MINUTES

December 14, 2009

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, Council Jessica Prazak, Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny, City Clerk Tracy Ward, and Larry Warren of People Service.

November minutes correction: Senior Citizens dinner is scheduled for December 16th. Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Prazak to approve the November minutes with the corrections, Motion carried

Department Reports:
Larry Warren gave the Peopleservice report for the month of November. Council approved the purchase of 6 check valves for the Meyers pumps. He has completed 10 more inspections and will supply the records to the City Council at the time of completion.

Resolution #12142009A. Motion by Wyborny, Second by Brosz to pay the following bills: December Bills: People Service, $2229.00, Waste Management $435.48, Omnitel Communications $44.58, Alliant Utilities $36.84, $322.71, Tracy Ward $443.74, IPERS $54.75, Knorr Electric $55.55, Landfill of North Iowa $229.50, Notary renewal $30.00,Cerro Gordo County Treasurer $614.13, Sharm Ward mowing $210.00. Motion carried.

Mayor Petersen will attend the Senior Citizens dinner at the Nora Springs on December 16th where the City of Rock Falls will be presented with a check for $1000 from a contest that a Student Alex Hackett won for his essay about the City Park of Rock Falls.

Discussed the snow removal issues from the storm of the century, it was determined that the situation could not have been handled any different.

Request by council Heimer to Peopleservice to compile a list of tools purchased by the City of Rock Falls through the maintenance fund.

Next council meeting January 11th.

Motion by Vanderploeg, to adjourn at 7:25 pm.

City Clerk, Tracy Ward

November 9, 2009

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, Council Jessica Prazak, Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny, City Clerk Tracy Ward, Larry Warren of People Service and Mark Kramer from Waggoner & Wineinger Architects

Motion by Wyborny, Second by Prazak to approve the October minutes, Motion carried

Mark Kramer of Waggoner & Wineinger Architects gave the presentation on the new proposed tornado shelter to be built in the City Park. Council Wyborny and Council Prazak are working with them to get the blueprints drawn up so they can be submitted for the FEMA grant. The FEMA grant would pay 75% with the state emergency fund paying 10% and the city’s share would be 15% with possibility of other grants to pursue

Department Reports:
Larry Warren gave the Peopleservice report for the month of October. Council approved the purchase of 6 check valves for the Meyers pumps. He has completed 10 more inspections and will supply the records to the City Council at the time of completion.

Resolution #11092009A. Motion by Heimer, Second by Vanderploeg to pay the following bills: November Bills: People Service, $2229.00, Waste Management $435.48, Omnitel Communications $44.58, Alliant Utilities $6.84, $322.71, Tracy Ward $443.74, IPERS $54.75, Electric Pump $237.60, IIMC $125.00 and Brandau Backhoe $356.13. Motion carried.

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Brosz to submit the annual report to the State of Iowa. Motion carried

Motion by Council Heimer, Second by Council Wyborny to approve sending $100 donation to the Plymouth Fire Dept. in appreciation for the popcorn balls that were handed out by the fire personnel on October 31 in Rock Falls. Motion carried.

Knorr Electric has completed improvement to the design of the drinking fountain at the park. The system has been replumbed and they bleached the well when they winterized the system. Mayor Petersen will get the dog house cover for the well and get in installed around the base to keep it from freezing.

Mayor Petersen and the council will monitor for one month the recycle bins that are located outside of the community center to see if they are being dumped in a timely manner to keep the cardboard from blowing all over.

Mayor Petersen will attend the Senior Citizens dinner at the Nora Springs on Friday November 13th where the City of Rock Falls will be presented with a check for $1000 from a contest that a Student won for his essay about the city of Rock Falls. We will update this in December with the students name.

Next council meeting December 14th.

Motion by Vanderploeg, to adjourn at 8:39 pm.

