Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Russell News

September 27, 2016

Around Town

The Russell Museum/Library Board thanks the community for their generous support in their successful breakfast at the Fall Festival. They are well on their way to replacing the heating/cooling unit. The delicious meal was well-attended. 
We hope to have the results of the BBQ competition in a future Russell News. 
We welcome Jim Larrington as the new Russell City Maintenance Supervisor. He lives near Russell and has 2 children. Jim likes to hunt and fish in his spare time. If you see him in the Russell City Red Truck stop to introduce yourself. 

Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Muzzle loading rifle 
Monday, September 26, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot 
Thursday, September 29 th , 3:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Blood drive at the Community Center. Contact Deb to make an appointment 641-203- 0681 
Sunday, October 2, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot (youth shoot free) 
Monday, October 3, 7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting 
Tuesday, October 4, 6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary 
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 p.m. Night Owls will meet at Faith United Methodist Church with Esther Harlan being the hostess and also having the lesson. 
Monday, October 10, 6:30 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club permit-to- carry class 
Sunday, October 16, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Deer gun sight-in match 
Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot -last shoot of the year 
Monday, November 14, 6 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Annual Member Meeting 
For Russell news updates try the Russell Historical Society Blog If you have comments, suggestions or you want to volunteer for this column, please e-mail or call 641-535- 2402, or contact Casey at or 641-931-6008, or

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Russell City Council Minutes

City of Russell
Council Meeting
September 12, 2016 7pm
Mayor, Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7:00pm. Council members present were Chris Feehan,  Corey Paige, Casey DeHoedt, and Jay Pierschbacher.  Also present was Jim Larrington from Russell maintenance department.
The past minutes were read and approved; Chris made motion to approve and seconded by Jay.      Motion carried 5-0.
Income and expense reports were reviewed.   Chris motioned to approve reports and Corey seconded.  Motion passed 5-0.
Chris Feehan reported for the fire department.  The fire dept. needs a dumpster for fall festival and requested that the City pay for half the cost.  Kris will call Country Trash for the dumpster.  Jay motioned to cover half the cost, Casey seconded it.  Motion carried 5-0.
Chris asked Jim Larrington to trim trees around band stand park before fall festival.  Jim checked electrical locations in park.  Chris stated that fire dept. will wash down streets for festival.
Jim reported for streets and said he has cold patched East Smith Street to east of school.  Jim is making list of streets needing worked on.  Jim is looking for a product to preserve the asphalt.  The cost for cold patch is $560 per 8 ton.  Jay stated we should concentrate on streets now that the sewer project is done.
Jim suggested putting ditches in on south side of Smith Street.  Jay was concerned about damage to homeowner ditches because of past experience with ditch work.
Duane discussed Prairie Street project.  A 66” diameter culvert is needed and the road will need cut out and replaced.  The culvert costs are approx. $7000 plus approx. $1500 for culvert components.  Labor, concrete,  and other costs could be approx. $6000.  The County will help with some of the labor.
Water/wastewater testing reports were done and submitted to DNR for August.
Discussion on curb boxes (water shutoffs).  Mo has a list of bad meters and boxes.  Duane stated that people who are supposed to be shut off due to nonpayment should get a re-connect fee even if we are unable to turn water off.
Council discussed Jim’s insurance.  Kris will give Farm Bureau information they need to get policy going.
The Vredenburg Foundation turned us down on grant request for Trojan Field.  Casey wants to continue to try for grants in the future.
Duane stated that he got the door fixed on the truck at John’s Auto body.
Community Building roof project – Corey stated steel prices for roofing material went up $200 in the last few months.  Corey suggested that we tear off old roofing.  There was discussion to have Council members and volunteers to do the tear off and using the dump truck to dispose of old material.  Harry Reed got the bid for installing metal roof.
Casey asked about signs for the tennis court.  Duane stated he had the plywood and will be getting signs up shortly.  Jim stated that we need to concrete some area around courts to stop mud from getting on courts.
Casey asked about a new snow blade for truck.  Chris is looking for an 8 foot V blade and stated that Bruce Smith will put in on truck for approx. $300.  Chris will continue to check on pricing and call Council members with information.
Council discussed the siren and whether or not to continue to run the siren at noon.  Duane will check on an insurance claim for the siren work.
Jay motioned to have Kris Wilkins put on the checking account and have Mo’s name be removed.  Corey seconded it.  Motion carried.
There was a vehicle accident to city property on September 8.  We will get an estimate of damage from Hirschy Landscaping and get back with Progressive Insurance Company.
Jay stated that Scott Bear would like to rent pasture around lagoon area.  Chris motioned to rent pasture to Scott for 5 years for $1000.  Corey seconded and motion carried 5-0.
The Annual Street Report was reviewed and approved.  Casey motioned to approve and Jay seconded it.  Motion carried 5-0.
The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, October 3, 2016.
Casey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:50pm and Corey seconded.  Motion passed 5-0.

