REGULAR MEETING:  February 11, 2014.  The regular meeting of the Oxford Junction City Council was held at the Wregie Memorial Library.  Mayor Mike Shirley called roll at 7 pm.  Council present were Bonny, Chase, Klemme, Krutzfeld and Thomsen.  Staff present was Hansen and Wink.  Visitors were Denny Coon-Fire Chief, Shirley Jones-Midland Times, Jacki Luckstead-Summer Discover Camp, Richard Wherry and Richard DeLarm. 

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Klemme to approve the agenda.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Bonny to approve the consent agenda.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

AFLAC                        

AFLAC INS               

$685.80

AG VANTAGE FS

DIESEL

$944.50

ALLIANT

STREET LIGHTS

$884.82

 

RUT

$355.73

 

SEWER

$335.32

 

WATER

$740.10

 

LIBRARY

$52.06

 

CITY HALL

$41.37

 

FIRE DEPT

$49.30

ALLIED WASTE SERVICES #897   

GARBAGE CONTRACT              

$2,409.00

CHEM RIGHT LABS              

LAB TESTING                   

$15.00

CITY OF OXFORD JUNCTION

POSTAGE-FROM CASHBOX

$6.49

COOPORTUNITY HEALTH          

HEALTH INS (2 MONTHS)

$3,059.30

ECICOG

CDBG ADMIN FEE-WELL

$2,009.00

F.L. KRAPFL, INC.            

PAY APP 3                     

$31,408.03

FRANCINE BAHNSEN             

LIB-OPERATING EXPENSES        

$148.50

IIW ENGINEERS & SURVEYORS, PC

ENGINEERING FEES-WELL         

$1,452.75

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE     

FED/FICA TAX                  

$2,726.07

IPERS                        

IPERS                         

$1,735.69

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.    

TELEPHONE -CITY HALL                  

$116.92

 

LIB

$43.16

 

FIRE DEPT

$49.79

 

SEWER

$28.73

 

WATER

$28.73

MAC'S BOOSTER                

DONATION                      

$150.00

MARTA PETERMANN              

LIBRARY EXPENSES                         

$46.27

MERLE TANK                   

MILEAGE-LANDFILL MTG          

$24.50

MIDLAND TIMES                

PRINTING & PUBLISHING         

$174.76

PEERLESS SERVICE CO.         

PAY APP 4                     

$550.82

POSTMASTER                   

POSTAGE                       

$292.31

SOPER PLUMBING & HEATING     

SUPPLIES                      

$12.88

STEVE FEUSS AUTO             

FIRE DEPT-BATTERIES           

$22.00

TLZ STOP                     

FUEL                          

$219.88

 

FUEL-FIRE DEPT

$17.10

US CELLULAR                  

CELL PHONE BILL               

$60.85

WENDLING QUARRIES            

ROCK                          

$158.98

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  1/03/2014  

 

$2,682.28

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  1/17/2014  

 

$2,584.62

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  1/31/2014  

 

$2,718.51

   

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***** REPORT TOTAL *****     

 

$59,041.92

 

RECIEPTS:  General $6,749.21; Library $602.16; RUT $3,561.94; Employee Benefits $446.97; Emergency $28.24; LOST $3,091.85; Debt Service $394.03; Capital Projects $17,736.00; Water $7,426.88; Sewer $3,719.81; WWTF $6,993.44

 

     Jacki Luckstead from Iowa State University Extension office explained to the council that they would once again be holding a Summer Discovery Camp here in Oxford Junction the week of June 16-20.  This year the camp will be about birds.  She is asking for a donation from the City as we have given in the past.

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Krutzfeld to approve a $100 donation to Summer Discovery Camp.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Richard DeLarm gave the council an update on the progress he has made cleaning up his property.  Mayor Shirley gave him 30 more days with the understanding that he will give another progress report at that time.

     Fire Chief Denny Coon stated they had on call last month for an ambulance assist.  They have received 14 new sets of turn out gear through the county wide grant.  They will be hosting the Jones County meeting on February  18th.  The dance will be March 15th at the Wapsi Legionnaire.  Election of officers was held with results as follows:  Denny Coon-Chief, Bob Coon and Larry Otte-2nd Assistants, Jim Bicknese and Tim Otte-Captains, Scott Andresen, Travis Hageman and Matt Thomsen-Training Officers, Larry Otte and Pat Cain-Safety Officers, Kris Leeper-Secretary/Treasurer. 

