Monday, October 16, 2017

City Council Minutes October 2, 2017



City of Russell
Council Meeting
October 2, 2017, 7 p.m.

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

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

Corey wanted to discuss with the Council a project that would improve the basketball court and basketball hoops in town.  Corey would like to request grant funds for new poly backboards and chain nets.  Corey has acquired a 10-Bike bike rack for the City of Russell also.  The Council agreed that this would be a good thing for the kids in the community.  Brian Beaty stated that IMT has a community improvement grant ($500 maximum) that the City could look into.

Larry Templeton was on the agenda to discuss proper animal fencing, but did not attend.

Jeff reported for the Police Dept.  He stated that he has been working for Chariton part-time and will be for the next couple of months.  Jeff talked about Chariton’s policy on nuisance properties and said we should look at their ordinance and discuss at the next Council meeting.

Brian reported for the Fire Dept.  Brian said the fall festival went well and appreciated the City’s assistance.  The new fire gear has been handed out.  Brian asked that the City approve a new fire recruit, Joseph McCurdy.  Casey made a motion to approve Joe McCurdy and Terry seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Casey, Terry, Chris, Corey
Nay votes:  None

Brian also stated that when the Community Club disbanded, they had leftover funds that were donated to the fall festival yearly to use towards kids’ games/activities.

Chris made a motion to approve Last Chance’s liquor license renewal and Corey seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Casey, Terry, Chris, Corey
Nay votes:  None

Duane proposed a Resolution be written up regarding the requirements expected for culvert installation on City right-of-ways.  The Council discussed the requirements that should be enforced such as steel culverts required by DOT specs and size/diameter should be determined by the City.  Casey brought up a penalty for noncompliance and the Council discussed a fine and/or removal of unacceptable culverts.  Duane read the Resolution as discussed and Casey made a motion to approve the Resolution as read and Terry seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Casey, Terry, Chris, Corey
Nay votes:  None

Duane handed out information from USDA-Rural Development regarding the conditions of the City of Russell’s pending loan and grant for sewer updating.  The USDA-RD has acquired a grant of $1,007,000 and a 2 percent loan of $432.000 for the City of Russell.  The loan will be set up for 40 years at $1307 per month.

Chris stated he is concerned about future repairs needed for the sewer system and how the City can sustain the cost.  Chris also stated that he would like to make sure other pipes not scoped the first time be checked and fixed before making the commitment on this project.

Jim reported on water.  He stated that the City has some fire hydrants that don’t work and needs to replace them.  Jim stated that he thought the City budgeted for two new hydrants.

Jim reported on Streets.  He stated he would like to smooth up East Smith St. temporarily and rock it.  Jim stated that if the City does not need to tear up the street for upcoming sewer repair, that it should be budgeted next year to permanently repair it.  State Street, north and south of Ames, is in need of repair also.  Chris stated that the rock needs to be pulled back to the middle of the graveled portion of west Prairie Street.

The Council discussed the newly acquired bank building and decided to set up a committee consisting of Chris and Corey to make plans for improvement.  Brian Beaty stated that Allerton acquired a building to move their city hall and thought we could check with them on how they designed it.

The Council discussed the sidewalk issue again.  Duane will check with Chariton on how they handle it whether they have an ordinance or a resolution.

The old shelter has been taken down.  Harry Reed plans on beginning the new shelter on Thursday, October 5.  The Council discussed a different concrete design and closing in the south side of the shelter.  Corey has been purchasing materials from Lockridge since steel has increased in price by 5% already and may continue to go up.

Casey brought up that some school kids have been causing damage on business properties and the bandstand before and after school.  She suggested that a letter be drafted to the school district regarding this problem.

The Council discussed raises for Jim Larrington and Kris Wilkins.  Chris made a motion to give a $1.00 an hour more to both Jim and Kris for the November 1 paycheck and Casey seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Casey, Terry, Chris, Corey
Nay votes:  None

Duane stated that the periodic examination (audit) went well and we are waiting for a report.  The accounting firm doing the audit suggested the City of Russell have more training for the clerk and also council members regarding our accounting system through Data Technologies.

The Council discussed trick or treat night and decided to have it on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Brian stated that the Fire department has been asked about their trunk or treat day.  The Council discussed this and decided that the Fire Dept. will have trunk or treat day on Saturday, October 28 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  The Fire Dept. will close off the street as in the past.  Casey stated that she will assist with carnival games and costume contest.

Chris motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:09 p.m.  Casey seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0.


___________________________                                                         __________________________
Mayor Duane Bedford                                                            Clerk, Kris Wilkins

Friday, September 29, 2017

Russell News September 26, 2017



Russell News September 26, 2017
Congratulations
            To Aislin Carroll of Russell, 5 yrs. old, who won a blue ribbon at the state fair for the longest pony tail.
          To Mike Beaty, who had three 1st with his horses in the Farm Hitch Obstacle, Antique Machinery or Vehicle and Cultivator Competition,  2nd in the Barnyard Horse Pull, and 6th in the Log skidding and missed being the Reserve Champion by one point. Good work.
          To the 14 members of the Russell Fire Department who traveled to Forest City for the Fire Convention. They reported they had a lot of fun and came home with 3rd place finish.  Russell is so very proud of our Firemen and First Responders. We are so very lucky to have them.

