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Minutes—February 5, 2020

Minutes of the Roland City Council

Regular Session

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Andy Webb presiding. Council members present at roll call: Jerry Balmer, Joe Corrow, Riley Larson, Russ Neely, and Kailah Schmitz. Absent: none. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Public Works Director Nathan Hovick, Assistant Public Works Director Dalton Johnston, and 10 visitors from the public.

It was moved by Balmer and seconded by Neely to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the January 15, 2020 Council Meeting, and Claims for January 15, 2020 in the amount of $48,251.44. All were in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: Dustin Ingram from the Ames Chamber discussed how RADC is working to redefine to meet community needs, a pre application has been submitted for a possible $100,000.00 grant to improve a downtown structure, and Minerva Valley is looking for feedback on if there is an interest in having fiber to home in Roland.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows

Public Works Director: Sande Construction will be starting demolition of the pool in March so buildings are being emptied. There was an abandoned water service that runs to the bank’s lot that broke and had to be dug up and abandoned correctly. The water service is the responsibility of the property owner, does the council want to bill the bank for this service repair? Consensus of the council is, because this was an unknown line, the City will pay for the work. A representative from Dollar General believes that they are under contract for a piece of land east of Ryan Circle and wanted to know if the City would fund extending a sewer main to the property. A rough cost for this would be $60,000.00 and a rough cost for replacing the water main with a larger pipe would be $30,000.00. The property is currently outside of city limits but they are saying that they would want the property annexed. The council would like them to present to the council if they want to make this request. T-mobile would like to renegotiate their lease for an antenna on the water tower to an amount which is a quarter of what other companies are paying and for a 25 year term. Consensus of the council is to keep it where it is or have them present to the council on why it should be lowered.

City Clerk: There is nothing new to report.

At 6:29 pm, Mayor Webb opened Public Hearing: Maximum Tax Levy.

Hearing no comments, a motion was made by Schmitz and seconded by Balmer to close the Public Hearing at 6:30 pm. All in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Corrow and seconded by Schmitz to approve Resolution 20-04: Resolution Approving The Maximum Tax Levy. Aye: Larson, Schmitz, Balmer, Corrow, Neely. Nay: none. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Neely and seconded by Larson to approve the funding setup as presented by Northland Financial. All in favor, motion carried.

The budget requests were presented to the council from the boards and department heads.

A motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Schmitz to approve the Bond Counsel fee for legal services on the Roland Swimming Pool. All in favor, motion carried.

Mayor/Council Comments: CM Balmer asked what it would take to get the rest of the street lights changed to LED. Alliant will be asked if this is possible.

Mayor Webb shared a letter from a seventh grader for a school project and his response. He also thanked the council for the good discussion they have been having on items the last few meetings.

Public Input: Bo Ammerman of 102 Ryan Circle wanted to know how he can voice his opposition to having a Dollar General next to his house. Because the property is not in city limits, he was directed to the county.

With no further business at this time, Schmitz moved for adjournment of the meeting at 8:01 pm seconded by Corrow. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.


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Andy Webb, Mayor                                                    Jodi Meredith, City Clerk