City Of New Virginia

Council Meeting Minutes

April 1st, 2017

 

The Council met in regular session on Saturday April 1st, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. for the April Council Meeting.  The meeting was called to order by Mayor Huston with Council Members Dittmer, Nelson, Spurling, Strange and Zuercher present.

 

Minutes from the March Council Meeting and Treasurer’s Report were approved.

 

City Wide Curbside Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday May 13th.

 

Steve Savage did the work on the alleys and streets.  He also does fire hydrant work and has been doing this type of work for the city of Chariton for several years.  Savage is interested in doing any fire hydrant work the City Council is considering.

 

Everett Kephart was present to discuss a proposed ordinance change regarding landlord payment of vacated renters unpaid water bills.  Kephart had a copy of the section of the Iowa Code pertaining to water disconnections.  Kephart advised he wants renters of his properties shut off as soon as possible per the Iowa Code.  It was discussed that an update to the ordinance needs to be fair and help protect the landlord.  The City Attorney will obviously update the water shut off ordinance according to the Iowa Code to specifically state that sewer and recycling charges are a part of the water bill.

 

Ammon Taylor, municipal marketing manager for Waste Management, was present to discuss a city wide residential trash hauling proposal for New Virginia.  Taylor discussed the current Waste Management service which is recycling pick up and solid waste pick up for 114 homes in New Virginia. Points of interest with a single service pick up include: 1. Road protection by reducing the number of large trucks driving on the same streets from three or four to one; 2. Enhanced efficiencies with central billing through City water bill and no address list needed because all homes are serviced; 3. Price savings – current rate for trash and recycling for the 114 Waste Management customers is $28.88/mth (trash average $25.23 + recycling $3.65)  The proposed rate with all residents having trash and recycling picked up by Waste Management is $19.98/mth (trash $16.33+recycling $3.65).  There was a lot of discussion after Taylor’s presentation including adding business pick up to the proposal.  Other discussion included residents nonpayment of the water bill would equate to the City not paying that portion of the Waste Management bill for garbage pick up.  It was also discussed to give the other businesses that provide garbage pick up in town the opportunity to provide a bid for city wide trash pick up and also the possibility of having a town meeting to get citizen input on this important service.

 

Water utilities discussed.  Strange moved, seconded by Zuercher to approve and sign the contract from Central Tank Coatings, Inc. to raise the water tower handrail to meet OSHA regulations at a cost of $5000.00.  A roll call vote was taken:  4 ayes 0 nays.  Motion carried.

 

Dittmer moved, seconded by Spurling to pass and approve the second reading of ORDINANCE #104 – AN ORDINANCE INCREASING THE WATER RATES WITH THE MINIMUM BILL INCREASING TO $20.19 AND OVER 2,000 GALLONS TO $7.70 PER 1,000 GALLONS.  A roll call vote was taken;  4 ayes, 0 nays.  Motion carried.

 

Dittmer moved, seconded by Strange to waive the third reading of ORDINANCE #104 – AN ORDINANCE INCREASING THE WATER RATES WITH THE MINIMUM BILL INCREASING TO $20.19 AND OVER 2,000 GALLONS TO $7.70 PER 1,000 GALLONS making the second reading the final reading of said Ordinance.  A roll call vote was taken: 4 ayes 0 nays.  Motion carried.

 

Law Enforcement– The report summary from the Sheriff’s Office for the month of February 2017 was reviewed.  Seventy-six calls were received or initiated in the community during the month.  Officers spent in excess of 39 hours for the month in the community.

 

Internet satellite service for the fire department through Excede was compared to Windstream.  It was determined Windstream needs to be contacted to obtain the amount of data usage per month the fire department uses.  Zuercher will check with Verizon and U.S. Cellular for their pricing for internet service.

 

Spurling moved, seconded by Zuercher to pay all bills.  A roll call vote was taken:  4 ayes, 0 nays.  Motion carried.

 

With no further business to come forth, meeting adjourned at 9:25 a.m.  The May council meeting is scheduled for Saturday May 6th at 7:30 a.m.    May meeting date – Saturday May 6th, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.

                                                                                                  Brent Baughman, City Clerk