REGULAR MEETING:  March 12, 2013.  The regular meeting of the Oxford Junction City Council was held at the Wregie Memorial Library at 7:00 pm.  Mayor Tank called roll.  Council present were Balichek, Chase, Ewing and Klemme.  Bonny was absent.  Staff present was Hansen and Wiese.  Visitors were Denny Coon-Fire Chief, Jeff Swisher-Jones County Deputy, Shirley Jones-Midland Times, Nila DeWald, Bernadean DeWald, and Terry Wink.

BONNY ABSENT FOR ALL MOTIONS.

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

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

 

AFLAC                        

AFLAC INS               

$217.92

AgVantage FS, INC            

DIESEL FUEL                   

$896.40

ALLIANT

STREET LIGHTS

$891.04

 

RUT

$122.00

 

SEWER

$220.28

 

WATER

$586.48

 

LIB

$94.98

 

CITY HALL

$38.49

 

FIRE DEPT                     

$194.46

ALLIED WASTE SERVICES

GARBAGE CONTRACT

$2,369.40

BAKER & TAYLOR               

LIB-MATERIALS                 

$8.04

COONS CORNER

SUPPLIES/ICE SALT

$12.88

CHEM RIGHT LABS              

LAB TESTING                   

$15.00

CHRISTY CAMPBELL             

SNOW REMOVAL-LIB              

$60.00

ECICOG                       

WELL ADMIN                    

$245.00

FELD FIRE                    

SERVICE AIR COMPRSSOR-FD      

$600.00

FRANCINE BAHNSEN             

OPERATING EXPENSE-LIB         

$87.00

IIW ENGINEERS & SURVEYORS, PC

ENGINEERING-WELL              

$6,970.00

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE     

FED/FICA TAXES                

$1,025.30

IA ASSOC OF MUNICIPAL UTILITY

DUES                          

$406.30

IPERS                        

IPERS                         

$699.71

JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL         

SUPPLIES                      

$7.49

JONES COUNTY TREASURER       

PROPERTY TAXES-LIB            

$605.00

KIRKWOOD COMM COLLEGE

CONFERENCE-D COON

$175.00

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.    

CITY HALL

$115.25

 

SEWER

$28.11

 

FIRE DEPT                     

$48.22

 

LIB

$44.30

MEGA LIFE AND HEALTH INS CO  

WINK-DENTAL/VISION            

$45.00

MERLE TANK                   

MILEAGE                       

$24.50

MIDLAND TIMES                

PRINTING & PUBLISHING         

$189.83

POSTMASTER                   

POSTAGE                       

$145.00

PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER, INC    

FIRE DEPT                     

$439.58

REGION 1 AWWA                

OPERATOR MEETING              

$20.00

SOPER PLUMBING & HEATING     

FURNACE CHECK -CITY HALL              

$48.50

 

FURNACE REPAIR -WELL HOUSE           

$106.44

 

JET SEWER-M VACEK RENTAL

$214.50

TINA BURDA                   

LIB-OPERATING SUPPLIES        

$232.06

TLZ STOP                     

CITY 

$80.01

 

FIRE DEPT                     

$187.22

US CELLULAR                  

CELL PHONE BILL               

$89.51

UTILITY SERVICE CO., INC     

WATER TOWER CONTRACT          

$3,764.73

WALMART                      

LIB-OPERATING EXPENSES        

$135.62

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  2/01/2013  

 

$1,872.07

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  2/13/2013  

 

$325.93

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  2/15/2013  

 

$1,568.50

   

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***** REPORT TOTAL *****     

 

$26,273.05

 

RECEIPTS:  General $6,871.57; Library $502.56; RUT $3,804.37; Employee Benefits $85.40; Emergency $7.65; LOST $3,191.48; Debt Service $212.86; Capital Projects $1,699.00; Water $6,737.89; Sewer $3,510.13; WWTF $6,909.45

 

     Mayor Tank opened a public hearing at 7:02 pm to receive input and/or objections from the public about the FY 2014 budget to be certified to the county auditor.  There were no written or oral comments or objections.  Mayor Tank closed the hearing at 7:03 pm.

     Moved by Balichek seconded by Klemme to approve Resolution 2013-3 FY2014 Budget to be certified to the county auditor.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Nila DeWald received a letter from the sheriff’s office, at the request of the City, stating that she needed to move her camper and get it out of the weeds and have the weeds cleaned up or it would be towed away.  She will meet with the Mayor to talk about getting an extension on time.

     Fire Chief Denny Coon reported 4 calls last month.  Ambulance assist, car left road and caught fire, abandoned house fire and called back to house fire the next day.  A report has been filed with the state fire marshal about the house fire being suspicious in nature.  It will be up to the county attorney whether or not to pursue trying to find the arsonist.  There are some safety concerns about the 2 chimneys that are left standing on the property.  It is also unclear who officially owns the property.  Coon also reported that the fire department will hold a pancake breakfast on Palm Sunday, March 24th.

     Jones County Deputy Jeff Swisher wanted to thank the fire department and city maintenance crew for their help in getting tarps, tents and other things to preserve tire tracks and other evidence after the bank robbery.  Swisher advised the council that letters had been sent to those who need to move nuisance vehicles and if anyone makes other arrangements with the City to notify them right away so they are not towed.  Sheriff Graver advised the City Clerk that dog issues can still be referred to them until July 1st.  After this date he will provide us with a form that they can fill out and we will then send that directly to our attorney.

     Charlie Wiese reminded the council that he will be going to Manchester tomorrow to take his water distribution and water treatment tests.  He changed out the chlorinator pump with one that we had Acco rebuild for us and it works so much better than the one that was in there.  We might want to consider having this one rebuilt also.

     Mayor Tank reported that ECICOG is helping the landfill look for a new electronics buyer for a six county area. 

     The street committee will need to get together and decide what streets need to be repaired before the next meeting.  Garage sale day is May 11th so we will have city wide clean up days May 13th & 14th.  Prices will be the same as last year.

     Our attorney, Kris Lyons will be at the next meeting to discuss the houses that we had inspected.  Hopefully we can get something done about them. 

     Security was discussed for City Hall.  The clerk will call and get some prices and info for the next meeting.

     Junction for Opportunities will be selling flowers and have a lunch stand during garage sale day.  They need some applicants for house painting projects.

     Marc Ruden informed us that the DNR has given us site approval for the shallow well.  He will be at the next meeting to discuss the next steps.

     Moved by Balichek seconded by Klemme to approve a $100 donation each to Midland Post Prom and the Easter Egg Hunt.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Chase seconded by Balichek to set a public hearing for proposed water/sewer/deposit rate increases for April 9th at 7:00 pm.  The new proposed rates are as follows:  minimum water will go from $14 to $15 for first 500 gallons, minimum sewer will go from $8.61 to $9.31 for first 500 gallons and deposits will go from $50 each for water and sewer to $75 each making a total deposit amount of $150.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Council discussed several changes to the employee handbook.  The clerk will make the changes and distribute to the council.  We will then vote to approve the changes at the next meeting.

     Several options were discussed regarding cell phones.  The city now has two cell phones on our plan for the maintenance guys.  It will remain that way for now and the clerk will check into finding a cheaper plan.

     During public response it was noted that the school parking lot is very dark at night.  The mayor stated it was the school’s responsibility not the city’s and the superintendent is aware of the problem.

     Moved by Chase seconded by Balichek to adjourn at 8:26 pm.

 

 

 

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Merle Tank, Mayor                                                         Attest:  Stacia Hansen, City Clerk

 

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