Prior to the regular meeting Safety Committee incidents were reviewed.

                                                                                                COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

                                                                                                          July 11, 2011                                                    

                                    The Oelwein City Council met in regular session Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. 

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

                                    ABSENT:    Lein

                                    ALSO PRESENT:  Kendall, Rigdon, VanVeldhuizen

Adopt Agenda             A motion was made by Bearinger, seconded by Ericsonto adopt the Agenda as it.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Mayor Murphy            Mayor Murphy joined the meeting by speaker phone at 7:05 P.M.


Annies Recycling         Scott Sieleman from Annies Recycling inquired when the task force for curbside recycling would be created.  Murphy stated now that the Legislature has adjourned he’ll get on it in the next few weeks.

                                    Brandt is checking on available grants for recycling.

                                    Sieleman wanted a show of hands from the Council in favor of curbside recycling.  Attorney VanVeldhuizen advised against taking a vote since it was not an agenda item.

10 Yr Service Award   Mayor Pro Tem Brandt presented a plaque to Dispatcher Jean Larson for

Jean Larson                 10 years of service.

Minutes Approved       A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Stickel to approve the minutes of the June 27, 2011 regular meeting.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Fox Engineering           A motion was made by Ericson, seconded by Stickel to authorize the

42 Well Rehab             Mayor to sign an Engineering agreement (Task Order No. 9) with Fox Engineering for 42 Well Rehab in the amount of $59,650.00.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried

Police Department       Dean Benter and Kathy Larson spoke regarding the Police

Committee Meeting      Facility Improvement and Fire Equipment Needs Committee recommendations.  The Committee consists of members of Oelwein City Council, representatives from Police and Fire Departments and members of the community.  The Committee agreed with the space needs study performed by FEH Associates in December.  The Police Department facility is undersized.  The City Council was encouraged to move aggressively towards providing a modern law enforcement facility.

                                    The Committee believed there is also a need to also replace the aerial truck in the Fire Department.  It is utilized to fight fires from above and access tall structures.  Newer equipment has features not available on the present model.

                                    The Committee recommended that the Oelwein City Council take the appropriate steps to initiate a sales tax extension to provide the necessary funding for the Police facility and aerial tire truck, property tax relief and economic development.  The Committee believed a properly informed public would support this measure.  It is recommended to commence the process so that a vote can be taken at the November 2011 election. 

                                    Brandt stated the Council has been working on this for over two years.  Council will have a work session regarding this topic.


Park & Rec Meeting     Ericson referenced  the June Park and Recreation Commission meeting.  The Commission recommended leaving the Harlan School playground as is.  The Commission had no recommendations for trail routes.

                                    Ericson requested the City Attorney attend the next Park & Recreation mtg.

Sports Complex           Bob Hellman, from Build Our Ball Park, a nonprofit organization in Waterloo, Iowa was at a Park and Recreation meeting last week.  He complimented the Sports Complex.  The Park and Recreation Commission wants to have youth sports located in the Sports Complex.

Wings Park Creek        Kendall presented three AECOM Engineering proposals for the Wings Park Creek restoration.  They ranged in cost from $120,000 – $182,000.  Ericson requested a drawing from the engineer showing the proposed improvements.  The engineer will be invited to a future Council meeting.

222 South  Frederick   Prior to closing on the Halls Elevator property a Phase I Environmental Assessment will be performed.  Once the City acquires this property the site will be cleared for possible redevelopment.

100 Occo Drive           Lansing Construction still needs to complete their contract requirements on the Occo property.  $5,000 is being withheld until they finish.  It is time to put them on notice. 

Airport Grant               It was Council consensus to authorize the Mayor to sign the Federal Grant

Terminal Building        Agreement for funding of the Airport terminal as discussed and approved at a prior council meeting.

Committee Appts.        Council members were asked to communicate their wishes to the Mayor regarding Committee appointments.

Fayette Co.                  A work session with Fayette County Supervisors, County Engineer J. D.

Supervisors                  King and Street Superintendent Stewart regarding Eastline Road was proposed for August 8th at 5:00 P.M.

CAT Grant                   Alaina Santizo, Vision Iowa/CAT Program Manager will be in Oelwein for the CAT Grant closeout final walk through on Tuesday, July 19th. 

Safety Picnic                City employee safety picnic and meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th at in the Grand Theatre and lunch with follow at “Log Cabin” Park.

Redistricting                 Kendall is working on options for the Council to redistrict the four City

City Wards                   wards.  The population per ward should be more equal.  The new ward boundaries will become effective after January 15, 2012.

Adjourn                       A motion was made by Ryan, seconded by Bearinger to adjourn at 8:00 P.M.  All voted aye.

                                                                                                Motion Carried


                                                                                DUANE BRANDT, MAYOR PRO TEM



                                    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 July 11, 2011 and copy of said proceedings was furnished the Register July 13, 2011.


                                    STEVEN H. KENDALL, CITY ADMINISTRATOR

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