January 6, 2020

Posted: January 6, 2020

Present: Holthaus, Knutson, Langreck, Goltz, Lienau.
Absent: None.
Don Dilaura, Brian Zweibohmer and Karl Schroeder were present at the meeting, along with Zak Kriener from the Ossian Bee.

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

South Winn-St. Teresa New Kids on the Block 2019 Lego League Team members Alley, Julia, Landon, Kelsey and Abby gave a presentation for a project aiming to improve our community. Their presentation consisted of plans to make Carey’s Park more handicapped accessible. This presentation will also be used for their state-wide Lego League completion.

Clark Goltz, on behalf of the Ossian Community Crown Club, explained their plan to construct a decorative barrier at the base of the electronic sign. Goltz noted this base will be aesthetically appealing and address safety concerns with the location of the sign. The organization will be seeking a grant to help fund the project. Goltz also highlighted the activities and events their organization was involved with, a summary of the pavilion costs and the funding efforts plus a proposed plan for future additions or improvements to the parks.

Dustin Baumler, from Computer Repair, demonstrated camera options available for the security system to be installed at the shop/fire station facility. It was the consensus of the Council to upgrade the cameras from what was originally quoted. Baumler noted he will re-estimate his original quote to include the upgraded cameras, labor and use of conduit as part of the installation cost. No police report was submitted.

Mayor Beckman’s report included: a summation of the December 7, 2019 Holiday Train event, a time line for hiring a new city clerk, an issue involving the Library, the extra meetings he attended as Ossian’s representative, noted the fire department’s purchase of a different fire rescue unit and presented the Council with their committee appointments.

Jesse Bodensteiner asked for clarification concerning the new UTV/golf cart regulations that allow their travel on city streets.

Langreck made a motion approving the following consent items: December 2, 2019 council minutes, clerk’s reports and the monthly bills, seconded by Lienau, carried.

Lienau made a motion renewing the Occupational Health Service Agreement with Gundersen Lutheran Administrative Services for January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, seconded by Goltz, carried.

Holthaus made a motion to introduce Ordinance #79. an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ossian, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to operating budget preparation, for its first reading, seconded by Langreck.
Whereupon the Mayor put the question on the motion and following named Council Members voted:
Ayes: Holthaus, Langreck, Goltz, Lienau, Knutson.
Nays: None.
Whereupon the Mayor declared said motion carried.

Langreck made a motion requesting the second and third readings for Ordinance #79 be waived, and Ordinance #79 be passed and approved, seconded by Lienau.
Whereupon the Mayor put the question on the motion and following named Council Members voted:
Ayes: Holthaus, Langreck, Goltz, Lienau, Knutson.
Nays: None.
Whereupon the Mayor declared said motion carried with Ordinance #79 becoming effective upon publication.

Lienau made a motion approving Resolution #626, a resolution authorizing the mayor and city clerk to execute certain financial institution documents, seconded by Knutson, carried.

Lienau made a motion setting a public hearing for the Proposed Property Tax Levy for February 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., seconded by Holthaus, carried

Holthaus made a motion approving the renewal of Wild Woods Event Center’s Class C Liquor/Sunday Sales Permit and Casey’s General Store’s Class C Beer/Class B Wine/Sunday Sales Permit, seconded by Knutson, carried.

Following review of the city employees’ health insurance options, Lienau made a motion recommending the City renew the current health insurance plan; myBlue HDHP/Silver 4500 PPO effective February 1, 2020, seconded by Knutson.

A general discussion regarding the FY2021 Budget included; building and property maintenance, utility repairs, debt payments and other miscellaneous items. Further consideration of the FY2021 Budget along with employee wages will be made at the February 3, 2020 council meeting.

Lienau made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Knutson, carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:55 pm.

December 2019 Expenses

  • Acentekphone/internet charges 499.56
  • Aflac employee insurance 335.92
  • Alliant Energyelect utilities 6178.98
  • Allied Systemsrepair 191.88
  • Badger Meterservice fees 64.50
  • Barco Municipal Productssupplies 504.20
  • Becker Hardware-maint supplies/repair 153.80
  • Black Hills Energy-gas utilities 687.52
  • Book Look-library books 241.85
  • Brian Zweibohmer-phone reimb 50.00
  • Casey’s-vehicle operations 334.00
  • Chuck’s Service-supplies & services 286.72
  • City Laundering-services 114.65
  • Cooking Light-subscription 30.00
  • Decorah Tech-tech services 97.50
  • Des Moines Stamp Co.-supplies 86.10
  • Don Dilaura-phone,mtgs reimb 195.32
  • Family Support Pymt Ctr-pymt service 1423.00
  • Fayette Publishing-publication fee 80.73
  • IRS- December Federal deposit 3758.01
  • Food Network Magazine- subscription 27.97
  • Green Lawn-lawn services 1010.00
  • Hawkins-operating supplies 10.00
  • Iowa League of Cities-manuals 280.00
  • Iowa Prision Industries-supplies 33.00
  • IRWA-member dues 225.00
  • IPERS-December Ipers 2329.99
  • Iroc Web Servicestech services 90.00
  • Keystone Lablab fees 403.00
  • Luana Savings Bank- HSA pymt & fees 460.00
  • Malcom Enterprises-garbage serv. 4996.79
  • Mitinet-library services 250.00
  • Ness Pumpingrental fee 875.00
  • Ossian Post Officepostage 201.30
  • Ossian Public Library-petty cash reimb 80.92
  • Reminiscesubscription 29.98
  • Riley’slibrary supplies 30.00
  • Spee-Dee Deliverty-shipping chgs 74.10
  • Storey Kenworthy-supplies 39.42
  • Treas. State of IA-state taxes 2062.00
  • Tri State Doors-repair 70.00
  • Upper Explorerland RPC-mtg fee 25.00
  • USA Bluebook-supplies 35.57
  • Wellmark-insurance 3197.45
  • Winn. Co. Auditorelection chgs 1137.39
  • December 2019 payroll 10127.37

Total 43415.49

2019 Gross Wages

  • Joyce Bakewell 44944.04
  • Bryan Beckman 495.00
  • Don Dilaura 55590.60
  • Kay Elsbernd 13490.00
  • William Green 2340.00
  • Penny Hertges 2538.78
  • Mitchell Holthaus 540.00
  • David Knutson 540.00
  • Dan Langreck 540.00
  • Susan Lienau 450.00
  • Sarah McGee 19.46
  • Julia Schildmeyer 6157.13
  • Randall Timp 6372.80
  • Brian Zweibohmer 47529.12
  • Judyth Zweibohmer 6592.37

Total 188139.30


December 2019 Expenses by Fund

  • General 23873.16
  • Road Use 3286.24
  • Employee Benefits 2445.36
  • Water 6026.76
  • Sewer 7783.97

Total 43415.49


December 2019 Receipts

  • General 24092.47
  • Road Use Tax 6696.67
  • Employee Benefits 2326.88
  • Emergency 417.63
  • Local Option Sales Tax 17630.32
  • Library Trust 105.50
  • Debt Service 2453.20
  • Capitol Project 19620.00
  • Water 11905.61
  • Sewer 16212.36

Total 101460.64