City of Virginia
Regular Meeting Minutes
Mayor Brunk opened the meeting at 7pm. Roll was called. Alderman Pratt, Bowman, Wulf, Behrends and Cox all answered present. Alderman French was not present at the start of the meeting. This month’s agenda was presented to the council. Alderman Cox made a motion to approve the agenda and Alderman Bowman seconded. Motion carried unanimously. The minutes for April were reviewed. Alderman Pratt made a motion to approve the April minutes and Alderman Behrends seconded. Motion carried unanimously. The monthly bills were presented. Alderman Wulf made a motion to approve the monthly bills and Alderman Behrends seconded. Motion carried unanimously. Alderman French joined the meeting.
Treasurer Barrett that the fiscal year has ended. He said that the city is a little above budget, the video gaming and sales tax were higher than what was budgeted for. We are a little above budget, video gaming and sales tax is a little higher than we budgeted for. Most areas that we budgeted for we are looking very good. There was a net income shown for the year and we will use those funds to put into a capital. We are in a good position in getting the water side taken care of, now we can finally set money aside for things that the city needs. Treasurer Barret would like to thank Jeanette Lacy for her hard work and continued work to help fix the books. At this time the cash position is strong. Treasurer Barrett stated his concern with the COVID, there is a study saying an average of 7-19% reduction in sales tax but we are resourceful on the work projects so we should be ok. Sales tax for the month of April was $11261.83. Video gaming for the month of April was $3900.28. Treasurer Barrett stated that he met with all the appropriate people in regards to personnel and it has been budgeted for what the Alderman, Mayor, and Randy requested. Treasurer Barrett stated he is also working on the lease for the backhoe. He stated that the rates and terms are in our favor for what we are trying to get done now. Hopefully when the five year lease is up, we can purchase the backhoe outright. Treasurer Barrett also said that the city does have CD’s set aside to do purchases on equipment if they are needed they can be used.
Monthly Reports, Board Reports, and Aldermanic Reports were not given this month
Attorney Veith stated that he included his report in the monthly packet. He doesn’t really have much more to add to it. Hopefully on June 16th, we will be back in court on the property maintenance cases. Cass homes is now in city limits. The second reading of the limiting parking in front of Virginia Market is tonight and the appropriation ordinance is on the agenda as well.
- Ordinance to limit parking in front of the grocery store to 30 minutes on M-F between 8:00-3:00 (2nd reading)
With nothing further to discuss, Alderman French made a motion to approve the 2nd reading of the ordinance to limit parking in front of the grocery store to 30 minutes on M-F between 8:00-3:00, Alderman Bowman seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
- FY 20/21 Appropriation Ordinance (2nd reading)
With nothing further to discuss, Alderman Behrends made a motion to approve the 2nd reading of the FY 20/21 Appropriation Ordinance and Alderman French seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
- Cemetery Board Appointment
Mayor Brunk stated he would like to appoint Paula Noland to the Cemetery Board. Alderman Wulf made a motion to approve the appointment of Paula Noland to the Cemetery Board and Alderman Cox seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
- Discuss Municipal Salaries
Alderman Behrends stated that he contacted all of the Alderman and gave them all of the numbers that had been discussed. Alderman Behrends said that Treasurer Barrett also approves of these numbers as well. Alderman Behrends stated that he thinks that the employees got good raises for the year. With nothing further to discuss, Alderman Wulf made a motion to approve the municipal salaries and Alderman French seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Brunk stated that appointments of city officers will be postponed until next month. Mayor Brunk also addressed the council asking for their input on how doing something to help out our local businesses. He stated that he had a conversation with Alderman Cox on Saturday and though this is not on the agenda, he would like to discuss this a little bit. He stated that there are different ways to go and asked the Alderman to be thinking about options and contact him with what their ideas are. Mayor Brunk stated that a few different options could be help with water bills, liquor licenses, or maybe a combination of the two. Alderman Cox said that the city of Bluffs gave their businesses a $500 credit for their water and $500 for their liquor licenses. Alderman Cox also stated that he thinks that this would let the businesses know that we are trying to help a little bit. Mayor Brunk states that we will review and go through the municipal businesses and see what we can do. Treasurer Barrett stated that we don’t take in much money on licenses and permits.
Alderman Behrends also stated that he was talking to Alderman Wulf, they were discussing minimum wage going up in July and wanted to know if we had budgeted for that. Treasurer Barrett stated that we budgeting to take care of that minimum wage increase.
With nothing further to discuss at 7:22pm, Alderman Wulf made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Alderman Behrends seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
Reg Brunk, Mayor Ashley Cox, City Clerk