Prior to the city council's special session last week, the members met for their regular monthly meeting on July 2. Lou Rausch was absent from that meeting.
The biggest isssue discussed, aside from the Traer Man. building agreement, was the renewal of the liquor license for the Wind Up Lounge. The owner of the bar was present to answer questions from the council regarding concerns over recent trouble at the bar, including some alleged fights that have taken place outside the bar.
Owner Darren Jacobs took issue with the council's singling out of the Wind Up, and repeatedly stated that there had been no fights there "in the past few years." The sheriff was also present and stated that there were, indeed, calls to the Wind Up in addition to the routine bar checks that deputies carry out.
An exchange between councilman Ray Mundt and Jacobs got heated at one point, but tensions settled and the the council asked several legitimate questions and gave the owner an opportunity to explain his side of the story. Jacobs reiterated that he was not aware of any fights and would simply appeal to the state if the council decided not to renew the Wind Up's liquor license.
The council took a roll call vote, with two members voting not to approve the license, meaning the motion failed to pass.
The council also hosted a representative from Hometeam Consulting on the pool fundraising project. Steve Kline provided the council with information about the CAT grant process, to allow the council adequate time to schedule at least one member to be present at the Vision Iowa Board meeting. There will also need to be a resolution at the August or September meeting, reiterating the city's support for the pool project.
Heath Kellogg, the new executive director of the Tama County Economic Development Corporation, was also in attendance to introduce himself to the council and explain his plan for growing business in Traer and the county as a whole.
Following these presentations, the council also discussed a letter from the Library Board requesting that the city include the librarian under the city's health insurance policy. The estimated cost for this would be approximately $6,000 per year. Since the amount was not included in the current fiscal year's budget that began on July 1, 2012, the council decided to table the issue until the next fiscal year's budget is determined.
John Novak gave information on the damaged roof at the fire station, for which the insurance company has sent a check in the amount of $12,500 to cover prior hail damage. The city has not yet received a bid on repairing only the damaged portion of the roof, but has received a bid on the entire roof repair.
The council read a letter from TMU General Manager Pat Stief on the gas municipalization, which has once again been delayed. Alliant has proposed a five-year franchise to the city's attorney, who recommended that the city not take any action until the current injuction is lifted.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Traer City Council will be Monday, August 2, at 7 p.m.