City Clerk, Tracy Ward

October 12, 2009

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, Council Jessica Prazak,
Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny, City Clerk Tracy Ward, Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Wyborny to approve the September minutes, Motion carried

Department Reports:
Mayor Petersen gave the Peopleservice report for the month of September. Discussion on 5 West Madison repair that took 4 days. Mayor Petersen will be calling Dennis to see if he can get to the root cause
of the issue to keep it from happening in the future.

Resolution #10122009A. Motion by Heimer, Second by Brosz to pay the following bills: October Bills: People Service, $2229.00, Waste Management $435.45, Omnitel Communications $44.58, Alliant Utilities $38.42, $327.76,
Tracy Ward $443.74, IPERS $54.75, US Treasury $229.50, Electric Pump $209.42, Mosquito Control $1600.00. Motion carried.

Knorr Electric is working with Shawver Well to improve the design of the drinking fountain at the park. They will stay and replumb the system and bleach the well when they winterize the system

Mayor Petersen will send letters to Dan Kew and Sean White in reference to the junk vehicles located on their properties.

Clerk will contact Steve O’Neill to inform him of the councilmember change from Fingalsen to Prazak

Landfill board no update
Tornado Shelter – Council Wyborny is working with Ed Weineger and Lisa from the State of Iowa, they will be added to the November agenda they would like to visit with the council.

Next council meeting November 9th.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Vanderploeg to adjourn at 7:39 pm.

City Clerk, Tracy Ward

September 14, 2009

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, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer,
Council Mark Brosz, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny, City Clerk Tracy Ward, Larry Warren and Jessica Prazak

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Wyborny to appoint Jessica Prazak to fill Lois Fingalsen’s term which ends on December 31, 2009. Motion carried.

Oath of Office was administered to Jessica Prazak

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Heimer to approve the August minutes, after the correction that the certified letter sent to Jay Waitek was picked up. .

Department Reports:
Larry Warren of Peopleservice gave the report for the month of August. Larry has the weeds at the lagoon under control by spraying them. He reported that there are less than 10 curb stops to be checked, he still has 4
that are no locates. Bill Boyd and Lisa Steere properties are the next pumps to be replaced.

Clerk is to look into the I Jobs funding system to see what is involved and what it covers, Council member Wyborny will check with Steve Wyborny to see if we can get more signs.

Resolution #9142009A. Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Heimer to pay the following bills: September Bills: People Service, $2229.00, Waste Management $435.45, Ornately Communications $44.70, Alliant Utilities $36.73, $.334.32,
Tracy Ward $443.74, Midwest Sales $1915.00, City of Nora Springs $160.00, Cerro Gordo County $581.15, Sturgis Lawn Care $100.00, IPERS $54.75. Motion carried.

Motion by Prazak, Second by Heimer to submit the Annual Road Use tax report to the State of Iowa. Motion carried.

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Heimer to approve the Resolution to committing local match and designation an authorized representative for the hazardous mitigation grant program. Motion carried.

Knorr Electric is working with Shawver Well to improve the design of the drinking fountain at the park. They will stay in touch with Council member Vanderploeg.

Mayor Petersen has appointed Council member Prazak to the 911 board to replace Council member Fingalsen who has retired.

Landfill board update given by Councilmember Brosz
All flood house debris taken to the landfill is considered asbestos contaminated. The landfill will charge $90 a ton to be paid for each time a load is brought to the landfill. The new cell will be open on October 8th, they need to have a layer on the
60 mil liner before winter arrives to help keep it in place.

Saturday September 19 at 9:00 am is the designated cleanup day for the city park.

Next council meeting October 12th.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Vanderploeg to adjourn at 8:10 pm.

City Clerk, Tracy Ward

August 10, 2009

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, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Brian Vanderploeg. Absent was Council Jodi Wyborny and City Clerk Tracy Ward

Council Fingalsen has turned her resignation effective August 31, 2009. Lois will contact potential replacements.

