Lawton City Council Meeting
June 9, 2021 — 5:30pm
The Lawton City Council met in regular session at 5:30pm on June 9, 2021 at the Lawton Friendship Center. Mayor Jesse Pedersen called the meeting to order around 5:30pm. Roll call was answered by Baltushis, Heiss, Nelsen, and Saunders. Councilman Otto was absent. Also is attendance: city clerk Tricia Jernberg, public works director Justin Dunnington, Attorney Glenn Metcalf, Blake Stubbs, Marie Farrell, Clark Hummel, Ken Eyres, Diane Niewohner, and Deputy Daniel Luesebrink.
Agenda: Mayor Pedersen requested changing the order of general business. Motion by Saunders, second by Nelsen to approve the order change of general business. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Public Forum: No speakers during public forum.
Sheriff’s Report: Deputy Luesebrink gave the May report, including patrols totaling 43 hours and 38 minutes and 2 calls for service. Deputies spent 6 hours doing school related activities in the Lawton-Bronson School District. Mayor Pedersen reported he had called on the sheriff’s department to assist with a dog barking call on Main St, and requests for the department to continue monitoring the walking trail and the mini bikes around town.
Fire Report: There was 1 call for service in May. Members joined the Sgt Bluff Dept for water flow and simulated car fire training.
Clerk’s Report: Clerk reported the FY21 budget amendment has been certified, letters were went to 109 W Maple and 405 E main, there was a request to place a Rainbow Snow in town, building permits submitted (Reis for pool, Parkhill for deck, Niewohner for fence, Nicolai (Pronto) for fence, Lourens for shed), staying up to date with the American Rescue Plan, pet licenses are starting to pick up, dumpsters for spring clean-up will be delivered, city-wide rummages to be held, and will be working EOY procedures and transfers.
Mayor’s Report: Mayor reported dealing with rock dumped on Main St, barking dog issue on Main St, toured the town for houses that need mowed or cleaned up, meeting with county engineer regarding Cedar St maintenance, looked into comparable city wages, looked at a house on Pine that may be abandoned, burning issue (tickets will be issued for future issues), reduction of city staff in the maintenance department, and meeting with Eric Hanson with KC Engineering for the city building project.
Public Works Report: Director reported the new truck came in, safety lights were installed, spraying weeds, Cedar St repairs should be getting completed soon, lots of mowing, and working on necessary trainings for wastewater.
Attorney’s Report: Attorney Metcalf had nothing new to report.
Minutes: It was moved by Heiss, second by Saunders to approve the minutes of the regular May meeting. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Consent Agenda: It was moved by Heiss, second by Nelsen to approve the June disbursements, May claims for payment, and financial reports. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Utility Billing Trial Balance and Accounts Receivable Audit Reports: It was moved by Heiss, second by Saunders to approve the utility billing trial balance and accounts receivable audit reports. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Employee wages: Mayor presented comparable wages from around the state and locally and discussed the possibility of raising per hour rates. Council and mayor concerns and comments were discussed in detail. Motion by Heiss, second by Nelsen to approve a 5% raise for each of the three city employees. Motion carried, with Heiss, Nelsen, Saunders voting aye and Baltushis voting nay.
City Building: Mayor Pedersen presented the preliminary floor plan for the new community center, city hall, and maintenance building, including adding an ambulance bay and office for the Lawton Ambulance, and expanding the square footage to increase capacity. Ken Eyres gave his comments on the addition of the ambulance area.
Street Sweeper: Discussion on purchasing a street sweeper. Councilman Heiss left the meeting at 6:25pm, then joined the meeting by phone at 6:30pm. After discussion, motion by Saunders, second by Nelsen to approve public works to spend up to $15,000 to purchase a street sweeper.
After a roll call vote motion carried with Heiss, Nelsen, Saunders voting aye and Baltushis voting nay.
Street Repairs: Public works director discussed the upcoming need of tarring cracks in streets. Council agreed and asked public works to move forward getting a plan together.
Ambulance Request: Ken Eyres presented a request for funds from the city’s portion of the American Rescue Plan to help with ambulance costs. Council agreed to take it into consideration.
Meter Reader: Clerk and public works director the current meter reader system and future planning of new software and a new receiver to read water meters.
