MARCH 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.


          Mayor Merfeld called to order the Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2010.  A few citizens commented on whether raises for employees were included and if they would be given.  Council stated that at this time no raises were being considered and further discussion was heard.  No further comments were presented.  Moved/seconded to adjourn the public hearing.


          Moved/seconded to adopt Resolution 2009-04 Adopting the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2010.  Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells.  Nays- None.  Carried.


          Mayor Merfeld called to order the Public Hearing on the Proposed Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan.   There were no questions or comments.  Councilman Engelhardt thanked the people that attended the meetings and brought their ideas.  Moved/seconded to adjourn the public hearing.


          Moved/seconded to adopt Resolution 2009-05 Adopting Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan.  Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells.  Nays- None.  Carried.


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


          Alan Murphy gave a presentation on the Iowa Workforce Development Emergency Public Jobs program that is doing work at the lagoon.  He explained the program and showed some pictures of the project.


          Fran Schmitt announced that she had recently taken on the position of director of the Northeast Iowa Welcome Center located at Nashua just off the Avenue of the Saints.  They are looking for volunteers to man the Center; local homemade crafts to be sold there; and brochures of attractions located in the surrounding communities.  You can contact her if you are interested in helping.


          Dana Kiefer talked about the water project in the park.  The Park Board has applied for several grants for different projects at the park and the Powerhouse.  Dana also said more electric power would be needed at the Park before Fun Days.  Council said that they know of some people that would maybe let Fun Days use their generators.  They will look into that.


          Susan Nelson requested that the Park Board, the Visioning Board, and the City share any information concerning the Powerhouse, Powerhouse Park, and FEMA.  Clerk said that FEMA would be at City Hall on Thursday to have final exit papers signed.


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


          Moved/seconded to approve the agenda as amended with the addition of Street Sign Repair and Community Disaster Grant Application.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Moved/seconded to accept the minutes of the February 2, 2009 Regular Meeting as submitted.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


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


          Clerk Treasurers Report showed a balance of $449,209.44 with $361,324.15 of this invested.  These totals consist of the following: city= 60500.58 checking/194096.90 invested/254597.48 total.  Library= 24914.41 checking/ 155644.27 invested/ 180558.68 total.  Comm. Center- 2177.39 checking/ 10872.97 invested/13050.36 total. Park Bd.= 292.91 checking/ 510.01 invested/ 200.00 endowment fund/ 1002.92 total.


          Income for the month of February totaled $17,957.62 which includes:

(listed by fund)  General Fund 9845.19, Road Use Fund 2862.86, TIF Fund 68.95, Trust & Agency Fund 376.04, Water Fund 2062.20, Library Fund 105.21, Comm. Center Fund 1.84, Sewer Fund 2635.33.


          Councilman Handley had a few questions regarding the lagoon portion of the gas on the bill at the Stop-N-Shop.  Moved/seconded to approve the claims as amended.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.    Total of all claims were $13,430.99.


Salaries                                                                                                 3404.44

First Security Bank                  fed w-h/fica/medicare                                   843.24

IPERS                                    ipers                                                           443.96

Jendro Sanitation                    garbage/recycle collection                             839.56

Stop-N-Shop                          gas/diesel/chain oil/cleaner                           307.83

Farm Plan                              tractor/snow plow repair                                 86.53

NS Rockford Register              publish minutes/budget hearing                    282.05

M.R. Petty Cash                      postage/wash pickup for Mayor                       18.82

Treasurer-State of Iowa           sales/option tax                                           156.00

Hawkins, Inc.                         cyl. rental/chlorinator repair                            71.04

Staples Credit Plan                  office supplies                                               25.44

Postmaster                             stamps                                                       126.00

IAMU                                    membership dues                                        355.84

Jendro Sanitation                    1 case large bags                                         337.50

Neil Wedeking Electric             streetlight repair                                            28.00

Maxson-Frudden Lumber         plexiglas                                                       22.75

LGI                                       monthly water test                                         11.00

TrueNorth Company               employee insurance                                         4.80

Omnitel Communications        telephone service                                           66.41

Alliant Energy                        utilities                                                       966.52

Black Hills Energy                   utilities                                                     2085.71

United Healthcare                   group insurance                                         1347.55

Transfers                                                                                              1600.00


          Moved/seconded to adopt Resolution 2009-06 Amending Resolution 2007-04 setting Policy for Paying Mileage.  Roll Call Vote:  Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells.  Nays- None.  Carried.


          Moved/seconded to approve the Rock Tavern liquor license renewal application.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Spring Cleanup was discussed and the Clerk said that we would be either May 4th or May 18th, whichever Rockford did not take.


          Councilman wondered if many were running water to prevent freezing.  Clerk reported that very few were and stated again that people need to tell City Hall when they are no longer running water.


          Other items discussed were culver, lagoon, nuisances, River Street Bridge, State Audit, TIF project selection, garage door, dust control, dog running loose, fish in lagoon, Main Street winter parking, street signs, and Community Disaster Grant.


          Moved/seconded 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