Saturday, June 28, 2014

Russell News for July 1st

Around Town

   The annual (2014-2015) election for the Russell (Iowa) Historical Society Officers was held recently and the following are now on the Board of Directors - President: Terry Newcomb; Vice-President:  Terry Elmore; Secretary:  Duane Bedford; Treasurer:  Jacque Chester.  Other Board members are Betty Cross, Joe Gookin, Wanda Liddell and Ed Sellers.
   Be sure to stop in and check out a book, videos, DVD's, use the Internet and browse the many acquisitions in the Museum and find out more history of the Russell are and your relatives.
   Eight elderly citizens of the Russell Development apartments are again enjoying potted tomato plants gifted to them.  You can see them as yoiu drive by the apartment buildings.  The senior residents need only to water, nurture and enjoy the fruits of their labor.  Later this summer they will be enjoying delicious big red tomatoes.

Friday, June 20, 2014

News for this Blog

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Story Time

Around Town
                We regret announcing the Story Time at the Museum has been discontinued due to lack of interest.  
Reminder-First Baptist Summer  Wednesday evening kids program. 7-8  p.m until August 20.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Russell Fire Department Received Governor's Volunteer Award - 20 years Ago

This article appeared in the Herald-Patriot on June 5, 2014 in the Years and Years ago column by Ursula Bingham

The Russell Volunteer Fire Department received the Governor's Volunteer Award.  The Russell VFD taught fire safety at the Russell School each year and provided tours of the fire station as well as many other community volunteer activities.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Council Meeting June 2, 2014

Mini Council Minutes
June 2, 2014
Craig Gooder is seeking funds to resurface the tennis court. Council instructed him to proceed .  The weeds have been removed.  Duane and Craig will patch the crack in the meantime.
Larry Templeton is asking on behalf of Sarah Peek if concrete tiles could be used to divert water to the culvert and alleviate the buildup of water in her horse pasture.  Our city employee with go look at the issue...Susan asks that ditches be cleaned out on Chapman and Garfield. Water backs up and eventually floods Smith St.... Mr. Templeton shared a letter from the DNR regarding his race track. He will not proceed with doing anything with his semi-trailer until the council has checked the area he is referencing and give their approval.
Fire Department- can city pay half of door openers on the first 3 bay doors of the original building. Kevin Tanner-donation of $200. City approved $800....The annual Fall Festival will be on Saturday September 13... The AED grant allows a key-less entry to be installed on one of the community building doors, a person could call 911 and dispatch would give the PIN code to access the AED.  The council agreed to have a key-less entry on the south door.
Street Department-Larry found 1100-1200 ft. of 12” clay bell storm drain pipe that needs cleaned out from Shaw east and then into field to the south.   Craig Alexander will get some tiling prices.
Water/Waste water-a large amount of water goes through lagoon during times of heavy rain, it was decided to stay with current contract with Utility Service Group for maintenance of the water tower.  
Parks and rec-The roof on the shelter house at the volleyball court needs replacing. We will be needing concrete for repair on Prairie St and possibly put a sidewalk from the north steps of bandstand to the main sidewalk. No action taken on this issue at this time. Ideal Ready mix will not charge us for delivery.
Old business-The council wants the businesses to abide by Police Chief Jeff Johnson recommendation that bands stop playing by 1am. The trailers for the bands must be moved from blocking any street by 10 a.m. the next morning.
New business-council approved a resident to match the paint color with the concrete color to paint over yellow paint on street curb. He has had no success with trying to remove the paint with paint stripper.
The neighborhood watch group wants to donate the funds in that account to use for new tables for the Community Building. Susan will get prices on tables.
The 4-H group is looking for some service projects around town, the council approved the 4-H group to paint the outside trash cans at the Community Building and at the Park uptown, do weeding at the volleyball court and paint the lattice around the Bandstand.
Duane Bedford, Mayor Pro Tem called the meeting to order. Council Members present were Susan Beecher, Dana Blue, Crystal Moore, and Jay Pierschbacher, and Wendy Nickell, City Clerk. Mayor Ed Scheel was absent.  Also in attendance- city employee Larry Mitchell and Fire Chief Craig Alexander. Visitors were Craig Gooder, Vicki Jordan, Jake Rodgers, Shanna Rodgers, Larry Templeton, Kevin Tanner and Daryl Nine,
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday July 7.