OCTOBER 5, 2009  7:00 P.M.


          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 7:05 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- 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.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld to approve the minutes of the September 8, 2009 Regular Meeting.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          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.



Salaries                                                                                                 3392.41

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

Transfers                                                                                               1600.00


          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