REGULAR MEETING:  July 14, 2015.  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 Klemme, Chase, Stevenson, Bonny and Krutzfeld.  Staff present was Hansen, Wiese and Woodrum. Visitors were Shirley Jones-Midland Times, Merle Tank-JFO & Landfill, Angie Stafford, Bill Harden, Moriah Sheats, Joseph Lenart, Jon Eganhouse and Jean Eganhouse.

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

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

 

ACCO                         

CHEMICALS                     

$179.65

AFLAC                        

AFLAC                

$351.48

AgVantage FS, INC            

DIESEL FUEL                   

$1,076.94

DEVIN C KELLY                

LEGAL FEES                    

$2,045.70

ALLIANT                      

STREET LIGHTS

$896.85

 

RUT

$72.28

 

SEWER

$110.82

 

WATER

$268.29

 

LIBRARY

$7.76

 

CITY HALL

$37.42

 

FIRE DEPT

$183.71

REPUBLIC SERVICES #897       

GARBAGE CONTRACT              

$2,481.60

SYNCB/AMAZON                 

LIB MATERIALS                 

$196.28

CASEY'S GENERAL STORE        

FUEL                          

$155.50

CENTER POINT LARGE PRINT     

LIB MATERIALS                 

$175.00

CHEM RIGHT LABS              

LAB TESTING                   

$59.00

CHRISTY CAMPBELL

MOWING LIBRARY

$40.00

CITY OF OXFORD JUNCTION      

WA/SW  DEP-HAROLD WESTCOTT        

$100.00

 

WA/SW DEP-JANET ALBIN

$100.00

 

CASHBOX-POSTAGE               

$6.24

COLLECTION SERVICE CENTER    

CHILD SUPPORT                 

$393.60

DEREK FEUSS                  

FIRE DEPT-SUPPLIES            

$172.84

ECICOG                       

CODIFICATION                  

$154.00

FRANCINE BAHNSEN             

LIB OPERATING EXPENSE         

$84.56

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE     

FED/FICA TAX                  

$1,516.89

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RES

LIEF OPERATOR LICENSE         

$60.00

 

ANNUAL WATER FEE

$57.89

 

WOODRUM EXAM FEE

$30.00

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES        

DUES                          

$435.00

IOWA ONE CALL

LOCATES

$15.40

IPERS                        

IPERS                         

$1,135.99

J & R SUPPLY                 

TRASH PUMP/SUPPLIES                   

$2,668.50

JETS TRANSPORTATION          

DONATION                      

$150.00

JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL         

SUPPLIES                      

$264.81

KATHRYN CHASE                

MILEAGE                       

$268.50

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.    

CITY HALL

$119.74

 

LIBRARY

$81.41

 

FIRE DEPT

$64.90

 

SEWER

$29.95

 

WATER

$30.04

 

POSTAGE-WATER SAMPLES

$12.39

MERLE TANK                   

MILEAGE-LANDFILL MTG          

$24.50

MIDLAND TIMES                

PUBLISHING                    

$160.78

OXFORD JUNCTION AMBULANCE    

FIRE DEPT-TONER               

$85.59

OXFORD JUNCTION FIREWORKS    

DONATION                      

$700.00

POSTMASTER                   

STAMPS                        

$119.90

PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER, INC    

FIRE DEPT-SUPPLIES            

$139.82

SECRETARY OF STATE           

HANSEN NOTARY CERT            

$30.00

SOPER PLUMBING & HEATING     

WATER LEAK                    

$532.50

STEVE FEUSS AUTO             

FIRE DEPT-SUPPLIES            

$18.99

TLZ STOP                     

FUEL-CITY                         

$174.18

TREASURER, STATE OF IOWA     

2ND QRT SALES TAX             

$1,772.00

WALMART                      

LIB-SUPPLIES                  

$71.23

WAPSI POST #473              

FIREWORKS DONATION            

$300.00

WELLMARK BC/BS               

HANSEN HEALTH INS             

$1,332.48

 

WOODRUM HEALTH INS

$816.77

WREGIE MEMORIAL LIBRARY      

CASHBOX-POSTAGE               

$20.20

WYOMING AUTO PARTS & SERVICE 

SUPPLIES                      

$96.64

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  6/05/2015  

 

