Volga Council

By: KCTN News
Apr 12th, 2018

The Volga City Council met for the regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 9, 2018 in the Volga City Hall. Mayor Pete Duff called the meeting to order at 7pm. Council members Dennis Christeleit, Jerome Godson, Elaine Follon, and Mike Howard answered Roll Call. Leon Deutsch was also present.

The Consent Agenda was presented with the following items: 1) Minutes, 2) Claims, 3) Treasurer’s Report, 4)

Bank Reconciliation Report – March 2018, 5) Monthly Budget Report. Godson motioned to approve the Consent Agenda. Christeleit seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Leon Deutsch discussed the water issue with parking at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They are planning to do some work to improve the conditions and get water to move off of the area from the rectory driveway to the ramp. Leon will keep in touch with the Council on the project.

Mayor Duff recommended Carol Crandall to serve a 3-year term on the Park Board. Christeleit motioned to accept the appointment. Follon seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Godson updated Council on the Park Board’s intention to apply for a Trees Forever Branching Out Program grant to plant trees in the campground area to improve shade access. Follon motioned to approve the application. Godson seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Council reviewed bids submitted for the Cass Street FEMA repairs to accept any or all bids received. Motion by Follon accept the Prairie Road Builders bid of $12563.84 contingent upon a review of the final Project Worksheet to be sure the bid meets the scope of work. Howard seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Council discussed the remaining portion of Cass Street from the FEMA project to Highway C2W. Howard motioned to take no action as funds were not in the budget and the worst section of Cass Street is taken care of with the FEMA project. Follon seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Godson motioned to send out bids to contractors for completing the tree debris cleanup and floodgate cleanup project worksheets, to be reviewed at the May meeting. Howard seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Council discussed the next steps for abandonment action on the property at 704 Washington Street based on City Attorney recommendations. Follon motioned to have the City Clerk notify the City Attorney to explain financial liability and the process and to visit with the Mayor to allow the attorney to proceed as soon as possible if reasonable. Howard seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Council reviewed Municipal Code recommendations from the City Attorney to submit to UERPC. Follon motioned to include the recommendations in the update. Christeleit seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Utility rates were reviewed as presented by the Water and Sewer Superintendent. Motion by Godson to schedule a $3 raise ($1/month-water, $2/month-sewer) for year 1, year 2, and year 4, and review rates at year 5. Follon seconded. Ayes: Christeleit, Follon, Godson. Nays: Howard. Motion carried.

Council reviewed budget amendments for the FY 17-18, ending June 30, 2018. Godson motioned to set the Public Hearing date for consideration of the amendments at 6:55pm on May 14. Howard seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Council reviewed payroll to determine any increase for FY 18-19. Follon motioned to include any increase in the clerk’s wages to include a raise on grant administration portion (passed by Resolution July of each year) of wages as well. Howard seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Howard motioned to prepare a resolution to increase payroll 4% for City Clerk, Maintenance, and Water/Sewer Superintendent as of July 1, 2018. Godson seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Council reviewed Delinquent Utilities and authorized shut offs for balances or payment plans not adhered to.

Godson motioned to adjourn. Follon seconded. All voted in favor. Meeting was adjourned at 9:20pm.



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