Sunday, November 19, 2017

Russell News- November 28, 2017



Russell News
November 28, 2017
Calendar
                Monday, December 4,  7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting
                Wednesday, December 6 ,  6:30 p.m. Faith United Methodist Night Owls  will meet at the home of Connie Smith. The program will be our annual Christmas gathering.
                Sunday December 10th at 6:00 p.m               . The First Baptist Church will be presenting the Christmas program "Born for Me!"  Dessert fellowship afterward. 
                Thursday, December 14, 1:15 p.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum-everyone welcome
                Thursday, December 21,   5:15 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting
                Sunday, December 24, First Baptist Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. & Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m.               
                Sunday, December 24 at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Faith United Methodist Church.  All are welcome to come and celebrate with us the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
                Monday, December 25, Enjoy the blessings of Christmas Day
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Russell Sportsmen’s Club Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet Monday,
November 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the clubhouse.
                Present were Steve Mikesell, Tim Stroud, Dan Morrett, Vern Vogel, Dan Quillin, Stan Steenhoek, Andy Brink, Curt Catron, Jeremy Cochran, Duane Bedford, John Laing, Amy Laing, Weston Laing, Mike Sims, Vicki Sims, and Ted Williams.
                The membership voted to raise dues by $10.  Single memberships are now $35 and Family memberships are now $50.  Those who have already paid dues do not have to pay the difference.
                2018 Officers and Board Members were elected:President: Steve Mikesell , Vice-president: Tim Stroud, Secretary/Treasurer: Dan Morrett, At-large Board Members: Curt Catron, Jeremy Cochran, Paul Goldsmith, John Laing, Dan Quillin, Stan Steenhoek, and Ted Williams.
                Please thank Vern Vogel for keeping the grounds mowed all these years.
            2017   Grants, fundraisers, donations, $175 – Pheasants Forever grant for youth program expenses, $210 – 2 permit-to-carry classes, $810 – Dues above Basic (donations)
                 2017   range/lodge improvements, Acoustical ceiling tile in education building - $3,150 labor and materials (paid by Dekko Foundation),Shelter over rifle range firing line – $4,508 labor and materials, ($1,375 paid by Bob Sims memorial, $2,000 by Vredenburg Foundation).Remainder of 5 shooting benches are built and delivered, New pistol range target stand - $442 materials, volunteer labor.
                Thank you to the many volunteers who helped in many ways during the season.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 6, 2017 City Council Minutes



City of Russell
Council Meeting
November 6, 2017, 7 p.m.

Present:  Duane Bedford, Terry Newcomb, Chris Feehan, Corey Paige, Jay Pierschbacher, Jeff Johnson, Jim Larrington, Brian Beaty, and Charles Musick.   Casey DeHoedt did not attend.

Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

Minutes were read and approved; Chris Feehan made the motion to approve as read and Corey Paige seconded the motion.  Minutes were approved unanimously 5-0.

Chris motioned to approve the Income and Expense reports; Terry seconded the motion.   Motion carried unanimously 5-0.

Larry Templeton was on the agenda to discuss property line fencing, but did not attend.

Charles Musick addressed the Council regarding property that he was planning to purchase and had questions regarding surrounding rundown and abandoned properties.  The mayor said that owners still had time to pay up property taxes on said properties before those parties who paid the back taxes would receive title.

Jeff reported for the Police Dept.   Jeff talked about Chariton’s policy on nuisance properties and stated that Chariton has a code enforcement person who takes care of nuisance properties through civil means instead of criminally.  Duane will formalize a procedure through our attorney and have a draft by next Council meeting in December.  Jeff will ask Chariton’s code enforcement person to attend our meeting also.

Brian reported for the Fire Dept.  Brian said the fire department has made some improvements to the fire station for storage purposes.

Duane handed out a proposed ordinance from Jim Mefferd, Attorney, for assessing penalties for illegal dumping in the City brush dump.  The League of Cities suggested an ordinance instead of a resolution, which the Council approved last month.  The Council discussed the ordinance which would apply to all City property, not just the brush dump.  Jay made a motion to approve the ordinance as read and Terry seconded the motion.  The votes will serve as the first reading of the ordinance and the second reading will be at the December 4, 2017 Council meeting.  The Resolution 2017-07 written for illegal dumping will be rescinded when the ordinance is adopted.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Corey, Jay
Nay votes:  None

Duane handed out a proposed ordinance amendment from Jim Mefferd, Attorney, for
8-1.0112 covering culvert installation on City right-of-ways.  The Council discussed who would be responsible for costs and labor and agreed the responsibility would remain with the property owner.  Terry made a motion to approve the amendment to the ordinance and Chris seconded the motion.  The votes will serve as the first reading of the ordinance and the second reading will be at the December 4, 2017 Council meeting.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Corey, Jay
Nay votes:  None


Duane wanted to discuss Ordinance 135 dealing with livestock prohibition maps.  The Council discussed the ordinance but made no changes.

