Friday, July 21, 2017

City Council Minutes

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

Present: Duane Bedford, Terry Newcomb, Chris Feehan, Casey DeHoedt, Jay Pierschbacher, Corey Paige, Jeff Johnson, Vickie Jordan, Jim Larrington, and Brian Beaty.  Absent: Ed Scheel, and Kris Wilkins.  Casey DeHoedt will take minutes.

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

Minutes were read and approved by Chris Feehan.  Corey Paige seconded the motion to approve the minutes.  Minutes were approved unanimously 5-0.

Terry Newcomb motioned to approve the Income and Expense reports.  Jay Pierschbacher seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0.

Jeff Johnson gave the police report.  He said he had a list of properties to address and would start to hand out notices.

Brian Beaty gave the fire department report.  He said that new gear has been ordered and should arrive the last week of August. He said that in preparation of fire convention, they would be practicing in the street around the 25th.  Brian also said that the department was going to start actively seeking out new recruits.

Vickie Jordan then addressed the Council for approval to close Short Street from Friday the 14th at 18:00 to Sunday the 16th at 12:00 for an event at Harley Haven.  Chris Feehan motioned to approve and Terry Newcomb seconded the motion.  Council also approved for a similar arrangement during the weekend of September 23rd and August 26th.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0.

Duane gave several handouts detailing a timeline and progression with updating the Water Treatment facility. Several members of the council questioned again how televising and scoping for repairs might help alleviate the work.

Jim Larrington stated that L.L. Pelling would arrive around the 12th and begin prepping the streets for repair.  He stated the backhoe is in need of replacing and that it is a crucial item for daily work.

Duane discussed progress with funding the shelter house.  The mayor stated that the city has acquired around $9200 for an estimated cost of $17,900.  Council will start contacting bidders for concrete work in order to use funds already raised.

Duane gave Council another handout of projected expenses if the city took on the former bank as city hall.  Duane expressed his concern that the acquisition would create extra city expense.  Chris Feehan voiced concern that an idle building will fall to ruin and become a costly city cleanup.  Chris also said that he has been in contact with the bank about a document stating that Great Western Bank has completed an asbestos inspection. Duane and Terry both stated that community members have expressed displeasure with the Council’s willingness to take the building on.  Chris Feehan, Corey Paige, and Brian Beaty all stated that they have not heard such concerns.

Council read a draft of a water ordinance passed by other cities. Council discussed the adoption of ordinances to 1) add a water meter surcharge; 2) increase water rate; and 3) add a statement of penalties for destroyed equipment.  Members of Council request that the draft be typed up and sent to Council before the next meeting so that any editions could be made and that the first required reading take place at the August council meeting.

Council discussed a rate increase since RRWA rate will increase 6% on August 1st. Chris Feehan said that Council needed to act quickly to get the city’s rates to match RRWA’s increase.  Casey DeHoedt said she felt it had been previously discussed that a rate increase was agreed upon to take place after the holidays in order to allow members of the community to adjust the new surcharge and possible increase in usage fees from the more accurate meters.  Chris Feehan stated again that the city shouldn’t shoulder the cost of the increase. Casey stated that she felt it might help ease consumers into the new meters by waiting until January 1st.

Terry Newcomb motioned to extend the meeting past 9 p.m.  Corey Paige seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0.

The Red Cross has contacted the city about using the Community Center as an emergency shelter.  Brian Beaty, Chris Feehan, and Corey Paige said they thought that the Community Center has already been declared as a shelter.

Chris Feehan said that he would like to see the city make a donation to the Russell Library/Russell Historical Society that matches the funds given to the Chariton Library.  Duane said that would have to be added to the agenda before action could be taken.  This item will be tabled until the August meeting.

Chris Feehan motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:32 p.m.  Jay Pierschbacher seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously 5-0.

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Mayor Duane Bedford                                                            Clerk, Kris Wilkins

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Russell Special City Council Meeting

City of Russell
Special Council Meeting
June 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Present:  Duane Bedford, Chris Feehan, Casey DeHoedt, Corey Paige, Terry Newcomb, and Jay Pierschbacher.   Also in attendance was Jim Larrington. 

Duane called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

The Council opened with the public hearing regarding the Resolution 2017-03 agreeing to apply for financial assistance with the USDA, Rural Development to finance the wastewater rehabilitation project.  The Council passed and approved this resolution.
Aye votes:  Chris, Casey, Corey, Terry, Jay
Nay votes:  None.
No person from the public attended the public hearing which was posted and advertised.

The Council discussed drafting a resolution for a new water meter charge of $3.00 per meter.  The Council will discuss at the July meeting.

The Council voted on the Resolution 2017-04 regarding the transfer of $37,000 garbage surplus funds to use for the new water meter project.  The Council passed and approved this resolution.
Aye votes:  Chris, Casey, Corey, Terry, Jay
Nay votes:  None.

The Council voted on the Resolution 2017-05 regarding the transfer of $28,000 Local Option Sales Tax funds to use for the new water meter project.  The Council passed and approved this resolution.
Aye votes:  Chris, Casey, Corey, Terry, Jay
Nay votes:  None.

L.L. Pelling is scheduled to start road work mid-July.

Casey made a motion to approve payments to Davidson Tree Service, Chariton Library, and Washington Township Cemetery and Terry seconded the motion.
Aye votes:  Chris, Casey, Corey, Terry, Jay
Nay votes:  None.

The Council decided to hold July’s Council meeting on July 11 due to the holiday and Council members available.

