SEPTEMBER 8, 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.


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


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


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Wells to accept the minutes of the August 3, 2009 Regular Meeting as written.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Moved Handley/seconded Wells to approve the minutes of the September 2, 2009 Special Meeting as written.  Roll: Ayes- Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells.  Abstain- Engelhardt, because he was not at meeting.   Carried.


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


          Income for the month of August was: City - $11,394.34, Library $1,187.20 for a total of $12,581.54.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hutzell to approve the claims as amended.  Roll: Ayes- Engelhardt, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells.  Nays - Handley.  Carried.    Total of all city claims were $16,762.54.



Salaries                                                                                                 3205.09

Maxson-Frudden Lumber         material for powerhouse/boat dock                200.01

Max Handley                          copies from Court House                                 2.00

Tegtmeier Backhoe                 install fire hydrant                                        247.50

Advantage Business Solutions  QuickBooks training                                     690.00

N/S Rockford Register             publish minutes                                           195.26

Floyd Co. Ag Center                dust control                                                 175.00

Walk & Murphy                       attorney services                                          390.00

Stop-N-Shop                          gas/diesel/cleaning                                       255.59

Staples                                  copies of water/sewer maps                          714.73

Floyd & Leonard Auto             pump repair/mower repair/trimmer string        48.31

Menards – Mason City             premixed concrete mix- EPJ                            25.40

Farm Plan                              inner tube/trailer ball                                      12.80

Calhoun-Burns                       bridge engineering services                           912.00

Allied Manatts Group               rock for boat ramp – FEMA                           907.48

L G I                                     monthly water test                                         21.00

Jendro Sanitation                    garbage/recycle collection                             883.56

Jendro Sanitation                    large/small garbage bags                              620.00

David Meyer                           quikwall for powerhouse foundation                20.37

Marble Rock Reserves              transfers to reserves                                   1600.00

Majewski’s Tire & Exhaust        patch for skid loader – boat dock FEMA            25.00

IDNR                                     water use permit annual fee                          135.00

First Security Bank                  fed w-h/fica/medicare                                 1215.96

IPERS                                    ipers                                                           696.23

Landers Hardware                   super sliders for chair                                      7.49

Treasurer-State of Iowa           sales/option tax                                           232.00

Postmaster                             post office box rental                                      76.00

TrueNorth Company               employee insurance                                         4.80

Omnitel Communications        telephone service                                           70.26

Alliant Energy                        utilities                                                       989.34

Black Hills Energy                   utilities                                                       103.87

United Healthcare                   group insurance                                         1567.25


          Mayor Merfeld discussed EPJ work at the powerhouse and boat dock.  Councilman Handley read from the Iowa Code the section dealing with conflict of interest for Mayor to be Supervisor.  Mayor Merfeld will talk to EPJ.


          Mayor and Council thanked Don Hutzell for donating the material and labor to repair/build the footbridge.


          Clerk was instructed to send a thank you to the Lions Club for their $200.00 donation for street signs.


          Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to accept Mayor Merfeld’s appointment of John Stewart to the Park Board with term ending 6.30.12.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hutzell to give Mayor permission to advertise mobile homes for scrap.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Council discussed how much the City would be paid for the property they are selling to adjoining property owners.  Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley that legal costs and any surveying required to sell property will be charges for dividing of street.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.  Each property owner will pay half of the total amount.


          Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to adopt Resolution 2009-11 Adopting the Official Financial Report for City Streets for Year Ending June 30, 2009.  Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells.  Nays- None.  Carried.


          An Ordinance Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Marble Rock, Iowa 2002, By Adding a New Section Requiring the Mowing of Properties Within the City Limits of the City of Marble Rock was presented.  This ordinance required any property, whether vacated or non-vacated, is required to be mowed any time the vegetation reaches a height of more than 12 inches in the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October of each year.  Any property, which is not mowed, may be mowed by the City at a charge of $75.00 per hour, with the property owner being charged.  Moved Engelhardt/seconded Handley that the ordinance be passed on first consideration.  Roll Call Vote:  Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Hutzell, Merfeld, Wells.  Nays- None.  Carried.


          Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to put second reading of Ordinance Requiring Mowing on next meeting agenda.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          An ordinance replacing the current Animal Control chapter in the Code of the City of Marble Rock was discussed.  After final approval from City Attorney, proposed ordinance will be posted so citizens can read the ordinance as a whole.  Clerk was instructed to place the proposed ordinance on the agenda for the next meeting.


          Memorial Park electric, water, and sidewalk were discussed.  Moved Engelhardt/seconded Merfeld to have Paul get with Park Board and find out where they want electric to come in and get material to put conduit under new sidewalk for future electric service and have DeBoest jack hammer wall of foundation off.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          Moved Wells/seconded Handley to table depository motion to the next meeting.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.


          City dump fence and gate dispute were discussed.  Moved Handley/seconded Engelhardt to turn the cost of the fence question over to Union Township Trustees to determine what costs go to the City and what costs go to the landowner and the fence should not be removed as Mr. Merfeld has said he would do.  Roll Call Vote: Ayes- Engelhardt, Handley, Wells.  Nays- Hutzell.  Abstain- Merfeld, because part owner.  Carried.


          Mayor Merfeld scheduled Halloween Trick or Treat for Saturday, October 31, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


          Moved Engelhardt/seconded Hutzell to consent and enter into Floyd County UR-101 Economic Development District Urban Renewal Agreement.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.  This will enable Floyd County to utilize tax increment financing to make road improvements throughout the County from the increased taxable value from the wind turbines. 


          Other items discussed were street repair, truck parking, Enforcement Officer, nuisance updates, River St. bridge, speeding, speed bumps, blacktopping West street to Ackley Creek Park, boat dock, new pump, and Comm. Center Ordinance amendment.


          Moved Hutzell/seconded Engelhardt to adjourn the meeting at 9:43 p.m.  Roll: Ayes- All.  Carried.



                                                                                                                                                Doug Merfeld, Mayor



Sandra Winters, City Clerk