REGULAR MEETING:  May 8, 2012.  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 Bonny, Chase, Ewing, Wiese and Balichek.  Staff present was Hansen.  Visitors were Denny Coon-Fire Chief, Gary Hughes-ECICOG, and Marlene Flory-JFO & Midland Times.

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

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

 

ACCO

CHEMICALS

$184.65

AFLAC

AFLAC INS

$312.24

ALLIANT

STREET LIGHTS

$847.62

 

RUT

$52.37

 

SEWER

$35.23

 

WATER

$235.81

 

LIBRARY

$46.57

 

CITY HALL

$30.81

 

FIRE DEPT

$105.43

ALLIED WASTE SERVICES #897

GARBAGE CONTRACT

$2,299.00

BAKER & TAYLOR

LIB MATERIALS

$463.85

CHEM RIGHT LABS

LAB TESTING-WATER

$86.00

 

LAB TESTING-SEWER

$15.00

CITIZENS STATE BANK

FIRE TRUCK PRINCIPAL

$3,000.00

 

FIRE TRUCK INTEREST

$876.88

CITY OF OXFORD JUNCTION

POSTAGE/CASH BOX

$5.30

COON'S CORNER

SUPPLIES

$29.81

CROP PRODUCTION SERVICES

CHEMICALS

$14.83

DENNY COON

TONER-FIRE DEPT

$85.59

DOBLING INSURANCE

CITY INSURANCE

$63.00

ECICOG

GRANT ADMIN/WATER MAINS

$224.50

FRANCINE BAHNSEN

LIB OPERATING EXPENSES

$79.75

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

FED/FICA TAXES

$1,280.17

IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY

FLOOD LOAN PRINCIPAL PMNT

$236,596.02

IOWA RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION

WIESE CLASS

$20.00

IPERS

IPERS

$832.16

J & R SUPPLY

CURB STOP

$137.00

JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL

SUPPLIES

$122.54

JONES COUNTY AUDITOR

ELECTION EXPENSES

$1,468.06

LASACK BROS & CO.REPAIR

VEHICLE REPAIR/MAINT

$267.59

THE LIBRI FOUNDATION

LIBRARY GRANT BOOKS

$1,061.66

LINK HYDRAULIC INC

PARTS

$12.52

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.

SHIPPING WA SAMPLES

$10.40

 

CITY PHONE

$115.59

 

SEWER PHONE

$27.61

 

LIBRARY PHONE

$42.90

 

FIRE DEPT PHONE

$47.22

MERLE TANK

MILEAGE

$83.50

MIDLAND TIMES

PRINTING/PUBLISHING

$154.37

POSTMASTER

POSTAGE

$109.00

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS

FIRE DEPT PARTS

$102.51

STEVE FEUSS AUTO

FIRE DPT RADIO BATTERIES

$353.40

TLZ STOP

FUEL-CITY

$92.79

 

FUEL-FIRE DEPT

$40.15

US CELLULAR

CELL PHONE BILL

$89.25

WYOMING AUTO PARTS & SERVICE

SUPPLIES

$42.55

   

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TOTAL

$252,203.20

 

RECEIPTS:  General $23,015.31; Library $548.66; RUT $3,541.08; Employee Benefits $3,714.21; Emergency $430.55; LOST $2,813.14; Debt Service $1,213.55; Capital Projects $2,342.00; Water $6,276.13; Sewer $3,222.81; WWTF $6,805.18

 

     Mayor Tank opened a Public Hearing for comments on the USDA Loan Application for the fire department roof at 7:02 pm.  Denny Coon explained that the roof would not be pitched as previous discussed.  There would be a new membrane put on and tarred.  No other comments were made.  Mayor Tank closed the hearing at 7:04 pm.

     Moved by Balichek seconded by Bonny to approve Resolution 2012-12 Application to USDA for Grant Money for Fire Station Roof.  Funding breakup as follows:  USDA $3,450; Fire Dept $5,750; Ambulance $5,750; Previous years left over fire dept budget $5,000; City of Oxford Junction $3,050.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Gary Hughes from ECICOG explained to the Council that there is extra money left from the CDBG for the water main project because the cost came in lower than projected.  We can ask the State to up their share of the project costs from 65% to 71% to give us the extra money.  Gary has prepared two letters for the City, one requesting the extra money and one to ask for a time extension for the grant.

        Denny Coon thanked the Council for approving the money for the fire station roof.  He stated that all of their radios had been updated to the narrow band feature.  The department will be helping cook for the breakfast for Ragbrai and also for the bank appreciation supper in July.

     The maintenance department sent a list of things they accomplished this past month.  Bonny and Tank had an interview with Wink for his annual review.  They recommended a 50 cent raise.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to give Wink a 50 cent raise starting the next pay period.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Balichek seconded by Bonny to let Wink and Wiese attend an electrical class in Maquoketa on May 10th & 11th.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Mayor Tank reported that the landfill is taking bids this month for the 5 year contract to haul the waste from the landfill to Milan.  Otherwise, everything is running as normal.

     Mayor Tank asked the Council their thoughts on trying to bring Natural Gas to the City.  The Council seemed responsive and wants the Mayor to look into it more.  Tank also gave the Council a packet from the meeting he attended in Manchester.  It was very informative and had a lot of good tips for the City. 

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to get a new net and fix up the tennis court a little.  This will be a trial basis and if it is vandalized we will not do it again.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Discussion was held about appointing Barb Dobling to the library board as requested by the library.  The Council and Mayor thought it would be a good idea to see if we could find a man to serve instead to try to conform with the new gender balanced rule.  An ad will be placed in the Booster.

     Marlene Flory with the Junction for Opportunities stated that they have ordered Frisbee Golf for the Wapsi Park.  Garage sale day will be this Sat.  They are also taking applications for house paint, landscaping and a scholarship, and are making plans for the 4th of July.

     We are working on getting the financing in place for the Curb & Gutter project.  Our bond attorney has been in contact with a couple of banks and we will also be getting a proposal from Speer Financial as well.  This will be discussed more at the next meeting.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Wiese to authorize the Mayor to request and execute an amendment to the CDBG Funding Agreement with the Iowa Economic Development Authority to extend time of performance through June 30, 2012 for the purpose of requesting additional budget authority to draw-down residual grant funding remaining as a balance available following completion of the City’s water distribution project.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     We are still waiting on the DNR to get the flood plain permit before we can proceed any further on the new well project.

     Tank and Chase will attend the small city workshop on May 31st in Monticello.

     Junk cars around town were discussed.  The Mayor will contact the Sheriff to see what we can do to get these out of town.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to approve renewing the liquor license for TLZ Stop and Coons Corner.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to accept the bid from Mike Bicknese for tree removal.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Balichek seconded by Bonny to approve Resolution 2012-11 Water Quality Report for 2011.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to donate $200 to the Ragbrai Committee.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to allow Last Call to fence in an area behind the building for a beer garden for smokers and to apply for an outdoor service are on their liquor license.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     There was no public response.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Chase to adjourn the meeting at 8:28 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.