Posted: February 6, 2023
Present: Goltz, Holthaus, Knutson, Langreck, Lienau Absent: None
City employees present: Chad Bohr, Brian Zweibohmer, Ashley Goltz
Also present: Kermit Oakland, Kathy Schwartzoff
Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Mayor Beckman called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Mayor Beckman announced the public hearing for the FY24 proposed max levy was open for any questions or comments. There were no written comments or objections submitted, nor were there any comments or objections from those present. Mayor Beckman closed the public hearing.
Gworks Staff discussed additional software programs with the council.
Kathy Schwartzoff and friends addressed the council regarding placing a tree in Carey’s Park in memory of Robyn Dundee. The city will work with Pinter’s to find a suitable location for the tree. Schwartzoff left after addressing the council.
Council reviewed the submitted police report for January.
Langreck made a motion approving the following consent items: January 4, 2023 council minutes, clerk’s reports, and the monthly bills; second by Lienau, carried.
Lienau made a motion approving Resolution 687, a resolution concerning a maximum proposed property tax levy for the FY24 budget; seconded by Knutson.
Whereupon the Mayor put the question on the motion and the following named Council Members voted:
Ayes: Holthaus, Langreck, Lienau, Goltz, Knutson. Nays: None.
Whereupon the Mayor declared said motion carried and the resolution adopted.
Lienau made a motion setting the public hearing date and time for the FY24 Budget for March 6, 2023 at 5:00 p.m., seconded by Goltz, carried. A general discussion was held concerning the FY24 budget. The city clerk went over the property tax levy explaining the various levies within the city’s budget. The other larger sources of revenue the city receives come from franchise fees, local option tax, road use tax and the water and sewer fees.
Council reviewed the FY22 audit findings and recommendations as presented by Rachelle K. Thompson, CPA.
Council had discussion on Gworks software program and decided not to purchase addition programs at this time.
Lienau made a motion awarding the Hillside Cemetery mowing contract to Kyle Meyer at the rate of $155.00/mowing for the 2023 mowing season; second by Knutson, carried.
Water and sewer rates were discussed along with the costs associated with the eventual upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant. In order to help the city be more prepared when that time comes, Lienau made a motion to increase both the water and sewer improvement fees by $4; second by Langreck, carried. The clerk will prepare ordinances to have a first reading at the next meeting.
Employee wages were discussed. Lienau made a motion approving a $300 per year increase for Fire Chief Denis Holien; second by Goltz, carried with Goltz, Holthaus, Knutson, Langreck, and Lienau voting aye. Lienau made a motion approving a wage increase to $15.00/hour for Randy Timp; second by Lienau, carried with Goltz, Holthaus, Knutson, Langreck and Lienau voting aye. Knutson made a motion approving a wage increase of $1.50/hour for Ashley Goltz; second by Holthaus, carried with Holthaus, Knutson, Langreck and Lienau voting aye and Goltz abstaining. Due to wage increases in November 2022, Lienau made a motion to keep Brian Zweibohmer and Chad Bohr at their current wages; second by Langreck with Goltz, Langreck and Lienau voting aye and Holthaus and Knutson voting nay, motion carried.
Nuisance properties were discussed. The council advised having Pat Dillon, city attorney, reach out to the Defendant regarding progress via current court case.
Lienau made a motion to purchase bows for the streetlights with garland; second by Holthaus, carried.
Holthaus made a motion to purchase a locator for the Public Works Department; second by Lienau, carried.
Council had a general discussion regarding snow shoveling, mailboxes, Veteran’s Memorial, and gateway connection and upcoming council meetings.
Langreck made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Lienau; carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:24pm.
January 2023 Expenses
- Acentek–network services 864.62
- Aflac–employee insurance 211.00
- Alliant Energy–elect utilities 7253.61
- Allied Benefit Systems–insurance 689.39
- Badger Meter–services 965.25
- Baker & Taylor–libr books 842.36
- Becker Hardware–supplies 107.94
- Black Hills Energy–gas utilities 2905.32
- Brian Zweibohmer–reimb 50.00
- Casey’s General Store–fuel 641.40
- Chad Bohr–reimb 50.00
- Chuck’s Service–vehicle operations 42.50
- City Laundering Co.–services 139.85
- Decorah Electric–repairs 262.50
- Denis Holien–dues 1200.00
- Family Support Payment Center 1423.00
- Farmer’s Union Coop–supplies 21.60
- Fayette Publishing–publishing 134.25
- Fidelity Bank & Trust 3506.24
- Gundersen Heath Services–fees 57.00
- Hawkins–supplies 80.00
- Hi–Viz Safety–signs 100.00
- IAMU–dues 427.00
- IPERS–January Ipers 2309.53
- Kurt Anfinson–dues 500.00
- Luana Savings Bank–HSA/fees 460.00
- Malcom–garbage 5910.11
- Microbac Lab–lab fees 219.00
- Mid America Publishing–libr subscrip 45.00
- Midwest Patch–street supplies 141.00
- Omnisite–service 1022.00
- Ossian Bee–libr subscrip 48.99
- Ossian Post Office–postage 258.84
- Reilly Construction–supplies 145.43
- Spee–dee Delivery–shipping 94.22
- Storey Kenworthy–supplies 54.89
- Winneshiek County Recorder 12.00
- January 2023 payroll 9274.02
- Bryan Beckman 2385.00
- Chad Bohr 57426.25
- Kay Elsbernd 22553.43
- Ashley Goltz 39472.00
- Graham Goltz 585.00
- Penny Hertges 2700.62
- Mitchell Holthaus 585.00
- David Knutson 585.00
- Dan Langreck 585.00
- Susan lienau 585.00
- Julia Schildmeyer 6180.17
- Randall Timp 806.00
- Brian Zweibohmer 55374.75
January 2023 Expenses by Fund
- General 23208.23
- Road Use 2980.35
- Employee Benefits 1139.39
- Water 6657.67
- Sewer 8484.22
January 2023 Receipts
- General 34053.19
- Road Use Tax 7496.08
- Employee Benefits 47.26
- Emergency 12.32
- Local Option Sales Tax 10807.27
- Debt Service 101.21
- Water 9818.18
- Sewer 13324.80