COUNCIL NEWS: Luzerne, Iowa, February 3, 2022

CITY OF LUZERNE

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS- THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2022

7:00 PM

The regular meeting of the Luzerne City Council was called to order by Mayor Pro-Tempore Kelly Kendall, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Council members Kyla Buttikofer and Barbara Shields were present. Mayor John Brandt was absent, as were council members Jeani Brandt and Lorin Potter.

The mayor pro-tem opened the public hearing for the Maximum Property Tax Levy. Council discussion followed. Buttikofer moved to approve Resolution #435, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, and Shields aye, the motion carried. The mayor pro-tem closed the public hearing.

Kendall moved to waive the reading of and approved the previous meeting’s minutes, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, Shields aye. The motion carried.

Shields moved to approve the bills as read, seconded by Buttikofer:

J & R Sanitation – January pick-up $350.00
Poweshiek Water 37.00
USA Communications – phone and internet -$18.12
Alliant Energy – meter $126.34, streetlights $301.91 428.25
Jan Kendall-3 certified letters @ $3.75, 67 copies @ $.10 $6.70 17.95
Postmaster – 50 stamped envelopes 36.50
Kelly Kendall – 5 hrs. snow plowing @ $15.00 82.00
IPERS -Jan Kendall 26.21

Jan Kendall – gross monthly wages $166.67, minus IPERS, SS, & FICA 143.34

Roll call vote – Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, and Shields aye, the motion carried.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on nuisances. Kendall reported the trucks that were parked into the alley last month have since been moved. The clerk reported the city has not been paid by the property owner for the tree and vegetation trimming performed by Schulze Mowing. The item will be put on the next agenda.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on ways to use the American Rescue Plan funds. The clerk related the mayor reported to her that he had checked the price of rubber mulch which would be placed under the park playset. The project would need 3,200 square feet of rubber mulch at 4 inches depth would cost $700 per ton. The project would require about 14 tons with a total cost of $9,800. The material comes in different shapes, which would be another subject to consider in the decision- making process. The mayor had also researched more expensive options to choose from. The clerk also reported the mayor has not received a quote from Dan Hatch for culvert work. The items will be put on the next agenda.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on whether to approve Resolution #436, a resolution setting internal controls for audit compliance. The mayor pro-tem read the resolution aloud. Council discussion followed. Shields moved to approve resolution, #436, seconded by Buttikofer. Roll call vote – Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, Shields aye, the motion carried.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on the 2022-23 budget. The clerk related she plans to keep the budget close to the same amounts as last year, allowing for inflation and the fire department’s information. Council discussion followed. Kendall moved to set the public hearing date for Thursday, March 3, 2022, 7:00 PM (our regular meeting), seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, Shields aye, the motion carried.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on 203and 209 East Iowa Street’s mowing bills. The clerk reported the owners of 209 East Iowa Street have paid their bill for mowing and septic cover repair. The owner of 203 East Iowa Street called the clerk to protest the mowing charge, stating he had mowed his property. The clerk invited the owner to the council’s March meeting to discuss the situation. Council discussion followed. Buttikofer moved to have the clerk obtain documentation from Schulze Mowing concerning the mowing of the 203 East Iowa Street’s property, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, Shields aye, the motion carried.

The fire chief was not present to be sworn in. The item will be put on next month’s agenda.

The mayor pro-tem opened discussion on amending the 2021-22 budget. The clerk reported there are some areas which need to be amended in the current budget. Council discussion followed. Shields moved to set the public hearing date to amend the current budget for Thursday, March 3, 2022, 7:00 PM (our regular meeting), seconded by Buttikofer. Roll call vote – Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, Shields aye. The motion carried

With no further business on the agenda, Shields moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 PM, seconded by Buttikofer. Roll call vote- Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, Shields aye. The motion carried.

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