Duane stated that Austin Smith from Garden & Assoc. would need to make a final plan for the sewer project.  Duane will speak with Austin again regarding costs of making a final plan and consulting fees.
The Council discussed the sewer needs and what to address first.  Duane mentioned that in 2019, the Ecoli and nitrogen limits will go into effect.  Casey stated that if sewer pipe repairs are made, that it could change the needs of the lagoon project.  The UV sewer program was discussed and the increased operating costs of the UV system.  It was discussed that not all problems have been identified through the camera testing of sewer lines.

Jim brought up that the tractor mower was not working and the quoted repair cost could be over $6500.  The Council discussed hiring someone for a period to mow road ditches.

Casey stated she would be donating materials and painting the bandstand.  Chris stated that benchs donated by Peggy Fulks need to be set up also.

Chris motioned to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 p.m.; Casey seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

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Mayor Duane Bedford                                                            Clerk, Kris Wilkins

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Russell News

Russell News June 20, 2017

June Lunch Program
            Russell has been privileged to reap the benefits of the State sponsored (USDA) school lunch program through the Chariton school district. Each weekday, so far in June, up to 32 youth have eaten free meals at the Russell Museum. From 11:10-11:35 a meal can be eaten at the Library/Museum for ages 1-18. There is no enrollment or costs for the meals. The last days for the free meal is through Friday, June 30th.
             Vacation Bible School
            Faith United Methodist Church will have Vacation Bible School, Monday through Thursday, July 10-13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The theme will be Hero Central:  Discover Your Strength in God.  Children from 3 years of age (must be potty trained or have an adult with them) through 5th grade.  Come join the fun!  We will have snacks, singing, Bible stories and crafts.  The program will be Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary with refreshments to follow.
            Monday, June 26, 7 p.m.  Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
            Sunday, July 2nd,  7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot (Ranges closed 2-5 p.m. on the 2nd Sunday of each month for 4-H Shooting Sports )
            Friday, July 3rd, 9 a.m. Charley Clark Legion Post will put out flags for the Avenue of Flags at the Russell Cemetery. On July 5th at 9 a.m. they will retire them.
            July 10-13th, Faith United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School
            Wednesday, July 5th ,  6:30 p.m. Faith United Methodist Night Owls -  Carol Swigart will be the hostess and Lona Aldrich will have the lesson.
            Monday, July 10th,  7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting
            Monday, July 10th, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
            Tuesday, July 11h,  6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary meeting
            Sunday, July 16th , 7 p.m.  Russell Sportsmen's Club handgun class
            Monday, July 24th,7 p.m.  Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
            Tuesday, July 18th,   10:15 a.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum, everyone welcome
            Thursday, July 20th   5:15 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting
            Sunday, July 30th, 7 p.m.,  Russell Sportsmen's Club Center-fire rifle

Monday, June 12, 2017

Regular City Council Meeting

City of Russell
Council Meeting
June 5, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Present:  Chris Feehan, Casey DeHoedt, Corey Paige, Terry Newcomb, and Jay Pierschbacher.   Also in attendance was Jim Larrington. 

Duane Bedford, Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

Chris made a motion to approve the minutes from the May Council meeting and the May 10 Special Meeting; Terry seconded it.  Motion carried unanimously.

Chris made a motion to approve the income and expense reports and Terry seconded it.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0.

Police – the police car is getting radar unit inspected; the part for the light bar is being delivered soon.  Chris asked if Jeff Johnson could work without the lights on the City’s junk and debris problems.  Duane will talk to Jeff about it.

The Council discussed property owners’ responsibility for their property maintenance.  The Council discussed abandoned house properties.

Chris reported on the Fire Dept. for Brian Beaty.  Alec Reynolds has started on the fire department.

Jim reported on Water – Jim pumped the old well out a few thousand gallons.

Sewer – a pump is not working.  Jim will check the motor.  The lagoon is running 46 gallon per minute while it has been dry. 

Streets – Jim stated that road safety signs are still on sale until July.  Jim has been working on hole patching after getting a load of cold patch.  The road grater and backhoe are back together.  Repairs have been done to the lawn mower; work needs done to mower tractor.  Jim got pricing on a John Deere offside brush cutter at approx. $7900.

L.L. Pelling will be starting road re-surfacing after the 4th of July.  Jay asked that this be put on the agenda for the June 20 special meeting so Council could keep up on scheduling of road work.

Council discussed road safety signs and tool purchases and will finish discussing at the special meeting being held June 20 at 6 p.m.

Under old business, the Council discussed the water meter project for FY17-18.  Jay made a motion to use garbage surplus funds of $37,000 and $28,000 from local option sales tax for a total of $65,000 for the project.  Chris seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.  Terry made a motion to order the meters and Jay seconded it.  The Council will prepare resolutions at the June 20 meeting.  There was discussion about adding a meter fee.

Duane and Kris will check into amending the ordinance for rate increases and the process for that before the June 20 meeting.

The Council discussed an additional loan from the USDA Rural Development for the sewer project of lining pipes to the lagoon.  The Council will publish a public notice for the June 20 meeting so the public has a chance to attend and make comments.

Chris made a motion to extend the Council meeting past 9 p.m. and Terry seconded it.  The motion carried unanimously.

New Business - A copy of the unsigned Quit Claim deed was reviewed for the Great Western bank bldg. in Russell.  The Council decided to check on companies available to do commercial building inspections before proceeding.

Casey motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:34 p.m.; Jay seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

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Mayor Duane Bedford                                                            Clerk, Kris Wilkins