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MERRILL IOWA REGULAR City Council MEETING DECEMBER 18, 2017


Mayor Husman opened the meeting at 7 pm leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Council present: Hemmelman, Norgaard, Pierson, Conley. Absent: Seiler.

Motion by Norgard, 2nd by Hemmelman to approve minutes of 11/20/17. All voted aye.

Motion by Pierson, 2nd by Norgaard to approve treasurer’s report. All voted aye.

On motion by Hemmelman, 2nd by Conley, Council voted to donate $100 to CASSA. All voted aye.

Mayor opened hearing for SRF application and to make available contents of environmental information and City’s project plan. Motion by Pierson, 2nd by Hemmelman to approve Resolution #2017-10 approve application. All voted aye. Motion by Norgaard, 2nd by Pierson to approve Environmental Survey. All voted aye.

Mayor announced public hearing for purchase of 7.05 acres from Jack and Lavon Holton for $141,000 for lagoon expansion. Motion by Hemmelman, 2nd by Conley to approve Resolution #2917-11 to purchase land. All voted aye.

Motion by Pierson, 2nd by Norgaard to close hearings. All voed aye.

Main Street parking will remain as is according to ordinance.

Motion by Norgaard, 2nd by Pierson to donate $25 to Ply Co Soil & Water. All voted aye.

Kissinger kitchen was discussed. Motion by Norgaard, 2nd by Pierson to purchase cabinets for north side of kitchen. All voted aye.

Motion by Conley, 2nd by Hemmelman to approve Casey’s liquor license renewal. All voted aye.

Motion by Hemmelman, 2nd by Conley to repair truck as discussed with Gray. All voted aye.

Clerk administered Oath of Office to Mayor Richard Husman.

Mayor Husman administered Oath of Office to Councilman Jacob Conley and Councilman Randy Hoyt.

Motion by Norgaard, 2nd by Hemmelman to allow bills.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.


Margaret Marienau, City Clerk Richard Husman, Mayor


MERRILL IOWA

DECEMBER 2017 RECEIPTS

GENERAL: $27,032.52, ROAD USE: $7,561.91, WATER: $10,645.02. SEWER $9,436.46, LIBRARY: $9.32, AMBULANCE: $1,414.36, LO-OP TAX: $6,785.83, FIRE $6,014.50, TOTAL: $68,899,92

MERRILL IOWA

DECEMBER 2017 DISBURSEENTS

GENERAL: Midamerican 573.32, Gray, bldg. pmts 110.00, ChaseCard, postage & lights 503.72, OC Sanitation 2,486.50, Ply Co Solid Waste 2,042.94, Premier 117.58, Indoff, supp 99.99, IMWCA, wkm comp 594.00, Menards, lights & Kissinger exp 271.65, Murphy, legal 450.00, Select, Kissinger exp 85.00, Sentinel 83.20, Ply Soil & Water, donation 25.00, CAASA, donation 100.00, M Marienau, treas. 600.00, Postmaster, newsletter 92.25, checks 708.26, TOTAL: $8,943.41, payroll x-fer 6,462.28

ROAD USE: Midamerican 1,155.30, OC Sanitation 10.00, Anthony, wash 33.00, Branum, repairs 41.50, Casey’s. fuel 258.85, Ply. Feeds, supp 196.97, Verizon 25.22, Wagner Auto, supp 88.63, Dave’s, repairs 94.72, TOTAL: $1,904.19, payroll x-fer 3,200.71

WATER: MJidamerican 568.55, Premier 34.93, ACS, testing 18.25, Carus, chemicals 1509.00, Casey’s, fuel 22.90, Dave’s, repairs 271.43, Utility, supp 59.20, Verizonj 25.21, TOTAL: $2,509.47, payroll x-fer 1,850.51

SEWER: Midamerican 48.31, CenturyLink 46.21, Postmaster, survey 53.25, ACS, testing 121.00, Casey’s, fuel 70.50, McClure, lagoon eng 7,395.00, Murphy, lagoon 120.00, Verizon 25.22, TOTAL: $7,879.49, payroll x-fer 1,850.51

