Onslow Council meeting Sept. 9

By: 
Carole Paschedag

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by Mayor Russ Benke. Roll call was taken. Council members Curtis Thornhill, Marilyn Gray, Cory Oberbreckling, Joe Paulsen, and Betty Jordan were present. 

Paulsen made a motion to approve the consent agenda, with the addition of USDA sewer. Jordan seconded. Motion carried. 

Paulsen made a motion to approve the bills with two additions (Holly’s Supermarket and Wyoming Library). Seconded by Jordan. Motion carried. 

Visitors Randy and Judy Lange asked if the alley could be put back where it used to be, as it will give an additional 45 feet. They have to spray everything down at the former Anything Country site during cleanup from the fire. They asked if the sewer bill could be waived for this month for anything over the minimum amount. A motion was made by Paulsen, seconded by Jordan. Motion carried. 

There are trees by the Hawker residence that have large limbs hanging due to storm damage. Randy and Russ will take them down. 

There were 31 calls from July and August from the Sheriff’s Department. Jordan made a motion to approve the Sheriff’s Report, second by Paulsen. Motion carried. 

There was one fire call. 

There are nuisances in the alley between Summitt and Main, such as cars with no plates and an engine on a hoist. Pictures are to be taken and documentation of the vehicles. A certified letter will be sent to property owners. 

Solid Waste mentioned the roof of the transfer station might need to be replaced. 

At this time, no bids have been received for the water tower inspection. 

The progress of the state audit was discussed. They have informed us that they are very busy, but the city is on the list for an audit. 

Jordan made a motion to approve the NSF fee resolution on the first reading, seconded by Paulsen. Motion carried. 

On submitting articles to the Monticello Express, it was proposed to have the mayor approve them before submitting to the paper. Thornhill made the motion. It was seconded by Jordan. Motion carried. 

Purchasing new utility billing software was discussed, to purchase Data Tech and to use the same as other local cities in case there are problems. Jordan made the motion, seconded by Thornhill. Motion carried. 

There was discussion of the approval of the garbage rate to include the $1 fee for the landfill. Paulsen made the motion, seconded by Thornhill. Motion carried. 

There was discussion of landlords with multiple properties, approving billing/ payment requirements of fees. 

On the abandonment of property on Third Street, it was decided to contact the owner and ask what his intentions are for the property. 

The Consumer Confidence report was due in June. It was discussed that the lagoon isn’t the problem, but the E. coli and ammonia and nitrogen are non-compliant. The report will be done by the end of the year. A motion was made by Thornhill, seconded by Jordan. Motion carried. 

Discussion on opening, closing and cleaning of the community room was addressed, and a reminder that if the community room is not cleaned after use, the renter would forfeit the security deposit. Hiring a cleaning person for the community room will be on the agenda next month. A motion was made by Paulsen, seconded by Thornhill. Motion carried. 

Paulsen made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Jordan. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

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