MONTROSE COUNCIL MEETING
March 2, 2006
The Montrose City Council met for NIMS Training at 6:00 p.m. on the 2 day of March 2006.
Council met at City Hall 102 S. 2 Street with Mayor Anthony Sciumbato presiding and the
following Council members present: Conlee, Geyer, Roberts and Slater. Jeff Junkins absent. The
following employees were present: Cirinna, Hoenig, and Craig Junkins.
Lee County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Cirinna instructed Mayor, Council, City
Clerk, Street/Parks Superintendent and Water and Sewer Superintendent on the National
Incident Management System. Instruction concluded at 6:55 p.m.
Public Hearing called for the purpose of hearing oral/written comments or objections to the
FY2007 City Budget. Hearing called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Sciumbato. There being no
comments for or against the budget, Public Hearing was closed by Mayor Sciumbato at 7:03 p.m.
The Montrose City Council met for Regular Meeting at 7:03 p.m. on the 2nd day of March 2006.
Council met at City Hall, 102 S. 2 St. pursuant to law with Mayor Anthony Sciumbato presiding
and the following Council members present: Conlee, Geyer, Junkins (entered at 7:04 p.m.)
Roberts and Slater.
Call to Order. Meeting called to order at 7:03 p.m.
Consent Agenda. Moved by Roberts, seconded by Geyer to approve:
- Treasurer’s Report of February 2006.
- Minutes of February 2, 2006.
- Payment of Claims.
ALLIANT ENERGY (PD) – 104.54 CC; 17.31 PARK; 1,168.57 STREET LIGHTS 1,290.42
ALLIANT ENERGY – 146.82 CH; 21.49 CS; 12.34 CEM; 111.84 BARN; 41.38 GYM; 1,872.42
12.34 WATER TOWER; 425.64 PUMPHOUSE; 120.55 SHOP; 931.13 PLANT; 10.33 SHED; 38.56 LIFT STATION
AMERICAN WATERWORKS IOWA SECTION – WATER 25.00
ANDREWS PLUMBING – SEWER 125.00
ATMOS ENERGY – 266,95 CC; 268.07 BARN; 3223.01 GYM; 257.47 SHOP 1,115.50
AUDITOR OF STATE – GG 100.00
CITY OF FORT MADISON – SEWER 272.00
ELECTRIC PUMP – SEWER REPAIR 968.42
F.M. READY MIXED CONCRETE – WATER 58.57
FARM & HOME SUPPLY – RUT 133.51
FERGUSON ENTERPRISES INC. – WATER REPAIR 72.58
HOENIG, MICHAEL (PD) – WATER CONFERENCE 156.00
HOENIG, MICHAEL (PD) – CONSULTANT/PROFESSIONAL FEES
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HOLTKAMP, RONALD – HAUL SLUDGE 560.00
HUFFMAN’S – 4.13 POLICE; 6.36 WATER; 46.34 SEWER 56.83
IOWA CODIFICATION – ORDINANCE NO. 196 42.00
IOWA HEALTH SOLUTIONS (PD) – 284.36 POL; 284.36 RUT; 763.87 SEWER 1,332.59
IOWA ONE CALL – WATER 2.70
IOWA TELECOM – 263.11 CH; 52.66 CC; 69.79 SEWER 385.47
J & S ELEC. BUS. SYSTEMS – COPIER REPAIR 127.00
KEMPKERS TRUE VALUE – 10.31 WATER; 10.31 SEWER 20.62
KEYSTONE LABS – WATER TESTING 9.00
KOHLMORGAN HAULING 1,850.20
KRUSE IMPLEMENT – CEMETERY 26.40
MCFARLAND-SWAN OFC CENTER – 119.95 CH; 59.97 W; 59.98 S; 22.50 PK 262.40
MENKE, ANN – FY2005 AUDIT 2,639.20
MIDWEST RADAR & EQUIPMENT – POLICE 25.00
MOAA MEDIPLUS – GROUP INSURANCE 184.08
PETTY CASH (PD) – 9.05 CH; 10.95 WATER 20.00
PETTY CASH – GG 85.35
RUTH INDUSTRIES – SEWER 562.80
SHIPMAN, BRENT (PD) – TRAVEL/CONFERENCE 30.42
SHIPMAN, BRENT – TRAVEL/CONFERENCE 153.44
SHOPKO – 43.48 WATER; 43.47 SEWER 86.95
S.E.I.C.C.A. – GG 20.00
VISA (PD) – 82.88 RUT; 97.95 WATER; 97.95 SEWER 278.78
Public Forum. Pauline Gill told Council this will be her tenth and final Easter Egg Hunt. She is
looking for someone to take her place. Mayor and Council expressed their appreciation for the
hard work she has put into the Easter Egg Hunt.
Committee Reports. Councilwoman Roberts-Public Safety Committee says two signs have been
ordered for St. Barnabas Church parking. Councilman Geyer-Public Works Committee says a
party is interested in tearing down a house and putting in a modular. He also says he attended a
“Boomtown” meeting in Burlington.
