September 7, 2016

Posted: September 7, 2016

Present: Meyer, Lienau, Beckman, Langreck. Holthaus arrived at 5:15 pm.
Absent: None.

Don Dilaura along with Zak Kriener from the Ossian Bee were present during the meeting. Troy Troge was also present. The following South Street property owners were in attendance regarding sewer backup issues: Penny
Hertges, LeRoy Bohr and Bob & Diane Einck.

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

Property owners residing on South Street spoke to the Mayor and Council regarding sewage back-up issues they have experienced during extreme periods of rainfall. Their concerns were noted by the Council. The Council went on to explain to those residents present that the city’s engineers are currently working on plans to remedy the problem. The proposed time table is to have the project ready for a bid letting this winter with construction to start as soon as possible in the spring of 2017.

Officer Ward gave the police report. Ward explained a proposed law enforcement plan being considered involving the City of Calmar, Winneshiek County Sheriff Department and the City of Ossian. Ward noted the planning is in the beginning phase and eventually will need approval by all entities involved before any plan would be implemented.

Mayor Green reported the easements needed for the Jessie-Brooks-West Streets Project have been obtained and commended the City men for their time and efforts in trying to prevent sewer issues during the recent heavy rains.

Holthaus made a motion approving the following consent items: August 1, 2016 council minutes, clerk’s reports and the monthly bills, seconded by Meyer, carried.

The review of a proposed Special Use Permit was tabled.

The Mayor and Council discussed various items concerning the Jessie, Brooks, West Street Paving Project. Planning for mail box re-location, garbage collection, parking and temporary shuttle service are issues the Council noted will have to be decided before construction begins.

Meyer made a motion introducing Resolution #569, a resolution acknowledging the easements needed for the Jessie-West-Brooks Streets Project have been obtained, seconded by Beckman.

Whereupon the Mayor put the question on the motion and the following named Council Members voted:
Ayes: Holthaus, Langreck, Lienau, Beckman, Meyer.
Nays: None.
Whereupon the Mayor declared said motion approved.

The Council discussed placement of a hand railing and parking spaces in front of the two city buildings located on N. Lydia Street. It was the consensus of the Council: to have the hand railing connect to the railing being installed in front of Bambinos and continue along down the edge of the driveway approach that leads to the old fire station building; no parking will be allowed on the ramp leading to the old fire station building; parking will be allowed on the ramp to the old city hall building.

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 Lienau, carried.

The Council directed the city clerk to contact local contractors requesting quotes for replacing the lighting fixtures in the community center building.

The city’s Employee Handbook was a topic for discussion. Following discussion Langreck suggested that before the October council meeting the Council take time to look over the document. If there are sections in the document that some would like to have re-evaluated, they can be considered at that time.

Considering the ash bore issue and the numerous ash trees located on city property, the Council decided a plan needs to be put in place dealing with the issue. Meyer and Beckman agreed to begin working on a plan of action.

Meyer made a motion introducing Resolution #570, a resolution approving an addendum agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for adding funding for ADA Improvements to the Jessie-West-Brooks Streets Project, seconded by Beckman.

Whereupon the Mayor put the question on the motion and the following named Council Members voted:
Ayes: Holthaus, Langreck, Lienau, Beckman, Meyer.
Nays: None.
Whereupon the Mayor declared said motion approved.

Holthaus made a motion approving the renewals of Blooms on Main Class B Native Wine Permit and Bambinos Class C Liquor/Sunday Sales Permit, seconded by Beckman carried with Lienau abstaining from the vote.

The Council discussed the option to continue providing cell phones for the two city public works employees or instead pay the employees a monthly stipend to them to use their personal cell phones. It was the consensus of the Council to pay each employee $50.00/month reimbursement to use their personal cell phones for city business and cancel the city cell phone plan.

Holthaus made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Beckman, carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:50 pm.

