Lawton City Council Minutes — August 5, 2019

Lawton City Council Meeting
August 5, 2019 — 5:30 p.m.

The Lawton City Council met in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on August 5, 2019, at Lawton City Hall. Mayor Dale Erickson called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered by Baltushis, Johnson, Otto and Saunders. Heiss was absent. Also in attendance: City Clerk Carla Eidenshink, Deputy Charles Hertz, City Attorney Glenn Metcalf, Blake Stubbs, Josh Pope, Michael Richards, Public Works Justin Dunnington, Tom Grafft, Jennifer Movall, Jerry Steffen, and Scott Sears.

Agenda: It was moved by Saunders, second by Otto, to approve the agenda as posted, motion carried, all voting aye.

Public Forum: No one was present to speak for the public forum.

Public Hearing: Mayor Erickson opened the public hearing. No comments had been received for or against the Maple Street Improvements Project. Mayor Erickson closed the public hearing.

Resolution 2019-18:
It was moved by Baltushis, second by Saunders, to approve
Resolution 2019-18 to award the contract for the Maple Street Improvements Project.
After discussion, the motion failed on a roll call vote with all members present voting nay. After discussion it was moved by Matt, second by Jeremy to have Bolton and Menk change the scope of the project and take it out for a rebid. Motion carried, all voting aye.

Sheriff’s report – Officer Hertz was present to discuss the Sheriff’s report for July. The Sheriff’s office patrolled Lawton 42 hours and 34 minutes in July and responded to 6 calls for service.

Fire Report – There were 3 fire calls in July. 1 new member has joined the department and pump operations training was held.

Clerk’s Report – 222 dog tags have been sold, a few more need to purchase theirs, the pre-construction meeting will be held on August 20 at 11am for the trail project, FEMA site team was here in July and we are continuing to move forward, election papers can be picked up starting August 26, finished the certified municipal clerk and certified financial officer classes, Census Bureau has asked us to set up a census committee to serve as a liaison to help get the most accurate count possible, special use permit will be discussed later in the agenda, building permit for egress window for Christian Bergheim and deck fence, pool, and retaining wall for Nick O’Brien have been approved.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Erickson attended the census committee meeting, SIMPCO meeting and the successful downtowns meeting in Cherokee put on by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. A Characteristics of a Successful Downtown checklist was given out for council to look over for ideas.

Public Works Report – Waiting on parts for the F550 and ISG is here to discuss compliance issues on the lagoons.

Attorney Report –The Chartier-McNaughton lawsuit was held in July. Both attorneys now need to show findings of fact to the judge and then hopefully a decision will be made. Nothing new for the city at this time.

Minutes — It was moved by Saunders, second by Johnson, to approve the minutes of the July meeting. Motion carried, all voting aye.

Consent Agenda – It was moved by Saunders, second by Otto, to approve the bills paid and to be paid, financials, utility billing reconciliation, and bank reconciliations. Motion carried, all voting aye.

Complaint Form – An updated citizen complaint form with specific procedures to follow for complaints was approved on a motion by Saunders, second by Otto. Motion carried, all voting aye.

Special Event Permit – A special event permit was presented for the Lawton-Bronson Football Auction. After clarification on some of the questions, it was moved by Otto, second by Saunders, to approve the permit. Motion carried, all voting aye.

Liquor License – It was moved by Otto, second by Saunders, to approve the outdoor service area for the Lawton Exchange on August 24 pending approval from the state. Motion carried, all voting aye.

Wastewater — Tom Grafft from ISG was present to discuss compliance issues on the lagoon. More discussion will take place at the September meeting.

Street Finance Report – After discussion it was moved by Otto, second by Johnson, to approve
RESOLUTION 2019-19
2019 Street Finance Report.
Motion carried, all voting aye on a roll call vote.

2020 Census Committee – After discussion on the impact of the 2020 Census on our city, motion by Otto, second by Johnson, to form a committee to act as liaison with the Census Bureau to try to get everyone counted. Motion carried with all voting aye.

