MINUTES

December 11, 2006

The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rich Petersen. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny, and Council Mark Brosz, PeopleService did not attend.

Motion by Wyborny, Second by Brosz to approve the November minutes. Motion carried.

Department Reports:
Not available. People Service was absent.

Resolution #121106A. Motion by Brosz, Second by Fingalsen to pay the following bills: December Bills: People Service, $1956.00, Waste Management $396.55. Omnitel Communications $39.42. Alliant Utilities $253.72, $34.21, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $332.82, Secretary of State $30.00, Rock Creek Tree $985.00. Motion carried.

Mayor Petersen submitted the budget amounts that Cerro Gordo County Emergency will be asking the cities to pay. Clerk is to keep the letter to add to the budget we will be working on in January.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Heimer to approve the Notary application for the city to extend the notary for 4 years. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:17 pm.

Next meeting will be January 8th at the City Hall.
Tracy L Ward City Clerk

November 12, 2006

The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rich Petersen. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny, and Council Mark Brosz, Dennis White and Larry Warren of People Service. PeopleService would like to have visible from the street house numbers on the homes to make maintenance calls easier to locate.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Fingalsen to approve the October minutes. Motion carried.

Department Reports:
Dennis White presented the new history log books for the grinder stations. The books will housed in the office of the City Clerk. They will be updated monthly with repair sheets from PeopleService The books have the location of the shut offs and the maintenance of the pumps listed by house address. Clerk is to verify the master list and get a copy to Larry and Cindy.

Resolution #111206A. Motion by Brosz, Second by Fingalsen to pay the following bills: November Bills: People Service, $1956.00, Waste Management $396.55. Omnitel Communications $39.42. Alliant Utilities $264.99, $34.12, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $332.82, J & M Lawn $154.50, Sharm Ward $672.78. Motion carried.

Councilman Heimer will check with Dave Despenas owner of the Rock Falls Lounge to see where the Ducks Unlimited Banquet is to be held so the city can donate souvenirs for the auction.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Heimer to approve Resolution #111206B approving the annual report to the State of Iowa. Motion carried.

Mark Brosz and Brian Vanderploeg will do snow removal this season, they will use Steve McDonough for the deeper snow as needed.

Motion by Heimer, Second by Fingalsen to approve giving sweatshirts to Joe Davis and Chuck Fink for bringing a Cherry Picker from Nora Springs to help restring the flag pole at the Community Center. Motion carried. Mayor Petersen and the First Lady Caroline donated the Iowa Flag to the City.

Motion by Brosz to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:17 pm.

Next meeting will be December 11th at the City Hall.
Tracy L Ward City Clerk

October 9, 2006

The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rich Petersen. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny, and Council Mark Brosz, Joe Davis and Larry Warren of People Service.

Motion by Wyborny, Second by Brosz to approve the September minutes. Correction to September minutes to luminate the flag at night instead of laminate. Jodi Wyborny was in attendance.

Department Reports:
Joe Davis gave the report for People Service. Larry Warren, the new operator was introduced. Annual Maintenance reports will be distributed with the utility bills in November. Joe will start to draw down the lagoons they think they have a breach in Cell #1. Muskrats will be trapped by Aaron Dockum when the season opens.

Resolution #100906A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Brosz to pay the following bills: October Bills: People Service, $1956.00, Waste Management $396.55. Omnitel Communications $39.42. Alliant Utilities $269.17, $34.95, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $332.82, J & M Lawn $103.00, Sturges Lawn $95.00, Martins $53.74, IIMC $125.00, Heartland $400.00, Mosquito Control $1550.00. Cerro Gordo Emergency pay the same as last year $188.00. Motion carried.

Council approved dropping the prices on remaining souvenirs to move them out. Clerk is to send new pricing in the utility bills. Rock Falls Betterment is asking for volunteers to help with the auctions with serving food and selling of souvenirs.

Mark Brosz gave the Landfill update. The landfill can operate for a least 50 more years in their current locations. They are purchasing a new compactor, they will build a new hazardous materials shed and have it manned with a full time employee.

Rock Creek Tree Service was in town and did trimming, tree removal and stump grinding.

Mayor Petersen presented his timeline of reports to the City council asking for changes to the way things are distributed and when they are due.

Motion by Vanderploeg to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm.

Next meeting will be November13th at the City Hall.
Tracy L Ward City Clerk

September 11, 2006

The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rich Petersen. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Brian Vanderploeg, and Council Mark Brosz, Joe Davis of People Service. Absent was Council Jodi Wyborny

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Brosz to approve the August minutes.

