COUNCIL: Luzerne, Sept. 5, 2019

CITY OF LUZERNE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019

The regular meeting of the Luzerne City Council was called to order by Mayor John Brandt, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Council members Kelly Kendall, Patrick McLeod, Lorin Potter and Barbara Shields were present, and Dwight Glinsmann was absent. Interested citizen Fran Potter was present.

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Kendall moved to approve the previous meeting minutes as read, seconded by Potter. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

Kendall moved to allow the following bills, seconded by Shields:

  • J & R Sanitation – August pick-up $325.00
  • Poweshiek Water 37.00
  • Alliant Energy – meter $90.11, streetlights – $290.57 380.68
  • Jan Kendall – plastic sleeve to preserve minutes & 29 copies at $.10 3.90
  • Schulze Mowing – 3X park mowing 210.00
  • Benton Co. Solid Waste Commission – ¼ yr. landfill use 624.00
  • Heartland CO-OP – contracted LP 2016.00
  • Hrabak Lumber – replacement for northwest fire station door 485.00

Roll call vote – all ayes motion carried.

The mayor opened discussion on unmown properties. Council discussion followed. Potter moved to have Schulze mow the park and 209 East Iowa Street one time in September, seconded by Kendall. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried. The clerk will contact Mr. Schulze.

The mayor opened discussion on the stagnant pool full of water, fencing and garbage sitting at the curb of a residence. The mayor reported he had talked to the county sanitarian who made the same statement as in a previous conversation – “the pool filled with stagnant water does not pose a health threat to the surrounding area”. The mayor reported he had talked to the neighbor who lives the east of the pool who related he will fix the fencing around the pool since it was his tree which fell onto the fence during a recent storm and knocked it down. The mayor also reported there had been a complaint concerning the can of garbage which had been sitting at the curb for several months. The mayor picked up the garbage and put the can closer to the residence.

The clerk gave an update on the damaged wall in the community center. The mayor reported the drywaller did a great job blending the area into the existing wall, and that no further action needs to be taken.

The mayor opened discussion on dogs running at large and a livestock complaint. The mayor reported he has spoken to two of the offending parties about their dogs and plans to speak to the owner of the livestock soon to resolve the problem.

The mayor opened discussion on the results of the shelter house inspection. The meeting recessed to the park. The mayor showed the council the rotting at the base of the shelter house support poles where they sit in the cement. The meeting reconvened back inside of the fire station. The mayor related he will research the possible materials and report back to the council. The item will be put on a future agenda.

The mayor opened discussion on approving the law enforcement agreement with the Benton County Sheriff. The rate for law enforcement will increase by $9.75 per quarter. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to approve the law enforcement agreement, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried. The clerk will forward the signed agreement to the auditor’s office.

The mayor opened discussion on Resolution #414, approving the Streets Fund Report for 2018-19. Council discussion followed. Potter moved to approve the 2018-19 Streets Fund Report, seconded by Kendall. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor read aloud the annual firefighter’s report. The mayor reported there is another sink hole in the east end of the park, near Main Street. The mayor related he will recheck it soon.

With no further business on the agenda. Kendall moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 PM, seconded by McLeod. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

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