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

Department Reports:
Larry Warren of Peopleservice gave the report for the month of July. Larry has been treating weeds at the lagoon by spraying them. The Brennan hardware charge on current bill list is in error and will be corrected next month. High flows in July were due to problems at lagoon. Larry has replaced the pipe and the problem is now corrected. Auto pay issue tabled for now.

Resolution #7132009A. Motion by Heimer, Second Brosz by to pay the following bills: August Bills: People Service, $2229.00, Waste Management $575.78, Omnitel Communications $44.70, Alliant Utilities $37.90, $328.81, Tracy Ward $443.74, Jost Mowing 180.00, Sharm Ward Mowing 447.38, Brandau Backhoe 481.00, NPDES Permit 210.00. Motion carried.

Certified letters to Mike Sachen property and Judy Ackerman property who are in violation of city ordinance #3-2-1 (l) that requires that grasses and weeds be kept in good order on all residential properties within the City were not picked up. Ackerman’s lawn was mowed prior to the deadline. Sachen’s lawn was mowed by Jost Lawn Service at a charge of $75.00.

And a certified letter sent to Jay Waitek concerning the trees on his property that are blocking the view of the stop sign city ordinance #7-7-7 REMOVAL OF TREES was also not picked up. The trees south of the house are obstructing the stop sign. Mayor Petersen will discuss with Mr. Waitek one more time and then call a tree trimmer if nothing is resolved. Mayor will check Varner’s to see what needs to be done.

Census 2010 will be discussed at the September meeting.

Next council meeting September 14th.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Vanderrploeg to adjourn at 7:45 pm.

City Clerk, Tracy Ward

July 13, 2009

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,
Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Wyborny to approve the June minutes.

Department Reports:
Larry Warren of Peopleservice gave the report for the month of June. Larry has been working with Brandau Backhoe to get the defective curb stops replaced. DNR approve draw down on all three cells
which has helped Larry get the weeds under control. Larry has been spraying the weeds, some council members gave him names of other weed killers to try.

Resolution #7132009A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second Brosz by to pay the following bills: July Bills: People Service, $2229.00, Waste Management $575.78, Omnitel Communications $44.70, Alliant Utilities $37.90,
$328.81, Tracy Ward $443.74, Jost Mowing 120.00, Iowa One Call 12.60, Laird Law Firm 244.00, Nora Springs Library 200.00, IA League of Cities 217.00, CAN Surety 350l.00, NIACOG 108.80 Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Heimer to purchase a CD from the General fund in the amount of $17,000. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Wyborny to approve the cigarette permit for the Rock Falls Lounge. Motion carried.

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Fingalsen to approve the annual fee to the Nora Springs Library of $200.00. Motion carried.

Next council meeting August 10th.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Vanderrploeg to adjourn at 8:25 pm.

City Clerk, Tracy Ward

June 8, 2009

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 Pro Tem Brian Vanderploeg.
In attendance were, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Mark Brosz, Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Brosz to approve the May minutes.

Department Reports:
Clerk gave the People Service update for Larry Warren who is recovering from back surgery on Tuesday May 12.

Resolution #6082009A. Motion by Brosz, Second by Fingalsen to pay the following bills: June Bills: People Service, $2162.00, Waste Management $428.12,
Omnitel Communications $44.35,
Alliant Utilities $34.19, $295.26, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Brosz to accept the building permit from Tennis Gordon to build a tornado shelter underground at his residence at 301 Spring St. Motion carried.

Next council meeting July 13th.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Fingalsen to adjourn at 7:25 pm.

City Clerk, Tracy Ward

May 11, 2009

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, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny, Julie Navratil, Tim Dodd, Randy Dodd, and Jay Waitek.

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Fingalsen to approve the corrected March minutes and the April minutes.

