Minutes 05/09/2016

Rolfe Regular Council Meeting/Public Hearings

Monday May 9, 2016

Rolfe Community Center, 5:30pm

Mayor Julie Lancaster called the meeting to order at 5:30pm and took roll call.  Council present Jon Wellik, Pat Sheda, Carl Struve, Tom Andersen and Dan Allen.

Struve/Wellik moved to approve consent agenda including bills, corrected 4/11/16 minutes and building permits for Loterbour.  All ayes.  Carried.  Discussion of building permit for pole building.  Allen/Sheda moved to approve building permit for Vigdal under the stipulation of keeping the property maintained and cleared of junk and weeds.  Ayes: Wellik, Andersen, Sheda and Allen. Nay: Struve. Carried.

Andersen/Wellik moved to approve the treasurer’s report.  All ayes. Carried.

Council comments – Allen passed out copy of minutes allowing him the use of the water tower property and code on distance from a fire hydrant.

Clerk commented we received a $2000.00 grant award from the Palo Alto Gaming Cooperative – will use for some new Christmas lights.  Clerk asked Sheda and Wellik if they would like to participate in a MLA webinar.  Clerk will sign up Wellik.

Mayor commented on mowing grass into street-first instance will be a warning, second instance will be fine and filed with courthouse.  Feldman Park – at this time not moving forward on Dog Park.  Mayor thanked all the volunteers helping with the pool project.

Citizen comments  - Sindergard had complaint of numerous dogs, Mayor said need to file complaints.

RAMS Even Center – Asked council for assistance with some needed roof repairs.  Allen/Sheda moved to approve up to $1500.00 for repairs.  All ayes. Carried.

Mayor opened the public hearing at 6:02 on Franchise Agreement with Interstate Power and Light Company.  There were no written comments or concerns.  Comments answered from resident’s present.  With no other comments or concerns Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:06pm.

Mayor read Ordinance No. 206. An ordinance repealing ordinance no. 108 and granting to interstate Power and Light Company ,its successors and assigns, a non-exclusive twenty-five year franchise to acquire, construct, erect, maintain and operate an electric system  in the City of Rolfe, Iowa and to furnish and sell electric energy to the city and its inhabitants, and requiring said company to pay a franchise fee to the city.  Allen/Andersen moved to approve Ordinance No. 206. Ayes: Sheda, Andersen, Struve, Wellik and Allen.  Allen/Struve moved to waive the second and third reading of Ordinance No. 206.  All ayes. Carried.

Andersen/Struve moved to approve renewal of Rolfe Rodeo liquor License.  All ayes.

George Gleason approached city council on removing a city special assessment on a commercial building.  Allen/Struve moved to remove assessment on building.  All ayes

Hometown Pride has asked council to replace stolen lights at Trailhead Park.  Allen/Struve moved to approve purchase 2 new lights and to cement in.  All ayes.

Mayor opened the public hearing at 6:30 on the FY16 budget amendment.  There were no written or oral comments.  With no other concerns the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:33pm.

Andersen/Wellik moved to approve Resolution #614 a Resolution of the City of Rolfe, amending the fiscal year 15/16 budget.  Ayes: Andersen, Sheda, Allen, Wellik and Struve.

Council reviewed US Cellular proposal for placing tower.  Wellik/Allen moved to approve US Cellular placing cell tower.  All ayes.

Sandvig gave update on water plant project and explained to council that some tuck pointing needs to be done.

Discussion on the no progress on the RC track.  Andersen/Struve moved to send letter giving 20 days to proceed with project or remove.  All ayes.  Carried.

Discussion on unfinished garage.  Allen/Wellik moved to send letter reminding building permit expires on June 14, 2016 building permit expires.  All ayes.

Discussion on several nuisance abatement letters that were sent.  Allen/Wellik moved to give a 20 day notice and then if not rectified remove vehicles and or junk.  All ayes.

Alex Lieu presented himself to council for helping work on nuisance issues.  Council agreed to let Mr. Lieu work with city on these issues.

Allen/Wellik moved to sell the old recycling truck at the next auction at the sale barn.  All ayes.

Mayor is working on a court order for disposal of drug evidence from police department.

Council discussed policy of clean up items.  Sheda/Allen moved to amend the cleanup day policy to include non-acceptable items – construction material.  Clean up is limited to one pay loader bucket, additional buckets will be $50.00 each.  All ayes.

Sheda/Allen moved to adjourn at 7:19pm.  All ayes.

Mayor, Julie Lancaster


City Clerk, Angela Montag