Thursday, March 28, 2019

Russell News

Russell News April 2, 2019
          Monday, April 1, 7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting
                Tuesday, April 2,  6:30 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary resumes
                Wednesday, April 3,  6:30 p.m. Night Owls of Faith United Methodist Church,  Ronda Harrison is the hostess and Zelda  Boldt has the lesson 
                Saturday, April 6, 1:30 p.m.  Russell Sportsmen's Club Range work day
                Sunday,  April 7, 2:00 p.m.  Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap Shoot
                Saturday, April 13, Easter Egg Hunt, Ages 0-4, 10 a.m. Community Center, , Ages 5-8, 10 a.m. Community Center, Ages 9-13, Bandstand, Shaw St. closed, Call 641-931-6008 or 641-203-1107 or Facebook for more information and changes due to weather.      
                 Saturday, April 13, 4:30-7 p.m. Russell Vol. Fire Department Annual Ham Supper, Russell Community Center, home delivery available, cell 203-2039
                Monday,  April 15, 7p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
                Thursday, April 18,  1:15 p.m.   Russell News meeting at the Museum-everyone welcome
                Thursday,  April 18,  6 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting
                Friday, April 19, Good Friday service at 6 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church
                Friday, April 19 & Monday April 22, Cindy out of the City Hall office 
                Easter Sunday, April 21st Russell First Baptist Church Breakfast 9:00 a.m. (no charge) Easter Service 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. All are invited to attend.
                Sunday April 28,  2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club .22 & center-fire rifle
                Saturday, May 18 Clean-up Day, more information later.

Council Mini-Minutes
March 4, 2019

            Present: Mayor Duane Bedford, Council Members: Terry Newcomb, Chris Feehan, and Casey DeHoedt. Also  Sheriff Brett Tharp, City Maintenance Supervisor Jim Larrington and City Clerk, Cindy Smith.
            Fire Department is still working on getting the siren repaired. Chief Brian Beaty has submitted requests for grants.
            Jim Larrington is planning on replacing/repairing curb boxes in the spring and he is wanting to get the remainder of the new radio read meters in place as weather will allow.
             We will need to be installing culverts and reworking some roads to repair damage done. Jim stated that he is also in the process of looking at two road graders the county is selling and will be test driving them to determine which one will work the best for our needs.
            The City currently does have a snow ordinance, 9-2.06 regarding the removal of ice/snow
accumulation but does not really include the removal of vehicles after an allotted time. This ordinance
will be amended for next winter that will include the right to tow vehicles that are in the right of way for plowing. This towing will also include that the owner of the vehicles will be responsible to pay to have the vehicles taken out of holding which will include but not be limited to towing and holding area. We are also going to be adding penalties to several ordinances in regards to fencing, animal control and
mowing of ditches.
            The DOT has a Stop sign replacement program that we are signing up for, each sign must have a number and a reason for the sign. Jim and Duane have approximately 35+ signs that either need replaced or have gone missing that need replaced.
            Clean up day has been set for May 18 th . Further details on this day will be posted as to what we can take and cost thereof.
            Ron Bingham has submitted a new sign layout for the Community Building. A design was chosen and the cost will be $240.00 for a 4’ x 8’ sign. This will be completed by Ron Bingham.
            Council again discussed  and approved the agreement between the City and the Sheriff’s department and it was agreed that we will contract with the Sheriff’s department for fiscal year 2019/2020. Also discussed was having a person in authority to enforce City ordinances. This will be at approximately 30 hours per week.
Special Council Minutes
March 19, 2019
            Present: Duane Bedford, Chris Feehan, Casey DeHoedt, Terry Newcomb, and City Clerk Cindy Smith. Also present was Tyler Jeffrey and his family.
            Tyler Jeffrey took the Oath of Office for Police Officer for the City of Russell. His main responsibility will be to enforce various City Ordinances. After Tyler took his oath, he and his family left the meeting.
            Mayor Bedford stated that the City has been approved for a $1,500.00 grant from South Central Iowa Community Foundation for upgrades to the basketball court at the Community Center Park and
upgrades to the volley ball court.
            Discuss ion on Easter Egg Hunt information is found in the calendar. Shaw Street will be closed
for one hour that morning, April 13.
            Cindy Smith stated that the City office will be closed on Friday April 19th and Monday April
22nd  as she will be out of town those days.
City of Russell
Special Council Meeting
March 25, 2019
            Present: Mayor: Duane Bedford, Council members: Chris Feehan, Casey DeHoedt, Terry Newcomb, and City Clerk: Cindy Smith
            The meeting  was for  budget review and approval. The budget was reviewed and approved.

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