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November 21, 2022 - 6:30 PM
Minutes from the regular November 21, 2022 Albion City Council meeting, held at 6:30pm in the Albion City Hall located at 107 S. Main St. Albion Iowa.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Pat Hemming, the Pledge of Allegiance was said and roll call was; present were council members D. Loffgren, D. Stanton, K. Swaim by phone. Absent were council members L. Kelley and S. Wickam. Stanton made a motion to approve the agenda with the amendment of moving W. Dooley’s request to motions, the motion was 2nd by Loffgren, followed by 3-0 vote, Hemming declared motion carried. Loffgren motioned to approve the consent agenda, which consisted of the minutes from the October meeting, the minutes from the November 9th special meeting and the November claims list, motion was 2nd by Stanton followed by a 3-0 vote, motion carried.
There were no department reports given. M. Dooley from the Strategic Development Committee present to the Albion City Council a proposed five year vision and goals plan for the city of Albion, Dooley asked that the city council review it and seek the community’s input over for the next month and at the December meeting vote on approving the vision with or without changes. There was a motion made by Loffgren to open the public hearing on the Proposed vacation of the public right away in the portion of West Johnson street located west of the east line of West Street extended between block 16 and block 24 of West Johnson street in the town of Albion, the motion was 2nd by Stanton with at 3-0 vote. The public hearing opened at 6:50pm. It was explained to the public in attendance the section of West Johnson street, that Mr. Raymon was asking to be vacated. Mayor Hemming asked if anyone in attendance had any question or concerns. No comments were made by the public. Stanton made a motion to close the Public Hearing on the Proposed Vacation of the public right of way in the portion of West Johnson street located west of the east line of West Street extended between block 16 and block 24 of West Johnson street in the town of Albion. The motion was 2nd by Loffgren, vote was 3-0. Mayor Hemming closed the public hearing at 6:52pm. Mayor Hemming read the 1st reading of Ordinance 2022-01, Vacating the public right of way in the portion of Johnson street located west of the east line of West street extended between block 16 and block 24 of West Johnson street in the town of Albion. Loffgren made a motion to approve Ordinance 2022-01 Vacating the public right of way of West Johnson street, to wave the 2nd and 3rd readings and fully adopt Ordinance 2022-01, motion was 2nd by Stanton followed by a 3-0 vote, Mayor Hemming declared Ordinance 2022-01 fully adopted. A motion to approve Resolution 2022-10.2 A Resolution fixing a date for a public hearing on the proposal to convey certain real property to Raymon Enterprises, Inc for the date of December 19th 2022, was made by Stanton and 2nd by Loffgren with a 3-0 vote, Hemming set the public hearing date for Resolution 2022-10.2 for December 19 2022, at 6:30 pm at the Albion City Hall located at 107 S. Main St Albion Iowa. There was a motion made for the approval of the IDNR to place a Motus Tower on the back of the Albion City Hall building, allowing them to tap into the city’s electrical and internet services, for the purpose of tracking bird migration patterns through the Iowa river corridor, which is also available to the public, by Loffgren and 2nd by Stanton with 3-0 vote motion approved. A motion to approve W. Dooley’s written request per city ordinance, asking the Albion City Council for permission to have livestock within the Albion City Limits, the request was for 2 cows and 2 calves until mid- May 2023, was made by Loffgren and 2nd by Stanton followed by a 3-0 vote. There was a discussion on applying to the Iowa DOT to get approval for Solar Speed Radar Signs posted on the North and South ends on Main street. Public comments; K. Betts stated she hopes everyone is enjoying the holiday décor, and wanted to thank all those who help with fabrication, setting up and decorating. There was a motion made by Stanton to go into close section per Iowa Code 21.5, 2nd by Loffgren, Stanton -Yes, Swaim- Yes, Loffgren -Yes. Albion City Council went into closed section at 7:10pm. Kelley entered close section @ 7:15pm. A motion to close the Closed Session was made by Kelley, 2nd by Stanton, Stanton- Yes, Swaim-Yes, Loffgren-Yes, Kelley-Yes. Mayor Hemming close the closed session meeting at 7:52pm. Loffgren motioned to adjourn, 2nd by Kelley, 4-0 vote. Hemming adjourned meeting at 7:55pm
October 19, 2022 - 6:30 PM
Minutes from the regular Albion City Council meeting held on October 17, 2022 at the Albion City Hall at 6:30pm.
