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City Council Recap

The City Council Recap is a brief highlight of the Windsor Heights City Council meetings. The recap is not minutes of the Council meeting. Minutes are considered and approved at the subsequent Council meeting. 

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Windsor Heights City Council meetings will return to an in-person format starting on Monday, August 2, 2021, in the City Council Chambers at 1133 66th St at 6 pm.  The City of Windsor Heights is working to update the AV system in the Council Chambers so that residents have the option to attend in person or via Zoom, but will not have those upgrades ready for August 2nd. We understand that Zoom is a great way for residents to engage with Council meetings and hope to have this option available soon.

8/2/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Adopted Ordinance No. 21-05 – removing animal impound fees
  • Passed Resolution No. 2021-32 – A Resolution authorizing the acceptance of federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act through H.R. 1315 under certain terms and conditions and establishing the American Rescue Plan Fund

7/19/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Held a public hearing on a site plan request from HyVee for installation of Isles Online kiosks
  • Approved the site plan for HyVee Isles Online
  • Held a public hearing on Ordinance No. 21-05 amending City Code Chapter 55 related to animal impound fees
  • Approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 21-05
  • Deferred any action on a cost share request for a private sewer line replacement 
  • Approved Keltek Bid for Public Safety vehicle modems to facilitate Westcom connectivity 
  • Approved the Emergency Action Plan
  • Approved University Avenue Change Orders #9A and #9B related to fiber optic interconnects for signal upgrades and future connectivity to 73rd Street
  • Discussed City Administrator Evaluation Process
  • Approved pay requests for College Drive Improvements, 2020 Streets Improvements Project (Allison and 69th Streets), and University Avenue

6/21/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Approved updates to the Safe Building Agreement (logo and Tax ID)
  • Approved second addendum to the purchase agreement with Casey’s Marketing Company
  • Approved 5 Year maintenance agreement between the City and the Iowa DOT
  • Approved FY 2021-2022 tobacco permits
  • Approved cancellation of the Tuesday, July 6, 2021 Regular City Council meeting
  • Approved a resolution setting non-union employee pay ranges
  • Approved a 28E agreement with Central Iowa Water Trails
  • Approved participation in the Des Moines Partnership DMDC event
  • Approved a letter of support for the WH Police to embark on a new project to support peer intervention by police officers in high stress situations  called ABLE “Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement.”
  • Approved pay requests for University Avenue, College Drive, Allison Avenue, and 69th Street
  • Approved a resolution setting a public hearing for July 19, 2021 for a site plan review for Hy-Vee Isles On-line
  • Approved a resolution setting a public hearing for July 19, 2021 for amendments to Windsor Heights City Code Chapter 55 related to impound fees

6/7/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Held a public hearing on amending the current budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021
  • Adopted a resolution approving the budget amendment
  • Adopted a resolution approving fiscal year 2021 budget amendment balance transfers
  • Adopted a resolution approving fiscal year-end balance transfers
  • Approved a contract with J&K Contracting to reconstruct storm intakes on the 7100 block of Del Matro
  • Approved a change order for the College Drive Improvements Project for sidewalk repair at 7804 College Dr. 
  • Approved an application to the Iowa Department of Transportation for the Iowa Grade Crossing Repair Fund – 73rd St. railroad crossing improvement cost share
  • Adopted a resolution establishing the non-union employee compensation and performance evaluation program
  • Approved non-union employee compensation for fiscal year 2021-2022

5/17/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Adopted Ordinance No. 21-03 – Amending Chapter 174.08 of the Windsor Heights Code relating to parking for personal and recreational vehicles
  • Adopted Ordinance No. 21-04 – Amending Chapter 97.01 of the Windsor Heights Code relating to stormwater – sump pump connections
  • Approved 28E and Memorandum of Understanding transitioning the City of Windsor Heights to the Westcom 9-1-1 dispatching system
  • Approved purchase of a Kubota RTV-1100 from Capital City Equipment for use in the parks and on the trails
  • Approved pay requests for College Drive Improvements, 2020 Streets Improvements (Allison and 69th), and University Avenue
  • Set a public hearing for the FY 20-21 Budget Amendment for June 7, 2021, at 6:00 PM
  • Adopted the City of Windsor Heights Employee Compensation Philosophy
  • Waived Pavilion fees for the Franklin Avenue Library for summer arts and science events

