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, Wells present. Councilman Schmidt was absent. Interested citizens were present. Mayor Merfeld led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Moved Hubbard/seconded Parcher to depart from the agenda order to accommodate the guests. Roll: Ayes- All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
Swinton approached the Council about putting “NO PARKING” signs on the south
Waste Management was present to give a presentation to the Council regarding garbage service in Marble Rock. They gave prices for once monthly recycling and every other week garbage pickup. Council told them to present prices for pickup as we have it currently. They will prepare something for next meeting.
Rustin Lingbeek presented a draft of the Water System Improvements Engineering Report for the water system grant project. The project is in two (2) phases. The projected cost of Phase 1 is $506,500 and Phase 2 is $443,000. Moved Hubbard/seconded Engelhardt to approve the engineering report draft as the final report. Roll: Ayes- All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
Powell from Jendro Sanitation was present to request an extension of the
current Residential Solid Waste and Recyclable Collection Agreement. He ask that the agreement be extended to
The public hearing on the proposal to submit a CDBG application to IDED was opened at . Chris Diggins, NIACOG staff presented the following:
The need for the activity has been identified by the IDNR, City Council, residents and businesses.
The proposed activities will be funded with a combination of CDBG funds and most likely a State Revolving Loan Funds from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
application has a due date of
71.66% low- and moderate-income persons, according to an income survey completed in July and August of 2011, will benefit from the project. Therefore 71.66% or $214,980 of federal funds will benefit LMI persons.
The proposed activities will be conducted throughout the community with the proposed new well located in the northwest portion of the community. The main replacements will mainly be in the southern portion of the community.
There will be no displacement of persons or businesses as a result of funded activities.
Not applicable. (Plans to assist persons actually displaced)
The project includes drilling a new well, installation of approximately 2,300 lineal feet of 6” water main, hydrants, valves, restoration, engineering, legal and administrative.
Following review of the proposed application, Diggins conducted a Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment with those persons in attendance at the public hearing. The following is the result of the CDHNA:
1. Municipal water system improvements.
2. Provide assistance to low income families and elderly persons in owning and maintaining or renting safe, decent, affordable housing.
3. Expand development opportunities for affordable homes in the $100,000-$110,000 range.
4. Infrastructure improvements.
1. Revitalize the downtown business district.
2. Attract new businesses in the retail sector.
3. Make infrastructure improvements to attract new housing.
Planned or Potential Activities to Address Housing and Community Needs
1. Apply to IDED for water system improvements.
2. Continue to utilize financial assistance sources such as: tax increment financing and tax abatement as additional incentives for homeowners who wish to make property improvements and assisting new or expanding businesses.
3. Develop low income housing to meet the needs of the community and create additional jobs in the community to maintain or increase income levels.
4. Continue the efforts of local merchants to keep downtown storefronts filled. Maintain aesthetic and structural integrity of the area.
5. Work with the area economic development group.
Council discussed the CDHNA. Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher to approve submitting Community Development Block Grant Application Documents for water system improvements and Authorizing Mayor to Sign Application Documents. Roll: All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
City Code update was discussed. Council talked about ownership of water lines and decided that the city will be responsible from the main to the shut off and the property owner is responsible from the house to the shut off, including the shut off. This will go into effect with the passage of the new code.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hubbard to return to the regular agenda order. Roll: Ayes- All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to approve the agenda as presented. Roll: Ayes- All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher to accept the minutes of the
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher to approve the monthly reports as amended. Roll: Ayes- All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
Income for the month of September totaled $19,421.70 which includes: General Fund $5997.62, Library Fund $76.44, Comm. Center Fund $49.45, Employee Benefits $1439.21, Road Revenue Fund $3130.77, TIF Fund $29.23, Landfill-Garbage/Recycling Fund $783.81, Sewer Revenue Fund $2758.99, Water Revenue Fund $4934.73, Proprietary $221.45.
Moved Parcher/seconded Engelhardt to approve the claims as presented. Roll: Ayes- All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried. Total of all city claims were $25,522.86.
TrueNorth life insurance 4.80
Omnitel Communications telephone service 70.49
Alliant Energy electricity 1106.51
Black Hills Energy natural gas 125.51
First Security Bank sewer loan payment 1153.27
United Healthcare group insurance 1261.38
Stop-N-Shop gas/cleaning supplies/paper towels 279.03
Iowa Prison Industries street sign markers/posts 1550.15
Staples Credit Plan toner/paper 244.96
Charles City Press publish minutes/public hearing/year-end 186.03
Iowa Office Supply water bill envelops 176.00
Marble Rock Reserves transfer 1600.00
Jendro Sanitation garbage/recycle collection 839.56
First Security Bank Form 941 923.64
IPERS ipers 688.54
Iowa Dept. of Revenue state w/h 431.00
Iowa Workforce Development unemployment 15.24
Dept. of Natural Resources annual water use permit 95.00
Calhoun-Burns Associates bridge project 8303.86
Donald Hutzel water/sewer deposit returns 42.17
Postmaster 2 rolls stamps 88.00
Paul Guthart water/sewer deposit returns 11.13
Alliant Energy 30’ meter pole at tennis courts 671.00
Yaggy Colby CDBG water system project 1501.00
Doug Merfeld meeting registration/mileage 289.96
Iowa Dept. of Revenue sales tax 321.00
Mayor told Council about a meeting he
Moved Wells/seconded Parcher to appoint Troy Duryee to the Park Board for another term of office. Roll: Ayes – All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
Moved Wells/seconded Hubbard to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Todd Schriever to the Community Center Board for another term of office. Roll: Ayes- All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
Money was borrowed from three accounts to pay for the painting of the water tower and the Council wants those accounts paid back. Moved Wells/seconded Hubbard to reimburse the Water Reserve Fund at $500.00 a month to start with. Roll: Ayes- All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hubbard to approve the Stop-N-Shop Beer Permit Renewal Application. Roll: Ayes- All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
Erecting a fence around the pumphouse and the water tower was discussed and Council wants Paul to get some prices on chain link fencing.
Engelhardt/seconded Hubbard to adopt Resolution 2011-14 Adopting
the Official Year-End Financial Report for Year Ending
Mayor opened the Public Hearing Concerning Proposal of Marble Rock IA to Lease Real Estate at Council discussed the different things about the lease. Mayor closed Public Hearing at
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher to adopt Resolution 2011-15 Approving Lease of Portion of Blank Street. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Hubbard, Parcher, Wells. Absent- Schmidt. Carried. The lease is for 10 years with the rent being $50.00 a year.
Mayor and Council decided to not donate to the Homecoming Committee.
items discussed were
Moved Hubbard/seconded Wells to adjourn the meeting at Roll: Ayes- All. Absent- Schmidt. Carried.
/s/ Doug Merfeld
Doug Merfeld, Mayor
/s/ Sandra Winters