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Minutes—December 20, 2017

Minutes of the Roland City Council
Regular Session
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.  The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Jerry Balmer presiding.  Council members present at roll call were Aaron Burres, Larry Ford, Doug Sargent, Andy Webb, and Jerry Zamzow.  Absent: none.  Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 6 visitors from the community.

It was moved by Webb and seconded by Sargent to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the December 6, 2017 Council Meeting, and Claims for December 20, 2017 in the amount of $22,710.58.  All were in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: Deputy Schroder gave an update from the Sherriff’s Office.  They have hired two deputies, three detention officers, and a dispatcher.  There are typically more burglaries this time of year, make sure doors are locked and packages that are delivered are left inconspicuously.  There have been more phone scam reports.  There was a report today of stolen credit card information.  Initially it looks like information may have been obtained from a skimmer device in Ames or Story City.  It is safer to pay inside than at the pump, make sure you are checking statements for unauthorized charges.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows:

Street Department: One of the new speed signs didn’t work and is being sent in.

Water/Wastewater Department: The Industrial Park Lift Station new panel was installed along with a new and a rebuilt pump.  There has been no update from Woodruff on the completion of the Water Plant project.

City Clerk: The budget worksheets have been sent out to the various entities to work on.  CM Ford asked about the pool admission income on the budget worksheets.  The worksheet only shows income since July 1, the majority of it comes in May and June so it doesn’t show up yet.  CM Ford asked if the City is paying two copier leases.  They are because it switched to Executive and they are buying out the Richo contract, but they will reimburse as.

A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Zamzow to approve the Mayor’s Appointment of Andrew Oetker to the Library Board.  All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Zamzow and seconded by Sargent to approve Resolution 17-40: Resolution Replacing Addendum ‘A’ As A Part Of The Building Department Service Agreement Between The City Of Roland, Iowa And Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. (V&K) With The Following Provisions.   Aye: Zamzow, Webb, Sargent, Ford, Burres.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.

Mayor/Council Comments: Mayor Balmer presented CM Ford with a certificate of appreciation for his ten years serving on City Council.  He said that Roland and the council have benefited a lot from Ford’s service.

CM Ford stated that his time on council has been fun and he thinks that every year things are getting better with the town, infrastructure, and planning for the future.  He advised CM Elect Larson to enjoy it, take it seriously, but have fun.  He encouraged the council to continue looking forward.

CM Webb asked about the progress on the replacement of Harold.  CM Zamzow is working on a job description.

CM Zamzow asked if there has been any new information on the potential residential development.  CM Webb had text Matt Law and they are still interested, but it is not moving forward yet.

CM Sargent asked what is happening with the building discussed last meeting.  The owner gave the City a key and Jodi is looking into grant assistance.

Public Input: Riley Larson said that things went good when he met with Alliant and others about gas and electric at the Industrial Park.

With no further business at this time, Webb moved for adjournment of the meeting at 6:29 pm seconded by Ford.  All were in favor, motion carried.  The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.

Jerry Balmer, Mayor


Jodi Meredith, City Clerk