Department Reports:
Joe Davis gave the report for People Service. Larry Warren is the new operator, he could not attend he has family emergency. The maintenance of (15) pumps were completed for September. A sump pump at 212 South Spring Street was incorrectly unhooked and not capped so it was pulling from the tank and dumping in the yard, this had been going on for some time. Lois will have Craig look at this when he gets back to town. Joe Davis is working with Quality pump on the electrical box issues where the box is showing extreme wear but the pump is good, boxes come with pump but can be expensive to buy separate. They are working on a loaner box so that the other box can be serviced and then reinstalled. Clerk is to send list of addresses to Cindy at PeopleService. Clerk is to call Aaron Dockum so see if he is interested in trapping muskrat at the lagoon.

Resolution #081406A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Wyborny to pay the following bills: September Bills: People Service, $1956.00, Waste Management $396.55. Omnitel Communications $39.51. Alliant Utilities $267.08, $33.46, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $332.82, J & M Lawn $103.00, Miller Backhoe 959.75. Motion carried. Bill for Cerro Gordo Country Emergency $669.00 was pulled by the council until Steve O’Neill attends council meeting to explain.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Heimer to approve sending the State Road Use Tax Report, with the correction on Column 3 needs to be moved to Column 1.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Wyborny to approve the NIMS resolution, if it doesn’t cost $669.00. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Vanderploeg to approve the mayor purchasing (2) United States of America Flags and roping to replace the worn one, Motion carried. Council would like to look into lighting system to laminate the flag at night.

Motion by Vanderploeg to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm.

Next meeting will be October 9th at the City Hall.
Tracy L Ward City Clerk

August 14, 2006

The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Park. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rich Petersen. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Brian Vanderploeg, and Council Mark Brosz, Joe Davis of People Service. Absent was Council Jodi Wyborny

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Brosz to approve the July minutes.

Department Reports:
Joe Davis gave the report for People Service. Larry Warren is the new operator, he will attend in September. The maintenance of all the pumps will be completed by the end of October. Joe will get a breakdown of the maintenance account as the council questioned the last month of purchases. Joe brought up that many of the homes with Meyers system are going to need new control as the elements have taken their toll, cost is estimated at about $600 each. They are trying to get a quote on Barnes pumps.

Resolution #081406A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Brosz to pay the following bills: August Bills: People Service, $1956.00, Waste Management $396.55. Omnitel Communications $39.06. Alliant Utilities $263.78, $34.45, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $332.82, J & M Lawn $103.00, Heartland $200.00, Paulson Excavating $117.00, DNR $210.00, IPERS $141.75, US Treasury $229.50. Motion carried.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Heimer to approve the liquor license for Rock Falls Fun Days. Motion carried.

Clerk is to call Rock Creek Tree Service to have them come and do fall trimming in the city.

Motion by Brosz to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm .

Next meeting will be September 11th at the City Hall.
Tracy L Ward City Clerk

June 12, 2006
The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rich Petersen. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Jodi Wyborny, and Council Mark Brosz, Joe Davis and Dennis White of People Service. Absent was Council Brian Vanderploeg.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Wyborny to approve the May minutes.

Department Reports:
Joe Davis gave the report for People Service. Dennis White

Dennis White took the floor to answer questions from the council on the lack of maintenance that has been done on the lift stations. Dennis gave his email address to the council as a means for speedier answer. The last operator hired has been let go for failure to follow procedures. They have done interviews and have it narrowed down to two possible candidates. The new flow meter is installed and all new conduit was laid as the old was not housed in conduit and the wire were badly rotted. Roots were found in the line at Leo Jost’s Rental property; Joe removed what he could resident advised to contact Leo to get someone to get the rest of them out. Dennis White had promised that all lift stations will be maintenance by October 31. They will install an E1 at Navratil Rental, no one knows why the other pump was pulled, Tim would like the box moved, so they will take care of that at that time. They would like to put a test station in downstairs to test and maintain pumps before sending them out for repair and some of them could be repaired here. Quality pump will attend the next meeting to discuss another kind of pump with the council and to give some quotes. Residents should notify the clerk when they leave for more than a month so that we can schedule People Service to run the pump to prevent blockage.

Resolution #041006A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Heimer to pay the following bills: May Bills: People Service, $1890.00, Waste Management $424.32. Omnitel Communications $36.41. Alliant Utilities $257.25, $32.38, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $332.82.J & M Lawn$103.00, Paulson Excavating $315.30, IPERS $131.75, Us Treasury $183.60, IA league of cities $65.00, Sturges Lawn Care $95.00. Motion carried.

Residents sharing alleys must discuss and make an agreement for things that are placed in the 20 feet. If residents fail to agree than nothing will be placed in the alley.

Mayor Petersen secured an easement agreement with the Rock Falls Lounge as they built a deck over the lines coming from the tank. They are aware that it any problems arise that would cause a dig that they would be responsible to pay for the removal of the deck and then replacement if they chose to reinstall it.

