• Approved the third reading of an ordinance amending the zoning designation of a parcel on South Roche from R-1 Single Family Residential to C-1 Residential-Commercial District. Stewart said the original plan was for the property owner to submit an application for a Section 42 housing project on this land. Though the plans have changed, the owner's request for rezoning remained.
• Approved the purchase of a new salt spreader from Schuling Hitch of Ames in the amount of $2,247.50. The City has a small utility vehicle used to remove snow from public grounds, sidewalks and is used to clear the sidewalk along Second Street. The vehicle has a salt spreader attachment that includes a small hopper in back. The hopper was purchased two years ago, and is operated by a cable lever and uses a small shaft to drive a spreader. Staff indicates that the cable consistently freezes and does not spread the mixture. After speaking with Marion County government officials, who have used the kind of spreader that will be purchased, staff made the recommendation.
• Approved the transfer of $15,133 from the Sewer Utility Fund to the Sewer Bond Reserve Fund. The City was told by its financial advisors that a balance of the Reserve Fund must be at $808,960 trhough June 1, 2015. The transfer was made to bring the balance to that level.
• Approved the transfer of $2,202,546.06 from the Sewer Revenue Sinking Fund to the Sewer Utility Fund. A transfer was made in error in February 2012. The Sinking Fund should only hold a balance required to pay current sewer bond principal and interest payments.
• Stewart was appointed as the primary representative of the City on the Central Iowa Regional Transportation Planning Alliance's 2014 Technical and Police Committees, and Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik as the alternate. Former Public Works Director Jeff May served on these committees in the past, and Stewart believes it is important to have the City represented on them, as proposed changes to the funding formula are being discussed.