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Man offers to build hangar at Keosauqua airport

KEOSAUQUA ? Keosauqua city council met in regular session March 13.


The council gave approval for farmers market, which will begin May 22, in the city park. The location may be closer to the river, said Melissa Bainbridge.


? Rick Michalek said he is considering moving his business to the airport. Currently, he has an airport on his own property in rural Keosauqua, but would like to build a hangar at the airport. His business is maintaining aircraft for pilots in the area. He would pay for its construction and lease the ground on which it sits.


?What I would like to do is put up a building and replace the one that?s there,? Michalek said. ?It?s not in the best shape.?


Water, sewer and electricity would need to be put there. Michalek said a building would be able to house the fly-in breakfasts and the hangar could be used for other events.


Michalek said other airports have similar arrangements, where people lease ground to put their own hangar on the property. He didn?t have a time frame, he wanted to gauge the council?s opinion on whether they wanted to even consider this.


He said at one time, Keosauqua?s grass strip was considered one of the best in the state, so there is a good history. Michalek thought a 54 x 60 building might work for his purposes.


At next month?s meeting, the council will place on the agenda whether to add utilities to the airport. The city would also have to get more information on a lease.


?I think it?s a great idea to get the airport used,? said council member Larry Shipley.


? Indian Hills building update: Council member Charles Lazenby asked that it be put on the agenda for the asking price of the Indian Hills building should the city choose to sell it.


?I had more than one person ask what the asking price is for this building,? Lazenby said.


If the city were to sell it, it would be like the fire station, where the bidder would have to present the business plan for its use, council members said.


The city has not had any offers, according to Joy Padget.


Cost for the move to Indian Hills would be around $13,000.


The city would use the two desks for other purposes and would purchase some additional furniture.


Mayor Nasseem Hesler suggested to purchase a new map, as the current one is outdated.


? Council discussed at length the sports complex update.


The major project left is the concession stand to be built.


Late last year, bids came in at around $400,000, which was a lot higher than the $250,000 that had been budgeted.


At February?s meeting, the council heard a presentation on possible design changes to bring the cost down to $250,000.


Since then city superintendent, Jim Chambers, reported to the council that he is getting quotes on a metal building that would serve as the concession stand and bathrooms.


Council member Harlan asked if there was a youth sports meeting since the last meeting.


Hesler said there was, but little was said about the sports complex, including the concession stand.


?Basically, I said that the city wanted to have a meeting with you (youth sports committee), about the presentation that was made at last month?s meeting and that was it. That was more of a youth sports meeting than anything else,? Hesler said.


?I think that any time that group meets, we ask that council be notified,? Harlan said. Shipley agreed.


?It was a misunderstanding, but all that was discussed was this was what happened at the council meeting,? Hesler said.


Hesler said that one of the things that came out of the youth sports meeting was the news that a tournament is in the works for 2019.


Hesler discussed Chambers? plan and said it would need to be a council decision on the sports complex concession stand. Council will review the quotes when they are presented.


Lazenby said the city had taken on too much over the past couple of years.


Shipley and Atwood said the projects have been important to the city.


?We took the pool on, this town needed the town, it needed to be done and no one else was going to do it,? Shipley said. ?We knew the pool would lose money, but what?s our kids going to do? Same thing with the sports complex. We just got the cart ahead of the horse a little bit and now its bugging us. But we can work toward this. We can?t do this if we don?t work together. Jim and his boys do a fantastic job. Joy does a fantastic job.?


?We?re working, it?s going to get done,? Peacock said.


?I feel if we have a reasonable building, it will get done and people would accept and see that,? Hesler said.


Harlan said that there needs to be more communication between the city and the residents on what is going on.


? The city was responsible for paying a $10,765.55 bill from Servepro for cleanup at the Riverview Club. The city runs the pool and uses the restroom and locker rooms downstairs at the club. It needed to do work to those areas and had Mike Dunkin do sandblasting.


Unbeknownst to the worker, there was a hole or space above the door and the material that was sandblasted ended on the top floor of the club. Neither the worker?s insurance or the city?s insurance agreed to pay, according to Padget.


Council member Harlan asked which city department was going to pay for the bill. She thought it should be coming from the pool. Harlan also wanted the bills to be put at the end of the meeting so the council had a chance to discuss items before they are approved. She cited approval of furniture for the Indian Hills building as an example.


Council member Lazenby asked about the contract between the Riverview Club and City.


? The council tabled curb and gutter on Dodge Street.


? The council discussed the 203 Walnut Street complaint. The landowners were given a week to get a fence or get rid of the dog and also get a certificate that it is not a vicious dog.


? Board heard from Matt Walker, French Reneker, on revenue sources for blacktopping a large portion of city streets. He said the city could add a franchise tax on certain utilities, which would generate a steady stream of revenue. Another source would be to float a general obligation bond.


Walker said one drawback is that the city would have to be careful not to borrow too much, because it would need some cushion to borrow in case of emergency. The other drawback is that it doesn?t provide a steady stream of revenue and the city would have to come back again to taxpayers in so many years when those roads need redone.


Walker said the general obligation bond would entail raising taxes to pay for the bond. Council member Lazenby said the general obligation bond might be the best way for the city.


 


? Council approved release of a mortgage from 1982, that for some reason had not been released. It was from Hazel M. Hervey to the City of Keosauqua.


? Council set the public hearing for amending the FY2018 budget on April 10.


? The council set public hearing for adoption of city code on April 10.


? Council approved FY2019 budget.


? Council approved building permits for 204 Second Street and 400 Water Street.


? Council discussed how the agenda is distributed to council members. Chapter 21 of the Iowa Code requires governmental bodies to make available a ?tentative? agenda at least 24 hours before the meeting. Currently city hall sends its packet to the council members on Friday. There are some items which get added to its tentative agenda on Monday. Lazenby wanted the cutoff be Friday. He didn?t make a motion.


?Twenty-four hours ahead of the meeting is not enough time for me,? Lazenby said.


He said he didn?t want a ?gotcha moment.?


?You have enough time to come in at 8 a.m. and read this,? said Mayor Hesler.


?Even yesterday (Monday) you came in to put something on the agenda,? said Samantha Davolt, city employee.


?I would like the packets sent out on Friday,? Lazenby.


?Everything but the bills were sent out Friday,? said Joy Padget, city administrator. She said there were two items on the agenda added Monday.


?We can set our own rules on when things have to be in,? Lazenby said.


Other council members said that it was important that the public be given the opportunity to come in after the weekend, on Monday, to place something on the agenda.


?Even if we can move it back to Friday, is that a service to the community, giving them less time to put something on the agenda?? asked council member Dave Atwood.


Hesler said that people should be given that opportunity on Monday.


Council member Larry Shipley said he favored allowing citizens being able to come in Monday to put something on the agenda.


Council member Twyla Peacock agreed with Atwood that it wasn?t a service to the community by putting the deadline at Friday.


Council member Carol Harlan said there are people who might need to come in Monday and put something on the agenda. However, she wanted the council members to be advised if something was added after the packets were sent out Friday.


?I got an tentative agenda on Friday, so if something was added yesterday, I didn?t know about until I got here today. I couldn?t add something today and say, if they are going to discuss that, I want to discuss this. I feel like I should have got one yesterday,? Harlan said.


Peacock asked the city to email the updated tentative agenda on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.