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Minutes—November 5, 2014

Minutes of the Roland City Council
Regular Session
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday November 5, 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, Andy Webb, and Jerry Zamzow. Absent: Brian Hill and Doug Sargent. 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 Zamzow to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the October 15, 2014 Council Meeting, and the amended Claims for November 5, 2014 in the amount of $171,559.06. All were in favor, motion carried.

Public Input: There was no input at this time.

Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Street Department: The county will work with the City to get the no passing zone extended going west out of town. It should be repainted in the spring. The owner of the pickup at Maple and Cottonwood is supposed to have it removed by the end of the week. The pothole at Maple and Cottonwood will be addressed when the intersection is tore up for the sanitary sewer project.

Water/Wastewater Department: The building at Britson Park will be winterized now that the City has a key.

City Clerk: Tom Wynia was asked about drilling private wells in town and he interpreted the Code as saying that they are not allowed, but suggests amending the code to make it clear that no private wells can be drilled inside city limits.

Forrest Aldrich of Veenstra & Kimm reviewed the Cottonwood Sanitary Sewer Project plans and went over the schedule for the project. The council would like a deadline and stiffer penalties for the open cut portion.

A motion was made by Webb and seconded by Ford to approve Resolution 14-30: Resolution Provide Notice On Proposed Plans and Take Bids For Cottonwood Sewer Project. Aye: Webb, Ford, Zamzow. Nay: none. Motion carried.

Forrest Aldrich also asked if the council would like to continue designing a detention basin for flood control even though the sponsored project funding was denied. The council is still interested, however would like to wait and see how things with the sanitary sewer project go before proceeding with the detention basin.

A motion was made by Zamzow and seconded by Ford to approve Resolution 14-31: Resolution Authorizing Mayor Jerry Balmer To Sign A Lease And Memorandum Of Lease With US Cellular. Aye: Zamzow, Webb, Ford. Nay: none. Motion carried.

RADC President, Lynn Schulte, updated the council on the steps they are taking to determine prices for the industrial park lots. There has been some interest in the lots and they are considering a matrix where businesses with more employees could get the lots for less money. There may be more land available if the current lots sell. He also wanted to thank the City for asphalting the streets abutting N. Main St.

Drew Kamp gave a summary of what Tax Increment Funding (TIF) is. He suggests revising the Urban Renewal Plan and Comprehensive Plan. He will coordinate a meeting between Roland representatives and other communities for a round table discussion of ideas.

Mayor/Council Comments: Mayor Balmer asked if the trench through Britson Park could be filled in.
CMs Webb and Ford stated that Kiwanis will be taking over the can and bottle recycling. The money will still go towards fireworks and scholarships.

Public Input: Nathan Hovick thanked CM Webb for attending a fire meeting noting that the firefighters thought that it was nice to see that the council had an interest in what was going on.

With no further business at this time, Webb moved for adjournment of the meeting at 7:01 pm seconded by Ford. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.

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Jerry Balmer, Mayor

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Jodi Meredith, City Clerk