Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blood Drive

There will  be a blood drive Thursday, May 19th from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Russell Community Center.
To make an appointment please phone 641-203-0681.

Russell City Council Minutes

May 2nd, 2016 7pm

 Mayor Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7pm. Council members Casey DeHoedt, Corey Paige, Chris Feehan and Terry Newcomb were present. Fire chief Craig Alexander was also present. Jay Pierschbacher arrived at 7:02pm.
Minutes were approved on four prior meetings by Chris and seconded by Terry. Motioned carried 5-0.
Income and expense reports were reviewed with discussion of the work comp premium. Due to incidents on the fire department the work comp premium is higher than in the past. It was also noted that some payments were doubled up due to the absent of a city clerk. A motion to accept the report was approved by Jay and seconded by Terry.  Motioned carried 5-0.
The public budget hearing is set for 8am Friday May 13th at city hall. A notice of the hearing will be posted at city hall 24 hours prior to the meeting and the budget will be in the paper on May 3rd.
The police officer’s wages were discussed.  Jeff has had the same hourly wage for seven years. There was a motion to increase to $16 an hour. Approved by Chris and seconded by Jay. Motioned carried 5-0.
Craig spoke about the fire hydrant across of city hall not working. Chris said that last time it was used it did work okay. There was discussion on how to repair it. Craig also said that the old rescue truck had been sold. Duane had been contacted by the person that is going to paint the tennis courts, asking for a source of water. Duane asked if the fire department could assist with this.
There was discussion regarding a number of potholes in the city streets that needed filled. Duane will talk to Larry about these as well as some ditches and culverts that need cleaned out. There was discussion about the plastic drainage tubing in Fleshers yard that needs repaired.  It was determined that this belonged to the property owner and not the city. Chris mentioned that his curb box still needed repaired.
A motion was made to add Mo White to the city checking account. It was approved by Jay and seconded by Terry. Motioned carried 5-0. A motion was made to add Chris Feehan to Russell’s safe deposit box. Approved by Casey and seconded by Corey. Motion carried 5-0.
The city will publish a notice in the paper for bids on mowing the hay ground around the lagoon. Approved by Jay and seconded by Casey. Motion passed 5-0.
A motion was made to rehire Lyle Dorsey to help Larry with mowing this summer. In the past he was hired for ten hours a week at $10 an hour.  Included in the motion was to allow 12 hours a week with a max of 15 hours a week at $10 an hour. Approved by Jay and seconded by Terry. Motion carried 5-0.
The four way stop at the corner of Crocker and North Umberland was brought up. It was noted that due to the incline of Crocker coming from the south, when a vehicle has to stop there, it spins out on gravel to proceed north. After discussion of having a two, three or four-way stop at that corner it was decided to go with a three-way stop by removing the stop sign on Crocker street that faces south and add three-way signs under each other stop sign at that intersection. The motion was approved by Chris and seconded by Terry. Motioned carried 5-0.
The vehicle that has been parked on the north side of the railroad tracks since mid-March was discussed.  Someone will contact the police department t to find the owner of this vehicle and see when it might be moved.
The approved training hours for the city clerk are almost expired. It was noted that more training is necessary. A motion was made by Chris to approve an additional 8 hours a week as needed and seconded by Casey. Motioned passed 5-0.
Clean up day will be Saturday May 7th from 8am to 12pm. Country Trash will be here as will Floyd Milligen to gather the trash.
The Sonna Brown property was discussed briefly and tabled due to legal issues with that property.
Duane showed the council a quote for a professional liability policy that Mike Beaty has presented to him. It was tabled with the possibility of having Mike come to the council and explain it in more detail.
There was also a brief discussion about putting a repeater on the water tower. More information needs to be gathered.
The Vredenburg grant application was discussed. The shelter in the park needs repairs which might be an idea for the grant. The council is to think on this.  The deadline for the grant is August 1st, 2016.
A motion to adjourn was made by Corey Paige and seconded by Casey DeHoedt. The next council meeting is set for June 6th at 7pm.

