7:00 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014

Oakland Acres Maintenance Building


Call Meeting to Order:Mayor Lennie Smith called the council meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Roll Call:Barb Arthur, Roger Fisher, Joyce Halblom and Doug Weaver were present. Absent:Ted Schultz
Also present:Lori Smith, city clerk

Inquiries from the Community:Had questions concerning restocking Oak Lake with fish. We will look into prices this fall for doing so.May also request donations.Perhaps post on Facebook and the Web to solicit donations.

Approval of Minutes:Fisher moved to approve the minutes of the July 14, 2014, meeting.Weaver seconded.Ayes:All.

Treasurerís Report: Arthur moved to approve the July report as submitted. Halblom seconded. Ayes:All.

Payment of Bills: Fisher moved to approve payment of the bills.Arthur seconded.Ayes:All.

Payable to:

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Alliant Energy





Employee retirement

Drake Community Library


Annual contract

Lori Smith


July Salary

Lori Smith


Reimbursement for roll of stamps, printing & labels

Dodd's Trash & Recycling


Two months of community-wide recycling

Lennie Smith


Mowing, Gas & FEMA repair



Mayorís Opening Address and Report:The Mayor gave a reminder to limit city questions to the mayor to normal business hours.

Old Business

Iowa League Conference: Fisher made a motion to spend up to $600 to have the mayor attend the 2014 League of Cities conference on Sept. 24-26 in Council Bluffs.Weaver seconded.Ayes:All.

ECIC Meeting:Weaver made a motion to pay the cost to send both Halblom and Lennie Smith to the event on Thursday evening, August 21, at the Newton Speedway. Fisher seconded. Ayes:All.

Newsletter: Had several comments on the newsletter and had a few requests for fishing permits.These permits are not needed for citizens' use, but for their guests to use.

Tiling: Called Earthworks, but haven't received a response. Will follow up.Smith looked at the problem areas, and some are due to driveways sloping to the shoulder, rather than the street.Will look at costs to fix the problem.But the area at the bottom of the hill will need to be retiled. Tabled until next month.†††††††††

Siren:Sieck Electric is still waiting for equipment tall enough to reach the siren, but Lennie will be renting a lift in the near future, so hopefully the tornado siren will be fixed soon.

EMS:Jasper County has officially been declared a disaster area.Lennie will attend the meeting in Oskaloosa on August 15 at 10 a.m., to see if we can repair the culvert on Fore Seasons Drive and see what other projects can be covered.

Easement and ownership to golf course:Larry Crady contacted the Jasper County Recorder's office and it appears that the right of way is owned by the golf course.Will continue to research the issue and contact the owner once we find out all details.Clerk will draft a letter for the council's review.

New Business

2014 Legislative changes: Clerk will email the list to the council to review at next meeting.Tabled until next month.

Abandoned vehicle:Central Iowa Water Association left a skid loader in a private yard for about two months, which was determined to be an abandoned vehicle.It has since been returned.

Ordinance Review: Reviewed chapter 15 of the city's ordinances, which covered the mayor and council's roles.Will review the next two chapters for next month.

Road repair update: Cessford placed flags along roadway to where the road will extend.The Cessford representative stated that trees along the end of Fore Seasons Dr. will need to be trimmed to allow a 14 foot clearance for the road equipment. This is also an issue for emergency vehicles.The clerk will draft a letter to the affected citizens to be completed by September 1, with offer of assistance. The company is behind schedule, and the project is now slated to be done in mid-September.

Council Report:None.

Clerk Report: Received a check for $282.50 for a partial refund from EMS Insurance.Also will be receiving $390 from liquor license.

Maintenance Report:Filled in the holes at the park and moved the concrete from the dam.Need to fill in other holes along Eagle Drive.Called Top Notch Tree Service to mulch up the damaged trees by the dam to use throughout the community.

Adjournment:Fisher moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:13 p.m.Arthur seconded.Ayes:All.

The next regular meeting of the Oakland Acres City Council is scheduled on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Oakland Acres Maintenance Building.

These minutes are as recorded by the City Clerk and are subject to council approval at the next City Council meeting.

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Lennie Smith, Mayor††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lori Smith, City Clerk