The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. 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 Aaron Burres, Larry Ford, 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 8 visitors from the community.
It was moved by Sargent and seconded by Webb to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the April 5, 2017 Council Meeting, and Claims for April 19, 2017 in the amount of $66,450.59. All were in favor, motion carried.
Public Input: Deputy Bardos had nothing to report from the Sheriff’s Office; the council had nothing to send back to the office other than the usual speeding concerns.
Nancy Henderson of 206 S. Green St. complained about the new storm sewer not working. It was explained that the project is not complete, the pipe sizes have been increased from what they previously were, and that a storm sewer system is designed to handle at most a 10 year storm and her example was from an inch and a half of rain in an hour which is many times more than it is designed to handle. She also asked about Elm Street between Samson and Green. It was explained that Elm St. between Green and Norseman will be closed down because the City does not own that property.
Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Street Department: Manatt’s is doing some asphalt patch work in town. The building inspector met with the owner and tenant of 129 N. Main St. about what is expected with the property.
Water/Wastewater Department: Nothing to report. Council asked if the water plant rehab has gone out to bid and if the fence to the sewer main easement has been taken down.
City Clerk: Nobody attended the Urban Renewal meeting. An email was sent to the council stating that the building inspector recommends having the attorney send a letter regarding the shed that is 3 feet off of the property line at 301 S. Logan which should be set back 25 feet according to City Code. The council would like the property owner to come to a council meeting to discuss the shed in which the council will wait until there is a formal complaint. This will remain a case by case issue in which other property owners will have to comply with setbacks.
Middle School Principle Brian Town and Superintendent Matt Patton told the council about plans they have been working on to make student drop off and pickup safer. This includes a stop sign and crosswalk at S. Linn and E. Birch and making the 200 block of E. Elm a one way street and adding curb and gutter to the south side of the street. The council directed Harold to discuss this with the engineer.
County Supervisor Lauris Olson discussed the concerns that the council and staff have with Story County Animal Control in hopes of revising the contract before it gets renewed.
There was discussion about changing the locks or adding padlocks to the bathroom doors at Britson Park after both bathrooms were unlocked and used to capacity while the building was winterized and a portable toilet was on site. The council would like additional locks added that only the City has keys for so the building can be more secure when winterized rather than trying to track down keys to the building every fall.
Mayor/Council Comments: Mayor Balmer will get the trees at the Britson Park parking lot moved. CM Webb appreciates that the County is responding to concerns, even though it has had to go through many channels to get to this point.
Public Input: There was no public input at this time.
With no further business at this time, Webb moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:09 pm seconded by Sargent. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
Jerry Balmer, Mayor
Jodi Meredith, City Clerk