Deputy Cole from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office was present and read the September monthly report. There was 162 Deputy initiated activities and 9 calls for service. Mayor Hemming ask to more patrol for Stanley Mill St for speed coming into town. Steve Brush with Van Wert Company was here to give an update on the new digital read system, stating that it was an issue of supply and demand, that they all the new meters, and waiting on the chips for the radial reads, that should be coming in by December and hoping to start the install around the first of the new year. Council discussed having city maintenance start to install some of the new meters now. Report from the Albion Fire Department was that the annual Pancake breakfast was a great success, the largest turn out to date and the newly installed furnaces worked great, there were 8 calls so far this month, waiting for rock to be delivered so they can get the shipping container for the cold storage set. From Parks Department Swaim updated the council that there was another vandalism at the concession stand at the ball diamond, Swaim talked to the ball club and told them to get some prices on cameras to install. City Maintenance told the council that the big city truck was back out to Nelson's Fabrication, due to blowing a hose while hauling dirt and antifreeze in the oil. Library report given by B. Rothman, he stated that a Book and Baking activity on the 21st, a travel log on the 25th, and the Halloween Party on the 29th of October. He reported that the library received a couple grants, and that there will be a monthly newsletter they would like to send out with the water bills. There was a motion made by Loffgren, to set a Public Hearing date for RESOLUTION 2022-10.1, A RESOLUTION TO VACATE A PORTION OF WEST JOHNSON STREET, for November 21, 2022. That motion was 2nd by S. Wickam, vote was 4ayes and 0 nays, motion was declared carried and the Public Hearing was set for November 21, 2022 at 6:30pm. B. Veenstra and R. Guy were present to address the brown water situation, Veenstra explained that the water from the new well is an aggressive water, which means acidic, which softening and breaking loose, all the old buildup of rust and iron deposits lining the watermains. Veenstra explained the Ph balance in the Albion's Well opposed to Marshalltown's water, which is drawn from the same source. Veenstra reports that the water is safe to drink even though it doesn't look appealing. Veenstra stated that the aggressive flushing of the fire hydrants is not helping to clear the water lines, it is only keeping the brown water stirred up, Veenstra recommends to slow down the flushing of hydrants and let the water settle, that the city adds a Caustic Soda feed to chemically raise the Ph balance making the water less aggressive (meaning less acidic) and increasing the Poly feed. Veenstra would apply to the DNR for construction permit for the addition of a Caustic Soda feed, to control the PH Balance. Guy said she would get a sample to our Poly supplier and see how high they would recommend setting the Poly feed. Guy stated she would run extra samples, and would like anyone who experiences brown water to call the Albion City Hall so that, the movement of the brown water can be tracked, as not everyone is experiencing it. The Albion City Council is asking that anyone that experiences the brown water come to the Albion City Hall and get a sample bottle with instructions and return it to the Albion City Hall, so data can be collected. The Albion City Council discussed adjusting water bills for those who do get a sample and return it, no action could be taken as it was only a discussion. The Albion City Council started to discuss the rate increase to the water bill to cover the cost of the new wells, still gathering some numbers and info, no action could be taken as it was only a discussion. The meeting was opened to public comments, and Sarah Tupper was present to interduce her self and ask for the community support in running for Marshall County Attorney. Mike Stegmann was present to talk to the Albion City Council about considering the installation of a tracking station tower, to track the migration patterns of birds. Stating that the City of Albion is a prime location due to the Iowa River Corridor and being on a hill. Stegmann stated the City would be a hosting space, with minimal use of electrical, and internet sources. Swaim made a motion to adjourn, 2nd by Wickam, followed by a 4-0 vote. Mayor Hemming declared meeting adjourned at 7:58pm.
September 19, 2022 - 6:30 PM
Minutes from the September 19 2022 regular Albion City Council meeting held at the Albion City Hall, located at 107 S Main St, Albion Iowa
The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm by Mayor Hemming; the Pledge of Allegiance was said and roll call done; present were council members; Doug Loffgren, Derek Stanton, Logan Kelley and Katie Swaim, absent was council member Seth Wickam.
There was amendment to the agenda that included an approval of a Partial Payment to Cahoy Pump and an approval of a Change Order No. 8. A motion to approve the amended agenda was made by Kelley and 2nd by Loffgren, followed by a 4-0 vote; Mayor Hemming declared the agenda amended and approved.
A motion to approve the consent agenda, which consisted of the August 2022 minutes and the September 2022 bill list, was made by Loffgren and 2nd by Swaim, with a 4-0 vote, consent agenda approved.
