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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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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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.

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Duane Bedford, Mayor
Attest:
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Mo White, City Clerk