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Minutes—January 18, 2012

Minutes of the Roland City Council
Regular Session
Wednesday, January 18, 2012


The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  The meeting was held at 6 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Roger Fritz presiding.  Council members present at roll call were Duane Canny, Larry Ford, Chad Proctor, and Doug Sargent.  Absent: Jeri Neely.  Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 1 member of the community.

It was moved by Sargent and seconded by Ford to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from January 4, 2012 with the change of the date and the Bank Account and signatures allowed for each individual City Account

  • a. Chapter of Trees Forever (0808)                Remove: Deneen Frost       Add: Jodi Meredith
  • b. Roland Bear Creek Days (0778)             Remove: Deneen Frost       Add: Jodi Meredith
  • c. Roland Swimming Pool Fund (0204)         Remove: Deneen Frost      Add: Jodi Meredith
  • d. Money Market (2500)                            Remove: Deneen Frost      Add: Jodi Meredith
  • Claims for January 18, 2012.  All were in favor.

Public Input: There was no public input at this time.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows:

Street Department:  Street Superintendent Harold Hovick had nothing to report

Water/Wastewater Department:  Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick wanted to remind everyone about the public meeting on February 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the community center for the sewer upgrades.  Nathan is now a notary public.  Cameras have been purchased to put up near the wastewater plant to catch people who are illegally dumping.  The source of the month long leak that was mentioned at the last meeting was a broken service line under a resident’s house.  The media in the gravity filters at the water plant needs replaced and once estimates are received they will be emailed.  Maguire Iron inspected the water tower and suggests cleaning to exterior and painting the interior.  Since the exterior will need painted in 3-5 years, Nathan will get prices to clean and paint the inside and outside.  Nathan presented the council with information gathered from 10 cities that have done sump pump inspection programs and presented his recommendations for what Roland should do.

City Clerk:  City Clerk Jodi Meredith reported that the budget information should be ready for the next meeting.

A motion was made by Canny seconded by Ford to approve Resolution 12-01: A Resolution Setting The Wages For The Employees Of The Library Of Roland, Iowa.  Roll call was Aye: Canny, Ford, Proctor, and Sargent.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Canny and seconded by Proctor to approve items 6a, 6b, 6c, and 6d on the agenda pertaining to signatures allowed on the City’s bank accounts.  All were in favor.

Steve Bond has ordered a copy of the International Building Code for Roland.

Fritz reported that he, Ford, and Library President Steve Olson had met to discuss raises and health insurance for the full time library employee.  Because the employee is not interested in health insurance, they discussed alternatives that could be taken instead.  They also discussed cutting down on overlapping hours by employees and the need to update the handbook to be more in line with the city’s handbook.

The park employee committee has not yet met, but Fritz has informed the Park Board that they need to keep things moving along with this issue so someone can be hired by the time the grass needs mowed.

A motion was made by Canny and seconded by Ford to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Jason McLatchie to the Roland Park Board to fill the remainder of Brandon Hansen’s term (FY- 6/13).  All were in favor.

Council/Mayor Comments: Fritz asked if the new city hall would be on next year’s budget.  Ford mentioned setting a deadline for the park board to have their recommendation for an employee to the council.  He also asked if the City should enforce an ordinance against signs in the middle of Main Street since the new LED sign is up and going.  Canny stated that he attended the last RADC meeting and told the council about the cost ideas they have for using the LED sign.

Public Input: There was no public input at this time.

With no further business at this time, Ford moved for adjournment of the meeting at 6:54 pm seconded by Proctor.  All were in favor.  The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 6 pm at the Roland Community Center.



Roger Fritz, Mayor


Jodi Meredith, City Clerk



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