The Marshall County Sheriff Report was read by Officer Cole. Bob Veenstra was present to give an update on the well project and some estimated numbers of the final cost for the well project. Mayor Hemming read the Water/Wastewater report from R. Guy who was not present at the meeting. Fire Chief Betts reported that they have a work day scheduled for 25th to set the cement blocks for the cold storage on the south side of fire department, are having the annual Pancake Breakfast on October 8 at 6:00 am, and have 8 calls for service so far this month. Dooley reported for the Albion Municipal Library, the hiring of a new Library Director Hanna Karim and the Library’s new Fall hours. Mayor Hemming read the 1st reading of Ordinance No 01-2022; AN ORIDANCE AMENDING SECTION 15 OF ORDIANANCE NO.1 OF TITLE IV OF THE 1992 ALBION MUNICIPAL CODE BY PROVIDING FOR ADDITIONAL STOP SIGNS AT THE INTERSECTION OF EAST GEORGE STREET AND LIBERTY STREET AND EAST GEORGE STREET AND EAST STREETS, MAKING THEM 4 WAY STOPS, WITH THE ADDITION OF 2 SLOW AUTISIC CHILD SIGNS POSTED ALONG EAST GEORGE STREET AT THE SAME SAID INTERECTIONS. A motion was made by Loffgren to wave the 2nd and 3rd readings and approve Ordinance No. 01-2022; motion was 2nd by Swaim, followed by a 4-0 vote; Mayor Hemming declared Ordinance No. 01-2022 passed.
Ordinance No 01-2022
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 15 OF ORDINANCE NO. 1 OF TITLE IV OF THE 1992 ALBION MUNICIPAL CODE BY PROVIDING FOR ADDITIONAL STOP SIGNS AT THE INTERSECTIONS OF EAST GEORGE STREET AND LIBERTY STREET AND EAST GEORGE STREET AND EAST STREETS, MAKING THEM A 4-WAY STOP, WITH THE ADDITION OF 2 SLOW AUTISIC CHILD SIGNS POSTED ALONG WEST GEORGE STREET AT THE SAME SAID INTERECTIONS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ALBION, IOWA:
SECTION 1. That there shall be installed additional stop signs at the intersection of George and Liberty streets along with a Slow Autistic Child at play sign. Vehicles from all 4 directions shall stop.
SECTION 2. This Ordinance shall be in effect after its final passage, approval and posting as provided by law.
Passed this__19__ day of September, 2022; and approved on this __19__day of September, 2022.
A motion to approve RESOLUTION 2022-10; RESOLUTION OF INTENT TO VACATE A PORTION OF WEST JOHNSON STREET; was made by Loffgren, 2nd by Stanton, followed by a 4-0 vote, Mayor Hemming ordered a Public Hearing date for RESOLUTION 2022-10.2; A RESOLUTION TO VACATE A PORTION OF WEST JOHNSON STREET; to be held on October 17, 2022 at 6:30pm.
A motion to approve Change Order No. 8 was made by Loffgren, 2nd by Swaim with 4-0 vote; motion approved.
A motion to approve Partial Payment Estimate No. 10 to Cahoy Pump Inc for the amount of $6,958.80 was made by Loffgren, 2nd by Stanton followed by a 4-0 vote; motion approved. A motion to approve a bid from Sabus Concrete, was made by Loffgren, 2nd by Stanton, followed by a 4-0 vote; motion carried. A motion to approve a Tax Abatement Application for a new build was made by Kelley, 2nd by Loffgren, followed with a 4-0 vote; motion carried.
The Albion City Council discussed Trick or Treat night and ask the opinions the public that was in attendance, council set Trick or Treat night for Sunday Oct 30th 2022 from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There was a discussion on hiring someone, or the Albion Fire Department to flush all fire hydrants on a weekly/biweekly schedule through the fall. The Fire Department will be flushing all hydrants on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.
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Minutes from the August 15, 2022 regular Albion City Council Meeting held at the Albion City Hall at 6:30pm.
The Albion City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Hemming. Roll call was; present were city council members D. Loffgren, D. Stanton, L. Kelley, K. Swaim, and S. Wickam
Swaim made a motion to approve the agenda, Kelley 2nd motion, motion carried 5-0. Kelley motioned to approve the consent agenda which consisted of the July 2022 Albion City Council Minutes and the August 2022 claims list, motion was 2nd by Stanton, motioned carried by a 5-0 vote.
