REGULAR MEETING:  September 10, 2013.  The regular meeting of the Oxford Junction City Council was held at the Wregie Memorial Library.  Mayor Tank called roll at 7 pm.  Council present were Bonny, Chase, Ewing, Klemme and Balichek entered at 7:07 pm.  Staff present was Hansen, Wink and Wiese.  Visitors were Dave DeWine, Kathleen Oberbroekling, Kristina Stevenson, Kris Lyons-City Attorney, Shirley Jones-Midland Times, and Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver.

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

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

 

ACCO                         

WA-CHEMICALS                  

$224.65

AFLAC                        

AFLAC INS                

$685.80

AgVantage FS, INC            

PREPAID LP-CITY HALL                    

$519.60

 

FIRE DEPT

$3,897.00

 

RUT

$3,897.00

 

WATER

$779.40

 

RE-ROD SIDEWALKS

$50.75

ALLIANT                      

STREET LIGHTS

$891.76

 

RUT

$82.95

 

SEWER

$84.77

 

WATER

$308.47

 

CITY HALL

$45.49

 

LIBRARY

$103.30

 

FIRE DEPT

$245.01

ALLIED WASTE

GARBAGE CONTRACT

$2,409.00

BIECHLER ELECTRIC INC        

NEW CONTACTOR WELL #3         

$336.96

 

NEW TRANSDUCER AT LIFT STATION

$75.40

CHEM RIGHT LABS              

LAB TESTING                   

$15.00

CITY OF OXFORD JUNCTION      

DEPOSIT REF-STACY GERDES      

$150.00

 

DEPOSIT REF-ALICIA GADE

$100.00

 

DEPOSIT REF-ROXANNE BISBEE

$90.09

CROP PRODUCTION SERVICES, INC

CHEMICALS

$138.68

DELORES EWING                

LIB-OPERATING EXPENSE         

$35.79

ECICOG                       

CDBG ADMIN FEE-WELL           

$1,127.00

FRANCINE BAHNSEN             

LIB-OPERATING EXPENSE         

$58.00

IIW ENGINEERS & SURVEYORS, PC

ENGINEERING-WELL              

$14,343.00

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE     

FED/FICA TAXES                

$2,509.77

IPERS                        

IPERS                         

$1,625.24

J & R SUPPLY                 

SUPPLIES                   

$203.00

JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL         

SUPPLIES                      

$97.21

JONES COUNTY EMERGENCY MGMT  

FY14 ANNUAL DUES              

$1,269.76

JONES COUNTY TREASURER       

LIB-PROPERTY TAXES            

$565.00

LOST NATION TELEPHONE CO.    

TELEPHONE-CITY HALL                    

$125.29

 

FIRE DEPT

$49.55

 

SEWER

$28.63

 

LIBRARY

$44.14

MANATT'S INC.                

SIDEWALKS                     

$418.95

MATT PARROTT/STOREY KENWORTHY

SUPPLIES-LASER CHECKS         

$194.94

MERLE TANK                   

MILEAGE-FEMA MTG              

$24.50

 

MILEAGE-LANDFILL MTG

$24.50

MIDLAND TIMES                

PUBLISHING                    

$157.80

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY PUMP      

REPAIRS LIFT STATION-FEMA     

$1,135.00

NOVUS AUTO GLASS             

REPLACE WINDOW IN WHITE TRUCK 

$250.00

P & K MIDWEST INC            

PARTS                         

$84.48

POSTMASTER                   

POSTAGE                       

$116.00

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS CO

FIRE DEPT-SUPPLIES/TECH SERVICE

$300.31

ROXANNE BISBEE               

DEPOSIT REF                   

$9.91

SHAWVER WELL COMPANY, INC

PAY APP NO 1-WELL

$103,045.67

STEVE FEUSS AUTO

FIRE DEPT-BATTERIES

$285.90

TLZ STOP                     

FUEL-CITY                        

$162.01

US CELLULAR                  

CELL PHONE BILL               

$62.66

UTILITY SERVICE CO., INC     

TOWER CONTRACT                

$3,764.73

VISA                         

LEAGUE CONFERENCE             

$370.00

 

I-DRIVE BACKUP

$49.50

 

FLAGS

$175.95

 

ANNUAL FEE

$12.00

VONBEHREN EXCAVATING INC     

EXCAVATE DRAINAGE DITCH       

$202.50

WALMART                      

LIB-SUPPLIES                  

$185.71

 

CITY SUPPLIES

$39.22

WENDLING QUARRIES            

ROCK                          

$60.56

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  8/02/2013  

 

$2,097.91

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  8/05/2013  

 

$439.76

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  8/16/2013  

 

$2,539.84

PAYROLL CHECKS ON  8/30/2013  

 

