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Minutes—February 20, 2019

Minutes of the Roland City Council

Regular Session

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Andy Webb presiding.  Council members present at roll call were Aaron Burres, Brian Hill, Riley Larson, and Doug Sargent.  Absent: Jerry Balmer.  Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Public Works Director Nathan Hovick, Public Works Assistant Dalton Johnston, and 3 from the public.

It was moved by Burres and seconded by Hill to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the February 6, 2019 Council Meeting, Claims for February 20, 2019 in the amount of $34,929.89, noting the change in the date for the claims.  All were in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: There was no input at this time.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows:

Public Works Director: A couple of dead ash trees were taken down on S. Cottonwood, there was a water main break on February 15 on Locust St., we have been at the IRWA conference the last two days, there have been some minor repairs needed on snow removal equipment with all of the use this season.  Mayor Webb discussed that allowing Innovative Lighting to have a deduct meter and not other properties may not be legal, so a policy needs to be drafted to allow all industrial and commercial properties with similar situations to be allowed.  He still does not want residential to be included.  CM Burres asked if there is any way to enforce the snow ordinance or if blocking vehicles in with snow is still the best option.  All that can be done is to keep calling the Sheriff’s Office.  Mayor Webb will look into how Ames Parking Police works, it is believed that they are not sworn officers.

City Clerk: There is nothing to report.

The three city council candidates or their representative gave a brief summary of their family, where they live, and why they would like to serve on council.  Kailah Schmitz lives on N. Martha with her husband, daughter, and is expecting in May, works for an association management company, is on the pool committee, and would like to volunteer more for Roland.  Joseph Corrow lives on S. Vine with his wife and two sons, works as an attorney at a law firm, and wants to bring a younger diverse council to Roland.  Russell Neely works for the DOT and couldn’t attend due to work.  He lives on S. Linn with his wife.

Approve final payment in the amount of $7,797.75 to Woodruff Construction for 5% retainage for water plant rehab died due to lack of motion.  The council would like the engineer and contractor to meet and discuss the paint issues and to know that it is not going to become an issue in the near future.

Mayor/Council Comments: There were no comments.

Public Input: Joseph Corrow shared that he believes that the snow removal in Roland is better than in other towns he has lived and worked and thanked the city employees.

Kay Schmitz shared that the pool committee met on Sunday to discuss grants.  One has been submitted and two others will be filed soon.  Mayor Webb asked the council if a donor is willing to give $500,000 or $1 million would they be able to have naming rights.  It is a question in some of the larger grant applications.  Consensus of the council is that is fine.

With no further business at this time, Sargent moved for adjournment of the meeting at 6:27 pm seconded by Burres.  All were in favor, motion carried.  The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.


Andy Webb, Mayor


Jodi Meredith, City Clerk