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Minutes—June 7 , 2017

Minutes of the Roland City Council
Regular Session
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

 The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, June 7, 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, Larry Ford, Doug Sargent, and Andy Webb.  Absent: Jerry Zamzow.  Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 4 visitors from the community.

It was moved by Sargent and seconded by Webb to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the May 17, 2017 Council Meeting, and Claims for June 7, 2017 in the amount of $52,565.38.  All were in favor, motion carried.

 Public Input: Matthew Slagle had received a letter about a complaint filed by his neighbors regarding his dog getting out of his yard.  He informed the council that the dog is typically tied up when in the yard until the fence gets repaired, and he intends to repair the fence soon.  The council thanked him for working on the issue.

Rick Dewald informed the council that the Library Foundation has donated money to the Library backroom project and to summer programing items.  The City  also had the mowed their vacant lot.  He would like the charges forgiven because he doesn’t believe the City’s notification system is effective.  They were given a week’s notice, however the notice was sent to a PO Box that is not regularly checked by the group.  He would like time sensitive information sent directly to the president and general items sent to the PO Box.  The council will discuss forgiving the charges at the next meeting.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows:

Street Department: There is a precon meeting for the County’s R-77 asphalting project in the next few days; there should be a timeline after that for overlaying N. Cottonwood.  The resident who was asked to move the line of trees that were in violation of the Code has asked some questions that have been forwarded onto the lawyer.

 Water/Wastewater Department: CM Zamzow had asked if the tornado siren was working, it seems to be.  The pool leak seems to be resolved again for the time being, the thermostat on the heater needs to be looked at.  It was working and has quit in the last day or two.  The water tower was cleaned and inspected on Monday, the report should be coming.  The water plant cosmetic upgrades should be starting in a month or so.  The directional boring part of the sewer project should be completed by next Wednesday if everything goes well.  Roads will start to be closed for the project any time.  The pool’s food license was renewed, Britson Park had a complaint filed and will not be able to get a food license until updates are made to the facility.  The mayor and council want to have a firm look into the costs of replacing the pool so that it can be brought forth to the community to see if there is support to pay for it.  Veenstra & Kimm will start getting some preliminary information and have some rough numbers in about a month.

 City Clerk: A letter is being drafted to get the city put on the bridge funding request list.  The contract with Stone Sanitation will expire June 30, so a renewal will be on the next agenda.  The building inspector is being asked why a few building permits have been approved that may not comply with the Code.  The office hours will be reduced next week for vacation time.

A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Burres to approve moving forward with the Elm St. Paving and Storm Sewer project as designed.  All were in favor, motion carried.

The council would like to have an Ordinance drafted similar to Des Moines’ for fireworks in town to be approved at the next meeting.  Fireworks would not be allowed to be discharged from public property (streets, sidewalks, alleys, parks, etc.), not be allowed within 200 feet of senior housing, only allowed on July 3, 4, and 5 between dawn and 11:00pm.  As the Code is now, no fireworks are allowed to be discharged within the City limits.

The lawyer sent a letter to the owner of 601 W. Maple with a list of items that need to be in compliance by June 30th.

Mayor/Council Comments: CM Sargent wants the Sherriff’s Office to be aware of the speeding issues going in and out of town on the east side.  More speed signs will be looked into.

Mayor Balmer liked the example honey bee ordinance that Jodi sent out and would like to have a version for Roland on the next agenda.

CM Burres appreciated the employees’ thorough reports.

CM Ford asked about if the tenants had left the building at 127 N. Main.  They have and it looks much better around the building.

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 7:08 pm seconded by Sargent.  All were in favor, motion carried.  The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.

Jerry Balmer, Mayor


Jodi Meredith, City Clerk