REGULAR MEETING:  July 8, 2014.  The regular meeting of the Oxford Junction City Council was held at the Wregie Memorial Library.  Mayor Shirley called roll at 7 pm.  Council present were Bonny, Chase, Krutzfeld, Klemme and Thomsen.  Staff present was Hansen, Wiese and Sullivan.  Visitors were Denny Coon-Fire Chief, Shirley Jones-Midland Times, Connie Knutsen-Ambulance Rep, Gene Knutsen, Pat Cain, Merle Tank-Landfill & JFO, Kristina Stevenson, and Mike Fields.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Thomsen to approve the agenda.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Bonny to approve the consent agenda.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

 

ACCO                         

CHEMICALS                     

$184.65

AFLAC                        

AFLAC INS               

$217.92

AgVantage FS, INC            

DIESEL        

$2,103.88

ALLIANT                      

STREET LIGHTS

$855.09

 

RUT

$69.21

 

SEWER

$77.85

 

WATER

$295.61

 

LIBRARY

$69.02

 

CITY HALL

$38.71

 

FIRE DEPT

$187.29

     

ALLIED WASTE SERVICES #897   

GARBAGE CONTRACT              

$2,409.00

CASCADE FIRE DEPT            

REIMBURSE FEMA GRANT          

$5,380.79

CENTER JUNCTION FIRE DEPT    

REIMBURSE FEMA GRANT          

$26,138.85

CHEM RIGHT LABS              

LAB TESTING          

$239.00

CITY OF OXFORD JUNCTION      

WA/SW DEPOSIT REFUNDS

$309.03

COOPORTUNITY HEALTH          

HEALTH INS-HANSEN             

$932.20

DAN BALICHEK                 

WA/SW DEP-DAN BALICHEK        

$140.97

EAGLE CHEMICAL AND SUPPLY    

CHEMICALS                     

$880.00

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE     

FED/FICA TAX                  

$1,217.30

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RES

ANNUAL FEE                    

$57.99

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES        

DUES                          

$414.00

IOWA ONE CALL                

LOCATES                       

$22.60

TREASURER'S OFFICE           

FIRE DEPT-CERT.               

$150.00

IPERS                        

IPERS                         

$841.87

J & R SUPPLY                 

SUPPLIES                      

$375.00

JETS TRANSPORTATION          

DONATION                      

$150.00

JJJ ENTERPRISES, INC         

TESTING HYDRANTS              

$150.00

JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL         

SUPPLIES

$179.46

JONES CO.SOLID WASTE MANAG.  

LANDFILL ASSESSMENT           

$558.00

JONES COUNTY SENIOR DINING   

DONATION                      

$300.00

JONES COUNTY SHERIFF         

REMAINING CONTRACT            

$50.00

L.L. PELLING                 

COLD PATCH                    

$524.70

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.    

CITY HALL

$120.41

 

LIBRARY

$48.85

 

FIRE DEPT

$59.61

 

SEWER

$29.26

 

WATER

$29.26

MARVIN VACEK                 

WA/SW DEP/OVERPAYMENT  REFUND              

$153.34

MERLE TANK                   

MILEAGE                       

$24.50

MIDLAND TIMES                

PRINTING/PUBLISHING           

$127.99

MOLLY VACEK                  

LIB-OPERATING EXPENSE         

$123.75

OJ VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.      

REIMBURSE FEMA GRANT          

$27,154.51

ONSLOW FIRE DEPT             

REIMBURSE FEMA GRANT          

$18,677.00

POSTMASTER                   

POSTAGE                       

$102.00

RACOM CORPORATION            

SUPPLIES-FIRE DEPT            

$264.00

RICH'S ELECTRIC SERVICE      

REPAIRS-FIRE DEPT             

$225.00

RIVER VALLEY                 

LIB-PREPAID LP                

$912.00

RYAN BALICHEK                

WA/SW DEP REFUND              

$100.00

SOPER PLUMBING & HEATING     

1/2 BILL FOR SALLY BAKER      

$163.18

STACIA HANSEN                

MILEAGE        

$43.00

TLZ STOP                     

FUEL                          

$149.01

TREASURER, STATE OF IOWA     

2ND QRT SALES TAX             

$1,658.00

WALMART                      

SUPPLIES                      

$61.09

WENDLING QUARRIES            

SAND FOR FLOOD                

$134.64

WYOMING FIRE DEPT            

REIMBURSE FEMA GRANT          

$22,764.85

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  6/06/2014  

 

$1,935.29

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  6/20/2014  

 

$2,256.09

   

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***** REPORT TOTAL *****     

 

$122,836.62

 

RECEIPTS:  General $43,752.49; Library $502.24; RUT $4,198.86; Employee Benefits $865.10; Emergency $54.66; LOST $2,925.54; Debt Service $762.63; Water $6,766.51; Sewer $3,646.29; WWTF $6,380.41

 

     Charlie Wiese stated to the Council that Cory Drowns was interested in cutting the grass down by the lagoons around his fence line for hay.  It has been flooded this year and is really rocky so the council is going to say no at this time.