LIBRARY: Premier 34.93, Baker & Taylor 551.42, TOTAL: $586.35, payroll x-fer 803.85

AMBULANCE: Midamerican 56.40, Premier 32.04, Jensen, repairs 256.40, Verizon 35.08, CAG, billing 34.10, TOTAL: $414.02

POLICE: Midamerican 100.00, D Lich, phone 50.00, ChaseCard, wash 10.00, Premier 81.42, Casey’s, fuel 419.27, IA DOT, supp 83.88, Jack’s, clothing & holsters 404.65, Motorola, radio 3,808.74, Verizon 40.01, Sentinel, ad 46.49, TOTAL: $5,044.46, payroll x-fer 10,458.58

LOCAL OPTION TAX: well payment $1,277.50

FIRE: Midamerican 169.21, OC Sanitation 9.00, Allegiant, supp 1,449.22, Arnold Motor, supp 253.40, Casey’s, fuel 152.25, O’Reilly, supp 9.18, Staber, supp 91.39, loan 1,363.46, TOTAL: $3,497.11

PAYROLL: Wages, FICA, IPERS, ins $19,964.12

TOTAL: $52,020.12



MERRILL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

2018 GRANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

 

Questions, or to request a word document form via email
contact: Sara Jane Hauff at 319-610-4548

Grant amounts are dependent upon the allocation of interest funds available from the Merrill Community Foundation each year. Grant applications are due on April 15, 2018 Grant awards will be announced on May 30, 2018 and all grant applicants will be notified as to approval or denial.

Your organization must be a 501(c) (3) or a unit of government 170(b). Agencies that qualify as a 170(b) include counties, cities, and schools and do not need an IRS letter. If the applicant is not a 501(c) (3) or 170(b) organization, a fiscal agent is required who is 501(c)(3) or 170(b). The fiscal agent will be responsible for grant funds. Provide the name, address, phone, and EIN number of the fiscal agent, as well as a letter of support from your fiscal agent.

We ask that the Merrill Community Foundation be given credit in media releases. YOU MUST RETURN ANY PORTION OF THE GRANT MONIES NOT USED FOR THE ORIGINAL DESIGNATED PURPOSE. A project report, including copies of paid receipts, must be submitted within twelve months of receipt of the grant check.(Successful grant recipients will receive an agreement form) The agreement form indicates the grant recipients’ agreement to use the funds for the purpose requested.

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING….

  1. Cover sheet and Application Form not to exceed a combined total of three pages. 5 copies each

  2. Completed budget sheet not to exceed one page. 5 copies each. Include letters of commitment for in kind contributions and other funding source.

  3. List of Board of Directors or Officers and their contact information. 5 copies each.

  4. If you are sponsored by a Fiscal Agent, include their Federal IRS non-profit status letter. 5 copies each

  5. Please staple collated applications in the upper left corner of the entire application and supporting materials.

  6. No covers please.

Please submit your completed application packet by mail or hand deliver to:

Beverly Fagan

314 Main Street

Box 858

Merrill Iowa 51038


Questions contact: Sara Jane Hauff at 319-610-4548


APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVE BY April 15, 2018 GRANTS ANNOUNCED May 30, 2018




MERRILL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

2018 GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION


The Foundation of Merrill Iowa was formed to coordinate and provide philanthropic support for community betterment projects in the community of Merrill. The Community Foundation of Merrill Iowa is an affiliate of the Iowa Community Affiliate Network, a collaboration of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation. Each year the Foundation will make grant awards to worthwhile projects located in the community of Merrill.




Foundation of Merrill’s areas of emphasis include:





Please note that we do not fund:

Individuals * Fundraisers * Debt reduction or budget shortfalls * Politics/causes * Religious purposes (this does not exclude grants to religious organizations for non-religious purposes) * Equipment, unless it is essential for the program * Ongoing expenses, such as wages * Endowments.