Chris made a motion to approve Ordinance 145 to amend City of Russell Floodplain sections of Chapter 414 Code of Iowa to update floodplain maps for Lucas County and incorporated areas; Terry seconded the motion.  The votes will serve as the first reading of the ordinance and the second reading will be at the December 4, 2017 Council meeting.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Corey, Jay
Nay votes:  None

Jim reported on Water/wastewater.  He stated that he put in a couple new curb boxes on Chapman Street.  Jim stated he ran into trouble with water coming in on him in the hole before he got everything hooked up.  He stated that a smaller transfer pump would be nice to have and some trench shoring equipment.

Jim let the Council know that he needed to put more meter pits in on properties that could be using water that is unmetered.

Jim reported that the new meters are still not available from Metering and Technology Solutions.  Dan Sinclair, the company representative, told Jim that the company could not get good cell phone coverage in Russell.  Dan told Jim that another option could be to install an antenna (on Russell’s tower).  There would be a different cost breakdown for this type of meter reading.  Jim has talked to another company regarding a drive-by meter reading system.  The Council discussed and would like to look into other options.

Jim reported on Streets.  Jim and Duane have been cutting brush on Crocker St.  He reported that the shelter construction is completed.  Duane will give a report to organizations who gave grant money for the shelter project.

Terry made a motion to approve the 2017 Annual Financial Report and Chris seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Corey, Jay
Nay votes:  None

Brian Beaty asked about the amount of insurance the City wanted to put on the bank building and the new shelter.  The Council decided on $150,000 coverage on the bank building and $25,000 on the shelter. 

Chris suggested the Council set up a work day at the bank building to remove wallpaper and other clean-up.

The Council discussed the final draft of the periodic exam/audit report.

Casey had drafted a letter for Council to look at regarding kids damaging city park property while waiting for the school bus.  The Council suggested that the school send letters to the parents of the kids who use the location for bus pickup and drop off.

The Council discussed the sidewalk ordinance.  It was suggested that the City try to obtain grant money as Chariton did to replace sidewalks.

The sealed bids were opened for the Ford tractor and the Council accepted the bid of $5500 from Colfax Tractor.  Terry motioned to accept the bid of $5500 from Colfax Tractor and Corey seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Corey, Jay
Nay votes:  None

Firemen got an emergency call at approx. 8:50 p.m. and Chris and Corey left the meeting.  The Council meeting adjourned because of the emergency and lack of quorum.

The mayor called the meeting back to order at 9:14 p.m.  Council members remaining were Terry Newcomb, Corey Paige, and Chris Feehan.

Terry made a motion to approve the Resolution fixing the hearing date of December 4, 2017 for authorization of a loan agreement and the issuance of Sewer Revenue Capital Loan Notes in the amount of not to exceed $432,000; Chris seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Corey
Nay votes:  None

Council discussed Kris Wilkins attending a budget training this month and approved filling her car with fuel for travel purposes.

Chris motioned to adjourn the meeting.  Corey seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously 3-0.


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Mayor Duane Bedford                                                            Clerk, Kris Wilkins

Friday, October 27, 2017

Russell News October 31, 2017



Russell Museum/Library News
            We have a lot of newer editions  to our reading collection, come check out your favorite authors and find a new one.
                There are still some 2012 Russell History books available for $30 and if mailed $36.
                Also available --access to the internet, copies can be made, besides books there are adult and children DVD’s and VHS, access to history for families, and of course check out the Museum.
                We could like to encourage you to check your book shelves, under the couch and/or cushions, under
the bed, for any overdue books.  There is no fee or fines, we just want the books, etc. returned.  Please use the book return outside the door if it is not open. We thank you.
                We are pleased we are now open five days a week=Monday 1-4, Tuesday 1-4, Wednesday 10-3
Thursday 1-4, Friday 2-4.
Calendar
                Tuesday, October 31, 6-8 p.m. Trick or Treat night
                Sunday, November 5, Daylight Savings time change -set your clocks back an hour
            Wednesday, November 1, ,  6:30 p.m. Faith United Methodist Night Owls -  Louise Narber will be the hostess and Linda Reida has the lesson.  All women and girls are welcome.            
                Sunday, November 5, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
Monday, November 6,   7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting
Tuesday, November 7, Noon-8 p.m. Election Day for three City Council members
Tuesday, November 7,   6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary meeting
Monday, November 13,   6 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Annual Member Meeting
Thursday, November 16,  5:15 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting
Monday,  November 20, 1 p.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum, everyone welcome-
Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day, Count your blessings

Monday, October 23, 2017

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or treat for families will be held Saturday, October 28th from 1-4 in front of the fire station.
Food and fun will be served. Donations would be appreciated. See you there!
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Trick or Treat will be held in Russell October 31 from 6-8. Put your porch lights on for the kids. Help them to have a fun and safe time!

Monday, October 16, 2017

City Council Minutes October 2, 2017



City of Russell
Council Meeting
October 2, 2017, 7 p.m.

