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 It will not be published weekly as previously done but twice monthly or as information is available.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

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If you have comments, suggestions or you want to volunteer for this column, please e-mail 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!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Election Results

The city of Russell held a special election on Tuesday, March 22, to fill three vacant seats on the Russell City Council.
There were five people running for three seats. The winners of the seats were Terry Newcomb, who received 59 votes, Jay Pierschbacher, who received 54, and Cassandra DeHoedt, who received 46. They will begin their terms after the canvas is held Monday, March 28th.
The other two candidates running were Brandy Rowland, who received 27 votes, and Larry Templeton, who received 13. There were eight write in votes.
There were 72 people who voted out of a possible 350 eligible voters. Of the 72 voters, 68 voted at the polls and four voted by absentee ballot.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

City Council Elections

Remember to vote on Tuesday, March 22 from 12 to 8 p.m. You will be voting for 3 city council members.

Those who are running are as follows:
Terry Newcomb
Jay Pierschbacher
Cassandra DeHoedt
Brandy Rowland
Larry Templeton

Support your city and do your civic duty!!

Neighborhood Coffee

A Neighborhood Coffee will be held April 4, 2016 at the Russell Museum at 2 p.m.  Of course, coffee and goodies will be served with alot of visiting and fellowship. Please come and meet your friends there! Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

City of Russell Special Election

City of Russell special election is March 22

A special election for the City of Russell will be held, Tuesday, March 22 to elect three city council members to fill vacant council seats on the Russell City Council. Voting will be held at the Russell Community Center on March 22 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Nomination petitions are available at the Lucas county Auditor’s office on the second floor of the Lucas County Courthouse in Chariton.

The petitions must be returned to the auditor’s office on or before Thursday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. Absentee ballots should be available at the auditor’s office by March 14.

City Council Minutes

City of Russell
Council Meeting
February 1, 2016
Mayor Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with the following council members present:
Corey Paige, Chris Feehan, Dana Blue and Susan Beecher. Also present were Officer Jeff Johnson, Jeremy Blue, Kevin Tanner, Mike Beaty, Cody Carroll, Chrystal Moore and Sustin Smith of Garden and Associates. Ellen Werts was present to take minutes.
Dana addressed the council.
Two council members then submitted their resignations.
The meeting adjourned due to an incomplete quorum

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Museum Neighborhood Coffee

Monday, February 1 at 2 p.m., the Russell Museum/Library held its first neighborhood coffee. Time was spent visiting with snacks and door prizes. 
The next coffee will be the first Monday in March, the 7 at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. 
Those attending were Hazel Clanin, Martha Allen, Judy Dorsey, Grace Petersen and Marilyn Yoakum. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Books and Breakfast

There will be a Books and Breakfast on January 23, 2016 at the Russell Library and Museum from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Parents and children ages 3-6 years old are welcome to attend. Breakfast for all will be served.

Children will hear a story and complete an activity. Each child will receive a free Scholastic book to take home and keep forever! Sponsored by the Russell Historical Society, Russell Library and Faith United Methodist Church. This is a fun, non- religious activity. See you there!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Russell, Iowa City Council Minutes December 7, 2015

December 7, 2015 

Mayor pro-tem Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm. With Jay, Dana and Susan present.

Visitors were Chris Feehan, Corey Paige and Craig Alexander.

Motion to approve meeting minutes from November by Jay, second by Dana. Motion carried 4-0.

Income & Expenses: Susan asked the Clerk to find out what the parts bill for the $194 from Napa were for. Duane state that the Chariton abstract bill needs to be included in the expenses listed. Duane and Dana had a discussion about the abstract and how to move forward about paying the bill. Dana asked about Ray Meyer not being present at tonight’s meeting. Dana disputed that the abstract was updated. Dana stated that she felt the bill should be paid and then drop the subject of this property. 

Motion to approve the income & expenses by Dana, second by Jay. Motion 3-1. Susan Nayed. 

