December 1, 2014

Posted: December 1, 2014

Present: E. Meyer, M. Meyer, Langreck, Holthaus.
Absent: Bushman.

Zak Kriener from the Ossian Bee and Don Dilaura and Brian Zweibohmer were present during the meeting.

Mayor Covell called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

Officer Lance Peters gave the police report. Peters noted the issue with junk vehicles at 209 Fisher Avenue has not yet been resolved.

Michaela Collins from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission presented a summary of the 2015 Winn. Co. Multi-Jurisdiction (MJ-9) Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan includes all cities and unincorporated areas of Winneshiek County and is expected to be submitted to FEMA for approval in the near future.

Mayor Covell reported the DOT has announced they will be resurfacing areas of Hwy 52; including the sections between Calmar and Ossian, Ossian and Castalia and Castalia and Postville. However it was noted there will be no work performed within the City limits. The project is proposed for construction during 2015. Covell also told the Council he has been in contact with the owners of the building located at 101 N. Lydia Street. The building has some structural issues making it unsafe. He noted the owners are actively seeking options to mitigate the problem. Discussion followed . It was the consensus of the group to have the owner attend the next council meeting to give an update as to what progress is being made to remedy the situation.

Holthaus made a motion approving the following consent items November 3, 2014 council minutes, clerk’s reports and the monthly bills, seconded by E. Meyer, carried, one absent.

E. Meyer made a motion introducing Resolution #550, a resolution adopting the 2015 Winneshiek County, Iowa Multi-Jurisdiction (MJ-9) Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, seconded by M. Meyer.

The Mayor put the question on the motion and the following named Council Members voted:
Ayes: Holthaus, Langreck, E. Meyer, M. Meyer.
Nays: None. Absent: Bushman
Whereupon the Mayor declared said motion approved.

M. Meyer made a motion introducing Resolution #549, a resolution waiving an acceptance requirement in Ordinance #61, seconded by Holthaus.

The Mayor put the question on the motion and the following named Council Members voted:
Ayes: Holthaus, Langreck, E. Meyer, M. Meyer.
Nays: None. Absent: Bushman
Whereupon the Mayor declared said motion approved.

The Mayor and Council discussed sections of the City Code that may need updating when the City’s Code of Ordinances is re-codified. Further consideration to any updates will be given as the re-codification process  continues.

A general discussion was held concerning the upcoming FY2016 Budget.

The city clerk reported the full-time City employee’s group health insurance premium will be increasing 14.7% on it’s February 1, 2015 renewal date.

Farmers Union Cooperative is considering building a maintenance shop on property they own at 102 Jessie Street and had concerns as to the distance the building needed to be from an adjacent street right-of-way. The consensus of the Council is to have the building placed eight to ten feet from the street right-of-way.

E. Meyer made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Langreck, carried, one absent. Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

November 2014 Expenses

  • Acentek-phone/internet charges 461.24
  • Aflac-employee deduction 161.52
  • Alliant Energy-elect. utilities 3990.96
  • Allied Systems-maint supplies 212.81
  • Anderson, Wilmarth etc.-legal fees 1150.00
  • Baker & Taylor-library books 480.83
  • Becker Hardware-misc. supp/repair 418.33
  • Beckmans Ace Hdwe-misc supplies 79.41
  • Black Hills Energy-gas utilities 368.78
  • Brian Zweibohmer-mtgs reimb 6.00
  • Cardmember Service-library supp. 12.87
  • Casey’s-vehicle operations 240.11
  • City Laundering-services 186.42
  • Collection Service Ctr- employ.deduct. 990.00
  • Cooportunity Health Ins-mnthly premium 1550.08
  • Croell Redi-Mix-maint supplies 147.50
  • Data Technologies-operating supplies 144.81
  • Display Sales Co.-lighting displays 7225.00
  • Don Dilaura-mtgs reimb 6.00
  • Erdman Engineering-services 782.00
  • Farmers Union Coop-operating
  • supp. 64.36
  • Fayette Publishing-publications 101.64
  • Fitness Magazine-subscription 9.99
  • Hach Co-operating supplies 3223.01
  • Hawkins-operating supplies 10.00
  • IIW Engineers-services 5100.00
  • IA Division of Labor-permit fees 160.00
  • Iowa Prison Industries-supplies 84.15
  • IRWA-member dues 200.00
  • IPERS-November Ipers 1790.73
  • Jeremy Larson-tools 651.15
  • Jude Zweibohmer-mtg reimb 36.33
  • Keystone Lab-lab fees 182.50
  • Kyle Meyer-mowing services 260.00
  • Luana Savings Bank-interest pymt 7396.25
  • Luana Savings Bank-h.s.a. pymt & fees 300.00
  • Malcom Enterprises-garbage service 5085.75
  • Post Office-postage 193.84
  • Our Iowa Magazine-subscription 32.98
  • Postville Vet Clinic-UPS chgs 39.00
  • Reilly Const-maint supplies 14.44
  • Riley’s Inc-operating supp 81.47
  • Richo Document Center-services 135.00
  • Rite Price Office Supp.-office supplies 136.10
  • IRS-November Federal deposit 3103.94
  • Tri-township Fire Dept- reimbursement 379.85
  • U.S. Cellular-phones & services 93.44
  • Winn Co. Recorder-service fees 21.00
  • Zoobooks-subscription 25.95
  • November payroll 7324.28

Total 54851.82


November 2014 Expenses by Fund

  • General 26213.62
  • Road Use 1973.33
  • Employee Benefits 734.68
  • Library Trust 32.98
  • Debt Service 7396.25
  • Water 8297.14
  • Sewer 10203.82

Total 54851.82


November 2014 Receipts

  • General 13607.49
  • Road Use Tax 7244.22
  • Employee Benefits 1182.50
  • Emergency 219.62
  • Local Option Tax 15993.48
  • Library Trust 32.98
  • Debt Service 1393.32
  • Water 9010.89
  • Sewer 11038.58

Total 59723.08