USDA Grant/Loan – Discussion continued on location of the maintenance building and the City Hall. Bruce Nuzum will be contacted to get more clarification.

City Code – Discussion on Chapters 135-160 of the Lawton City Code resulted in no changes to the existing code.

Comprehensive Plan – Jennifer Movall of Simmering Cory was present to discuss Council priorities and objectives for the Comprehensive Plan.

It was moved to adjourn at 7:50 pm.

Dale R. Erickson, Mayor
Carla Eidenshink, City Clerk

LAWTON CLAIMS & REVENUE REPORT
JULY 2019
ACCO UNLIMITED CORP-ORATION  CHLORINATING SOLUTION    $290.80
AMERICAN UNDERGROUND  CURB STOP & METER SUPPLIES    $2,197.79
APEX CROP SERVICES  GRAZON & 2,4-D FOR WEEDS    $355.36
BOLTON & MENK, INC.  FINAL DESIGN & BID DOCUMENTS    $14,135.00
BOMGAARS  TRIMMER/KNIFE FOR LAGOON WEEDS    $417.93
CITY OF LAWTON  FIRE DEPT. WATER    $54.89
EFTPS  FED/FICA TAXES    $3,441.73
HEALY WELDING  RAMPS FOR 550    $566.46
IOWA DNR  WATER SUPPLY FEE FOR 2020    $110.50
IOWA ONE CALL  LOCATES    $10.80
IOWA RURAL WATER ASSOC.  VISION INS.    $31.75
IPERS  REGULAR IPERS    $1,924.74
J.P. COOKE  PET TAG RECEIPT BOOKS    $84.45
JUSTIN DUNNINGTON  PR ADVANCE    $590.00
JUSTIN DUNNINGTON  PR ADVANCE    $590.00
L.P. GILL, INC.  1ST QTR. LANDFILL FEE    $4,408.34
MANGOLD ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING  WASTEWATER TESTING    $141.00
METCALF & BEARDSHEAR LAW OFFICE  2 JUNE COUNCIL MEETINGS    $250.00
MIDAMERICAN ENERGY COMPANY  UTILITIES    $2,792.00
SBW INC. DBA ACE ENGINE & PARTS  GRASSHOPPER MOWER    $12,900.00
STAMP FULFILLMENT SERVICES  STAMPED ENVELOPES    $2,612.85
STAPLES – SIOUX CITY  COLORED PAPER    $63.74
STATELINE ELECTRIC & AUTOMATION  ELECTRICAL WORK @ WC LIFT STATION    $6,320.85
THE RECORD PUBLISH NOTICES & MINUTES    $447.43
TREASURER, STATE OF IOWA  SALES TAX    $140.00
TREASURER, STATE OF IOWA  WATER EXCISE TAX    $684.00
US POSTMASTER  SEND TRAIL ENGINEER CONTRACTS    $7.35
US POSTMASTER  POSTAGE TO SEND WATER SAMPLE    $9.25
VIKING INDUSTRIAL PAINTING  PAINT WATER TOWER    $115,000.00
WELLMARK  HEALTH INSURANCE    $717.52
WESTERN IOWA TELEPHONE ASS’N TELEPHONE/INTERNET    $316.11
WESTERN IOWA TELEPHONE ASS’N TELEPHONE/INTERNET    $94.20
WIGMAN COMPANY  GASKET FOR WATER TOWER    $147.40
TOTAL CLAIMS PAID    $171,854.24

CLAIMS PAID BY FUND:
GENERAL    $22,909.20
FIRE    $326.97
ROAD USE TAX    $1,511.55
WATER    $123,606.62
SEWER    $23,499.90

REVENUES BY FUND:
GENERAL    $15,630.09
FIRE    $20,891.06
ROAD USE TAX    $9,373.05
LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX    $9,694.16
TAX INCREMENT FINANCING    $26.13
WATER    $15,856.30
WATER DEPOSIT    $200.00
SEWER    $6,098.09

Published in The Record
Thursday, August 15, 2019

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