September 5, 2019

Posted: September 5, 2019

Present: Knutson, Beckman, Holthaus, Langreck, Lienau.
Absent: None.
Don Dilaura was present at the meeting as was Zak Kriener from the Ossian Bee. Art Uhlenhake, JoAnne Schroeder and Amber Uhlenhake were also in attendance during the meeting.

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

Amber Uhlenhake, the City’s representative serving on the Board for the SW Recreation Program, updated the Mayor and Council on what has been happening with the program. Uhlenhake noted: the program Director resigned resulting in Board members taking over to run the fall activities; the Director’s position will be advertised and hopefully filled this fall or early winter; program costs and participation are being evaluated to help determine funding needs.

Joanne Schroeder addressed the Council with concerns regarding a police raid involving drugs at the rental property located adjacent to her property.

The written police report was reviewed by the Council.

Mayor Green praised the volunteers for their efforts keeping the flowers throughout the downtown looking so nice and noted the upgrade done to the Lydia Street railroad crossing is finished, commending the city maintenance men for their part in the project. Green also mentioned contractors continue doing what is needed for installing Acentek’s fiber optics throughout the community.

Holthaus made a motion approving the following consent items: August 5, 2019 council minutes, clerk’s reports and the monthly bills, seconded by Beckman, carried.

Holthaus made a motion approving the renewals of Blooms on Main Class Be Native Wine Permit and Bambinos Class C Liquor/Sunday Sales Permit, seconded by Knutson, carried.

The city clerk presented the updated version of an ordinance regulating golf carts and utility trail vehicles (UTV) within the city limits. After reviewing the ordinance, the Council directed the city clerk to make a couple of minor changes so it is ready to be introduced for the first reading at the October 7, 2019 council meeting.

The Council did a final review of the proposed ordinance amendment pertaining to vicious animals and determined it was ready to be introduced at the October 7, 2019 council meeting.

The city clerk updated the Mayor and Council with information given from the city attorney as to what the next steps will be in proceeding with the abatement of the nuisance property at 209 Fisher Avenue.

Langreck made a motion authorizing Payment #2 in the amount of $7,466.70 to M.B. construction, for the City’s share of infrastructure costs for the Military Trail Estates-2018 Infrastructure Improvements, seconded by Beckman, carried.

Lienau made a motion approving building permits for Dan Luzum and Gary and Connie Rothmeyer, seconded by Holthaus, carried.

The Mayor and Council reviewed the City of Ossian’s independent accountant’s report performed by Rachelle K.

Thompson CPA,PLLC for the period April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. The detailed recommendations submitted by Thompson were also discussed.

Beckman made a motion approving Mayor Green’s recommendation to appoint Jadene Wegner to the Ossian Library Board filling the seat left vacant by Kay Elsbernd, seconded by Holthaus, carried.

The city clerk updated the Council on the September 20th and September 21st city wide fall clean-up.

Beckman made a motion setting a public hearing for October 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm for the purpose of amending the FY2020 Budget, seconded by Langreck, carried.

The Council had a general discussion that included: apply for a grant to help fund the installation of cameras on the shop/fire station building; funding for cement and rock around the pavilion; restoration to the old city hall building; street painting request; sharps and biohazard waste containers ; repair on S. Mary Street.

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

August 2019 Expenses

  • Acentek-phone/internet charges 500.51
  • Aflac- employee insurance 309.78
  • Alliant Energy-elect utilities 6599.25
  • Badger Meter-service fee 64.50
  • Baker & Taylor-library books 489.59
  • Becker Hardware-maint supplies/repair 57.75
  • Biblionix-library subscription service 800.00
  • Black Hills Energy-gas utilities 160.25
  • Blacktop Service Co-street maint. 11156.40
  • Bodensteiner Impl. Co.-repair 112.82
  • Brian Zweibohmer-phone & mtgs reimb 62.00
  • Casey’s-vehicle operations 568.07
  • Chuck’s Service-maint supplies 59.76
  • City Laundering-services 222.40
  • Dennis Hageman Const-repair 90.00
  • Diamond Vogel Paint Ctr-paint supplies 102.26
  • IDNR-permit fee 210.00
  • Don Dilaura-phone & mtgs reimb 410.76
  • Ervin Ott-bus services 88.00
  • Family Support Pymt Ctr-pymt service 1423.00
  • Farmers Union Coop-supplies 170.3
  • Fayette Publishing-publication fee 82.31
  • Hach Company-supplies 813.69
  • Hawkins-operating supplies 15.00
  • Iowa One Call-locate service 10.80
  • IPERS-August Ipers 3292.17
  • Joanne Schroeder-reimbursement 76.20
  • John Deere Financial-repair 121.87
  • K&W Coatings-wtr tower maint 18500.00
  • Keith Frana-bus services 44.00
  • Keith H. Lee-maint supplies 140.97
  • Keystone Lab-lab fees 406.50
  • Kyle Meyer-mowing services 560.00
  • L&B Electric-repair 928.00
  • Landmark Turf Services-weed control 634.20
  • Larry Gebel-bus services 566.50
  • Linderbaum Auto-repair 25.00
  • Luana Savings Bank-pymt 450.00
  • Malcom Enterprises-garbage service 5030.54
  • Marc-maint supplies 127.48
  • Midwest Tape-supplies 96.29
  • Ossian Lumber-repair 451.72
  • Ossian Post Office-postage 202.00
  • Ossian Library-petty cash reimb 74.13
  • Overdrive Inc.-ebook subscript 365.75
  • People-subscription 50.00
  • River City Paving-maint supplies 661.62
  • Shape Magazine-subscription 9.99
  • Spee-Dee Deliverty-shipping chgs 100.25
  • IRS-August Federal deposit 5134.15
  • State Library of IA-fees & 186.70 subscription
  • Storey KenWorthy-supplies 105.28
  • Taste of Home-books 34.98
  • Northway Well & Pump-well repair 8776.76
  • Utility Equipment Co.-supplies 720.21
  • Wellmark-insurance 3197.45
  • Ziegler Inc-repair 185.56
  • August 2019 payroll 12306.52

Total 88142.08


August 2019 Expenses by Fund

  • General 25516.12
  • Road Use 15090.01
  • Employee Benefits 1097.68
  • Water 34971.58
  • Sewer 11466.69

Total 88142.08


August 2019 Receipts

  • General 9286.56
  • Road Use Tax 12210.48
  • Employee Benefits 204.91
  • Emergency 36.77
  • Local Option Sales Tax 8617.55
  • Debt Service 719.05
  • Water 11797.11
  • Sewer 14196.13

Total 57068.56