The Roland City Council met in regular session on Wednesday October 15, 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 Brian Hill, Larry Ford, Andy Webb, and Jerry Zamzow. Absent: Doug Sargent. 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 Ford and seconded by Zamzow to approve the consent agenda which included Agenda, Minutes from the October 1, 2014 Council Meeting, and Claims for October 15, 2014 in the amount of $122,013.88. All were in favor, motion carried.
Public Input: Deputy Kester had nothing new to report from the Sheriff’s Office. He noted concerns about speed on W. Maple St. and people passing too close to an intersection when leaving town to the west.
Candi Biggs likes the blacktop work that was done today but questions if the north entrance to the alley by the post office will be addressed. It will be taken care of after the barricades are removed.
Department Head’s Reports were as follows:
Street Department: Manatts was in town doing asphalt work today. A resident has expressed her concern with the cracks on S. Main St. giving her a headache when riding her scooter in the street. She would also like to have curbside leaf pickup in town because it is a lot of work to take leaves to the brush pile. The city does not have a sweeper to be able to do this.
Water/Wastewater Department: US Cellular is still looking at putting more antennas on the water tower and a building and driveway on the west side of the tower. They have changed everything in the lease that we have requested and Tom Wynia is alright with the wording of the lease. CMs Ford and Sargent attended a hearing for a resident’s delinquent water bill and worked out terms with the resident. Ford noted that this was a one time thing in the future if this resident is delinquent, their service will be disconnected. The DNR has contacted the City about Riley Larson wanting to drill a well at 701 W. Maple St. to use for filling water trucks for his business. It is being looked into whether the City allows wells in town or not. Hydrants will be flushed October 23 and 24.
City Clerk: Everything is going well with the new software. There was a yearly meeting today for customers to get information on updates for the software.
Tammy Kratz presented information about the Kids Club program that YSS puts on at the Roland-Story Elementary school and invited everyone to their open house Friday evening. Mayor Balmer signed a proclamation for Lights Out Night for the Kids Club.
A motion was made by Ford and seconded by Webb to accept the Vine St. Water Project as complete. Aye: Ford, Webb, Zamzow. Nay: none. Abstain: Hill. Motion carried.
CM Webb led a discussion about TIF and whether or not it could benefit the City and help with the selling of the RADC industrial lots. Consensus of the council was to have Webb continue to gather information and to have Drew Kamp at the next council meeting to discuss the topic.
Mayor/Council Comments: CM Ford asked if a letter had been sent about the disabled pickup that was mentioned last meeting. The clerk will send out a letter stating that the council would like it removed.
Mayor Balmer stated that he will be marking out locations for trees at Britson Park and that they should be planted next week.
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 7:03 pm seconded by Hill. All were in favor, motion carried. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Roland Community Center.
Jerry Balmer, Mayor
Jodi Meredith, City Clerk