$2,436.32

   

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***** REPORT TOTAL *****     

 

$155,859.09

 

RECIEPTS:  General $3,773.74; Library $552.11; RUT $4,423.80; Employee Benefits $26.55; Emergency $1.68; LOST $3,089.99; Debt Service $23.41; Capital Projects $1,471.00; Water $6,868.35; Sewer $3,567.43; WWTF $6,665.41

 

     Dave DeWine addressed the Council about the concerns he had regarding the letter he received from the Sheriff about his boat and trailer.  He needs to get them into compliance according to City Ordinance or they will be towed.  Dave is upset because the law does not require a boat to be registered unless itís on the water and a trailer does not have to be licensed unless it is on the roadway. He also does not think a boat can be classified as a vehicle.   However, City Ordinance does require that all vehicles be properly licensed, tires aired up and in working order.  The vehicle also needs to not be a nuisance with regards to weeds and animal/rodent habitat.  The City attorney checked the ordinances and says it is classified as a vehicle.    Sheriff Graver stated that he first talked with DeWine 13 months ago and he has not seen any improvement or change of any kind to the boat since that meeting.  DeWine wants to get the boat out to the water by next summer.  Dave requested the Council give him another month extension to get the boat and trailer properly licensed due to new regulations regarding boat licenses. He must also get the tires aired up, the boat closed up and weeds and vegetation taken care of.  If this is not done then the boat will be towed by the Sheriff.

     Moved by Klemme seconded by Bonny to give DeWine a 30 day extension to get boat/trailer properly licensed and clean up property around it.  Roll Call Vote.  Bonny-Aye, Chase-Nay, Ewing-Aye, Klemme-Aye, Balichek-Aye.  Motion Carried. 

     Graver stated to the Council that the RV at the DeWald residence has been taken care of as far as registration, tires aired up, moved a little and weeds trimmed.  However, several vehicles at the DeLarm residence have not been taken care of and they will be towed.

     Kathleen Oberbroekling asked the Council for permission for her husband Herb to cut down a tree in front of their residence that is on City property.  Herb will either need to prove to the City that he has the proper insurance to do this job or sign a waiver.  The clerk will check with our insurance agent about the legality.  The City attorney didnít think it would be a problem. 

     Kris Lyons explained the options for proceeding on the 5 nuisance houses that have been served letters.  We have not heard a response from any of them or seen any improvement.  Lyons thought the simplest way to get something done would be to do the work ourselves, or hire it done, and assess the costs to the property taxes.  Three of the five houses have had fire damage and one is abandoned and about ready to fall down.  The fifth one is currently being lived in.  The Council decided to put the one that is lived in on hold for the time being while we work on the other 4.  We will get estimates on what it would cost to completely demolish the houses and bring the lot back to empty, sellable, ready to build on condition.  After we get the estimates we will send the owners one more letter stating what we are planning to do and here is how much it will cost.  If we still donít hear anything from them we will proceed with the abatement. 

     Sheriff Graver gave his monthly report to the Council.  He also suggested adding to our vicious dog definition to add animal rather than just a person being attacked.  

     Maintenance Superintendent Wink asked the Council if we could purchase some extra meters that Wyoming has left over.  They have switched to radio reads.  The Council thought that would be a good idea.  Wink will get an estimate for brakes on the red truck from Steve Feuss and Lasackís and get them fixed wherever is cheaper. 

     Discussion was held on who is supposed to make decisions and dictate how work is done with maintenance work.  Wiese was upset because the Mayor wanted to dictate how a job was done and the Council wasnít consulted.  Everyone needs to just talk things out and consult each other when issues arise so things donít escalate like they did. 

     We sent in a Notice of Intent to apply for a hazard mitigation grant through FEMA for lining our sewer pipe on 1st Ave S and also to buy an emergency trash pump.  We have received an invitation to apply for the grant.  We will go ahead and apply and if we do not receive it we will have to see how much money we have and how much we can do on our own. 

     The Council just received some information on a Community Visioning grant through Trees Forever.  It has to do with street/curb etc. enhancements.  They would like time to review the information and discuss it at the next meeting.

     There was a complaint about the weeds and trash at 121 Main.  The Council would like a letter sent to abate the nuisance.

     The Library has been looking for a new board member for a month with only one applicant. 

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Klemme to appoint Barb Dobling to the library board.  Roll Call Vote.  All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

     The library is still looking for a new librarian because Dee Ewing quit.  They will conduct interviews this time.

     Tank reported that the Junction for Opportunities is making plans for a pancake breakfast in Oct.

     Moved by Bonny seconded by Balichek to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 pm.

 

 

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Merle Tank, Mayor                                                                         Attest:  Stacia Hansen

 

 

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