REGULAR MEETING:  May 13, 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, Chase, Krutzfeld and Thomsen.  Klemme was absent.  Staff present was Hansen and Wiese.  Visitors were Matt Pivit-Allied Waste, Doug Severson-Visu Sewer, Connie Knutsen-Cedar County Ambulance/Consultant, Denny Coon-Fire Chief, Jason Moine-Sportsman’s Den, Shirley Jones-Midland Times, Kristina Stevenson, Merle Tank, Mike Fields, Alvin Nerney, and Sheriff Greg Graver entered at 7:44. 

KLEMME ABSENT FOR ALL MOTIONS

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

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

 

AFLAC                        

AFLAC INS               

$337.56

AgVantage FS, INC            

DIESEL                        

$1,730.00

ALLIANT                      

STREET LIGHTS

$860.15

 

RUT

$102.40

 

SEWER

$128.20

 

WATER

$347.60

 

LIBRARY

$55.54

 

CITY HALL

$34.07

 

FIRE DEPT

$129.08

ALLIED WASTE SERVICES #897   

GARBAGE CONTRACT              

$2,409.00

APPARATUS TESTING SERVICE,LLC

FIRE DEPT PUMP TEST           

$308.00

BANKERS TRUST COMPANY        

CURB & GUTTER  LOAN PAYMENT      

$32,861.25

CHEM RIGHT LABS              

LAB TESTING                   

$15.00

COON'S CORNER                

SUPPLIES                      

$79.97

COOPORTUNITY HEALTH

HANSEN HEALTH INS (CREDIT ON BILL)

$334.75

DAN RIES                     

REIMBURSE BROKEN SEWER LINE   

$134.82

DOBLING INSURANCE            

CITY INSURANCE                

$30,307.00

FRANCINE BAHNSEN             

LIBRARY OPERATING EXPENSES    

$165.00

GASSER TRUE VALUE            

SUPPLIES                      

$94.96

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE     

FED/FICA TAXES                

$1,512.99

IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY       

PAY BACK EXTRA CDBG MONEY     

$60,187.49

IPERS                        

IPERS                         

$1,014.47

JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL         

SUPPLIES                      

$250.40

KATHRYN CHASE

YARD WASTE BAGS

$40.23

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.    

CITY HALL

$121.62

 

SEWER

$28.75

 

WATER

$28.75

 

LIBRARY

$44.05

 

FIRE DEP

$108.95

 

SHIPPING-WA SAMPLES

$25.13

MERLE TANK                   

MILEAGE-LANDFILL MTG          

$24.50

MIDLAND TIMES                

PRINTING                      

$304.92

OXFORD JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT  

LIB DONATION-BALL DIAMOND         

$100.00

P & K MIDWEST INC            

PARTS                         

$211.51

POSTMASTER                   

STAMPS                        

$68.00

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS 

FIRE DEPT RADIO SERVICES      

$309.70

STATE HYGIENIC LAB

LAB TESTING                   

$13.00

STEVE FEUSS AUTO             

FIRE DEPT-PARTS/LABOR         

$294.41

TLZ STOP                     

FUEL-FIRE DEPT                

$282.85

 

CITY 

$159.03

TREASURER STATE OF IOWA

1ST QRT SALES TAX

$1,132.00

US CELLULAR                  

CELL PHONE BILL               

$60.88

WALMART                      

LIBRARY                       

$207.68

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  4/11/2014  

 

$2,817.14

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  4/25/2014  

 

$2,020.16

   

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******REPORT TOTAL******

$141,802.96

 

RECEIPTS:  General $34,905.39; Library $1,037.21; Employee Benefits $8,128.17; Emergency $513.56; LOST $2,714.51; Debt Service $7,165.47; Water $6,906.01; Sewer $5,478.86; WWTF $6,507.00

 

     Mayor Shirley opened a public hearing at 7:02 to receive input from the general public concerning the current year budget amendment.  There were no written or oral comments or objections so Mayor Shirley closed the hearing at 7:04.

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Bonny to approve Resolution 2014-7 FY 2013-2014 Budget Amendment.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.   Motion Carried.

     Matt Pivit from Allied Waste presented the City with a recycling award.  The City recycled 56 tons last year.

     Connie Knutsen spoke to the Council about the ambulance service.  She explained that every small town has these problems when it comes to the ever changing paperwork that the State requires.  They also used to have the manpower to physically come out and help with the paperwork, but that is no longer an option.  Connie has stepped in as an “outside” consultant for the Oxford Junction ambulance and will oversee all of the paperwork before it is sent to the State so that we don’t run into these problems again.  The City, namely the Mayor, will be in charge of the service.  Denny Coon will be the director and he is the one to go to with any problems that anyone is having with the ambulance service.  Scott Andresen will be under Denny.  Connie has the application to get the service up and going again 90% complete.  She is hoping to have it in service again in 2-3 weeks.

     Doug Severson from Visu-Sewer gave the council some handouts and explained how they line and/or grout sewer pipes.  He will get the video of the pipe under 1st Ave S from City Hall and give the Council an estimate on lining that sewer pipe.

     Fire Chief Denny Coon stated they had 8 calls last month.  Mostly controlled burns that got out of hand in the grass.  They had an inspection from the ISO which evaluates fire protection across the state to determine insurance rates.  We need to have our new water lines flow tested so that we can hopefully get a better rating which in turn would lower home owner’s insurance rates.

     Sheriff Graver gave the Council the report from April.  The pit bull ordinance was discussed in great length.  We definitely need to keep a vicious animal ordinance in place but need to determine whether we should keep the ban on specific breeds such as the pit bull.

     Charlie Wiese reported that 3 different residences reported problems with their sewers but it was determined in each case to be in the home owner’s line and not the main.  Chet Lief is currently doing our water and wastewater reports.  He is charging $300 per month but is coming over to help Charlie with other things at the lagoons and digging lines. 

     We will post this week to hire another full time maintenance person.  Applications will be due back by May 31st.  We will also cancel the cell phone that Wink had.

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Krutzfeld to give Wiese $25/month towards his cell phone bill.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.   Motion Carried.

     Merle Tank reported that the landfill will be getting their new tractor any day now.  They are collaborating with the County to drill a new well.

     The clerk was asked to invite the new librarian Marta Petermann to the next meeting so everyone can meet her.

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Krutzfeld to approve Resolution 2014-6 Water Quality Report for 2013.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.   Motion Carried.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Thomsen to renew liquor licenses for TLZ Stop, Coon’s Corner and Sportsman’s Den (with new owner Jason Moine).  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.   Motion Carried.

     Council asked Moine if he still planned to have the 4th of July Street Dance that had been planned there.  Moine stated that he planned to do everything the same as Dave and Tim had planned.

     During public response Alvin Nerney asked if the Mayor and Clerk had received his letter stating that he got rid of his pit bull.  They had gotten the letter but the receipt from Cedar Valley Humane Society was not enclosed.

     Mike Fields stated that he was trying to get a roll off dumpster into his property on 1st Ave S but they would not deliver it because the hose that is running to Snead’s house is in the way.  He will let us know when they will be back so we can move the hose.

     Moved by Thomsen seconded by Krutzfeld to adjourn at 9:16 pm.

 

 

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Mike Shirley, Mayor                                                       Attest:  Stacia Hansen, City Clerk

 

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