FAIRBANK – The Fairbank City Council moved to fill two vacancies of the pool board of directors during Monday’s meeting.
Heather Hansen and Heath Zuck will replace Teresa Haberman and Tina Robinson, and they have been appointed to a four-year term. Zuck is an assistant football coach at Wartburg College and an assistant track and field coach at Wapsie Valley High School.
Pool board president Jason Kayser informed the council that the aquatic center needs to switch over to a system that will allow debit cards to be used.
Kayser said concessions were better this year, but the pool board is considering accepting a contract offer from Coca-Cola, which will allow for upgrades on the pool concession area.
“We’ve been approached by Coca-Cola … and have been talking intermittently,” Kayser said. “We are trying to get the same deal we got from Dr. Pepper which they gave us $10,000 15 years ago. We are looking at a lot of things like getting fountain pop because there is a high profit margin.”
Fehr Graham branch manager Jon Biederman informed the council on some minor changes on the water project in town that were requested by Bryan Construction. The council approved a measure to approve the change request and disperse the first payment to Bryan Construction.
The council approved the TIF certification for fiscal year 2020. The board also heard TIF requests from Myers Polaris and Parkview Assisted Living, but no decision was made during Monday’s meeting.
Police chief Rick Dietrich explained to the council about a policy change the state of Iowa has implemented regarding immigration. On April 10, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill that would revoke funding for Iowa cities and counties that intentionally violate federal immigration law.
Dietrich said the new policy will respect the rights of immigrants, but the police department will assist ICE in performing their duties, if they come into town. He added that there has not been a problem previously, but Fairbank does not have the resources to assist in other communities.
“Police officers will be forced to help out on immigration,” Dietrich said. “It also has an out if there is a raid way up north and they say, ‘hey you got to come up and help us.’ We can call up the mayor or city attorney and say, ‘we don’t have the resources here, we got to man our town.’”
During the council’s next meeting on Dec. 10, they will put the police policy changes on the agenda for approval.
Deputy Clerk/City Treasurer Brittany Fuller stood in at the council meeting for City Clerk Marlene Strempke, who was absent.