COUNCIL: Luzerne met on Feb. 4

CITY OF LUZERNE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021

7:00 PM

The regular meeting of the Luzerne City was called to order via Zoom by Mayor John Brandt. The meeting was held in this manner because of concern over the COVID 19 pandemic. Council members Dwight Glinsmann, Kelly Kendall, Patrick McLeod, Lorin Potter, and Barbara Shields were present.

The mayor opened the public hearing for the 2021-22 proposed property tax Maximum Levy. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to pass Resolution #427 approving the Maximum Levy, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – Glinsmann aye, Kendall aye, McLeod aye, Potter aye, Shields aye, motion carried. The mayor then closed the public hearing.

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

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

  • J & R Sanitation – January pick-up $375.00
  • Poweshiek Water 37.00
  • Alliant Energy – meter $8.96, streetlights $290.11 378.07
  • Jan Kendall 68 copies at $.10, garbage statements $5.10 11.90
  • IA Prison Industries – street signs and hardware 172.37
  • Kelly Kendall – reimbursement for city shed broom purchase 32.09
  • John Brandt – reimbursement for $50 labor and $5.00 parts on JD 4020 55.00
  • Kelly Kendall – 15 hrs. snow plowing @ $11.00 per hr. 165.00
  • IMFOA – annual dues 20.00
  • Drahn Insurance – Fire Pak 690.00
  • Kimm’s Mini Mart – pick-up gas 98.25
  • John Brandt- 2 hrs. snow plowing @ $11.00 22.00
  • All ayes, motion carried.

The mayor opened discussion on Resolution #428, a resolution of necessity for the cost incurred by the city to abate a nuisance. Council discussion followed. McLeod moved to accept Resolution # 428, and Shields seconded. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor opened discussion on Resolution #429, a resolution of necessity for the cost incurred by the city to abate a nuisance. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to pass Resolution #429, seconded by Potter. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor opened discussion on the 2021-22 budget and setting the public hearing date for it. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to set the public hearing date for Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM, (our regular meeting) seconded by McLeod. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor opened discussion on the recodification of ordinances and setting a public hearing date. Council discussion followed. McLeod moved to set the public hearing date for the recodification of ordinances for Thursday, March 4, 2021, (our regular meeting) seconded by Potter. Roll call vote – all ayes, motion carried.

The mayor opened discussion on appointing a representative to the Benton Development Group. Council discussion followed. The consensus of the council is for the clerk to email the meeting link or information to the mayor and council to see whether any of them can attend that particular meeting to have some representation.

The mayor opened discussion on a wage increase for the snow – plow drivers. Council discussion followed. Shields moved to set the hourly wage at $15.00 per hour, with the stipulation that the amount will be re-evaluated in two years, seconded by McLeod. Roll call vote – Glinsmann aye, Kendall abstained, McLeod aye, Potter aye, Shields aye. Motion carried. The clerk will prepare a resolution for the March meeting which will specify the wage increase.

The mayor opened discussion on a wage increase for the mayor. Council discussion followed. The consensus of the council is such that they requested the city clerk poll cities in Iowa whose population is similar to Luzerne’s (96) to ask what their mayors are paid and report the findings to the council.

The mayor opened discussion on a salary increase for the city clerk. Council discussion followed. Shields moved to set the clerk’s wages at an annual rate of $2,000, adding an addendum for the clerk to keep track of any extra work above and beyond the regular duties, and report them to the council for possible additional compensation, seconded by McLeod. Roll call vote, Glinsmann aye, Kendall abstained, McLeod aye, Potter aye, and Shields aye. The motion carried. The clerk will prepare a resolution for the March meeting which will specify the wage increase.

There was no new business.

Under further business, the mayor wanted to publicly thank citizen Bruce Duncalf who gave assistance to the snow- plow drivers during the recent blizzard.

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.

Mayor Clerk

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