Friday, August 5, 2016

Russell August Calendar

Monday, August 15, 7 p.m.. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot 


Sunday, August 21, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Any handgun


Tuesday, August 23, Chariton Community Schools begin the school year


Tuesday, August 23, 10:15 a.m. Russell News Committee, at the Library, everyone welcome.


Monday, August 29, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Russell City Council Minutes



City of Russell

Council Meeting

August 1, 2016 7pm

Mayor, Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7:00pm. Council members present were Chris Feehan, Terry Newcomb, Corey Paige, Casey DeHoedt and Jay Pierschbacher.  Also present were fire chief, Craig Alexander and police chief, Jeff Johnson. Dolores Carroll was present as a visitor.

The past minutes were read and approved by Chris and seconded by Terry.  Motion carried 5-0.

Income and expense reports were reviewed.  It was noted that the money for the sirens were to come from the city hall budget and not the fire department.  It was noted by the clerk to make a correction.  Chris made a motion to approve the income/expense report and Jay seconded it. Motion passed 5-0.

Jeff reported that a few letters were sent out regarding junk and debris.   There was discussion on some of the nuisance properties in Russell and how to handle them.  There was also discussion on many of the ditches in town that needed mowed.  He also noted that the council should be considering purchasing a different police car in the future. He gave some ideas of where to research a newer vehicle.  Jeff left the meeting at 7:30pm.  

Craig reported that even though new batteries were purchased for the siren, it still wasn’t working. He thought it might be the circuit board. He was going to check about having someone come and look at the siren to see why it wasn’t working. He also reported that he had the supplies needed to fill in the culvert area outside city hall. He requested some rock be moved to that area and noted  he would need help when he had time to fix it.

Craig mentioned that the fire department would need two portable toilets for the fall festival events in September.  In the past the fire department paid for one and the city paid for one. He asked for permission to do that again for this September. Jay made a motion to approve this and Casey seconded it. Motion passed 5-0.

The city has received three bids for repairing the sewer on East Smith Street. The bids were reviewed and Duane was going to find out who could get the work done the quickest.  

It was reported that the shelter house at the volleyball court has been repaired after being damaged by the storm last month.  There was discussion on staining the shelter house and picnic tables at the volleyball court.

Due to the resignation of Larry, it was discussed that the city will need to contract someone to do the monthly reports until a replacement can be hired and licensed.  Duane and Lyle will collect the daily samples required but a licensed contractor must write the reports. The licensed contractor will be needed from six months to a year depending on how quickly a new hire would get licensed.

It was decided that the city still needs bids to replace the community center roof.  No bids have currently been received.

Duane talked to the county about the culvert on Prairie Street.  He indicated that we might get some help from the county for those repairs.

Chris talked to the body shop about repairs to the passenger door of the city truck. It was decided that the repairs may be cost prohibitive.  Purchasing a blade for the city truck was also discussed. Chris has researched the options and the costs to purchase a blade.  The council was in favor of purchasing a blade for the truck.  Chris was going to do more research to narrow the options down.

Casey wrote and submitted the application for the Vredenburg Grant. The meeting to decide the recipients of the grant will be on August 5th.

Dolores Carroll requested that Shaw Street in front of the Southside be closed for the fall festival on September  17th. They plan to have a bags tournament in the street.  Jay made a motion to approve the closing of that street and Terry seconded it. Motion passed 5-0.

A resolution was discussed for the Lucas County multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan. The resolution was reviewed by all council members.  Casey made a motion to pass the resolution and Terry seconded it. Motion passed 5-0.

Due to the next scheduled council meeting date being on a holiday, it was decided to hold the next meeting on September 12th. It is likely that a special meeting might have to be held before then to discuss the bids for the sewer project and hiring a maintenance employee.

Chris made a motion to adjourn the meeting  at 8:50pm and Casey seconded. Motion passed 5-0.





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Mayor, Duane Bedford                                                                                Clerk, Mo White

Friday, July 29, 2016

Russell News



Around Town

                The Russell Community welcomes our many new residents.  May you find the community a good

place to live and help us make this a better community.  We would appreciate any input you might have.

                Faith United Methodist Church would like to thank all the parents who brought their children to Vacation Bible School.  It was our privilege to share our love of Jesus with them.  Hope to see you in worship Sundays at 10:30 and hope to see you next year for Vacation Bible School.

                Kaitlyn McCurdy, daughter of Mark and Amy McCurdy of Russell recently graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.  Kaitlyn, a graduate of Wayne Community School earned a B.S. In Biology and plans to continue her education in the medical field. In the next year she will be serving in the Episcopal Service Corps in Texas.  While there will will be working with the homeless and needy.

                Kelly McCurdy, daughter of Mark and Amy McCurdy of Russell was among the nearly 400 graduates of the last graduating class at A.I.B. Kelly received an associates degree in Allied Science Event, Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Kelly, also a graduate of Wayne Community School will continue her education at Iowa State University this fall.  


August    Calendar

                Monday,  August 1,  7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting

                Tuesday,  August 2, 6 p.m. American Legion and Auxiliary meeting at the Community Center

                Wednesday, August 3,  6:30 p.m. United Methodist Night Owls, Sharon McCurdy is the hostess and has the lesson

                Sunday,  August 7, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Trap shoot

                Monday, August 8, 2 p.m. Story Time at the Russell Museum/Library  (final date for this summer)

                Thursday, August 11-Sunday, August 21, Iowa State Fair, get your food on a stick and meet old/new  friends

                Monday,  August 15, 7 p.m.. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Trap shoot

                Sunday,  August 21, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Any handgun       

                Monday, August 23, Chariton Community Schools begin the school year

                Tuesday, August 23, 10:15 a.m. Russell News Committee, at the Library, any one welcome. 

                Monday,  August 29, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Trap shoot

Thursday, July 28, 2016

History Books for Sale

Lucas County Genealogy Society has for sale their latest history book. They have reduced the price to $5.00.
The cost will be $10.00 if the book is to be mailed. 
Please contact them at
Lucas County Genealogy Society
803 Braden Ave.
Chariton, Iowa 50049

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