Lawton City Council Minutes & Claims/Revenues — October 3, 2018

City of Lawton
Lawton City Council Meeting
October 3, 2018 — 5:30 p.m.

The Lawton City Council met in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on October 3, 2018, at Lawton City Hall.  Mayor Dale Erickson called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered by Baltushis, Heiss (by conference call), and Saunders.  Johnson and Otto were absent.  Also in attendance: City Clerk Carla Eidenshink, City Attorney Glenn Metcalf, Public Works Director Justin Dunnington, Blake Stubbs, Deputy Charles Hertz, Jerry Steffen, and other members of the public.

It was moved by Saunders, second by Baltushis, to approve the agenda as posted.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

Public Forum:  Beth Bellinghausen was present to discuss being charged sewer for her basement apartment.  Attorney Metcalf will look into the matter to see if there is an ordinance pertaining to this.  Sheryl and Savannah Ameen were present to express their feelings on the conduct of a councilman.  Mayor Erickson has discussed the situation with the councilman.

Sheriff’s report – Officer Hertz was present to discuss the Sheriff’s report for September.  The Sheriff’s office patrolled Lawton 39 hours and 08 minutes in September and responded to 7 calls for service.

Fire Report – There were 7 calls last month.  Pancake breakfast was held, participated in Homecoming parade, and a Chili Feed will be held on Oct. 31 from 4-6pm.  Motion was made by Heiss, second by Baltushis, to spend up to $1,000 for the exhaust fan and damper needed in the fire station.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

Clerk’s Report –Building permits were received for Mike Loving to add a garage and Matt Weston to add a sidewalk and widen his driveway.  Community surveys have been sent to Simmering Cory and they will be at the November meeting to go over the Comprehensive Plan.  Preliminary planning on the budget will begin in October with letters going to community groups requesting funding in the past so these can be considered when the budget is planned.  City Hall will be closed Oct 17-19 so clerk can attend the IMFOA Conference in Des Moines, the office will be manned when possible and payments will be receipted in each day.  The official opening of 4-lane Highway 20 will be October 19 in Holstein at 3pm.  Mayor Erickson and the clerk will attend.  Woodbury County Area Clerks will meet in Lawton on October 11 for their quarterly meeting, the Wellmark grant for the trail has been extended, an archeological survey is being completed, and working with Jerry on the preliminary plans, will work with DOT in October to hire the Construction Engineer for the next phase.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Erickson attended the League of Cities Conference attending some very informative meetings, getting ideas for the future of Lawton, and learning the services and ideas available from vendors.  Ideas for next summer improvements are to extend the Maple St. storm water system, pave the alley east of the fire station in conjunction with the business owner to make it usable and accommodate everyone’s needs, continue to upgrade water treatment plant and sanitary sewer systems, replace curbing in areas of town that continuously have washouts.  Tree trimming will be done soon.

Attorney Report –City attorney is working on a dispute the City has been named in.

Minutes —  Motion by Saunders, second by Baltushis, to approve the September minutes.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

Consent Agenda — It was moved by Baltushis, second by Saunders to approve the consent agenda including bills paid and to be paid, financials, utility billing reconciliations, and checking account reconciliations.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

Annual Urban Renewal Report – After discussion it was moved by Saunders, second by Baltushis, to approve the FY18 Annual Urban Renewal Report.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

Absolute Inspection Services – Dave Christiansen was present to discuss services offered by his company regarding nuisance abatement, zoning issues, building violations, sidewalk issues, etc.  After discussion it was agreed to wait until after the comprehensive plan is completed to look further into the need for this service.

Snowplowing Resolution–After discussion it was moved by Heiss, second by Saunders, to approve
RESOLUTION 2018-16 –
Adopting a policy governing snowplowing and ice control on public streets.  
Motion carried on a roll call vote with all present voting aye.

Bank Signatures– It was moved by Saunders, second by Heiss, to approve Carla Eidenshink, Dale Erickson, and Pat Saunders as signers for the City Safe Deposit Box at Security National Bank.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

Cedar Street Parking–Discussion on legal responsibility of the City if we delete Resolution 2018-13 and replace it with Resolution 2018-17 which will have no parking only on the East side of Cedar Street.  It was moved by Saunders, second by Heiss, to table the issue until the November meeting and get input from SIMPCO.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

Maguire Iron – Jake Dugger of Maguire Iron was present to discuss an overcoat to the exterior of the water tower, reline the interior, touch up the tank interior dry, and repair an interior ladder.  The cost will be $137,000 one-time fee or we could do a full service maintenance program with a flat amount per year plus inflation.  Jake will get the Council more information and the agreement for their consideration.

Public Works Report – Have been busy cleaning up from the fire station addition, the west side of the maintenance shed, and areas where contractors have left materials.  Projects which need to be done in the near future and prioritized are:  water treatment plant upgrade with new PLC and communications, waiting on a quote from Sargent Drilling on well VFD’s, West Creek Drainage Ditch needs to be graded and rocked, a bid of $5593 has been received for that work, lagoons will need concrete, clay, and bentonite replaced so water doesn’t leak into the discharge pit, working with Jerry to fix the run-off at Tara Way park intersection before winter, pickup and truck are being sent to the shop to get them ready for winter,  fall discharge should be able to be started soon.

