REGULAR MEETING, May 12, 2009.  The regular meeting of the Oxford Junction City Council was held at the Wregie Memorial Library at 7:00 pm.  Mayor Tank called roll call.  Council members present were Schewe, Dobling, Bonny, Balichek and Martin.  Staff present was Hansen and Wink entered at 7:20 pm.  Visitors were Marlene Flory-Midland Times and Junction for Opportunities, Tiffany Feuss-7th Grade ELP Group, Russ Krejci and Jones County Deputy Greg Graver entered later.

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

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

    

 

AFLAC

AFLAC INSURANCE

 $      164.96

ALLIANT

UTILITIES

 $   1,576.82

BAKER & TAYLOR

MATERIALS-LIBRARY

 $      342.41

BROWN SUPPLY CO.

PARTS

 $      154.35

CENEX CREDIT CARD

FUEL

 $      320.49

CHEM RIGHT LABS

LAB TESTING

 $        75.00

CLARK'S SAW CENTER

CHAIN SAW REPAIR

 $        35.00

COLLECTION SERVICE CENTER

CHILD SUPPORT

 $      350.76

CROP PRODUCTION SERVICES

CHEMICALS

 $        14.85

DAKOTA SUPPLY GROUP

METERS

 $   1,000.46

ECICOG

CODIFICATION

 $      294.00

FARM PLAN

VEHICLE MAINT.

 $        91.09

GASSER TRUE VALUE

SUPPLIES

 $      113.81

IIW ENGINEERS & SURVEYORS

ENGINEERING FEES

 $  12,500.00

IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY

SRF PRINCIPAL/INTEREST

 $  55,098.59

IPERS

IPERS

 $      615.21

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

FED/FICA TAXES

 $   1,228.60

J & R SUPPLY

TOOLS

 $      848.55

JONES COUNTY K-9 UNIT

DONATION

 $      100.00

JONES CO.SOLID WASTE MANAG.

LANDFILL ASSESSMENT

 $      644.62

L.L. PELLING

PATCH MIX

 $      461.37

LINWELD, INC

SUPPLIES

 $      102.69

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.

TELEPHONE

 $      226.17

MEGA LIFE AND HEALTH INS CO

INSURANCE

 $        63.00

MERLE TANK

MILEAGE

 $        22.54

MIDLAND TIMES

RENEWAL

 $      137.82

NEWSWEEK

SUBSCRIPTION

 $        35.00

POSTMASTER

POSTAGE

 $      123.00

RICKLEFS EXCAVATING LTD

LAGOON ROAD

 $  21,467.47

RITA BALICHEK

GRANT WRITING

 $      199.44

RIVER VALLEY

FUEL

 $      117.66

TIM PETERSEN

OVER PMT REFUND

 $        30.00

TIM PETERSEN

DEPOSIT REFUND

 $      100.00

TLZ STOP

MEALS/WA LEAK

 $        40.18

US CELLULAR

CELL PHONE

 $        88.69

WAL-MART

LIBRARY MATERIALS

 $      196.21

WAPSI WASTE

GARBAGE CONTRACT

 $   2,011.40

WREGIE MEMORIAL LIBRARY

CONTRIBUTION TO LIB.

 $   6,017.00

 

 

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TOTAL

 $107,009.21

 

RECEIPTS:  General $26,878.33; Library $6,467.00; RUT $3,630.48; Emergency $807.10; LOST $2,816.46; Debt Service $1,236.04; Water $4,722.43; Sewer $2,570.82; WWTF $6,727.96

 

     Mayor Tank opened the public hearing for the FY09 Budget Amendment at 7:03 pm.  A brief discussion was held.  There was no public response.  Tank closed the public hearing at 7:10 pm.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to approve Resolution 2009-8 FY09 Budget Amendment.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Russ Krejci wants to replace some of the lattice at McCreight Park that a kid in town kicked in.  The cops were called and everyone agreed that no charges would be pressed if the kid helped work on the shelter.  City Clerk will check with the insurance company to see of the City can be held liable if the kid is injured while helping because he is only 14 years old.  Krejci also wants to do some other work at the Park and has a couple of people who are willing to help him make some repairs.  Krejci estimated that the entire project would cost $500 or less.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to approve Russ Krejci to do the repairs at McCreight Park.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Maintenance supervisor Wink reported to the Council that most everything from City Wide Clean Up had been picked up.  He also asked the Council if he could get someone to sweep Prospect St.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Dobling to approve Wink hiring someone to sweep Prospect St.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Wink also told the Council of a culvert in a residents driveway that needs to be replaced.  The City Clerk will call the League of Cities and try to find out if this is the City’s responsibility or the homeowners.