When filling out Cover Sheet please note the following: If requested funds are for Capital Support, designate which funds refer to repairs or improvement to buildings. If requested funds are for a Special Project, designate which funds refer to a one time event, project or program.



You may access the application forms online at the following web site: Merrill, Iowa website

Merrill Iowa Web Site FB Page @ merrilliowa.info




ALL APPLICATTIONS MUST BE TYPED OR COMPLETED ON A COMPUTER AS A WORD DOCUMENT, NO HAND WRITTEN APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.



MERRILL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

2018 GRANT APPLICATION FORM

1st year awards will be $50 to $300



    1. What is the title of your project? (3-4 word description)

Examples: “Community Event sign”, “ After school children’s program”







    2. Briefly describe your organization’s history (year organized) and major accomplishments.








    3. Describe the proposed project for which funds are requested, including the goals and specific measurable objectives and timetable to reach project goal and by whom, when, and where it will be implemented.







    4. Identify community needs that will be met as a result of this project. Do other organizations in your community address this need? Have you attempted to collaborate with others who provide this service? If so, why are your services needed?








5. What other funding sources have you attempted to acquire, but were unsuccessful? Indicate the desired impact of your project and how you will measure and evaluate the results of the project. Be specific regarding community needs/issues your project will address.









MERRILL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

2018 COVER SHEET


Date of application_____________



Organization Information


 

Name of organization legal name (as listed with IRS)



Organization address City, State, Zip Employer ID # (EIN) if applicable



Phone Fax Web Site



Name of contact person regarding this application Phone E-Mail



Type of funding sought (check one) Capital Support _____ Program Support ______


Project focus area (check the most appropriate: Children, Youth, Families _____

Education _____ Environment _____

Health and human services: _______

Community Betterment ______

Arts and Culture: _____


Is your organization an IRS 501 © (3) not-for-profit? Yes ______ not______


Is your organization a 170b unit of government? (City, County, School) yes____ no_____

IF NO, you must have a fiscal agent. Please list name, address, phone and fiscal agent contact person: ______________________________________________________________________

Fiscal agent’s EIN number

What is your fiscal Calendar? (MO/YR) to (MO/YR)__________________________



Population Served: _______________



Grant monies needed? (MO/YR) to (MO/YR):________________________



Total project cost:____________ Total requested from Foundation: $___________________




What % of total funds needed for the project has been promised or acquired? ______________%



The signature of the president or board chair of your organization confirms that this application is being made in good faith, is true and correct to the applicant’s belief and knowledge, and for the purpose described in this application.



SIGNATURE_________________________________________________ DATE_____________________



CHECKLIST: Be sure you have included the following in your grant application. Your application will not be considered if it is missing any one of the following as described in the instructions.





( 5 Stapled and Collated sets )


_____ Cover Sheet ( 1 page ) and Application form (not to exceed 2 pages)


_____ Project Budget Sheet ( 1 page )


_____ Include letters of commitment for in-kind contribution and other funding sources.


_____ List of Board of Directors/Officers with contact information.


_____ Your organizations latest 501 (c) (3) IRS non profit status letter, or that of your fiscal agent.


_____ Score Sheet



MERRILL NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2018
CITY HALL PHONE # 938-2514 CITY HALL HOURS 8 AM – Noon

"If Plan "A" doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters"