5/3/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Held public hearings and approved first readings of Ordinance No. 21-03 (Parking for Personal and Recreational Vehicles) and Ordinance No. 21-04 (Sump Pump Connections
  • Approved the receipt and file of the North Walnut Creek Bank Stabilization Study from Bolton & Menk
  • Approved an agreement for a flood reduction and resiliency analysis with JEO Consulting
  • Approved a resolution setting a public hearing on 5/17 for the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget amendment
  • Held a council work session on employee compensation

4/19/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Flood mitigation analysis options presented to council by JEO Consulting Group
  • Approved a resolution requesting funding from the Federal Member Directed Funding Program for the partial funding of 73rd Street
  • Approved 73rd Street pavement marking between University and Center Streets
  • Approved a 28E agreement between the City and West Des Moines Community Schools for cost-sharing of a center turn lane on 73rd Street in front of Clive Learning Academy
  • Approved project pay requests for Allison Ave, College Dr, and University Ave.
  • Approved a resolution setting a public hearing for ordinance revisions relating to parking for personal and recreational vehicles
  • Approved a resolution setting a public hearing for ordinance revisions relating to stormwater (sump pump connections)
  • Approved a project agreement for digital document management through Laserfiche

4/5/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Held a public hearing on City-owned land sale to Casey’s
  • Passed a resolution authorizing the sale of City-owned land to Casey’s
  • Heard from Central Iowa Water Trails on plans to enhance water quality and access throughout the Des Moines Metro
  • Approved an agreement between the City and the Metro Area Firefighters & EMS for a three-year union contract
  • Discussed additional restoration options Allison Avenue, 69th Street, and College Drive
  • Approved an agreement with Aureon Technology to setup, install and act as the City’s Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider
  • Approved a resolution waiving park fees for Walnut Creek Church Mission to the City and for the Windsor Heights Chamber
  • Approved a resolution authorizing the City to apply for Federal Community Project grant funds for 73rd Street
  • Discussed sump pump issues on Allison Ave
  • Held a council work session on compensation studies for non-union public safety, public works, and administration positions

3/15/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Held a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget
  • Passed Resolution No. 2021-09 – A Resolution Adopting the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget
  • Held a public hearing on the 2021-2022 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)
  • Tabled Resolution No. 2021-10 – A Resolution Approving the Capital Improvements Plan to a future council work session
  • Tabled non-union public safety compensation study to a future council work session
  • Passed Resolution No. 2021-11 – A Resolution Approving Fiscal Year 2021 Balance Transfer
  • Set a public hearing for April 5, 2021, at 6:00 PM for the sale of City land to Casey’s

3/1/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Held a public hearing on the Maximum Property Tax Dollars for Certain Levies
  • Passed Resolution No. 2021-06 – A Resolution Adopting the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Maximum Property Tax Dollars for Certain Levies
  • Reviewed the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget
  • Set a public hearing for March 15, 2021, at 6:00 PM for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget
  • Reviewed the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)
  • Set a public hearing for March 15, 2021, at 6:00 PM for the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)
  • Set Saturday, July 3, 2021, for the annual fireworks show

2/15/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Adopted Ordinance No. 21-02 – An Ordinance Amending City Code related to Property Maintenance and Rental Housing Code
  • Heard from Peter Ronza of Pontifex Consulting Group LLC on the results of a compensation study for public safety employees
  • Approved 28E Agreement related to a jointly owned fire training tower between the City and the cities of Urbandale and Clive
  • Approved Resolution No. 2021-05 setting a public hearing for March 1st for the maximum property tax dollar levies for the City’s FY 21-22 Budget
  • Discussed forming a Special Events Committee
  • Held a Council Work Session on standard operating procedures (SOP)

