REGULAR MEETING:  June 9, 2015.  The regular meeting of the Oxford Junction City Council was held at the Wregie Memorial Library.  Mayor Pro-Tem Klemme called roll at 7 pm.  Council present were Klemme, Bonny, Chase, Krutzfeld and Stevenson.  Mayor Shirley arrived at 7:19 pm.  Staff present was Hansen, Wiese and Woodrum.  Visitors were Chad Sands-ECICOG, Merle Tank-Landfill & JFO, Shirley Jones-Midland Times, Denny Coon-Fire Chief, Gerald Brauer, and Thyrza Driver. 

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

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

 

1ST AVE PLANTS               

LIB-OPERATING EXPENSES        

$21.00

AFLAC                        

AFLAC INS             

$351.48

ALLIANT                      

STREET LIGHTS

$886.99

 

RUT

$72.05

 

SEWER

$73.58

 

WATER

$244.21

 

LIBRARY

$63.15

 

CITY HALL

$31.78

 

FIRE DEPT

$143.08

REPUBLIC SERVICES #897       

GARBAGE CONTRACT              

$2,481.60

SYNCB/AMAZON                 

LIB-MATERIALS                 

$707.48

BETTER WAY CLEANING          

LIB-CLEAN CARPETS & RUGS      

$652.12

CHEM RIGHT LABS              

LAB TESTING                   

$94.00

CHRISTY CAMPBELL             

LIB-MOWING                    

$40.00

CITY OF OXFORD JUNCTION      

WA DEP REF-JUSTICE LESLIE     

$86.91

 

CASH BOX-FLOWERS

$5.40

COLLECTION SERVICE CENTER    

CHILD SUPPORT                 

$393.60

DOBLING INSURANCE

ADDITIONAL PREMIUMS

$847.00

EZ DISC REPAIR               

LIB-OPERATING EXPENSE         

$21.00

FRANCINE BAHNSEN             

LIB-OPERATING EXPENSES        

$90.75

HARRY'S FARM TIRE            

FIRE DEPT                     

$285.00

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE     

FED/FICA TAX                  

$1,598.56

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES        

SMALL CITY WORKSHOP           

$70.00

IPERS                        

IPERS                         

$1,172.22

J & R SUPPLY                 

SUPPLIES                      

$251.75

JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL         

SUPPLIES                      

$7.16

JONES CO SOLID WASTE MNGMNT  

CITY WIDE CLEAN UP            

$1,030.50

JUSTICE LESLIE               

WA/SW DEP REF-JUSTICE LESLIE     

$63.09

KAREN FOWLER                 

LIB-MATERIALS                 

$8.97

LASACK BROTHERS & COMPANY

REPAIRS-GENERATOR

$185.01

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.    

CITY HALL

$121.34

 

LIBRARY

$50.36

 

FIRE DEPT

$63.78

 

SEWER

$29.39

 

WATER

$30.83

MERLE TANK                   

MILEAGE                       

$24.50

MIDLAND TIMES                

PRINTING                      

$172.50

OVERDRIVE                    

LIB-MATERIALS                 

$844.64

POSTMASTER                   

ANNUAL BOX RENT               

$122.00

STACIA HANSEN                

MILEAGE                       

$24.50

TLZ STOP                     

FIRE DEPT FUEL                

$59.78

 

CITY

$58.02

WALMART                      

LIB                           

$115.33

WELLMARK BC/BS               

HANSEN-HEALTH INS             

$1,332.48

 

WOODRUM HEALTH INS

$816.77

 

LATE FEE

$9.40

WENDLING QUARRIES            

ROCK                          

$53.35

WREGIE MEMORIAL LIBRARY      

CASH BOX-POSTAGE              

$45.95

WYOMING AUTO PARTS & SERVICE 

SUPPLIES                      

$89.29

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  5/08/2015  

 

$2,441.59

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  5/22/2015  

 

$3,007.74

   

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***** REPORT TOTAL *****     

 

$21,492.98

 

RECEIPTS:  General $13,160.53; Library $1,056.85; RUT $2,061.37; Employee Benefits $2,314.03; Emergency $151.28; LOST $2,926.81; Debt Service $2,084.21; Water $6,627.00; Sewer $3,512.34; WWTF $6,420.13

 

     Klemme opened a public hear at 7:05 pm to receive input on ordinance codification changes.  Chad Sands from ECICOG indicated that the City attorney reviewed the ordinances and made a minor change.  Chase stated she would like to see the changes posted on our website and around town.  There were no oral or written objections.  The hearing was closed at 7:08 pm.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Stevenson to approve the first reading of the code of ordinances.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     The second reading will be held at the July 9th meeting with optional waiving of the 3rd reading and optional adoption of ordinances.

     Fire Chief Denny Coon stated he is working on 2 grant close outs.  They had 4 calls last month.  Two ambulance lifting assists, mutual aid call with Wyoming and a stove fire that was already out when they got there.  Scott Andresen cut the hay at well #2 and will be paying for the hay he bales.  They are also selling some bulk water for spraying.  This money will be turned over to the city.  EMT classes are almost finished and hopefully 3 will be finishing.

