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Burlington City Council Minutes
Meeting No. 35: June 4, 2007

Subject to change as finalized by the City Clerk.
For a final official copy, contact the City Clerk’s office at (319)753-8124.

MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS
OF THE BURLINGTON, IOWA CITY COUNCIL

Meeting No. 35
June 4, 2007

The Burlington City Council met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. in the Thomas J.
Smith Council Chambers, City Hall with Mayor Edwards, Council Members Campbell,
Ell, Scott and Thomas present.
				
BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL

CONSENT AGENDA: To the Public:

All matters listed under Item I., Consent Agenda, having been discussed were
considered to be routine by the City Council and were enacted by one motion. 
There was not separate discussion of these items.  If discussion was desired,
that item was removed from the Consent Agenda and was considered separately.

Introduced By: Scott		Seconded By: Thomas
MOTION: To approve all items listed under Item I., Consent Agenda.

DISCUSSION:  Mayor Edwards reviewed the items listed on the consent agenda to
the viewing audience.  Council Member Campbell requested the removal of the
Resolution Providing for a Salary Adjustment for the City Manager from the
Consent Agenda for discussion at the close of the meeting.  Council Member Ell
announced the individual appointed to the Library Board of Trustees.  All
present had opportunity to speak and nothing additional was filed in the office
of the City Clerk. 
(VOTE: 5 - “AYES”)								CARRIED

HEARING:

1. Statement:  Consideration of Sale of 307 North Central Avenue, City of
Burlington,Des Moines County, Iowa, with Conditions

COMMENTS: The City Planner stated that the public hearing would provide for the
sale of 307 North Central Avenue to Elvin and Martha Swailes in the amount of
$200.00.  He stated that the Swailes were the adjacent property owners.  He
stated that the northeast corner of the property would remain the property of
the City of Burlington in order to maintain access to existing drive and to
overhead utilities in the area.  He stated that the sale of the property would
provide for one large lot for the Swailes.  All present had opportunity to speak
and nothing additional was filed in the office of the City Clerk.

Introduced By: Campbell	Seconded By: Scott
	Motion to Close							CARRIED
Introduced By: Campbell	Seconded By: Scott
Resolution Approving Sale of 307 North Central Avenue, City of Burlington, Des
Moines County, Iowa, with Conditions

DISCUSSION: None.
(VOTE: 5 - “AYES”)							ADOPTED

RESOLUTION:

Introduced By: Edwards	Seconded By: Scott
1. Resolution Providing for a Salary Adjustment for the City Manager

DISCUSSION: Council Member Campbell stated that he removed the Resolution
Providing for a Salary Adjustment for the City Manager from the consent agenda
as the felt the 9% increase set a poor precedent to department heads that may
feel they deserve that same kind of increase.  He stated that the City Council
has looked at the salaries of City Managers in Iowa of comparable population and
Burlington was much lower in salary.  His thought was that possibly the salary
of the City Manager in Burlington wasn’t too low, but that possibly other City
Manager’s salaries in Iowa were too high.  He felt that the public sector
salaries were high compared to the private sector.  Council Member Ell stated
that the 9% increase was a fair for the City Manager’s performance.  He felt the
City Council was giving the City Manager both a cost of living increase and a
market value increase.  Mayor Edwards stated that the Compensation Advisory
Board addressed the issue of compensation and determined that the salary needed
to be higher and that the City Council had also made a commitment to gradually
increase the City Manager’s salary.  He stated that if the City Manager would
leave his position with the City of Burlington, the Council would be looking at
paying an individual with the City Manager’s qualifications a lot more.  Council
Member Thomas stated that the City Manager does a good job running the City and
should be compensated for his value and worth. Council Member Scott stated that
the City Council made a commitment to the City Manager nine years ago to bring
up his salary.  He stated that the City Manager has met all the goals that the
City Council has set before him.  Council Member Campbell stated that his
comments were strictly out of concern for controlling the City’s budget.  All
present had opportunity to speak and nothing additional was filed in the office
of the City Clerk.
(VOTE: 4 - “AYES” THOMAS, EDWARDS, ELL AND SCOTT
1 - “NAY” CAMPBELL)							ADOPTED

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: The City Planner reminded the view audience that
July 6, 2007 was the deadline for residents to apply for the sidewalk program. 
He stated that property owners may pick up an application in the Development
Department or print out an application on the City’s website.  The City Manager
suggested that if there were monies left for the program after the deadline to
keep the program open until those monies were depleted.  Todd Oetken of 413
Maple Street stated that he had sent a letter to Council Member Ell expressing
his concerns with the Police Department.  He stated that he was treated unfairly
by the Police Department.  He further stated the Police Officers were not held
accountable for their actions.  The Police Chief stated that Todd Oetken was not
aware of all the facts and he would be happy to meet with him.  He further
stated that Police Officers are held accountable for their actions on a daily
basis.  Council Member Thomas and Mayor Edwards urged Todd Oetken to meet with
the Police Chief and discuss his concerns.  Todd Oetken made a derogatory
comment toward the Mayor and the meeting ended abruptly with the Mayor calling
the meeting adjourned.  All present had opportunity to speak and nothing
additional was filed in the office of the City Clerk.

Adjournment: 7:33 p.m.					Approved: June 18, 2007



Kathleen P. Salisbury, MMC				William L. Ell
City Clerk						Mayor Pro-Tem

(See tapes on file in the office of the City Clerk for complete discussion and
documentation.)

ITEM I.
Consent Agenda

FINANCES AND MISCELLANEOUS
Minutes of Previous Meetings
Payroll and City Claims

BEER, LIQUOR, WINE AND CIGARETTES

REPORTS AND BONDS

RESOLUTIONS:
1. Resolution Awarding Contract for Asbestos Removal and Abatement Services,
Phase III, for the “Manor Revisited Project”

2. Resolution Awarding Contract for the Demolition and Removal of Phase III 
Structures “Manor Revisited Project”

3. Resolution Approving An Agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation
to Provide for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Funds

4. Resolution Approving Final Acceptance, Final Payment and Release of Retention
Monies for the 2006 Parking Lot Improvements, 5th and Valley

5. Resolution Approving Purchase of Balcony Seating and Aisle Lighting for the
Burlington Memorial Auditorium

SET DATE FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS:
1. Consideration of An Ordinance Vacating and Selling a Portion of Bock Street
Right-of-Way (June 18, 2007)

2. Consideration of An Ordinance Vacating all Public Right-of-Way Located Within
the Boundaries of the Manor Revisited Project Area (June 18, 2007)

3. Consideration of An Ordinance Rezoning the Property Located at 211 North 3rd
Street (Capitol Theater) to Include an H-1, Historical Preservation Overlay
District(July 2, 2007)

APPOINTMENT:
Library Board of Trustees: Mary Krohlow