Tuesday, July 17, 2018

City council minutes

City of Russell
Council meeting
July 2, 2018

Present:  Duane Bedford (Mayor), Chris Feehan, Terry Newcomb, Jay Pierschbacher, Casey DeHoedt, Brian Beatty, Cindy Smith, and residents Robert Smith and Pat Conway.  Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Duane Bedford, Mayor.

Approval to proceed with the public hearing on the authorization of the Loan Agreement and the issuance of Notes to evidence the obligation of the city thereunder was moved to open by Terry newcomb.   Terry Newcombe made a motion to close the public hearing  and Chris Feehan seconded the motion. 
Aye votes: Chris, Terry, Jay and Casey
Nay votes:  None

Resolution 2018-10 Instituting proceedings to take additional action for the issuance of not to exceed $75,000.00 general obligation capital loan notes was moved to motion of approval by Terry Newcomb and seconded by Casey DeHoedt.
Aye votes: Chris, Terry, Jay and Casey
Nay votes:  None

Resolution 2018-11 $70,000.00 General Obligation Capital Loan Notes Series 2018 was moved to motion of approval by Casey DeHoedt and seconded by Chris Feehan.
Aye votes: Chris, Terry, Jay and Casey
Nay votes:  None

Income and expenses were approved by Chris Feehan and seconded by Terry Newcombe.
Aye votes: Chris, Terry, Jay and Casey
Nay votes:  None

Rick Walter had submitted a request for approval to close the street in front of Southside for a benefit street dance.  Motion for approval by Chris Feehan and seconded by Casey DeHoedt.
Aye votes: Chris, Terry, Jay and Casey
Nay votes:  None

Police department report was given by Duane Bedford as he had spoken with Officer Jeff Johnson.  There are 15 property locations that will be reviewed to receive notification for cleanup of debris and junk from the Ordinances that were passed in last month’s meeting. 

Duane will get with Officer Jeff Johnson to determine burn limits inside private property and adjust ordinances as needed.  At present no solid waste is to be burnt inside city limits.

Fire Department representative, Chief Brian Beaty,  requested  to have 2 hydrants that were approved for this year’s budget to be replaced.  Casey Dehoedt motioned to approve the purchase of the 2 hydrants and seconded by Terry Newcomb.  Brian will meet with Jim Larrington to determine the 2 that will be replaced.
Aye votes: Chris, Terry, Jay and Casey
Nay votes:  None

Water/Wastewater:  Per Terry Newcomb it was requested by Jim Larrington to replace 2 culverts that were approved for this year’s budget.  Approval for the replacement of 2 culverts was motioned by Casey Dehoedt and seconded by Jay Pierschbacher.

Street Department:  Pat Conway asked about his street being worked on and it was determined that if there is any budget money remaining after the work is completed by LL Pelling on Stanton and Smith street that it will be looked at using any extra budget on repairs for E Shaw.

Purchase of 2 new swings for the park next to the community center was motioned for approval by Chris Feehan and seconded by Casey Dehoedt.

There are a total of 30 stumps that need to be removed on city right of ways and the city parks.  We are going to request sealed bids from several companies to get these removed.

Washington Street – Duane Bedford discussed with Robert Chip of doing a purchase agreement that will include cost of turning over property located near the school.  Washington Street will remain open.
A resolution will be prepared to get this accomplished.  Terry Newcomb motioned to proceed with the Resolution and Casey Dehoedt seconded. 
Aye votes: Chris, Terry, Jay and Casey
Nay votes:  None

At 9:00 pm Chris Feehan motioned to continue with the meeting Terry Newcomb seconded motion all approved and remained.

An energy audit was completed on the Community building by Alliant Energy and the 2nd audit of additional city offices/buildings will be on July 23.

It had been requested by a residence to verify if there was any restriction on putting in a privacy fence, it was determined that it could not be located on city property and that all costs involved in assessing property lines would be the responsibility of the owner.

The Chariton band will be playing in Russell city park on Thursday July 5th at 7:00.  Hy-Vee is donating drinks and the First Baptist Church will be donating their soft serve ice cream machine (and operating) at the event.  The city will provide the ice cream and any donations for the ice cream will be given to the church.

Gate /fence post on city ag-land was damaged by a wagon that was left on site.   The wagon has been removed and the cost of repair is going to be approximately $375.00.  It was approved by unanimous vote to repair the gate and fence post.

It was determined to get bids to repair the fence at the tennis court.

New Business:

A raise for Jim Larrington was approved to be effective on his anniversary date of 9/1/2018.
Any licensing that Jim gets will also be an increase in pay.

It was determined that the garbage rates are still at a loss and a $1.00 increase will go into effect next billing period (7/31/18).  A new ordinance will be drawn up to reflect this increase.

It was also decided to have a 2nd meeting for the month of July; this meeting will be on the 19th at 7:00 pm.  In this meeting we will finalize ditch mowing and if should be the city or the property owner responsibility to mow ditches.  Noise ordinance will be reviewed for past 10 pm on loud noises and an ordinance will be created to stop jake braking inside city limits.  Also will determine at this meeting new speed limit signs to be posted and enforced.   New Christmas decorations and  a review of employee handbook will also be discussed.

Chris Feehan motioned to adjourn the meeting at 10:15 and it was seconded by Casey Dehoedt.

Duane Bedford


Cindy Smith
City Clerk

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Ice Cream Social


There will be a ice cream social
Thursday July 5th at 7 p.m.
Chariton Band will be playing in the bandstand
Bring your lawn chairs 
Donations will be taken to help in the cost of the  ice cream
Please come