Council Minutes 3-13-17

Minutes

Regular Council Meeting

Melcher-Dallas City Hall

March 13, 2017 7:00 P. M.

The City Council of the City of Melcher-Dallas, Iowa, met in regular session in City Hall on March 13, 2017, at 7:00 P. M. Mayor Van Wyk called the meeting to order. Present for the meeting were Council Members Terry Fisher, Jerry Alexander, David Ernst, and Mark Herold. Absent: Brad Robbins

 

Marion County Republican Party Chairperson T. Waldmann-Williams was present at the meeting and read a proclamation honoring the Law Enforcement Officers for their dedication and service to the public.

 

It was moved by Fisher, seconded by Herold, to approve the March 13, 2017 Council meeting agenda. The roll was called and the vote was:

Aye: All

Nay: None

 

It was moved by Fisher, seconded by Ernst, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the February 13, March 1, March 6 and March 11, 2017 Council meeting minutes and the City expenditures from February 10, 2017 through March 13, 2017 in the amount of $22,159.50. The roll was called and the vote was:

Ave: All

Nay: None

 

Marion County Sherriff, Jason Sandholdt was present at the meeting and introduced Lieutenant Andrew Schuchhardt who is one of the Sheriff’s Deputies.

 

There were no persons present wishing to speak to the Council.

 

No action was taken in regard to Debbie Neer’s water leak and broken water meter as no one was present to discuss the matter..

 

It was moved by Fisher, seconded by Herold to approve a $0.50/hr. salary increase for Gary Comer for obtaining a WaterTreatment License. The roll was called and the vote was:

Aye: All

Nay: None

 

It was moved by Fisher, seconded by Ernst, to accept with regret the resignation of Martha Becker as Melcher-Dallas City Clerk/Treasurer. The roll was called and the vote was:.

Aye: All

Nay: None

 

It was moved by Herold, seconded by Fisher, to approve a resolution authorizing signatures for Banking Transactions and for the issuance of City checks. The roll was called and the vote was:

Aye: All

Nay: None

 

Thereupon the above resolution was duly approved and numbered 2017-83.

 

It was moved by Fisher, seconded by Herold, to not have a special city audit done at this time as it is not a requirement when changing City Clerks. The roll was called and the vote was:.

Aye: All

Nay: None

 

It was moved by Herold, seconded by Ernst, to have Turner Lawn Care, Milo, Iowa, do three applications of lawn spraying in the City Park during the 2017 season. The roll was called and the vote was:

Aye: All

Nay: None

 

Discussion was held on a pay increase for the parttime public works maintenance person employed by the City. It was decided that no action would be taken at this time and that it would be discussed when evaluations are done before giving a pay increase..

 

It was moved by Herold, seconded by Ernst, to include a letter in the Water bills informing the public that the City is proposing the implementation of a franchise fee to be reflected on the Mid American gas and electric bills within the City of Melcher-Dallas. The roll was called and the vote was:.

Aye: All

Nay: None

 

Council directed Staff to contact other cities to see what their regulations were for Cell phone usage and consequences for abuse and report back at the next regular meeting.

 

It was moved by Fisher, seconded by Herold, to authorize the Public Works Department to have the John Deere mower repaired. The roll was called and the vote was:

Aye: All

Nay: None

 

The Council authorized Staff to obtain prices for the purchase of mowing equipment and report back at the next regular meeting.

 

Josh Jenkins requested approval to remove and replace the shrubs around the sign in the city park at no cost to the City. The Council approved the request and expressed their appreciation to Mr. Jenkins for his volunteer service.

 

Department Reports

Public Safety – Chief of Police Steve Johns reported that Jacob Hoch has completed all training he needs to have to be a Reserve Police Officer.

 

Fire Chief Report – EMS calls are running average when compared to

other years and Fire calls are down.

 

Mayors Report – Discussion was held on the need to do something about the feral cats in town.. Discussion was also held on the possibility of rocking the truck parking lot and designating a safe place for residents to go during storm warnings..

 

Council’s Report – Council Member Fisher stated we need to look into providing Health Insurance coverage for city employees and also that Building Grant applications are due April 21st, 2017. He also requested that discussion of the old library building be placed on the next regular Council meeting agenda.

 

Council Member Ernst questioned what the City will do in regard to resurfacing their portion of S45 when the County resurfaces their portion. After discussion, Council decided to wait and see if the Local Option SalesTax passes before making any commitments..

 

Council Member Herold briefly discussed the sidewalks around the City Square.

 

There being no further business to come before the Council, a motion was made by Fisher, seconded by Ernst, to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m. The roll was called and the vote was:

Aye: All

Nay: None

 

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Ruth Ryun, Deputy City Clerk                                  Barbara Van Wyk, Mayor