DEWITT — The DeWitt City Council named Pat Henricksen April Citizen of the Month at its Monday meeting.

Henricksen has served the community as director of the DeWitt Area Foundation, as a member of the Saber Team for Arts and recreation and the Central Education Foundation, and on the Opera House and Genesis Hospital projects.

The council approved the preliminary plat of the proposed Cobblestone Estates subdivision located in northwest DeWitt. Cobblestone is a 33-lot subdidvision with larger lots located adjacent to Springbrook Country Club. The Planning and Zoning Commission cited 10 requirements regarding drainage, sanitary sewer, driveways, sidewalks, street signs, pond easements and fire hydrants as conditions for approval. The developer, Tom Tiefenthaler, has completed most of the changes.

The council awarded the contract for the 11th Street mill and overlay project, a stimulus project, to Determann Asphalt of Camanche at $238,934. The Iowa Department of Transportation contract will be paid by $201,000 in stimulus funds with the remainder from the city’s road maintenance fund. June 19 is the start date with 15 working days scheduled.

At the request of Green Valley Ag and Turf on 11th Street, the council considered a curb cut for a smoother driveway with the city sharing part of the cost. Though the city uses the property to access the west lift station, Councilman Verlyn Scheckel said he did not want the city to share the costs, especially without knowing the cost. City Administrator Steve Lindner was directed to find out the expense and refer it back to the council.

A temporary wage increase was approved for the police office manager until a new police chief is hired.

The salary will be $13.78 per hour retroactive to April 16, which is the budgeted salary as of July 1.

The council passed a resolution approving increased grave opening fees as of May 15 and garbage rates effective July 1. The cemetery board recommended a $25 increase to $500 because the contractor has increased his fee by that amount. Garbage rates will increase by 75 cents to $15.75 per month.

Because the fire department overspent its budget, transfers from the fire building maintenance reserve and fire emergency reserve were approved to cover a current overage of $11,872. The overage was incurred for repair maintenance. The maintenance reserve has a balance of $13,527; the emergency reserve, $37,020; and the fire engine fund, $179, 689, according to Finance Clerk Deanna Rodriguez.

The council agreed to extend its agreement with Grandma and Grandpa’s Treats to concessions at Little Trees Park. GGT, which already provides concessions for the soccer season at Westbrook Park, gives 10 percent of its net profits to the city.

With the search for a new police chief in progress, the council approved an agreement with SISI Investigative Solutions of Grove City, Pa., for a background investigation on selected candidates. The cost is $1,050 plus $119 for a site inspection.

With the county proposing work on Humeston Road and the city’s portion of the work totaling $110,000, the council approved entering into a 28E agreement with the county for the project. Lindner said it was unlikely the city could meet that price if it bid separately at a later date. The city can pay during five years at $22,000 annually.

A number of changes that were discussed during budget workshops for 2009-2010 were formally approved by the council: an increase of hours from 45 to 47 per week for police administrative employees; a new library employee for 20 hours per week at $8.50 per hour; cell phone reimbursement of $25 per month for the parks and recreation director; a concession manager position for the baseball and softball program for 15 hours a week at $10 an hour; and a clothing allowance of $240 for the park and recreation director and fitness center office manager.

The council discussed purchase of a dump truck for the water pollution control plant and water department. Public Works Director Matt Proctor said there was a significant increase in quality for a purchase of $50,000 rather than the $40,000 budgeted for next year. A lot newer truck with fewer miles could be bought, he said.

Also discussed were storm water changes in the 17th Street/18th Avenue project and Cobblestone Estates and proposed changes to the Federal Aid Route designation.

The council set a public hearing for May 18 for the current budget’s amendment and approved the second reading of an amendment ordinance to rezone 305 East 11th Street from C-3 highway business district to C-2 general commercial district. At the request of the property owner, the council also approved waiving the third reading.

A closed session followed to consider a conditional offer to fill the police chief position.

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