Bronson City Council Minutes — June 9, 2020

Bronson City Council
City Council Minutes
June 9, 2020

Due to COVID-19, council meeting was held in Community side of City Hall so we could do social distancing

Meeting called to order at 6:00 PM by Mayor Garnand. Council members answering roll:  Brandi Jessen, Jamie Amick, Chad Merchant, and Dave West.  Attorney Metcalf was present.

Public Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan for Bronson was opened to the public.

Visitors:  There were no visitors

Woodbury County Sheriff’s report:  During the month of May, in the town of Bronson, deputies conducted direct patrol totaling 49 hrs. and 23 minutes and responded to 0 calls for service.

Reports:
Ambulance:  Dylan Hinds was not present for the ambulance report.  It was discussed that run reports were not getting to PCC in a timely manner.  This delays the City getting paid for the ambulance runs from the patient’s insurance.  Mayor Garnand will talk with Dylan.

Maintenance:  CJ was present.   There was discussion on the large pothole on Front Street.  Council asked CJ to fill the pothole with gravel until Frank’s Asphalt comes next week to do work on the streets.  While Franks Asphalt is in town, cracks need to be filled at the walking track and also would like to have them do the approaches to the new bridge and at the shelter house.  Mayor Garnand will call and talk to Frank’s Asphalt.  CJ reported that the diesel Dixie Chopper needs a new belt.  Council said to go ahead.  CJ announced that Pede Petit would be able to start helping with the mowing starting June 24th.

Water/Sewer Operator report:  Nick was present.  He said the alley behind the bar needs to have rock put on it since it has been dug up twice for large leaks.  After discussing the matter, Nick will get prices on red rock and crushed concrete and bring it to the council.  Discussion on the project of replacing water meters in town for digital meters.  Council said first we need to replace all water pits around town.  There are around 30 of them.  Nick agreed.

Minutes:  There was a motion from Councilwoman Jessen and a second from Councilman Merchant, with all council present voting yes, to approve the minutes for the regular May 12th meeting.

Since there were no oral or written objections, there was a motion from Councilman Merchant and a second from Councilman Amick, with all council present voting yes, to close the Public Hearing at this time.

 REVENUES     DISBURSEMENTS
  BY FUND              BY FUND
Interest earned
65.34
General
3285.71                      2888.90
Garbage
2154.97                       1520.42
Road Use Tax
2372.55                       2840.34
Ambulance
558.61                            517.22
Water
6120.60                        1545.34
Sewer
1709.39                         1216.25
Local Option Sales Tax
3515.23                         1583.33
Insurance
430.78                              0.00
MAY TOTAL REVENUE
$20,213.18
MAY DISBURSEMENTS
$12,111.80

There was a motion from Councilman Amick a second from Councilwoman Jessen, with all council present voting yes, to approve the Treasurer’s financial report.

BILLS FOR APPROVAL FOR JUNE 2020 MEETING:
CHN  garbage    $1520.42
CHN  8 roll-offs for Spring Clean Up    $1439.60
City of Bronson  water bill for city hall    $76.00
WIATEL  telephone bill    $54.95
Moville Record  publication of minutes    $199.78
Siouxland Health Dept.      (3) bacteriological testings    $42.00
Morningside Plumbing  revised invoice for leak – 107 Pine    $2507.90
Morningside Plumbing  leak at 229 Front St    $2425.00
IMWCA  Work Comp premium    $1405.00
Zoom Meetings  reimburse Jason    $48.12
True Engineering  land survey at lagoon    $835.00
Bomgaars  supplies and flowers for park    $754.78
Woodbury Treasurer  new trailer    $31.00
ACCO  chlorine    $200.80
Randy Amick Construction  bridge at the park    $12,210.00
Woodbury County EMS  paramedic intercept    $200.00
SIMPCO  ½ dues    $318.00

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

Business:
1.  Resolution #10-2020:  
RESOLUTION APPROVING THE BRONSON, IOWA COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.  
After Attorney Metcalf read the resolution in its entirety, there was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilwoman Jessen, with all council present voting yes, to pass the resolution at this time.

2. Ordinance #3-2020 Ash Borer ordinance:  Attorney Metcalf did not have this ordinance written up at this time.  Tabled until the next meeting.

3. New bridge at park spanning the ditch from the ballfields to the park looks great!  Council discussed about getting solar lights to line the bridge.  There was a motion from Councilwoman Jessen and a second from Councilman Merchant, with all council present voting yes, to approve Councilman Merchant to buy solar lights not exceeding $200.00.  Mayor Garnand will get signs posted on the bridge prohibiting motorized vehicles such as golf carts and all-terrain vehicles.  Motorized wheel chairs would be allowed.  Discussion of citizens donating towards the bridge and having their names posted on the bridge somehow was brought up.  Matter tabled until the next meeting.

4. Fence quote:  Waiting on a quote from Sioux City Fence.

5. Mid American poles:  Councilman West and Amick will count how many poles need plug ins and will report back to Mid American Energy.

6. Fourth of July:  6 port-a-pots will be ordered by Councilman Amick.  He will also get with the Posse and let them know which times we will need them over the 4th.  We will need to see what Governor Reynolds puts out as far as guidelines for social distancing due to the COVID virus.  After that, Mayor Garnand will put on Facebook what activities the City will be able to have for the 4th.

7. ICAP grant:  Clerk Jessen asked for ideas so she can apply for the $1000.00 grant.  Matter of putting LED lights at the basketball court and the new bridge was brought up.  After much discussion, Nick will bring back quotes to the council.

8. Request from the Bronson Post Office:  to do something with the ground that runs between new City Hall and the Post Office.  There is always standing water and ruts which makes it hard to mow and maintain.  Council will have CJ put rock down and spray with Round up to keep weeds and grass from growing up through the rocks.

Anything from Councilman Amick:  He reported that Gene Kollbaum is looking to sell the 15 acres that sits along the south side of Front Street on the east side of town.  After much discussion, Mayor Garnand will talk with the owner to see how much he wants for the land.  Matter tabled until next meeting.

Anything from Councilwoman Jessen:  no

Anything from Councilman Merchant:  no

Anything from Councilman West:   noticed the algae on the outside of the water tower looks to be getting worse.  Nick said that is normal.  Councilman West asked about Verizon.  Mayor Garnand said Verizon is waiting for 5G to come about before they will install the tower on top of the water tower.  The new mosquito company said they would be coming last week to spray and they never showed up.

Mayor Garnand will call them again.  Councilman West said the old guard rail and old bleachers that are out by the ballpark need to be taken away.  Councilman West and Mayor Garnand will look over the matter.
Anything from Clerk Jessen:  no
Anything from Treasurer Junge:   no
Anything from Attorney Metcalf:  no

Since there was no further business to discuss, there was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilman Amick, with all council present voting yes, to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:25 PM.

SIGNED BY:
Jason Garnand, Mayor

SEAL:

ATTESTED BY:
Lindy Jessen, City Clerk

Published in The Record
Thursday, June 18, 2020

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