Stop Sign – On a motion by Baltushis, second by Saunders, RESOLUTION 2018-18 establishing a four-way stop at the intersection of Cedar and Birch was tabled until the parking resolution is completed.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

Mower —  It was the consensus of those present to store the mower for the Summer Youth League for the winter and discuss the maintenance at the next meeting.
It was moved by Saunders, second by Heiss, to adjourn at 7:35pm.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

Dale R. Erickson, Mayor
Carla Eidenshink, City Clerk

LAWTON  CLAIMS & REVENUE REPORT — SEPTEMBER 2018  
4 SEASONS HEATING & COOLING  HEATER – FIRE STATION ADDITION    $6,426.00
A & B BUSINESS, INC.  CALC TAPE & POST ITS    $12.15
AMERICAN UNDERGROUND  STORM SEWER DRAINAGE PIPES    $623.31
AMERICINN  ROOM FOR IA WATER CONFERENCE    $263.80
BOMGAARS  DRILL SET, DRILL, OIL, SWITCH    $340.32
CITY OF LAWTON  FIRE DEPT. WATER    $44.08
CORRECTIONVILLE BUILDING CENTER  STREET GRATE    $115.02
DAKOTA SANITATION LLC  AUGUST GARBAGE    $14,286.55
DALE ERICKSON  ERICKSON MILEAGE    $74.67
DANKO EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT  ANNUAL PUMP TEST    $600.00
DATA TECHNOLOGIES  FALL USER GROUP MEETING    $95.00
EFTPS  FED/FICA TAXES    $3,551.17
ELECTRIC PUMP  INSTALL LIFT STATION PUMPS    $4,107.14
F.A.M.I.L.Y GROUP  SHED FOR COMM. GARDEN – GRANT FUND    $2,000.00
FABRICATORS, INC.  GRATING BAR FOR SEWER GRATE    $302.24
ED M. FELD EQUIPMENT CO., INC.  HOODS & COLLAPSIBLE BACKPACK    $899.90
GRAINGER  LIFT STATION FANS    $739.23
HAKA, LLC  FUEL – GRAVELY, BOBCAT, PICKUP    $312.18
HEALY WELDING  ANGLE IRON FOR STREET GRATE    $44.50
HTM SALES  PUMPS FOR W. CREEK LIFT STATION    $5,065.58
IA DEPT. OF REV. – PAYROLL  STATE TAXES    $1,872.00
IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES  ANNUAL CONFERENCE    $255.00
IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES  IMFOA FALL CONFERENCE    $125.00
IOWA PRISON INDUSTRIES  NO PARKING SIGNS    $342.98
IOWA RURAL WATER ASSOC.  VISION INS.    $11.20
IPERS  REGULAR IPERS    $2,009.58
JUSTIN DUNNINGTON  PR ADVANCE    $590.00
JUSTIN DUNNINGTON  PR ADVANCE    $590.00
KNEIFL ELECTRIC INC.  ELECTRICAL FOR FIRE ADDITION    $12,000.00
MANGOLD ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING  WATER TESTING    $850.00
STOREY KENWORTHY/MATT PARROTT  UTILITY BILL FORMS    $672.70
MENARDS – SIOUX CITY  CAN CONTAINER REPAIR    $624.64
METCALF & BEARDSHEAR LAW OFFICE  ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS, MTGS.    $1,437.00
MIDAMERICAN ENERGY COMPANY  UTILITIES    $2,904.14
NATE NIEHUS  FUEL FOR FIRE TRUCK    $38.00
ROBERTSON IMPLEMENT COMPANY  BELT FOR GRAVELY MOWER    $35.46
SIGN PRO  BUSINESS SIGN    $85.00
SOOLAND BOBCAT  BOBCAT BLADE & BELT DRIVE    $395.02
STAMP FULFILLMENT SERVICES    STAMPED ENVELOPES    $2,404.20
STAN HOUSTON EQUIPMENT CO., INC.  STRING TRIMMER KIT    $299.95
STATELINE ELECTRIC & AUTOMATION  TROUBLESHOOT WELL PUMP & VFDs    $600.00
STEFFEN ENGINEERING & TESTING INC.  PRELIM ENGINEERING – TRAIL    $6,555.00
STUBBS CONSTRUCTION INC.  STORM SEWER ON OAK & MAPLE    $4,935.00
THE RECORD  ORDINANCE, MINUTES    $235.97
TREASURER STATE OF IOWA  WATER EXCISE TAX    $798.00
US POSTMASTER  POSTAGE FOR SURVEYS    $2.47
VAKULSKAS LAW FIRM, P.C.  GARNISHMENT    $75.00
VAKULSKAS LAW FIRM, P.C.  GARNISHMENT    $75.00
WELLMARK  HEALTH INSURANCE    $1,082.49
WESTERN IOWA TELEPHONE ASS’N TELEPHONE/INTERNET    $403.73
WIGMAN COMPANY  SEWER PIPES – NEW DUPLEX    $268.98
TOTAL CLAIMS PAID    $82,476.35

CLAIMS PAID BY FUND:
GENERAL    $46,955.44
FIRE    $1,963.41
ROAD USE TAX    $1,568.13
BIKE/HIKE TRAIL    $4,140.00
WATER    $9,090.07
SEWER    $18,759.30

REVENUES BY FUND:  
GENERAL    $23,687.96
ROAD USE TAX    $13,173.39
LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX    $9,775.88
TAX INCREMENT FINANCING    $15.14
WATER    $17,218.69
SEWER    $5,363.88

Published in The Record
Thursday, October 11, 2018

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