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Mayor, Duane Bedford                                                                                Clerk, Kris Wilkins

Thursday, September 8, 2016



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September 17, 2016
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Biscuits & Gravy; Sausage & Scrambled eggs: Fruit; Cinnamon Rolls; Coffee; Milk; Juice

Donations go towards new heating/air conditioning unit for the building

Monday, September 5, 2016

Russell News

Russell News

September 6, 2016

The Russell residents can be very proud of Mike Beaty of Russell who took his Farm team and participated in the Farm contest at the Iowa State Fair. He won 1st place in the following categories-High Point (overall total), Log Skidding, Antique Machinery or Vehicle, Barnyard Horse Pull and The Best Matched Team. He took 2nd place in Farm Hitch Obstacle, Cultivator Competition, and the Feed Team Race. (Makes one wonder when he has time to practice all this!)
His grandson Blaine Beaty, got to bring in the team to compete in the Best Match Team (with Grandpa walking right behind him). Blaine did a great job of showing off Grandpa's team. Keep up the good work, Mike and Blaine, and we look forward to your activities at the Iowa State Fair next year. 

Russell City Clerk

Russell welcomes the new City Clerk, Kris Wilkins. Her family includes husband Albert, children Kelly, Kasey Wilkins and Lee Gardner (from a previous marriage). The Wilkins live five miles west of Chariton and have been in the area about seven years. The hours at City Hall remain the same-Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. Stop in and introduce yourself. 
Russell Facebook is the new Russell Facebook page that is being organized by Casey DeHoedt. 

Contact her if you want to include your event or to find out what is going on in the community. Call or text at 641-931-6008 or 
Russell Fall Festival Sept. 17

Begin the day with breakfast at the Museum/Library from 7-10 a.m. On the menu is scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy and more. A free-will offering will go towards expenses of replacing the heating and cooling unit. 

Russell Fire Department 6th Annual Best in Smoke BBQ Competition September 16 & 17, 2016, at the 

Russell Bandstand City Park. Chicken­ Pork Ribs­ Pork­ Brisket-entry fees apply, trophies and cash prizes, KCBS rules, 

BBQ dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, freewill donation, live bands, tractor pull.
Henry 17 Silver Boy Raffle Drawing at 6:00 p.m. Must be 18 to enter, do not have to be present for drawing.

Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Russell‛s 3rd Annual Take Pride in Your Ride Show n‛ Shine, Ride your wheels at the 4 p.m. Parade. 

For more info. Call Shawn: 641­203­3164 or

Tuesday, September 6, 6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary 
Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. Night Owls will meet at Faith United Methodist Church. Deloris Werts is the hostess and Zelda Boldt has the lesson. 
Saturday, September 10, Russell Firemen Convention/competition in Waverly, Iowa. Go Russell Firemen!
Sunday, September 11, Russell Sportsmen Club Ladies only handgun clinic 
Monday, September 12, 7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting
Monday, September 12, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen Club Trap shoot
Saturday, September 17, Russell Fall Festival, see details above, parade at 4 p.m. 
Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen Club .22 rim-fire rifle (youth shoot free)
Tuesday, September 20, 10:15 a.m. Russell News committee meeting, everyone welcome 
Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen Club Muzzle loading rifle
Monday, September 26, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen Club Trap shoot 
Thursday, September 29th, 3:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Blood drive at the Community Center. Contact Deb to make an appointment 641-203-0681
For Russell news updates try the Russell Historical Society Blog http:// If you have comments, suggestions or you want to volunteer for this column, please e-mail or call 641-535- 2402. or contact 641-931-6008, or

Russell Upcoming Events in September