The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, March 21, 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, Public Works Director Nathan Hovick, and 14 visitors from the community.
It was moved by Zamzow and seconded by Burres to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the March 7, 2018 Council Meeting, Minutes from the March 12, 2018 Council Meeting, and Claims for March 21, 2018 in the amount of $27,579.79. All were in favor, motion carried.
Public Input: Jim Ward said that he talked to Jordan last fall about ruts in his yard from the seeding of the sewer project, he wants to make sure that the council knows that they need repaired. The council has been told that the contractor will be here in the spring for final touchup work.
Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Public Works Director: A radar speed sign has been ordered to replace the one on W. Maple. Rock was delivered today so alleys can be graded in the near future. Woodruff is going to be here tomorrow to finish the water plant work. Nothing new has been determined with the paint on the walls. The lagoon upgrade plans were reviewed again yesterday. They should be ready for council approval and to go out to bid April 18. The new parks employee won’t be able to start until May 1, so Doug will help until then.
City Clerk: There is nothing to report.
Mayor Webb opened the Public Hearing: Rezoning property at 731 Bryan Avenue at 6:04 pm. Input was as follows:
Loren Tjernagle, RADC, reported that RADC is in favor of rezoning and having duplexes as a buffer area between residential and commercial. They are working on getting more land to be available for commercial use. He has figured that the duplexes will bring in $950 per duplex per year in taxes.
CM Balmer arrived at 6:08 pm.
Matt Dahlsten, 609 Bryan, is not against duplexes. He has concerns with the lots being sold at a discount for commercial then being rezoned and sold for a profit.
Lynn Schulte, RADC, believes that there are covenants against duplexes on Bryan Ave. He supports the duplexes.
Kevin Krausman, 705 Bryan, has never seen that the current owner has advertised the lot for sale. There is rumors that he is going to sell it for more than he paid. He is opposed to duplexes, he believes they would hurt his property value. He believes that rentals start out nice and then get run down.
Steven Philips, 614 Bryan, asked where the property being discussed is. He understood when building his house that the property was going to be used for residential, he didn’t expect commercial. He is still opposed to rezoning to residential.
Eric Gabrielson, potential buyer, stated that to the east of this property is already zoned R2, they would just be extending it 210 feet. He looked up property values near existing duplexes he owns and the property values have not dropped, they have went up by the same amounts as others in town from 2013-2018.
Kevin Krausman stated that the covenants for east of there say no duplexes. He stated that appraised and assessed values are different. He wanted to know if the owner of the lot has attempted to sell the lot for commercial use at the price he paid for the lot.
Lynn Schulte said that the owner told him that he had the lot for sale for slightly more than he paid. If interested parties have contacted RADC, they have sent them to the owner because RADC does not own the land.
Jim Ward, 325 S. Samson, asked what they are asking for lots compared to what the coop he works for in Ellsworth is asking. It is thought he paid around $20,000 for his lot.
Loren Tjernagle said that when Sheffield bought the lot he stated that he was going to build a spec building to sell and that plans have changed since then.
Tricia Anderson, lot 2, said that they were vetted for legitimacy of use of the lot and that RADC was very clear on what is expected. If the council rezones the lot they can restrict the use. Her only concern is that if this lot is rezoned, that the requirements on her lot don’t change.
At 6:28 pm a motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Zamzow to close the public hearing. All were in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Zamzow to bring to a vote Resolution 18-09: Resolution Approving The Recommendation Of The Planning & Zoning Commission To Rezone The Property Located At 731 Bryan Avenue. Aye: none. Nay: Zamzow, Balmer, Sargent, Burres, Larson. Resolution is not approved.
A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Zamzow to approve Resolution 18-10: Resolution Hiring A Public Works Employee And Setting Wages. Aye: Zamzow, Balmer, Sargent, Burres, Larson. Nay: none. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Zamzow and seconded by Balmer to approve Resolution 18-11: Resolution Hiring A Park Maintenance Employee And Setting Wages. Aye: Balmer, Larson, Sargent, Burres, Zamzow. Nay: none. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Burres and seconded by Sargent to approve the contract with Allender Butzke Engineers for the Lagoon Project soil testing. All were in favor, motion carried.
Ordinance 107 died due to a lack of a motion.
A motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Burres to approve Resolution 18-12: Resolution To Provide For A Notice Of Hearing On Proposed Plans, Specifications, Form Of Contract And Estimate Of Cost For The Britson Park Bioswale And Soil Quality Restoration Project, And The Taking Of Bids Therefor. Aye: Zamzow, Burres, Larson, Balmer, Sargent. Nay: none. Motion carried.
CM Zamzow presented his letter of resignation from City Council effective April 20, 2018 due to moving out of Roland. The consensus of the council is to work towards appointing a new council member.
A motion was made by Burres and seconded by Sargent to prepare information and an article regarding the upcoming sewer rate increases and to invite the public to discuss it at the June 6, 2018 council meeting. Aye: Balmer, Burres, Larson, Sargent. Nay: none. Abstain: Zamzow. Motion carried.
Mayor/Council Comments: CM Balmer asked if cones and barricades could be used for the fun run on Saturday.
CM Zamzow brought up that when the Story City Herald was sold, the council was told that there would be coverage and articles about Roland. There have been large projects and no coverage. He will write a letter to them as an exiting councilmember.
CM Larson had someone complain about storm sewers not being cleaned out for two years. He was asked which ones were issues so they could be addressed. He mentioned the ones on E. Maple near the park; those intakes are not hooked to anything so they won’t drain.
CM Burres asked what was found out about the tile by Larson and Balmer. There is a tile in the ROW where the water stands that an intake could be connected to. The City could put an intake in the ROW, but should not go onto private property to drain. Balmer and Larson will discuss this privately.
Mayor Webb shared that Brenda Dryer has provided information about a CAT grant which has helped get money for other towns’ pools. She will help the City write a grant application when ready.
Public Input: Danny Weston asked how far out the bridge repair project is. It is still unknown.
Brian Hill asked if the Pool Board is doing any fundraisers for a new pool.
Matt Dahlsten wanted to reiterate that he has concerns with the City purchasing land and putting in infrastructure and then RADC sold the lots at a low price and someone else can now profit.
Wade, the new owner of the bar, asked if there are any regulations for business names. There are none that anyone is aware of without looking into it.
Nathan Hovick invited everyone to the McCallsburg Fire and First Responders Soup Lunch on March 25. He also reminded everyone of the upcoming fundraiser for Cooper Leeman on April 8.
With no further business at this time, Sargent moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:23 pm seconded by Burres. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
Jerry Balmer, Mayor
Jodi Meredith, City Clerk