Lawton City Council Meeting
October 7, 2020 — 5:30 p.m.
The Lawton City Council met in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on October 7, 2020, at Lawton Friendship Center. Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Heiss called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered by Baltushis, Heiss, Hennings, Otto (by phone), and Saunders. Also in attendance: City Clerk Carla Eidenshink, Attorney Glenn Metcalf, Blake Stubbs, Josh Pope, Jessie and Travis Pratt, Carly Hummel, Lori Hummel, Jerry Steffen, Lt. Armstrong, Jesse Pedersen.
Agenda: It was moved by Baltushis, second by Saunders, to approve the agenda as posted. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Public Forum: No one was present to speak at the public forum.
Sheriff’s Report – Deputy Armstrong was present with the sheriffs report for September. Lawton was patrolled 52 hours and 2 minutes and deputies responded to 5 calls for service. Deputies spent 1 hour and 31 minutes in the Lawton-Bronson Schools.
Fire Report – No report.
Clerk’s Report – Clerk reported Nelson & Rock completed the FEMA work they were contracted to do. The seeding and crack sealing was not included with the FEMA fund as some of that damage was there before the flooding and should have already been repaired. Trail and FEMA final funds have been requested. Building permits have been received from Craig Meyer for a garage addition, Mike Loving for a front porch and steps, Chad Sitzmann for a garage addition, Gary Munson for a porch floor, and Mike Loving for a retaining wall, sidewalk, and driveway. Work order tracker is attached. Complaints were received on people on the trail before sunrise, Council was asked to remind citizens the trail is open sunrise to sunset. A nuisance letter for a tree obstructing a stop sign was sent out.
Mayor Report – Mayor Pro-Tem Heiss reported the Steffen bill held last month has been cleared up. Motion by Saunders, second by Baltushis, to pay the bill. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Public Works Report – Questions were asked about when the stumps will be removed from the Tara Way Park, when the retaining wall at Ken Eyres will be completed, question on the cost of the 4 new tires for the toolcat and status of the inventory. Heiss reported the parts are on order for the street sign, cuts were made in concrete at the fire station, and a quote will be secured for rock for the empty lot next to the fire station.
Attorney Report – None
Minutes — It was moved by Saunders, second by Baltushis, to approve the minutes of the September regular meeting. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Consent Agenda – It was moved by Hennings, second by Saunders, to approve the September disbursements, October claims for payment, and financial reports. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Resolution Appointing Mayor
Motion by Heiss, second by Hennings to appoint Jesse Pedersen as Mayor of Lawton. Motion carried on a roll call vote as follows:
Ayes: Heiss, Hennings, Otto, Saunders
Motion carried 4-1. City Clerk Eidenshink gave the oath of office to Mayor Pedersen.
Otto left the meeting at 5:50.
City Clerk Position – Discussion on setting up interviews later this week and next week and getting some temporary help in the office will be looked into. Motion by Saunders, second by Hennings to pay Jodi Peterson, Moville City Clerk, to come in some nights and weekends to keep up with the accounting work at a rate of $25 per hour or her current hourly salary and get temporary help for the office during the days. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Annual Financial Report – It was moved by Hennings, second by Heiss, to approve the Annual Financial Report as presented. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Urban Renewal Report – It was moved by Heiss, second by Baltushis, to approve the Urban Renewal Report as presented. Motion carried, all voting aye.
RESOLUTION TO TRANSFER FUNDS FOR THE
FISCAL YEAR ENDING, JUNE 30, 2021
Motion made by Hennings, second by Saunders, to approve the transfer of funds for the fiscal year ending, June 30, 2021. Passed on a roll call vote of aye by all members present. Passed 4-0.
Oak Street – Jerry Steffen was present to discuss the Oak Street project. The contractors have completed the project and the final pay estimate will be paid with this month’s disbursements and the retainage was motioned by Saunders, second by Heiss, to be paid to consider the contract as paid in full. Motion carried, all members present voting aye.
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHANGES IN SIGNATURE
AUTHORITY AT SECURITY NATIONAL BANK
Motion made by Saunders, second by Hennings, to approve removing Jeff Nitzschke and Carla Eidenshink as authorized signatures on City accounts and authorize Pat Saunders and Jesse Pederson as authorized signors on City Accounts. Resolution passed on a roll call vote 4-0 with all members present voting aye.
