MARBLE ROCK CITY COUNCIL
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.
Engelhardt/seconded Wells to approve the minutes of the
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.
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
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:
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.
Engelhardt/seconded Wells to adopt Resolution 2010-01 Approving Charles City
Press As The Official Publication for the City of
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