OSKALOOSA – The meeting was brief and the crowd was small for the regular Oskaloosa City Council meeting on Monday as Mayor David Krutzfeldt led the ritual invocation and Pledge of Allegiance after calling the meeting to order.
Mayor Krutzfeldt took time during this meeting to announce a number of existing and upcoming vacancies for boards, committees, and commissions. The following is a listing that was read in full by the Mayor on Monday:
- A) Airport Commission – One vacancy to fill upon appointment for an unexpired term that ends December 31, 2021. This is a five-member board that typically meets the first Monday of the month. (Four males and zero females currently serve with one vacancy).
- B) Historic Preservation Commission – Three vacancies: one vacancy to fill upon appointment for a term that ends December 31, 2018; and two vacancies for alternate members. This is a seven member board with two alternate members that meets as needed. (Four males and two females currently serve with two vacancies; two for alternate members.)
- C) Municipal Housing Agency – One vacancy to fill upon appointment for an unexpired term that ends February 28, 2017. This is a five-member board that meets quarterly. (Two males and two females currently serve with one vacancy).
- D) Housing Trust Fund Committee – One vacancy to fill upon appointment for an unexpired term that ends January 31, 2017. Five at-large members serve on the committee that meets every other month. (Two males and two females currently serve at-large with one vacancy).
- E) Water Board – Two vacancies for six-year terms that begin July 1, 2016 and end June 30, 2022. This is a five-member board that typically meets the third Monday of the month. (Five males currently serve.)
Interested applicants must reside in Oskaloosa and be at least 18 years of age unless other specific rules are stated. These positions are appointed by the Mayor or the City Council.
Regular agenda items went as quickly as consent items and announcements. The Council held the first reading at a public hearing that would amend zoning district regulations and permitted uses for medium retail services.
“The Oskaloosa Municipal Code, section 17.06.070, classifies retail services into four different categories,” explained Mayor Krutzfeldt. “…Thus the zoning code establishes a land use classification for medium retail services. However, there are no provisions for zoning district regulations and permitted uses for medium retail services. Staff believes zoning district regulations for medium retail services were left out by error,” said Krutzfeldt.
After discussion, Council agreed the regulations were merely forgotten or left out of the original regulations, so they decided to waive all future readings and unanimously pass the amendment.
Council also went on to unanimously pass a preliminary approval of plans for the West Mall Rehabilitation Project. Council will meet on July 5 at 6 p.m., at which time it will hold a public hearing on the proposed plans and specifications for the aforementioned project. At the hearing, any interested person may appear and file objections to the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract, or estimated cost of the project.
The following items were passed in one swoop with one vote as part of the consent agenda portion of the meeting:
Approval of council minutes and actions; Receive and file minutes of Boards and Commissions; Consider payment of claims for May 2016; Approval of a renewal application for a Class C Beer Permit with Sunday sales from Casey’s Store #2366 (1809 9th Avenue East); Approval of a renewal for a Class C Liquor License with Sunday sales from Mi Ranchito Restaurant (200 High Avenue West); Approval of Pay Request #4 in the amount of $6,148.02 to C.L. Carroll Co., Inc. for work completed on the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant digester; Public hearing scheduled for July 5 to consider levying a special assessment against private property for city cleanup of 513 South H Street; Resolution to temporarily close South 8th Street between 1st Avenue East and 2nd Avenue East from 9-11 a.m. June 13-17 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 11 for church activities; Resolution to approve and direct the Mayor to execute a professional services contract with Garden and Associates, LTD. For the Community Stadium Sewer Rehabilitation Project in an amount not to exceed $43,000.
Consent agenda items are typically routine and so they are enacted by one motion. If discussion is desired, that item can be removed, discussed separately and approved by a separate motion of the City Council. This was not the case for any consent items at this meeting.
No comments were given by community members during this session.
Story provided by Hailey Brown of the Oskaloosa Herald