MARBLE ROCK CITY COUNCIL
The Regular Meeting of the Marble Rock City Council was called to order with Mayor Merfeld presiding with Councilpersons Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells present. Councilman Engelhardt arrived at 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- Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Absent- Engelhardt. Carried.
Moved Handley/seconded Merfeld to return to regular agenda order. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to approve the agenda as amended with the deletion of Unfinished Business F and the addition of New Business N. Winterizing Conert Space in Old School Building. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld to approve the minutes of the
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to approve the monthly reports as amended. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Income for the month of September was: General - $5085.78, Library $100.00, TIF $335.74, Trust/Agency $667.77, Comm. Center $44.15, Road Use $2574.16, Garbage/Recycle $840.37, Water $3031.50, Sewer $2596.96 for a total of $15276.43.
Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to approve the claims as amended. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried. Total of all city claims were $27,968.16.
TrueNorth Companies life insurance 4.80
Omnitel Communications telephone service 70.10
Alliant Energy electricity 929.14
Black Hills Energy natural gas 102.82
Stop-N-Shop gas/cleaning/diesel/towels 410.40
United Healthcare group insurance 1567.25
Landers Hardware blades, supplies 52.75
Hawkins, Inc. cyl. rental 5.00
Walk & Murphy attorney fees 702.00
Sandy Winters tissue, hand sanitizer 9.19
Charles City Press for sale ad 38.72
Layne Christensen submersible pump assembly, motor 10933.00
Menards-Mason City roof repairs for pumphouse 409.71
Jendro Sanitation large garbage bags 360.00
Huber Supply Co. welding supplies 49.78
Calhoun-Burns Associates bridge engineering services 456.00
Schroeder concrete rebar for boat ramp 128.00
David Murphy powerhouse steps repair 27.61
Mosquito Control of Iowa 2009 Mosquito Control Program 1450.00
L G I water test 21.00
Postmaster stamps 176.00
Maxson-Frudden Lumber material for boat ramp 61.01 Allied Manatts Group cement- culvert, powerhouse, boat ramp 1421.30
Staples Credit Plan toner, legal paper, supplies 214.44
William Stafford deposit refunds 130.11
NAPA Auto Parts water repairs 10.12
NS Rockford Register publish minutes, mobile homes ad 146.07
Jendro Sanitation garbage/recycle collection 839.56
First Security Bank fed w-h/fica/medicare 1033.26
IPERS ipers 565.44
Iowa Dept. of Revenue st. w/h 433.00
Iowa Dept. of Revenue sales/option tax 203.00
Iowa Workforce Development unemployment 15.17
Discussion was held regarding the lagoon fence and the Union Township Trustees findings. Trustees findings were “line fence gate can match fence – No livestock involved – in question per letter is to Trustee’s satisfaction as is. The fence in question is the city’s responsibility”. Councilman Engelhardt requested that the fence argument be put to bed.
Lynn Spurbeck properties and nuisances were discussed and pictures of nuisances were looked at. Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hutzell to have attorney file criminal action on all properties of Lynn Spurbeck. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Council instructed the Clerk to have the City Attorney send Brad’s Repair a nuisance letter.
Council instructed the Clerk to notify Lynn Spurbeck that he must survey his property and have legal property pins in place before the fence can be approved.
Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to approve Stop-N-Shop Beer Permit Renewal. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Mayor Merfeld called the Public Hearing for Vacation of Public Property and Sale of Public Property at 8:28 p.m.
Council wants the storm sewer easement added and be sure that all legal expense is included before passing resolution. No further action so Public Hearing was closed.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld to table proposed Resolution Regarding Accounting Procedures.
Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to date stamp all incoming mail. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to adopt Resolution 2009-12 Setting Policy to Establish City of Marble Rock Investment Policy. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- None. Carried.
An ordinance was presented to change the Community Center Board of Trustees from six (6) to seven (7). Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley 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 Merfeld/seconded Engelhardt that the ordinance be finally passed. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- None. Carried.
The Mayor declared the ordinance, having received the necessary votes, passed as Ordinance No. 02-2009 Amending Title V Chapter 4 Section 3 of the Code of the City of Marble Rock 2002 and signed his approval.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to adopt Resolution 2009-13 Granting Preliminary Approval for Tax Exemptions Allowed Under the Marble Rock Urban Revitalization Plan. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- None. Carried. This is for addition of garage to Dan Parcher house.
Current water rates were discussed. Due to the current condition of the water system, the Council is in discussion with engineer Neil Guess of Bolton & Menk to discuss the needed improvements and different financing opportunities. Clerk will gather rate information from neighboring towns for Council to compare to our current rates.
Other items discussed were EPJ Program, River Street Bridge, TIF Project, speed bumps, trailer removal, and winterizing school building.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 p.m. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
/s/ Doug Merfeld Doug Merfeld, Mayor
/s/ Sandra Winters
Sandra Winters, City Clerk