Monday, July 18, 2016

City Council Minutes



City of Russell

Council Meeting

July 11, 2016 7pm

Mayor, Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7pm. Council members present were Chris Feehan, Casey DeHoedt and Terry Newcomb. Absent were Corey Paige and Jay Pierschbacher. Others present were Craig Alexander, Vickie Jordan and Deb Mason.

The minutes from the two council meetings in June were reviewed. Casey approved the minutes and Chris seconded them. Motion carried 3-0.

Income and expense reports were reviewed. It was bought up that it was important to get estimates in the future for larger projects such as major street or sewer repairs. After a brief discussion, the income and expense reports were approved by Terry and seconded by Casey.  Motion carried 3-0.

Deb Mason wanted to know if the city was interested in taking ownership back of the campground that was currently in the custody of the Russell Community Club. The club has all but disbanded and there is a need for someone to be responsible for the land. The club would like to donate the land back to the city at no cost to the city.  After discussion of the mowing and possible ideas of what to do with the land it was agreed that the city should accept the land back and work on ideas for future use of that property.  A motion was made to accept the land and take control of it from the community club. Chris approved the motion and it was seconded by Casey. Motion passed 3-0. Deb will let the council know what needs done to transfer the ownership of the land.

Vickie Jordan was present to let the council know that they would have the trailer on their property torn down and removed by September 1st.  Her second item of business was to get approval to have the streets closed off for the Wounded Veterans Rally this coming weekend. She would like to close off the 200 block of Short Street Friday evening 7/15 through Sunday noon 7/17 for this event. She has security lined up for this event. There will be a band and poker run as part of the event. There will tents set up, barricades, extra garbage cans and portable toilets. Chris made a motion to approve the street closing on Friday July 15th at 6pm through Sunday noon on July 17th. Terry seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0. Vickie also mentioned upcoming events in August and September.

Per an email from the police, one business in town has been cited for junk and debris. There was discussion on the properties in town that haven’t been mowed. There was also discussion on a property on West Ames that has junk and debris and hasn’t been mowed. The council will gather a list of properties that need mowed or cleaned up and discuss these with Jeff.

Craig mentioned that the fire department was in process of getting a repeater on the water tower. There will be a new antenna and new cable installed. This project has funding from Lucas County E911 funds.  He asked permission to install the equipment and run new cable. Chris made a motion to approve this equipment and Casey seconded it. The motion passed 3-0. He also bought up that the siren wasn’t currently operating. The batteries need replaced and he was going to check into the cost of batteries and how many were needed but gave the council a general idea of the cost. Terry made a motion to approve replacing the batteries and Casey seconded it. Motion passed 3-0.

Craig also bought up the possibility of making the intersection at Prairie and Shaw into a 4-way stop. This has been discussed several times in the past and will be tabled until more information is gathered.

Duane discussed the LP contract. There were four bids gathered and Agriland had the lowest bid. They are the same company that is currently being used. Chris made a motion to renew the Agriland contract and it was seconded by Terry. Motion passed 3-0.

There was discussion on purchasing flow meters for hydrants. There was also discussion regarding the several hydrants in town that are operating correcting and how to check to see which ones are and which ones aren’t. It was suggested to include money in the next budget for hydrant repair. Duane mentioned that Russell received another load of cold patch for street repairs and there was discussion on potholes that needed repaired and ones that had been repaired. There was discussion about the large hole outside city hall at the corner of Ames and Maple. Craig thought he would have the needed materials for the repair of the culverts in that hole. Chris made a motion to have Craig get the materials for the repair and Casey seconded it. Motion passed 3-0.

There was a brief discussion about a manhole cover on Main Street that needs to be addressed. There was discussion about the possibility of purchasing a blade for the city truck to use this winter to plow snow instead of using the dump truck. Chris will look into the cost of a blade. It was also noted that the passenger door of the city truck won’t open due to previous damage. Chris will check about the cost of repair or replacing that door. There was discussion regarding the culvert on Prairie St and Summerfield. Duane was going to check to see if the county might be partially responsible for repairs due to it being a main county road.

There was discussion on the repairs that need done as soon as possible on the sewer pipes on the east edge of town. Chris and Duane have asked for bids from a few contractors but haven’t received anything back. Duane will check on getting those estimates. Duane will talk to Larry about ordering the supplies for that project. Craig mentioned that he might have some supplies available.

Duane let the council know that there are copies of the preliminary reports regarding the city’s overall sewer repairs available at city hall to review.

