September 6, 2016



September 6, 2016

Wellman, Iowa

The Wellman City Council met in regular session in the Council Chambers of the Wellman Municipal Building at 5:30pm.  Mayor Ryan Miller presided with City Administrator, City Clerk and the following Council Members: Robert Goodrich, Jared Schneider, Fern Bontrager, Robert Freeman and Tracy Owens.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance the Consent Agenda was approved upon motion by Schneider, Seconded by Owens and all aye votes.  The consent agenda includes the agenda, minutes from previous meeting, and the following claims:

8/29 Payroll    
Carrie Geno   $384.91
Sandra K Miller   $443.81
Allison R Watkins   $195.20
Carol A Wilkins   $947.43
Teresa K Lampe   $953.15
Beth A VanWinkle   $1,165.51
Betty Johnston   $122.67
Travis D Hartley   $1,562.69
Jesse J Meade   $1,141.31
Josh VanWinkle   $985.26
Christine D Huston   $1,017.72
Kelly L Litwiller   $1,686.84
FED Taxes   $3,737.36
State Taxes   $1,626.00
IPERS   $6,331.94
AFLAC   $254.22
BC/BS   $5,398.62
Beth VanWinkle – City Clerk August Petty Cash $68.48
Cox Sanitation August Lg. Stickers/Recycling $2,848.50
Jesse J Meade August Cell Phone Reimbursement $60.00
Josh VanWinkle August Cell Phone/Work Boots & Shorts Reimbursement $229.57
Teresa K Lampe August Cell Phone Reimbursement $60.00
Kelly L Litwiller August Cell Phone Reimbursement $60.00
Travis D Hartley August Cell Phone Reimbursement $60.00
Library Cash Fund August Library Postage $41.91
New Life Community Church Parkside Cleaning $250.00
Treasurer State of Iowa August Sales Tax $3,129.00
Todd Troyer August Building Permit $35.00
Wellman Emporium Association Senior Dining Condo Fee $117.00
Elder Services Inc. FY16 Sr Center Meal Balance $6,814.82
Action Services Inc. South Park Porta Potty $70.00
Alliant Energy City Utilities $11,393.33
Aramark Uniform Services Skate Rink Mops $74.64
B&L Concrete N Park Batting Cage Concrete Work $3,264.00
Baker Paper Company Liners/Tissue Paper $74.00
Bancard Center Skate Rink iTunes $10.32
Bankers Trust 2016A Loan Fee $250.00
Barco Municipal Products Yellow Paint/Survey Flags – Gas $313.20
Boyse Dozing WWTP Dozing/Water Main Break Work $3,354.37
Brad Litwiller Black Dirt $150.00
City of Wellman September City Utilities $1,040.66
Costco Skate Rink Shoestrings $25.41
Cox Sanitation WWTP Dumpster $75.00
Dan’s Overhead Doors City Hall Entrance Door Repair $232.78
Freeman Foods Shop/Skate Rink Supplies $71.61
Groebner & Associates Inc. Sealant Grease/Pipe Wrench – Gas $320.43
Hall Engineering Co. MAOP & Documentation – Gas $1,463.00
Hills Bank & Trust Merchant Fees $360.42
Industrial Sales Supplies/Tools – Gas $1,218.81
Iowa Pump Works WWTP Turbine Service $1,310.79
Iowa Utilities Board FY17 Assessment $903.68
KCTC September Server Fee $10.70
Kuenster Htg & Air Parkside Preseason/WP Dehumidifier $665.31
LL Pelling Co. School Crosswalk Painting $622.00
Lynch Dallas PC Nuisance/Attorney Fees $1,698.50
Mahaska Bottling Co. Skate Rink Pop for Resale $57.00
William D Nickell September Yard Waste $175.00
Paws & More City Contribution/Customer Donations $554.79
PeopleService Water/WWTP Services $13,968.00
Reggie Tire City Equipment Fuel $531.60
Standard Pest Control September Pest Control $45.00
Tech Steward July-August Web Design $160.00
Technology Services of Iowa City Hall Printer & Set-up/Shop Computer & Printer $2,150.91
Terra Enterprises LLP JET Landscaping $2,101.00
The Terry Company Wax Tape – Gas $1,162.80
Thrapp Electric Circle Drive Light Bulbs $100.45
Titan Machinery Carbon Panel Cab Filter $63.26
USDA September Payment $2,532.00
Utility Safety & Design Retainer Fee/Paradigm Mailing $978.60
Utility Service Co. Quarterly Water Tower $4,768.25
Weamer Electric LLC Parkside Locker Room Lights $85.22
Wellman Advance Council Minutes/Sr. Dining Subscription Renewal $196.31
Wellman Auto Parts Gas/Shop/Skate Tools & Supplies $186.86
Wellman Co-op Telephone September City Telephone $701.07
Wellman Farm Center Parks & Streets Round-up $330.25
Yotty’s Concrete Mix $21.96
Total   $101,572.21

No one spoke in the public forum.