August 2016 Expenses

  • Acentek-phone/internet charges 460.24
  • Adam Brincks-easement pymt 300.00
  • Aflac-employee deduction 165.84
  • Alliant Energy-elect utilities 5469.41
  • Andrew Norton-easement pymt 300.00
  • Baker & Taylor-library books 252.83
  • Becker Hardware-suppl. & repair 441.53
  • Black Hills Energy-gas utilities 156.86
  • Brian Dahl-easement pymt 300.00
  • Brian Zweibohmer-mtg reimb 6.00
  • Bruce Dixon-easement pymt 300.00
  • Cardmember Services-libr supplies 43.30
  • Casey McKone-easement pymt 500.00
  • Casey’s-vehicle operations 273.89
  • Center Point Large Print-libr books 155.22
  • Charles Rothmeyer-easement pymt 300.00
  • City Laundering-services 88.36
  • City of Decorah-storm sewer services 100.00
  • Clifford Hemesath-easement pymt 400.00
  • Continental Researe Corp-supplies 223.50
  • Corey Ellis-easement pymt 200.00
  • Corey Tieskoetter-easement pymt 200.00
  • Amos Publishing-subscription 19.99
  • Cyril Bohr-easement pymt 400.00
  • Darin Wenthold-easement pymt 100.00
  • Darrell Austin-bus driving 368.00
  • Darrell Schmelzer-easement pymt 400.00
  • David Haugen-easement pymt 100.00
  • DNR-permit fees 385.00
  • Don Dilaura-mtgs reimbs. 247.60
  • Donna Henry-easement pymt 300.00
  • Elaine Kuennen-easement pymt 400.00
  • Family Fun-subscription 19.95
  • Family Support Pymt Ctr-pymt service 1696.00
  • Farmers Union Coop-supplies 115.34
  • Fayette Publishing-publication fee 117.49
  • Graham Goltz-easement pymt 300.00
  • Grant Linderbaum-easement pymt 200.00
  • Harriet Brechtel-easement pymt 100.00
  • Hawkins-operating supplies 15.00
  • Holiday Inn Express-lodging 201.50
  • IIW Engineers-services 22020.75
  • Iowa History Journal-subscription 18.95
  • Iowa Prison Industries-signs 210.43
  • IPERS-August Ipers 2157.39
  • James Henning-easement pymt 200.00
  • Jason Wenthold-easement pymt 200.00
  • Jeremy Geisler-easement pymt 200.00
  • Joann Ott-easement pymt 100.00
  • Kalen Meyer-bus driving 73.50
  • Karen Jaster Estate-easement pymt 100.00
  • Keystone Lab-lab fees 366.00
  • Kyle Meyer-services 675.00
  • Linderbaum Auto Co-repair 18.00
  • Lowell Dehning-easement pymt 300.00
  • Luana Savings Bank-h.s.a.pymt & fees 470.00
  • Malcom Enterprises-garbage service 4873.10
  • Michael Wenthold-easement pymt 200.00
  • Midwest Tape-videos 154.19
  • Mitchell Holthaus-easement pymt 300.00
  • Mr. Computers-tech service & equip 1416.23
  • Municipal Supply-supplies 81.50
  • Nathan Moonen-easement pymt 300.00
  • Ossian Lumber Co.-supplies 115.00
  • Ossian Post Office-postage 216.66
  • Ossian Library-petty cash 69.84
  • Randall Bohr-easement pymt 100.00
  • Randy Aasum-easement pymt 100.00
  • Randy Huinker-easement pymt 400.00
  • Randy Nesvik-easement pymt 400.00
  • Randy Welch-easement pymt 400.00
  • Reilly Const-equip maint & repair 706.72
  • Riley’s-supplies 219.93
  • Robert Henning-easement pymt 200.00
  • Ronald Holthaus-easement pymt 500.00
  • Sean Snyder-easement pymt 100.00
  • IRS-August Federal deposit 4133.55
  • Seth Dunt-easement pymt 100.00
  • Terri Wenthold-easement pymt 300.00
  • Torkelson Motors-pickup truck 19894.00
  • U.S. Cellular-phones service 94.14
  • Wellmark-insurance premium 1695.66
  • August payroll 7953.78

Total 88257.17


August 2016 Expenses by Fund

  • General 25724.08
  • Road Use 7238.36
  • Employee Benefits 849.50
  • Capitol Project 28841.16
  • Water 10118.19
  • Sewer 15485.88

Total 88257.17


August 2016 Receipts

  • General 14126.19
  • Road Use Tax 11555.96
  • Local Option Tax 8063.55
  • Water 12552.42
  • Sewer 13356.69

Total 59654.81