Old business was discussion of the Vredenburg grant. The sorority was trying to get a grant for the repairs to the band stand. They have estimates to repair the roof and paint the band stand. The city has grant money for materials to replace the community building roof and that needs to be addressed in the near future. The city is also waiting for the company to set up a date to come and paint the tennis courts.

At 9:00 pm, Terry made a motion to extend the meeting until the rest of the agenda was discussed. Casey seconded it. Motion passed 3-0.

There was a brief discussion about having the fire department filling pools. Chris mentioned that is was fairly easy to keep track of the usage due to the tanker truck that was used holds 3000 gallons.

Discussion went back to the Vredenburg grant and the possible usage of Trojan field being turned into a recreation area. Casey has done research on options and the cost of varied equipment.  There were numerous ideas discussed including a walking track, playground equipment, outdoor exercise equipment, Frisbee golf and a community garden.  It was discussed that more lighting would be needed as well as security cameras and a way to secure the property to keep vehicles out to prevent damage. Casey will work on the details and writing a grant by July 22nd.

New business included a wage increase for the city clerk. A $1 hourly wage increase after a ninety day probationary period was approved at the time of hire. Her salary will go from $13 to $14 starting in August. The increase was approved by Terry and seconded by Chris. Motion passed 3-0. There was discussion on getting bids to remove a tree on city property behind city hall. It was noted that Mo will be gone the last week of July. Wendy will cover for water bills only but a sign will be posted that city hall will be closed that week.

Chris made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:44 pm. Terry seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.



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Mayor, Duane Bedford                                                                                  Clerk, Mo White




Sunday, June 19, 2016

Russell News




Russell News June 21, 2016

Around Town

                Faith United Methodist Church will have Vacation Bible School July 11-14 from 6-8 p.m.   The program will be Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.  The theme is Barnyard Roundup:  Jesus Gathers Us Together.  All children from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome.  Come join the fun--singing, Bible lesson, crafts and snack!

                Perhaps  you have noticed a good-looking  tree (flowering crab) that has been planted on the NW corner of the Russell Historical Society. It is planted in honor of the work Betty Cross has contributed to the Museum/Library.

                Story-Time at the Museum/Library

                The Russell Museum/Library is pleased to be offering Story-Time with Jennifer Bear, kindergarten teacher at Columbus in Chariton. They will resume on Monday, July 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. For ages four through six.

Shop Local

                In the past years, Russell has seen the decline/departure of some businesses because they were not utilized enough to keep them in town. Faithful,conscientious citizens can prevent this from happening by buying local. You can help by purchasing your insurance needs, buying stamps/mailing packages, using check-out facilities for media/books, purchase hot food, refrigerated items, reserves rooms for small groups with or without food, enjoy entertainment, buy gasoline in the summer months and enjoy coffee with your neighbors.

City of Russell Council Meeting June 6, 2016 7p. m.

                Present were council members Casey DeHoedt, Terry Newcomb.  Jay Pierschbacher, Chris Feehan-Mayor pro-tem, Mo White-City Clerk along with  Larry Mitchell, Craig Alexander, Ken &  Deb Mason, Austin Smith and Mark Fincel from Garden & Associates.   Absent were council member Corey Paige and Mayor Duane Bedford.

            Concern was brought up about the future of the campground and was tabled for future discussion.

The Club will continue to mow until a decision is made. 

                Austin and Mark of Garden  Associates went over the past year of the waste-water department compliance

schedule. The city awarded the cleaning and televising work to Hydro-Klean and the work has been completed.

                The Council approved one new  fireman member, Taylor Feehan.

Jeff  left a message regarding the property on Ames street owned by Rick Braaksma.. Rick is working on getting it cleaned up.

            There were no bids for mowing the hay ground around the lagoon. It was decided rent the ground for one time seasonal usage for a fee.

                A special council meeting may be held the end of June with Garden & Associates to meet the waste-water compliance schedule.

