COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

                                                                                                          September 23, 2013                                                      

                                    The Oelwein City Council met in regular session Monday, September 23, 2013.  Mayor Murphy called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. 

 

Roll Call                      PRESENT:  Ericson, Sherrets, Weber, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

                                    ABSENT:    Letzring

                                    ALSO PRESENT:  Rigdon, Smith, VanVeldhuizen

 

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

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

Employee of the          Murphy presented the first official Employee of the Month certificate to

Month                          Cemetery Sexton Tom Cannon. 

 

East Charles,                Jeff Gearhart, 715 5th Street NE questioned if there were bicycle lanes on

3-Lane                         East Charles which was recently designated a three-lane road.

 

                                    Street Superintendent Stewart replied the outside markings were for snow accumulation.  These changes were implemented by Iowa Department of Transportation.

 

Golf Carts on Roads    Laverne McLennan, 119 12th Avenue SE stated she had recently licensed her golf cart for street use and questioned the restriction to her general neighborhood.  Police Chief Logan stated the restrictions are established by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

 

Healthcare Survey       Wayne Saur, 1001 7th Avenue NE stated he had contacted Nora Ladjahasan regarding the status of the Healthcare Survey.  Saur is asking Council to present the final survey results as soon as possible.

 

City Equipment            Saur also questioned the policy regarding city equipment.  He felt it imperative the public be informed on the status of the issue.

 

                                    Mayor Murphy stated when the issue arose he asked City Attorney VanVeldhuizen to investigate August 7, 2013.

 

                                    VanVeldhuizen reviewed the facts and concluded the Fire Chief’s authorization was consistent with Chapter 5 of the City Code and the Personnel Policy Manual.  Mayor Murphy asked if there were questions or comments from the council for VanVeldhuizen; there were none.

 

Public Hearing             Mayor Murphy opened the Public Hearing on Proposed Disposal by Sale of the City’s Interest in Lots 6 and 7, Block 7, Miles Addition to Oelwein, Fayette County, Iowa.  No comments were received.

 

                                    A motion was made by Petersen, seconded by Ericson to close the hearing.

 

                                    Ayes:  Ericson, Sherrets, Weber, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

                                    Nays:  None

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

Resolution #4746        A motion was made by Sherrets, seconded by Petersen to adopt

Sell Lots                       Resolution No. 4746 Directing the Sale of the City’s Interest in Lots 6 and 7, Block 7, Miles Addition to Oelwein, Fayette County, Iowa.

                                    Ayes:  Ericson, Sherrets, Weber, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

                                    Nays:  None

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

 

 

 

 

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Aquatics Center           Utility Superintendent Vic Kane presented a power point presentation

Improvements              on proposed maintenance projects and improvements to the Aquatics Center as recommended by the Task Force.  Members of the Aquatics Center Task Force, appointed by the council last year, were in attendance and participated in the discussion.

 

                                    Kane reported some repairs would be completed in-house while others would be contracted out.  He is working with the City Administrator on budgeting.  There will be no need for a referendum for financing.  Sales Tax dollars will be used to pay for the improvements and maintenance.

 

                                    Weber attended meetings of the Task Force stating there was a lot of good discussion and fact finding.  He appreciated the time members of the force spent. 

 

CDBG Target Areas     Lori Brockway, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission reviewed four (4) proposed target areas for the Community Development Block Grant Owner-Occupied program.  Early numbers indicate 621 owner occupied homes of the 974 houses in the target areas.

 

                                    Brockway stated pre-applications will either be mailed or distributed during the scheduled Windshield Survey of the targeted areas.

 

                                    A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Ryan to approve the four (4) targeted areas for the Community Development Block Grant Owner-Occupied program.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

CDBG Community      A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Stickel to approve the

Development and        Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment presented by

Housing Needs            Lori Brockway of UERPC.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

Hearing Set                  A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Weber to set a Public Hearing Regarding Submittal of an Application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Grant for October 14, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

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

 

                                    A.  Minutes of the September 9, 2013 regular meeting.

                                    B.  Claims Resolution in the amount of $594,352.94.

                                    C.  Class ‘E’ Liquor and Class ‘C’ Beer Permit Renewal for Fareway Stores,

                                          Inc. #412.

