeck and Taubert. Staff Present: Luger, Lutterman, Petersen, and Spindler.
2. Motion by Williamson to approve the agenda with three additions. Seconded by Carmany and approved unanimously.
3. Motion by Hunt to approve the March 6, 2006 minutes. Seconded by VanDeVere and approved unanimously.
4. No items were presented under public express.
5. Jonathan Scheitel of 128 East Oak Street requested a one foot height variance to build a seven (7) foot fence. Luger mentioned to the Council that neighboring residents were notified of the variance request and had not expressed opposition to the project. Motion by Harper to approve the variance request as printed in the zoning permit. Seconded by Hunt and approved unanimously.
6. Tamara Koopman from Meulebroeck and Taubert reviewed the entire audit report for 2005 and explained the effects of separating the Fire Department and Library budgets from the general fund. Koopman expressed concerns regarding the Fire Department’s billing procedures, bank accounts, and their status with the FEMA Grant awarded in 2004. The Council discussed increasing the useful life of the streets from 20 years to 30 years. Motion by Harper to amend the depreciation schedule for the streets. Seconded by Hunt and approved unanimously.
Motion by Carmany to incorporate the auditor’s changes to the 2005 City Audit Report. Seconded by Williamson and approved unanimously.
Motion by Hunt to accept the 2005 City Audit Report as presented. Seconded by Harper. Motion carried unanimously.
7. Bill Helget from Bolton and Menk informed the Council that four contractors submitted a bid for the seal coat improvement project with Moorseal being the lowest bid. Motion by VanDeVere to accept Moorseal’s bid to seal coat the streets as stated in the proposal form. Seconded by Williamson and approved unanimously.
8. Luger informed the Council that $713 was donated to the City by Shaokatan Charity, which Luger recommended be allocated to the parks and recreation department. Motion by Hunt to designate the Shaokatan Charity donation to the parks and recreation department. Seconded by Carmany and approved unanimously.
9. Luger explained the purpose of having a fire hall rental policy to the Council. VanDeVere and Harper thought no rental policy was necessary since the Council agreed to only use the fire hall for city events. Luger recommended the fire hall be available for community groups since there are few areas to hold community meetings and to promote Tyler. Motion by Carmany to accept the fire hall meeting room rental policy with amendments. Seconded by Harper and approved unanimously.
10. Luger reminded the Council of the joint City Council and TRED meeting on May 8th at 7:00 pm at the fire hall.
11. Spindler gave the monthly report for the police department where he mentioned that a couple burglaries have occurred recently. He also thanked the Council for allowing him to attend DRE training.
12. Lutterman gave the monthly utility report where he informed the Council that the utility department would like to purchase a new lawnmower and trade in the old lawnmower. Motion by Williamson to trade in the old lawnmower and purchase a new one for $4,954. Seconded by Carmany and approved unanimously.
Lutterman also mentioned that the utility department currently utilizes two brooms, the 20 inch diameter broom is used in the snow and the 16 inch diameter broom is used for street sweeping. Southwest Implement will trade both brooms for a 26 inch diameter broom for the cost of $3,088.88. Motion by Williamson to trade in both brooms and purchase a new broom for $3,0888.88. Seconded by Carmany and approved unanimously.
13. Luger informed the Council that the County will paint railroad crossings on Willow Street for $250. She also mentioned that the monthly fee at Stony Point Park has been raised from $100 to $150.
14. No Mayor’s Report.
15. Motion by Carmany to approve the bills with the addition of a bill from Thomsen’s hardware for $512. Seconded by Hunt and approved unanimously.
16. There being no further business before the Council, Mayor VanDeVere adjourned the meeting at 9:30 p.m.