April 25, 2011                                                  

                                    The Oelwein City Council met in regular session Monday, April 25, 2011 at 7:00 P.M.  Mayor Murphy was on the speaker phone.

Roll Call                      PRESENT:  Stickel, Lein, Ericson, Brandt, Ryan

                                    ABSENT:    None

                                    VACANCY: One (1)

                                    ALSO PRESENT:  Kendall, Rigdon, VanVeldhuizen

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

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Citizen                         Penny Reaves, landlord 1211 East Charles reported to Council there is a

Penny Reaves              hole in her front yard with no barricades.  She inquired when it will be repaired.  She has heard from other property owners that their water pipes have burst because of the increased water pressure.  Kendall responded that the new pumps have not yet been installed so there has been no increase in water pressure.  The contractor has not been in town this spring to restore yards.  The City Administrator agreed the contractor should have taken care of it by now.

Scott Sieleman             Scott Sieleman, Annies Recycling inquired when the curb side recycling

Annies Recycling         task force will meet.  Mayor Murphy believed the meeting with Black Hawk County should be around May 15th.  Murphy will contact Sieleman then.

Consent Agenda          A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Ryan to approve the following Consent Agenda items:

                                    A.  Minutes of the April 11, 2011 regular meeting.

                                    B.  Claims Resolution in the amount of $674,273.21

                                    C.  Pay Request No. 6 to Kehe Construction Co. in the amount of 

                                          $106,970.00 for work completed on Two Pressure Zones – Booster

                                          Station Project.

                                    D.  Class ‘B’ Beer and Sunday Sales Renewal for Pizza Hut #4340.

                                    All voted aye.
                                                            Motion Carried

Vicious Dog                 A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Ryan to set a hearing

Set Hearing                  date for the David Arana Vicious Dog Appeal on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 6:30 P.M.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Library Roof                Jim Prouty, Code Enforcement Officer met with Novak Design Group and Larson Construction to look at the water problem with the Library roof.  They propose to remove two stone caps in the north and south valley and replace with metal flashing and shingles.

                                    Stickel said they may need to also remove the cap on the west side.

                                    Kendall suggested they do all three at once.  Stickel agreed.

                                    Murphy questioned if it was discussed who would pay for the proposed roof repairs and the internal water damage.  Prouty said it was not discussed.  Prouty and Stickel felt it was a design problem and the cost should be absorbed by the engineer.

                                    Landon Burg from Novak Design Group is preparing drawings for review and removal of all three stone caps.


Proclamation                The Council presented a proclamation to the Oelwein Public Library

Library 100th                Board proclaiming May 2011 as “Library Centennial Celebration

Anniversary                 Month”.

Proclamation Arbor     Mayor Pro Tem Brandt presented a proclamation to Joy Hintz of

Day                              Oelwein Trees Forever declaring April 29, 2011 as “Arbor Day” encouraging the citizens of Oelwein to participate in tree planting and maintenance programs.

Proclamation                Mayor Pro Tem Brandt presented a proclamation to Scott Sieleman

Guillan-Barre’              declaring May 2011 as “Guillan-Barre’ Awareness Month”.

Police Department       Two bids were received for a police vehicle purchase:

Vehicle Bids

                                                State of Iowa Bid                     $29,868.00

                                                Birdnow Motors (Oelwein)      $30,368.00

                                    Although Birdnow Motors price is $500 higher than the State bid price, Chief Logan recommended the Council purchase the vehicle locally.

