Monday, January 15, 2018

Russell City Council Minutes



City of Russell
Council Meeting
January 8, 2018, 7 p.m.

Present:  Duane Bedford, Terry Newcomb, Chris Feehan, Jay Pierschbacher, Casey DeHoedt, and Corey Paige.  Jim Larrington, Austin Smith, and Jennifer Frampton were in attendance also.  Brian Beaty and Jeff Johnson did not attend.

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

Casey DeHoedt, Jay Pierschbacher, and Terry Newcomb, the newly elected Council members, read the Oath of Office before Council and signed it.

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

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

Austin Smith from Garden and Associates handed out a RUS Certification form regarding the upcoming wastewater improvements for the City of Russell showing the summary of the Engineering fees.  Austin stated that field prep work would not begin until warmer weather and that the actual project work would possibly not begin until September.  Austin gave the Council a preliminary draft of the agreement for professional services for the wastewater systems project.  A question was asked on whether or not an Operator 2 license will be required to run the updated sewer system when completed.  Austin did not think so, but said he will look into it and report to the Council at a later time.  Austin may come to the February 5 Council meeting with more information.

Jennifer Frampton from SCISWA (South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency) addressed the Council and handed out information.  Jennifer stated that the price per ton will increase from $37 to $40 at the landfill in the future.  She also stated that community grants are available and that SCISWA now has a 14 foot enclosed trailer available for communities to do clean-up projects.  Jennifer said that SCISWA has monthly board meetings the second Wednesday of each month if anyone would like to attend.

Duane stated that he and Jeff Johnson met with Jim Mefferd regarding municipal infractions regarding nuisance properties.  Duane said that it was discussed to have fines but no jail time for these kinds of infractions due to the court costs that may be added to the City.  Jim Mefferd will have something drafted for the February Council meeting.

Chris reported no new information from the fire department.

The Council voted and adopted Resolution 2017-10 regarding adding a street light on 312 S. Smith Street to our contracted street lights with Alliant Energy.  Chris made a motion to approve the Resolution and Casey seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Casey, Jay, Corey
Nay votes:  None

Jim reported on Water/Wastewater.  Jim said that we received 72 new meters from Core and Main and he has installed a few due to frozen water lines.  Jim stated the wastewater lagoon is frozen over.

Jim reported that he and Lyle have been tree trimming for several weeks but the rented lift is scheduled to go back Monday, January 15.  The new chainsaw purchased is working really well. 

Jim said that L.L. Pelling gave us a copy of the new rates on street work.  The Council as a whole stated they were happy with the road work done by L.L. Pelling.  The Council discussed roads to work on in the future such as East Smith.

Jim had pictures of the bank building roof which showed some large holes and cracks in the roof .  Corey Paige said he would look into the cost of putting a new metal roof overtop the old roof.

The Council discussed setting a budget work session date and decided on Tuesday,
January 16, 2018 at 6 p.m.  Chris asked the clerk to send a reminder email to Council members regarding the budget session.

Chris stated that he painted the bank building walls and tore the old carpet out.  He noticed that some of the underlayment was damaged.  Chris gave the Council an estimate of approx. $790 to install new underlayment.  The Council discussed the office arrangement of furniture, electrical, and phone in the bank building.

The Council discussed applying for a SCICF grant for the bandstand roof, flagpole, and additional concrete in the park.

Chris motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 p.m.  Corey seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0.



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Mayor Duane Bedford                                                            Clerk, Kris Wilkins

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Russell Christmas Lights

Richard Foster Home
Troy Steinhausen Home

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Russell News



Russell News December 26, 2017
Calendar

            Wednesday, January 3, 6:30 p.m. Faith United Methodist Night Owls will have their annual pizza party. Connie Smith will have the lesson.
                Monday, January 8, 7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting
                Thursday, January 18, 5:15 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting
                Thursday, January 18, 1:15 p.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum-everyone welcome

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December City Council Minutes



City of Russell
Council Meeting
December 4, 2017, 7 p.m.

Present:  Duane Bedford, Terry Newcomb, Chris Feehan,  Jay Pierschbacher, Casey DeHoedt, Jeff Johnson, Jim Larrington,  and George Johnson.   Corey Paige 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 Newcomb seconded the motion.  Minutes were approved unanimously 5-0.