Around Town
          We have 3 council members up for re-election -Terry Newcomb, Casey DeHoedt, and Jay Pierschbacher .
          The Museum/Library Board would like to thank the community for their support at their successful breakfast  at the Fall Festival.
          On Friday, September 8, there were 88 tractors (more or less) from the Clarke County Old Iron Tractor Club that rode into Russell. They had a mid-morning break at the Community Center. They had started from the Lucas County Fairgrounds at 7:30 that morning. They went south of Russell to the big town of Bethlehem for lunch, put on by the Alexander family.
          They then went on to Humeston and then returned to the Lucas County Fairgrounds.
          On Saturday, September 9th, they traveled to Norwood, Iowa and went to Rawleigh World for their break.
They traveled on to Indianola for lunch and then to Lacona for their afternoon break.   They then returned to the Lucas County Fairgrounds where they would disband and leave for home.
          The tractors rode mostly on rock roads, but had to travel the highway for several miles.
          The proceeds from this tractor ride goes to give out eight scholarships in four different schools in Clarke County.  If any one wants an application, contact Bev Dixon at 647-774-6576.

Calendar
Sunday, October 1,   2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Ladies handgun class, (Ranges closed 2-5 p.m. on the 2nd Sunday of each month for 4-H Shooting Sports )
Tuesday, October 3,   6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary meeting
Wednesday, October 4,  6:30 p.m. Faith United Methodist Night Owls -  Esther (Gus)  Harlan is the hostess  and Sharon McCurdy has the lesson.
Monday, October 9,   7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting
  Sunday , October 15,   2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot (youth shoot free)
Thursday, October 19,  5:15 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting
          Monday,  October 23, 1 p.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum, everyone welcome-

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ordinance to increase water rates



ORDINANCE NO. 144


AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 6-1.0302 OF THE RUSSELL MUNICIPAL CODE TO INCREASE WATER RATES FOR THE TOWN OF RUSSELL, LUCAS COUNTY, IOWA

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF RUSSELL, IOWA:

           

Section 1.  Purpose:  The purpose of this ordinance is to
              increase the charge for water per gallons used
              per month under Section 6-1.0302 of the Russell
              Municipal Code.
         
Section 2.      Amendment.  Section 6-1.0302(2) of Title VI of
              Chapter 1 of the Russell Municipal Code is
              hereby deleted and replaced with:
1. Rates

Effective November 1, 2017

Monthly Usage
City Rate

First 1000 gallons or less
$15.00 (minimum bill)
All over 1000 gallons
$8.00 per 1000 gallons

2. Meter Surcharge.  Each customer with a water meter
   shall pay a surcharge of $3.00 per month in addition to the
   water usage charge.  The surcharge will be charged to each
   household.  The said surcharge shall be billed and collected
   with the regular billing for utility service.
    
Section 3.  Repealer.  All ordinances or parts of ordinances in
              conflict with the provisions of this ordinance
              are hereby repealed.

Section 4.  Severability.  If any section, provision, or part of
              this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or
              unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not
              affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or
              any section, provision, or part thereof not
              adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.

Section 5.  Effective Date.  This ordinance shall be in effect
              after its final passage, approval, and publication
              as provided by law.

Passed and Adopted by the Russell City Council the _____ day of ________________, 2017 and approved this ________ day of ________________, 2017.


                            
                             ________________________________
                             Duane Bedford, Mayor
Attest:

_______________________________  
Kris Wilkins, City Clerk





                             



Ordinance for Water Meter repairs



ORDINANCE NO. 143


AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 6-1.0207 OF THE RUSSELL MUNICIPAL CODE TO SPECIFY THE COST OF WATER METER REPAIRS

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF RUSSELL, IOWA:

           

Section 1.  Purpose:  The purpose of this ordinance is to specify
               the cost of water meter repairs due to damage,
              tampering, and/or negligence by the homeowner
              under Section 6-1.0207 of the Russell Municipal
              Code.

Section 2.      Amendment.  Section 6-1.0207 of the Russell Municipal
              Code is hereby amended by adding to the following
              at the end of the section:

              The cost of repairs due to damage, tampering,
              and/or negligence will be the hourly cost of
              $50.00 for a repair visit of one hour or less,
              and $50.00 per hour for any visit exceeding one
              hour, plus the cost of any and all replacement
              parts.

Section 3.  Repealer.  All ordinances or parts of ordinances in
              conflict with the provisions of this ordinance
              are hereby repealed.

Section 4.  Severability.  If any section, provision, or part of
              this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or
              unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not
              affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or
              any section, provision, or part thereof not
              adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.

Section 5.  Effective Date.  This ordinance shall be in effect
              after its final passage, approval, and publication
              as provided by law.

Passed and Adopted by the Russell City Council the _____ day of ________________, 2017 and approved this ________ day of ________________, 2017.

                             ________________________________
                             Duane Bedford, Mayor
Attest:

_______________________________  
Kris Wilkins, City Clerk