Wednesday, June 19, 2019

City Council Meeting

Special Council Mini-minutes   May 30, 2019

            Present Mayor: Duane Bedford, Council members Chris Feehan, Casey DeHoedt, Terry Newcomb, and Jay Pierschbacher; City Maintenance Supervisor Jim Larrington and City Clerk Cindy Smith.

                The City Clerks wages were reviewed, $1.00 was to take place after 6 months and the 2nd $1.00 raise was to be increased after one year. It was  approved to the increase of $2.00 to clerk wages as one year has been met.

Council Mini-minutes,  June 3, 2019

                Present were Mayor Duane Bedford, Council members Chris Feehan, Casey DeHoedt, Terry Newcomb, and Jay Pierschbacher; City Maintenance Supervisor Jim Larrington and City Clerk Cindy Smith.

                Duane Bedford then reviewed Resolution 2019-05 increasing the cost of city mowing and brush removal from $75.00 per hour to $80.00 per hour. This Resolution was motioned was approved.  

                Letters will be going out this week to the property owners and they will have 10 days to begin cleaning up of the properties. Any violation of no progress will result in a penalty of $200.00 per day that no clean up has begun.

                We did have a plugged main that was blown out and then Don’s John’s cleaned out the main. All is now clear. 

                New flags have been ordered to replace the ones that were damaged during rains/wind

from Memorial Day display.

                It was approved for Lockridge  placing a receiving tower on the city water tower for the internet

service that will be available to residents. The City Office, Fire Station and Library/Museum will be receiving free internet service. This will be a contract to be reviewed after 3 years.

                The city will request  a grant from IMT Insurance. It was decided that we would put in a

request to have 3 new picnic tables, 2 for the City park by the bandstand and one for the park at the

community center. 

                A contract from the County Sheriff’s office (28E Agreement for Police protection

between Lucas County Sheriff and the City of Russell) was approved. 

                 Duane Bedford will discuss pay increase for Jim Noble for mowing the entry into Russell

from Highway 34 in which he has been mowing for several years, with the Horizon members Karen

Werts, Robin Thompson and Judy Dorsey as these funds are used to pay Mr. Noble.

                Duane Bedford also discussed information he had researched on a few of the houses that we need to have demolished around town. The house located on the corner of Smith and Highland is between 2 owners one has stated that they would sign over the property to the city, the second owner’s have yet to be contacted to determine how they wish to proceed.

                Jay Pierschbacher was asked if he would be able to contact the Chariton Band to see if we could possibly schedule another concert here at the Bandstand for sometime this summer. He stated he would see if there were any openings .
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Russell News

Russell News June 25, 2019
Free Lunch Meals
                The Chariton Community School District invites all children ages 1-18 for a free
lunch at the Russell Library, until Friday, July 19, Monday-Friday. Lunch is available from 11:10 a.m.-11:35 a.m. Rules-All meals must be eaten on site and not taken home. Adults are not allowed to eat from children's plates Adults can purchase their own meal for $3.75.
Summer Reading Program
                Want to be Russell's Top Reader? Whoever checks out and reads the most books  in a month will get a sign in their yard and a special prize. Any school-aged child is eligible. Program ends Labor Day Weekend.  Winner will be determined at the end of each month.

            Sunday, June 30 2 p.m. The Lucas County Inter-church Council will be having an Independence Day worship service  at the Chariton square, with an ice cream social to follow.
                Monday, July 1,   7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting
                Tuesday, July 2,  6:30 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary
                Wednesday, July 3,  6:30 p.m. Night Owls of Faith United Methodist Church,  Carol Swigart had the lesson and is the hostess.  All women are invited.
                Thursday, July 4, We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. But July 4, 1776  wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).
                Sunday, June 7, 2 p.m.  Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
                Monday, July 15 -Thursday, July 18, 6-8 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church will have Vacation Bible School. The theme is God's Power is Love.  We have great music, wonderful food, fascinating stories and fun crafts planned.  All kids from pre-K (must be potty trained) through 5th grade are invited.  See you soon!
                Monday,  July 15,  7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
                Thursday, July 18,  1:15 p.m.   Russell News meeting at the Museum-everyone welcome
                Thursday,  July 18,  6 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting
                Saturday-Thursday , July 20-25 Lucas County Fair
                Sunday, July 21, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Handgun
                Wednesday, July 24, RAGBRAI is in Chariton, riding from Indianola to Centerville
                Monday, July 29, 7 p.m.  Russell Sportsmen's .22 and center-fire rifle
                Saturday, September 14, Russell Fall Festival  & BBQ competition, more info to come

Caroll Family vists Disney World

Finn Carroll, 10, son of Devon and Ashley Carroll of Russell, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March of 2018. Since his diagnoses, he has been receiving daily treatments at home and visiting Blank Children's Hospital for monthly treatments. 
Earlier this month Finn was granted a wish through Make A Wish Iowa! Finn's wish was to spend time at Walt Disney World Florida Resort with his family. On June 9th, Finn boarded his first airplane alongside his parents, brother, Trent, and sister, Aislin. During their trip, they stayed at Give Kids The World Village. The Carrolls were able to visit seven theme parks in five days! They also took time to drive to Clearwater Beach so Finn could play in the ocean for the first time! Finn said that his favorite part of the trip was visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
He continues to do well with his treatments.