June 19, 2017



June 19, 2017

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, Shannon McCain, Fern Bontrager, Robert Freeman and 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, appointment of Library Board Members and the following claims:

6/19 Payroll    
Carrie Geno   $358.57
Sandra K Miller   $343.77
Allison R Watkins   $223.89
Carol A Wilkins   $915.87
Teresa K Lampe   $636.30
Ryan J Miller   $276.80
Beth A VanWinkle   $1,046.03
Betty Johnston   $152.57
Travis D Hartley   $859.57
Jesse J Meade   $1,079.04
Josh VanWinkle   $901.54
Christine D Huston   $938.37
Kelly L Litwiller   $1,567.74
FED Taxes   $3,091.67
State Taxes   $979.00
IPERS   $4,140.31
BC/BS   $9,059.20
AFLAC   $408.09
City of Wellman Transfer funds from Hills Account to Federation $195,000.00
Amazon Library Supplies $63.59
Baker & Taylor Books Library Books $502.10
Baker Paper Company Can Liners/Cleaner $102.60
BanCard Center Employee Drug/Alcohol Webinar $200.00
Binns & Stevens Dust Control Dust Control Application $443.00
Brown Supply Co. Manhole Sealant/Water Supplies/Sweepster Cutting Edge $579.23
Carol A Wilkins Library Supplies Reimbursement $328.33
Clayton Energy May Gas Purchase $7,942.35
Companion Corporation Software Subscription $799.00
Cox Sanitation & Recycling WTP/WWTP Trash Pick up $50.00
Demco Library Supplies $332.17
E Central IA Council Government WWTP Administration $1,909.00
Eastern Iowa Light & Power May Lift Station $121.73
Farmers Cooperative Association Park Field Lights $75.00
Freeman Foods Skate Merch for Resale/Sr. Dining Supplies $180.36
Frozen Beverages of Iowa Slushy Machine Refrigerate-Skate Rink $39.00
Gambles Parks/Streets Supplies $46.86
Hach Company Service Agreement $3,888.00
Hawkeye Area Community Action LIHEAP Refund $364.00
Hills Bank & Trust May Merchant Fees $452.49
Home Gas Inc. Propane Tank $14.95
HR Green Well 4 Siting Study/WWTP Disinfection Improvement $8,292.95
Industrial Sales Gas Supplies $599.89
Iowa History Journal Library Subscription Renewal $18.95
Iowa One Call April-May One Calls $37.80
Jetco, Inc. WTP CIP Heater $3,428.00
Kalona Builders Supply F150  Box Supplies $22.36
Kalona Machine Shop Tank Rental/Cutting Steel $290.00
Kalona News Subscription Renewal-Library & City Hall $86.00
Kalonial Lawn Care Mulch-Heritage Park $140.00
Kuenster Htg & Air City Hall Preseason $106.25
Mahaska Bottling Co Skate Pop for Resale $169.80
Municipal Gas System Furnace Rebate $400.00
Pat Neumiller Skate Rink Door Handle Repair $100.00
PeopleService July Water/Wastewater $14,122.00
Reggie Tire City Equipment Fuel $855.10
Reha Greenhouses Planters/City Hall/Parks Flowers & Supplies $492.16
Sam’s Club Skate Merch for Resale $145.38
Summit Companies City Buildings Fire Extinguisher Service $255.00
Technology Services Library Technology Update/C Hall Monthly Maintenance $7,254.89
Teri McCarty Banquet Hall Refund $235.00
Thrapp Electric Parks/Restrooms/Ball Fields Lights $1,169.00
UnityPoint Clinic Drug Test $160.00
USDA Parkside Payment $2,532.00
Utility Safety & Design May Retainer Fee $175.00
Washington Community YMCA June Fees $286.65
Washington County Hospital Drug Testing $85.00
Washington County Recorder Fence Permit $22.00
Wellman Auto Parts Shop/Streets/Parks Supplies $116.58
Wellman Farm Center Round Up-Parks & Streets $420.64
Wellman Federation Bank May Check Analysis Fees $7.90
Yotty’s Gas/Parks Supplies $65.38
Erik Skaden Deposit Refund $18.42
Connie/Nathanie Adams Deposit Refund $14.71
Julie Redlinger Deposit Refund $240.25

No one spoke in public forum.

Randy Tinnes indicated that we had 22 calls last month.  A couple minor domestic calls, but overall the calls are down compared to other towns.

Resolution No. 17-24 Resolution to set salaries for FY18 was introduced and caused to be read.  Motion was made by McCain, Seconded by Goodrich and upon roll call the vote was unanimous ayes.

Resolution No. 17-25 Resolution to allow for Wellman Chamber of Commerce to apply for WCRF Grant on behalf of City of Wellman was introduced and caused to be read.  Motion was made by Goodrich, Seconded by Owens and upon roll call the vote was 4 ayes, Freeman abstained.

Discussion and action on employee health insurance was had.  Litwiller explained that she has discussed options with Shawn Powell and both feel that it would be best if we stay with the current plan.  The plan will be going up $549.19 per month for all employees on this plan.  Goodrich moved to approve, McCain Seconded and all voted aye.

Discussion was had on Parkside Banquet Hall event coverage.  Miller explained that the Y has always provided an employee to cover during events at the Banquet Hall with a charge of $10 per hour.  This last event did not go well for their employee and has now decided to no longer cover these events.  The Y has spoken with the city and has no other options for other employees to staff these events and has asked the city to do so.  Council discussed whether it would help for the Y’s staff if we had deputies available during these hours to alleviate any further problems.  After much discussion council would like to continue with the Y covering these events and to look into options of having deputies at these events as well.

Discussion and action on Ruth Semler Sewer back up was had.  Litwiller explained that Ruth Semler had sewer back up into her home.  They located a manhole that was not on the maps.  The lines were clogged with tree roots and the manhole was acting as a holding tank until it could hold no more.  Ruth is asking for the city to pay the bills.  City Sewer bill is $810.90, Carpet Steamer bill is $2,457.35 with a total of $3,268.25.  Owens moved to approve, McCain Seconded and all voted aye.

Upon motion by Bontrager, Seconded by McCain and upon roll call the vote was unanimous ayes council entered into closed session at 6:10 pm per Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(i) to evaluate the professional competency of  an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual request a closed session.

Upon motion by Goodrich, Seconded by McCain and all aye votes, council entered into open session at 6:40 pm.

Council discussed both candidates interviewed and feels that both candidates would be a great fit for this position.  After much discussion Freeman made a motion to offer the position to Candidate #1 at $13/hour with wage negotiations after 6 months of training with Huston, Seconded by Bontrager and after roll call the vote was 3 ayes, 2 nays.

With no further business to be discussed Bontrager moved for adjournment at 7:19 pm, McCain Seconded and all voted aye.  The next regular City Council meeting will be on Monday, July 3, 2017 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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