July 2, 2018

Posted: July 2, 2018

Present: Holthaus, Beckman, Knutson, Langreck, Lienau.
Absent: None.
Don Dilaura, Mike Meyer and Zak Kriener from the Ossian Bee were present during the meeting. Natalie Knutson and Tanner Baumler were present during a portion of the meeting.

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

Officer Ward gave his police report citing a couple of incidents he was called to and also noted his involvement in numerous training functions.

Mayor Green reported Winneshiek County mayors met informally and will continue to do so to brainstorm ideas and share what is happening in their communities.

Lienau made a motion approving the following consent items: June 4, 2018 council minutes, clerk’s reports and the monthly bills, seconded by Langreck, carried.

Following discussion, Lienau made a motion setting the rate for individual paid for operating the sound and video equipment at the City’s pavilion in Carey’s Park at $15.00/hr, seconded by Beckman, carried.

Beckman made a motion approving the Crown Club’s request to use their park improvement funds to have a concrete pad installed along the full width of the back side of the pavilion, seconded by Holthaus, carried. For long term purposes, the Council suggested the Crown Club consider increasing the width of the pad to eight feet instead of the six foot being proposed.

Beckman made a motion approving the Urban Revitalization/Tax Abatement project submitted by Mark and Annette Zweibohmer making those improvements eligible for the tax abatement program, seconded by Knutson, carried.

Natalie Knutson and Tanner Baumler approached the Council to apply for a permit for the display of fireworks at 510 E. Main Street. Knutson explained the adjoining neighbors have all been contacted and did not oppose the event.

Baumler noted he has the training and will be the pyrotechnic operator.

Beckman made a motion approving a permit for a pyrotechnic display to Natalie and Dave Knutson and Tanner Baumler for July 6, 2018 at 510 E. Main Street with a rain date of July 8, 2018, seconded by Holthaus, carried with Knutson abstaining.

The results of televising a storm at 108 E. Brooks Street was discussed. The concrete portion of the line looks good. It is anticipated that a joint(s) has shifted and is sucking in dirt. In lieu of replacing the entire pipe, it was the consensus of the Council to make the repairs to seal the joint(s).

Lienau told the Mayor and Council the Community Center’s meeting room was recently painted by a group of volunteers and asked the Council to consider banning any temporary or permit items from being attached to the ceiling or walls. Lienau went on to explain because the meeting room is used for many family functions it would seem appropriate to keep the room free of signs, etc. pertaining to organizations or groups using the facility. The organizations using the facility should be able to display literature, etc. on tables, stands, etc. and then remove it after their event. If the City would have room to accommodate storing some of these items we could try and do so. It was the general consensus to conclude the discussion at the August 6, 2018 meeting.

The topic of a city-wide fall clean-up day was discussed. It was decided to finalize a date when the city-wide fall garage sale date was set. Once the date is established information will be sent to Ossian residents.

The Council suggested contacting additional carpenters asking if they were interest in submitting a cost estimate to make the repairs to the city buildings that were damaged by hail.

Holthaus made a motion to approve building permits for applications submitted by Jeff Schissel and Robyn Dundee, second by Lienau, carried.

A general discussion included; minor improvements needed in the community center meeting room, video screen for the pavilion, lettering and restroom signage for the community center building and the curbing style in Military Trail Estates.

Lienau made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Langreck, carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm.

June 2018 Expenses

  • Acentek-phone/internet charges 492.41
  • Aflac-employee deduction 254.40
  • Ahmed Khalili-tech services 595.00
  • Alliant Energy-elect utilities 6615.02
  • Badger Meter-service fee 63.60
  • Baker & Taylor-library books 608.35
  • Becker Hardware-repair & supplies 667.65
  • Black Hills Energy-gas utilities 87.74
  • Bohr Construction-street repair 1485.00
  • Book Look-library books 244.85
  • Brian Zweibohmer-phone reimb 50.00
  • Card Member Services-library supplies 487.48
  • Casey’s-vehicle operations 394.46
  • Center Point Large Print-library books 104.18
  • City Laundering-services&supplies 174.82
  • Continental Research Corp- supplies 354.91
  • Demco-library supplies 46.25
  • Don Dilaura-phone/mtg reimb 239.84
  • Dons Truck Sales-supplies & repair 2084.18
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLp-legal services 6000.00
  • Drillings All Season Sports- supplies 725.98
  • Family Support Pymt Ctr-pymt service 1423.00
  • Farmers Union Coop-supplies 315.00
  • Fayette Publishing-publication fee 317.23
  • Flags USA-supplies 349.00
  • Gareth Steven Inc-library books 73.95
  • Green Repair-equip repair 684.57
  • Hach Co-operating supplies 3646.79
  • Hawkins-operating supplies 15.00
  • ICAP-insurance 19099.99
  • IMWCA-insurance 7182.00
  • Iowa League of Cities-dues 746.00
  • IPERS-June Ipers 2600.37
  • Joyce Bakewell-supplies reimb 162.87
  • Keystone Lab-lab fees 301.50
  • Knowbuddy Resources-library books 78.85
  • Kyle Meyer-mowing services 630.00
  • Landon Garcia-services 30.00
  • Luana Savings Bank-h.s.a.pymt & fees 450.00
  • Malcom Enterprises-garbage service 5043.73
  • Marvin Meyer-mtg reimb 47.46
  • MidAmerica Books-library books 166.76
  • Midwest Tajpe-library videos 424.78
  • Mr. Computers USA-tech supplies 199.95
  • Ossian Lumber Co-maint. Supplies 95.93
  • Ossian Post Office-postage/box rent 252.65
  • Postville Vet Clinic-ups charges 84.00
  • Pro Earth Environmental-maint supp. 930.00
  • Reilly Construction-snow removal 360.00
  • Riley’s-library supplies 30.00
  • Rite Price Office-supplies 505.66
  • River City Paving-maint. Supplies 595.76
  • Roger Colbenson-supplies 1575.00
  • Rosen Publishing-library books 89.87
  • Smart Apple Media-library books 238.83
  • Speer Financial-services 8455.00
  • IRS-June Federal deposit 4381.23
  • Security State Bank-service fee 15.00
  • Thoroughbred Entainmnt- equipment 5171.26
  • Treas State of Iowa-state tax 2276.00
  • USA Bluebook-supplies 190.08
  • Utility Equip Co-repair 70.84
  • Wellmark-insurance premium 3268.46
  • Zarnoth Brush Works-operating supp 364.50
  • June 2018 payroll 12451.58

Total 107166.57


June 2018 Expenses by Fund

  • General 63004.15
  • Road Use 8595.61
  • Employee Benefits 2803.87
  • Capitol Project 14470.00
  • Water 10663.05
  • Sewer 7629.89

Total 107166.57


June 2018 Receipts

  • General 30124.49
  • Road Use Tax 12433.89
  • Employee Benefits 334.07
  • Emergency 54.16
  • Local Option Sales Tax 8959.05
  • Library Trust 610.00
  • Debt Service 47719.73
  • Capital Project 25800.00
  • Cemetery Perpetual Care 625.00
  • Water 12127.15
  • Sewer 12683.11

Total 151470.65