FEBRUARY 1, 2010  7:00 P.M.


          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.  Interested citizens were present.  Mayor Merfeld led the Pledge of Allegiance.


          Moved Wells/seconded Engelhardt to approve the agenda as presented.    Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher to approve the minutes of the January 4, 2010 Regular Meeting as presented.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Monthly reports were discussed.  Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hubbard to approve the monthly reports as amended.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Income for the month of January totaled $15,828.18 which includes:  General Fund $3984.24, Library Fund $3525.00, Roads Revenue Fund $2222.28, Special Revenues Fund $44.01, Landfill-Garbage/Recycling Fund $925.83, Sewer Revenue Fund $2556.37, Water Revenue Fund $2567.54.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hubbard to approve the claims as amended.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.    Total of all city claims were $14,673.68.



Salaries                                                                                                 3390.65

TrueNorth Companies             life insurance                                                  4.80

Omnitel Communications        telephone service                                          71.31

Alliant Energy                        electricity                                                  1283.02

Black Hills Energy                   natural gas                                                1697.52

United Healthcare                   group insurance                                         1567.25

Allied Manatts Group               snow removal – calcium sand                        528.76

Stop-N-Shop                          pickup gas/snow removal gas                       164.12

Menards-Mason City                lift station repairs                                          98.29

Hawkins, Inc.                         cyl. rental                                                       5.00

NS Rockford Register              minutes published                                         97.27

Iowa League of Cities              membership dues                                       115.00

Staples Credit Plan                  paper/toner/supplies                                   162.83

Jendro Sanitation                    garbage bags – small                                  260.00

Walk & Murphy                       legal services                                              435.50

Advantage Business Solutions  phone & Web support/on-site service            427.50

Marble Rock Petty Cash           postage/wash pick-up                                     7.29

L G I                                     monthly water test                                       21.00

Marble Rock Reserves              transfers                                                 1600.00

Postmaster                             2 rolls stamps                                              88.00

First Security Bank                  fed. w-h/fica/medicare                              1010.14

IPERS                                    ipers                                                         566.74

Jendro Sanitation                    garbage/recycle collection                           839.56

IA Dept. of Revenue               sales tax                                                   197.13

Sam’s Club                             Comm. Center membership                          35.00



1.     Reported that he had attended several meeting including Conference Board, Emergency Management and an upcoming E911 meeting.


          Councilman Engelhardt reported that they had a meeting with the property owners involved in the bridge project.  Another meeting is scheduled for February 3 with both the City Attorney and the property owners.  He also noted that a notice had been received that the project was behind schedule and he would talk to consultants about that.


          Council discussed the maximum balance to list in the resolution naming a depository and with the bridge project coming up, they decided that it should be $2,000,000.  Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hubbard to adopt Resolution 2010-02 Approving Naming Depositories with Maximum Balance of $2,000,000.  Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Hubbard, Parcher, Schmidt, Wells.  Nays- None.  Carried.  The depository named was the First Security Bank and Trust Co.


          A resolution to approve the Charles City Press as the official publication for the City was passed at the last meeting and then vetoed by Mayor Merfeld.  To repass after a veto the Council must have a 2/3 vote.  Mayor Merfeld read his veto letter to the citizens.  Moved Hubbard/seconded Engelhardt to adopt Resolution 2010-01 Approving Charles City Press as the Official Publication for the City of Marble Rock for the Year 2010.   Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Hubbard, Parcher, Wells.  Nays- Schmidt.  Carried. 


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Schmidt to approve Whitetails liquor license renewal.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to approve the FMC Solid Waste Management Agency Auditors’ Report as presented.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          An ordinance was presented increasing water-sewer rates 15% each.  Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells that the ordinance be passed on first consideration.  Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Hubbard, Parcher, Schmidt, Wells.  Nays- None.  Carried.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Schmidt that the requirement for consideration at two additional meetings be suspended and the ordinance be finally considered.  Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Hubbard, Parcher, Schmidt, Wells.  Nays- None.  Carried.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher that An Ordinance Amending Title VI Chapter 5 Utilities – Billing Charges of the Code of the City of Marble Rock 2002 and Ordinance 02-2009 be finally passed.  Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Hubbard, Parcher, Schmidt, Wells.  Nays- None.  Carried.


          The Mayor declared the ordinance, having received the necessary votes, passed as Ordinance No. 01-2010 and signed his approval.  This will raise rates from $3.75 per/1000 gallons to $4.31 per/1000 gallons, with minimums staying the same.  The new rates will be in effect with the March 1, 2010 bills.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher to approve a 3% increase in the Fire Department assessment to the City.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.  This increases the City assessment from $13,814.31 to $14,323.91, a difference of $509.60.


          The proposed budget for F/Y 2010-2011 was discussed.  Moved Engelhardt/seconded Parcher to approve proposed budget with a 3% cost of living wage increase with a review of salaries in July after cost of group insurance is known.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Other items discussed were City Hall roof, employee wages and benefits, group insurance, hiring a code enforcer, nuisances, and engineer/consultant for infrastructure projects.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hubbard to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.




                                            /s/ Doug Merfeld                                                                            Doug Merfeld, Mayor


/s/ Sandra Winters                 

Sandra Winters, City Clerk