REGULAR MEETING:  March 11, 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, Klemme, Krutzfeld, Thomsen and Chase.  Staff present was Hansen and Wink.  Visitors were Shirley Jones-Midland Times, Denny Coon-Fire Chief, Don Hoskins-City Attorney, Greg Graver-Jones County Sheriff, Richard Wherry and Jon Zirkelbach-Candidate for Supervisor. 

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

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

 

AFLAC                        

AFLAC INS                 

$457.20

AG VANTAGE FS

DIESEL

$1,028.19

ALLIANT

STREET LIGHTS

$912.10

 

RUT

$203.30

 

SEWER

$261.69

 

WATER

$793.29

 

LIBRARY

$68.10

 

CITY HALL

$40.01

 

FIRE DEPT

$194.91

ALLIED WASTE SERVICES #897   

GARBAGE CONTRACT              

$2,409.00

AUDITOR, STATE OF IOWA       

ANNUAL PERIODIC EXAM FEE      

$900.00

CHEM RIGHT LABS              

LAB TESTING                   

$15.00

CITY OF OXFORD JUNCTION      

CHUCK HOLUB DEPOSIT           

$100.00

 

POSTAGE                       

$6.70

COON'S CORNER

SUPPLIES/SALT

$355.83

COOPORTUNITY HEALTH          

HEALTH INS             

$1,529.65

ECICOG                       

CDBG ADMIN FEE-WELL           

$2,900.00

F.L. KRAPFL, INC.            

PAY APP 4 WELL                

$4,488.46

FELD FIRE                    

FIRE DEPT-SERVICE COMPRESSOR  

$600.00

FIRE SERVICE TRAINING BUREAU 

FIRE DEPT-BOOKS               

$180.00

FRANCINE BAHNSEN             

LIB-OPERATING EXPENSES        

$24.75

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE     

FED/FICA TAX                  

$2,046.84

IPERS                        

IPERS                         

$1,283.81

J & R SUPPLY                 

SUPPLIES                      

$312.00

JJJ ENTERPRISES, INC         

DIGGING AND THAWING WA LINES              

$9,530.29

JOEL WOOD PLUMBLING          

DIGGING AND THAWING WA LINES   

$930.00

JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL         

SUPPLIES                      

$45.22

JONES COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE

DONATION-SUMMER CAMP          

$100.00

JONES COUNTY TREASURER       

LIB PROPERTY TAXES                

$565.00

KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

FIRE CONFERENCE-DENNY COON

$175.00

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.    

TELEPHONE-CITY HALL                   

$127.51

 

LIBRARY

$43.56

 

FIRE DEPT

$49.46

 

WATER

$28.73

 

SEWER

$28.73

MARTA PETERMANN              

LIB-FURNACE FILTERS           

$60.03

 

MILEAGE

$154.80

MERLE TANK                   

MILEAGE-LANDFILL MTG          

$24.50

MIDLAND POST PROM COMMITTEE  

DONATION                      

$100.00

MIDLAND TIMES                

PUBLISHING                    

$215.18

P & K MIDWEST INC            

PARTS                         

$559.50

POSTMASTER                   

POSTAGE                       

$102.00

REGION 1 AWWA                

WATER OPERATOR MEETING        

$40.00

STACIA HANSEN                

MILEAGE-WATER SAMPLE          

$21.00

STEVE FEUSS AUTO             

PARTS                         

$22.00

TLZ STOP                     

FUEL-CITY                         

$226.63

 

JETTER

$139.72

 

FIRE DEPT

$71.81

US CELLULAR                  

CELL PHONE BILL               

$60.85

UTILITY SERVICE CO., INC     

TOWER CONTRACT                

$1,994.28

WALMART                      

LIB                           

$307.27

 

CITY HALL

$19.39

WENDLING QUARRIES            

ROCK                          

$89.76

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  2/14/2014  

 

$3,014.88

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  2/28/2014  

 

$2,981.89

   

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REPORT TOTAL

$42,939.82

 

RECIEPTS:  General $4,817.62; Library $502.16; RUT $4,331.24; Employee Benefits $36.46; Emergency $2.30; LOST $3,212.84; Debt Service $32.15; Capital Projects $99,919.00; Water $7,377.65; Sewer $3,564.73; WWTF $6,799.88.

