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Minutes—January 15, 2020

Minutes of the Roland City Council

Regular Session

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Pro Tem Riley Larson presiding. Council members present at roll call: Joe Corrow, Riley Larson, Russ Neely, and Kailah Schmitz. Absent: Jerry Balmer. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Public Works Director Nathan Hovick, Assistant Public Works Director Dalton Johnston, and three visitors from the public.

It was moved by Corrow and seconded by Neely to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the January 2, 2020 Council Meeting, and Claims for January 15, 2020 in the amount of $54,451.49. All were in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: There was no input.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows

Public Works Director: An effort is being made to try to get residents to obey the Snow Ordinance. Postcards were mailed to everyone in December, reminders were put on windshields and door of Main St. apartments, and reminders will be mailed to the habitual offenders. Story County will continue to be contacted to write tickets each snow. It was asked if the City can write their own tickets, they can but there is no way to find out who the owner is. The county does not provide that information to the public so the only enforcement would be to keep track of the number written for each vehicle and then tow the vehicle. Woodruff is still working on the change or for the Lagoon EQ basin.

City Clerk: There is nothing new to report.

Michael Hart of Northland Securities reviewed the pool bond repayment options with the council. Consensus of the council was to keep the pool as designed and to have Michael come back to the next meeting with a more detailed version of his Scenario 3.

A motion was made by Schmitz and seconded by Corrow to approve Resolution 20-02: Resolution Authorizing The Use Of A Preliminary Official Statement For The Sale Of General Obligation Aquatic Center Bonds, Series 2020A. Aye: Neely, Larson, Schmitz, Corrow. Nay: none. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Neely and seconded by Corrow to accept the Limited Disclosure Dissemination Agent Agreement with Northland Securities. All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Corrow and seconded by Schmitz to approve Resolution 20-03: Resolution Approve Hiring A Public Works Operator/Laborer And Setting Wages. Aye: Schmitz, Neely, Corrow, Larson. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Mayor/Council Comments: CM Schmitz asked if Jodi wanted to discuss the procedure manual as a group or get individual responses back and edit the document first. Individual responses are requested and an updated version will be discussed later.

CM Corrow asked about the high numbers for some of the items for the new pool. Items were Googled for a rough price and a placeholder number was put in, costs will hopefully be less than on the spreadsheet.

Public Input: Ernest Ruben of 116 W. Locust questioned if the pool is going to be closed next year, is the council going to lower the pool’s budget and if so what will happen to the excess money and why the tax levy still went up. The tax levy did not go up, the valuations were raised. The council knows that the pool will only need around half of the typical budget of around $54,000 and excess money will go towards other expenses of the city like the fire department radios. The City’s surplus dropped due large purchases such as the fire truck and engineering

With no further business at this time, Schmitz moved for adjournment of the meeting at 6:43 pm seconded by Neely. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.


Riley Larson, Mayor Pro Tem                                   



Jodi Meredith, City Clerk