The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday April 1, 2015. The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Jerry Balmer presiding. Council members present at roll call were, Larry Ford, Brian Hill, Doug Sargent, Andy Webb, and Jerry Zamzow. Absent: none. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick and 5 visitors from the community.
It was moved by Ford and seconded by Hill to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the March 18, 2015 Council Meeting, and Claims for April 1, 2015 in the amount of $21,049.71. All were in favor, motion carried.
Public Input: Chad and Lynda Markwardt from 401 E. Maple St. inquired about a variance to route their sidewalk around a tree to avoid the tree breaking it up again. They also asked about City funding for sidewalks. They were told that the sidewalk could curve around the tree until the tree is removed in the future, at which time the sidewalk would need to be straightened and that there is currently no sidewalk funding through the City. They also asked about the junk in their neighbor’s yard. They have sent three letters to the City and do not feel that the issue has been resolved. The City has sent letters requiring the owners to clean up the property. The most recent letter gives them until April 27, 2015; the issue will be addressed at the following council meeting to discuss if the property owners have brought their property into compliance.
Rich Olive spoke about the relationship between the City of Story City and the Story City Economic Development Corporation. He will be willing to work with the City of Roland and the RADC.
Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Street Department: The storm sewer along the north side of the school is being installed.
Water/Wastewater Department: A resident in town asked to have sewer charges waived for watering the grass at their newly constructed home. The council agreed to waive the sewer fee for any usage more than 200 cubic feet more than their average usage. Hydrant flushing is planned for April 16 and 17. Water tower cleaning and inspection will be on April 8. Water will be turned on to the park buildings and pool area starting April 15, weather permitting.
City Clerk: Electric to the building at Britson Park will be ran April 15. The remainder of the electrical work will be contracted out after that. The architects have not submitted any of the plans for city hall.
Mayor Balmer proclaimed the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service.
Forrest Aldirch from V&K, Inc. discussed the different options that the council has to reconsider for the trunk sanitary sewer line with updated cost estimates.
Mayor/Council Comments: Mayor Balmer met with the school’s athletic director about their interest in taking over the whole building. The school is looking to do $150,000 to $250,000 worth of work to the north diamond. The topic will be passed on to Friend N Service so that they can be at the next meeting when the topic will be on the agenda.
CM Webb shared that ISU student Angela Snyder is looking for an internship and will invite her to the next council meeting to discuss what she is able to do for the City.
Public Input: There was no public input at this time.
With no further business at this time, Ford moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:43 pm seconded by Webb. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
Jerry Balmer, Mayor
Jodi Meredith, City Clerk