FEBRUARY 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. Some interested citizens were present. Mayor Merfeld led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to depart from the regular agenda order to accommodate the guests. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.


Susan Nelson informed the Council of several grants the Park Board has applied for Power House and new water lines for the park.


Dan Schroeder, NIACOG, presented the completed Hazard Mitigation Plan done by the City. A public hearing will be scheduled for the March 2, 2009 meeting.


Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to return to regular agenda order. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.


Moved Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld to approve the agenda as amended with the addition of New Business H. Water Temperature Monitoring. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.


Moved Wells/seconded Handley to accept the minutes of the January 5, 2009 Regular Meeting as submitted. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.


Delinquent accounts were discussed. Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to remove #9 from the delinquent list. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried. Council instructed the Clerk that the policy on shutting water off would be strictly enforced. If the bill is not paid on time, water will be shut off. If snow or frozen ground prevents it being shut off at the curb, the meter will be removed. This will be done every month with anyone that is delinquent.


Council instructed the Clerk to notify the renters at the school that the utility bill and the rent must be paid by the 1st of every month.


Mayor informed the Council that the City had purchased a wood chipper with Emergency Public Jobs Grant paying $4999.00 and the City paying $101.00 for a total of $5100.00.


Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley to approve the monthly reports as amended. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.


Clerk Treasurers Report showed a balance of $454,007.56 with $359,463.81 of this invested. These totals consist of the following: city= 65559.07 checking/192238.40 invested/257797.47 total. Library= 26514.38 checking/ 155644.27 invested/ 182158.65 total. Comm. Center- 2177.39 checking/ 10871.13 invested/13048.52 total. Park Bd.= 292.91 checking/ 510.01 invested/ 200.00 endowment fund/ 1002.92 total.


Income for the month of December totaled $16,496.14 which includes: gen. current tax 329.26/ins. current tax 73.92/ag land current tax 77.81/Omnitel Communications, cable TV franchise fee 507.74/State of Iowa, beer permit 75.00/Glenn Swinton, small bucket sand .50/Conert, J.R. Ackley, school utilities 349.62/garbage bags sold 354.25/garbage-recycle collection 831.25/spring clean-up charge 66.50/road use allocation 1291.16/Floyd County, road transfer payment 691.54/State of Iowa, bridge project refund 730.00/TIF Amend current tax 168.86/sales-option tax collected 219.04/meter rent fees collected 74.50/t & A current tax 180.46/metered water sold 2562.37/penalties collected 152.69/postage charge collected 10.08/shut off card fee collected 45.00/Lynn Spurbeck, paid on repair bill for 210 Beelar final payment 169.90/M.R. Library, copies 50.00, misc. 15.00, fines 5.00, Floyd County allocation 2873.75/Comm. Center, current tax 5.50/sewer revenue collected 2935.44/Jim Holt, sewer agreement final payment 50.00/transfers 1600.00.


Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hutzell to approve the claims as amended. Roll: Ayes- Engelhardt, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells. Nays- Handley. Carried. Total of all

claims were $21703.63.


Salaries 3400.92

First Security Bank fed w-h/fica/medicare 864.04

IPERS ipers 443.55

Jendro Sanitation garbage/recycle collection 839.56

Jendro Sanitation case large bags/small bags 575.00

Floyd County Auditor emergency management appropriation 81.50

Stop-N-Shop gas/diesel/chain oil 584.96

NAPA Auto Parts oil/filters 155.61

NS Rockford Register publish minutes 95.01

Doug Merfeld mileage 99.95

Staples Credit Plan copier toner/office supplies 167.63

Walk & Murphy attorney services 620.54

Chatfield Salvage fuel tank for dump truck 175.00

Treasurer-State of Iowa sales/option tax 218.00

Iowa One Call locates .90

Hawkins, Inc. cyl. rental 5.00

Farm Plan big bertha torch 71.45

Postmaster stamps 126.00

Landers Hardware snow shovel 19.97

Allied Manatts Group 15 ton chloride sand 459.15

LGI monthly water test 19.80

Calhoun-Burns Assoc. bridge engineering contract 5956.00

TrueNorth Company employee insurance 4.80

Omnitel Communications telephone service 65.89

Alliant Energy utilities 1173.71

Black Hills Energy utilities 2331.64

United Healthcare group insurance 1420.35

NCS Computer antivirus program 26.70

United Rental wood chipper 101.00

Transfers 1600.00


Councilman Wells reported that the Fire Department had examined the dam and found no damage from the spring flood. Council instructed that a thank you be sent to the proper people.


Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to approve the Floyd-Mitchell-Chickasaw Solid Waste Management Agency audit. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.


Moved Handley/seconded Wells to purchase a new garage door from Maxson-Frudden at a cost of $2424.20 that includes insulation, opener, track and installation and pay for door from Road Use fund.


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


Moved Wells/seconded Hutzell to schedule a Public Hearing Budget Estimate on March 2, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.


Council instructed the Clerk to put notices up concerning frozen water pipes and that everyone should be taking the water temperature everyday. If the temperature is 40 or lower, then water should be let run. When anyone has to run water, they should notify City Hall during regular business hours so they only have to pay their average.


Other items discussed were culvert, dam safety grant, lagoon update, River Street Bridge, TIF Project, budget discussion, spring cleanup, and dust control.


Moved Wells/seconded Engelhardt to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m. Roll: Ayes- All. Carried.



/s/ Doug Merfeld Doug Merfeld, Mayor



/s/ Sandra Winters

Sandra Winters, City Clerk