CITY OF OKOBOJI
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012, 6:00 P.M.
PRESIDING: Mayor Mary VanderWoude
COUNCILMEMBERS PRESENT: Larsen, Robinson, Hentges, Delperdang. Absent: Christensen
OTHERS PRESENT: Susan Robinson, Jason Petersen, Leo Parks, Jr.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor VanderWoude called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. Larsen/
Hentges moved to adopt the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried. Hentges/Robinson moved to approve the
consent agenda, which included minutes of the previous meeting 02/14/12, claims for March 2012, Clerk’s
Report ending February 2012, a renewal of a Class C Liquor License for The Wharf with Sunday sales and
outdoor service area, a renewal of Class C Liquor License for The Outrigger with Sunday sales, and a
renewal of a Class B Native Wine Permit (WBN) for The Barnswallow with Sunday sales. All ayes. Motion
Council to consider the first reading of Ordinance No. 218 “An Ordinance Amending the Zoning
Ordinance of The City of Okoboji, Iowa, Setting Out Factors To Be Considered By The City of
Okoboji City Council When The City Council Is Called Upon To Consider Applications For
Commercial Docks Incompatible With The Zoning Of The Shoreline From Which The Dock
Extends:” The Mayor announced that no IDNR official was available for this meeting to discuss the
proposed ordinance and the commercial dock application requests. The Mayor also stated she had intended
to call a special meeting for March 30, 2012, but has since learned not all parties would be able to attend that
meeting. After further discussion, it was the consensus of the Council and Mayor to table this item until the
next regularly scheduled Council meeting of April 10, 2012. No action taken.
Council to consider requests for permission for commercial dock applications with residentially zoned
districts for Parks Marina at 1201, 1205, 1209 and 1211 Lake Shore Drive and for Mary
VanderWoude at 1203 Lake Shore Drive: Item tabled for April 10, 2012, Council meeting. No action
Council to consider a request for a commercial dock application in a residentially zoned district for
Marilyn Strickland at 1207 Lake Shore Drive: Item tabled for April 10, 2012, Council meeting. No
Council to conduct a public hearing to approve and adopt the City budget for fiscal year 2012/13 and
consider Resolution No. 12-02 “A Resolution Adopting and Certifying The City of Okoboji Fiscal Year
2012/13 Budget:” The Mayor declared the public hearing open for comment. City Administrator Dennis
Daly reported projected General Fund expenditures for fiscal year 2012/13 are anticipated to be $1,279,214.
Projected total expenditures for the entire budget are anticipated to be $4,504,994. Revenues for the General
Fund are anticipated to be $1,340,830. Projected total revenues for the entire budget are anticipated to be
$4,651,688. The anticipated ending fund balance for fiscal year 2012/13 is $255,843. Tax asking for the
General Fund will be $883,680.00 and the tax asking for Debt Service will be $445,238.00. The General
fund levy will be $2.99332 per $1000 of valuation, and the Debt Service levy will be $1.48707 per $1000 of
valuation for a total of $4.48039 per $1000 of valuation. With no further comment from the attending
audience, the Mayor declared the public hearing closed. Hentges/Robinson moved to approve and adopt
Resolution No. 12-02 “A RESOLUTION ADOPTING AND CERTIFYING THE CITY OF OKOBOJI
FISCAL YEAR 2012/13 BUDGET.” Upon the call of the roll, the vote was as follows: AYES--Delperdang,
Hentges, Robinson, Larsen; NAYS--None; ABSENT--Christensen. With the vote being in the majority, the
Mayor declared the motion duly carried.
Council to consider SRF Payment Request #25 for Pay Estimate #8 for Gridor Construction, Inc., and
MEC invoices ($122,499.35) and ½ ILRW share ($15,705.05) payable to the Central Water System in
the amount of $138,204.40: Hentges/Larsen moved to approve SRF Payment Request #25 in the amount of
$138,204.40. All ayes. Motion carried.
Council to consider a new 8 month Class C Liquor License for Brooks National Golf Club with
Sunday sales and outdoor service area: Robinson/Hentges moved to approve a new 8 month Class C
Liquor License for Brooks National Golf Club with Sunday sales and outdoor service area. All ayes. Motion
Council to consider a new 12 month Class C Liquor License for Bud’s Pub with Sunday sales and
outdoor service area: Robinson/Larsen moved to approve a new 12 month Class C Liquor License for
Bud’s Pub with Sunday sales and outdoor service area. All ayes. Motion carried.
Council to consider official removal of past Okoboji Marketing Committee member and approve
signatures for check writing: Robinson/Hentges moved to officially remove former Okoboji Marketing
Committee member Don Ahrens from the signature card at United Community Bank, and appoint members
Paul Wofford and Susan Mau as the designated signatures on the checking account for the Okoboji
Marketing Committee. All ayes. Motion carried. Dennis Daly reported the Tourism Committee has
appointed Jared Heglin from Arrowwood as the new member of the Okoboji Marketing Committee to fill the
vacancy left by Brad Tifft’s resignation.
Council to consider the purchase of a new park mower: Robinson/Hentges moved to approve the
purchase of a new 1445 John Deere mower from Northwest Equipment, Inc., for a purchase price of
$23,165.00. All ayes. Motion carried.
Council to consider the purchase of a new one-ton utility truck with dump box and plow: Larsen/
Robinson moved to approve the purchase of a new 2012 one-ton Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD 4WD truck
chassis for $22,564.30, and the purchase of a dump box and snow plow from Crysteel Truck Equipment for
$14,990.00. All ayes. Motion carried. Daly stated the current one-ton Dodge truck would be put up for sale
as well as the 2002 Chevrolet ¾ Ton pickup and plow.
REPORT OF OFFICERS
Chief Jason Petersen gave the police report. Petersen stated STEP enforcement week will begin next week,
and invited everyone to attend a HEAT team training session.
Councilmember Hentges asked if there is a noise ordinance that would limit noise in the early morning
hours. Hentges reported a lawn care company was cleaning off driveways with leaf blowers at 5:30 A.M.
Chief Petersen stated he knows who it is and would have a talk with them. Hentges asked if the lines on Lake
Shore Drive could be repainted. Daly stated the last time they were painted it cost $9000.00, and Hentges
stated he would not pursue it any further.
Councilmember Robinson asked how the use of city issued garbage bags came about. Daly explained
approximately 14 years ago the IDNR instituted a program called “Pay as you throw” to further facilitate
recycling to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills. The sale of the bags is done by the city with
the profits from the sale of the bags remaining in the revenue stream of the city.
Daly reported the new page called “Ask City Hall” is up and running on the city website.
Daly warned that possibly water rates could be raised a small amount per a letter received from Central
Water System. Daly stated he does not believe the city would have to raise its rates accordingly, but would
have a report at a later meeting.
Expenditures for the month of February 2012 are as follows: Public Safety - $16,241.56; Public Works -
$10,397.47; Culture & Recreation - $198.49; Community & Economic Development - $6,062.50; General
Government - $29,197.21; Water - $683,306.49; Road Use Tax - $6,484.05. Receipts for the same period
were in the amount of $751,489.81, creating a balance in all funds in the amount of $949,479.28.
$138,041.65 of the reported balance is invested in Certificates of Deposit with the United Community Bank.
Larsen/Robinson moved to adjourn. All ayes. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:36 P.M.
Mary VanderWoude, Mayor
Dennis J. Daly, CMC