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Minutes—November 19, 2014

Minutes of the Roland City Council
Regular Session
Wednesday, November 19, 2014


The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday November 19, 2014. 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 Larry Ford, Brian Hill, Doug Sargent, Andy Webb, and Jerry Zamzow. Absent: none. Also present were City Clerk Jodi Meredith, Street Superintendent Harold Hovick, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Nathan Hovick, and 6 visitors from the community.

It was moved by Webb and seconded by Ford to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the November 5, 2014 Council Meeting, and the amended Claims for November 19, 2014 in the amount of $41,048.98. All were in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: There was no input at this time.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows:

Street Department: There were 37 vehicles parked in violation of the snow ordinance. The Sheriff’s Office has been asked to write tickets.

Water/Wastewater Department: One of the pumps at the industrial park lift station is being rebuilt. The water supply had a lead violation during the most recent round of testing. This test shows lead and copper values in individual properties, however if a property is too high it affects testing for the whole town. CM Hill asked about painting of the pool buildings. He was directed to ask the pool board what their plans are.

City Clerk: The ordinance not allowing private wells will be on the next agenda. The Code does not address reimbursing elected officials for meetings and conferences. The council would like to be reimbursed for expenses, but not paid for going to them. There was a meeting today in Story City that talked about incentives for businesses. Once Alliant disconnects the gas lines, Con-Struct is ready to demolish the buildings on Main St. The park board wants Alliant to install electric service to the Britson Park concession stand, however this time of year it will cost $3,000 and in the spring it would be free. ATV snow removal permits are ready but the stickers have not been ordered.

John Hall and Kelly Arnold from the Story City Chamber of Commerce informed the council that they are underway with their partnership drive. They are hoping that the city will donate $300 this year. Roland has historically donated $250.

A motion was made by Zamzow and seconded by Hill to approve Resolution 14-33: Resolution for a Municipal Advisory Service Agreement By And Between Roland, Iowa and Northland Securities, Inc. Aye: Webb, Ford, Zamzow, Sargent, Hill. Nay: none. Motion carried.

Michael Hart of Northland Securities presented different repayment options for the SRF loan for the sanitary sewer project. Options include general obligation bonds paid for through taxes or revenue bonds paid through base rate and/or flow rate increases or any combination of the three.

Forrest Aldrich of Veenstra & Kimm discussed the following items regarding the Cottonwood Sanitary Sewer Project: negotiating easement compensation, the options of what material should be used for backfilling the intersections, meeting with the new DNR project reviewer, and the environmental review. A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Hill to allow the Mayor and sewer committee to come to negotiate easement compensation to be approved at the next meeting. All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Zamzow and seconded by Ford to approve Resolution 14-34: Resolution for Notice of Public Hearing To Amendment of Current Budget FY 2014-15. Aye: Zamzow, Hill, Sargent, Webb, Ford. Nay: none. Motion carried.

CM Webb had information from the League of Cities about TIF. Drew Kamp is working on setting up a meeting with area development groups. There is a webinar that explains TIF better and he encourages the other council members to view it.

Mayor/Council Comments: There were no comments at this time.

Public Input: Deputy Aaron Kester received the email about no snow ordinance tickets being written.   There are only two officers on duty on the weekends and there are usually priorities that come before snow ordinance tickets. An officer did come to write tickets, but he measured less than two inches of snow. The Code states that the Ordinance is in effect when two inches or more is predicted, which it was. Kester pointed out that the Ordinance says the Mayor can authorize someone to write tickets. He hopes that staffing issues will get better with two people in the academy and one person in their last week of training. There has been an increase of burglaries in the area. They have mainly been at construction sites and farm out buildings. Remember to keep doors locked to help prevent break-ins. Mayor Balmer thanked the Sheriff’s Office for having a reserve deputy in Roland to help with the 5k.

With no further business at this time, Webb moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:55 pm seconded by Hill. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.

Jerry Balmer, Mayor


Jodi Meredith, City Clerk