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Minutes—April 15, 2020

Minutes of the Roland City Council

Regular Session

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center and shared remotely via Zoom with Mayor Andy Webb presiding. Council members present at roll call, all via Zoom:, Jerry Balmer, Riley Larson, Russ Neely, and Kailah Schmitz. Absent: none. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Public Works Director Nathan Hovick via Zoom, Assistant Public Works Director Dalton Johnston, Utility Billing Clerk Jeri Neely, and 4 visitors from the public via Zoom. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic which made the in-person meeting impractical the meeting was held through a video conferencing for the public and council members.  

It was moved by Balmer and seconded by Neely to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the March 18, 2020 Council Meeting, and Claims for April 15, 2020 in the amount of $162,255.05. All in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: None.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows

Public Works Director: The pool project is moving along quickly, there will be a progress meeting next week. Terms for the easement needed have been agreed upon and will be signed soon. Staff went through the lagoon project with the engineer last week to create a final punch list, Woodruff hopes to complete that list this week and have a final walkthrough next week.

City Clerk: Would the council like to cancel the city-wide garage sales and appliance drop off day because of the pandemic? Consensus of the council is to cancel the garage sales and make a decision next meeting on the appliance drop off day at the next meeting.

At 6:11pm Mayor Webb opened the Public Hearing for Budget Amendment FY20. There were no public comments. At 6:12pm a motion was made by Schmitz and seconded by Balmer to close the Public Hearing. All in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Schmitz and seconded by Neely to approve Resolution 20-11: Resolution Approving Budget Amendment For FY20. Aye: Schmitz, Neely, Larson, Balmer. Nay: none. Motion carried.

The council members interviewed the candidates, Malissa Grimsley and Tyler Anderson, for the open City Council position. A motion was made by Neely and seconded by Balmer to vote on which candidate to fill the vacant City Council position at the next meeting. All in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Larson to approve Pay Estimate #1 for $102,602.85 to Sande Construction for the Pool Project. All in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Neely to accept the Audit RFP with Schnurr & Company. All in favor, motion carried.

Mayor/Council Comments: CM Neely thanked the council candidates for being interviewed.

Mayor Webb asked staff where everything stood with the pandemic. The clerk is working from home and in office one day, billing clerk is in office one day, public works is alternating weeks and coming in daily to do required water and wastewater work, checking messages, and doing other urgent items as they come up and anticipate having to start mowing in the next week.

Mayor Webb shared that the old bank building with the collapsed roof has changed hands and the new owner plans to fix the building up using grant money.

CM Larson asked if there was anything new with the dollar store. Mayor Webb last heard that they are working with a property owner west of town.

Mayor Webb shared that the 150th committee has not met since the shutdown, but could see the event dates possibly being pushed back due to the pandemic.

Public Input: None.

With no further business at this time, Balmer moved for adjournment of the meeting at 6:45 pm seconded by Schmitz. All in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.


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Andy Webb, Mayor                                                    Jodi Meredith, City Clerk