The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, July 5, 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, Doug Sargent, Andy Webb, and Jerry Zamzow. Absent: Larry Ford. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 3 visitors from the community.
It was moved by Burres and seconded by Webb to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the June 21, 2017 Council Meeting, and Claims for July 5, 2017 in the amount of $54,892.07. All were in favor, motion carried.
Public Input: There was no input at this time.
Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Street Department: There has been no timeline for Manatt’s doing R-77. The intakes for Elm St. north of the school have been ordered and it has been staked. There are a couple more companies to give quotes for new radar signs. CM Sargent asked how the advanced crack sealing is holding up to know if more should be considered.
Water/Wastewater Department: The pool has been inspected by the county and the water plant and distribution system has been inspected by the IDNR. There is a precon meeting for the water plant cosmetic upgrades scheduled for July 11 and they plan to start the week of July 17. The sewer boring has been completed and the open cut is almost complete through the backyards. Mayor Balmer asked about getting a weather radio for the pool.
City Clerk: CM Webb asked for clarification on which positions are up for election in November.
There was discussion about the proposal from Waters Edge Aquatic for preliminary designs and planning for a new swimming pool. The council would like to conduct a local survey to see what the community is looking for to save some of the cost. No official action was taken.
The reply from the owner of 601 W. Maple was reviewed. The council would like to have a letter sent to him asking to have the backyard mowed and provide a timeline for the planned improvements.
A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Sargent to approve Pay Request #1 to Rognes for $317,265.49 Samson Sewer Line.
Mayor/Council Comments: CM Webb met with the Mayor, Clerk, and Matt Sievers who is interested in developing the 30 acres that Jack Fradsen has for sale. Brenda Dryer is meeting with the clerk on Friday to discuss what options the City has for incentives.
Mayor Balmer is going to contact the Sherriff regarding Roland not getting equal patrol time per capita as other communities.
CM Webb noted that McCallsburg’s council also had a discussion with County Supervisor Olson about the Animal Control contract. He was told back in November that the issue would be looked into, and nothing has happened as far as he knows other than Olson visiting a council meeting earlier in the year.
CM Zamzow stated that the second complaint from the same person complaining about nepotism is not warranted. Mayor Balmer will reply explaining that because two positions assist one another doesn’t mean that they are over one another and that the council is going to stick by the lawyer’s recommendation and opinion.
CM Burres asked what can be done about the grass growing along Logan St. between the gutter and street. The Department of Agriculture made it sound like the City cannot spray to prevent weed growth, so the best option is for the abutting property owner to use weed control.
CM Zamzow had heard about the Britson Park concession stand being shut down, but had not heard the reason why. He will be filled in by the Mayor.
Public Input: Jason McLatchie wanted to say thank you and show his support to the council for allowing fireworks in Roland. He would have liked to have seen the previous ordinance completely rescinded and just follow the state law, but is glad that they allowed the three days that they did.
With no further business at this time, Webb moved for adjournment of the meeting at 6:52 pm seconded by Sargent. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
Jerry Balmer, Mayor
Jodi Meredith, City Clerk