 

     Mayor Shirley opened a public hearing at 7:08 pm for the 2014-2015 Budget.  There were no written or oral objections so the hearing was closed at 7:10 pm.

     Moved by Kemme seconded by Bonny to approve Resolution 2014-4 for FYE2015 Budget. Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Discussion was held regarding the letters received from Frank Randall and the certified letter that we sent to him.  Frank is upset because there is snow piled against his house and he says he will do snow removal and is upset that he got a bill from us for doing it for him.  There is actually not snow piled against his house, there are drifts.  The certified letter sent to him was never picked up.  The letter stated that he needed to get rid of his old truck and the house trailer that are sitting there and fix up the big house.  A copy of this letter will be sent to our attorney so they can take care of it.

     Don Hoskins explained to the council and mayor how we can go about getting these nuisance houses taken care of.  He recommended using  Iowa Code 657A.10A to gain control of the property and then we can sell the property with the stipulation that the buyer clean up the property within a given amount of time.  This would be a better option than trying to buy it on tax sale. 

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Bonny to start with the property at 326 1st Ave N and try to gain control of it using code 657A.10A.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Discussion was held regarding limiting the number of dogs and or other pets.  The mayor asked our attorney if they have more than four unaltered dog/cats if they have to have a kennel license according to the State of Iowa.  He thought that Anne Loomis had told him that they did.  We will have to decide how many and if we want to limit just dogs or other animals as well.

     Our municipal infractions ordinance needs to be changed to coincide with the Iowa code.  A municipal infraction can be given for any violation of the City ordinance.

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Bonny to approve the first reading of the municipal infractions ordinance change.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Krutzfeld to waive the 2nd and 3rd readings of the ordinance.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Krutzfeld seconded by Bonny to pass and approve the following ordinance.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried. 

     Jon Zirkelback introduced himself and stated that he is running for Jones County Board of Supervisors.

     Fire Chief Denny Coon stated they had 6 calls last month.  Four are taking firefighter one classes.  The dance will be this Sat March 15th.  The sewer was frozen at the fire station and Roto-Rooter was able to get it unfrozen.  They also marked where the sewer line went so they will be able to find it in the future.  Many will be attending the Hazmat refresher course later this month.  The mayor asked Denny if the fire fighter Olympics that they are planning for later in the year could possibly be an annual event to bring more people to town.  This could be a possibility.

     Sheriff Graver presented two months reports.  He stated that they have been working hard on the bank robberies that happened in OJ and Baldwin.

     Terry Wink reported that they have been working on getting water lines thawed and snow clean up.  It was stated that we are doing more to help than any other town around.  We have spent over $10,000 between JJJ Enterprises and Joel Wood Plumbing.  We have several residence hooked up to their neighbors house with a garden hose and several other who are still without water.  We want to encourage people to continue to leave their water running to avoid more freezing.  The Lost Nation Telephone Company will pay to fix the sewer at Jon Thomsen’s because when they put in the fiber they cut the line.  Also Tschiggfrie will be coming back to fix a sewer line at 217 1st Ave N that was cut when they were putting in curb and gutter.  It is still up in the air as to who will pay the $1830 bill from Roto-Rooter.

     The mayor has been helping Richard DeLarm tear down his house and do more clean up.

     The landfill has finally purchased a new loader tractor.

     The clerk will be gone from April 2-4.  Council packets might not get delivered until Monday April 7th.

     We need to start thinking about which streets in town will need to be repaired this year.  We want to wait to see if we have any more main breaks because the streets that we dig up will need to on the list.

     We are starting the closeout process for the new well.  We have about $57,000 from the extra percentage from the CDBG.  This money will go back to the SRF to reduce the size of our loan.  We will owe approximately $97,000.    

     The mayor wants to know why it was decided to ban outdoor woodstoves.  He says that anyone can have one in their house and it gives off the same amount of air pollution as an outdoor stove.  Also by having it indoors it raises the homeowner’s insurance and is more of a fire hazard.  He would like to see this ordinance changed.  It will be put on the list to change when we codify along with limiting number of dogs (other animals). 

     Richard Wherry reported that the Senior Center is donating $1,000 to the ball diamond fund.  They are also going to put in a generator so they can be an emergency shelter. 

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Thomsen to adjourn at 8:54 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.