Discussion of needed maintenance to water tower communication technology. Council and mayor requests Stateline Electric & Automation to come to a meeting to discuss current situation and future planning.
Cedar Street: Mayor discussed the conversation he and Justin had with the county engineer regarding Cedar St maintenance and upkeep. County does not levy for the taxes and does not specifically maintain the street. The city is responsible for general maintenance and partnering with the county if it becomes a large project.
Cigarette Permit: Motion by Baltushis, second by Nelsen to approve the 2021-2022 Cigarette/Tobacco/Nicotine/Vapor Permit. Motion carried, with all voting aye.
Fireworks: After discussion the city will continue with current rules. Dates will be June 25 to July 8. Council urges citizens to be respectful of others and be cognizant of the heat and environment condition hazards. Action will be taken at the next council meeting for any violators.
Sky View: Discussion on Sky View water hydrant repair. Residents will be billed $23.33 in addition to yearly $30 out of city fee. Motion by Saunders, second by Nelsen to bill Sky View residents for $350 repair on the next billing cycle. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Special Event Permit: Motion by Saunders, second by Baltushis to approve the special event permit for 4th of July Street Celebration. Motion carried, all voting aye.
With no further business it was motioned by Baltushis, second by Saunders to adjourn the meeting at 7:15pm. Motion carried, all voting aye.
Jesse Pedersen, Mayor
Tricia Jernberg, City Clerk
City of Lawton Claims & Revenues Report May 2021
ANALYTICAL & CONSULTING Testing $40.50
CITY OF LAWTON FIRE UTILITIES $43.50
IA LEAGUE OF CITIES SMALL CITY WORKSHOP $50.00
SOOLAND BOBCAT FILTERS AND BELT TOOLCAT.. $214.95
WESTERN IOWA TELEPHONE Telephone & internet $ 573.39
HAKA Toolcat/550/payloader $1,062.13
THE RECORD April Publishing $588.26
BOMGAARS BLOWER, SHOVELS $816.72
MENARDS – SIOUX CITY Barricade Fence $28.99
MIDAMERICAN ENERGY UTILITIES $2,802.66
O’REILLY AUTOMOTIVE CLAMP & ROCKER SWITCH $18.77
METCALF LAW OFFICE Legal services $540.00
GILL HAULING, INC. April Garbage $5,956.37
I&S GROUP WASTEWATER TREATMENT IMPROVEMENTS $745.06
EFTPS FED/FICA TAXES $2,816.12
IPERS REGULAR IPERS $1,839.84
TREAS ST IA April WET 2021 $641.00
STAPLES – SIOUX CITY Office Supplies & Paper $56.58
FELD FIRE GRASS FIRE BROOM/DRIP TORCH $295.65
WELLMARK Health Insurance $2,190.12
JUSTIN DUNNINGTON PR ADVANCE $1,180.00
HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS STEELJACKBLACK, SOCKETS, BAG $269.95
SBW INC. DBA ACE ENGINE Mower blades $145.98
COLLECTION SERVICES CENTR CHILD SUPPORT $692.30
LOFFLER COMPANIES, INC. COPIER CONTRACT.. $137.50
MCQUEEN’S SOFT WATER Drinking water $7.00
MIDWEST AUTO OF SIOUXLAND FIRE UTV TIRE REPAIR $20.28
OFFICESUPPLY.COM OFFICE PHONE $72.58
TRICIA JERNBERG MILEAGE 428 @ .56 $463.68
REES MACK CALIPER AND PADS – KODIAK $531.94
KUCHEL ROLL-OFFS ROLL-OFF RENTAL $369.50
NEIMAN ELECTRIC FIX ELECTRICAL POINT AT CH $105.00
VIRGIL BREMER FIRE-CHANNEL-DEWALT EQUIP $200.00
BYRON LOFT FIRE HYPRO PUMP $1,071.39
CLAIMS TOTAL $26,587.71
Total claims paid by fund: General $12,738.06, Fire $3,690, Road Use Tax $1,715.91, Water $6,263.82, Sewer $2,179.32
Total Revenues by fund: General $22,450.24, Fire $113,236.90, Road Use Tax $18, 504.36, Local Option Sales Tax $10,648.88, Water $11,435.41, Sewer $11,701.94
Published in The Record
Thursday, June 24, 2021