Duane Bedford, Mayor
Mo White, City Clerk

Friday, May 6, 2016

Russell Historical Society Breakfast

The Historical Society is having a breakfast Saturday, May 7th from 7-10 A.M. They will be serving biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, juice and coffee. 
Cost is a Free Will Donation.
This fund raiser will help to take care of the building maintenance, which includes, water and sewer, electricity, toner for the copy machines and other misc. items.
Also you will be able to tour the museum. Come and see the new items!
 We appreciate your support!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Neighborhood Coffee

Monday, May 2nd at 2 p.m. there will be a neighborhood coffee for everyone at the museum.  Come and get acquainted with other's that live in Russell. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Duane Bedford, Mayor, will be here to answer questions from concerned citizens. See you there!

Russell City Council Minutes

City of Russell
City Council Minutes
April 12, 2016
Mayor Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. Council members Casey DeHoedt, Chris Feehan and Terry Newcomb were present. The council conducted the budget work session to budget year 2017.
Chris Feehan moved to adjourn with a second by Terry Newcomb. The motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 10:27 p.m.

City of Russell
City Council Minutes
April 14, 2016
Mayor Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 6:16 p.m. Council members Jay Pierschbacher, Casey DeHoedt, and Terry Newcomb were present. No visitors were present. Chris Feehan arrived at 6: 30 p.m.  The council completed the budget word session begun at the April 12th council meeting for the budget year 2017.
New Business: The Council discussed the training of the new city clerk, Mo White. Terr N. moved and Jay P. seconded the motion to approve paying for 40 hours training by the previous city clerk, Wendy Nickells with additional hours by council approval. The motion carried.
Terry Newcomb moved to adjourn with a second by Casey DeHoedt. The motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Russell News

Russell News 
With the Russell community's help, we are working to resume the Russell News keeping the Russell community informed. Our original goals were to provide information for the community in meetings/activities, to provide encouragement to make a better community, to encourage volunteerism to accomplish that and to provide accolades to people, organizations, as a means for community awareness. We plan to resume those responsibilities. It will not be published weekly as previously done but twice monthly or as information is available.

Around Town

The Washington Township Trustees want to say a big THANK YOU to the Russell Reivers 4-H Club for taking a Sunday afternoon and walking the Russell Cemetery, picking up all the branches and flowers that had blown off the graves during the winter months.  We know even with 30 4-H'ers, their leaders, and some parents it was a big job.  The next time you are at the cemetery, take a look around and see just how much work it is to care for this cemetery.  If you know a Russell Reiver 4-H member, please thank them the next time you see them. The Washington Township Trustees.

We have a new face at the Russell City Hall, her name is Mo McCullough White, the new city clerk.  Mo grew up in Russell and attended Russell School.  She has a son Brett, & daughter Tory, and lives in Chariton, Iowa.  Besides working as Russell clerk, she manages an Insuranceoffice in Chariton for Central Insurance Services. Mo still has family in the Russell area.  The office hours for City Hall are 8 a. m. -12 p.m.,  Monday through Friday.  Stop in to welcome Mo.

May Calendar

Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot (youth shoot free)

Monday, May 2, 2 p.m. The Neighborhood Coffee at the Russell Museum/

Library. Guest speaker will be the Mayor, Duane Bedford.

Monday, May 2, 7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting at City Hall

Tuesday, May 3, 6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary at the Community Center

Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. Night Owls at the Methodist Church

Saturday, May 7, 7-10 a.m. Breakfast is served at the Russell Museum

from 7 am. -10. Free-will offering.

Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. -Noon. City-wide clean-up. The dumpster will be on Shaw St. A fee of $15 for a car or pickup load. No fee for the metal scrapper who will accept all metal including refrigerators but no computer monitors or tv's. He will accept computer towers.

Sunday, May 8, Mother's Day

Monday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot

Sunday, May 15, 2:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Center-fire rifle

Sunday, May 22, 3 p.m. Chariton High School graduation at the High School

Monday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot

Saturday, May 28, 8-noon, Russell City Wide garage sale. If you don't want to have your own sale you can donate to the sale at the Museum. If you want to have your sale on the city map, contact Roberta at 535-4191. There is no charge to be on the map.

