Thursday, August 7, 2014

Around Town August 12th

Russell Council Mini-minutes August 4, 2014

Upcoming Annual Best-in-Smoke BBQ Competition 
Along with The Annual Russell Fall Festival

   Russell Volunteer Fire Dept.'s Best in Smoke BBQ Competition will be September 12 &13, in Russell. Contact Shawn Werts at 641-203-3164 or for rules, sign-in sheet and other information.   The Fire Department requested the use of the bandstand from Friday 8-12 p.m. and Sat 1-3 p.m.   The Cookers will be setting up in the park Friday evening for the Annual Fire Dept. Smoke Off.  At 5 p.m. a dinner (with a free-will offering) will follow.
   The Fall Festival will be on Sept 13, also.  There will be a 4 p.m. parade.  A request was made to close Shaw St. for the garden tractor pulls that afternoon.  More information later.
   Sarah Peek asked about the bus stop location. The Mayor will contact Jay and will post signs around town where it will be located.
   The sealed bids for the property at 803 S. Prairie were opened. Terry Faulkner had the successful bid of $4444.56. Two other bids were submitted with one bid of $2071.00 and the other bid of $1330.00. The Mayor made the suggestion that the money from the sale of 803 S. Prairie be put into a fund to be used to clean up other properties in town. Fees required for the transfer of the property will come out of money from the sale.
   Vicki Jordan had questions on when she can close the street for her events. It was approved to allow Harley Haven to block the west end of Short Street on Friday night after 8 p.m. before the events on August 9, Sept. 6 and Sept. 27 until 10 a.m. the following Sunday.
     Craig Gooder reported a grant has been submitted to the Vredenburg Foundation for the resurfacing of the tennis court. Results should be heard in a couple weeks. 
   Scott McGee will be repairing the area of pavement on South Prairie on Wednesday(6th) so the street will be blocked off during that time... A water leak was found and repaired. Larry is putting 
root killer in some of the sewer drains. Craig Alexander gave estimate of what it would cost for the pipe to replace the drain that runs east on Shaw and south of Pollards. The costs are as follows; 12" pipe 5.50/ft, 15" pipe 7.57/ft, 18" 10.58/ft.   Installation is price of the pipe times two or three.
   Duane said the DNR recommends we exercise the valves yearly and flush the mains on a scheduled basis.
   There was discussion on getting a grant to purchase a generator for the Community building, as it is our emergency shelter. Susan has documents from the USDA that need to be filled out and sent in to begin the application process for the grant money.
   Duane checked on shingle material for replacing the roof of the shelter at the volleyball court.
   The council asked for Duane to check on cost for metal roofing. Larry will ask Scott McGee to see what it will cost for concrete from the north bandstand steps out to the sidewalk.  Duane checked on paint to repaint the curbs uptown. We can get the paint from the City of Chariton for around $50 a gallon.
   Council members present were Susan Beecher, Dana Blue, Crystal Moore, Duane Bedford,
along with Ed Scheel, Mayor, and City Clerk - Wendy Nickell.  Jay Pierschbacher was absent. Also attending was city employee Larry Mitchell and Fire Chief Craig Alexander.  Visitors were Jerry Dillman, Sarah Peek, Craig Gooder, Chris
   Due to the Labor Day Holiday, the next meeting will be on Monday, September 8 at 7pm.

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