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Bronson City Council Minutes & Bills — August 14, 2018

Bronson City Council Minutes
August 14, 2018

The Bronson City Council met in session on Tuesday August 14, 2018 at the Bronson City Hall.  Meeting called to order at 6:00 PM by Mayor Tony Thompson.  Council members answering roll:  Chad Merchant, Doug Williams, Jamie Amick, Dave West and Jason Garnand arrived at 6:20 PM.  Attorney Metcalf was present.

Visitors:  Lt. Charles Hertz, Woodbury County Sheriff’s report.  During the month of July, in the town of Bronson, deputies conducted direct patrol totaling 20 hrs and 50 minutes and responded to 1 call for service.  Discussion was made on payment of Reserves on the 4th of July.  There was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilman Amick, with all council present voting yes, to donate $400.00 to the Reserves.

Ben Clark was present for a building permit for a garage.  After looking over the plans, there was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilman Amick, with all council present voting yes, to approve his building permit.  Ben gave the Clerk $10.00 for the permit fee.

Lisa Cameron was present to ask for 2 building permits.  After looking over the plans, one of the buildings needs to be put further back on the lot and the other building was within code.  There was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilman Merchant, with all council present voting yes, to approve the one building permit of the building that was within code.  Lisa gave the Clerk $10.00 for the building permit fee.

Discussion on the Mayor’s formal reports on dangerous buildings in town.  The council decided that they would give the two owners who have dangerous buildings in town 90 days to repair, refurbish, or destroy the dangerous buildings in town.  The Mayor will have Clerk Jessen send the report to the owners.

Reports:
Ambulance:  No one was present for the ambulance report.

Maintenance:  CJ was present.  He said he could start back to work in September for the town.  It was reported that Grant Adams is interested in a part time job for the City.  Council said to have Grant get with Treasurer Junge and fill out papers. Craig Hinds will do the cement work to replace the meter at Mike Laughlin’s.  Mayor Thompson mentioned that as long as the town was ordering cement, that part of the sidewalk at the Shelter House needs replaced.  There was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilman Williams, with all council present voting yes, to have the Shelter House repairs done the same time as Mike Laughlin’s water meter project.

Water/Sewer report:  Nick Lahrs was not present to give his water/sewer report, but had emailed Clerk Jessen a list of what he wanted to discuss.  There is grant money available for rural water and waste water infrastructure projects.  Nick felt that water meter replacements for all residents would be a good project.  Also extend a six inch water main from the water tower to Locust Street, with appropriate number of fire hydrants.  Clerk Jessen mentioned that SIMPCO could help us write the grants.  Council would like Clerk Jessen and Nick to look into applying for the grants.  There is also a $1000.00 ICAP grant out there for reimbursement for select loss control and/or risk management items.  Nick reported that the town needs barricades and road cones.  Council agreed.  Nick will get a quote for those items so Clerk Jessen can apply for the grant.

Nick gave a list of routine and scheduled maintenance and testing supplies that he needs.  There was a motion from Councilman Garnand and a second from Councilman West, with all council present voting yes, to approve the $880.00 list.  Also Nick would like to take some classes for continuance of education on water/sewer.  There was a motion from Councilman Merchant and a second from Councilman West, with all council present voting yes, to reimburse Nick $150.00 for the classes after he registers for it.

REVENUES    DISBURSEMENTS
BY FUND                BY FUND
Interest earned
90.68
General
1,407.39     3,537.22
Garbage
1,996.05    4,518.88
Road Use Tax
2,396.99    3,052.81
Ambulance
184.79    1,397.35
Water
6,878.54    3,335.82
Sewer
2,027.30    2,398.64
Local Option Sales Tax
3,695.45    0.00
Insurance
0.00         636.40
JULY TOTAL REVENUE
$18,677.19
JULY DISBURSEMENTS
$18,877.12

There was a motion from Councilman Garnand and a second from Councilman Merchant, with all council present voting yes, to approve the Treasurer’s financial report.
Minutes:  There was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilman Garnand, with all council present voting yes, to approve the minutes for the July 10th regular meeting.

BILLS FOR APPROVAL FOR AUG. 2018 MEETING:
CHN  garbage    $1,520.42
City of Bronson  water bill for city hall    $76.00
Wiatel  phone bill    $71.59
Siouxland District Health  (2) bacterial testing    $14.00
Iowa One Call  locates    $41.40
Johnson Propane  emergency generator    $707.35
Bekins Fire & Safety  service & extinguishers    $237.35
DNR  annual permit fee for water    $170.00
ACCO chlorine for water    $189.80
Moville Record  publications    $301.20
S&S  blade for Dixie chopper    $45.39
Sam’s Club  supplies for shelter house    $46.50
Mercy Medical  biomedical services    $172.63
Metcalf & Beardshear  attorney fees    $1,607.00
Frank’s Asphalt  street repairs    $2,550.00
American Underground  water/sewer supplies    $205.01
American Underground  water supplies    $332.44
Bomgaars  supplies    $128.43
Menards  weed sprayer    $39.99

There was a motion from Councilman Amick, and a second from Councilman Garnand, with all council present voting yes, to approve to pay the aforementioned bills.

Business:
1. Ordinance #3-2018:  Vacating some streets and
alleys in and adjacent to Block 7 of the City of Bronson.  
Attorney Metcalf read the second reading of the ordinance.  There was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilman Williams, with all council present voting yes, to approve the second reading of the ordinance.  Third reading of the ordinance will be at the next regular council meeting on September 11th.

2. Ordinance #4-2018 ash tree bore:  Attorney Metcalf did not have the paperwork done at this time.

3. Letter sent to owner of dog that bit someone in town.  Attorney Metcalf said he has not done it yet and will do it when he gets back to the office.

4. Verizon cell phone tower project:  Clerk Jessen emailed them to see when the project was going to start and they replied probably not till 2019.

5. Standing water in culvert by the park:  Mayor Thompson has a call into the Woodbury County Engineers Office on the problem.  Has not heard back from them.

Anything from Councilman Merchant:  no

Anything from Councilman Williams:  no

Anything from Councilman West:  Ditches in town need to be maintained and cut by the owners.  Clerk Jessen will send out a reminder to owners in the next water bill.

Anything from Councilman Amick:  no

Anything from Councilman Garnand:  Weeds are getting to be a problem in the infield at the ballfields.  After much discussion, Councilman Garnand will get a quote as to how much it would cost and bring it back to the next meeting.

Anything from Clerk Jessen:  no

Anything from Treasurer Junge:   no

Since there was no further business to discuss, there was a motion from Councilman Garnand and a second from Councilman Amick, with all council present voting yes, to adjourn the meeting.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.

SIGNED BY:
Tony Thompson, Mayor

SEAL:

ATTESTED BY:
Lindy Jessen, City Clerk

Published in The Record
Thursday, August 30, 2018

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