The council set the date for the public hearing of the 2014-15 budget March 13, 2014 at 6PM with a vote of 5-0 (See notice and budget here)
The resolution supporting the Cedar Rapids Casino was passed 5-0. Dan Franz, General Manager of the Riverside Casino & Resort, appreciates all the support and reminded people that citizens of Cedar Rapids are going to be just as passionate about getting their Casino (suspiciously left out of the meeting, you can hear Franz’s interview on Talk of the Town on Stardust Radio Network and for letters of support and suggestions, as well as addresses (even help with writing letters), http://wp.me/p2fxcp-404 and http://wp.me/p2fxcp-40b ).
Marilyn Eagle asked for the council to approach the Senior Dining issue with an open mind; the program is slated to end March 28Citizen Bill Halloran said that he has been helping look into possible solutions, including: the school district, Murphy’s, cutting internal expenses, etc. to help the program continue. City Council Member Ralph Schnoebelen made a motion to have Halloran, Eagle and City Administrator/Economic Development Director Rusty Rogerson perform a study on the feasibility of the city subsidizing the program. City Council Member Nate Kasdorf said that there is an amount in the budget ($6000); that number can only be lowered and not raised. Schnoebelen said that is the amount they need to figure how to work with. Dawn McCoy acknowledges that the program was never intended to be a money maker, but told the council that the program needs to have the opportunity to raise money to have the chance to be self-sustaining. Noting the programs availability to all ages, Poch said that the name should be changed to Community Dining. Rogerson said he has been talking to Elder Care, who said they have the funds to take the program to June 30, 2014 and implored, “Don’t give up.”
Kasdorf took issue with the amount of time and the information that they have already heard (he said they had been discussing it for 30 minutes); the mayor disagreed and said that is how it’s going to be because Senior Dining was an important issue. Although no calls were made to the sheriff, the meeting quickly derailed as the mayor and Kasdorf attempted to yell over one another, as did members of the audience, including Riverside’s representative on the county’s 911 commission, Paula Walton, who yelled at Kasdorf to listen to it again. Kasdorf later reiterated that he supports senior dining and that they voted to discontinue it because of funds. City Council Member Tom Sexton noted how senior dining is important.
The Law enforcement contract with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department was approved 5-0 in the amount of $49,698; “approved the award of contract for the fiscal year 2014-15 Washington County Public Safety Communications Commission” with a vote of 5-0; and although there was some exception taken by City Clerk Lory Young to Kasdorf’s abrupt motion (she said, “that’s rude”) the resolution “approving the transfer of funds for the establishment of the community Center building fund” by transferring $120,041.89 from the city’s money market account for the community building fund. This resolution is to resolve the money donated by Shatner. 5-0.City Council Member Bob Schneider noted how this is a good way to show that the city supports the Community Center.
Community Visioning President Larry Simon asked the council to provide guidelines for the Visioning Committee or to have it sanctioned by the city. He won’t have another meeting until that happens. Poch asked for a work session set up.