Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ordinance to increase water rates



ORDINANCE NO. 144


AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 6-1.0302 OF THE RUSSELL MUNICIPAL CODE TO INCREASE WATER RATES FOR THE TOWN OF RUSSELL, LUCAS COUNTY, IOWA

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF RUSSELL, IOWA:

           

Section 1.  Purpose:  The purpose of this ordinance is to
              increase the charge for water per gallons used
              per month under Section 6-1.0302 of the Russell
              Municipal Code.
         
Section 2.      Amendment.  Section 6-1.0302(2) of Title VI of
              Chapter 1 of the Russell Municipal Code is
              hereby deleted and replaced with:
1. Rates

Effective November 1, 2017

Monthly Usage
City Rate

First 1000 gallons or less
$15.00 (minimum bill)
All over 1000 gallons
$8.00 per 1000 gallons

2. Meter Surcharge.  Each customer with a water meter
   shall pay a surcharge of $3.00 per month in addition to the
   water usage charge.  The surcharge will be charged to each
   household.  The said surcharge shall be billed and collected
   with the regular billing for utility service.
    
Section 3.  Repealer.  All ordinances or parts of ordinances in
              conflict with the provisions of this ordinance
              are hereby repealed.

Section 4.  Severability.  If any section, provision, or part of
              this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or
              unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not
              affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or
              any section, provision, or part thereof not
              adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.

Section 5.  Effective Date.  This ordinance shall be in effect
              after its final passage, approval, and publication
              as provided by law.

Passed and Adopted by the Russell City Council the _____ day of ________________, 2017 and approved this ________ day of ________________, 2017.


                            
                             ________________________________
                             Duane Bedford, Mayor
Attest:

_______________________________  
Kris Wilkins, City Clerk





                             



Ordinance for Water Meter repairs



ORDINANCE NO. 143


AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 6-1.0207 OF THE RUSSELL MUNICIPAL CODE TO SPECIFY THE COST OF WATER METER REPAIRS

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF RUSSELL, IOWA:

           

Section 1.  Purpose:  The purpose of this ordinance is to specify
               the cost of water meter repairs due to damage,
              tampering, and/or negligence by the homeowner
              under Section 6-1.0207 of the Russell Municipal
              Code.

Section 2.      Amendment.  Section 6-1.0207 of the Russell Municipal
              Code is hereby amended by adding to the following
              at the end of the section:

              The cost of repairs due to damage, tampering,
              and/or negligence will be the hourly cost of
              $50.00 for a repair visit of one hour or less,
              and $50.00 per hour for any visit exceeding one
              hour, plus the cost of any and all replacement
              parts.

Section 3.  Repealer.  All ordinances or parts of ordinances in
              conflict with the provisions of this ordinance
              are hereby repealed.

Section 4.  Severability.  If any section, provision, or part of
              this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or
              unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not
              affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or
              any section, provision, or part thereof not
              adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.

Section 5.  Effective Date.  This ordinance shall be in effect
              after its final passage, approval, and publication
              as provided by law.

Passed and Adopted by the Russell City Council the _____ day of ________________, 2017 and approved this ________ day of ________________, 2017.

                             ________________________________
                             Duane Bedford, Mayor
Attest:

_______________________________  
Kris Wilkins, City Clerk

Russell City Council Minutes



City of Russell
Council Meeting
September 11, 2017, 7 p.m.

Present: Duane Bedford, Terry Newcomb, Chris Feehan, Casey DeHoedt, Jim Larrington, and Mike Armstrong.  Jay Pierschbacher and Corey Paige came in later.    

Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

Minutes were read and approved; Chris Feehan made the motion to approve as read and Casey seconded the motion.  Minutes were approved unanimously 5-0.

Casey motioned to approve the Income and Expense reports; Terry seconded the motion.   Motion carried unanimously 5-0.

In Jeff Johnson’s absence, Duane stated that Jeff will be sending more junk and debris letters out.  Chris stated that Jeff will be leading the parade on Saturday, Sept. 16 for fall festival.  Jeff will talk with residents who will be affected by street closures for parade.

Chris reported for the fire department.  He asked if the fire department could move boxes of new gear that was delivered be held in City Hall until after the fall festival and the Council said that would be okay.  Chris reported on the fire convention and stated that Russell FD took third place in the competitions.

