COUNCIL: Luzerne has speed study

CITY OF LUZERNE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS – THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020, 7:00 PM

The regular meeting of the Luzerne City Council was called to order by Mayor John Brandt, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Council members Dwight Glinsmann, Kelly Kendall, Patrick McLeod, Lorin Potter and Barbara Shields were present, as was Fire Chief Dan Martin.

The mayor opened discussion on the appointment of the clerk. Council discussion followed. Potter moved to reappoint Jan Kendall as city clerk, seconded by Glinsmann Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried. The mayor then swore in the clerk.

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

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

  • J & R Sanitation – December pick-up $350.00
  • Poweshiek Water 37.00
  • Alliant Energy meter $107.16, streetlights $285.45 392.61
  • Jan Kendall – 48 copies at $.10, garbage statements purchase, stamped envelopes 44.40
  • Benton County Auditor – election expenses 1,006.47

All ayes, motion carried.

The mayor opened discussion on passing Resolution #415, a Resolution of Necessity for an unpaid mowing bill. Council discussion followed. Glinsmann moved to pass Resolution #415, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor opened discussion on passing Resolution #416, a Resolution of Necessity for an unpaid mowing bill. Council discussion followed. Glinsmann moved to pass Resolution #416, seconded by McLeod. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried. The clerk will submit the necessary paperwork for both resolutions to the county treasurer and put liens on both properties for the unpaid bills.

The mayor opened discussion on Hupfeld Stump Removal’s bid for removal of the ash tree in the park. The mayor reported Hupfeld’s bid is for $700. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to accept the bid, seconded by Potter. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor opened discussion on the appointment of the city attorney. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to reappoint David Happel as city attorney, seconded by Potter. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried. The clerk will notify of the council decision.

The mayor opened discussion on passing Resolution #417- setting the city’s depositories. Council discussion followed. McLeod moved to pass Resolution #417, setting the city depositories as Midwestone Bank, Belle Plaine, Dysart State Bank, Dysart, and Benton County Savings Bank, Blairstown, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – ayes, motion carried.

The mayor appointed McLeod as mayor pro-tempore.

The mayor opened discussion on appointing the fire chief. Council discussion followed. Glinsmann moved to reappoint Dan Martin as fire chief, seconded by McLeod. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried. The mayor swore in Martin.

The mayor opened discussion on the 2020-21 budget. The clerk reported that Road Use Tax revenue will be up slightly, but the property tax values are not yet available. The item will be on the next agenda.

Under further business, the mayor reported Luzerne so far has one report from Benton County Deputy Chris Rider on the speed study, which is necessary to secure use of the speed indicator from the IDOT. When the study is complete, the reports will be submitted to the Iowa DOT to see whether Luzerne is a good candidate to borrow the speed indicator.

With no further business on the agenda. Kendall moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 PM, seconded by Glinsmann. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

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