7:00 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015

Oakland Acres Maintenance Building


Call Meeting to Order:  Mayor Smith called the council meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

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

Inquiries from the Community:  Questions on snow removal. When wreckers are not allowed on the roads, snow plows will not run.  Have contacted Dodds to remind them to let us know when they cannot pickup the trash.

Approval of Minutes:  Schultz  moved to approve the minutes of the December 8, 2014, meeting.  Halblom seconded.  Ayes:  All.

Treasurer’s Report:  Schultz moved to approve the December report as submitted. Arthur seconded. Ayes:  All.

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

Payable to:



Alliant Energy





Employee retirement

Lori Smith


December Salary

Lori Smith


Roll of Stamps

Lori Smith


Community Christmas Party reimbursement

B3 Property Services


Snow removal - November

Paulson Construction & Landscaping


Salt/sand roads - November

Grinnell Mutual


Newsletter printing

Lennie Smith


Maintenance - road repair



Mayor’s Opening Address and Report:  Christmas party went well.  Most of funds were spent on gift cards for drawings.

Old Business

Reading of Ordinance: Ordinance was approved at the last meeting.

Projects: Will continue to add some projects in 2015, including tree trimming at the park.  Perhaps coordinate with Spring Cleanup, with the rental of a chipper.

Legal Contract:   Has been signed and returned.

Emerald Ash Borer: A representative will come out to the community this summer to appraise any damages.

Committees: Have the committee meet and attend our February meeting to present their recommendations.  Also have the new Parks and Rec committee get together.

Siren:  Make sure this is a top priority to be repaired in the spring.


New Business

FY16 Budget:  The clerk presented a suggested budget for FY16 of $105,600, including $50,000 for road repairs.  Halblom made a motion to accept the budget and hold a budget hearing before our meeting in February.

Mowing:  Halblom will check with DNR about the possibility of seeding of the dam area, to eliminate the need to mow it.   Discussion ensued and decided to keep the current arrangement of having the maintenance person mowing the public areas.

Spring Cleanup and Garage Sale days: Will hold Garage Sale Day on Saturday, May 2, with dumpsters available from April 24 - May 8.  Will try to set up a community-wide clean up and beautification day on May 16.

Council Report:  None.

Clerk Report:  None.

Maintenance Report:  Moved some snow around corners and maintenance building parking lot.  Appreciate people watching for the maintenance person while working. 

Adjournment:  Halblom moved to adjourn the meeting at  7:56  p.m.  Arthur seconded.  Ayes:  All.

The next regular meeting of the Oakland Acres City Council is scheduled on Monday, February 9, 2015 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