     Maintenance Supervisor Wink reported he and Wiese would both like to attend the annual water operator meeting in Manchester on March 15th.  They have been very busy with snow plowing and frozen water pipes.  JJJ Enterprises has been in town several times unthawing lines and digging a leak on 2nd Ave N.  As the weather warms up the frost will go down deeper and we could have a lot more freeze up.  We will put up signs and across TV to have people continue to leave their water trickle until further notice from the City.

     Mayor Shirley stated to the council he would like to see a change in the animal ordinance limiting the number of dogs and/or large animals.  The clerk will ask for examples from other towns and see what we can come up with.   He would also like to see something in the junk vehicle ordinance changed so that people canít just license them and still not move them.  This will be looked into by our new attorney. 

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Thomsen to approve Resolution 2014-2B Committee Appointments.  This will add Anne Loomis as the Cityís attorney along with all the other committee appointments made last month.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     The mayor also stated that something needs to be done with the burned house on 1st Ave N.  We have not been able to get in contact with the deceased owners wife, who is the apparent owner of the property.  This matter will be handed over to our new attorney.

     Discussion was held on applying for one of those housing grants that the City had many years ago.  This is a grant that would fix up some peopleís houses with the understanding that they have to live in the house for 5 years.  The council feels it would be good to do this again. 

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Krutzfeld to get in contact with the proper entity to apply for one of these grants.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Mayor Shirley stated that the guys had been plowing around an abandoned green Dodge truck down on 1st Ave S.  The guys moved the truck up to the City shop and the mayor checked and there are no liens or anything owed on the truck.  We will see if we can get a mechanicís lien on it and take possession of it. 

     Most people are now shoveling their own sidewalks but we are still doing a few.

     Gloria Williams had a water line break in the second story of her house while she was staying in Cedar Rapids with her son.  She has a $775.20 water bill.  She is asking if the City could forgive any of the bill.  The water did not go through the sewer because it had to be pumped out of the basement. 

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Klemme to only charge minimum amount for sewer but she will have to pay all of the water portion.  There will also be no penalty charged if paid after the 15th and we will also accept a payment plan if she wants to do that.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Shirley informed the council that we have had a few problems with Frank Randall who owns the house at 201 1st Ave S.  He has not been shoveling his sidewalks and is mad about getting a bill.  He has also been calling Terry repeatedly stating he is going to call the sheriff because we are pushing snow up against his house.  The mayor is sending him a letter stating that if he continues to harass City employees that we will call the sheriff and also giving him 1 month to get rid of the old abandoned junk truck, 3 months to remove the old trailer that is sitting there and 6 months to finish repairing the outside of the house.

     Steve Feuss is supposed to be moving all the vehicles he has sitting across the street from his business and behind his building up town, to his business property or the City will remove them for him.

     Klemme reported that the library is implementing the new coding system.  Volunteers will be helping with this on Saturday.  They have not appointed a new library board member and are still taking applications.  One member has not officially retired yet.

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Thomsen to approve Pay App No. #4 (Final) to F.L. Krapfl, Inc. for $4,488.46.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried. 

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Krutzfeld to set the public hearing for the budget on March 11 at 7 pm.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Thomsen to give Stacia Hansen, Mike Shirley and Maddie Klemme permission to do everything on the list of things for the bank account and Celeste Wink would have the power to sign checks and make deposits only.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Thomsen to approve a $100 donation to Post Prom.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Shirley, Krutzfeld and Charlie Wiese will attend a NIMS Class in Lost Nation on March 24th.  Chase has one of the tests completed, if she doesnít get the other one done she will go as well.

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Klemme to approve Resolution 2014-3 All Town Sign Replacement Grant Program through the IDOT.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     There was no public response.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Thomsen to adjourn at 8:27 pm.

 

 

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Mike Shirley, Mayor                                                                       Attest:  Stacia Hansen, City Clerk

 

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