MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

OF THE

MARBLE ROCK CITY COUNCIL

JUNE 1, 2009 7:00 P.M.

 

The Regular Meeting of the Marble Rock City Council was called to order with Mayor Merfeld presiding with Councilpersons Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld present with Councilman Wells arriving at 7:03 p.m. Many interested citizens were present. Mayor Merfeld led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Moved Handley/seconded Merfeld to depart from the regular agenda order to accommodate the guests. Roll: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld. Absent- Well. Carried.

 

Mark Heard, Rockford Insurance, discussed again the different group insurance plans available. Moved Wells/seconded Engelhardt to keep the same coverage this year as last year. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

Travis from Heartland Asphalt presented an estimate breakdown for 2009 Street improvements. The Council can pick from this list of streets to decide which ones to include. If they decide to do streets this year they will then ask for bids on the project.

Susan Nelson, Park Board, discussed railroad ties that they could get to use for different projects. These would be free of charge except for hauling. She said she had volunteer trailers and people available for the hauling and was asking for permission to stack them on the cement next to Memorial Park. She also said that the railroad required the City to sign an Indemnification Agreement so if someone was hurt on railroad property, the railroad would not be held liable. Moved Handley/seconded Hutzell to have the Mayor sign the Indemnification Agreement with IC&E Railroad on behalf of the City. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to allow Park Board to store railroad ties, neatly stacked cement next to Memorial Park. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

Ms. Nelson also presented three (3) agreements for services related to Powerhouse Park. These are to be paid for with grant money from the Visioning Committee. Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to authorize Susan Nelson to sign agreements with WHKS & Co., Spatial Designs, and Jack E. Leaman, Consultant, Inc. on behalf of City after individual Council has received and reviewed. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

Nick Ford, one of the EJP workers at the lagoon, wanted to explain what it meant to him to have the job and thanked the City for making it possible for him to have a job.

 

Gary Schmidt asked the Council if it was possible for him to purchase the strip of land at the south end of his property. Council discussed this and decided to consult with City Attorney concerning possibility and procedure for selling this property.

 

Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hutzell to return to the regular agenda order. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

Moved Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld to accept the minutes of the May 4, 2009 Regular Meeting as written. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to approve the monthly reports as amended. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

Clerk Treasurers Report showed a balance of $495,054.55 with $374,836.53 of this invested. These totals consist of the following: city= 98461.51 checking /199307.40 invested/ 297768.91 total. Library= 20452.58 checking/ 159016.56 invested / 179469.14 total. Comm. Center- 1041.02 checking/ 14717.96 invested / 15758.98 total. Park Bd.= 262.91 checking/ 510.01 invested/ 1284.60 endowment fund/ 2057.52 total.

 

Income for the month of May totaled $31,331.60 which includes: gen. current tax 1896.77/ins. current tax 425.86/utility replacement tax 762.86/ag land tax 60.02/LOST 2049.91/State of Iowa, liquor license 390.00/Stop-N-Shop, cigarette permit 75.00/G. Schmidt-J. Kramer, building permits 10.00/State of Iowa, Community Disaster Grant 2000.00/J.R. Ackley, school utilities 106.47/garbage bags sold 164.00/garbage-recycle collection 680.44/spring clean-up charge 54.00/road use allocation 1493.54/Floyd County, road transfer payment 644.41/State of Iowa, bridge reimbursement payment 4764.80/TIF Amend current tax 611.56/sales-option tax collected 163.55/meter rent fees collected 62.00/t & A current tax 1039.62/t & a utility replacement tax 341.47/metered water sold 1812.45/Bob Sturgis Gates Bridge, bulk water 11.00/penalties collected 87.25/postage charge collected 7.13/shut off card fee collected 25.00/M.R. Library, Staudt Est. CD 136001 interest 2739.95, copies 25.00, misc. 4.00, fines 1.00/Comm. Center, tax, deposits, rent 917.25/sewer revenue collected 2105.29/transfers 5800.00.

 

Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to approve the claims as amended. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried. Total of all claims were $22,613.09.

 

Salaries 3404.44

First Security Bank fed w-h/fica/medicare 842.92

IPERS ipers 443.76

Jendro Sanitation garbage/recycle collection 839.56

Jendro Sanitation 1 case large garbage bags 337.50

Stop-N-Shop gas/diesel/paper towels 474.19

Marble Rock Library second half allocation 500.00

Menards Mason City repair items/sign posts/grease gun 142.85

NS Rockford Register publish minutes/budget amend 212.19

Rockford Insurance employee bond 475.00

Marble Rock Petty Cash postage 8.24

Heartland Asphalt cold mix for repair/library 948.90

Farmers Cooperative TIF rebate payment 7394.36

Treasurer-State of Iowa sales/option tax 156.00

Tracey Prunty water/sewer deposit refund 100.59

Maguire Iron, Inc. tower cleaned/inspected/disinfected 1095.00

Invensys Systems Inc. repair parts 287.02

Farm Plan barbed wire 125.90

Landers Hardware park water line repair 31.07

Ross Plumbing & Heating park bathroom stool repair 3.50

Maxson-Frudden Lumber city hall back door window repair 13.82

Neil Wedeking Electric st. light and water tower light repair 70.00

L G I mo. water test/lead & copper/sewer test 410.25

Floyd & Leonard 1 gallon bar & chain oil 12.99

TrueNorth Company employee insurance 4.80

Omnitel Communications telephone service 72.13

Alliant Energy utilities 839.76

Black Hills Energy utilities 356.40

United Healthcare group insurance 1409.95

Transfers 1600.00

 

An ordinance was presented concerning auxiliary meters for watering lawns, gardens etc. Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells that the ordinance be passed on first consideration. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays None. Carried.

 

Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley that the requirement for consideration at two additional meetings be suspended and the ordinance be finally considered. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays None. Carried.

 

Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt that the ordinance be finally passed. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays None. Carried.

 

An ordinance was presented concerning raising meter rent from $.50 to $1.00. Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hutzell that the ordinance be passed on first consideration. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- None. Carried.

 

Moved Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld that the requirement for consideration at two additional meetings be suspended and the ordinance be finally considered. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- None. Carried.

 

Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley that the ordinance be finally passed. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- None. Carried.

Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to replace hydrant #18 at corner of Iowa & College Streets with a new hydrant with gate valve and repair #2 & #3 hydrants. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

Council discussed the nuisance letters that were sent last year that had a deadline of May 15th. Moved Handley/seconded Hutzell to give nuisance properties until June 22 to clean up or will proceed with municipal infraction charges. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

Moved Merfeld/seconded Engelhardt to approve the Stop-N-Shop cigarette permit application. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

Council discussed a shredder for City Hall and decided to get one costing $100.00 or less.

 

Other items discussed were boat ramp, street rental, River St. Bridge, lagoon project, TIF sidewalk project, and lagoon fence.

 

Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to adjourn the meeting at 9:52 p.m. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.

 

 

Doug Merfeld Doug Merfeld, Mayor

ATTEST:

Sandra Winters

Sandra Winters, City Clerk