GRRWA. No action taken.
FY2007 City Budget. Moved by Roberts, seconded by Geyer to approve the FY 2007 City
budget. Roll call voting 5-0 aye. Motion declared carried.
Ordinance No. 197. Moved by Conlee, seconded by Slater to pass on first reading AN
ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF MONTROSE,
IOWA, 2003 BY AMENDING PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO COLLECTION OF SOLID WASTE.
Roll call voting 5-0 aye. Motion declared carried unanimously.
Ordinance No. 198. Moved by Roberts, seconded by Slater to pass on first reading AN
ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF MONTROSE,
IOWA, 2003 BY AMENDING PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO WATER RATES. Roll call voting
5-0 aye. Motion declared carried unanimously.
Ordinance No. 199. Moved by Slater, seconded by Geyer to pass on first reading AN
ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF MONTROSE, IOWA
2003 BY REPEALING CHAPTER 92 SECTION 02 PERTAINING TO WATER RATES. Roll call
voting 5-0 aye. Motion declared carried unanimously.
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Consider Bids. No bids were submitted on 1996 Dump Truck. No action taken.
Liability Only on Vehicles. Council discussed the following: 1994 GMC Truck – liability only;
1995 Ford Ranger – liability only; 1996 Chevrolet – liability only; 1997 Jeep Cherokee, raise
comprehensive to $500.00; 1996 Trailer – liability only; 2000 LOTR raise comprehensive to
$500.00; 2006 Ford raise comprehensive to $500.00. Moved by Conlee, seconded by Geyer to
make the revisions to City insurance as noted above. All ayes. Motion declared carried.
America in Bloom. Matt Mohrfeld spoke with Council about the America in Bloom project.
Planting will begin in mid-May with judging the end of June. Volunteers are needed on several
committees. Mayor and Council thanked Matt for selecting the City for the project.
Montrose Ball Association. Kenton and Missy Benner told Council of the following projects they
have in mind for the little diamond: Electronic scoreboard, dugouts with landscaping, bleachers,
all-weather infield, outfield advertising. They are hoping to have it done before May 1. They were
asking Council’s permission to send materials bills to the City. The Ball Association will reimburse
the City when the LOT money runs out. Moved by Conlee, seconded by Slater to permit the
Montrose Ball Association to send materials bills to the City and reimburse the City once the LOT
money has run out. All ayes. Motion declared carried.
At this time, Scott Weirather of the Montrose Ball Association asked Council if they could get a
Liquor License. He says there will be no alcohol served from the concession stand or at children’s
games. It would be only for their fundraisers. He says the Association has put a lot of money and
work into the ball fields over the years. Roberts says the cops and lawyers had a keg at their
tournament. Councilwoman Slater says we should be an example to the children that we can
have fun without drinking. Weirather says it would help keep the money coming in for projects
and maintenance. Roberts says what they are asking for is reasonable; but she says she doesn’t
want it at the Watermelon Festival.
Councilman Conlee asked if it was legal to have alcohol in the park? Mayor Sciumbato says
Chapter 45.02.2 of the Code of Ordinances would give them permission to have alcohol in the
park if they have an approved license. Sciumbato says drinking is like gambling; it is up to the
Clerk/Treasurer Cirinna told Weirather they didn’t get this on the agenda, so no action could be
taken. In addition, they must have their application, dram shop, and payment in and call a special
meeting if they want it approved before March 31, 2006. They would also have to pay for the
BNSF Lease. Sciumbato updated Council on his talks with BNSF about leasing parcels adjacent
to River View Park.
Culture & Recreation Committee. Sciumbato appointed Councilman Junkins to oversee the
improvements at River View Park.
Nuisance Abatement. Sciumbato says he drove around town and noticed some property owners
have cleaned up, but others have more junk, trash and vehicles than before the abatement letters
were sent last September. After some discussion, Conlee and Roberts of the Public Safety
Committee say they will look at the nuisances. They will submit a list of nuisances to Cirinna, she
will write a letter to property owners and they want the Police Chief to deliver them by hand.
Alliant Energy Franchise Agreement. Council would like Larry Heckert of Alliant Energy to
come to the April 6, 2006 meeting to discuss the agreement.
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Spring Cleanup. Moved by Conlee, seconded by Slater to schedule spring cleanup on April 19,
2006. All ayes. Motion declared carried.
At this time, Dave Poland spoke to Council about the City’s annual insurance premium. Because
Cirinna forgot to put it on the agenda, no action could be taken.
Mayor, Council, Employee Comments. Councilman Geyer says Montrose Riverfront, Inc. wants
to get information signs for St. Barnabas and the Heritage Center, food and gas. They want the
City to apply for the signs.
Dale Sanders, Cemetery Caretaker, says cleanup will be March 27 – 31, 2006.
Adjournment. Moved by Geyer, seconded by Slater to adjourn at 9:40 p.m. All ayes. Motion
Anthony Sciumbato, Mayor
Celeste L. Cirinna