2/1/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Held a public hearing and approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 21-02  - An Ordinance amending the City Code related to Property Maintenance and Rental Housing Code
  • Approved and adopted Ordinance No. 20-01- An Ordinance amending City Code related to Animal Control and Protection
  • Approved resolutions naming the official newspaper and naming City depositories and deposit limits
  • Approved final payment to GovHR for City Administrator search
  • Approved and filed a resolution to delays on University Ave due to CenturyLink facilities in the project area
  • Tabled Dog Park parking lot design services
  • Approved edited job descriptions for public works and administration positions
  • Set a work session for February 15, 2021, for discussion of the Governing Body Rules of Procedure (SOP)

1/18/21 City Council Meeting Recap

  •  Held a public hearing on proposed changes to City Code Chapter 55 relating to Animal Control and Protection
  • Approved first reading of Ordinance No. 20-01 related to proposed changes to City Code Chapter 55 relating to Animal Control and Protection
  • Approved 28E Agreement with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) for animal shelter services
  • Approved Resolution No. 20-01 – Appling for matching funds from the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the partial funding of the construction of Phase 1 of 73rd Street
  • Approved purchase of police fleet vehicle and upfitting at an estimated cost of $56,142.82
  • Approved Resolution No. 20-02 setting a time and place for a public hearing on Ordinance No. 21-02 amending Chapter 156 of the Windsor Heights Code of Ordinances relating to Property Maintenance and Rental Housing Code
  • Approved plat of survey at 6625 Washington Street
  • Approved Change Order No. 2 for 2020 PCC Patching Project
  • Approved Final Pay Request for 2020 PCC Patching Project
  • Approved Pay Request No. 9 for 2020 Streets Improvements Projects (College, Allison, and 69th Streets)  
  • Held a Council Work Session on job descriptions

1/4/21 - No Council Meeting

12/21/20 City Council Meeting Recap

Presentations: 

  • Presentation from Elizabeth Presutti – Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART)
  • Presentation from Greg Edwards – Catch Des Moines

Action Taken: 

  • Held 2nd reading of Ordinance No. 2020-09 – Amending Chapter 161 of the Windsor Heights Code of Ordinances related to Post Construction Storm Water Control
  • Waived the third and final reading and adopted Ordinance No. 2020-09
  • Approved 28E Agreement with Polk County for animal control
  • Approved amending the city fee schedule relating to animal impound fees
  • Set a public hearing for Ordinance No. 2021-01 – An Ordinance amending the Windsor Heights Code of Ordinances Chapter 55 related to Animal Control
  • Approved balance transfer resolution related to bond fees
  • Approved pay request no. 7 for the University Avenue Improvements Project
  • Approved a temporary policy to allow refunds for Community Center rentals through 6/30/2021

12/7/20 City Council Meeting Recap 

  • Held a public hearing and approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 2020-09 – Post Construction Stormwater Control
  • Entered into an agreement with the Street Collective to bring a BCycle Station to Colby Park
  • Approved a 28E Agreement between the Urbandale-Windsor Heights Sanitary District and the City of Urbandale for maintenance of the sanitary sewer system
  • Approved Council goals and objectives
  • Entered into an agreement with Pontifex Consulting Group for a non-union public safety compensation study
  • Approved change orders and pay requests for the 2020 Streets Improvements Project (Allison and 69th) and the 2020 College Drive Improvements Project
  • Approved FY 21 Budget Transfers for loan interest payments
  • Approved the 2021 employee health insurance renewal
  • Approved settlement agreement, change order, and final pay request for the 2017 Sidewalk Improvements Project

11/16/20 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Approved 2021 Committee Appointments
  • Approved an intergovernmental public funds transfer agreement between the City and the Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Approved a resolution setting a public hearing on changes to the post construction stormwater control ordinance
  • Approved the TIF Debt Certification Report
  • Approved the Urban Renewal Report
  • Approved pay requests for the College Drive Improvements Project, the 2020 Streets Improvements Project (Allison and 69th), and the 2020 PCC Patching Project

