October 13, 2014

The Oelwein City Council met in regular session Monday, October 13, 2014. Mayor Pro Tem Sherrets called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.

Roll Call PRESENT: Sherrets, Cantrell, Weber, Ryan, Stickel
ABSENT: Petersen
ALSO PRESENT: Letzring, Rigdon, VanVeldhuizen

Sherrets Resignation Mayor Pro Tem Peggy Sherrets presented her resignation letter as 1st Ward
Council Vacancy Council Person to Council.
1st Ward
A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Ryan to accept Sherrets resignation as 1st Ward Council Person. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Oath of Office Letzring swore in Peggy Sherrets as the newly elected Mayor for the City of Oelwein. Sherrets began her mayoral duties immediately. She will finish the term of Jason Manus who resigned August 22, 2014. This term expires January 1, 2016.

Mayor Pro Tem Sherrets appointed Ben Weber as Mayor Pro Tem.

A motion was made by Ryan, seconded by Cantrell to accept the appointment of Ben Weber as Mayor Pro Tem. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Citizens Deb Howard, OCAD Director presented reports on the 2014 Party in the Park
Deb Howard and Fall Fling. Originally OCAD asked for $3,000 Hotel/Motel Grant funding but will only need $1,211.70 due to sponsorships. Some Plaza Park improvements have started. Scheel’s Professional Lawn Care adopted the park and will be mowing, grading, seeding and some landscaping. New fencing, trees, and signage will all be added to Plaza Park. Some private donations were received in addition to fundraising for new picnic tables. A band shelter is being discussed.

Mike Kerns Mike Kerns, 1213 2nd Street SW reminded council that all four Mayoral candidates hit on housing, building code, its enforcement and abatement at recent candidate forum. He pointed out several locations that are not acceptable and need to be cleaned up or torn down. He would like council to find the funds in the budget, increasing property tax, if necessary hire the necessary people and make it a priority to enforce building codes uniformly. Kerns is willing to volunteer his time to help.

Chad Ciesielsk Chad Ciesielsk, 823 1st Avenue NE agreed with Mr. Kerns. He also pointed out structures that are not up to code and wants enforcement.

Catherine Nolan Catherine Nolan, 11 7th Avenue NE, believes the public needs to be educated regarding real estate, code enforcement needs to take place, and offer amenities for the youth. She too would volunteer time to help.

Dean Benter Dean Benter, 115 12th Avenue SE inquired about building codes for residential over commercial in the downtown area versus commercial buildings. He pointed out properties west of the viaduct and downtown that have plywood covering areas of the building.

Paul Ganske Paul Ganske, 116 Eastline Road North stated the old Plymouth garage building and the Iowa Motor building in back have broken out windows and plywood boarding up the building.

Adopt Agenda A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Cantrell to adopt the Agenda as amended. 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 22, 2014 Council Meeting.
B. Motion to set Nichols Vicious Animal Appeal Hearing for October 27, 2014 at 5:30 P.M.

All voted aye.
Motion Carried

CDBG Housing A motion was made by Ryan, seconded by Stickel to approve City of Oelwein
Program Administration Plan re: CDBG Housing Program. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

CDBG Community A motion was made by Stickel, seconded by Weber to approve Community
Needs Assessment Needs Assessment re: CDBG Housing Program. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

CDBG – Set Public A motion was made by Stickel, seconded by Weber to set Public Hearing on
Hearing CDBG Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Grant for October 27, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

City Hall Heating Letzring presented an estimate from Ken’s Electric in the amount of
System $14,404.71 for City Hall Heating System. Requests were sent to all local vendors and one bid was returned. Letzring explained the options of replacing the unreliable heating system at City Hall and costs associated. Council requested further research.

Capital Improvement Sherrets presented minutes from the October 6, 2014 Capital Improvement
Committee Meeting Committee meeting. Committee Chair Petersen was absent tonight and will make recommendations at the October 27th Council meeting.

Plaza Board Ryan reported on the October Plaza Board meeting. Two of the air conditioning units needs to be replaced.

Vacancy – 1st Ward VanVeldhuizen explained procedures to follow with regard to filling 1st Ward Council seat, which include special election or appointment by council.

A motion was made by Stickel, seconded by Cantrell to fill the vacancy in the elective office of 1st Ward Council by appoint and public notice of said intent. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Alliant Energy Craig Clefisch from Alliant Energy presented council their Community Annual Partnership Assessment (CAPA). This is an annual report of activities that assist the City of Oelwein and Fayette County such as gas and electric infrastructure investment, rebates, environmental programs, assist with United Way and Chamber activities, and local employment.

Mayor’s Report Sherrets thanked everyone who voted Tuesday in the city election. Not just those who voted her but everyone that exercised their right to vote. She congratulated her opponents who cared enough to run for office.

She looks forward to working with the city staff. Sherrets also stated that she hopes the people will recognize that she has the confidence of most of the citizens of Oelwein and they’ll trust our judgment in a First Ward appointment in the next two weeks. She looks forward to working towards “positively Oelwein.”

Strategic Planning There are several new council members since the last goal setting work session. Council would like to schedule a work session to review this information before the budgeting season begins.

Fall Clean Up Sherrets praised all the volunteers and citizens for a good job at cleanup week. Details on collections will be shared at the next council meeting.

Airport Board Stickel reminded Council of two Airport Board vacancies and requested appointments to be made as soon as possible.

Adjourn A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Stickel to adjourn at 7:05 P.M. All voted aye.
Motion Carried




I, Jamie Letzring, 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 October 13, 2014 and copy of said proceedings was furnished to the Register October 19, 2014.


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