REGULAR MEETING, February 10, 2009.  The regular meeting of the Oxford Junction City Council was held at the Wregie Memorial Library at 7:00 pm.  Mayor Tank called roll call.  Council members present were Bonny, Dobling, Martin and Schewe.  Balichek was absent.  Staff present was Hansen and Wink.  Visitors were Marlene Flory – Midland Times and Junction for Opportunities, Denny Coon – Fire Dept., Dan Sinclair – Dakota Supply Group, Wayne Manternach – Jones County Board of Supervisors and Russ Krejci. 

    Moved by Bonny seconded by Martin to approve the agenda.  All Ayes.  Balichek Absent.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Dobling to approve the consent agenda.  All Ayes.  Balichek Absent.  Motion Carried.

    

AFLAC

AFLAC INS

$164.96

ALLIANT

UTILITIES

$1,812.29

BAKER & TAYLOR

MATERIALS

$159.24

BOSS OFFICE SUPPLIES

SUPPLIES-LIB

$29.98

BUSINESS RADIO LICENSING

RADIO LICENSING

$110.00

CENEX CREDIT CARD

FUEL

$322.50

CHEM RIGHT LABS

LAB TESTING

$15.00

COLLECTION SERVICE CENTER

CHILD SUPPORT

$350.76

DAN BALICHEK

REPAIRS

$95.00

DOUBLDAY BOOK CLUB

MATERIALS-LIB

$54.44

ED M FELD EQUIPMENT COMPANY

AIR TANK SERVICE

$600.00

FAMILY CIRCLE

MATERIAL-LIB

$11.98

FARM PLAN

SUPPLIES

$180.31

IPERS

IPERS

$709.18

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

FED/FICA TAXES

$1,561.21

JJJ ENTERPRISES, INC

THAW PIPES

$250.00

JONES COUNTY ENGINEER

SALT/SAND MIX

$1,484.44

JONES COUNTY TOURISM

DUES

$163.00

LASACK BROS & CO.REPAIR

REPAIRS

$212.55

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.

TELEPHONE

$227.97

MEGA LIFE AND HEALTH INS CO

INSURANCE

$63.00

MERLE TANK

MILEAGE/LANDFILL

$22.54

MIDLAND TIMES

PRINTING FEES

$159.26

MSA PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

LAGOON RD

$1,365.75

POSTMASTER

STAMPS

$96.21

REGION 1 AWWA

TRAINING

$26.00

RICKLEFS EXCAVATING LTD

LAGOON RD REPAIR

$103,334.63

RIVER VALLEY COOPERATIVE

DIESEL

$365.67

STAPLES CREDIT PLAN

OFFICE SUPPLIES

$73.94

TLZ STOP

MEAL

$8.44

US CELLULAR

CELL PHONE BILL

$86.82

WAL-MART

MATERIALS-LIB

$69.84

WAPSI WASTE

GARBAGE CONTRACT

$1,993.60

WYOMING AUTO PARTS & SERVICE

PARTS/REPAIRS

$252.95

 

 

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TOTAL

$116,433.46

 

RECEIPTS:  General $24,618.84; Library $855.00; RUT $3,298.54; Emergency $7.23; LOST $3,207.59; Debt Service $11.07; Water $5,422.22; Sewer $3,565.59; WWTF $6,750.00

 

      Dan Sinclair from Dakota Supply Group gave a presentation on radio read meters.  The initial start up fee which includes a hand held reader, software and training would cost approx. $8500. The meters with the radio read signal would cost $185 complete, however the City already has some bases and would just need tops for those.  No decision was made by Council at this time.

     Wayne Manternach talked to the Council about the Senior Dining Program.  Manternach wants to start a commission and is looking for a member of the community to be part of it.  The program is currently run by the Heritage Center, however HCAP is interested in taking it over.

     Manternach also informed the Council that IBM will be moving into Dubuque and looking to employ 1500 people.  Marty Kelzer with the Jones County Economic Development Center is putting together a small video to try to promote housing in Jones County for potential employees of IBM.  There is a meeting at Camp Courageous Feb 12, 2009 at 10:00 am.

     Tank asked Manternach to check on the status of the trees that were to be cleared from the creek south of town.

     Denny Coon reported that the endowment grant application for the new fire station roof was almost complete and ready to be sent in.  The fire department elected their officers at the last meeting and everything stayed the same as the previous year.

     Maintenance Supervisor Wink asked the Council to consider letting him and Ihrig put electrical boxes on 16 poles in town to make lighting Christmas decorations easier.  Wink also asked the Council to consider raising Ihrig’s hours from 20 per week to 30.  Council will consider these requests when more information is supplied to back them up.

     Tank reported that the landfill is considering adding the recycling of electronics with a small fee for some items and others being free.

     There was no sheriff’s report.

     Mayor Tank informed the Council that he had checked with MSA and our attorney about the holes in the lagoon liner.  It was concluded that since the holes were most likely made by an animal they would not be covered under our warranty.  The City will look into getting some material and glue to fix the holes ourselves.

     Mayor Tank also informed the Council about the meeting with IIW Engineering regarding the water main relocation project.  IIW will be preparing a proposal and working closely with ECICOG to try to get a grant for the project.

     Dobling reported that the library is looking into getting a new furnace.  The cost will be $2235 of which $1767.67 will come from Enrich Iowa funds, $300 was donated by Citizens State Bank and the remaining $167.33 will come from trust and agency.

     Marlene Flory with Junction for Opportunities reported that the group has received their non-profit status.  They will be offering a $600 scholarship to an Oxford Junction resident who is or will be enrolled in a certificate or apprenticeship program to become a plumber, electrician, carpenter or HVAC technician.  Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2009. 

     Flory also talked about the group starting a community calendar and putting it on the City’s website.

     Discussion was held regarding broken windows on the old school.  The Clerk will send the owner a letter asking him to repair the two windows that are broken.

     Moved by Dobling seconded by Schewe to approve Change Order #1 from Ricklef’s Excavation.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Balichek Absent.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Schewe seconded by Dobling to approve Pay Application #1 from Ricklef’s Excavation.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Balichek Absent.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Schewe seconded by Dobling to approve change of ownership of Good Times G2 liquor license.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Balichek Absent.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Schewe seconded by Martin to approve Resolution #2009-1 Appointments.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Balichek Absent.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Schewe to approve Resolution #2009-2 to establish rates for manpower used for private benefit.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Balichek Absent.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Dobling to approve Resolution #2009-3 Committee Appointments.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Balichek Absent.  Motion Carried.

     Discussion was held on changes to the employee handbook.  Changes will be made and presented to the Council for final approval at the next meeting.

     Public response:  Marlene Flory announced that their will be a meeting on March 9, 2009 at the Oxford Junction School about adding on to the school.  She thought it would be a good idea if the Council attended the meeting.  Russ Krecji expressed several concerns about the uses of the old fire station.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Dobling to adjourn the meeting at 9:24 pm.  All Ayes.  Balichek Absent.  Motion Carried.

 

 

 

_____________________________                                 Attest:  ___________________________

Merle Tank, Mayor                                                                     Stacia Hansen, City Clerk

 

These minutes are not official minutes until approved by the City Council.