Resolution to change the maximum deposit at Security National Bank to $3,000,000. Resolution passed on a roll call vote 4-0 with all members present voting aye.
Public Works Staffing — After discussion it was moved by Saunders, second by Hennings, to direct the Mayor and City Clerk to update a job description and post an opening for an additional part-time or full-time public works assistant and include requirements for getting certifications. Motion carried, all voting aye.
With no further business it was moved by Heiss, second by Baltushis to adjourn at 6:25pm. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Jesse Pedersen, Mayor
Carla Eidenshink, City Clerk
LAWTON CLAIM & REVENUE REPORT
AMAZON.COM LLC BACKUP LITE FOR FIRE TRUCK $54.91
BIERSCHBACH EQUIP & SUPPLY COMPRESSOR RENTAL – CULVERTS $121.00
BIERSCHBACH EQUIP & SUPPLY TAR MACHINE, TAR, GRASS – CULVERTS $2,445.50
BOLTON & MENK, INC. CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING – SLOPE $1,931.00
BOMGAARS PULLEY & V-BELT $19.48
GREGORY SMITH YEARLY LEASE ON BALLFIELDS $2,475.00
CERTIFIED TESTING SERVICES OAK ST TESTING $277.00
CITY OF LAWTON FIRE DEPT. WATER $40.05
EFTPS FED/FICA TAXES $2,951.91
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING PREVENTIVE MAINT. – LIFT STATION $1,500.00
HAKA, LLC GAS CANS, F250, TOOLCAT FUEL $208.64
HEALY WELDING STRAIGHTEN FORKS ON LOADER $144.00
IA DEPT. OF REV. – PAYROLL STATE TAXES $1,670.00
IOWA ONE CALL ONE CALL LOCATES $27.00
IOWA RURAL WATER ASSOC. VISION INS $31.75
IPERS REGULAR IPERS $1,635.41
JUSTIN DUNNINGTON PR ADVANCE $590.00
JUSTIN DUNNINGTON PR ADVANCE $590.00
MANGOLD ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING WASTEWATER TESTING $86.50
MENARDS – SIOUX CITY CONCRETE, REBAR, WOOD, FLOAT $281.01
METCALF & BEARDSHEAR LAW OFFICE COUNCIL MTG & RESEARCH $380.00
MIDAMERICAN ENERGY COMPANY UTILITIES $3,179.34
NELSON & ROCK CONTRACTING CO. CULVERT & DITCH REPAIR $20,630.00
RICHARD UHL REPAIR DAMAGED TILE $200.00
SECURITY NATIONAL BANK ROBERT DOENHOEFER RTD CK CHG $5.99
SG CONCRETE BIRCH, WEST CREEK, MAPLE REPAIR $4,692.00
SHARE CORPORATION WIPES $91.61
SOOLAND BOBCAT REPAIRS TO TOOLCAT $1,788.22
STAPLES – SIOUX CITY COLORED PAPER, TAPE, STAPLES $53.38
STEFFEN ENGINEERING & TESTING INC. OAK ST ENGINEERING $5,737.50
TREASURER STATE OF IOWA WATER EXCISE TAX $1,069.00
TREASURER STATE OF IOWA PAYROLL DEDUCTION $692.30
WELLMARK HEALTH INSURANCE $780.55
WESTERN DISPOSAL, INC. JULY GARBAGE $6,044.35
WESTERN IOWA TELEPHONE ASS’N TELEPHONE/INTERNET $328.92
WESTERN IOWA TELEPHONE ASS’N TELEPHONE/INTERNET $96.31
WOODBURY CTY TREASURER PROPERTY TAX $740.00
ZIEGLER INC. HOSE, HYDRAL/TRANSM FLUID-LOADER $234.77
TOTAL CLAIMS PAID $63,824.40
CLAIMS PAID BY FUND:
ROAD USE TAX $6,317.25
STREET PAVING PROJECT $277.00
FEMA FLOOD $23,196.50
REVENUES BY FUND:
ROAD USE TAX $12,895.15
LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX $10,602.24
Published in The Record
Thursday, October 15, 2020