Four proclamations, one public hearing on agenda for Thursday’s City Council Meeting

Four proclamations and a public hearing on rezoning property for the expansion of a local business highlight the agenda for the Muscatine City Council on Thursday, May 5, in the Council Chambers at Muscatine City Hall located at 215 Sycamore Street.

A virtual meeting will be held in conjunction with the in-person meeting for those who want to view the proceedings or make a comment but do not feel comfortable in attending in person. Details for joining that meeting are listed below.

Muscatine Mayor Brad Bark will issue four proclamations during the opening segment of the Council session Thursday as he recognizes May 11-17 as National Police Week in Muscatine, acknowledges May to be Historic Preservation Month, May 15-21 as National Emergency Medical Services Week, and as National Public Works Week in Muscatine. Bark will also proclaim May 11 as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.

Thursday’s public hearing concerns rezoning a 17.4 parcel in the 1900 block of Stewart Road. Musco Lighting is planning to expand their current manufacturing operations onto the parcel. The request from Musco Lighting was unanimously approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and now goes before Council for approval.

The Council will also hear the second reading of an ordinance concerning cargo container regulations, and an ordinance amending the weeds and vegetation management regulations. If approved, the third reading will be held on May 19.

The third and final reading of an ordinance on vacant property and non-residential property maintenance regulations, and an ordinance striking the striking the keeping of pit bull chapter from City Code will also be heard Thursday. If approved, the ordinances will be submitted for publication before becoming official.

Thursday’s City Council meeting is open to the public. Citizens who do not want to attend the in-person meeting can watch and/or participate through the GoToMeeting virtual meeting portal. Information on joining the session and how to make a comment during the meeting is listed below. The session will also be broadcast live on the City of Muscatine YouTube channel and on Muscatine Power & Water Cable Channel 2.

Information on the presentations and other agenda items can be found by clicking AGENDA to download the City Council agenda and/or attachments.

The best way for the public to participate virtually is to log on or dial in to the GoToMeeting session, mute your device, watch the session on YouTube or Cable Channel 2. At the appropriate time, you will be able to unmute your device to ask a question or make a comment. The public can also use the “chat” feature on the GoToMeeting virtual meeting to pose a question to the Mayor, Council, or staff member.

Please mute your computer or phone while listening to the proceedings (press *6 when using phone or mute button on computer). A chat window is available when you use your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Those wishing to speak or to ask a question are asked to use the chat box to post a message that will be seen by the Mayor who will address the questions or call on the speaker in turn. Those using their phones must wait until the Mayor asks for additional comments. The Mayor will recognize you prior to you addressing the Council.

Muscatine City Council Meeting | Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (CDT)

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