April 23, 2018

The Oelwein City Council met in regular session Monday, April 23, 2018. Mayor Sherrets called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.

Roll Call PRESENT: Milks, Weber, Cantrell, Derifield, Fisk, Christensen
ALSO PRESENT: Mulfinger, Rigdon, Dillon

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

Arbor Day Mayor Sherrets presented Arbor Day Proclamation to Oelwein Park and
Proclamation Recreation Department Head Joshua Johnson and his two daughters Mattie and Morie proclaiming April 27, 2018 as Arbor Day to call upon the citizenry of Oelwein to support this important event.

Ginger O’Connell Ginger O’Connell, 303 3rd Street NE inquired what is acceptable for off street parking of campers, motor homes, boats, etc. City Administrator Mulfinger stated it is covered in the City Code and is enforced by the Police Officers and Code Enforcement. It is available on the city’s web site.

Ron Winter Ron Winter, 914 4th Avenue NE questioned council why the article in the Oelwein Register regarding city wide clean up does not allow landlords to bring items from their rental properties. Mulfinger stated landlords own a rental business and businesses should be responsible for their own business clean up. Holding junk items for several months as tenants move in and out of units, then using city tax dollars expecting the city to pay for their disposal is not what the city wide cleanup is for. Winter stated most of his clients are elderly and are not able to haul items and he is doing this on their behalf. Only private citizens can participate in city wide cleanup, not commercial businesses.

John Moser John Moser, 15 Wildwood Lane told council his tenants are residents, they vote. They are working poor and don’t have the means to haul these items. He said this is a social problem and he is not happy.

Consent Agenda A motion was made by Derifield, seconded by Cantrell to approve the following Consent Agenda items:

A. Motion approving April 9, 2018 regular council minutes.
B. Claims Resolution in the amount of $429,332.16.
C. Class ‘B’ Beer and Sunday Sales permit renewal for Pizza Hut #4340.
D. New Class ‘B’ Beer and Outdoor Service Permit for Oelwein Celebrations.

All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Ord. Amend Code A lengthy discussion took place regarding amending Code Chapter 19,
Chapter 19, Animal & Animal and Fowl. Fisk inquired about the distance an animal could be
Fowl – 1st Reading from the property line and or the sidewalk. Christensen agreed it
Tabled should be so many feet off the property line. Fisk stated right now dogs can come right to the sidewalk, but a person should not have to get that close to a strange dog to go walking. Most will cross the street to avoid that situation. Sherrets requested to have wording include not to have animal out if heat index is a certain temperature. Cantrell supports this.

A motion was made by Derifield, seconded by Cantrell to table the first reading of an Ordinance Amending Code, Chapter 19, Animal and Fowl. All voted aye.
Motion Carried


Resol. 5031-2018 A motion was made by Christensen, seconded by Milks to adopt Resolution
Temporary Road No. 5031-2018 Authorizing Temporary Closure of Public Ways or Grounds for
Closure Oelwein Celebrations Renewed, Inc.

Ayes: Milks, Weber, Cantrell, Derifield, Fisk, Christensen
Nays: None
Motion Carried

Resol. 5032-2018 A motion was made by Fisk, seconded by Cantrell to adopt Resolution
Disposal of Surplus No. 5032-2018 Approving the Disposal of Surplus City-Owned Equipment.
City Owned Equip.
Ayes: Milks, Weber, Cantrell, Derifield, Fisk, Christensen
Nays: None
Motion Carried

Fayette County A motion was made by Milks, seconded by Weber to formally respond
911 Board to Fayette County 911 board by sending the prepared letter stating the city does not believe due diligence has been performed as to the impact of eliminating funding to Oelwein from the 911 Board will have on the overall operations of emergency response in Fayette County. Proper research has not been performed to ascertain what procedures, processes, and equipment are necessary to conduct emergency 911 call taking from one center. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Park & Rec Meeting Cantrell reported on the April Park and Recreation meeting. Log cabin fencing needs to be replaced. Several options for disc golf baskets are being reviewed. Three new drinking fountains and diving board were purchased. There was vandalism at Wings Park and Diamond 1 restrooms.

City Attorney Dillon reported he was finishing up a few real estate transactions council recently voted on.

Demo Properties Derifield reported two properties were torn down without city involvement and questioned who monitors this so it follows city code.

Adjourn A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Milks to adjourn at 6:27 P.M. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Peggy Sherrets, Mayor


I, Dylan Mulfinger, 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 23, 2018 and copy of said proceedings was furnished to the Register April 24, 2018.


The Meaney Vicious Animal Appeal Hearing preceded the regular meeting. A work session on Streets followed the regular meeting.

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