Regular Meeting
December 17, 2018

The Oelwein City Council met in regular session Monday, December 17, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. Mayor Sherrets presided.
Roll Call Present: Fisk, Christensen, Milks, Weber, Cantrell, Derifield
Absent: None
Also Present: Mulfinger, Rigdon, Lein

Adopt Agenda A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Derifield to adopt the agenda as presented. All voted aye.
Motion Carried
Diane Bond Diane Bond, B & L Body Repair owner stated she did not get bid information in a timely manner to submit a bid for towing vehicles. She suggests a solution that all three local businesses agree on a price and rotate turns for the tow requests.

Jon Latham Jon Latham and several of the neighbors are against rezoning Lots 3-7, Block 6, Miles Addition to C02 Commercial to have storage units built. Latham said the neighborhood has done their part to clean that area and he listed several reasons why they didn’t want it rezoned to commercial.

Consent Agenda A motion was made by Milks, seconded by Weber to adopt the Consent Agenda as follows:

A. Motion approving December 10, 2018 regular council minutes amending
B. Claims Resolution in the amount of $485,356.67
C. Pay Application #7 to Portzen Construction in the amount of $189,308.68 for work completed on Disinfection and 42 Well Improvements Project

All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Resolution 5070-2018 A motion was made by Weber, seconded by Christensen to adopt Resolution No. 5070-2018 Accepting and Approving the Plan and Plat Known as Parkview Addition Phase I to the City of Oelwein, Fayette County, Iowa.
Ayes: Fisk, Christensen, Milks, Weber, Cantrell, Derifield
Nays: None
Motion Carried

Planning & Zoning A lengthy discussion took place regarding the request to rezone Lots 3-7, Block
Commission 6, Miles Addition and the N 10’ alley adjoining on South from R-2 Residential to C-2 Commercial. Mulfinger stated this would be spot zoning and the city typically does not do that.

A motion was made by Milks, seconded by Cantrell to approve the recommendation from Planning and Zoning Commission to keep zoning as is,
R-2 Residential.

Ayes: Milks, Cantrell, Derifield
Nays: Fisk, Christensen, Weber
Mayor Sherrets voted aye.

Motion Carried

Towing of Vehicles The city distributed notice of bidding opportunity for the towing of vehicles to the four local businesses that provide towing in and around the community on November 20 and again distributed December 5 as a reminder. One bid was received from Midwest Collision Center.

A lengthy discussion took place regarding rates, rotation, contract 1-3 year term and Diane Bond’s statement.

A motion was made by Derifield to accept the bid from Midwest Collision Center re: Towing of Vehicles. The motion died for a lack of a second. Mulfinger requested council direction. City Attorney Lein stated their needs to be another motion to have something live to vote on.


A motion was made by Fisk, seconded by Derifield to accept the bid from Midwest Collision Center. Mayor inquired to change three year to one year contract. Matt from Midwest Collision said pricing was based on volume over three years.

Ayes: Fisk, Milks, Derifield
Nays: Christensen, Weber, Cantrell
Mayor Sherrets voted aye.
Motion Carried

Library Board Mtg. Christensen presented the December Library Board minutes. Storytime will be held at 2:30 P.M. starting January 10th to coincide with school early out. Puppet show February 19th at 6:00 P.M. Friends contributed funds towards the new stained glass windows. “Hoopla” is now offered for downloading books, audio, movies, magazines and videos.

Mayor Report Sherrets is working on finding replacements for the openings on the Boards and Commissions.

City Attorney Report City Attorney Lein stated he is working on several open cases on abatement nuisances that are uninhabitable structures. Oelwein has looked into cameras to monitor traffic. He believes from his years of experience prosecuting state crimes that it would be helpful for Oelwein to have this in higher traffic neighborhoods and higher speed areas. The infamous hill has taken a couple lives and now on 150. Our officers do patrol that and he has prosecuted a fair amount of tickets on that but they can’t be there all the time. It is a constant issue and look at it from a safety perspective. He spoke to a Sergeant in Cedar Rapids and quoted “from the time we didn’t have cameras on the S curves on 380, we had x amount of fatalities. Since the cameras we have 0 fatalities.” That is the biggest quote that stood out to me regarding Cedar Rapids cameras.

He processed a vehicular homicide here in town caused by a vehicle going 65 in a 35 mph. My thought on this from a State Prosecutor’s side that one death is too many. If cameras could help alleviate some of that it would be something the council would want to reconsider.

Adjourn A motion was made by Milks, seconded by Weber to adjourn at 6:43 P.M. All voted aye.
Motion Carried

Peggy Sherrets, Mayor

Dylan Mulfinger, City Administrator

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 December 17, 2018 and copy of said proceedings was furnished to the Register December 19, 2018.

Dylan Mulfinger, City Administrator

A Public Safety Committee meeting preceded the regular council meeting with a work session on Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Fees following the meeting.

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