The roads were discussed again as there has been much wash out in areas. Travis from Heartland did a walk around and looked at different areas. Mark Hicks told the city that they would maintain the shoulders with fill and lime. Mayor Petersen will talk to Travis again and give an update at the next meeting.

The city sign located on the old DX sign at Kady’s Station is looking really worn. Clerk will see if anyone needs to do Community Service or get with the betterment to get ideas.

Renting of the old post office discussion was tabled until more information can be obtained.

Motion by Fingalsen to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm . Next meeting will be July 10th.

Tracy L Ward City Clerk

May 8, 2006

The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rich Petersen. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Jodi Wyborny, Council Brian Vanderploeg and Council Mark Brosz, Joe Davis People Service, and Leo Jost.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Wyborny to approve the April minutes with the amendment explaining the problems Stanley’s have had with their pump.

Department Reports:
Joe Davis gave the report for People Service. Dennis White will attend the June Meeting. The Stanley's have had 3 problems with their pump. They have had water in their basement 3 times. They found some electrical problems in the box and a dead spot in the pump. They replaced with a rebuilt Meyers. Joe informed the council that the fence is fixed.

Brian Vanderploeg arrived at 7:20 pm.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Brosz to waive the 2nd & 3rd reading of the ordinance #050806A. Placing residency restrictions on sex offenders, providing exceptions and penalties to the restrictions. Motion carried.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Fingalsen to adopt ordinance #050806A.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Brosz to waive the 2nd & 3rd reading of the ordinance #050806B. Repealing existing civil violations and penalties and getting in line with the State of Iowa penalties. Motion carried.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Fingalsen to adopt ordinance #050806B.

Mayor Petersen voiced a request for Randy Dodd he is asking for permission to put a split rail fence in the right of way. Council discussed and decided against the fence but they would allow the reflectors. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Wyborny to allow reflectors at Hyde’s and Randy Dodd’s. They are to be held back 12” from the edge of the roadway. Motion carried.

Plymouth Fire Department had run into a few snags trying to get their new fire station. The price is increasing because of the need to hire an architect and take bids. They are still in need of volunteer fire men if anyone is interested contact the Plymouth Fire Department.

Motion by Vanderploeg to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm

Tracy L Ward City Clerk

April 10, 2006

The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rich Petersen. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Jodi Wyborny, Council Brian Vanderploeg and Council Mark Brosz, Cindy Stanley, Dennis Paulson, Craig Fingalsen and Randi Arndt.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Wyborny to approve the March minutes.

Department Reports:
Mayor Petersen gave the report for People Service. Karl Nelson is no longer employed with People Service. Dennis White will be contacted to attend the May Meeting. The Stanley's have had 3 problems with their pump. They have had water in their basement 3 times. They found some electrical problems in the box and a dead spot in the pump. They replaced with a rebuilt Meyers. The new flow meter at the lagoon had been hit by lightning; they need to get a surge protector installed at the lagoon. Joe will be notified that they have until April 30th to get the fence fixed or the city will get it fixed.

Brian Vanderploeg arrived at 7:15 pm.

Randi Arndt presented his application for off premise liquor sales for the convenience store. Motion by Brosz, Second by Heimer to approve Class C Beer permit. Motion approved.

Craig Fingalsen approached the council about getting a truckload of dirt and an extension of drainage pipe, to fix his yard after they moved the road. Motion by Brosz, Second by Wyborny to buy 12’ culvert and 1 load of backfill to repair yard from road repairs. Motion carried.

Resolution #041006A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Brosz to pay the following bills: March Bills: People Service, $1890.00, Waste Management $424.32. Omnitel Communications $36.29. Alliant Utilities $273.82, $33.38, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $332.82.Cerro Gordo Roads $552.10, Vanderploeg Trucking $225.00, Mark Brosz $45.00. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Vanderploeg to approve the building permit for Dennis Paulson they are adding an addition to the front of their house. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Brosz to approve raising the park mowing to $30.00 per time. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Heimer to set the Public Hearing on the Sex Offenders ordinance to May 8th. Motion carried.

Motion by Vanderploeg to adjourn.

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm
Tracy L Ward City Clerk

March 13, 2006

The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rich Petersen. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Jodi Wyborny Council Brian Vanderploeg and Karl Nelson of People Service. Absent were Council Mark Brosz and City Clerk Tracy Ward.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Heimer to approve the February minutes.

Department Reports:
Karl Nelson gave the report for People Service. He was able to get two maintains done at residences and has marked the homes that need to have the tanks power washed. Tim Navratil’s rental had no pump in the tank, Karl will check and give council more info at April meeting.

