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Minutes—April 2, 2014

Minutes of the Roland City Council

Regular Session

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

 

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday April 2, 2014.  The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Roger Fritz presiding.  Council members present at roll call were Jerry Balmer, Larry Ford, Brian Hill, Doug Sargent, and Andy Webb.  Absent: none.  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 Ford to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the March 19, 2014 Council Meeting, and Claims for April 2, 2014 in the amount of $36,016.96.  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:  Street sweeping will be scheduled when the weather gets a little nicer.  The architect for the school bus barn informed RADC that there is no electric or gas out to the lot they plan to build on.

Water/Wastewater Department:  US Cellular wants to add three LTE sectors to the water tower catwalk and amend the current contract.  Consensus of the council was to have Nathan work with them to get this accomplished.  A statement was issued March 26 letting water customers know that they no longer need to be running water to prevent freezing and how to apply for a credit.  There have been around eight credit requests turned in so far.  The engineer has met with both land owners about the upcoming projects and both are still willing to work with the City.  Pool Tech has not contacted the City yet about when the crack repairs that were supposed to be done last spring and fall will be completed.

City Clerk:  There was nothing to report at this time.

A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Hill to approve the final reading of Ordinance No. 88: An Ordinance Amending The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Roland, Iowa, 2003, By Amending Chapter 75 Section 75.07-75.10 Pertaining To All-Terrain Vehicles.  Aye: Hill, Balmer, Webb, Sargent, Ford.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Webb to approve the third 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: Ford, Sargent, Hill, Webb, Balmer.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Ford and seconded by Hill to award the audit bid for 2014, 2015, & 2016 to Denman & Company.  All were in favor, motion carried.

Jodi will contact references provided by the computer software companies to help decide which company will work out the best for Roland.

A motion was made by Ford and seconded by Sargent to approve the Library Board’s request for a small area in the old water tower lot for a children’s garden space.  All were in favor, motion carried.

Mayor/Council Comments: Mayor Fritz reported that there was a good turnout for the Britson Park 5k and they raised around $3000.00.  He announced that he is resigning as mayor effective at 5:00 pm on April 16, 2014.  CM Balmer will serve as mayor pro-tem until a new mayor is appointed by the council.  He researched about changing the form of government Roland uses if the council would have any interest in changing since recent history shows that there is a lack of interest in running for mayor.

CM Balmer stated that he will not be presiding over the next meeting because of a surgery recovery.

CM Ford volunteered to preside over the next meeting in CM Balmer’s absence.  He also thanked Mayor Fritz for his many years of service as mayor and on the council.

CM Sargent asked about the progress of the cell tower.  There are no new updates.

Staff met with CCS representative regarding internet speed options and capabilities in Roland CCS stated that they have the technology available in Roland to offer a customized package of virtually any speed to customers if needed.

Public Input:  There was no public input at this time.

With no further business at this time, Sargent moved for adjournment of the meeting at 6:45 pm seconded by Hill.  All were in favor, motion carried.  The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.

 

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Roger Fritz, Mayor

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Jodi Meredith, City Clerk