The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday April 16, 2014. The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Ford presiding. Council members present at roll call were Larry Ford, Brian Hill, Doug Sargent, and Andy Webb. Absent: Jerry Balmer. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 2 visitors from the community.
It was moved by Webb and seconded by Sargent to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the April 2, 2014 Council Meeting, and Claims for April 16, 2014 in the amount of $79,348.51. All were in favor, motion carried.
Public Input: There was no public input at this time.
Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Street Department: There was nothing to report at this time.
Water/Wastewater Department: 16 customers have requested a utility bill credit with nine receiving a total of $135.04.
City Clerk: References have been contacted and they recommend that Roland selects Data Technologies as a software provider. Last week Jodi attended the IMFOA Conference. The City will be awarded $21,000.00 as a Derelict Building grant to help pay for demolishing the buildings at 218 and 220 N. Main St.
A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Hill to apply an additional $100.00 utility bill credit to the Homestead Cooperative’s bill for a total credit of $120.00 after confusion about how much water needed to be run to prevent freezing the service line. All were in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Webb to accept Roger Fritz’s resignation as Mayor with regrets. Aye: Sargent, Webb. Nay: Hill, Ford. The motion died due to a tied vote.
A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Ford to appoint Roger Fritz to a new position of Social Media Coordinator noting that this position will not be paid. All were in favor, motion carried.
The line item of Mayor Position died from lack of a motion due to the position not being available because of an earlier tied vote.
A motion was made by Hill and seconded by Webb to approve the final reading of Ordinance No. 89: An Ordinance Amending The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Roland, Iowa, 2003, By Amending Chapter 90 Section 17. Aye: Webb, Hill, Sargent, Ford. Nay: none. Motion carried.
Mayor/Council Comments: CM Sargent asked if there was any new information about the cell tower. It is still moving forward and they hope to break ground within a month.
CM Webb asked about US Cellular’s interest in adding antennas to the water tower. Nathan met with representatives and will be working with them on amending the current lease. They want to have three boxes on the ground and three 4G LTE antennas on the catwalk. There will be no building.
Public Input: Pool Board President Rob Coghlan announced that they are planning to have the pool open on May 23 and will be selling season tickets on May 22. They are going to be replacing the poles and nets at the tennis courts and expanding the deck on the south side of the pool.
With no further business at this time, Hill moved for adjournment of the meeting at 6:26 pm seconded by Ford. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
Larry Ford, Mayor Pro-Tem Jodi Meredith, City Clerk