February 1, 2016

Posted: February 1, 2016

Present: Meyer, Lienau, Holthaus, Langreck, Beckman.
Absent: None.

Don Dilaura, Brian Zweibohmer, along with Zak Kriener from the Ossian Bee were present during the meeting.

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

Chris Wiltgen, Joe Kriener Darin Kleve and Dave Greve, representing a planning committee that is proposing to create a joint-community recreation program, explained how they are anticipating the proposed program to work: a full time recreation director would be hired to manage and organize all youth and adult activities for the communities involved, each city involved would be asked to help fund the position, facilities in each community would be utilized, a board with representatives from each community would be established to oversee the program. Discussion between the groups followed. The Council will give further thought to the matter at the March 7th meeting before a decision is made as to whether or not the City will commit to the joint-community recreation program.

Officer Ward gave the police report; new officer is doing well; participated in training programs, working on a theft case.

Mayor Green reported he attended three meetings during the month which involved the County’s emergency management, the County Assessor and the proposed joint-community recreation program.

Meyer made a motion approving the following consent items, January 4, 2016 council minutes, clerk’s reports and the monthly bills, seconded by Beckman, carried.

Holthaus made a motion approving a building permit for D&L Properties, seconded by Lienau, carried.

Meyer made a motion to re-appoint Don Dilaura, as the City’s representative, to the Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill Board, seconded by Beckman, carried.

Lienau made a motion appointing Mayor Green to serve as the City’s representative on the Tri-Township Fire District Board, seconded by Langreck, carried.

Holthaus made a motion approving the Alcohol Beverage Permit renewals for Silver Springs Golf & Country Club and Coop One Stop, seconded by Meyer, carried.

Meyer made a motion approving a $100.00 contribution to the 2016 South Winneshiek Post Prom Event, seconded by Lienau, carried.

Langreck made a motion introducing Resolution #563, a resolution amending section 2.11 Insurance, of the City of Ossian’s Employee Handbook, seconded by Beckman, carried.

The Mayor put the question on the motion and the following named Council Members voted:
Ayes: Holthaus, Langreck, Beckman, Lienau, Meyer.
Nays: None.
Thereupon the Mayor declared said motion approved.

The city clerk went over the revenue and expense figures for the FY17 Budget with the Mayor and Council. The proposed tax levy is set at $12.65; down $.18 from the current budget’s levy of $12.84. Larger budget items discussed included sidewalk repairs, community center improvements, pickup, street maintenance, park improvements, summer recreation programs, cemetery mowing, debt payments and water & sewer improvements.

Holthaus made a motion setting the public hearing date and time for the FY17 Budget for March 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., seconded by Meyer, carried.

Handicapped parking concerns near the Ossian Medical Clinic was discussed. It was concluded improvements to the parking issues will be addressed when weather permits.

The Council discussed a water issue involving a customer living outside the City’s boundaries. The city clerk was directed to contact the City’s attorney on the matter.

Holthaus made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Lienau. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 pm.

January 2016 Expenses

  • Acentek-phone/internet charges 454.55
  • Aflac-employee deduction 165.84
  • Alliant Energy-electric utilities 5740.43
  • Baker & Taylor-library books 492.34
  • Becker Hardware-services & repair 589.34
  • Beckmans Ace Hardware-misc supp 123.92
  • Black Hills Energy-gas utilities 728.73
  • Book Look-library books 282.81
  • Bruening Rock Products-rock 197.60
  • Casey’s-vehicle operations 168.38
  • City Laundering-services 84.74
  • Collection Service Ctr- employ.deduct. 990.00
  • Corrpro-tower maint. 825.00
  • Amos Publishing-subscription 19.99
  • Decorah Newspapers-library ads 30.38
  • Demco-library supplies 240.27
  • Denis Holien-fire dept. services 600.00
  • Farmers Union Coop-vehicle operation 197.91
  • Fayette Publishing-publication fee 146.96
  • Hach Company-operating supplies 1247.46
  • Hawkins-operating supplies 10.00
  • IIW Engineers-engineering services 1070.00
  • IPERS-Jan. Ipers 1829.38
  • Jude Zweibohmer-reimbursement 24.64
  • Keystone Lab-lab fees 309.50
  • Linderbaum Auto Co-repair 152.00
  • Luana Savings Bank-h.s.a.pymt 300.00
  • Malcom Enterprises-garbage service 4946.00
  • MEP Engineers-engineering services 860.63
  • Mid America Publishing-subscription 43.00
  • Omnisite-wireless service 276.00
  • Ossian Lumber Co-supplies 14.75
  • Post Office-postage 196.70
  • Postville Vet Clinic-UPS chgs 54.00
  • Reilly Const-handrail & install 3226.00
  • Riley’s-supplies 30.00
  • Rite Price Supply-library supplies 61.54
  • IRS-Jan Federal deposit 3440.31
  • Shape Magazine-subscription 5.99
  • Treas. State of Iowa- 4th qtr sales taxes 2167.00
  • Tri Township Fire Dept-annual contrib. 1500.00
  • U.S. Cellular-phones & services 93.93
  • Wellmark-insurance premium 1992.12
  • Winn. Co. Auditor-election expense 965.47
  • January payroll 7153.30

Total 44048.91


January 2016 Expenses by Fund

  • General 21687.99
  • Road Use 2117.83
  • Employee Benefits 2092.12
  • Local Option Tax 1070.00
  • Water 10600.22
  • Sewer 6480.75

Total 44048.91


January 2016 Receipts

  • General 24006.99
  • Road Use Tax 7599.29
  • Employee Benefits 145.27
  • Emergency 24.23
  • Local Option Tax 8163.50
  • Library Trust 230.00
  • Debt Service 148.61
  • Water 10159.11
  • Sewer 12609.85

Total 63086.85