April 1, 2019

Posted: April 1, 2019

Present: Holthaus, Beckman, Lienau, Langreck, Knutson.
Absent: None
Don Dilaura, Brian Zweibohmer and Zach Kriener from the Ossian Bee were present at the meeting.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Mayor Green called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm.

John Logsdon addressed the Council regarding his septic system. He explained when city sewer was made available to him in 1999 his septic system was only five years old and therefore asked the City for permission to defer connecting to the city sewer until his septic system became inoperable. The City granted Logsdon a five year deferment renewable every five years as long as his system was working. Logsdon noted that his septic system is in good working order but is getting old. His concern is what options are available for him to connect his home to City sewer.

A discussion followed with the Council concluding Logsdon has two options for connecting to a City sewer main: connect to the main located on the east side of Hill Street installing the pipe in the city’s right of way along Kuhn Drive or connect to the main located on the south side of Kuhn Drive boring under Kuhn Drive to his property. Logsdon said his current deferment expires in May 2019. He went on to explain that he hasn’t decided when he will abandon his septic system so he is asking the Council to grant him another five year deferment.

The Council reviewed the written police report submitted.

The Mayor commented on the following: city streets are all swept, positive police interactions, upgrading to LED lighting in the city shop and fire station and a grant received from Winneshiek County Development Inc.

Lienau made a motion approving the following consent items: March 4, 2019 council minutes, clerk’s reports and the monthly bills, seconded by Holthaus, carried.

Beckman made a motion approving the renewal of Jon Logsdon’s original May 1999 deferment, which allowed him to remain on his septic system at 236 Jessie Street instead of connecting to the City’s sanitary sewer system, for another five years to May 2024; the conditions of the original deferment will remain the same, seconded by Lienau, carried.

Holthaus made a motion introducing Resolution #615, a resolution approving FY2020 wages for the City employees, seconded by Beckman.
Whereupon the Mayor put the question on the motion and the following named Council Members voted:
Ayes: Holthaus, Langreck, Lienau, Beckman, Knutson.
Nays: None.
Whereupon the Mayor declared said motion carried and the resolution adapted.

Beckman made a motion introducing Ordinance #76, an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ossian, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to service charges for sewer rental, for its’ first reading, seconded by Holthaus.
Whereupon the Mayor put the question on the motion and the following named Council Members voted:
Ayes: Holthaus, Langreck, Lienau, Beckman, Knutson.
Nays: None.
Whereupon the Mayor declared said motion carried.

Lienau made a motion setting a public hearing for May 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm for the purpose of amending the FY2019 Budget, seconded by Holthaus, carried.

Beckman made a motion authorizing the City of Ossian to sweep the City of Castalia’s streets one time this spring charging $750.00 for the service, seconded by Lienau, carried.

Holthaus made a motion approving a building permit for Lance Peters, seconded by Knutson, carried.

The Council discussed a deteriorating section of roadway on the east end of North Street. The Council directed Dilaura to have a section sawed out to get a better indication as to how much repair may be needed. Other streets that may have problems will be re-evaluated when the frost is out of the ground.

Topics casually discussed included; the tree seedlings from the DNR should come sometime in late April, nuisance properties, and general maintenance matters.

Lienau made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Lienau, carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:38 pm.

March 2019 Expenses

  • Acentek-phone/internet charges 492.77
  • Aflac-employee deduction 309.78
  • Alliant Energy-elect utilities 5877.67
  • Badger Meter-service fee 64.20
  • Baker & Taylor-library books 234.11
  • Becker Hardware-supplies 94.45
  • Black Hills Energy-gas utilities 1004.35
  • Book Look-library books 144.91
  • Brian Zweibohmer-phone reimb 50.00
  • Card Services-tech supp. 26.70
  • Card Member Services-library supp. 13.02
  • Casey’s-vehicle operations 691.42
  • Center Point Large Print-books 133.26
  • City Laundering-services 222.40
  • Decorah Newspapers-library supp 57.06
  • Decorah Tech-services 113.75
  • Demco-library supp 30.50
  • Diabetic Living-subscription 19.96
  • Don Dilaura-phone reimb 50.00
  • Don’s Truck Sales-maint supp. 105.64
  • Family Support Pymt Ctr-pymt service 1423.00
  • Farmers Union Coop-fuel 186.22
  • Fayette Publishing-publication fee 337.29
  • Gworks-meeting fee 100.00
  • Hawkins-operating supplies 566.00
  • IAMU-member fues & mtg fee 671.00
  • IPERS-Mar. Ipers 3320.19
  • Jude Zweibohmer-reimb 14.40
  • L&B Electric-repair 592.84
  • Luana Savings Bank-h.s.a.pymt 450.00
  • Malcom Enterprises-garbage service 5028.04
  • Mr. Computer-tech service 246.40
  • Ossian Crown Club-member dues 50.00
  • Ossian Post Office-postage & box rent 241.60
  • Ossian Public Library-petty cash 84.17
  • Postville Vet Clinic-ups charges 63.00
  • Reilly Const.-snow removal 4080.00
  • Riley’s-library supp & repair 424.00
  • Rite Price Office Supply-supplies 24.61
  • IRS-Mar. Federal deposit 5506.50
  • Torkelson Motors-services 50.93
  • Treasurer State of Iowa-1st qtr taxes 2595.00
  • USA Bluebook-supplies 217.51
  • Wellmark-insurance 3197.45
  • Winn. Co. Engineer-repair 96.52
  • Ziegler Inc.-repair 251.36
  • March 2019 payroll 12886.67

Total 52440.65


March 2019 Expenses by Fund

  • General 24498.23
  • Road Use 8728.40
  • Employee Benefits 2745.36
  • Water 7627.54
  • Sewer 8841.12

Total 52440.65


March 2019 Receipts

  • General 21792.99
  • Road Use Tax 7441.75
  • Employee Benefits 1767.62
  • Emergency 426.03
  • Local Option Sales Tax 8017.29
  • Debt Service 3228.87
  • Water 10268.98
  • Sewer 11406.26

Total 64349.79