August 21, 2017
The Wellman City Council met in regular session in the Council Chambers of the Wellman Municipal Building at 5:30 pm. Mayor Ryan Miller presided with City Administrator, City Clerk and the following Council Members: Robert Goodrich, Shannon McCain, Fern Bontrager, Robert Freeman, & Tracy Owens. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the Consent Agenda was approved upon motion by Freeman, Seconded by Owens and all aye votes. The consent agenda includes the agenda, minutes from previous meeting, and the following claims:
|Sandra K Miller||$350.68|
|Allison R Watkins||$127.59|
|Carol A Wilkins||$947.81|
|Teresa K Lampe||$799.49|
|Beth A VanWinkle||$1,197.24|
|Betty J Johnston||$96.56|
|Travis D Hartley||$969.57|
|Jesse J Meade||$1,171.00|
|Josh S VanWinkle||$914.95|
|Christine D Huston||$1,047.34|
|Kelly L Litwiller||$1,641.46|
|Cynthia S Thrapp||$810.59|
|Elder Services||FY17 Meal Balance||$17,004.44|
|Baker & Taylor Books||Library Books||$893.78|
|Bancard Center||League Training/Lodging/Statements||$2,748.96|
|Brown Supply Co.||Sweepster Bolts/Nuts||$22.05|
|Carol A Wilkins||Library Books/DVD’s/Supplies Reimbursements||$114.73|
|City of Wellman||September Utilities||$1,028.76|
|E Central IA Council Governments||Wastewater Administration||$1,660.00|
|Eastern IA Light & Power||July Lift Station||$110.17|
|FIS Merchant Services||July Merchant Fees||$469.62|
|Freeman Foods||Shop Supplies/Skate Merchandise for Resale||$54.22|
|Hardman Painting||Parkside Banquet Hall Painting||$3,680.00|
|HR Green Co.||Starbeck/Miller Phase I Work||$3,500.00|
|Kuenster Heating & Air||Sunrise Lav Faucet||$203.80|
|Municipal Gas System||Water Heater Rebate||$75.00|
|PeopleService Inc.||September Water/Wastewater||$14,122.00|
|Reggie Tire||City Equipment Fuel||$129.25|
|Rex’s Refill & Supplies||Library Printer Toner||$102.87|
|State Library of Iowa||Library FY18 Database Subscription||$109.48|
|Wellman Family Practice||Meade Finger Injury 2015||$345.41|
|Yotty’s||Batteries/City Hall Keys/Park LED Bulbs||$74.92|
In public forum, Todd Seastrom asked for council’s approval to have two sheds on his property at 207 5TH Street. He found out that the code only allows one large accessory building and would like to have two smaller ones. Litwiller stated that this would possibly be something that needs to go through the board of adjustments and will look into it and get Seastrom any paperwork needed. Justin Rediger at 605 Whitetail Court spoke in regards to his street and stated that he’s spoken to the town for 13 years about getting his road fixed. He expressed concern that the city has decided to do some tiling work on Brown Deer Court when similar work has already been done to his and doesn’t seem to be alleviating any of the problems. Litwiller explained that she recently took Brad Boyse up to take a look at both these streets and they question whether there might be some issues going on in a completely different area that needs to be looked into before moving forward with any repairs. She will need to make a few more phone calls before anything can be resolved. Nathan Fick at 1211 8thAve spoke in regards to a sewer main that’s located under his carport. He would like to build a garage and would like to know what his options are on having this moved or whether he can build over this. Litwiller has contacted Brad Boyse and they feel having someone camera the lines to see who all runs into it would be the best place to start. Mark Philpot spoke on behalf of the Library Board of Trustees, they would like to expand the library and would like for the city to consider this option when deciding how to use the old ALC building in the future.
Darren Dennler was present for the sheriff’s update. Owens stated that he’s noticed that the speeding on hwy 22 is increasing again. McCain questioned whether it’d be an option next year for the 4th of July Celebration to have a couple officers present in Wellman to enforce the cities Ordinances. He feels that this would be best for everyone and that safety is the biggest concern.
A public hearing to receive comments regarding the proposal partial vacation of sewer easement was opened upon motion by Bontrager, Seconded by Goodrich and upon roll call the vote was unanimous ayes. There were no oral or written comments. Goodrich moved to close the public hearing, Owens seconded and all voted aye.
A public hearing to receive comments regarding addendum to Lease of Real Property – Sunrise Day Care was opened upon motion by Goodrich, Seconded by Owens and upon roll call the vote was unanimous ayes. There were no oral or written comments. Freeman moved to close the public hearing, Owens seconded and all voted aye.
Resolution No. 17-30 Resolution authorizing addendum to lease of real property – Sunrise Day Care was introduced and caused to be read. Motion was made by McCain to approve Resolution No. 17-30, Owens Seconded and upon roll call the vote was unanimous ayes.
Resolution No. 17-31 Resolution authorizing Partial Vacation of Sewer Easement-Molczyk was introduced and caused to be read. Motion was made by McCain to approve, Seconded by Goodrich and upon roll call the vote was unanimous ayes.
Resolution No. 17-32 Resolution proposing ordinance to amend section 41.12 of the code of ordinances pertaining to the sale and use of fireworks and setting public hearing was introduced and caused to be read. Motion was made by Goodrich, Seconded by McCain and upon roll call the vote was unanimous ayes.
Discussion and action on City Owned Ash Trees was had. Litwiller presented council with a list of trees in town that need some immediate attention and had quotes on what they’d cost to have removed. She also wanted council’s opinion on how to proceed in the future with either treatment or removal of these Ash trees. Owens moved to approve the removal of the 5 trees on the list at $4,900, McCain seconded and all voted aye.
Discussion and action on Change Order #2 for WWTP Disinfection & UV Project was had. Litwiller explained that the Change Order is for installing a concrete step for the western stairs. They also want to do an extension to the hoist which Josh Dean, the engineers and herself have decided not to go ahead with. They don’t feel it’s worth doing due to having enough bodies available when needing to use. The cost of the step would be $554.20. Bontrager moved to go ahead with Change Order #2 as proposed, Owens seconded and all voted aye.
Discussion and action on Vacation Accruals – Library was had. Litiwller explained that due to some staffing issues Carol Wilkins, Library Director is almost to her max accrual for vacation and hasn’t had the option to use any. She’s asking to be paid out for 40 hours of her vacation so that she won’t lose any hours. Owens moved to approve, McCain seconded and all voted aye.
Discussion and action on Nuisance Properties was had. Litwiller has sent out 4 letters as a final notice, residents have until September 5th to have their properties cleaned up before we go in and abate them. She would like Council to decide on whether we hire out for the abatement or have our Public Works Employees do this. Bontrager moved to hire out and have Public Works work alongside as needed, Owens seconded and all voted aye.
Council moved into a work session to discuss Public Works Department. During the work session Council along with Public Works Department discussed some equipment options that would make working easier. They also discussed some of the projects that are going on around town.
With no further business Owens moved to adjournment at 7:41 pm, Goodrich seconded and all voted aye. The next regular City Council Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the Council Chamber of the Wellman Municipal Building.
Minutes transcribed by the City Clerk are subject to Council Approval.