11/2/20 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Appointed member and alternate member to the Polk County 911 Service Board
  • Appointed member and alternate member to the Polk County Emergency Management Commission
  • Appointed commissioner and alternate commissioner to the Des Moines Regional Transit Authority
  • Appointed member and alternate member to the Metropolitan Planning Commission
  • Approved Watershed Management Coordinator funding
  • Approved Pay Request No. 6 – University Avenue Project

10/19/20 City Council Meeting Recap 

  • Approved non-union public safety job descriptions
  • Approved transmission repair for public works Truck #6
  • Approved pay request #6 for the 69th and Allison streets project
  • Approved pay request #6 for the College Drive street project
  • Held a strategic goal setting work session

10/5/20 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Adopted Ordinance No. 20-08 – Removing the requirement that landlords use rental property signage provided solely by the City
  • Approved the Annual Street Finance Report
  • Approved a resolution to receive and file the 2020 Windsor Heights Master Parks Plan
  • Approved pay requests for the following projects: 2020 PCC Patching, University Avenue, and North Walnut Creek Bank Stabilization

9/21/20 City Council Meeting Recap

  • Held a public hearing on Ordinance No. 20-08 – relating to rental signage requirements
  • Approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 20-08
  • Special guest Kathy Sheller, MetroNet Government Affairs Director gave a presentation on MetroNet fiber to the home service
    • Offers symmetrical speeds – same speed for download and upload
    • Dedicated fiber – no sharing access from a node with neighbors reducing latency and buffering
    • Redundant service with multiple fiber rings around the City for limited downtime in the event of a line failure
    • Will have a communications plan to share with the City and residents during the build out – no antennas or structures to be built in the City – will follow existing overhead and underground utility services
  • Approved an agreement with MetroNet to serve the City
  • Approved the consent agenda including approving minor date changes real estate sale at the corner of 63rd and University 
  • Sent flood mitigation actions back to the public works committee for further review
  • Denied a traffic analysis on 69th Street between Hickman Rd and Washington Ave
  • Approved a resolution supporting the United Way of Central Iowa’s 21-day Equity Challenge 
  • Sent public-private partnership discussion on a Walnut Creek Bank stabilization project back to the Public Works Committee

9/8/20 City Council Meeting Recap

  • The City Council welcomed new City Administrator Dennis Durham to the City. 
  • United Way of Central Iowa’s presented information on their 21 Day Equity Challenge and the City Council agreed to be a partner on this initiative. 
  • The Council approved liquor/beer permits for Kathmandu Restaurant and Maria Groceries.
  •  Ordinance No. 20-07 was passed.  defining surfaces allowed for parking on private property and prohibitions on parking vehicles for the purpose of sale.
  • The Council voted to retire the Economic Development Grant Program.
  • A public hearing was set for September 21st for the first reading of Ordinance No. 20-08, which amends the City Code to remove rental property signage requirements. 
  • The Council passed a resolution requesting additions to the 73rd Street corridor design including the addition of a turn lane at Clive Learning Academy, adding improvements for bicycle safety at 73rd and University, adding sidewalk crossing improvements between College and Washington, and adding radar speed signs in both directions. As a reminder, this project is still in the design phase and does not have a start date. 
  • The Council passed a resolution that requests reimbursement for COVID-19 expenses from the Iowa COVID-19 Government Relief Fund. 
  • The Council passed a resolution purchasing flood insurance for the Community Event Center.
  • The Council passed a resolution to allow the City Engineer to negotiate an appropriate winter stopping point for work on 69th Street and College Avenue to resume again in the spring of 2021.
  • The Council approved pay requests for the following street projects
    • 2020 PCC Patching
    • College Drive Improvements
    • 69th Street
    • Allison Avenue
    • University Avenue