                                    D.  Request from Neal Schoultz to establish Door to Door Trick or Treating

                                          on Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

                                    E.  Motion authorizing City Administrator to engage bond counsel re: funding

                                          for Aquatics Center rehabilitation and improvements.

                                    F.  Authorize City Administrator to budget for winter decorations.

                                    G.  Motion authorizing City crews begin Wings Park maintenance and

                                          improvements.

 

                                    All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

Resolution #4747        A motion was made by Petersen, seconded by Sherrets to adopt Resolution

2012-13 Street             No. 4747 re: 2012-2013 Street Finance Report.

Finance Report            Ayes:  Ericson, Sherrets, Weber, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

                                    Nays:  None

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

 

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Ord. No. 1124             A motion was made by Petersen, seconded by Ericson to adopt Ordinance

Amend Code Ch. 16    No. 1124 Amending City Code Chapter 16 Garbage and Trash on the third

Garbage & Trash         and final reading.

                                    Ayes:  Ericson, Sherrets, Weber, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

                                    Nays:  None

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

Resolution No. 4748    A motion was made by Sherrets, seconded by Ryan to adopt Resolution

Hauler’s Fee                No. 4748 Setting Annual License Fee for Recyclable, Garbage or Refuse Hauler Pursuant to Chapter 16 at $100.00 per year.

                                    Ayes:  Ericson, Sherrets, Weber, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

                                    Nays:  None

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

Resolution No. 4749    A motion was made by Sherrets, seconded by Petersen to adopt

Graf-Recker                 Resolution No. 4749 Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Mortgage

Mortgage Release         Release for Graf-Recker, LLC.

                                    Ayes:  Ericson, Sherrets, Weber, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

                                    Nays:  None

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

Resolution No. 4750    A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Ryan to adopt

Krieger Mort. Release  Resolution No. 4750 Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Mortgage Release for Bernherd Krieger.

                                    Ayes:  Ericson, Sherrets, Weber, Ryan, Stickel, Petersen

                                    Nays:  None

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

Airport Board Mtg.      Stickel reported on the September Airport Board meeting.  Work on the new sign is progressing. 

 

                                    Stickel also requested the Council allot funds for the purchase of a Unicom (air/ground) radio.  Airport Manager Stewart stated he will be applying for a 70% Emergency Communications Grant through the Iowa DOT Aviation for the purchase of a new base radio.

 

November Meetings     Murphy requested action be listed on the next Agenda rescheduling the November Council meetings due to Veteran’s Day; to consolidate the November meetings to November 18 and cancel the November 11 and November 25 meetings.  A work session on the ISU Healthcare Survey presentation will be held Monday, November 4.

 

Viaduct Painting          Murphy announced that he has worked with the Oelwein Fire Chief Wally Rundle, Street Superintendent Tom Stewart and Transco Railcar to repaint the West Charles viaduct in late October.  The Fire Department volunteers will spray down the viaduct, Stewart will acquire the paint from the Iowa DOT and Transco will donate the use of labor and sprayers.  Finalized dates will be announced.

 

Newspaper                   Ryan questioned the status of newspaper receptacle placement in the city

Receptacle                   right-of-way.  VanVeldhuizen stated he has been unable to make connections with representatives of the Courier.

 

Sidewalk Displays       VanVeldhuizen will confer with Police Chief Logan regarding the placement of merchandise on public walks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nuisance Property       Stickel asked the status of a nuisance property along Highway 150 South. 

 

                                    Ericson noted tall weeds and junk cars on property located at 20th Street and Highway 150 South.

 

                                    VanVeldhuizen will research the above addresses.

 

Council Photo              Council photo’s were scheduled for October 14, 2013 at 5:30 P.M.

 

Adjourn                       A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Petersen to adjourn at 8:03 P.M.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

 

 

                                                                                                                 __________________________________

                                                                                      LARRY MURPHY, MAYOR           

 

                                    ATTEST:

 

 

                                    ______________________________________

                                    BARBARA RIGDON, DEPUTY CITY CLERK

 

 

                                    I, Barbara Rigdon, Deputy City Clerk 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 23, 2013 and copy of said proceedings was furnished to the Register September 27, 2013.

 

 

                                    ______________________________________

                                    BARBARA RIGDON, DEPUTY CITY CLERK         

 

 

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