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Minutes—February 6, 2019

Minutes of the Roland City Council

Regular Session

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, February 6, 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 Jerry Balmer, Aaron Burres, Brian Hill, Riley Larson, and Doug Sargent.  Absent: none.  Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Public Works Director Nathan Hovick, Public Works Assistant Dalton Johnston, and 36 from the public.

It was moved by Burres and seconded by Balmer to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the January 16, 2019 Council Meeting, Claims for February 6, 2019 in the amount of $55,462.66, Tax Abatement 617 Bryan Avenue, and Approve Casey’s Liquor License.  All were in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: Nathan Hovick shared that the Fire Department Pancake Breakfast will be March 9 from 7:00 to 11:00 am at the Community Center.

Deputy Gruiss had nothing to report from the Sheriff’s Office.  Concerns of speeding on W. Maple before and after school, running stop signs on Cottonwood, ATV’s not being allowed at this time, snow mobiles in town, and parking in the alleyway behind 101 S. Main on Sundays will be taken back to the office.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows:

Public Works Director: The school’s athletic director signed the addendum from September for the softball field lease, so hopefully those issues are resolved.

City Clerk: More hours for the Utility Billing Clerk to be able to coordinate with the boards and do economic development work.

The pool committee co-chairs, pool manager, and operator answered questions with the council and mayor about the need to replace the pool.  CM Balmer stressed that if the vote does not pass the pool will cease to exist.  A video of this Q&A session can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/cityofroland/videos/150228029194653/

Following several people voicing opinions for and against an ATV Ordinance, being presented a petition against an ATV Ordinance, and reading an email questioning an ATV Ordinance, a motion was made by Hill and seconded by Balmer to approve the First Reading of Ordinance 110: Ordinance Pertaining To All-Terrain Vehicles And Snowmobiles.  Roll call Aye: Hill.  Nay: Sargent, Larson, Burres, Balmer.  Motion failed.

A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Burres to approve pay estimate #4 in the amount of $316,809.72 to Woodruff Construction for Lagoon Project.  All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Hill to approve the appointment of Darla Anderson to the Library Board as the rural representative.  All were in favor, motion carried.

At 7:25 pm, Mayor Webb announced that the meeting will go into Closed Session per Iowa Code [21.5(1)(c)] To discuss strategy with legal counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent and where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the government.

At 7:35 council went back into open session. Following the Closed Session, a motion was made by Burres and seconded by Balmer to allow the lawyer to withdraw the lawsuit and negotiate fees regarding the Nacin Property lawsuit.  All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Burres to approve Resolution 19-05: Resolution Calling For A Public Hearing On FY20 Budget.  Roll call Aye: Larson, Burres, Sargent, Hill, Balmer.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.

Mayor/Council Comments: CM Sargent would like the candidates for council to attend the next meeting and share why they would like to serve on City Council.  He also wanted to add to the speed concerns from earlier that he sees traffic coming into town from the east with speeds over 60 mph flashing on the speed sign.

Mayor Webb wants to make sure that everyone is out promoting the pool and getting out to vote for the pool.  He thanked everyone for a good informative meeting tonight.

CM Larson commented that in regards to the ATV ordinance he can see both sides.  He thought that the agreement was to try it for a while.  He doesn’t see a reason to single out UTVs and doesn’t see a difference between a 4 wheeler and a 16 year old with a motorcycle and straight pipes.

Public Input: There was no input at this time.

With no further business at this time, Sargent moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:59 pm seconded by Burres.  All were in favor, motion carried.  The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.


Andy Webb, Mayor


Jodi Meredith