Resolution No. 16-44 A Resolution to set public hearing for proposed plans, specifications, and opinion of probable cost for the Water Treatment Plant filter to waste improvements project was introduced and caused to be read.  Freeman moved to approve Resolution No. 16-44, Bontrager Seconded and upon roll call the vote was unanimous ayes.

Resolution No. 16-45 A Resolution to set public hearing for proposed plans, specifications, and opinion of probable cost for the Wastewater disinfection improvements project was introduced and caused to be read.  Schneider moved to approve Resolution No. 16-45, Owens Seconded and upon roll call the vote was unanimous ayes.

In new business, council discussed Nuisance Abatement enforcement.  Litwiller explained that Miller and she met with Washington’s Code Enforcer, Merle Hagie and he gave them a few recommendations on effective ways to handle nuisance abatements.  He also explained that this process can be pretty time consuming but can also get kind of expensive if hired out.  Miller questioned whether Litwiller has the time to deal with all of this on her own or whether it’d be best to hire someone part-time to handle it so that she can focus on all her other duties.  Litwiller questioned council on how they would like to see the city move forward with this process.  Council wants to see the city stay on track with the abatements and wondered what options were out there.  Litwiller will continue looking into our options and keep council updated.

In old business, council discussed Molczyk Sewer Line.  Litwiller explained that while the city had Hydro View in town jetting the lines around Molczyk’s property they were able to camera the lines and discovered that the lines are PVC and are fairly new.  After speaking with the city engineers they feel that the homeowners could possibly construct their building over the lines with some form of agreement with the city that in the future if there were sewer issues the city would help replace it.  Of course, there is no way of knowing how long this could be, so it would need to be disclosed if property was ever sold.  Schneider questioned whether it would be a better option for the homeowners to cover all the costs now for constructing over the lines and not have to do the agreement at all.  Litwiller will get some estimates for the engineering and legal fees and bring back to the table.

Discussion and action was had on Deer Meadow Subdivision Roads/Bontrager Residence located at 604 Brown Deer Ct.  Bontrager was excused at 5:53 for conflict of interest.  Litwiller explained that she had met with Mark Ebersole, Merle Bontrager, & Fern Bontrager concerning the storm drain located on their property.  The storm drain has moved about 1 ½ inches into Bontrager’s driveway which has caused shifting in the foundation of their home.  Ebersole would like to cut and remove a section of the drain and move it back to where it needs to be and also remove the first slab of the driveway and install an expansion to relieve the pressure.  The estimate for the project would be $6526.  Litwiller wanted to know how much of this the council would like to help out with.  She feels that since the homeowners are taking care of the cost of the foundation repair that the city should help with the cost of the street portion.  Goodrich moved to accept the city paying the $6526, Seconded by Owens and 4 voted aye, Bontrager abstained.

Bontrager reentered at 6:10.

In council reports, Owens stated that he would like to see Main Street get cleaned a couple times a month.  He also mentioned with all the rain we’ve gotten lately he’s noticed the draining issue on Fairview Drive seems to be getting worse.  Freeman questioned whether we’ve had the cracks in the streets sealed i n the past and feels that this needs to be addressed.  Goodrich mentioned that he’s noticed a lot of people running the stop sign coming out of circle drive.  Litwiller wanted to remind council she still needs Riverboat Grant ideas.  She also wanted council to know that the residents on 7th Avenue has moved out and the landlord will be working on the mess that was left behind.  The landlord would still like to move a camper in for the new tenants to live in until she has the clean up completed.  Miller questioned what the ordinance was and after looking it up determined that without a permit from the city the occupant could park for 2 weeks and with a permit from the city could stay parked for up to 60 days.  Council feels that they could park it for the 2 weeks and could decide next council meeting whether to extend for another 2 weeks.

Council moved into work session.

Council discussed 8th Ave and 4th Street sewer service lines.  Litwiller explained that she has not yet received the videos of the line from Hydro View, but expects them in the mail sometime this week.  She also explained all the underlying issues and the effect it has on 2, possibly 3 homeowners’ service lines.  Wellman Co-op has decided to abandon their service line due to not needing it.  She has received an estimate from Brad Boyse of $55,000-$60,000 to fix these issues.  Council would like to look at the big picture and possibly fix some of the other issues on this street while the project is being done.  Litwiller will contact the engineers on estimates and options and get back with council.

With no further business Goodrich moved for adjournment at 6:56 pm, Seconded by Bontrager and all voted aye.  The next regular City Council meeting will be held, Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers of the Wellman Municipal Building.

Minutes transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council Approval. 

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