The residents were asking for an update on the sex offender living at 103 W Madison Street and whether or not he had been notified to move. The letter was drafted by the City Attorney John Duffy, and delivered by the sheriff’s office. Clerk will check on return of service notice from the City Attorney to have a copy in case of prosecution. The county has been supplied a copy of the current ordinance book. Codification will need to be done next year. Residents were satisfied with the response and left the meeting.

Residents asked whether we could make Glover and Madison a 4 way stop because of the park and the children playing. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Wyborny to approve the 4 way stop, Council Wyborny is to check into getting two more stop signs and poles.

Department Reports:
Mayor Petersen gave the People Service update for Larry Warren who is scheduled for back surgery on Tuesday May 12.

Resolution #5112009A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Wyborny to pay the following bills: May Bills: People Service, $2162.00, Waste Management $428.12, Omnitel Communications $44.35, Alliant Utilities $34.19, $295.26, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00. Motion carried.

Waste Management increase was discussed, it was unanimously decided to not raise rates, we will revisit when the next sewer increase is scheduled;

Motion by Brosz, Second by Vanderploeg to purchase new picnic tables for the city park. Council Fingalsen will email the information to the clerk to get them ordered.

Council Vanderploeg spoke about the water fountain and pump system. It was not shut down correctly last season. He will get in contact with Shawver Well Company to see if the design can be changed. The cap must go straight up and off to clean out the valve to get the system ready for winter. It is difficult to do without a lift as the cover is heavy.

It is ICAP safety week, so the council took the time to inspect the equipment. A work day needs to be scheduled and volunteers are needed to help with jobs.
Next council meeting June 9th.

Motion by Heimer, Second by Wyborny to adjourn at 7:55 pm.
City Clerk, Tracy Ward

April 13, 2009

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, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Fingalsen to approve the March minutes.

Rich Welter attended the meeting to go over questions that the council had brought up. They are using aerial and tug Thermal ULV Generator units. They will be spraying again this season at the same cost as last year. The aerial units will cover more area and get to the outskirts of town. The clerk has printed and signed the aerial agreement and faxed to Mosquito Control.

Department Reports:
Mayor Petersen gave the People Service update for Larry Warren who was out sick. He will be replacing Bill Boyd’s and Abby Kelly’s curb stop as soon as possible because they are inoperable. Larry had enclosed a list for the council of the shut offs that need to be located. He will be bringing in a backhoe operator and complete as many as possible. He will use the company that has the best price. Still having problems at the lagoon, flow meter is fine, last month he had a jetter come and clean the pipe. He will have the jetter and the flow meter gentleman come back to trouble shoot. Repaired a Meyers pump for $180.00.

Resolution #4132009A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Heimer to pay the following bills: April Bills: People Service, $2162.00, Waste Management $428.12, Omnitel Communications $44.35, Alliant Utilities $34.19, $295.26, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, IAMU $235.00. Motion carried.

Motion by Heimer, Second by Fingalsen to approve the liquor license for Rock Falls Grain. Motion carried.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Vanderploeg to send past due utilities not paid by May 1 will be added to the tax roll. Motion carried.

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Wyborny to approve Mosquito Control spraying for the 2009 season at the same cost as last year. Motion carried

Council Wyborny gave the council information about replacing street signs that were broken, they will replace the post and the sign. She will contact Mary Kelly County Engineer to get a cost estimate. They will be replaced over time so as not to have a large cost all at once.

Council Vanderploeg will contact Travis Tarr about crack filling in town.
Next council meeting May 11th.
Motion by Heimer, Second by Wyborny to adjourn at 7:55 pm.
City Clerk Tracy Ward

March 9, 2009

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, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny and Larry Warren and Dennis White of People Service, Lee Haines Haines Insurance.

Motion by Brosz Fingalsen, Second by Vanderploeg to approve the February minutes.

Department Reports:
Larry Warren of Peopleservice gave the report for the month of February. He replaced two pumps Roger Wyborny with E1 and Aaron Dockum Rental with Used Meyers. He will pick up the last 4 pumps when he goes to his seminar to save freight costs.

