CITY OF LUZERNE
COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS- THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2022, 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 Jeani Brandt, Kyla Buttikofer, Kelly Kendall, Lorin Potter, and Barbara Shields were present, as were interested citizens Amanda Privetta and Thomas Bryant.
Kendall moved to approve the previous meeting minutes as read, seconded by Potter. Roll call vote Brandt aye, Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, Potter aye, Shields aye. The motion carried.
Brandt moved to allow the following bills, seconded by Buttikofer:
- J & R Sanitation- April pick-up $362.50
- Poweshiek Water 42.75
- USA Communications – phone & internet -14.52
- Alliant Energy – meter $58.26, streetlights $300.85 359.11
- Jan Kendall -gross wages $166.67, minus IPERS $26.21, FICA & SS 143.44
- Jan Kendall – 48 copies @ $.10 4.80
- Schulze Mowing-1X Park mowing 70.00
- Postmaster – 50 stamped envelopes @ $.73 36.50
Roll call vote – Brandt aye, Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, Potter aye, Shields aye. The motion carried.
The mayor opened discussion on nuisances, of which there were no new ones to report. Amanda Privetta and Thomas Bryant were present to appeal the letter they had received from the city last month regarding their dogs having been seen running at large in the street. The council’s other concern in the city’s letter was that their dogs’ breeds is suspected to be a variant of Pit Bull. The couple apologized that their dogs have at times been seen in the street near their home and have made passersby tense. The couple presented a vaccination certificate from their veterinarian stating the dogs are mixed breeds, none of which a variant of Pit Bull. The couple also stated that both of their dogs are emotional support dogs for various members of their family. The mayor and council thanked them for their time.
The mayor opened discussion on uses for the American Rescue Plan funds. The mayor related that if the council is considering replacing the mulch under the park playground equipment, the area will need to be remeasured to get a more accurate total cost, along with the shipping cost. The item will be on a future agenda.
The mayor opened discussion on an update on the fire department’s compliance with the city audit. The clerk related there are still items omitted from the requested bank statements, such as the check images to make it possible for the clerk to categorize the receipts and expenditures for city year end reports and future budgets. Council discussion followed. The clerk will contact the department’s treasurer to secure the remaining documents.
Under further business, the clerk related she fielded a report from a citizen who stated she has seen her neighbor’s dog frequently defecated in her yard under the watchful eye of the dog’s owner. The clerk advised the citizen to call the sheriff if there are any more situations with the neighbor’s dog running at large.
With no further business on the agenda, Kendall moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 PM, seconded by Shields. Roll call vote – Brandt aye, Buttikofer aye, Kendall aye, Potter aye, Shields aye. The motion carried.