     Wink will meet with the Jones County Engineer on Wed morning to look at the street by the old railroad tracks to see what can be done about getting it repaired.  On Thursday Wink will meet with Garien Plumbing to see if they can vacuum the sand out of the lagoon pit.  Wink also wants to do the smoke test to see where the sand is coming from.

     Tank reported that the landfill meeting was pretty normal.  One neighboring farmer wants the landfill to clean out his water-way that silted in from landfill dirt.

     Mayor Tank informed the Council that his statement last month about getting a survey from the neighbors before anyone could bring in a trailer house was incorrect.  This is only for commercial building wanting to move into a residential area.  The City cannot prohibit anyone from moving in a trailer house to be used as a residence.  Tank also said that the water meters are not working because they are defective and not because they were frozen.  Tank also expressed his dissatisfaction with the Council on their choice of contractor for the 1st Ave S Street Project. 

     Deputy Greg Graver from the Jones County Sheriff’s Dept. reported 89 hours spent in Oxford Junction for the month of April.  Wink and several others asked what could be done about a stray dog in town.  Graver advised proceeding with caution when trying to catch it.  Graver also encourages residents to call the sheriff’s office with any suspicious activity.  There have been a string of car break-ins recently and usually occur between the hours of 12-4 am. 

     Building permits were issued to 212 River Rd and 302 Main St.  An application for 406 3rd Ave. is being reviewed and most likely will be approved.

     Discussion was held on whether or not re-mesh could be used for sidewalk replacement instead of re-bar.  The Council feels that we need to stay with re-bar.  The City Clerk will find out who is responsible for paying for cement used to replace steps between the sidewalk and the street.

     Permission was given for the City Clerk to attend a Street Financial Training Class in Maquoketa on June 8th from 9-12.  The Clerk made the Council aware that the codification process has begun and if they know of any ordinances that need to be changed or updated to let her know as soon as possible.

     Barb Dobling reported that the circulation is up at the Wregie Memorial Library.  They did increase the insurance at the recommendation of the insurance company.  They have gotten a bid to paint the new windows inside and out.

     Marlene Flory from Junction for Opportunities presented the Council with a letter commending the home owners in town who are fixing up their homes and properties.  The letter also expressed concerns about a house on the north edge of town that is falling down and the property at 110 Randolph that has been badly neglected.  Flory also reported that the plant and walking taco sale during garage sale days went pretty well and they are planning a bake sale for the 23rd of May. 

     Moved by Balichek seconded by Bonny to approve the Amendments to Planning Grant Contracts through HMGP and PDM programs.  All Ayes. Motion Carried.

     A brief discussion was held on eliminating Bahnsen as the certified water operator and just keeping him on as the certified wastewater operator.  Wink said he talked to Bahnsen about it and the Mayor will also contact him about this.  Wink will be taking the wastewater test again in June and if he passes Bahnsen will be eliminated altogether and Wink will take over both positions.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to approve renewing liquor licenses for Coon’s Corner and TLZ Stop.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Balichek seconded by Bonny to approve Resolution 2009-9 Water Quality Report for the City of Oxford Junction for 2008.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Dobling seconded by Bonny to approve a $100 donation to the Midland 7th Grade ELP Class for their trip to Michigan.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Discussion was held about the house at 110 Randolph St.  The Clerk will research the proper procedure to follow in sending certified letter and getting it set up for an inspection.

     Mayor Tank presented Wink’s annual performance review to the Council and recommended a raise.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to approve the review and a 60 cent per hour raise for Wink.  Roll Call Vote.  Bonny Aye, Dobling Aye, Martin Aye, Balichek Aye, Schewe Nay.  Motion Carried.

     City Clerk will look into the City’s options for loans for the Curb & Gutter Project on Hwy 136 and for the Water Main Project.

     The Council agreed that some of our FEMA money could be used to buy the flood proof manhole covers for 1st Ave S if the Community Disaster Grant money is not received before construction starts on the street.

     There was no public response.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to adjourn at 9:05 pm.

 

 

 

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Merle Tank, Mayor                                                                              Attest:  Stacia Hansen, City Clerk

 

These minutes are not official minutes until approved by the City Council.