Minutes—January 3, 2018

Minutes of the Roland City Council
Regular Session
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, January 3, 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 Jerry Balmer, Aaron Burres, Riley Larson, Doug Sargent, and Jerry Zamzow.  Absent: none.  Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 1 visitor from the community.

It was moved by Balmer and seconded by Sargent to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the December 20, 2017 Council Meeting, and Claims for January 3, 2018 in the amount of $58,707.45.  All were in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: There was no input at this time.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows:

Street Department: Nothing new to report.

Water/Wastewater Department: The job description is being prepared and a draft will be sent out tomorrow.

City Clerk: The Brownfield Grant could pay 100 percent of the asbestos testing and 50 percent for removal as long as the City doesn’t own the building.  There may be money through the Derelict Grant to pay for a structural engineer and money may be available quicker if the building is saved rather than demolished.  Consensus of the council is that the City is not interested in the building and to ask the lawyer what to do next.

A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Burres to approve Resolution 18-01: Resolution Authorizing Signatures For The City Of Roland Bank Account At Availa Bank.   Aye: Balmer, Larson, Burres, Zamzow, Sargent.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Burres and seconded by Zamzow to approve Resolution 18-02: Resolution Naming Depositories Of The Funds Of The City Of Roland, Iowa, Raising The Depository Amount Repealing Resolution No. 17-14.   Aye: Larson, Sargent, Zamzow, Balmer, Burres.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Burres to approve the Mayor’s appointment of CM Balmer as Mayor Pro-Tem.  All were in favor, motion carried.

Mayor/Council Comments: CM Zamzow asked if budget numbers are being prepared.  They are coming back in and will be ready to review at the next meeting.

Mayor Webb asked about the job description.  CM Zamzow reminded him that Nathan is working on it.  CM Zamzow would like to approve it at the next meeting, put out a help wanted ad, and hopefully hire someone by the end of February to have some overlap for training.  Mayor Webb asked if the new position would be a Street Head.  CM Zamzow shared that the previous consensus was to have a Public Works Director and then hire a Public Works Employee to report to the Director.  The council was still in agreement that this is what they would like.

Mayor Webb has talked with someone from the County who can work with the council and other community groups on creating a community plan.  The council is fine with him setting a meeting up.

CM Zamzow asked what the next step with the pool is.  Mayor Webb is wondering about trying to utilize the zero depth entry part that was added on in 2000.  With the expected life expectancy of 40 years it is almost halfway through and having to redo all of the plumbing under it and new gutters, it would most likely not save any money.  The council had previously discussed waiting until the school’s bond vote before proceeding with plans.  Clerk Meredith reminded the council that with the upcoming lagoon project, the council also has to be aware of the City’s debt limit.

Public Input: There was no input at this time.

With no further business at this time, Balmer moved for adjournment of the meeting at 6:24pm seconded by Sargent.  All were in favor, motion carried.  The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.

Jerry Balmer, Mayor


Jodi Meredith, City Clerk