Volga Council

By: KCTN News
Nov 19th, 2019

The Volga City Council met for the regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 11, 2019 in the Volga City Hall. Mayor Pete Duff called the meeting to order at 6:45pm. Council members Elaine Follon, Jerome Godson, Mike Howard, and Dennis Christeleit answered Roll Call.


Mike Howard excused himself from the meeting.


Rick Jedlicka, North Risk Partners, was contacted via speakerphone to discuss the basic requirements for offering a health insurance policy. 


Darren Nading entered the meeting. 


Tom Bading, Carrie Taylor, Mat Fasbinder and Jenna Beatty were also present. Mike Howard entered the meeting.


Mat Fassbinder discussed a 100+ mile gravel road bicycle race event he would like to organize for 2020.  The race would start and end in Volga. Fasbinder would like to use the entry fee proceeds to contribute to City projects. The City Attorney will be contacted for insurance requirements and options, and Fasbinder will keep in touch on other community group partnerships that may develop.


Carrie Taylor updated Council on the initial partnership grant that was applied for with the University of Iowa. Due to restructuring, the grant no longer exists. Continued conversations have led to a new project planning partnership proposed for the Spring 2020 semester through a Capstone Class professor with the University of Iowa Engineering Department.  Teams of 4 students will work with Volga Community project contacts to design three project solutions in the areas of Dike /Ditching/Drainage, Fire Station expansion, walking bridge and trail system within City Limits, school/gym accessibility, convenience store property, and trail connection with the Clayton County Conservation Board. Planning costs per project will be $333 each, and a fundraiser will be conducted to cover the costs.  Nading motioned to approve the mayor to sign the Commitment of Interest to Participate for the City Projects including 1) dike, drainage, ditching and 2) walking bridge and trail system within City Limits. Contacts will be provided for each project to work with the students. Christeleit seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.


Cost estimates were reviewed to prepare site plan documents for 704 Washington Street. Motion by Christeleit to approve Mohn Surveying to complete the documents, with the costs be paid out of the original Community Facilities Building Fund. Second by Follon. All voted in favor. Motion carried.


Tom Bading/Bad Boys Toys requested clarification on the City Code section dealing with issuing of a license for vehicles. City Code provides an exemption to the license requirement for a business, such as Bad Boys Toys.


Tom Bading requested approval for the Park Board grant application to Iowa Foundation for Parks & Recreation and Clayton County Foundation for the Future. Follon motioned to approve the applications, and to bring other grant opportunities to council for approval as projects are developed. Howard seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.


Mayor Duff recommended the appointment of Summer Zwansiger-Elsinger to the Library Board due to the resignation of the rural representative. Christeleit motioned to approve the appointment. Second by Godson. All voted in favor. Motion carried.


The Consent Agenda was presented with the following items: 1) Minutes, 2) Claims, 3) Treasurer’s Report –October 2019, 4) Bank Reconciliation – October 2019, and 5) Monthly Budget Report. Motion by Follon to approve the Consent Agenda. Second by Howard. All voted in favor. Motion carried.


Nading updated Council on plan to advertise for bids on the remaining water pumps available for sale. Howard motioned to approve the request for bids. Follon seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.


Mayor Duff presented the first reading of Ordinance #158: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF VOLGA, IOWA, BY ADDING A NEW SECTION ESTABLISHING SUPPLEMENTAL SEWER HOOK UP RULES REGARDING MULTIPLE HOOK UP POINTS ON OCCUPIED PROPERTIES. Motion by Howard to approve the first reading of Ordinance #158. Second by Follon. A Roll Call vote was taken. Ayes: Follon, Godson, Howard, Christeleit, Nading. Nays: none. First Reading approved. Motion by Howard to waive the three reading requirement of Ordinance #158. Second by Christeleit. A Roll Call vote was taken. Ayes: Follon, Godson, Howard, Christeleit, Nading. Nays: none. Ordinance #158 was approved and will be published.


Mayor Duff presented Ordinance #159:  AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AN EMPLOYEE DRUG TESTING POLICY. Motion by Follon to table the first reading of Ordinance #159 pending clarifications with the city attorney. Christeleit seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried 


The Clerk discussed advice from the City Attorney regarding amending the Rental Code section. Motion by Follon to remove the Rental Code section of the City Code. Second by Christeleit.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.


Mayor Duff discussed the completion of Disaster #4334 projects. Follon motioned to authorize the Mayor to sign the P4 document to close out the projects. Howard seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.


Council reviewed the Employee Policy for Public Works and City Clerk. Follon motioned to table the topic until additional recommendations are obtained. Christeleit seconded.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.


Nading notified Council that the Fire Department has voted to dispose of the backhoe through a bid process, with bids due November 18. The cost of the bucket will be paid back to the City. 


Mike Howard excused himself from the meeting. 


Nading motioned to enter into closed session for review of the Public Works position interviews and wage/insurance package in accordance with State Code of Iowa Section 21.5. Follon seconded. A Roll Call vote was taken. Ayes: Follon, Godson, Christeleit, Nading. Nayes: None. Council entered a closed session at 9:20pm. Christeleit motioned to exit the closed session. Follon seconded.  A Roll Call vote was taken. Ayes: Follon, Godson, Christeleit, Nading. Nayes: None. The closed session was closed at 10:05pm.


Follon motioned to authorized Mayor Duff to offer the public works position to Mike Howard at $19/hour, and providing $300 month toward a health insurance plan, with development of the Employee leave policy at the December meeting. Christeleit seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.  


Delinquent Utilities were reviewed and shut offs authorized.


Mike Howard entered the meeting. 


Christeleit motioned to Adjourn.  Second by Follon. All voted in favor.  Meeting was adjourned at 10:20pm.




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