Lawton City Council Meeting
February 5, 2020 — 5:30 p.m.
The Lawton City Council met in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on February 5, 2020, at Lawton City Hall. Mayor Jeff Nitzschke called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered by Baltushis, Heiss, Hennings, and Saunders. Otto was absent. Also in attendance: City Clerk Carla Eidenshink, Deputy Charles Hertz, City Attorney Glenn Metcalf, Blake Stubbs, Public Works Justin Dunnington, Clark Hummel, Lori Hummel, Jerry Steffen, Marie Farrell, Dennis Butler, and Keith Radig.
Agenda: It was moved by Saunders, second by Baltushis, to approve the agenda as posted. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Public Forum: Marie Farrell informed the Council of a valve lid that was knocked off during snow removal. City crew will fix it.
Woodbury County Jail – Dennis Butler and Keith Radig were present to discuss options the Board of Supervisors are facing regarding whether to build a new jail, repair the current jail, or do nothing. They discussed proposed costs and the effect it will have on property taxes and answered questions from the public and the Council.
Sheriff’s Report – Officer Hertz was present to discuss the Sheriff’s report for January. The Sheriff’s office patrolled Lawton 74 hours and 54 minutes in January and responded to 5 calls for service. They also spent 3 hours and 24 minutes on school related activities.
Fire Report – There were 5 calls during January. Training was held on rope inspection and use and tying of knots.
Clerk’s Report – Clerk is working on budget and reminded all of the public hearing on the max levy scheduled for Feb 11, we are waiting for approval from the DOT on change order #2 for the trail, our work comp carrier was here on Feb 4 to discuss suggestions to keep work comp costs under control, a south development concept was received from Simmering Cory for the comprehensive plan. Attended a complete count census committee meeting in Moville. They stressed the importance of getting as good a count as possible because this will help to bring in more money to the community.
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Nitzschke reported he attended the landfill meeting and landfill costs will be increasing and he attended the meeting with the work comp carrier.
Public Works Report – Justin reported on a letter from DNR regarding chloride compliance. The letter is being addressed, DNR did an inspection on Feb 4 and an overflow screen will be replaced. ISG is working on the load report and will get the report to the Council when it is completed. Discussion took place on educating the public on on-demand water softeners and we will start treating the water for manganese at a very low cost, the tailgate on the pickup has been replaced.
Attorney Report – None
Minutes — It was moved by Saunders, second by Hennings, to approve the minutes of the January regular and special meetings. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Consent Agenda – It was moved by Saunders, second by Heiss, to approve the January disbursements, February claims for payment, and financial reports. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Mayor Pro-Tem – Mayor Nitzschke appointed Kevin Heiss as Mayor Pro-Tem for 2020. Appointment was approved on a motion by Saunders, second by Hennings. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Burning Ordinance 2020-01 – Discussion took place regarding an ordinance to restrict open burning. Citizen complaints were discussed and questions were asked on enforcement. After discussion it was moved by Heiss, seconded by Hennings, to approve
Ordinance 2020-01 not to allow open burning of yard waste
unless the Council sets times by resolution of when burning would be permitted.
Motion carried to approve the second reading as follows: AYES: Hennings, Heiss, Saunders; NAYS: Baltushis; ABSENT: Otto. The third reading will be at March’s meeting.
Oak Street Project – Discussion with Jerry Steffen on the Oak Street Project from Linden Street to Tara Way. Jerry was instructed to keep the project moving forward and will bring more information to the February 11 special meeting.
Budget – Public Hearing for the Property Tax Levy will be held on February 11, 2020, at 6:00pm.
Estimates for the 20-21 budget were given based on discussions from the budget workshop. Final figures will be discussed at the special meeting to possibly set the budget hearing for the March meeting.
Change Order #2 – Change order #2 for the trail was tabled to the March meeting.
CHANGE LOCATION OF COUNCIL MEETINGS
After discussion on changing the location of regular Council meetings to the Friendship Center at 300 Cedar Street, Lawton, Iowa, it was moved by Hennings, second by Heiss, to change the location effective with the March 4 regular meeting. Motion carried on a roll call vote with all members present voting aye.
Comprehensive Plan – A drawing on the south development concept was discussed and the questions will be forwarded to Simmering Cory so the comprehensive plan can be completed in March or April.
Personnel Manual – Changes to sections regarding employee injuries and reporting were discussed and more clarification from IMWCA will be obtained and discussed at the March meeting.
