Minutes of the Roland City Council
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday March 5, 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, Larry Ford, Brian Hill, Doug Sargent, and Andy Webb. Absent: none. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 3 visitors from the community.
It was moved by Webb and seconded by Ford to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the February 19, 2014 Council Meeting, Minutes from the February 24, 2014 Council Meeting, Claims for March 5, 2014 in the amount of $37,032.41, and Liquor License renewal – American Legion Post #307. All were in favor, motion carried.
At 6:01 pm Mayor Fritz opened the Public Hearing: Fiscal Year Budget 2014/15. Library Board President Steve Olson stated that he would like the Library to have money budgeted for savings again in the future. At 6:03 pm a motion was made by Balmer and seconded by Sargent to close the public hearing. All were in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Ford and seconded by Hill to adopt Resolution 14-06: Adopt Fiscal Year 2014/15 Budget. Aye: Sargent, Ford, Webb, Hill, Balmer. Nay: none. Motion carried.
Public Input: There was no public input at this time.
Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Street Department: There have been a few more of the typical snow removal complaints. Sand and salt usage is up a little, but there is no shortage.
Water/Wastewater Department: The Industrial Park Lift Station discharge pipes have been replaced. The SRF Sponsored Project application has been submitted. Field Food’s, Inc. has asked to have their sewer surcharge lowered. An agreement for a surcharge of $50.00 per month will be sent to them. Thank you to the residents that have been keeping fire hydrants clear in front of their properties.
City Clerk: The derelict grant has been submitted. The City website is operating better.
Library Board: Board President Steve Olson gave a summary of the children’s and after school programs and upcoming programs and events. A case was made for why the Board would like to budget extra money to go into the savings trust account. The council would like to see a plan of projects that the money would be used for at next year’s budget time.
A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Ford to approve the second reading of Ordinance No. 88: An Ordinance Amending The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Roland, Iowa, 2003, By Amending Chapter 75 Section 75.07-75.10 Pertaining To All-Terrain Vehicles. Aye: Hill, Webb, Ford, Balmer, Sargent. Nay: none. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Ford to approve the first reading of Ordinance No. 89: An Ordinance Amending The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Roland, Iowa, 2003, By Amending Chapter 90 Section 17. Aye: Balmer, Hill, Webb, Sargent, Ford. Nay: none. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Hill and seconded by Webb that because the City is asking residents to run water for 24 hours a day, to allow up to a $20.00 City utility bill credit for usage over the customers average, determined by the City using the past three month’s average, if the credit is requested in writing to City Hall by April 20, 2014. All were in favor, motion carried.
There is potential interest from Story City to provide police protection for Roland. McCallsburg will discuss their ideas with Roland once other projects slow down.
Mayor/Council Comments: Mayor Fritz mentioned that the park board and school met to form an agreement regarding the north softball field. The City will work on drawing up a lease to be approved at a later date.
CM Balmer asked about the progress of the cell tower. They are now on Phase II of the sampling. More borings have been done and it is unknown how many phases there are.
CM Hill asked if anyone had contacted the property owner again about the watershed project, which no one has.
Public Input: Drew Kamp, Director, Story County Community Outreach had talked to Casey’s and put to rest rumors about a new store in Roland. He mentioned that there is potentially going to be a watershed project that would reduce flooding at the store and perhaps they could add the store to their renovation list. He has talked to businesses that would like to see fiber communication lines come to town and has discussed the possibility with a couple of companies. He asked if there was any interest shown in the Façade Grant, which there was none. He talked to a representative from EIP who would like to meet with area wastewater superintendents to discuss their product.
With no further business at this time, Sargent moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:13 pm seconded by Balmer. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
Roger Fritz, Mayor
Jodi Meredith, City Clerk