     Wiese reported that Woodrum took his first test for water treatment and missed passing by one question.  He has to wait 30 days to try again.  Wiese stated he finished up with last quarter water samples and will be beginning this quarter’s soon.  He also stated that he thinks lining the sewer pipe under 1st Ave S would be the best option.  Our water/wastewater operator Chet Lief came over for a total of 5.5 hours while we had a lagoon and a well inspection from the DNR.  Lief has requested being paid for these hours and would also like the City to pay for his water license renewal.  We already pay Chet a monthly wage for being our operator so the council doesn’t feel we should pay him for his hours in addition.

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Krutzfeld to pay for Chet Lief’s water license but not pay him any additional wages for the well and lagoon inspections.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Merle Tank reported that the landfill will be increasing the price for tire disposal starting Junly 1st.  The price will increase from 7 cents/lb to 12 cents/lb. 

     Stevenson drove the streets and reported a few spots that she thought needed fixing.  Discussion was held as to whether or not the area in front of the elementary school was a street or a parking lot.  It is not a street according to the map, however, the school’s address and a house across from the school address is 3rd Ave N.  Tank stated that he has an easement from the school to get to his driveway and so does the other house across from the school.  This further indicates that this is not a street.  Stevenson wants to work with the school to see if we can come to some compromise in getting this street/parking lot repaired.  She and Kim will attend the school board meeting and discuss it with them. 

     The clerk will check her schedule and set up a time with Krutzfeld, Klemme and Shirley for her annual review.

     Interviews for a new maintenance superintendent will be scheduled the 2nd week of July. 

     Council gave permission for clerk to renew her notary certificate.

     Tank stated that JFO is planning a food stand for the 4th of July and possibly having a kiddie parade if they can come up with the funds.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Bonny to approve Resolution 2015-11 Policies for CDBG Program Funding for Housing Grant. Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Discussion was held on the alley west of 1st Ave N.  Schewe and DeLarm have agreed to give the City their portions of the alley so we can make this a City street.  Eganhouse stated that she needs to speak to her family first but wasn’t really on board with the idea.  If she is not willing to come to an agreement the City will pursue further action. 

     The attorney recommended giving Richard DeLarm a 75 day notice to clean up his two properties at 501 & 505 1st Ave N.   The house at 505 will need to be completely removed and dirt leveled and seeded.  All out buildings and junk removed completely from both properties and grass and weeds cut.  The house at 501 can either be removed or must be completely repaired on the outside.  This includes siding, new roof and windows.  The porch repaired with no leaning or holes and everything rodent free.

     Moved by Stevenson seconded by Klemme to give DeLarm a 75 day notice to clean up properties as stated above or we will pursue with taking the title.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     The mayor and council also agreed to have the attorney send letters to Steve Feuss, Blake Tjaden and LuVern Clark about cleaning up their properties on 1st Ave S.  We will be mowing Ken Moore’s property on 1st Ave S as well.  The mayor called him and told him the renters moved out but he still has not mowed it.  There were a lot of dog complaints recently and the mayor actually caught 4 dogs last weekend and sent them all to the pound.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Bonny to renew the tobacco licenses for Coon’s Corner and TLZ Stop.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Stevenson to approve Resolution 2015-9 Jones County Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Bonny to approve Resolution 2015-10 Property Liens.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     A lengthy discussion was held on the sewer pipe under 1st Ave S.  Chase feels strongly that we should not replace this ourselves.  She would like to see us hire Visu-Sewer to line the pipe.  A motion was made by Chase to hire Visu-Sewer but it died for lack of a second.  The clerk will contact Visu-Sewer and get their most current pricing and also review the finances and see how much money we have to spend without getting a loan.  Also, see if Visu-Sewer could come in August to do the repair work.

     Discussion was held regarding the firework fund being short $4500 this year.  The City usually donates $300, but the mayor would like to see us give more this year to help them out.  He stated that this brings a lot of people to town and this is what we are known for and we should keep it going. 

     Moved by Bonny and seconded by Stevenson to donate $1000.  We will pay $300 this fiscal year and $700 the beginning of July when our new budget starts.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Klemme to approve Cindy Herman to the library board.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     During public response Bonny stated her frustration that we have not had a Jones County Deputy or Sheriff here in about 6 or 7 months or more.  She would like a letter sent asking for their presence at every meeting.  The rest of the council agreed.

     Thyrza Driver stated that she was happy to see a council person at her door informing her of things that were happening in the town.  She hopes to become more involved. 

     Tank thinks the City should be very careful about how much money is spent when it comes to the sewer pipe under 1st Ave S.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Klemme to adjourn at 9:09 pm.

 

 

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Mike Shirley, Mayor                                                                       Attest:  Stacia Hansen, City Clerk

 

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