Approving Resolution 2015-09 for 2016 Holiday schedule for City Employee approved by Susan and second by Dana. Motion carried 4-0

Police: Jeff stated that he would be present more after this week since he has a new officer on his staff in Chariton. Dana did have a complaint of vehicles racing through town on Shaw St. but she was not aware as to who it was.

Appointment of Vacant Seat: Duane presented an email from Mickey Shields with the Iowa League of Cities showing that the council member’s term ends on the date of the letter of resignation, that the letter of resignation does not require acceptance by the council and the vacancy must be filled by appointment within 60 days or by special election. Duane explained that Kelly Gookin would be willing to accept the seat. Susan brought up a code that states that a councils intent to appoint needs to be published no more than 4 days and no less than 20 days for the appointment of the seat. Jay asked why Crystal’s resignation was never accepted at the last meeting. Duane said he will check into the requirement to publish and that the council will need to move forward. Susan stated for Duane to either follow the code or step down. Susan stated that Duane did not have a vote which the other council members did disagree with. Jay stated that this council was not working together and could not even agree on a simple matter. Dana explained that she would not accept Crystal’s resignation due to the fact that she changed her business address not her home address but now states that she did change her home address. Susan insisted that a date is set to publish the ad and have the Clerk run the ad. Susan stated she had spoke with Julie Masters at the Lucas County courthouse and she instructed her that as long as the council has the appointment notice before the 60 days is up then the council will not be in violation. Duane disputed this. The date has been set for the appointment January 4, 2016 meeting. Dana made the motion to approve that and second by Susan. Motion carried 4-0

Russell Iowa City Council Minutes - November 2, 2015

November 2, 2015 minutes

Present at the meeting were Susan, Duane, Jay, Ed & Dana.

Visitors: Craig Gooder, Kevin Tanner, Craig Alexander, Delores Carroll, Denise Conway, Brandy Rowland, Jeremy Blue, Cody Carroll, Ivan Evans.

Meeting called to order at 7pm.

Minutes: Motion to approve last month’s minutes made by Duane, second by Dana. Motion carried.

Income & Expenses: Susan asked about the balance of the grant for the tennis court. Also asked what supplies were bought for the tennis court. Duane explained the grants for the court.

Dana asked about the abstract bill for a new abstract on the Sonna Brown property. Dana had researched the abstract and wondered who ordered it. Per the bill that the City of Russell received it was ordered by the City Attorney and billed to the City of Russell. Ed and Duane both denied knowing anything about an order for a new abstract. Discussion continued on this topic with Susan asking Ed if he would contact Ray Meyer to be present at the next council meeting in December. 

Motion made to approve income & expenses with the exception of the Chariton Abstract bill until further investigation. Motion made by Duane, second by Jay. Motion carried 5-0.

Accept Crystal Moore’s resignation dated October 29, 2015. Duane moved to accept Crystal’s resignation, second by Jay. Aye’s Duane & Jay. Nay, Dana & Susan. Ed stated that since this is a tie vote he is not legally able to break the tie. Motion did not carry.

Approve nuisance abatement for George James for two hours of mowing for $150 at 313 W. Lincoln St. Duane moved to approve the abatement, second by Jay. Motion carried 5-0.

Craig Gooder deferred his issue on the agenda with the right to speak at a later time in the meeting if the discussion were to continue on the matter. 

Pennie Stouwie was not present.

Police Dept. – Dana has had multiple complaints about dogs being loose. The Council will have Jeff Johnson send papers to owner of the dogs.

Out of town dogs are running around loose in town as well, The council will try to determine whose dogs these are.

Dana has received complaints about horse manure on the streets. Jay had asked some of the riders to clean up afterwards and the request was not received well. Council asked that a certified letter be sent to the offending party about this matter.

Fire Department - Craig Alexander is proceeding to buy the new extracation tools. He asked to move the $20K from the CD to checking to pay for the new equipment. Ed asked Craig to talk with the City Clerk to move these funds from one account to the other. 

