COUNCIL: Luzerne Council takes action on nuisances

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CITY OF LUZERNE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS – THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2021, 7:00 PM

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

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

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

  • J & R Sanitation – December pick-up $375.00
  • Poweshiek Water 37.00
  • Alliant Energy – meter $81.13, streetlights $289.08 370.21
  • Jan Kendall – 38 copies at $.10, 2 certified letters @ 3.55 each 10.90
  • John Brandt- reimbursement for tractor repair at P & K 187.74
  • John Brandt – hydraulic filter 14.00
  • Kelly Kendall – 6.5 hrs. snow plowing at @ $11.00 71.50

Roll call vote- all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on nuisances. There were no new nuisances to report, however, the clerk reported the 30-day time frame will expire on January 11th for the two nuisance bills sent by certified mail for expenses incurred by the city to clean up their properties. If not paid by then, the item will be put on the next agenda as a resolution of necessity.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on the street sign replacement order. The clerk had circulated the sign order via email to the mayor and council. The order includes signs which need to be replaced, namely Benton, West Iowa, Luzerne, Exchange, and Pearl Streets, plus the necessary hardware. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to approve the order, seconded by Glinsmann. Roll call vote- all ayes, motion carried. The clerk will give Iowa Prison Industries notice to go ahead with the order.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on L.L. Pelling’s 2021 bid for street repairs. Council discussion followed. Glinsmann moved to approve the bid, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on whether to pass Resolution #426, a resolution setting the city’s depositories. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to approve Resolution #426, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on the 2021-22 Budget Maximum Levy and hearing. The clerk explained the council must decide whether to increase the tax asking above the usual $8.10 limit. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to set the public hearing date for 2021-22 Budget Maximum Levy public hearing for Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM (our regular meeting) seconded by Glinsmann. Roll call vote all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on the recodification of the city’s ordinances. The clerk explained the city is due to recodify its ordinances, a task which needs to be completed every five years. The clerk explained the council needs to pick who they want to have recodify the ordinances. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to have the city attorney, David Happel, recodify the ordinances, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on appointing a Benton Development Group representative from Luzerne. Council discussion followed. Glinsmann stated he will consider being a representative again if no other person is interested. The council will also look for an interested person to be a representative. The item will be on next month’s agenda.

Under further business, Glinsmann says he is concerned about attending council meetings for the next few months until a COVID 19 vaccination becomes available for him. The rest of the council members stated they see the need to act on salary increases for mayor, snow- plow drivers, and the city clerk, items which had been on the October and November 2020 agendas, but were not acted upon at those meetings, then subsequently taken off the December and January agendas because the full council had not been present for various reasons. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to have the February meeting via Zoom, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

With no further business on the agenda, Glinsmann moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 PM, seconded by Kendall. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

Mayor Clerk

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