Friday, October 10, 2014

Around Town October 14th

 Around Town
The Second Annual Trunk or Treat event is being sponsored by
 the Russell Community Club.
Any child who wants to attend is invited but MUST be accompanied by an adult. It is not for Russell residents only and there is no age limit.
Trick or Treating will run from 1 p.m until 2 p.m. at participating cars. A hay ride, hot dogs and hot chocolate will follow and activities should be finished by 4 p.m. There will also be prizes awarded.
It will be held at the Trojan Field on Saturday, October 25th, with a rain date of Saturday, November 1st.
Russell Council Mini-Minutes  October 6, 2014
Beggar’s night  this yea will be held on the evening of Thursday October 30th  from 6-8 p.m.
Cain Patterson has been voted on as a member of the Fire Dept...  Council members will look   over another copy of a handbook for discussion and approval... It was determined that a resolution will be drawn up to outline guidelines for music or other events in town...  Resurfacing the tennis court will be postponed until spring.  SPLASH grant is still pending on whether we will get any funds. Craig Gooder will write a grant to SCICF also.... A court date was postponed to Oct. 14 on a nuisance complaint...  Legal documents will be initiated regarding issues with The Track... Lori Myers explained issues with cleaning up their yard. .. A 1997 rescue/pumper truck has been located.  A $25,000 grant from the Vredenburg Foundation and $40,000 from the Fire Department Money Market account will be used as payment.  A grant for $15,000 will be coming to the Fire Dept. in November and will be deposited back into the FD-MM account.  ISO fire protection inspector will be here Oct 7.  The roof of the original Fire department building is leaking in a 2-3 places, possibly around vent pipes. Kevin McCullough will be contacted to check and fix the leaks.
 Mayor Ed Scheel, Mayor Pro Tem Duane Bedford and City Clerk Wendy Nickell were approved as signers on the city accounts at Great Western Bank...Emergency street lighting costs will continue to be researched.  Chris Feehan received permission to remove the sidewalk in front of 704 S. Prairie...  In the 600 block of South Chapman a tree on the city right-of-way is a hazard and needs to be removed .The council gave approval for Larry to call Paige Tree Service about having it taken down.
Todd Folkerts was down to look at the Highland/Shaw street issues and gave his recommendations. Central asphalt gave quotes using 5" of asphalt 60 ft. from Highland on east to Paige's of $12,555.  6" would be around $13,300.  No action was taken on those quotes. Larry will work on the culvert on West Smith St by M. Neer... There are 3 bad debt utility accounts and was approved to send letters to the property owners and if no payment is received in 30 days the charges will be applied to their taxes...It was approved to direct the money from the sale of 803 S. Prairie to be held for the acquisition and removal of derelict properties...It was approved to postpone the tennis court resurfacing until the spring. Norris will do the resurfacing for the current quote of $18,089.20. Dan's tennis service in Cedar Rapids will send an estimate for painting the tennis court...  It was approved to use shingles to re-roof the volleyball court shelter house and to postpone the project until the spring... The City clerk will call Ron Bingham to see if he can do any repair to the east facing Russell sign on the Highway 34...Larry will dig in tile on part of south Highland and along the south side of Shaw Street to Clanin’s east fence after locates have been made.
Council members present were Susan Beecher, Crystal Moore, Duane Bedford, Jay Pierschbacher and Dana Blue along with Mayor Ed Scheel, and City Clerk Wendy Nickell.   Also in attendance were city employee Larry Mitchell, Police Chief Jeff Johnson, and Fire Chief Craig Alexander. Visitors were Lori Myers, Vicki Jordan, Craig Gooder and Brian Beaty.  The next meeting will be on Monday November 3 at 7 p.m.

October Calendar
Sat, Oct 18, 5-7 p.m.  Faith United Methodist Church Fall Soup Supper Homemade soups, salads and desserts. Freewill offering. Everyone is welcome.
Sun, Oct 19, 2 p.m.  Russell Sportsmen's Club, Deer gun sight-in and match
Mon, Oct 20. 5:15 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting
Thu, Oct 23, 6:30 p.m. Community Club at the Community Center
Mon, Oct 27, 1:15 p.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum, everyone welcome.
Tue, Nov 4, State wide election, be prepared when you vote.
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