Minutes—March 7, 2018

Minutes of the Roland City Council
Regular Session
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, March 7, 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, Doug Sargent, and Jerry Zamzow.  Absent: Riley Larson.  Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Public Works Director Nathan Hovick, and 6 visitors from the community.

It was moved by Sargent and seconded by Burres to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the February 21, 2018 Council Meeting, and Claims for March 7, 2018 in the amount of $32,733.11.  All were in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: Deputy Schroeder reported that there are two new deputies in the academy.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows:

Street Department: The sander on the dump truck has been repaired.

Water/Wastewater Department: Woodruff has said that they will finish the work on the water plant tomorrow or Friday.  V&K and Woodruff are still discussing the paint issues.  Tnemec said that the paint was applied properly, they would question the prep work before painting.  Help wanted ads have been posted for the Parks Maintenance Position.

City Clerk: The city wide garage sales will be set up for May 4-5 and cleanup day for May 12.  Roland Youth Sports is running payment of the scoreboard through the City for tax exempt purposes and will reimburse.

A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Zamzow to approve Resolution 18-07: Resolution Hiring A Public Works Director And Setting Wages.  Aye: Zamzow, Sargent, Burres, Balmer.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.

The public hearing for rezoning the east 210 feet of 731 Bryan Avenue will be at the next council meeting.  The council received four emails and a voicemail against the rezoning.  Jordan Damhoff and Matt Grimsley were present to voice their opposition noting that both had tried to purchase lots in the Industrial Park and the RADC group would not sell it to them for varying reasons.  They would like to see it remain commercial because of the demand for commercial lots.

Jordan Kappos of V&K discussed the upcoming sponsored project.  The culvert under W. Maple St. would have to be funded by the City.  The council would like to investigate where the tile near there goes and make a determination if that could be utilized.  Kappos also suggested giving bidders a completion date of the end of the year to get better bids and not disrupt the park usage as much.

A motion was made by Burres and seconded by Zamzow to reduce the bill at 319 S. Vine Street by $42.56 per a request.  All were in favor, motion carried.

CM Larson joined the meeting by phone at 6:36pm.

A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Balmer offer the job of Public Works Employee to Dalton Johnston at a starting rate of $20.50 per hour as recommended by the Public Works Director.  Aye: Balmer, Burres, Sargent, Zamzow.  Nay: Larson.  Motion carried.  CM Larson left the meeting after the vote.

A motion was made by Zamzow and seconded by Sargent to fund up to $2,500.00 towards the scoreboard installation at Britson Park.  All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Zamzow and seconded by Sargent to approve the final pay estimate #5 for $38,403.61 to Rognes Corporation on the Sewer Project.  All were in favor, motion carried.

Mayor/Council Comments: CM Balmer had a resident ask about changing the stop signs at Elm St. and Green St. to face the other way and have traffic on Green St. stop and not Elm St.

CM Zamzow saw in the Library minutes that a medical leave was approved.  He has no issue with it, he just wants to make sure that this shouldn’t have been a council decision.  Library employees are hired by and employees of the Library Board, so it was done appropriately.

Mayor Webb has passed information on to the potential developer about other land that could potentially be developed.

CM Zamzow asked if anything is being done to repair the property at 201 N. Main Street.  He would like to move forward with fining for municipal infractions.

Public Input: Danny Weston asked if the issues that shut down the concession stand at Britson Park had been resolved.  They have not, CM Balmer will work to push things forward.

Nathan Hovick informed everyone that the Fire Department and Response Team are hosting a fundraiser for Cooper Leeman on April 8 at the middle school.

With no further business at this time, Webb moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:06pm seconded by Burres.  All were in favor, motion carried.  The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.


Andy Webb, Mayor


Jodi Meredith, City Clerk