Monday, October 21, 2019

Russell Calendar

Russell News October 29,  2019
Book Tasting-at the Russell Library
                Each month will have a theme for 2019-2020, pick a book related to that theme.
November-Noir-vember, December-Children's book, January-Resolution/Goal Books, February-Romance, March-Travel.  Meetings are the last Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. For further information go to  

Russell News Retires
                Just a heads-up, the Russell News will have one more issue,  the December 2019 one.  Russell News has been issued off and on for more than eleven years.  This committee is retiring.  Should anyone be interested in continuing or with questions, contact Karen 535-6161, Sharon at 641-203-3015 or Marilyn at 641-344-6609.
                Thursday, October 31,  6-8 p.m. Beggar's Night in Russell
            "Dynamite Club" for kids, at First Baptist Church, continues on Wednesdays after school at 2:30 p.m.
                Sunday, November 3,12 noon, The Russell Legion and Auxiliary Veteran's Day meal will be at Carpenter Hall, Chariton. All members are welcome.
                Sunday, November 3, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap Shoot
                Monday, November 4, 7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting,
                Tuesday, November 5, City/school board election day, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. An I.D. is required.
                Wednesday,  November 6, 6:30 p.m.  United Methodist Night Owls, Betty Mason is the hostess and Marilyn Reynolds has the lesson. All women are invited.
                Saturday, November 9, 6 p.m. Harvest Celebration, early Thanksgiving event, First Baptist Church , speaker is Mike Manor
                Sunday, November 10, Friend Day, First Baptist Church, Sunday School 9:45, worship 11:00. Speaker is Mike Manor
                 Monday, November 11,  6 p.m.  Russell Sportsmen's Club  Annual meeting and banquet
                Thursday, November 15, 1:15 p.m.  Last meeting of  Russell News  at the Museum-everyone welcome
                Thursday,  November 21,  6 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting
                Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving Day

Friday, October 11, 2019

City Council Minutes

City of Russell
Council Meeting
October 7, 2019
Present:  Mayor Duane Bedford, Council Members: Terry Newcomb, Chris Feehan, and Jay Pierschbacher, Fire Chief Brian Beaty, City employees Jim Larrington and Cindy Smith.
Mayor Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
Larry Templeton was on the agenda, was not present when meeting started.
Minutes from the September 11, 2019 minutes were reviewed and motioned for approval by Jay Pierschbacher and seconded by Terry Newcomb.
Aye’s – All Approved
Nay’s – None
Income and expenses were reviewed, Chris Feehan motioned for approval of income and expenses.  This motion was seconded by Terry Newcomb.
Aye’s – All Approved
Nay’s – None
Fire Chief Beaty reported that the USDA has approved the grant for new air packs. He is currently in the process of obtaining three (3) bids per the specifications of the grant for the packs.  He stated that there was a great turnout for the cookoff / Fall Festival this year.
Jim Larrington gave the water/wastewater report.  Water loss this month was still high and thinks that it is due to some hydrants that are leaking.  We have two (2) on hand and two (2) on order.  These will be installed when all 4 are received and as weather will allow as we are getting into fall/winter. 
Jim Larrington then gave the street report.  There are several culverts that have been delivered and he will be working on getting these put in as time/weather allows.  He stated that a transit will be needed for installing these culverts and on several other projects that will be coming in the spring with additional repair to streets. The council approved Jim to purchase a transit up to $1300.00 as this will be used on several projects.  Chris Feehan motioned to move monies from LOST to Streets to pay for this transit, this motion was seconded by Terry Newcomb.
Aye’s – All Approved
Nay’s - None
Alliant still needs to move the power pole at the corner of Maple and Ames so that he can replace the culvert by the fire station that is starting to move the entrance for the fire trucks into the fire station. 
Jim did pick up the ditch box and it is put together and ready for use for the installation of the hydrants and several curb boxes that need to be installed.
We will also be trimming trees again in the fall – he is aiming for November to get this work scheduled.  The quote for the lift was the same as last year at $1,645.00 for the month plus delivery and pickup fees.  Council also discussed whether we should remove tree stumps now or after additional trees are removed.  We will request bids for what we have and will determine at that time to do twice or wait for all trees to be completed prior to grinding the stumps.
The recycle trailer has been moved to the north and Jim is working with the county to move the signs.  Ron Bingham of Bingham Signs has made the city a sign stating where the trailer has been moved to.
The council then reviewed the quotes received for insulating the maintenance garage.  Terry Newcomb motioned to approve the lower quote and this motion was seconded by Chris Feehan.
Aye’s – All Approved
Nay’s – None
Mayor Bedford is still working with McGee Concrete on getting a quote for the post office step repair.
Chris Feehan mentioned that he had been approached by citizens to see about the city putting up a “Blessing Box”.  This was discussed and it was suggested to see if the Russell Reivers 4-H club would build the box and Bud Moody had suggested putting the box in the lighted area at the Methodist Church doorway.  Terry Newcomb will discuss with Margaret Phippen and Cindy Smith will ask if the Baptist Church might be interested as well and have 2 boxes.
The council then discussed the radar gun for the Russell Police, as our current one is no longer working.  Chris Feehan motioned to approve the purchase of the new radar gun with the 2 year warranty and this motion was seconded by Terry Newcomb.
Aye’s – All Approved
Nay’s – None
Mayor Bedford then stated that he has been approached by a person who is interested in buying a lot that the city owns on Highland Street.  It was approved to have a Public Hearing on the 21st for the bidding process to begin.  This notice of the Public Hearing will be placed in Thursday’s Chariton Newspaper and the hearing will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday October 21, 2019 at Russell City Hall.
The final contract between the City of Russell and Lockridge Tower was reviewed by the council.  All Attorney’s involved have approved the contract.  Jay Pierschbacher motioned to sign and approve the contract and this motion was seconded by Terry Newcomb.
Aye’s – All Approved
Nay’s - None
Discussions on this contract brought up our existing contract with Skybeam who currently has a tower on the water tower.  This contract ends on December of this year.  We will wait to see if they contact us prior to calling them ourselves.
At this time Larry Templeton was still absent, therefore, the original vote of no racing at the football field was upheld.

Chris Feehan motioned for adjournment at 9:00 and this motion was seconded by Jay Pierschbacher.
Aye’s – All Approved
Nay’s - None

Approved by:
Duane Bedford, Mayor

Cindy A. Smith, City Clerk