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Minutes—December 3, 2014

Minutes of the Roland City Council
Regular Session
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

 

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday December 3, 2014. 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 Larry Ford, Brian Hill, Doug Sargent, Andy Webb, and Jerry Zamzow. Absent: none. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 2 visitors from the community.

It was moved by Hill and seconded by Zamzow to approve the consent agenda items a and b, Agenda and Minutes from the November 19, 2014 Council Meeting. All were in favor, motion carried.

There was a discussion about if donating an extra $50.00 to the Story City Greater Chamber has any benefit to the City. CM Webb will talk to them more about it before the council makes a decision.   A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Hill to approve item c, Claims for December 3, 2014 in the amount of $29,337.15, check for $300.00 to be held until further discussion. All were in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: There was no input at this time.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows:

Street Department: Harold is ill and hadn’t forwarded anything to report.

Water/Wastewater Department: The public education materials for lead exceedance are being made up and will be sent out.

City Clerk: There is nothing new to report.

After a discussion about easement compensation for the Cottonwood Sewer Project, a motion was made by Zamzow and seconded by Sargent to have CM Ford and W/WW Supt. Nathan Hovick work with Londell and Sandra Strum to negotiate easement compensation. All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Zamzow that if the easement negotiations are not fruitful, to postpone the bid opening and public hearing for the Cottonwood Sewer Project. All were in favor, motion carried.

There was a discussion about how to fund the loan for the Cottonwood Sewer Project. The council was given the options of funding it through a general obligation loan paid for through taxes, a revenue bond paid for through sewer base rate charges or sewer flow rate charges, or any combination of these. CMs Ford Sargent and Webb would like it to be 1/3 taxes, 1/3 flow rate increase, and 1/3 base rate increase. CMs Hill and Zamzow would like it to be ½ flow rate increase and ½ base rate increase. Mayor Balmer would prefer if it is paid back without raising taxes. After a discussion about the options, a motion was made by Zamzow and seconded by Webb to fund the Cottonwood Sewer Project through a revenue bond and pay for it by increasing the sewer base rate to $23.32 and the sewer flow rate to $5.20, raising each quarterly for a year from the current price to reach these numbers. All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Ford to approve the first reading of Ordinance 91: Ordinance Amending The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Roland, Iowa, By Amending Section 90.12, Section 17.06, And Adding Section 147.03 (1). Aye: Hill, Zamzow, Sargent, Ford, Webb. Nay: none. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Ford and seconded by Sargent to waive the second and third readings of Ordinance 90: Ordinance Amending The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Roland, Iowa, By Amending Section 90.12, Section 17.06, And Adding Section 147.03 (1). Aye: Sargent, Webb, Ford, Zamzow, Hill. Nay: none. Motion Carried.

A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Zamzow to approve the final reading of Ordinance 90: Ordinance Amending The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Roland, Iowa, By Amending Section 90.12, Section 17.06, And Adding Section 147.03 (1). Aye: Zamzow, Sargent, Hill, Webb, Ford. Nay: none. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Hill and seconded by Webb to approve Resolution 14-35: Resolution Setting A Public Hearing On The Lease Of Residential Lot and Publication of Notice. Aye: Webb, Zamzow, Hill, Ford, Sargent. Nay: none. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Ford and seconded by Hill to renew the employee insurance through Wellmark Blue Cross using the same plan. All were in favor, motion carried.

Mayor/Council Comments: Mayor Balmer had a resident call and is glad to read that the mayor could appoint someone to write tickets to enforce the snow ordinance. He also discussed a meeting held earlier about TIF and expanding the Urban Renewal area.

CM Webb shared that RADC now has a realtor to sell the lots which will hopefully be able to pull in small industry for Roland.

CM Hill had a concern about the flower pots on Main St. being in the way of snow removal, they have been removed now.

Public Input: There was no input at this time.

With no further business at this time, Sargent moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:12 pm seconded by Hill. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
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Jerry Balmer, Mayor

 

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Jodi Meredith,  City Clerk