Resolution #32009A. Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Wyborny to pay the following bills: March Bills: People Service, $2162.00, Waste Management $428.12, Omnitel Communications $43.98, Alliant Utilities $33.55, $293.62, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $332.82, Mark Brosz $65.00, Active Web Hosting $120.00. Motion carried.

Motion by Finglasen, Second by Vanderploeg to approve the budget for 2009-2010 and send the state. Motion carried.

Motion by Wyborny, Second by Fingalsen to send letters to residents with past due utilities. Those not paid by May 1 will be added to the tax roll. Motion carried.

Council set the Big Trash cleanup day for April 25th. Clerk is to send notices to residents in their next billing.

Council Wyborny gave the council information about creating a tornado shelter in the park with restrooms, This would be covered by grant money from the FEMA, State of Iowa and CDGB funds at no cost to the city.

Next council meeting April 13th.

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Wyborny to adjourn at 7:55 pm.

City Clerk
Tracy Ward

February 9, 2009

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, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Brian Vanderploeg, Council Jodi Wyborny and Larry Warren and Dennis White of People Service, Lee Haines Haines Insurance.

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

Department Reports:
Dennis White addressed the council to go over some issues. He talked about the new procedures and pricing for discharge license, many things are being revisited and removed. Under the current testing fees could be very expensive if e coli level test results are too high. They would like to get curb stops replaced this year. He brought the CPI update to the contract to be signed by the mayor. Larry Warren of Peopleservice gave the report for the month of January. Larry explained some of the expenses that were in question, when he buys things they split the bill three ways.

Resolution #2092009A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Heimer to pay the following bills: February Bills: People Service, $2162.00, Waste Management $428.12, Omnitel Communications $43.98, Alliant Utilities $35.68, $285.75, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $332.82, Electric Pump $6240.00.. Motion carried.

Motion by Finglasen, Second by Heimer to have the clerk pay off the balance of the road work loan. Motion carried.

Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Vanderploeg to set the public hearing on the 2010 Budget Estimate for March 9th at 7:00 pm at the City council meeting. Motion carried.

Council Wyborny gave the council information about creating a tornado shelter in the park with restrooms, This would be covered by grant money from the FEMA, State of Iowa and CDGB funds at no cost to the city.

Next council meeting March 9th.

Motion by Brosz, Second by Wyborny to adjourn at 8:50 pm.

City Clerk
Tracy Ward

January 12, 2009

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, Council Lois Fingalsen, Council Doug Heimer, Council Mark Brosz, Council Brian Vanderploeg, and Council Jodi Wyborny and Larry Warren People Service.

Motion by Wyborny, Second by Vanderploeg to approve the December minutes.

Department Reports:
Larry Warren of Peopleservice gave the report for the month of December. Questions came up about the maintenance fund deductions. Council will review the report with Larry and Dennis White in February.

Resolution #12092008A. Motion by Fingalsen, Second by Vanderploeg to pay the following bills: January Bills: People Service, $2162.00, Waste Management $428.12, Omnitel Communications $43.98, Alliant Utilities $37.08, $285.98, Tracy Ward $443.74, Rock Falls Betterment $100.00, Community National Bank $332.82, Electric Pump $3557.31. Crisis Intervention $150.00, Landfill of North Iowa $229.50, Shawver Well Company $6984.00, Cerro Gordo County $1750.00, Cerro Gordo County $805.98, Iowa One Call $8.10, Mark Brosz Snow Removal $273.00, IMFOA $30.00, IA League of Cities $217.00. Motion carried.

Mayor Petersen reported that the Riverside Drive bridge sewer replacement is complete and everything is working well.

Discussion of Grant applications, Council Fingalsen collected the drawings for the restroom in the city park. She also has created a generic type letter to send with grants

Next council meeting February 9th.

Motion by Vanderploeg, Second by Fingalsen to adjourn.

City Clerk Tracy Ward