JANUARY 4, 2010  7:00 P.M.


          The Regular Meeting of the Marble Rock City Council was called to order with Mayor Merfeld presiding with Councilpersons Engelhardt, Hubbard, Parcher, Schmidt, Wells present. Many interested citizens were present.  Mayor Merfeld led the Pledge of Allegiance.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher to depart from the regular agenda order to accommodate the guests.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Bridget Moe, Floyd County Emergency Management Coordinator, explained the CodeRED program, which is a high-speed telephone emergency notification service.  This system gives local officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas or the county at a rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.  She encouraged everyone to make sure your phone number is included.  All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone.  The information will only be used for emergency notification purposes.  To get your numbers included log onto the County website www.floydcoia.org and click link to the “codeRED” site.  Those without Internet access may call Floyd County Board of Health at 641-257-6145.  Ms. Moe also talked about the Iowa Mutual Aid Compact and that the Council and Mayor needed to be NIMS certified.


          Irven Tegtmeier inquired why his snow had not been plowed.  Mr. Guthart said that no matter how he plowed it, the Mayor would get a call that it was wrong.  Council agreed that the snow should be plowed, but Mr. Tegtmeier will receive his half of the snow.  They also instructed Mr. Guthart to plow east of driveway at least 2 car lengths.


          Petra Simonson inquired why the snow at her property could not be plowed to the museum side of the street.  She said she doesn’t like the snow on her drive.  Council said she would receive her half like everyone in town. 


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


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher to approve the agenda as amended with the addition of Employee Wages & Benefits Review under New Business and Public Comment.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to approve the minutes of the December 7, 2009 Regular Meeting as presented.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Monthly reports were discussed and the Council instructed the Clerk that Paul should pull the water meter if he cannot get the water shut off.  This would apply to anyone that has not paid their water bill.


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


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Schmidt to get a $25.00 Whitetails gift certificate for Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Earl to approve the claims as amended.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.    Total of all city claims were $14,128.99.



Salaries                                                                                                 3387.37

TrueNorth Companies             life insurance                                                  4.80

Omnitel Communications        telephone service                                          72.10

Alliant Energy                        electricity                                                    941.47

Black Hills Energy                   natural gas                                                  323.60

United Healthcare                   group insurance                                         1567.25

Marble Rock Petty Cash           UPS charge/postage                                        5.95

Returned check                                                                                         70.00

IMFOA                                                                                                membership dues         30.00

Stop-N-Shop                          pickup gas/snow removal gas                       549.89

Brown Supply                         supplies                                                     450.05

Iowa One Call                        locates                                                          4.50

Menards-Mason City                bulbs and light repair                                    61.44

Farm Plan                              supplies                                                       50.30

Calhoun-Burns Associates        bridge engineering services                          456.00

L G I                                     water/sewer tests                                          63.75

Jendro Sanitation                    case large bags                                            360.00

Advantage Business Solutions  training/Transaction Pro importer                  409.95

Marble Rock Reserves              transfers                                                    1600.00

Amber Hubbard                     water/sewer deposit refund                            100.00

Doug Bram                            water sewer deposit refund                            100.00

Postmaster                             2 rolls stamps                                                88.00

First Security Bank                  fed. w-h/fica/medicare                                 1260.26

IPERS                                    ipers                                                           599.06

IA Dept. of Revenue               st. w/h                                                        424.00

IA Workforce Development      unemployment                                              15.54

IA Dept. of Revenue               sales tax                                                     169.57

Jendro Sanitation                    garbage/recycle collection                             839.56

Tracy Merfeld                         Santa treats                                                   71.67

Whitetails Bar & Grill               gift certificate for Santa                                   25.00

NCS Computer                       Panda Antivirus renewal                                 29.91





          Mayor Merfeld presented the Mayor’s Report:

  1. Mayor Merfeld welcomed the new council members.
  2. Mentioned that MLA Part 2 was coming up soon and he had information available if anyone wanted to see it.
  3. Nothing with EPJ since first part of November.
  4. Mayor discussed the water project that had been discussed with Bolton & Menk, engineers from Ames.  He would like to continue working on that project. 
  5. Would like to have a Web Site for the City.  Councilman Wells pointed out that there were already 2 web sites for Marble Rock, marblerock.org and marblerocklive.com.
  6. Would like Marble Rock to look into wind power this year.



          Councilman Wells told the council that EPJ was aware of the rock put in front of the boat dock and was hopeful that they would do something about it.  He also presented a letter from the City Attorney regarding conflict of interest.  Moved Hubbard/seconded Engelhardt that there be no more EPJ without approval of council.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Councilman Engelhardt said that the letting date for the River Street Bridge Project had been moved to May.  He and the Mayor are working on letters to go to property owners that have property involved in the project.


          Water/sewer rates were discussed.  Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to increase water/sewer rates 15%.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.  Clerk will prepare an ordinance for the February meeting.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to adopt Resolution 2010-01 Approving Charles City Press As The Official Publication for the City of Marble Rock for the Year 2010.  Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Hubbard, Wells.  Nays: Parcher, Schmidt.  Passed.


          Moved Wells to adopt Resolution to Approve Naming Depositories.  Councilman Wells withdraws the motion in order to be able to investigate how much maximum balance to list.


          Moved Wells/seconded Hubbard to table depository resolution to next meeting.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Councilman Wells said the city could save money if they purchased a backhoe attachment for our tractor.  Moved Wells/seconded Hubbard to authorize Paul to look around for backhoe attachment for less than $5000.00.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher to authorize Paul to spend up to $300.00 on Jet Swet Kit for water leaks.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Mayor Merfeld presented his Committee appointments for 2010 and announced that he had appointed Jerry Engelhardt as Mayor Protem.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Schmidt to renew the Panda Antivirus Program.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Other items discussed were City Hall roof, school heat, Park Board finances, city tools, dump gate, River St. culvert, water project, and employee salaries and benefits.


          The annual gross wages for the employees of the City of Marble Rock for calendar year 2009 follows: Doug Merfeld $2,400.00, Paul Guthart $28,413.12, Sandra Winters $20,161.12, Margie Wihlm $262.40, Linda Debner $1,754.52, Darlene Enabnit $3,830.83, Elaine Ott $5,739.40, Carol Wreghitt $604.47, Todd Schriever $140.00, Nicholas Ford $181.56, Jerry Engelhardt $240.00, Max Handley $280.00, Don Hutzell $260.00, Tracy Merfeld $280.00, Steve Wells $280.00.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hubbard to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 p.m.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.




                                            /s/ Doug Merfeld                                                                            Doug Merfeld, Mayor


/s/ Sandra Winters                 

Sandra Winters, City Clerk