COUNCIL NEWS
Council responded to the Plymouth County C.A.A.S.A.
(Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault)request with $100 donation.
Ambulance reported 6 calls.
No new members and one current member is retiring.
Fire reported 4 calls.
2 new members, but 2 current members will be leaving.
Hearing was opened for SRF application and Environmental review. Attorney and Engineer explained these to Council. Council approved Resolution #2017-10 approving these.
Hearing was opened for purchase of land. Council approved Resolution #2017-11 to purchase 7.05 acres necessary for lagoon expansion at cost of $141,000.
Hearings were closed.
Main Street parking will remain as in Ordinance.
Council voted to donate $25 to Plymouth Co. Soil & Water.
Survey results were discussed.
City will purchase additional cabinets for kitchen.
Council voted to renew Casey’s liquor license.
Council voted to make necessary repairs to City truck.
Clerk administered Oath of Office to Richard Husman, Mayor, effective Jan 1, 2018
Mayor administered Oath of Office to Jacob Conley and Randy Hoyt, Council, effective Jan 1, 2018.
Bills were approved.
November Receipts: $59,984.47 Disb: $45,767.68
Prairie Blooms Garden Club
will take trees down at Kissinger Center Jan. 4 at 7 pm. No meeting.
Meeting will be held Jan. 18. Program TBA The Legion has excess wheel chairs, walkers, commodes and other equipment available to be given away. If you know of someone who could use these contact Doug Prewitt at 266-639 Thank you to all who participated in the recent survey. In order to apply for the $300,000 CDBG grant for the lagoon project we needed to have an 80% return. Unfortunately, many chose not to participate and we did not come close to the 80%.
Thank you to those who worked so hard to try to reach this goal.

COMING EVENTS
Dec 31 – New Year’s Eve Dance 8 pm
January 21 – Council meets 7 PM
Dec 31 – Sandwich supper & dance

RECYCLING – 2 & 4TH THURSDAY
GARBAGE PICK-UP -EVERY THURSDAY

Visit www.merrillia.info and Merrill's Facebook page for Merrill news, weather & activity and event calendars are also available there.

Connections Area Agency on Aging is offering frozen and shelf stable meals. Click link or see brochure on City Bulletin Board. Call 1-800-432-9209, ext 8226 0r ext 8225.There is a “rescue” food bank in Merrill sponsored by the churches of Merrill. Persons or families in need should call 712-938-2548 to schedule assistance.
All persons will be helped if possible. Coffee in the Legion room for veterans, 3rd Tuesday each month at 10 am.

SPOTLIGHT

It’s Friday morning, last day to get the newsletter out and I wasn’t able to get a contact number for the person I wanted to introduce you to. SO---
Did you know the Library has coffee available, especially on Friday mornings? This is not a specific group. Everyone is welcome to come. They take turns bringing treats and everyone has a good time. You can often hear the laughter out in the halls.
Please feel free to stop in and browse. Most of the latest magazines are available. The Library receives the Sioux City Journal daily. And of course, there are hundreds of books and new ones arrive often.
Also, did you know that people walk daily, Monday through Friday in the Kissinger Center? You are welcome to walk any time the Center is open, usually about 7:30 am to noon at the lower level. Or the upper level, 8 am to noon or any time the library is open.
We have a nice facility in the Kissinger Center.
Take advantage of it.
Happy 2018!


 


 



 


 


Econ announcement

Read the writeup below
Drake study of Merrill article in Le Mars Daily Sentinel


Current status of Merrill's ambulance service.


Contact City Staff and Council

Click here to see the coming 2017-2018 school calendars.

Click here to view the 2016 Water Quality Results

Click here to look up Library books online

AVENUE OF FLAGS ROSTER can be reviewed by clicking here. (bottom part of page)


Coffee pot and cup

Come join us at the Merrill Public Library

for a cup of coffee Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.



At a site called Transparent Language Online, Merrill Public Library paytrons will be able to create a Transparent Language Online user account and begin their language learning.Stop in the Library and check it out!


Library Hours:
MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 1:30PM ‘TIL 5:00PM

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6:00PM ‘TIL 8:00PM

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 9:00AM ‘TIL NOON


CITY DUMP Open Wednesdays and Saturdays
dump


Notice

RECYCLING

2ND & 4TH THURSDAYS 

GARBAGE IS PICKED UP FIRST 

RECYCLING IS PICKED UP ON A

SECOND TRIP

BE SURE GARBAGE CANS ARE NOT FULL OF WATER.  THEY CANNOT BE PICKED UP IF THEY HAVE WATER IN THEM.


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