The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The meeting was held at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center with Mayor Jerry Balmer presiding. Council members present at roll call were Aaron Burres, Doug Sargent, and Andy Webb. Absent: Larry Ford and Jerry Zamzow. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 10 visitors from the community.
It was moved by Webb and seconded by Burres to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the June 7, 2017 Council Meeting, and Claims for June 21, 2017 in the amount of $53,992.63. All were in favor, motion carried.
Public Input: Sheriff report from Sargent Bartos, time to rotate and Roland’s new reporting officer will be Slice. Discussion of speeding on the east side of town.
Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Street Department: No date yet from Manatt’s. Still looking in to new speed signs. Boxes have been ordered for the curb and gutter project at the school. Discuss letter on the trees at 617 Bryan under Building Inspections.
Water/Wastewater Department: Boring under Elm is close to being completed. Rognes has begun moving equipment in to get started on the sewer project. The water leak on E Maple was found to be a broken service line for the 101 S Linn. CM Burres stated he has received compliments that the pool temperature has been great. Pool heater is working but there are still issues with having to reset it do to over heating and air locks.
City Clerk: Nothing at this time
A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Webb to approve the contract with Stone Sanitation to be renewed till June 30, 2019. All were in favor, motion carried.
Ordinance 102 discussions from the public; Mandy Allen stated she would like the ordinance to stay with fireworks not being allowed because of small children and concerns on safety. Maury and Cathy White also are concerned about the safety of allowing fireworks.
A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Burres approve the first reading of Ordinance 102: An Ordinance Amending The City Code Of Roland, Iowa By Amending Chapter 41.12 seconded by Burres, Aye: Burres, Webb, and Sargent. Absent: Ford Zamzow Motion carried.
A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Burres to waive the second and third reading of Ordinance 102: An Ordinance Amending The City Code Of Roland, Iowa By Amending Chapter 41.12. All were in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Sargent and seconded by Webb to approve the final reading of Ordinance 102: An Ordinance Amending The City Code Of Roland, Iowa By Amending Chapter 41.12. . Aye: Webb, Sargent, Burres. Absent: Ford, Zamzow. Motion carried.
The Library Foundation requested the council at the June 7, 2017 meeting to waive the invoice for the city mowing the property at 201 E Ash St. After discussion a motion was made by Webb to not waive the fee seconded by Sargent all were in favor. Motion passed
The clerk reported there are some issues that have arisen with the building permits being approved for fences, buildings, and setbacks that the employees have questioned. V&K building inspector has stated that they only will do new construction and addition as the employees understand the code and requirements better for the fences, decks, and setbacks. The clerk would like to look into other inspectors that will do all of the building permits. Consensus of the council is to check into other building inspectors. Harold reported on the trees at 617 Bryan and the lawyers’ letter to the city regarding the Ordinances. Webb moved that the trees will have to be moved back for the 3’setback and also a legal notice needs to be sent to the property owner that if the trees ever become a hedge they will have to be removed seconded Sargent, All in favor motion passed.
Water Edge Aquatic Design gave a presentation on pool designs and how they work with the community and council to develop a pool that works for each town. Their opinion of the current pool is that it is beyond it life expectation and a new pool is needed to be considered if the City of Roland is going to continue with a pool. A very rough estimate is 2.5 million.
Mayor/Council Comments: Mayor Balmer would like to move forward with the electrical update for Erickson shelter.
Public Input: There was no public input at this time.
With no further business at this time, Webb moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:34 pm seconded by Sargent. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
Jerry Balmer, Mayor
Jodi Meredith, City Clerk