$2,467.53

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  6/19/2015  

 

$2,832.93

   

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***** REPORT TOTAL *****     

 

$27,986.97

 

RECEIPTS:  General $48,953.84; Library $565.82; RUT $5,118.92; Employee Benefits $568.83; Emergency $37.19; LOST $3,229.57; Debt Service $512.33; Water $7,183.41; Sewer $3,838.75; WWTF $6,587.14

 

     Angie Stafford and Bill Harden’s dogs got lose and were picked up by Jones County.  They also had a complaint against them for the dogs trying to attack people.  Harden thinks that someone let his dogs lose when he wasn’t home.  He is building a fence to keep them in and also keeps them inside now when he is not home.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Bonny to let him keep his dogs as long as the fence goes up and the dogs do not get lose again.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moriah Sheats and Joseph Lenart along with Harden and Stafford explained to the council that they have had problems with people messing with their dogs and stealing stuff from their property.  They have also has gas stolen out of their vehicles.  They have put up security lights and want to get a neighborhood watch started.

     Jean Eganhouse asked the council and mayor what they wanted with regards to her property and the alley to the west of 1st Ave N.  The mayor explained that we want to own the part that is the alley now so that we can maintain it and continue to use it as an alley.  She was in agreement as long as that’s what the other two were doing.  If the other two only agreed to an easement then that’s all she wanted to do as well.  The City will be responsible for any and all costs associated with the land acquirement. 

     Sheriff Graver explained the Text 2 Tell program.  If someone is uncomfortable calling the police, they can text them instead and they will remain anonymous.  Graver stated that the program is housed in Canada therefore even if the court issued a subpoena they could not get the number because another country does not have to honor the subpoena.  This is the reason they house the program in another country.  Graver explained that there is power in numbers and a neighborhood watch is great as long as you have enough people to stand together.  All of the arrests on our reports from the last two months were either from a tip or citizens statement.

     We received a written report from the fire department.  They had one call last month, a vehicle crash west of town.  The ambulance service had one EMT student pass their national finals and will begin orientation to be an Oxford Junction Ambulance Service EMT.  They are waiting for 3 others to test.

     Maintenance Superintendent Wiese stated that he did purchase a 4” trash pump.  With all of the rain we had this year the lagoons were getting overburdened.  We would have had to rent one if we didn’t buy one.  Wiese also stated that the motor on the air compressor was going out.  He will look into prices for a new or rebuilt one.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Bonny to approve getting a new or rebuilt air compressor for not more than $1000.00.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     The report we received for the well inspection from the DNR was very good.  We had no deficiencies or recommendations noted.  Woodrum missed passing one of his water tests by 1 question.  He will take it again on Aug. 11th.

     The mayor went through the last 6 months of sheriff’s reports.  There are a lot of calls to 233 2nd Ave N.  The mayor would like to send them a fine for the nuisance and offences ordinances they are in violation of. 

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Klemme to send Leslie Hines a fine from the attorney for the nuisance and offences ordinance violations.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Merle Tank reported that they have received about 200 tires along with other things from the Project AWARE cleaning up the river.  They said they have found the river to be amazingly clean.  They have a few things to correct to be in compliance with the DNR, other than that things are going well.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Stevenson to pay for the concrete for the sidewalk along the east side of the old drug store.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Discussion was held on the building at 104 Broadway.  The warehouse part of it is literally falling over.  It is leaning really far.  It is in violation of our dangerous buildings ordinance.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Bonny to have the owner sent a letter giving him 90 days to remove the building or have it made structurally sound.  We will have ECICOG’s building inspector come out and inspect it.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Bonny to try to take ownership of 201 Broadway the same way we did 326 1st Ave N.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Chase seconded by Bonny to give the Hansen a $0.35 cost of living raise.  Roll Call Vote.  Bonny, Stevenson, Chase Ayes.  Krutzfeld, Klemme Nay.  Motion Carried.

     Klemme stated the library is redoing their vacation/sick/family time policy and going to a PTO system.  The summer reading program is going well.

     Merle Tank with the Junction for Opportunities stated that the July 4th celebration was somewhat disappointing.  There were not as many people as in past years.  They will be getting some more welcome to town packets going for new homeowners. Tom Zaruba is trying to get a car show together for around Labor Day.