     Connie Knutsen stated the ambulance application had been sent in and we should know in about a week or so if we are approved for service.  They will have the last meeting tomorrow night to finish up the schedule, otherwise everything is in order.  They had several firemen step up to be drivers and everyone has completed the training needed.

     Fire Chief Denny Coon said they only had one call last month and that was to be on standby for Wyoming while their water tower was being worked on.  We have received the FEMA Grant money for the county wide turnout gear.  Checks have been given to all the departments that participated.  Denny will be completing the closeout report within 90 days.  Well number 2 transition from City to Fire Dept got put on hold because of the flood situation but will be happening soon.  The 4th of July activities went well, but next year the fire dept will work closer with other groups to make it even bigger and better.  The State has approved a new emergency notification system that the City will be able to utilize also.  This will be good for floods or any kind of disasters and things like water main breaks and boil orders.

     Maintenance superintendent Wiese was disappointed that Sullivan was late a couple times last week and also had some miscommunication about who was doing pumps on the weekend.  Wiese stated that Jim Schewe would like to put in a storm drain on his property at the west end of Broadway.  The City has a sewer cover sitting at the shop that we have never used for anything so he can use it for the storm drain.  The work will need to be approved by the City so that it is done correctly.  The Mayor, Thomsen and Bonny will do Charlie’s annual review at 6 pm Friday July 11 at the maintenance shop.  The Clerk will set up classes for Sullivan for the water treatment, water distribution, and wastewater classes.  Also, need some kind of contract with Sullivan to work here for a certain period of time or reimburse the city for the classes.

     Mayor Shirley stated that his neighbors had abandoned their dogs again and two broke a window out and were on the roof of the house.  One dog jumped off the roof and the mayor caught it and Jones County came to pick it up.  No one seems to want to do anything to help these dogs, Mike will call the Animal Rights League in Des Moines tomorrow.

     Merle Tank reported that the landfill got their new loading machine just in time to take in all the flood and hail damaged stuff from Jones County residents.  They had one guy quit and will be looking for a replacement.

     The clerk’s annual review was done by Chase and Bonny.  The new employee was offered full family health insurance, so the clerk will now be offered family insurance as well.  Discussion was held on giving a raise some wanted to wait 3 months to see if the lines of communication open up a little better and some wanted to give a raise now.

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Bonny to give the clerk a $.50 raise and reevaluate in 3 months to see about possibly raising more.  Roll Call Vote.  Aye:  Bonny, Chase, Thomsen.  Nay: Krutzfeld, Klemme.  Motion Carried.

     Pat Cain reported that the librarian wants to change the computers around so that she can better monitor the kids using them.  Pat did a little measuring for her and hopefully a new desk can be built soon. 

     Merle Tank reported that the Junction for Opportunities did very well at their lunch stand on the 4th of July.  The new ball diamond construction has begun and should be finished by the time kids go back to school. 

     The proposal from Visu-Sewer for lining the sewer pipe under 1st Ave S was discussed.  It seems like an awful lot of money.  The council would like to get a bid from someone else also and would also like to see 2 bids for completely replacing the line.

     The council would like to see a smaller tree be planted in the ROW at 401 Church St.  They are concerned about it getting into power lines.

     The council was not aware that we would need to choose a specific area in town if we wanted to apply for the housing rehabilitation grant.  The council would like to see if we have enough interest in one area before we apply.

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Klemme to send out letters to all residence in town to see what kind of interest there is.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     The clerk will call Chad from ECICOG to get the codification process started and the council will be looking through ordinances to see which ones they would like to see changed.

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Klemme to approve Resolution 2014-9 setting the mileage rate at $.50/mile.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Klemme to approve Resolution 2014-10 wages for 2014-2015.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     During public response Mike Fields asked for a little more time to get something done with his house.  He is planning on tearing it down but it has been impossible with the flooding.  He was given 3 more months by the council. 

     Pat Cain commented that he thinks there is a total lack of respect between everyone in the room.

     Merle Tank commented that he thinks the council needs to be more proactive and get information from the clerk and he also doesn’t think any blank checks should go out of the office to be signed.

     Kristina Stevenson requested that income qualifications be put in the letter that will go out to citizens about the housing grant.  We will see what we can find out and make sure everything is legal. 

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Bonny to adjourn at 9:02 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.