Street Department- Dana stated still no ditches are cleaned out, more complaints about the roads. Denise Conway asked about the smoke testing results, Ed explained to her that there was more to do with scoping and televising the sewers. The engineer will give a report once these things have been completed. Dana also asked about having those ditches cleaned and a new culvert for Conway’s driveway possibly yet this fall. Ed stated they would have to get bids to have sewers repaired. Jay asked if the roads were being resurfaced next year, Ed said that’s why the money had been saved for the last three years and the roads that would be done would be up to the council.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Happy Halloween!


Saturday October 31st at 3:00

Trojan Field

Costume Contest and Prizes

Hot Dogs and Drinks

Decorate your trunk and come out and hand out candy 
and join the fun!

Sponsored by the Russell Fire Department

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

October 8, 2015 City Council Minutes

October 8, 2015
City of Russell
Council minutes

Meeting was called to order at 6pm with Mayor Ed Scheel, Council included Jay Pierschbacher, Duane Bedford, Dana Blue and Susan Beecher. Crystal Moore was absent. Notice date and time change due to not having sufficient Council Members present for the meeting scheduled on Monday, October 5, 2015. Mayor Ed Scheel and Councilman Duane Bedford were present for that meeting that had to be rescheduled.

Visitors present were Craig Gooder and Cody Carroll.

Also present for the scheduled meeting on Monday, October 5, 2015 were Ryan Atwell and Brian Beaty.

Previous meetings minutes were approved by Jay second by Dana. Motion carried.

Income & Expenses were approved with motion made by Duane second by Dana. Motion carried.

Beggar’s night was approved for October 31, 2015 from 6-8 pm. Motion made by Jay second by Dana. Motion carried.

Approve City Clerk to go to Data Tech training October 21st. Motion made by Jay second by Dana. Motion carried.

Approve City Employee Larry Mitchell for his three added holidays. Motion made by Duane second by Jay. Opposed Dana and Susan. Mayor Ed Scheel made final vote in favor of this motion.

Approve Annual Financial Report 2015 motion made by Duane second by Susan. Motion carried. Susan asked about the $519 revenue that was recorded on the report as well as if the beginning totals from last year were accurate according to last year’s annual financial report. City Clerk instructed the council that when the report was completed that Wendy and I the Clerk were instructed by Ted Nellesen from the State Auditor’s office that this report was accurate and complete.

Craig Gooder was here to talk to the council about the property on Smith St., Ray Meyer did a title opinion on this property. This was presented to the council read aloud by Jay Pierschbacher in its entirety. Jay would like more information to have title to property clear of liens. Jay is going to talk with Gooder also addressed the council about junk in the city; he contacted the ADLM to acquire moreRay Meyer to see how to proceed. This item has been tabled until next meeting.

Craig information about this topic and will proceed.

Police Department – no new business.

Fire Department-Truck at the city shed that the Fire Department would like to sell with the council’s approval. Motion made by Duane second by Jay. Motion carried.

Street Department - no new business.

Water/Wastewater-smoke testing was conducted October 7, 2015. Ed said 90% of the town was completed.

Motion to approve by Jay second by Dana.

Old Business- Mr. Bingham gave a bid for the replacement of the sign at the highway with a bid of $300 to replace the sign. He also suggested a ¾ MDO board with a bid starting at $600. The council asked about having the already purchased material possibly attached to the ¾ MDO board to avoid further damage to the sign.

Susan asked about the water leak on Jim Neer’s property, Ed said Larry has tested the water twice and Larry is supposed to pull the meter. Jay asked about Scott Bear’s property Ed said there is no meter on the property.

New Business-Crystal Moore’s residency status was asked about by Mayor Ed Scheel, Dana said she did not know she felt that there was some of her remaining things were still at her home in Russell however she has changed her address to Knoxville, IA.

Meeting called to Adjourn by Mayor Ed Scheel motion made by Dana, Susan seconded at 7:14 pm.