September 10, 2012

The Oelwein City Council met in regular session Monday, September 10, 2012.  Mayor Murphy called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.

Roll Call                      PRESENT:  Bearinger, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

ABSENT:    Ericson, Sherrets

ALSO PRESENT:  Kendall, Rigdon, VanVeldhuizen

Adopt Agenda             A motion was made by Bearinger, seconded by Ryan to adopt the Agenda as amended.  All voted aye.

Motion Carried

Citizens                        Kelly and Eric Scheffert, 209 4sdth Street NE live across the alley from

Kelly & Eric                405 2nd Avenue NE.  They stated this rental property owned by Ron Winter is

Scheffert                      infested with cockroaches and has now grown to infest six neighboring properties.  Kelly also reported the house is empty with the lights on, the radio playing and the windows open in an attempt to drive out the cockroaches.  Attorney VanVeldhuizen and Building Inspector Prouty to follow up.

Consent Agenda          A motion was made by Bearinger, seconded by Stickel to approve the following consent agenda items.

A.  Minutes of the August 27, 2012 regular meeting.

B.  Pay Request No. 1 to Moss Roofing in the amount of $112,427.00 for work completed on Donaldson’s building roof repair.

C.  2012 Homecoming Parade Route on Friday, September 21, 2012.

D.  Authorizing submittal of CDBG Homeowners Rehabilitation Grant application.

All voted aye.

Motion Carried

Public Hearing 8th        Murphy opened the Public Hearing on 8th Avenue SE Water Main

Avenue SE Water        Replacement project.  Lance Aldrich, Fox Engineering stated this

Main Replacement       project will be replacing two blocks of 4” water main with 8” water main

Project                         between East Charles and 2nd Street SE.  Funding for the project is through an existing CDBG grant and an SRF loan that we were using previously for the Booster Station and Two Pressure Zones Water Main project.

No comments were received from the public.

A motion was made by Bearinger, seconded by Ryan to close the Public Hearing.

Ayes:  Bearinger, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

Nays:  None

Motion Carried

Award Bid                   Lance Aldrich from Fox Engineering reported the City received five bids

8th Avenue SE              for the 8th Avenue SE Water Main Replacement Project as follows:

Water Main

Replacement Project    Dave Schmitt Construction, Cedar Rapids              $244,544.00

                                                Skyline Construction, Decorah                                   $247,937.93

                                                Portzen Construction, Dubuque                                                $268,575.00

                                                Eastern Iowa Excavating, Cascade                            $224,473.75

                                                Baker Concrete & Excavating, Waverly                   $254,230.00

                                    The engineers estimate was $277,380.00


Utility Superintendent Vic Kane stated the service lines on 8th Avenue SE are copper from the curb stop to the water main.  There are contingencies in the contract in case any iron water service piping is found.

Aldrich reported the low bidder Eastern Iowa Excavating from Cascade is available to start almost immediately.  Completing the project within the allowed 28 days is not an issue.

A motion was made by Ryan, seconded by Stickel to award the low bid for the 8th Avenue SE Water Main Replacement Project to Eastern Iowa Excavating of Cascade in the amount of $224,473.75.  All voted aye.

Motion Carried

1st Avenue Lift            Ryan and Petersen questioned Aldrich regarding the tall weeds and rocks

Station Proect               left on the sewer main site.  This ground will be restored and replanted this Fall.

Resolution #4704        A motion was made by Ryan, seconded by Bearinger to adopt Resolution

Street Report                No. 4704 approving 2012 City Street Financial Report.

Ayes:  Bearinger, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

Nays:  None

Motion Carried

Wellness Center           Murphy presented the Wellness Center, Community Development and

Community Devel.      Recreation Committee meeting report in the absence of Council person

And Rec Comm. Mtg.  Ericson.  Ericson is working with Parks Superintendent Steggall preparing a parks report.

Steggall stated they are also updating the Parks web site to include photos of Oelwein’s Parks and Trails system.

Planning, Finance,       Bearinger presented the September 5 Planning, Finance, Enterprise and

Enterprise and              Economic Development meeting minutes to the Council.  Tim Oswald of

Economic Devel.         Piper Jaffray reported on the process for Lease Certificates as a financing option for the proposed police department remodel.  The city’s Bonding Counsel Bob Jostens of Dorsey & Whitney will be contacted by City Administrator Kendall and City Attorney VanVeldhuizen.

UERPC                        Ryan reported on the September UERPC meeting.  At that session the new Executive Director, Rochelle Howe was introduced.  The Postville Mayor would like to change the by-laws from a seven member Executive Board to a five member Board.

Wellness Center           Murphy reported the Oelwein Public School is remodeling the weight room at the Wellness Center.  A new door to the weight room with a keyless entry system allowing 24/7 access and security camera expenses will need to be discussed jointly with the school district.

Meetings                      City Council will meet on Wednesday, September 12 at 4:00 P.M. at the Oelwein Public Library meeting room to interview search firms.

Tim Oswald from Piper Jaffray will present financing options to Oelwein City Council at 6:00 P.M. Monday, September 17.

Airport                         Kendall reported Airport Manager Tom Stewart is researching furnishings for the new Airport terminal.


Adjourn                       A motion was made by Ryan, seconded by Bearinger to adjourn at 7:40 P.M.  All voted aye.

Motion Carried






I, Steven H. Kendall, City Administrator in and for the City of Oelwein, Iowa do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true accounting of the Council Proceedings held September 10, 2012 and copy of said proceedings was furnished to the Register September 17, 2012.



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