Wayland Museum needs a new home

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


WAYLAND ? City officials are searching for a new home for the Wayland Museum.

Currently, Wayland has two museums sharing one building. In addition to the Wayland Museum, the building also houses Larry D. Roth?s Midwest Memories Museum. Roth, however, has informed the city that he will be closing his museum, effective March 1, 2018. Currently, rent and utilities are shared by the city and Roth, meaning the city will incur more expense once Roth?s museum vacates the building.

Consequently, the city council has directed City Clerk Beverly Conrad to study options for a museum building.

Council members, during their regular monthly meeting Wednesday night, also made several minor changes to the employee handbook.

Formerly, holiday work was not considered overtime for city employees. However, the council voted to change the language, giving an employee overtime pay if called out for an emergency on a holiday.

Also, the city has long had a policy that if an employee did not take city health insurance benefits, no stipend would be offered in lieu of the health insurance. The policy was not spelled out in the employee handbook and now will be inserted into the handbook.

The final change involved the protocol for city employees also serving as firefighters. Now that a city employee serves with the fire department, the employee will be allowed to leave work should there be a fire call.

Approval was given to an agreement with Iowa Codification to recodify the city code book including zoning ordinances. The city will pay the firm $4,400 in three installments.

The council also approved the purchase of a large replacement water meter for Parkview Home for $1,800 from Municipal Supply. A new meter was needed due to the age and water volume of the existing meter.

Council members will meet again in regular session Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall.