Friday, April 29, 2016

Neighborhood Coffee

Monday, May 2nd at 2 p.m. there will be a neighborhood coffee for everyone at the museum.  Come and get acquainted with other's that live in Russell. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Duane Bedford, Mayor, will be here to answer questions from concerned citizens. See you there!

Russell City Council Minutes

City of Russell
City Council Minutes
April 12, 2016
Mayor Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. Council members Casey DeHoedt, Chris Feehan and Terry Newcomb were present. The council conducted the budget work session to budget year 2017.
Chris Feehan moved to adjourn with a second by Terry Newcomb. The motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 10:27 p.m.

City of Russell
City Council Minutes
April 14, 2016
Mayor Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 6:16 p.m. Council members Jay Pierschbacher, Casey DeHoedt, and Terry Newcomb were present. No visitors were present. Chris Feehan arrived at 6: 30 p.m.  The council completed the budget word session begun at the April 12th council meeting for the budget year 2017.
New Business: The Council discussed the training of the new city clerk, Mo White. Terr N. moved and Jay P. seconded the motion to approve paying for 40 hours training by the previous city clerk, Wendy Nickells with additional hours by council approval. The motion carried.
Terry Newcomb moved to adjourn with a second by Casey DeHoedt. The motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Russell News

Russell News 
With the Russell community's help, we are working to resume the Russell News keeping the Russell community informed. Our original goals were to provide information for the community in meetings/activities, to provide encouragement to make a better community, to encourage volunteerism to accomplish that and to provide accolades to people, organizations, as a means for community awareness. We plan to resume those responsibilities. It will not be published weekly as previously done but twice monthly or as information is available.

Around Town

The Washington Township Trustees want to say a big THANK YOU to the Russell Reivers 4-H Club for taking a Sunday afternoon and walking the Russell Cemetery, picking up all the branches and flowers that had blown off the graves during the winter months.  We know even with 30 4-H'ers, their leaders, and some parents it was a big job.  The next time you are at the cemetery, take a look around and see just how much work it is to care for this cemetery.  If you know a Russell Reiver 4-H member, please thank them the next time you see them. The Washington Township Trustees.

We have a new face at the Russell City Hall, her name is Mo McCullough White, the new city clerk.  Mo grew up in Russell and attended Russell School.  She has a son Brett, & daughter Tory, and lives in Chariton, Iowa.  Besides working as Russell clerk, she manages an Insuranceoffice in Chariton for Central Insurance Services. Mo still has family in the Russell area.  The office hours for City Hall are 8 a. m. -12 p.m.,  Monday through Friday.  Stop in to welcome Mo.

May Calendar

Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot (youth shoot free)

Monday, May 2, 2 p.m. The Neighborhood Coffee at the Russell Museum/

Library. Guest speaker will be the Mayor, Duane Bedford.

Monday, May 2, 7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting at City Hall

Tuesday, May 3, 6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary at the Community Center

Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. Night Owls at the Methodist Church

Saturday, May 7, 7-10 a.m. Breakfast is served at the Russell Museum

from 7 am. -10. Free-will offering.

Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. -Noon. City-wide clean-up. The dumpster will be on Shaw St. A fee of $15 for a car or pickup load. No fee for the metal scrapper who will accept all metal including refrigerators but no computer monitors or tv's. He will accept computer towers.

Sunday, May 8, Mother's Day

Monday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot

Sunday, May 15, 2:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Center-fire rifle

Sunday, May 22, 3 p.m. Chariton High School graduation at the High School

Monday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot

Saturday, May 28, 8-noon, Russell City Wide garage sale. If you don't want to have your own sale you can donate to the sale at the Museum. If you want to have your sale on the city map, contact Roberta at 535-4191. There is no charge to be on the map.

Monday, May 30, Memorial Day

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Russell City Council April Minutes

Duane Bedford, Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with Cory, Cassandra, Terry, Chris and Jay present. Visitors were Austin Smith from Garden and Assoc., Jeff Johnson, Chuck Knebul and Mike Beaty.
Discussed the Franchise Tax cannot be used for certain things. (Demolition and payroll)
Minutes - Chris made the motion with Terry seconding to approve the last months City Council meeting minutes. Duane explained the situation of not having a quorum due to resignations and not having a Clerk.
Income and Expenses - (January, February, and March) Terry made a motion to approve and Cassandra made a motion to approve the income expense report.
Police Dept. - Jeff told us that he thought that he would struggle getting up 30 hours in a month. He is under an agreement to put in 40 hours. He is shorthanded so get a hold of Cory if something is needed.
Fire Dept. - New Jaws of Life is up and working. South Central Iowa Community Grant used for certain things for the department.
A motion was made by Chris and second was made by Terry to approve the Southside and Harley Haven liquor licenses and was passed by a unanimous vote.
Austin Smith Garden and Assoc. talked about smoke testing and getting the lagoon updated. He talked about getting storm water running into the sanitary system. Discussion of what areas would be cleaned and televised. The City is working off a grant of the bids are above what is available in the Grant. So we will either have to chip in money or tailor down the areas to be cleaned. We looked at the bids for cleaning and televising. We discussed different options or grants to help with our sewer problems. We had a discussion on what to do on bids. Chris made a motion to accept Hydro-Lean bid and cap it at the amount left over from the Grant. Terry seconded the motion. Austin said he would probably be back in June.
Mike Beaty was discussing the City Insurance policy and what it covered. He discussed a type of insurance coverage called a Linebacker policy for suits that would keep us from having big bills to pay.
Jay made a motion to appoint Mayor Pro Temp to checking account at Great Western Bank; the motion was seconded by Rory and was passed by a unanimous vote.
City Clerk position setting dates for interviews and selecting candidates to interview for the Clerk position. Terry made the motion to do interviews for the Clerk position on Monday April 4th. Cassandra seconded the motion and it passed unanimous vote.
Complaint made on the City employee not doing enough work on the streets.
Cassandra made a motion to have the Budget workshop on April the 12th and 14th at 7 p.m. and Chris seconded and it passed unanimously.
Street dept. - We had discussion on taking care of the streets.
Chris made a motion to continue the meeting and Terry seconded it and it passed unanimously.
New Business - Terry is Water/Wastewater, Cassandra is Community Center, and Jay is Parks. Ray Meyer has resigned as City Attorney and Jay made the motion to accept his resignation on his terms. Terry seconded and it passed unanimously. The City has received an S.C.I.C.F. Grant of $4805.00 for the Community Center repairing the roof. Terry made a motion to have Town Clean Up Day on May 7th from 8-12. Cassandra seconded it and it passed unanimously. Discussion of selling the old office chairs in Chariton as used furniture store. Terry made the motion to have Chris put on the Safety deposit box and Cory seconded it and was passed unanimously
Chris made a motion to adjourn and Cassandra seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Mayor Duane Bedford

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Faith United Methodist Church Supper

Faith United Methodist Church will be serving a supper Saturday April 16th from 5-7  p.m.
They will be serving Chicken Noodles and Maid Rite sandwiches, homemade salads and pies.
A freewill offering will be taken at the door.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Firemen's Supper

Russell Firemen Supper will be held Saturday, April 9th, 4;30-7:00 P.M. Cost is $9.00 per plate. 
A pork bundle raffle will be held.
For carry out please phone 203-2958 or 535-4737.
Please come and support the Firemen!