                                    A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Ryan to approve the police vehicle purchase from Birdnow Motors in the amount of $30,368.00.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Ordinance                    A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Stickel to adopt the

1st Reading                   first reading of an ordinance Amending Chapter 7 of the Code of

Amending Ch. 7 of      Ordinances of the City of Oelwein.

the Code of                  Ayes:  Stickel, Lein, Ericson, Brandt, Ryan

Ordinances                  Nays:  None

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Proposed Resolution    A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Stickel to table the

Adopting Fees with      proposed resolution Establishing and Adopting Fees with regard

Regard to Ch. 7            Regard to Chapter 7.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Set Public Hearing       A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Stickel to set May 23,

Budget Amendment     2011 for a Public Hearing on annual budget amendment at 7:00 P.M.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Park & Rec Mtg.          Ericson referenced the April Park and Recreation minutes.  Mayor Murphy inquired if there was discussion regarding Harlan School.  If the area is not turned into a park the school may want to remove the playground equipment. The Commission felt it was up to the school to make decisions regarding their property. 

                                    Maintenance of the Middle School tennis courts should also be discussed at a joint meeting with the School Board.

Airport Board Mtg.      Ryan presented the April Airport Board minutes.  Larry Lundry and FBO George Tegeler attended the State Airport convention in Des Moines.  Lundry has sold the former airport courtesy car. 

                                    In a related matter Steve Eaton from Aecom will review the proposed airport terminal plans with Council prior to bid letting.

UERPC Housing          Ryan attended the UERPC Housing Authority meeting.  Half of the Section 8 households UERPC serves in the five county area are from Fayette County with 114 (60%) of those in Oelwein.  95-100 remain on the waiting list for assistance.


Murphy Arrived           Mayor Murphy arrived at 7:55 P.M.

Council Vacancy         There are multiple people interested in filling the Council vacancy.  Mayor Murphy believes the citizens should decide who they want to represent them.  He spoke in favor of a special election.

Resolution #4646        A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Brandt to adopt Resolution

Special Election           No. 4646 Filling the Vacancy in the Office of At-Large Council

At-Large Council         Person by Special Election to be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Person                          pending approval of the Fayette County Auditor.

                                    Citizen Mike Kerns felt the Council should appoint a person and save taxpayers the cost of a special election.

                                    Ryan would like the position filled using “gender balance”.  He felt the Council should be strong enough to appoint a female and if the other people want a special election, they could petition to do so.

                                    Ayes:  Stickel, Lein, Ericson, Brandt

                                    Nays:  Ryan

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Wings Park Flooding    The Wings Park creek channel is in dire need of repair.  Before that can begin Council needs to provide direction.  The ball fields are in the flood plain.  Fill was hauled in to raise Diamond 2 during the 1970’s thus further aggravating the flooding.

                                    Diamond 1 is repeatedly damaged by flood water crossing it.

                                    Murphy stated if we need to keep all the diamonds, Diamond 1 could be converted to a bike park and replaced at the Sports Complex.

                                    Ericson would like an engineer to review the situation and make a recommendation to the Council.

                                    Aecom Engineering is currently working on a storm water study on the south side of town.

                                    A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Brandt to direct City Administrator to contact Aecom Engineering regarding expanding their current contract to include recommendations to address the Wings Park creek flooding.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Airport Land Lease      City Attorney VanVeldhuizen will have Crop Care lease information for the next meeting.

New Zealand               The Oelwein Rotary Club hosted New Zealand visitors touring Northeast

Visitors                        Iowa and more specifically Oelwein.  Mayor Murphy and City Administrator Steve Kendall assisted in greeting them.

Spring Clean Up          May 7th is the 42nd semi-annual Oelwein Clean Up Day.

Water Project               Neither contractor for the water project has been on-site very much this spring.  A meeting with them is being proposed for next week.

Library 100th                Oelwein Public Library will celebrate their 100th Anniversary with an Open House on Sunday, May 1st from 2:00-4:00 P.M.


Semi Parking                Ryan reported receiving a request for semi-truck parking.

Adjourn                       A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Brandt to adjourn at 8:35 P.M.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried


                                                                                LARRY MURPHY, MAYOR



                                    STEVEN H. KENDALL, CITY ADMINISTRATOR

                                    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 April 25, 2011 and copy of said proceedings was furnished the Register April 28, 2011.


                                    STEVEN H. KENDALL, CITY ADMINISTRATOR

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