Mike Armstrong addressed the Council regarding the Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund.  Mike asked the Council to make an annual donation.  The CVRHTF covers a four county region-Appanoose, Lucas, Monroe, and Wayne counties and the fund is to assist low and moderate income homeowners to repair and restore their homes.  Casey asked Mike if he would be willing to meet with people who have questions or interested in getting these grants and he said that could be arranged.  Mike stated that $7500 grants per project are available and applications can be made at any time (there is no deadline).  Chris made a motion to donate $1000 and Terry seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Chris, Terry, Casey
Jay and Corey not present at this time.

Corey came into the meeting at approximately 7:20 p.m.

The Council had a second reading of Ordinances 143 and 144 regarding charges for water and meter repair charges.  There was no discussion.  Chris made a motion to approve Ordinances 143 and 144 and waive the third reading of the ordinances; Terry seconded the motion.  The ordinances will go into effect on the November 1 bill.
Aye votes:  Chris, Terry, Casey, Corey
Jay was not present at this time.

Duane discussed an ordinance for illegal dumping at the brush dump and proposed a resolution instead of an ordinance.  Duane stated that the city of Chariton has a sign at their brush dump and the Council discussed having a sign put up like the city of Chariton’s.  Terry made motion to approve the resolution on illegal dumping and Casey seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Chris, Terry, Casey, Corey
Jay was not present at this time.

The bids for shelter construction were opened.  The Council discussed the cost of concrete for the shelter.  The Vredenburg Foundation awarded the City of Russell a $10,000 grant to apply to the new shelter.   After discussion, Harry Reed was awarded the construction bid for the new shelter.  Terry motioned to approve the bid for concrete to Scott McGee, and the electrical bid to Keith’s Electric; Casey seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Chris, Terry, Casey, Corey
Jay was not present at this time.

Jim reported on Water/Wastewater.  Jim stated that he has 180 new meters coming next week.  Jim has replaced 4-5 curb boxes in the last couple weeks.  He also stated that the seals for wastewater pump 2 needs replaced and he has ordered them. 

Jim talked with Bob Chipp about getting water at the old school building and Jim is looking into the cost of a 1 ½ inch meter and will do a pressure test.  Jim attended a 2-day water leak detection training in Ankeny and said that it was very informative.  Jim reported to the Council that the lawn mower broke down again and the clutch needed replaced.  Jim stated that he and Lyle Dorsey put the lattice on the bandstand and ran electricity to it, and thanked Casey Dehoedt for her donation of paint and lattice for the bandstand.

The Council looked over the Street Financial Report and Corey motioned to approve the report with Terry seconding the motion.
Aye votes:  Chris, Terry, Casey, Corey
Jay was not present at this time.

Chris made a motion to approve putting the Ford tractor up for sealed bids with a deadline of October 31 and Terry seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Chris, Terry, Casey, Corey
Jay was not present at this time.

Jay came into the meeting at 8:26 p.m.

The Council discussed needing a policy on culvert installation requests by homeowners.  It was decided that if the culvert requested is for a new location, that an hourly charge plus material will be charged.  If the culvert was already in place but needs replaced, there would be no charge to the homeowner.  It was discussed that if a homeowner chooses to put in their own culvert, it would have to be according to City specs.  Jay stated that the Council should have an ordinance or resolution regarding culvert installation.  The Council will discuss at the October meeting.

Chris stated that he signed papers in Duane’s absence regarding the bank building acquisition.  Chris also stated that he thought the Council members should do another walk through.  There was discussion regarding a payment drop box for the bank building.  Duane stated that a lease would still need to be updated between the City of Russell and the U.S. Postal Service.

Jim Larrington’s health insurance plan will have an increase of $60 per month.  Corey motioned to approve paying half of the increase for Jim’s health insurance; Chris seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Chris, Terry, Casey, Corey, Jay
Nay votes:  None

Chris stated that the Council needs to discuss pay raises for Jim Larrington and Kris Wilkins at the next meeting.

There was a homeowner request to remove sidewalk.  The Council discussed this and decided to table until the October meeting.  Terry stated that he had some complaints regarding horse manure on the streets.  The Council will discuss at the October meeting.

Chris motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 p.m.  Casey seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0.


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