Present:  Duane Bedford, Terry Newcomb, Chris Feehan, Casey DeHoedt, Corey Paige, Jeff Johnson, Jim Larrington, and Brian Beaty.    Jay Pierschbacher did not attend.

Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

Minutes were read and approved; Chris Feehan made the motion to approve as read and Terry seconded the motion.  Minutes were approved unanimously 5-0.

Chris motioned to approve the Income and Expense reports; Terry seconded the motion.   Motion carried unanimously 5-0.

Corey wanted to discuss with the Council a project that would improve the basketball court and basketball hoops in town.  Corey would like to request grant funds for new poly backboards and chain nets.  Corey has acquired a 10-Bike bike rack for the City of Russell also.  The Council agreed that this would be a good thing for the kids in the community.  Brian Beaty stated that IMT has a community improvement grant ($500 maximum) that the City could look into.

Larry Templeton was on the agenda to discuss proper animal fencing, but did not attend.

Jeff reported for the Police Dept.  He stated that he has been working for Chariton part-time and will be for the next couple of months.  Jeff talked about Chariton’s policy on nuisance properties and said we should look at their ordinance and discuss at the next Council meeting.

Brian reported for the Fire Dept.  Brian said the fall festival went well and appreciated the City’s assistance.  The new fire gear has been handed out.  Brian asked that the City approve a new fire recruit, Joseph McCurdy.  Casey made a motion to approve Joe McCurdy and Terry seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Casey, Terry, Chris, Corey
Nay votes:  None

Brian also stated that when the Community Club disbanded, they had leftover funds that were donated to the fall festival yearly to use towards kids’ games/activities.

Chris made a motion to approve Last Chance’s liquor license renewal and Corey seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Casey, Terry, Chris, Corey
Nay votes:  None

Duane proposed a Resolution be written up regarding the requirements expected for culvert installation on City right-of-ways.  The Council discussed the requirements that should be enforced such as steel culverts required by DOT specs and size/diameter should be determined by the City.  Casey brought up a penalty for noncompliance and the Council discussed a fine and/or removal of unacceptable culverts.  Duane read the Resolution as discussed and Casey made a motion to approve the Resolution as read and Terry seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Casey, Terry, Chris, Corey
Nay votes:  None

Duane handed out information from USDA-Rural Development regarding the conditions of the City of Russell’s pending loan and grant for sewer updating.  The USDA-RD has acquired a grant of $1,007,000 and a 2 percent loan of $432.000 for the City of Russell.  The loan will be set up for 40 years at $1307 per month.

Chris stated he is concerned about future repairs needed for the sewer system and how the City can sustain the cost.  Chris also stated that he would like to make sure other pipes not scoped the first time be checked and fixed before making the commitment on this project.

Jim reported on water.  He stated that the City has some fire hydrants that don’t work and needs to replace them.  Jim stated that he thought the City budgeted for two new hydrants.

Jim reported on Streets.  He stated he would like to smooth up East Smith St. temporarily and rock it.  Jim stated that if the City does not need to tear up the street for upcoming sewer repair, that it should be budgeted next year to permanently repair it.  State Street, north and south of Ames, is in need of repair also.  Chris stated that the rock needs to be pulled back to the middle of the graveled portion of west Prairie Street.

The Council discussed the newly acquired bank building and decided to set up a committee consisting of Chris and Corey to make plans for improvement.  Brian Beaty stated that Allerton acquired a building to move their city hall and thought we could check with them on how they designed it.

The Council discussed the sidewalk issue again.  Duane will check with Chariton on how they handle it whether they have an ordinance or a resolution.

The old shelter has been taken down.  Harry Reed plans on beginning the new shelter on Thursday, October 5.  The Council discussed a different concrete design and closing in the south side of the shelter.  Corey has been purchasing materials from Lockridge since steel has increased in price by 5% already and may continue to go up.

Casey brought up that some school kids have been causing damage on business properties and the bandstand before and after school.  She suggested that a letter be drafted to the school district regarding this problem.

The Council discussed raises for Jim Larrington and Kris Wilkins.  Chris made a motion to give a $1.00 an hour more to both Jim and Kris for the November 1 paycheck and Casey seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Casey, Terry, Chris, Corey
Nay votes:  None

Duane stated that the periodic examination (audit) went well and we are waiting for a report.  The accounting firm doing the audit suggested the City of Russell have more training for the clerk and also council members regarding our accounting system through Data Technologies.

The Council discussed trick or treat night and decided to have it on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Brian stated that the Fire department has been asked about their trunk or treat day.  The Council discussed this and decided that the Fire Dept. will have trunk or treat day on Saturday, October 28 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  The Fire Dept. will close off the street as in the past.  Casey stated that she will assist with carnival games and costume contest.

Chris motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:09 p.m.  Casey seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0.


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Mayor Duane Bedford                                                            Clerk, Kris Wilkins