MARBLE ROCK CITY COUNCIL
NOVEMBER 2, 2009 7:00 P.M.
The Regular Meeting of the Marble Rock City Council was called to order with Mayor Merfeld presiding with Councilpersons Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells present. Many interested citizens were present. Mayor Merfeld led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld to depart from the regular agenda order to accommodate the guests. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Steve Bodensteiner, representing the Community Center, explained that the Community Center wanted to try for a USDA Rural Development Energy Efficiency Grant or loan to install a Geo-Thermal Heating System at the Community Center. Moved Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld to adopt Resolution 2009-14 Agreeing to Apply for Financial Assistance with the USDA, Rural Development. Roll Call Vote- Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- None. Carried.
Selection of a TIF Project was discussed. The Auditor’s Office gave an estimate of $94,000 that will be available next fiscal year. Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to spend TIF money on the River Street Bridge Project. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried. The estimated $94,000 will be split with half as rebate to elevator and half for Bridge Project.
Darlene presented a sample view ordinance to protect someone’s view or sunshine. Moved Hutzell/seconded Merfeld to consider “View Ordinance”. Roll: Ayes- Engelhardt, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- Handley. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to return to regular agenda order. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to approve the agenda as amended with the addition of Unfinished Business K- John Marzen bill. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld to approve the minutes of the October 5, 2009 Regular Meeting. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to approve the monthly reports as amended. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Moved Wells/seconded Engelhardt to approve the claims as amended. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried. Total of all city claims were $18413.56.
EiPrinting computer checks/envelopes 155.95
TrueNorth Companies life insurance 4.80
Omnitel Communications telephone service 72.32
Alliant Energy electricity 881.07
Black Hills Energy natural gas 108.20
United Healthcare group insurance 1567.25
Farm Plan expanded metal for culvert 24.13
Hawkins, Inc. cyl. rental 5.00
Walk & Murphy attorney fees 344.50
Deboest Concrete Corp. install sidewalk 5610.00
Huber Supply welding supplies 39.39
Maxson-Frudden Lumber shed back door repair and screws 122.50
NAPA Auto Parts R.V. antifreeze 20.94
Stop-N-Shop gas/diesel/cleaning supplies 117.58
Postmaster stamps 44.00
First Security Bank fed. W/H/ fica/medic 1039.64
IPERS Ipers w/h 587.88
L G I water test 21.00
David Meyer vinyl cement patch – powerhouse 19.24
Iowa Dept. of Revenue sales/option tax 204.41
Jendro Sanitation garbage/recycle collection 839.56
Jendro Sanitation 1 case large garbage bags 360.00
Allied Manatts Group boat ramp cement/rock 290.67
Marble Rock Petty Cash UPS charge/postage 21.40
Fullerton Excavating water leak on Marzen property 925.00
Mayor reported that a few more days is all that should be needed to complete the EPJ program. The State inspected the EPJ program and was satisfied with operation.
Mayor attended meeting with the Floyd County Supervisors and area Mayors to discuss the law enforcement agreement that the towns have with the County. At the present time we pay $3.00 per capita, but the County would like to raise that amount to $4.00 per capita. Mayors stressed that money was tight and did not feel they could afford the increase. Supervisors will let us know what they decide.
A leak was discovered in the roof at City Hall. Clerk was instructed to contact the company that put it on and inquire about any warrantee.
River Street Bridge Project was discussed. Moved Handley/seconded Wells to have City Attorney Mark Walk and Nancy Halvorson of DOT work to acquire property needed for bridge project. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Mayor Merfeld called the Public Hearing for Vacation of Public Property and Sale of Public Property to order. Discussion was held. Moved Handley seconded Engelhardt to close the Public Hearing. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to adopt Resolution 2009-15 Adopting the Vacation of Public Property and the Sale of Public Property. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- None. Carried.
Ordinance 04-2009 Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Marble Rock, Iowa 2002, By Adding a New Chapter Requiring the Mowing of Properties Within the City Limits of the City of Marble Rock was presented for 2nd reading. Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hutzell to pass Ordinance on second reading. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- None. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to put the Ordinance in December agenda for third and final reading. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Councilman Handley presented a Proposed Animal Control Ordinance. Councilman Engelhardt would like to figure out a way to have ordinances enforced before doing anything with animal ordinance. Council will table for sometime in the future.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to pay Fullerton bill for water line repair on Marzen property and send letter to John Marzen asking for reimbursement; also send a copy of the bill and code section dealing with property owners being responsible. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to adopt Resolution 2009-16 Adopting the Official Year-End Financial Report for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2009. Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- None. Carried.
Council discussed Christmas and Santa handing out treats. It was decided that Santa would hand out treats on Saturday, December 19, 2009.
Other items discussed were nuisances, water rates, Proposed Accounting Procedures, and using I-JOBS funds for maintenance.
Moved Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld to adjourn the meeting at 8:38 p.m. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.
/s/ Doug Merfeld Doug Merfeld, Mayor
/s/ Sandra Winters
Sandra Winters, City Clerk