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Stevenson to approve the 2nd reading, waive the 3rd reading and approve & adopt the code of ordinances as follows.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

OXFORD JUNCTION CODE OF ORDINANCES

 

ADOPTING THE CITY OF OXFORD JUNCTION CODE OF ORDINANCES

 

BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Oxford Junction, Iowa:

 

Section 1.  Pursuant to posted notice, a public hearing has been duly held and the City Council of Oxford Junction, Iowa, hereby adopts the 2015 Oxford Junction Code of Ordinances.

 

Section 2.  An official copy of the City Code of Ordinances, as adopted, is on file with the City Clerk.

 

Section 3.  Copies of the City Code of Ordinances shall be kept available with the City Clerk for public inspection and sale at cost to the public.

 

Section 4.  All general ordinances or parts thereof passed prior to July 14, 2015, not contained in the 2015 Oxford Junction City Code of Ordinances are hereby repealed except as hereafter provided, or in special ordinances not named. The following ordinances are specifically saved from repeal:

 

                (1)          Ordinances authorizing contracts or the issue of municipal notes or bonds;

                (2)          Ordinances levying taxes or making special assessments;

(3)          Ordinances relating to the dedication, opening, grade, improvement, altering, widening or vacating of specific streets, alleys, sidewalks, or public places;

(4)          Ordinances authorizing or relating to particular public improvements, including tax increment financing ordinances;

(5)          Any other special Ordinances not in conflict with the provisions of this                                                   Code.

 

Section 5.  This Code of Ordinances of the City of Oxford Junction containing Titles I through VII, inclusive, shall be treated as a new and comprehensive original Ordinance which shall completely supersede all other general ordinances passed by the City Council prior to July 14, 2015, except as are expressly saved from repeal herein.

 

Section 6.  This ordinance and adopted code shall be in full force and effect upon publication as required by Iowa law.

 

Section 7. All ordinances of the City of Oxford Junction passed hereafter shall be in the form of an addition or amendment to the 2015 City of Oxford Junction Code of Ordinances and shall include proper references to Chapter and Section to maintain the orderly codification of ordinances.

 

Section 8. No ordinance or part of any ordinance heretofore repealed shall be considered reordained or reenacted by virtue of this code, unless specifically reenacted.

 

 

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Stevenson to approve the prepaid LP contract for $0.94.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Interviews were done for the maintenance superintendent position.  The committee’s first choice was Scott Eberhart and second choice was Jacob Crock.  Eberhart will be offered the job at $13.50 with a $0.50 raise and insurance for him and 1 child after 90 days. 

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Klemme to approve Resolution 2015-14 Setting new employee wage.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     The mayor and city attorney had the court date for the Clark house at 326 1st Ave N.  The City now owns the property we are just waiting for the deed from the courthouse.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Klemme to sell this property by sealed bids with the stipulation that the buyer has to either tear down the structure and level to grade or repair the house to livable condition within a period to be determined by the attorney.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     The attorney will move forward with the alley to the west of 1st Ave N.

     Richard DeLarm is in his 75 days to clean up his property and then we will have to decide how we will proceed if he doesn’t clean it up.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Stevenson to approve the bid from Visu-Sewer for lining the sewer pipe under 1st Ave S and grouting the service connections.  The bid is for 1,601 linear feet of 12” National Liner and the total cost is $60,389.72.  The council also agrees to extra footage if needed.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Bonny to approve Resolution 2015-12 Setting mileage rate at $0.50/mile for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Stevenson to approve Resolution 2015-13 Setting wages for 2015-2016 fiscal year.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Klemme to approve Stevenson, Chase and Hansen to go to the Annual League Conference in Cedar Rapids and get hotel rooms.  Roll Call Vote.  Bonny, Klemme, Krutzfeld Ayes.  Stevenson, Chase Abstain.  Motion Carried. 

     The mayor will be having a hearing with Steve Feuss and the attorney for the letter that was sent to him about cleaning up his property and closing his business.  This will take place on Wed July 22nd.

     Moved by Stevenson seconded by Krutzfeld to adjourn at 9:43 pm. 

 

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Mike Shirley, Mayor                                                                       Attest:  Stacia Hansen, City Clerk

 

 

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