Resolution #031306A. Motion by Heimer, Second by Fingalsen to pay the following bills: March Bills: People Service, $1890.00, Waste Management $374.71. Omnitel Communications $36.83. Alliant Utilities $263.79, $33.84, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $340.00. IPERS $131.75, US Treasury $183.60, IAMU $215.00. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Heimer to send the past due utility letters to residents. Residents who have not paid by May 10th will be placed on the tax roll. Motion carried.

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Fingalsen to set April 29th as Big Trash pick up day, Clerk is to check prices for disposing of appliances and get a current list of what is considered an appliance. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Vanderploeg to approve changing the posting place from the now closed post office to the Rock Falls Grain Elevator office. Motion carried.

Motion by Wyborny, Second by Fingalsen to approve signing the contract with the Nora Springs library for library services for fiscal 2006-2007. Motion carried.

Motion by Heimer, Second by Vanderploeg to approve the resolution amending the Operating and Maintenance contract with People Service for fiscal 2006-2007. Contract calls for 3% increase. Motion carried.

Discussion of metal fence posts in Right of way. Notice was added to the March utility bill asking residents to remove the posts with a copy of the code. On April 1st if any remaining posts are still not removed Clerk is to send certified letters to offenders asking they be removed or the city will remove and assess the charge to the tax roll.

Discussion of the cement pad missing by the post office boxes that was approved for payment in December. Clerk is to check with Berding Construction to see when their schedule would allow them to finish.

Motion by Vanderploeg to adjourn.

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm
Tracy L Ward City Clerk

February 13, 2006

The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rich Petersen. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Jodi Wyborny Council Brian Vanderploeg and Joe Davis of People Service, Lee Haines of Haines Insurance.

Lee Haines gave the insurance update and delivered the new policy. 2% increase across the board.

Department Reports:
Joe Davis gave the report for People Service. They had three calls.

Motion by Fingalsen , Second by Brosz to approve the January minutes.

Resolution #111405A. Motion by Brosz, Second by Fingalsen to pay the following bills: February Bills: People Service, $1890.00, Waste Management $374.71. Omnitel Communications $36.83. Alliant Utilities $263.79, $33.84, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $340.00. Electric Pump $
$4560.00, $119.79, Laird Law Firm $600.00, Nora Springs Library $200.00. Motion carried.

Fred Heinz from the Cerro Gordo County Conservation gave the report for the fiscal year 2005. They had a good year with record revenues. Effective May 05, they had raised the rates to $7.00/$12.00 electrical.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Vanderploeg to approve the resolution to Adopt the Budget and Certification of the Taxes and submit to the State. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Heimer to approve attending Part 3 Municipal Leaders Academy set for April 6th at Charles City, Iowa. Motion carried. Looks like we could work with Plymouth to become certified.

Council Heimer asked about moving funds into CD’s, Council Brosz suggested staggered CD’s. Mayor Petersen will look into rates at different institutions and report back. Council approved moving $15,000 from the General Fund into 3 staggered CD’s: 6, 12, and 18-month maturity in $5,000 denominations. They also approved moving $24,000 from the Sewer Fund in the same pattern at $8,000 denominations.

Phone vote Fingalsen, Y Vanderploeg, Y Wyborny, Y Brosz, N/A Heimer, N/A

Meeting adjourned at 8:43 pm
Tracy L Ward City Clerk

January 9, 2006

The Regular Meeting of the Rock Falls City Council met at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Brosz. In attendance were Mayor Rich Petersen, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Jodi Wyborny and Joe Davis of People Service.

Oath of Office was administered to all.

Department Reports:
Joe Davis gave the report for People Service. Joe talked about the E1 that have failed at two low usage homes, they will return them to Electric Pump to have them analyzed. Tabled is the purchase of 10 E1 until the problem is corrected. DNR inspection high flows, decimal point was off, problem was resolved and license was renewed. Joe will invite the DNR back after the meter is installed.

Oath of Office was administered to Brian Vanderploeg.

Motion by Fingalsen , Second by Brosz to approve the December minutes.

Resolution #111405A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Wyborny to pay the following bills: January Bills: People Service, $1890.00, Waste Management $374.71. Omnitel Communications $132.40. Alliant Utilities $257.39, $33.36, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $340.00. Landfill of North Iowa $229.50, Refund Cigarette to Harold Edgar $50.00, US Treasury $596.70, IPERS $131.75, Election costs $378.28, IMFOA $30.00, North Iowa Clerks $15.00, Cerro Gordo Co Roads $403.43. Motion carried.

Ordinances were tabled until we see what the State plans to do.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Heimer to set the Public Hearing for the Adoption of the Budget and Certification of the Taxes to Monday February 13th, 7 p.m. at the City Hall. Motion carried.

Discussion of a new posting place since the post office will be closed tentatively February 1st. Mention of the Rock Falls Grain. Tabled until next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm
Tracy L Ward City Clerk