Minutes, Regular Carlisle City Council Meeting, 08 August 2016



Monday, 08 August 2016, 6:30 P.M.

Carlisle City Hall Council Chamber

195 North First Street, Carlisle, Iowa

Elected Officials present were Mayor Ruth Randleman and Council Members Rob VanRyswyk, Dan McCulloch, Eric Goodhue, Doug Hammerand and Drew Merrifield constituting a quorum. Also present were City Attorney Bob Stuyvesant, City Administrator Andy Lent, Police Chief Eric Spring, Electric Superintendent Don Miller, Public Works Superintendent Steve O’Braza and Deputy Clerk Kay Black. Mayor Randleman called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

A presentation of Years of Service Award was given to Jim Davis who has been with the city of Carlisle for five years.


Motion by Goodhue second by VanRyswyk to APPROVE THE FOLLOWING CONSENT ITEMS:

  • Approve Regular City Council Minutes for 25 July 2016
  • Approve Special City Council Minutes for 1 August 2016
  • Receive and File Planning and Zoning Minutes for 25 July 2016
  • Approve Class C Beer Permit for Dolgencorp LLC, dba Dollar General #13737, 1015 Blue Stem Avenue


Motion carried unanimously on roll call vote.


Motion by Hammerand, seconded by Goodhue to approve bills in the amount of $40,134.79. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Goodhue, seconded by Hammerand to approve Pay Estimate #3 for Fire Station Addition to Ball Team, Inc. in amount of $60,961.50. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote. Lent updated the Council on the fire station addition project. The 2nd Street intersection is open now and the phone works appears completed. The dumpster will be moved and work will soon begin on the addition.

A presentation was given by Teva Dawson of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (DMAMPO) on the water trails effort in the Des Moines metro area. She was also joined Todd Ashby, executive director of the DMAMPO, and Rick Tollekson, CEO of Hubbell and chairperson of the MPO Water Trails committee.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION: Marty Bird, 940 Bellflower was concerned about the upcoming plat for Danamere. He asked about the duplexes which will be more of a ranch design and was concerned about the side yard setback for the houses.


Angela Stark, 205 Market to presented petitions with signatures supporting her efforts to allow fainting goats in residential areas. Motion by Goodhue, seconded by McCulloch to receive and file the petition. Mayor Randleman stated that she sided with the petition signatures and would not be concerned with goats unless they rose to the level of a nuisance. Hammerand wanted confirmation that the goats are smaller and Stark stated that they are no more than 50 pounds and 25 inches in height. Goodhue stated that he had heard from people that were concerned about the resale value of their homes. Merrifield asked Stark why she wanted the goats and she stated that they eat weeds. VanRyswyk stated that he had spoken with a vet who said that goats are livestock and from others in the community who said they moved to town to not be around livestock. Motion by McCulloch, second by Hammerand to allow goats in residential areas. Ayes: McCulloch, Hammerand. Nays: VanRyswyk, Goodhue and Merrifield. Motion failed.

Motion by Goodhue, seconded by VanRyswyk to approve third reading of Ordinance 706 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF CARLISLE, IOWA BY AMENDING PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO WATER RATES. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Goodhue, seconded by VanRyswyk to approve Resolution 2016080801 RESOLUTION APPROVING FY 2016 STREET FINANCE REPORT. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Goodhue, seconded by McCulloch  to approve Resolution 2016080802 RESOLUTION ACCEPTING QUOTE FROM QUALITY STRIPING, INC. FOR BIKE LANES ON SOUTH 5TH STREET at a cost not to exceed $12,0215.50. Some concern was expressed over the expense of durability of the paint for the bike lane, but Council felt using the grant from the MPO was the best leverage to get a more durable paint. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Discussion took place on the possibility of an electric energy efficiency rebate program. Council was unsure how much the program would be used and the amount allocated for the program. Council felt that $5,000 would be a better limit. Motion by Goodhue, seconded by VanRyswyk to approve Resolution 2016080803 RESOLUTION APPROVING CMEU ENERGY EFFICIENCY REBATE PROGRAM with a total limit of $5,000 to be spent on the program. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.


  • Police- Chief Spring is attending a couple of radio communication meetings this week, new officer is doing well, blue lights are going well, sheriff still doesn’t seem to be kept involved by county supervisors on jail issue.
  • Fire-No further update than what was given.
  • Electric-Written Report. Outage last week was due to raccoon in substation. They have obtained extra supplies to deal with future outages.
  • Library-No report.
  • Parks and Recreation-Next Park Board meeting on August 25th at 5 PM. Trail ribbon cutting on October 13. Trail underpass has begun. Lent stated that he and Superintendent Amos had a discussion on the lighting. He told Amos that the budget on the trail was very tight and first priority is to make it possible for people and students to get to the other side of the street without going across the road. No lights would be needed right away as the crossing was short. Lighting may be considered later. Council agreed.
  • Public Works-Many things accomplished this past couple of weeks including last pool chemical test, change out of the pump base on the Jefferson Street lift station, fixing the Bobcat sweeper, and painting crosswalks. They will soon be checking the sludge level in the lagoons.
  • City Hall/Finance/City Administrator-Motion by Hammerand, seconded by Goodhue to approve the hire of Gabrielle Breheny as Utility Billing Clerk at $16.00 per hour. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote. Lent stated that they will be considering raising late fees and moving to full page bills.


  • Drew Merrifield-Would like to see RFP for future engineering jobs, plans for bike lanes on 1st Street (Mayor-unknown), and did not agree that bikes should travel in direction of traffic.
  • Doug Hammerand-Nothing
  • Eric Goodhue-Asked Lent if there were any meetings of the policy committee for the jail and Lent stated that there were none.
  • Dan McCulloch-Would like to do a Polar Express, but there would be a lot of work.
  • Rob VanRyswyk-Nothing
  • Mayor Randleman-Nothing

CITY ATTORNEY REPORT: Voiced concern about Council passing ordinances for one person and spending several meeting doing this.

At 9:02 p.m., Motion by Goodhue, seconded by Hammerand to go into closed session in accordance with Chapter 21.5(j) To discuss the purchase or sale of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the governmental body would have to pay for that property or reduce the price the governmental body would receive for that property. The minutes and the audio recording of a session closed under this paragraph shall be available for public examination when the transaction discussed is completed.

At 9:26 p.m., Council resumed open session. Mayor Randleman called for action. There was no action.

ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Goodhue second by Hammerand to adjourn at 9:27 p.m., carried unanimously on a roll call vote.


Ruth Randleman, Mayor

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Kay Black, Deputy Clerk