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    January 23, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Mason City Park and Recreation Board Officers

    Mason City, IA, January 15, 2020 – Mason City Park and Recreation Board Election of Officers was held at the regular Mason City Park and Recreation Board meeting January 14, 2020.

    Officers elected were Kyle Easley as Chairman, Troy Levenhagen as Vice Chair, Royce Echelberger as Secretary.

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    January 23, 2020 at 8:53 am

    2nd Floor Conf. R, City Hall 1-16-20
    Mason City, Iowa 6:00 P.M.


    The City Council of the City of Mason City, Iowa, met in Worksession pursuant to law and rules of said Council, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of City Hall at 6:00 P.M., on January 16, 2020. The meeting was called to order by the Mayor and on roll being called, there were present, Mayor in the Chair Schickel and the following Council Members: Lee, Jaszewski, Adams, Thoma, Masson. Absent: Symonds.

    Jacobson highlighted the Capital Improvements Fund by yearly comparison. The funds included Local Option Sales Tax, GO Bonds, Road Use Tax, Storm Sewer, Water, Sewer, Sanitation and Ambulance.

    General Projects Fund: Jacobson provided a review of the General Projects Fund, advising it was pretty straight forward and staff was asking for $92,000.

    Storm Sewer Fund: Jacobson reviewed the projects, stating the S. Monroe Paving & Utilities Project was a carry-over that would probably not be done this year. He also noted the City was paring back projects for 2021. The projects amounted to $471,000 and that included carry-over balances, adding staff was not looking at an increase in rates this year.

    Discussion followed regarding steadily increasing rates and industrial usage.

    Ambulance: Jacobson stated the debt would be paid off in 2021 and they were anticipating that $250,000 of revenues over expenses in operating would take care of the capital request, noting they would continue to try to stay above $250,000 in reserves. Burnett pointed out there would be ambulance replacement as revenues allowed and they had been running pretty lean, but were optimistic that the recently approved contract with GEMT would bring more money into that fund.

    Sanitation Fund: Jacobson advised they had not replaced a vehicle for a couple years so it was now time, adding the increase was $0.40 a month ($12.05 minimum) and the fund was looking solid for the next 5 years. He also stated right now collections were ahead of schedule and he did not see this as being a major issue and rates had to increase in order to maintain the fund with Burnett adding equipment for sanitation had gone up considerably and had outpaced normal inflation.

    Water Fund: Jacobson discussed various projects proposed in the fund, advising the 12th Street NW Reconstruction and the Water Tower Maintenance Program were carryovers. He stated within the Water fund there was $275,000 in excess Operating revenues to be used for Capital and $942,000 in GO Bonds to be abated with Water Revenue. The monthly increase for this fund would be $0.71 or $28.05 a month (water portion) for the average homeowner using 500cf or a projected yearly increase of 2.55% (1% increase for operating and 1.55% increase in debt service).

    Discussion followed regarding Well #15 and a request for a presentation on Jordon Aquafer as it pertained to the City of Mason City Local Wellfield Report.

    Sewer Fund: Jacobson reviewed the projects included in the fund and explained how staff was trying to methodically build (increase) rates so the impact to the citizens wouldn’t be as large when it came time to start the Nutrient Reduction project. There were approximately $1.8 million in projects, with $700,000 in Operating revenues with some reserves being used to fund the projects. In addition, $585,000 GO Revenue Bonds would be abated with Sewer revenues and concluded by stating the average homeowner would be seeing an increase of $0.49 ($17.66) or a projected yearly increase of 2.83%

    Discussion followed regarding the Televising and Collection System Sewer Repairs Project, the Nutrient Reduction Program.

    Local Option Sales and Service Tax: Jacobson discussed when a vote would be held for this (2022) and reviewed the projects. He referred to the items highlighted, stating one of the bigger items was leased vehicles, explaining staff had identified ways to turn the vehicles around quicker and a cost and analysis had completed and it was determined that there should be a cost savings. In addition, he discussed the Debt issue for the Highline Trials and the items listed under Parks and Recreation and advised $400,000 would be transferred to Debt Service to be used for RCR bonds. Jacobson stated there was $1.9 Million for projects and $325,000 in Local Option Sales Tax Reserves and with $341,000 transferred out to Road Use there would be total funding sources of $1,883,394.00

    Comments followed regarding the status of the Highline Trails, leasing vehicles and the Iowa Great Places Grant.

    Road Use Tax Fund: Jacobson highlighted the projects and explained they were looking at $1,989,031 for the Road Use Tax fund which would be bonded money.
    G.O. Bonds: Jacobson reviewed the projects and stated these projects would increase the fiscal year 2022 Debt Service Levy by approximately $0.33 with current debt paid off and reducing the levy $0.22 for a net increase in the levy of $0.13. Jacobson also stated there was $3,075,000 in carryover funds, $8,700,000 outside sources (RCR Project) and $1,989,031 in Road Use Tax GO Bonding. He also stated the $8.7 million could increase the Debt Service Levy by up to $0.75 depending on the State credits and that amount could be affected by the increase in incremental values within the downtown TIF district.

    Discussion followed regarding State Tax Credits, TIF, backfill, need for a charging station, etc.

    Outside Funding Sources: Jacobson stated the items in blue were TIF funded and a few projects had grants as the primary funding source, but noted if the revenues did not come in the projects would not happen. He also mentioned there would be a rate increase in Internal Services which was something that hadn’t happened for several years. Jacobson stated the CIP plan had $29.8 million in projects which meant a monthly $1.60 increase over the year for projects identified in 2021.

    Discussion followed regarding the Debt Service Levy and CoRL and DoRL.

    Conclusion: Jacobson stated with the projects discussed the following increases would apply for Enterprise Funds:

    $0.71 water increase
    $0.49 sewer
    $0.40 sanitation
    $1.60 a month Utility Rate & Levy Increase for an average user (500CF) or a yearly increase of $19.20 for the average homeowner

    The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:50 P.M.

    /s/Bill Schickel
    Bill Schickel, Mayor

    /s/Aaron Burnett
    Aaron, Burnett, City Clerk

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    January 23, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Alleged Whistleblower Overheard In Obama White House Consulting With Adam Schiff Staffer About How to Remove Newly Elected President Trump

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    January 23, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Can the president not say that the reason he was holding up the
    Money is he is responsible for not wasting our money and he wanted to be sure that it was not going to Biden and his son . Look how much money they have wasted on all this Shit_____

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    January 23, 2020 at 8:31 am

    House wants the Senate to FIND the Crimes & Laws Trump Broke…House can’t even do THAT Job Right.

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    January 23, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Thank you Mr. President to take a stand with Pro Lifers! The First President ever to have the decency to stand up for Life!

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    January 23, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Pushing this Indoctrinated Kid as the FACE of Global Warming is Child Abuse….Changing the NAME of the Lie’s…changes NOTHING ALL You Global Warmingist.

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    January 23, 2020 at 8:30 am

    WHY or How is there a Trail….When NO LAWS Have been Broken?