Calendar

                Monday, June 27th , 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Trap shoot

                Sunday, July 3, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Trap shoot

                Monday, July 4,  Celebrating our Independence Day

                Tuesday, July 5, 6 p.m. American Legion and Auxiliary meeting at the Community Center

                Wednesday, July 6,  6:30 p.m. United Methodists Night Owls, Kaitlyn McCurdy will talk about her trip to Tahiti in March

                Monday, July 11, 7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting

                Monday, July 11, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Trap shoot

                Saturday-July 23 to Thursday July 28, Lucas County Fair

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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.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

City Council Meeting



Council Meeting
June 6, 2016
7pm
Chris Feehan, mayor pro-tem called the meeting to order at 7:02pm. Present were council members, Casey DeHoedt and Terry Newcomb. Also present was Larry Mitchell, Craig Alexander, Ken & Deb Mason,  Austin Smith and Mark Fincel from Garden & Associates. Council member Jay Pierschbacher arrived at 7:10pm. Absent were council member Corey Paige and Mayor Duane Bedford.
The minutes from the last council meeting were reviewed and approved by Terry and seconded by Casey. Motion carried 3-0.
Deb Mason spoke about her concern of the Russell Community Club coming to an end and what the possible outcome would be of the campground if that happens. She wanted to know if the club disbanded, would the city want the campground. There was discussion of mowing it and what the city would use it for if they did acquire it. It was decided to table this discussion until the next council meeting. The club would continue to be responsible for keeping it mowed in the meantime.
Austin and Mark of Garden & Associates went over the past year of the wastewater department compliance schedule starting with February 2015. They reported on the plan to meet the compliance schedule. The city awarded the cleaning and televising work to Hydro-Klean in April and in May, Hydro-Klean completed the job and will be sending reports to the city soon.  Garden & Associates will help with a grant once it is determined how the city will move forward to meet the compliance schedule.
The income and expense report was reviewed. It was approved by Casey and seconded by Terry. Motion carried 4-0.
Craig reported that the fire department has approved one new member, Taylor Feehan. Taylor was approved to be a new fireman by Terry and seconded by Casey. Motion carried 4-0.
Jeff was absent for the police report but he left a message regarding the property on Ames street owned by Rick Braaksma. He has talked to Rick about this property and Rick is working on getting it cleaned up.
The repair of South Prairie was discussed from the street department.
Larry mentioned that the water department was averaging 8000 gallons less usage per day. It will show higher this month due to the sewer cleaning project.  A meter for a hydrant was discussed and Larry will investigate the cost to purchase one.
Regarding old business, there were no bids for mowing the hay ground around the lagoon.  It was decided rent the ground for one time seasonal usage for a fee. This was approved by Terry and seconded by Casey. Motion passed 4-0.
New business was regarding the scheduling of the July council meeting since the first Monday is a holiday. It was decided to move it to July 11th. Approved by Jay and seconded by Terry.  There was discussion regarding a loan payment to Great Western and it was decided to pay the annual interest payment only for now until the city know what the cost will be for the sewer compliance job. There was discussion on ideas for the Vredenburg grant that has an August 1st deadline. A fitness area with a walking path, playground and Frisbee golf discussed as was a shelter house or bandstand  in the main park. Terry will check on the cost to build a new structure in the park. Larry mentioned that a picnic table at the community building was damaged. He will check into repairing it. There was discussion regarding trimming some trees in town and calling “DIG” before building new structures.
Casey made a motion to adjourn at 8:47 pm and Terry seconded. Motion approved 4-0. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be July 11th at 7pm. A special council meeting made be held the end of June with Garden & Associates to meet the wastewater compliance schedule.

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Chris Feehan, Mayor Pro-Tem


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Mo White, City clerk

Monday, June 13, 2016

Reading time for children

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Russell Historical Society is sponsoring a 
Reading time for Children
Monday June 20th
Monday, July 11th
Monday, July 18th
2 p.m.- for 30-45 minutes
Ages 4-6
Jennifer Bear will be reading
Come and bring your child or grandchildren!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Russell News- May 31, 2016



Around Town
Iowa Museum Week is June 6-12 th . This is a good time to check the latest at the
Museum/Library in Russell. Hours are Monday 1-4, Tuesday 10-1, Wednesday 11-1,
Thursday 1-5. There are books for sale there also. Or check out the Museum in Chariton.
June Calendar
Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. Night Owls at the Methodist Church, Connie Moore is the hostess, Ginger Sellers has the lesson.
  Sunday, June 5th , 2:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen Club Trap shoot
Monday, June 6th -10th , 8:30-11:30 a.m. Confidence - New Providence Baptist Church Vacation Bible School, 
Ages 3-11 welcomed
Monday, June 6, 7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting at City Hall
Tuesday, June 7, Primary Election 7 a.m. -9 p.m. Community Center, see Chariton paper for candidates.
Sunday, June 12th 2:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen& Ladies only handgun clinic
Monday, June 13th , 7:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary at the Community Center
Sunday, June 19th -Celebrate Father&/Grandfather& (favorite uncles) Day
Sunday, June 19th , 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen Club any handgun
Monday, June 27th , 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen Club Trap shoot


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