The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday January 15, 2014. The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Roger Fritz presiding. Council members present at roll call were Jerry Balmer, Brian Hill, Doug Sargent, and Andy Webb. Absent: Larry Ford. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 1 visitor from the community.
It was moved by Sargent and seconded by Hill to amend the claims amount and approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the December 11, 2013 Council Meeting, Claims for January 15, 2014 in the amount of $109,345.16, and Tax abatement for 514 Bryan Ave. Robert Gibbons. All were in favor, motion carried.
Public Input: Deputy Christian of the Story County Sherriff’s Office reported that they closed a burglary case, made arrests on a vandalism case, are working on another vandalism case, and stopped 15 to 20 vehicles on E. Maple during a speed project on a Sunday.
Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Street Department: Wells Fargo will be asking to be on a future agenda to request a culvert.
Water/Wastewater Department: The DNR was very pleased with the City representation at the planning meeting which Jodi, Nathan, and CM Hill attended.
City Clerk: The audit was completed and there is a list of recommendations to help with checks and balances that are now trying to being implemented. The budget information has been sent out to the various groups to be filled out.
A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Webb to approve the Council appointments & designations including appointment of City Clerk as Jodi Meredith, appointment of City-Attorney as Brekken, Wynia & Hyland, designate place for official publication as The Story City Herald, designate date, time, and place of regular Council Meetings as Community Center 1st and 3rd Wed. of the month at 6:00 pm. All were in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Sargent to approve the Mayor’s appointments of Fire Chief as Jeff Larson and Mayor Pro-Tem as Jerry Balmer. All were in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Hill and seconded by Balmer to approve a Story City GCC Partnership Contribution of $250.00. All were in favor, motion carried. If Roland organizations want to be listed in the Story City GCC announcements, on Roland’s website and Facebook page, and on The Rocket website they can contact City Hall with information about the event and it will be forwarded on.
A motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Hill to approve RESOLUTION 14-01: Resolution Directing The City Clerk To File Lien For Collection Of Bill For Nuisance Abatement (Mowing). Aye: Hill, Sargent, Webb, Balmer. Nay: none. Motion Carried.
A motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Webb to approve RESOLUTION 14-02: Resolution Authorizing Signatures For The City Of Roland Bank Accounts At First American Bank. Aye: Sargent, Webb, Balmer, Hill. Nay: none. Motion Carried.
A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Hill to approve RESOLUTION 14-03: Resolution Authorizing The Amount For Petty Cash. Aye: Sargent, Balmer, Hill, Webb. Nay: none. Motion Carried.
A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Balmer to authorize Forrest Aldrich of V&K to sign a variance on behalf of the City of Roland pertaining to boring the sanitary sewer project. All were in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Hill and seconded by Sargent to have V&K continue designing the detention basin noting that the project may not receive SRF Sponsored project funding and that the Council’s intention is to complete the project regardless of if it is funded as a Sponsored project or not. All were in favor, motion carried.
There was a discussion about snow removal from the sidewalks around Britson Park. The council would like the City to continue to clear the sidewalk within 48 hours of the cessation of a snowfall.
A motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Sargent to allow 4-wheelers with an attached snow blade and being used for snow removal purposes to operate in Roland for the remainder of the 2013-2014 winter season as long as they are following traffic laws and being operated in a professional manner. Aye: Balmer, Sargent, Webb. Nay: none. Abstain: Hill. Motion Carried.
Mayor/Council Comments: Mayor Fritz requested that the council looks over the budget information prior to the next meeting.
CM Sargent asked if there have been any new updates on the tower. There have not.
CM Webb suggested that the council help out with reviewing some of the financial things brought up by the audit so the employees don’t have to.
CM Hill asked if anyone knew if there was any truth to the rumors about Casey’s moving out of town. Mayor Fritz will contact the corporate office.
CM Sargent mentioned that CCS has upgraded to digital cable in Roland.
CM Balmer wanted to note his disappointment with Windstream’s internet and will be looking into CCS.
Public Input: There was no public input at this time.
With no further business at this time, Sargent moved for adjournment of the meeting at 6:52 pm seconded by Hill. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
Roger Fritz, Mayor Jodi Meredith, City Clerk