November 3, 2014

Posted: November 3, 2014

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

Don Dilaura was present during the meeting. Mayor Covell called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

Duane Einck explained the building size on his building permit approved at the October 6, 2014 council meeting will be smaller than originally stated. Einck was informed there is no problem with going with a smaller building.

Officer Joe Ward gave the police report noting nothing out of the ordinary happened during the past month. Ward also gave an update on a property with junk vehicles needing attention, The Mayor and Council discussed other nuisance matters and asked Ward to take note and report back to them with a list of other properties that may be in violation of the City’s nuisance ordinances.

Ken Witt approached the Council asking if any progress had been made involving junk vehicles at 209 Fisher Avenue. Witt was informed the matter was discussed during the police report and efforts to abate the problem are being made.

Bushman made a motion approving the following consent items October 6, 2014 council minutes, clerk’s reports and the monthly bills, seconded by E. Meyer, carried, one absent.

E. Meyer made a motion approving the re-appointment of Ree Meyer to serve as the City’s representative on the Winneshiek County Community Foundation Distribution Committee, seconded by M. Meyer, carried, one absent.

Langreck made a motion approving a mortgage release, for each of the following property owners; Christina Broszeit, Tonya Courtney and Lisa Chensvold, from the owner occupied grant/loan awarded to them in 2007, seconded by E. Meyer, carried, one absent.

Bushman made a motion approving the DOT Standard Title VI Assurances which states the City of Ossian will not discriminate in any way with respect to the Federal Aid Highway Program funds awarded for the Jessie/Brooks/West Streets project, seconded by E. Meyer, carried, one absent.

E. Meyer made a motion approving the Title VI Non-Discrimination Agreement between the Iowa Department of Transportation and the City of Ossian confirming the City’s role in the process to handle any discrimination complaints received during the Jessie/Brooks/West Streets project are handled in accordance with the proper procedure, seconded by M. Meyer, carried, one absent.

Discussion regarding Carey’s Park Improvements included: Farmer’s Union Cooperative and the City have entered into a purchase agreement for the property the City is obtaining from the Cooperative, the survey of the property being purchased has been completed, there has been preliminary dirt moving work done at the park, the location of the pavilion has been staked, the playground equipment may need to be moved to another location in the park, information pamphlets are being prepared informing locals of the project, will need to get concrete work estimates and if they are within the budget try and get the concrete for the project installed before the 2015 summer.

The Mayor and Council discussed the economic plan options prepared for the City by Attorney Rick Zahasky. It was concluded more information from the attorney is needed before putting any type of plan in place.

Bushman made a motion to adjourn, seconded by E. Meyer, carried, one absent. Meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m.

October 2014 Expenses

  • Acentek-phone/internet charges 503.26
  • Aflac-employee deduction 242.28
  • Alliant Energy-elect. utilities 4519.61
  • Baker & Taylor-library books 214.78
  • Becker Hardware-misc. supp 7.48
  • Beckmans Ace Hdwe-misc supplies 60.43
  • Black Hills Energy-gas utilities 207.24
  • Bohr Costruction-street repair 3260.00
  • Book Look-library books 235.86
  • Brian Zweibohmer-mtgs reimb 82.76
  • Cardmember Service-library supp. 182.74
  • Casey’s-vehicle operations 380.18
  • City Laundering-services 80.04
  • City of Calmar-contracted police servic 15250.00
  • Collection Service Ctr- employ.deduct. 990.00
  • Cooportunity Health Ins-mnthly premium 1550.08
  • DNR-water use fee 99.00
  • Don Dilaura-mtgs reimb 82.76
  • Farmers Union Coop-operating supp. 323.45
  • Fayette Publishing-publications 73.89
  • Gillund Enterprises-operating supp. 191.76
  • Hawkins-operating supplies 10.00
  • IAMU-Oct-Dec NISA fee & mtg fee 470.71
  • IIW Engineers-services 1159.50
  • IMWCA-work comp audit adjust. 165.00
  • Iowa League of Cities-mtg fee 35.00
  • Iowa Prison Industries-supplies 80.10
  • IPERS-October Ipers 2973.33
  • Joyce Bakewell-mtg reimb 91.08
  • Jude Zweibohmer-mtg reimb 43.71
  • Keystone Lab-lab fees 418.00
  • Kyle Meyer-mowing services 520.00
  • Linderbaum Auto-repair 110.00
  • Luana Savings Bank-h.s.a. pymt & fees 310.00
  • Malcom Enterprises-garbage service 5097.00
  • MARC-maint supplies 60.53
  • Midwest Tape-library videos 24.14
  • Mr. Computers-tech services 276.25
  • Post Office-postage 198.38
  • Ossian Library–petty cash reimb 76.29
  • Postville Vet Clinic-UPS chgs 65.00
  • Primex-equip repair 105.74
  • Riley’s Inc-operating supp 100.12
  • Rite Price Office Supp.-office supplies 7.98
  • IRS-October Federal deposit 5061.27
  • South Winn. School-bus fee 226.10
  • Taste of Home-subscription 19.98
  • Time-subscription 3.00
  • Treas State of IA-3rd qtr s/taxes 1707.00
  • U.S. Cellular-phones & services 93.70
  • Ziegler Inc-equip service 2989.79
  • October payroll 12996.99
Total 64033.29


October 2014 Expenses by Fund
  • General 36741.28
  • Road Use 6519.42
  • Employee Benefits 735.58
  • Water 12885.64
  • Sewer 7151.37
Total 64033.29


October 2014 Receipts
  • General 86239.29
  • Road Use Tax 9358.50
  • Employee Benefits 11028.71
  • Emergency 2048.54
  • Local Option Tax 7792.05
  • Library Trust 55.00
  • Debt Service 12994.75
  • Cemetery Perpetual Care 150.00
  • Water 13056.56
  • Sewer 11636.02
Total 154359.42