It was moved by Baltushis, second by Heiss, to adjourn at 8:15 pm. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Jeff Nitzschke, Mayor
Carla Eidenshink, City Clerk
LAWTON CLAIMS & REVENUES REPORT
AED SUPERSTORE AED BATTERIES & PADS $109.09
AMERICAN UNDERGROUND CURB STOPS $3,572.29
BEKINS FIRE & SAFETY SERVICE FIRE EXTINGUISHER TESTING $174.70
BOLTON & MENK, INC. ADDTL ENGINEERING ON TRAIL $12,214.62
BOMGAARS SPRAY PAINT FOR SNOW PLOW $16.47
CITY OF LAWTON FIRE DEPT. WATER $40.05
DAKOTA SANITATION LLC GARBAGE PICKUP JUNE – DEC. $33,352.55
DALE ERICKSON NOV./DEC. MILEAGE $93.96
EFTPS FED/FICA TAXES $4,128.00
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING FIX FUSES ON GENERATOR $535.44
EDM FELD EQUIPMENT CO., INC. PIKE POLE $111.35
FIRE SERVICE TRAINING BUREAU HAZMAT TRAINING $150.00
HAKA, LLC 250, 550, TOOLCAT, LOADER FUEL $480.19
HEALY WELDING REPAIR BOX ON SNOWPLOW $5,451.32
HUNZELMAN, PUTZIER & CO., PLC PROGRESS BILLING FOR EXAM $617.50
I&S GROUP, INC. FLOW/LOADS MEMO – FACILITY PLAN $1,145.50
INLAND TRUCK PARTS & SERVICE CHG. OIL, BATTERIES, FIX STEERING $1,654.90
IOWA PRISON INDUSTRIES CONCRETE BASE FOR SIGNS $36.00
IOWA RURAL WATER ASSOC. VISION INS. $51.96
IPERS REGULAR IPERS $2,285.81
JUSTIN DUNNINGTON PR ADVANCE $590.00
JUSTIN DUNNINGTON PR ADVANCE $590.00
KC ENGINEERING, P.C. DRAWINGS ON MAINTENANCE SHED $1,700.00
MANGOLD ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING WASTEWATER TESTING $216.00
MENARDS – SIOUX CITY PAINT FOR SNOW TRUCK $112.46
MID STATES ELECTRIC INC. LIGHTS FOR FIRE STATION $1,095.38
MIDAMERICAN ENERGY COMPANY UTILITIES $2,784.76
MOVILLE J&J MOTOR REPLACE BELTS ON F550 $469.71
O’REILLY AUTOMOTIVE INC. F550 BELTS $230.14
ROBERTSON IMPLEMENT COMPANY BLADE, IDLER ASSEMBLY $241.80
SANDRY FIRE SUPPLY FLOW TESTING $1,042.50
SECURITY NATIONAL BANK SAFE DEPOSIT BOX FEE $17.00
SHARE CORPORATION GLASS CLEANER & WIPES $182.62
STAPLES – SIOUX CITY PAPER, STAMP, BINDERS, CALC INK $128.61
STAPLES – SIOUX CITY 2 CASES COPY PAPER $47.72
STATELINE ELECTRIC & AUTOMATN TROUBLESHOOT BATTERY TEST $157.50
STEFFEN TRUCK EQUIPMENT PARTS FOR PLOWS $20.20
THE RECORD NOVEMBER MINUTES $193.66
TRAF-O-TERIA TRAFFIC TICKETS $232.97
TREASURER, STATE OF IOWA WATER SERVICE EXCISE TAX $645.00
TREASURER, STATE OF IOWA SALES TAX $170.00
TREASURER, STATE OF IOWA PAYROLL DEDUCTION $1,038.45
U.S. POSTMASTER POSTAGE FOR FEMA RFQs $3.50
WELLMARK HEALTH INSURANCE $780.55
WESTERN IOWA TELEPHONE ASS’N TELEPHONE/INTERNET $409.55
ZIEGLER INC. SPRAY PAINT FOR SNOW PLOW $73.29
TOTAL CLAIMS PAID $79,395.07
CLAIMS PAID BY FUND:
ROAD USE TAX $7,078.75
BIKE/HIKE TRAIL $12,214.62
REVENUES BY FUND:
ROAD USE TAX $12,346.28
LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX $9,924.05
TAX INCREMENT FINANCING $26.12
FEMA FLOOD $24,272.31
WATER DEPOSIT $56.25
Published in The Record
Thursday, February 13, 2020