Terry motioned to approve the Income and Expense reports; Casey seconded the motion.   Chris mentioned that the Accounts Payable printout was for November and December.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0.

George Johnson, Code Enforcement Officer for Chariton spoke about Chariton’s procedure for municipal infractions for junk and debris properties.  He said that he writes misdemeanor citations with a fine, generally $250 for first offense.   George said he takes many pictures of the properties, going back within 30 days and taking more pictures.  He also said that if there is more than one homeowner listed on property, all people listed are ticketed.  The defendant(s) will be required to appear in court.  George suggested that we adopt the International Property Maintenance Code which covers every scenario.  Chariton has not adopted this code.  Jeff said he would look into that code and the Council will discuss at the next meeting on January 8, 2018.

Jeff had nothing to report for the Police Dept.   The Council discussed getting Jeff a camera for property issues discussed earlier.

Chris made a motion to begin the public hearing at 7:35 p.m.  There were no citizens in attendance for this public hearing regarding the resolution instituting proceedings to take additional action for the authorization of a loan agreement and the issuance of not to exceed $432,000 Sewer Revenue Capital Loan Notes.   Terry Newcomb moved to adopt Resolution 2017-09 and Casey DeHoedt seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Casey, Jay
Nay votes:  None

Chris made a motion to close the public hearing and Jay seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Casey, Jay
Nay votes:  None

Chris reported no new information from the fire department.

Ordinance 147 – regarding penalties for illegal disposal of materials on City property was read a second time and Chris made a motion to adopt the ordinance and waive the third reading.  Terry seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Casey, Jay
Nay votes:  None

The Resolution 2017-07 written for illegal dumping will be rescinded because the ordinance is adopted.

Ordinance 146 – amending Sec 8-1.0112 of the Russell Municipal Code to specify new placement and replacement of culverts on City of Russell right-of-ways was read a second time and Casey made a motion to adopt the ordinance and waive the third reading and Chris seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Casey, Jay
Nay votes:  None

Ordinance 145 - amending City of Russell Floodplain sections of Chapter 414 Code of Iowa to update floodplain maps for Lucas County and incorporated area was read a second time and Jay made a motion to adopt the ordinance and waive the third reading; Terry seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Terry, Chris, Casey, Jay
Nay votes:  None

Duane discussed the sewer project and possible changes in the plan for the lagoon and has been in contact with Garden and Associates regarding the changes.

Jim reported on Water/wastewater.  He stated that he replaced a couple curb boxes.  Jim will be attending the free training at RRWA on January 24.

Jim reported on Streets.  Jim put up the Christmas decorations on the street lights with Alliant Energy’s assistance.  Some of the boxes on the poles for the decoration attachment are rotted.  Alliant said they would assist Jim in changing those out.

There was discussion regarding a street light at 312 E. Smith St. that has been out but is not one of the City’s street lights according to Alliant.  The Council agreed to go ahead and put a new one up there and add to our list of street lights.

Jim brought up for discussion the possibility of renting a lift to do some tree and brush cutting.  Jim reported that the lift cylinder for the bucket on the backhoe is leaking.  Casey asked Jim to get a two-year record of equipment repairs and maintenance.

Jim worked on the entry door at the Community Building which was falling off the hinges and door frame was coming apart.  Jim suggested we get a new door sometime because it was just a temporary fix.

The Council discussed applying for grants from SCICF, Vredenburg, and Coons Foundation for the bandstand roof and concrete.

The Council discussed the school kids who get on and off at the park who had been causing some damage.  Duane talked to Paula at the School Office and she said they would hand out notes for students to take home to parents.

The Council discussed setting a budget work session date and decided to wait and set one in January after regular council meeting on January 8, 2018.

The Council talked about the meter project progress again and decided to get a quote from another company since there has been no progress. 

The Council discussed the bank remodel and decided on not spending the money on an interior wall.

Terry made a motion to extend the meeting past 9 p.m. and Casey seconded the motion.

The Council picked out a paint color for the bank building.

The Council discussed the MESI contract for our water and wastewater testing.  The City of Russell received a letter from Midwest Environmental Services, Inc. stating that they have transitioned out of laboratory testing.  The operations have been purchased by Keystone Laboratories and they will continue our service at the same pricing through 2018.

Chris motioned to adjourn the meeting.  Casey seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously 4-0.



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Mayor Duane Bedford                                                            Clerk, Kris Wilkins

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.