August 10, 2015

The Oelwein City Council met in regular session Monday, Monday, August 10, 2015. Mayor Sherrets called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.

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

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

Citizens Paul Ganske, a116 Eastline Road president of Oelwein Odd Rods questioned if
Paul Ganske concessions could be set up at Warthan Rundle park on S Frederick during Odd Rod events since the corner bank property was no longer available. Doug Bryan, part owner of the bank property was present and will discuss options with Ganske.

Georgia Georgia Weatherbee 108 6th Street SW inquired why her water bill
Weatherbee increased and then received a card in the mail the water was unfit to drink. Letzring stated the water department missed a reporting deadline so a required mailing was sent by the city. At no time was Oelwein’s water unsafe to drink.

Jody Damon Jody Damon, 2609 S. Frederick informed council Oak Park Trailer court property needs trees removed.

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

1. Approval of the minutes of the July 27, 2015 regular meeting.
2. 2016 Homecoming Parade Route request on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 1:30 P.M.
3. Approve street closures for Fall Fling on September 19, 2015.
4. Approve alcohol license transfer of Clete and Connie’s to 13 W Charles on August 22, 2015 for 24 hours.

All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Public Hearing Mayor Sherrets opened the Public Hearing re: relocation of City Hall to 1 West Charles.

Letzring presented a power point stating rough estimated costs associated with short term move, short term stay, long term move and long term stay. Figures were based on Martin Gardner Engineering estimates.

Sherrets stated these numbers are only estimates and the decision tonight is to allow staff to get firm numbers regarding the move, and discuss a rental agreement with the landlord, then return to council with more information.

37 people were in attendance and 10 people opted to speak at the podium.

Paul Ganske, 116 Eastline Road opposed the move, citing that the city should have bought the building if they wanted to move.

Georgia Weatherbee, 108 6th Street SW said to stay at current location claiming there is no parking at new location.

June Griffith, 233 S. Frederick wants to have the detail of costs to stay and costs associated with the move to be available to review.

Mike Kerns – 1213 2nd Street SW wants realistic numbers to renovate current city hall building not engineers estimates previously presented. . He expressed concerns for what happens after the 10 year lease expires and suggested the city consider moving into an empty store front downtown. Kerns also stated that he understood this is not an easy decision to make.


LaVerne McLennon, 119 12 Ave SE stated the current building we are in is beautiful, the city should repair a little bit each year and moving 1 block is not going to affect downtown in any way.

Janie Kennedy, 2609 S. Frederick said it is not a smart decision to move.

Jim Weatherbee, 106 8th St SW inquired as to why only the council has a vote in this issue. He requested the people have a vote. He also questioned why the Tech Spec building wasn’t an option to move to.

Charlene Tatro 315 4 ½ St SW wants city hall to stay at its current location with a face lift.

Jody Damon 2609 S Frederick was concerned that if city hall moves down town they’ll have to hire more police officers to keep the kids away from the area.

Jake Blitsch 728 8th NE thanked the council for what they do. It’s not always an easy decision. The people that are against it showed up at the hearing but the ones for it did not. There are a lot of people out there in favor of this move. Several years ago he was on the council when the decision for the 4-lane highway was to be made and qas equally difficult yet today it has spurned economic growth in Oelwein.

J. Weatherbee, Ganske and Kerns spoke a second time.

Sherrets respond to Ganske regarding the city buying the building. The purchase price when the city inquired was higher than the sale price to Mr. Bryan.

Stickel said he had 2 calls against moving and several comments in favor.

Cantrell’s calls received were not in favor of moving.

Ryan stated the people elect council to make decisions and it’s not easy to represent 6,500 residents, he requested more information but indicated he would likely vote against a move.

Weber stated the people he contacted are split between in favor and against. He too requested more precise figures before a final decision could be made.

A motion was made by Ryan, seconded by Stickel to close the hearing. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Negotiate Lease A motion was made by Stickel, seconded by Ryan directing City Administrator
1 West Charles to initiate negotiation for terms of an agreement to lease 1 West Charles with accurate costs to compare city hall moving or staying to renovate existing building. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Library Exhibit Susan Macken, Library Director showed power point on Smithsonian traveling exhibit – Exploring Human Origins: What does it mean to be Human? The Grand Opening program is Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00 P.M. with Dr. Rick Potts, the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Curator. Special programs are scheduled at the Library while the exhibit is on display through October 2nd.

Pay Request A motion was made by Ryan, seconded by Weber to approve Pay Estimate
Airport Project No. 5 in the amount of $10,232.40 to Voltmer for work completed on Airport Runway Lighting Project. All voted aye.
Motion Carried


Civic System A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Cantrell to authorize the purchase of Civic System Finance and Budgetary Software in the amount of $78,675.00. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Ord. No. 1137 A motion was made by Cantrell, seconded by Stickel to adopt
Code Section Ordinance No. 1137 Amending Sections 22-128 Truck Route and 22-129
22-128, 22-129 Tractor Trailers Prohibited on the third and final reading.
Ayes: Cantrell, Weber, Ryan, Stickel
Nays: None
Motion Carried

Amend Salary A motion was made by Ryan, seconded by Cantrell to amend
Resolution Salary Resolution Section 8 to Include a single Williams Wellness Center Membership to Oelwein Volunteer Fire Department members. All voted aye (Weber abstained). Motion Carried

Stickel inquired if we should include Police Department reserves. Letzring will contact Chief Logan.

A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Cantrell to hold a Special Session Council meeting on August 17, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Housing Authority Ryan spoke on UERPC Housing Authority Board meeting. Procedures were put into place to prevent falsification of information regarding HUD renters and new complaint procedures were also approved.

Plaza Board Ryan reported on the August Plaza Board meeting. Maintenance on the building was discussed and bids are being accepted to replace two AC units. Northland Agency provided lunch at the mealsite has changed to Valley Services.

Aquatic Center The Aquatic Center’s “Back to School Bash” is Tuesday, August 11th 7-9:00 P.M. Free admission and free giveaways for the kids.

Adjourn A motion was made by Stickel, seconded by Cantrell to adjourn at 7:20 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 August 10, 2015 and copy of said proceedings was furnished to the Register August 14, 2015.


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