7:00 p.m. Monday, August 10, 2015

Oakland Acres Maintenance Building


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

Roll Call:Barb Arthur, Ted Schultz, Doug Weaver and Sarah Pfennigs were present. Joyce Halblom arrived at 7:05.
Also present: Tom Simpson, Larry Crady and Lori Smith, city clerk

Inquiries from the Community:Questioned the status on the driveway closure by Oakridge Drive. Mayor Smith updated the council on the progress on the issue.Will continue to pursue.If the problem continues past the court date, it was suggested we remove the blockage, and continue to escalate the process until the problem is resolved.Weaver discussed a problem with the water on Sunday, August 9.Central Iowa Water Assn. said that a line was hit on Highway 6 while installing fiber optics.CIW flushed the line to take care of the problem.

Approval of Minutes:Schultz moved to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2015, meeting. Weaver seconded.Ayes:All.

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

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

Payable to:

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Alliant Energy





Employee retirement

Lori Smith



Lennie Smith


40 hrs. Mowing + $45 gas

Central Iowa Water Assn.


Sewer hookup - 77 Fore Seasons Dr

Dodd's Trash & Recycling


Two months city-wide recycling

Caldell, Brierly, Chalupa & Nuzum


Legal fees

Drake Community Library


Annual contract

Griffith Masonry


Culvert repair - Fore Seasons Dr.



Mayorís Opening Address and Report:Discussed sewer hookup costs.Original intent was to provide $1,000 incentive for two years.That time has long passed. Arthur made a motion to discontinue the subsidy effective 12/31/15. Schultz seconded.Ayes: All.Announcement will be made in September's community newsletter.

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Easement and Ordinances: Property incident was discussed in the Mayor's address.A reminder that cut grass should not be blown into the street and that dogs should be under control and waster should be picked up.Also, be sure not to litter.There also seems to be a lot of overhanging limbs over the roads.If homeowners can trim up branches, it would be appreciated.

Legislative Changes to Ordinances: Third and final reading of the updated ordinances, 2015-01, " Vacancies in an Elected Office and City Elections". The clerk then read 2015-02,"Persons Under Legal Age/Social Hosts."Weaver made a motion to accept both ordinances. Pfennigs seconded.Ayes:All.

FEMA Projects: Culvert has been replaced on Fore Seasons Drive.Contractor has recommended adding large rocks (class E rip wrap) to the area near the tube to prevent washout. Will pursue a bid on this project.

Newsletter: Will include discontinuation of sewer subsidy.Standard reminders: speed limit. Other ideas - last chance for dumpsters, snow removal options, golf cart insurance and speed, tree trimming, Halloween party and road updates.Will plan on sending out in September.

Halloween Party:Will hold the Halloween party in the park on Saturday, October 24, from 4-5 p.m., with trick or treating to follow from 6-8 p.m.Schultz made a motion to budget $150 for the party.Halblom seconded. Ayes: All

Elections:†† Barb Arthur and Joyce Halblom have decided not to run for city council again.Discussed options for new candidates.Interested parties, contact the city clerk for information.

New Business

Yield Signs: Had an incident with a near accident at the corner of Fore Seasons Drive and Oakridge Drive.Discussed the need to replace the Yield signs with Stop signs to help alleviate problems.Will also include a sign that "oncoming traffic does not stop."Will pursue with new sign purchase.

Road Repair: Will contact Cessford to complete repairs on the end of Fore Seasons Drive. Clerk will look to see how much funds the Road Use Tax will provide to Oakland Acres. Would like Planning and Zoning Committee to update priorities on road repair.Will scan current plan and send to newer council members.

ECIC Meeting: Due to the topic of abandoned buildings, there was no interest in attending.

Grants:Will submit grant application for pond improvements.

Council Report:None.

Clerk Report: Currently working on a premium auditon work comp insurance.Also will be working on newsletter and Street Financial Report.

Maintenance Report:Have started putting rock along roadways, and tree trimming and removal.Please watch for the tractor on the roads.

Adjournment: Arthur moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:34p.m.Schultz seconded.Ayes:All.

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