The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Andy Webb presiding. Council members present at roll call were Aaron Burres, Riley Larson, Doug Sargent, and Jerry Zamzow. Absent: Jerry Balmer. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 4 visitors from the community.
It was moved by Zamzow and seconded by Burres to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the January 3, 2018 Council Meeting, and Claims for January 17, 2018 in the amount of $40,948.05. All were in favor, motion carried.
Public Input: Deputy Schroeder didn’t have anything new to report from the Sherriff’s Office. They were asked to write snow ordinance tickets.
Vince Sabatino asked about the Roland Youth Sports softball league putting up a scoreboard for the south field at Britson Park. The consensus was that it is fine, but would like it on the next agenda. The council would also like them to check with the Little League to see if they would like to put one up on the north field at the same time to save on costs. Advertising signs on the fences will also be on the next agenda.
Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Street Department: Nothing new to report.
Water/Wastewater Department: The final water plant door has been installed; they still need to install weather stripping. The paint on the exterior walls is starting to bubble and peel off. Woodruff is testing temperature and moisture and will discuss with the engineer.
City Clerk: The bank needs copies of DL’s and SS cards for signing checks. The budget is being worked on. The City Hall office hours will be from 8:00am until noon from January 26 through February 8.
A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Burres to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Jeff Larson to the E911 Service Board and Jason Goodmanson as alternate. All were in favor, motion carried.
The preliminary budget numbers were reviewed. The council would like the boards to present their requests at the next meeting. Sewer rates will need to be raised to cover the last bond and upcoming bond. Northland Financial will review the rates and suggest what they should be.
A motion was made by Zamzow and seconded by Sargent to approve the new job descriptions for Public Works Director and Public Works Employee after changing the supervisor language. All were in favor, motion carried. The council would like the job listed by January 22 and application, cover letter, and resume due back by February 2. They would like it listed for the new positions as well as Street Superintendent.
Mayor/Council Comments: CM Larson had a resident ask if more sand and salt could be put out on the roads after it snows. Right now the written policy is that only intersections have sand and salt applied. Consensus of the council is to apply more to Main St. and the four way stop at Main and Maple.
CM Burres asked about starting to plow after one inch rather than two inches. Roland’s policy is to plow after two inches, which is the same as all other towns that are known of. People complain about wasting time if you plow before two inches and cars park on the street against the snow ordinance the way it is, it would most likely be worse if you set it at one inch.
Mayor Webb discussed an insurance issue that came up for the little league program. CM Balmer has been working on it; the City’s insurance does not recommend the city covering the program under the City’s policy.
Public Input: There was no input at this time.
With no further business at this time, Zamzow moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:00pm seconded by Sargent. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
Jerry Balmer, Mayor
Jodi Meredith, City Clerk