Monday, May 30, Memorial Day

For Russell news updates try the Russell Historical SocietyBlog http:// russelliowahistoricalsociety.blogspot.com

If you have comments, suggestions or you want to volunteer for this column, please e-mail myoak10@gmail.com or call 641-535-2402.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Russell City Council April Minutes

Duane Bedford, Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with Cory, Cassandra, Terry, Chris and Jay present. Visitors were Austin Smith from Garden and Assoc., Jeff Johnson, Chuck Knebul and Mike Beaty.
Discussed the Franchise Tax cannot be used for certain things. (Demolition and payroll)
Minutes - Chris made the motion with Terry seconding to approve the last months City Council meeting minutes. Duane explained the situation of not having a quorum due to resignations and not having a Clerk.
Income and Expenses - (January, February, and March) Terry made a motion to approve and Cassandra made a motion to approve the income expense report.
Police Dept. - Jeff told us that he thought that he would struggle getting up 30 hours in a month. He is under an agreement to put in 40 hours. He is shorthanded so get a hold of Cory if something is needed.
Fire Dept. - New Jaws of Life is up and working. South Central Iowa Community Grant used for certain things for the department.
A motion was made by Chris and second was made by Terry to approve the Southside and Harley Haven liquor licenses and was passed by a unanimous vote.
Austin Smith Garden and Assoc. talked about smoke testing and getting the lagoon updated. He talked about getting storm water running into the sanitary system. Discussion of what areas would be cleaned and televised. The City is working off a grant of the bids are above what is available in the Grant. So we will either have to chip in money or tailor down the areas to be cleaned. We looked at the bids for cleaning and televising. We discussed different options or grants to help with our sewer problems. We had a discussion on what to do on bids. Chris made a motion to accept Hydro-Lean bid and cap it at the amount left over from the Grant. Terry seconded the motion. Austin said he would probably be back in June.
Mike Beaty was discussing the City Insurance policy and what it covered. He discussed a type of insurance coverage called a Linebacker policy for suits that would keep us from having big bills to pay.
Jay made a motion to appoint Mayor Pro Temp to checking account at Great Western Bank; the motion was seconded by Rory and was passed by a unanimous vote.
City Clerk position setting dates for interviews and selecting candidates to interview for the Clerk position. Terry made the motion to do interviews for the Clerk position on Monday April 4th. Cassandra seconded the motion and it passed unanimous vote.
Complaint made on the City employee not doing enough work on the streets.
Cassandra made a motion to have the Budget workshop on April the 12th and 14th at 7 p.m. and Chris seconded and it passed unanimously.
Street dept. - We had discussion on taking care of the streets.
Chris made a motion to continue the meeting and Terry seconded it and it passed unanimously.
New Business - Terry is Water/Wastewater, Cassandra is Community Center, and Jay is Parks. Ray Meyer has resigned as City Attorney and Jay made the motion to accept his resignation on his terms. Terry seconded and it passed unanimously. The City has received an S.C.I.C.F. Grant of $4805.00 for the Community Center repairing the roof. Terry made a motion to have Town Clean Up Day on May 7th from 8-12. Cassandra seconded it and it passed unanimously. Discussion of selling the old office chairs in Chariton as used furniture store. Terry made the motion to have Chris put on the Safety deposit box and Cory seconded it and was passed unanimously
Chris made a motion to adjourn and Cassandra seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Mayor Duane Bedford

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Faith United Methodist Church Supper

Faith United Methodist Church will be serving a supper Saturday April 16th from 5-7  p.m.
They will be serving Chicken Noodles and Maid Rite sandwiches, homemade salads and pies.
A freewill offering will be taken at the door.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Firemen's Supper

Russell Firemen Supper will be held Saturday, April 9th, 4;30-7:00 P.M. Cost is $9.00 per plate. 
A pork bundle raffle will be held.
For carry out please phone 203-2958 or 535-4737.
Please come and support the Firemen!