Deputy Cecak from the Marshall County Sheriff’s office was present to read the July Sheriff’s report. R. Guy was present to give her report on the Water/wastewater, there was much discussion on the discolored water periodically being present, Loffgren explained that it has to do with the construction of the Wells, and we will continue to see this until the Well is completed, the Albion City Council discussed getting the water tower cleaned inside and out, Guy stated that she was able to get us on the schedule for next April cleaning the inside, the Albion Fire Dept is going to see if they can get the outside cleaned their equipment. Fire Chief Betts gave his monthly report, updated the council on the shipping container storage unit project. R. McRill from the EMS gave his report, things running good in his department. Swaim from the Parks dept updated the council on the two projects happing at the park, one being the clown swing being repair and painted, the other being a volunteer project to update the edging around the playground equipment, Swaim reminded everyone that any one want to volunteer to help to be at the city park at 6:00pm Wednesday August 17 2022. City Maintenance asked Streets department about getting some bids for the concrete patch on Chicago St, and a couple of sections of streets that are crumbling apart. Stanton from streets dept agreed to getting those bids. K. Oaks from the Albion Municipal Library Board gave an update on the hiring of a new library director, stating that they have a candidate and are checking references. The council moved on the motions, Loffgren made a motion to waive the Right of First Refusal on the current lease for Parcel D being leased from Raymon Enterprises and enter into a new lease with L. Raymon with Raymon’s purchase of Parcel D from Raymon Enterprises, the motion was 2nd by Stanton; a roll call vote was done with 5 ayes & 0 nays, Mayor Hemming declared the motion carried. The city clerk gave an update on a project happening at the Veteran’s Park, which is the building of a 36’ x 21’ Pavilion with an 8’ plaza. There was also a discussion about the addition of Stop and Autistic Child at play signs being added at the corners of E. George St and Liberty, and E. George St and East Street making these 2 intersections a 4 way stop, in an attempt to get traffic to slow down and watch for children., and the addition of 25 MPH Speed limits signs coming into to Albion off the gravel roads of E. George street and Stanley Mill Rd into town on Stanley Mill Street. The Albion City Council asked the clerk to get an ordinance written, to have the 1st reading of said ordinance at the September 2022 Albion City Council meeting. Kelley motion to adjourn, Loffgren 2nd followed by 5 ayes 0 nays. Mayor adjourned meeting a 7:20pm.
July 18, 2022 - 6:30 PM
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Hemming; present were council members D. Loffgren, L. Kelley and K. Swaim. Absent were members D. Stanton and S. Wickam. L. Kelley made a motion to approve the agenda, motion was 2nd by K. Swaim; motion carried with a 3-0 vote
K. Swaim made a motion to approve the consent agenda which consisted of the June minutes and July claims list, motion was 2nd by Loffgren, motion carried 3-0. The Marshall County Sheriff Report was read by Deputy Cecak. The water/wastewater report was given by Mayor Hemming, City Maintenance reported 5 Ash trees in the city park are dying due to the Emerald Ash Bore, asked council to consider getting them removed. There was a motion to approve Partial Payment Estimate No. 9 to Cahoy Pump, made by Loffgren and 2nd by Swaim, followed by a 3-0 vote; Hemming declared motion carried. A motion for the council’s approval of a new Library Board Member, Lois Keefer, was made by Swam and 2nd by Loffgren, followed by a 3-0 vote; motion approved. A motion to approve the sandblasting and painting of fire hydrants was tabled until 3 hydrants were replaced. A motion to approve the online bill pay with NIC was made by Kelley; 2nd by Swaim followed by a 3-0 vote; Hemming declared motion carried. Guest speaker Mike Stegman was present to ask the Albion City Council for a support letter, for a project that included the 213 acres just south of Albion previously owned by Clarence Mann and Lester Mount, to be turned into a natural wildlife/wetland area. Albion City Council agreed to the support letter. There was a discussion on getting cameras placed at the city park due to vandalism, Swaim to look into it. A motion to adjourn was made by Kelley, 2nd Swaim; roll call vote was 3 ayes 0 nays, Mayor Hemming declared meeting adjourned at 7:52pm.
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Minutes from the regular June 20, 2022 Albion City Council meeting held at the Albion City Hall at 6:30 pm.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said
Roll call was; L. Kelley, D. Loffgren, D. Stanton, K. Swaim and S. Wickam all present
A motion to approve the agenda was made by Loffgren and 2nd by Kelley, 5 ayes-0 nays
Motion to approve the consent agenda which consisted of the May 2022 minutes and the June 2022 claims list, was made by Swaim and 2nd by Wickam; vote was 5-0; motion carried
The Marshall County Sheriff report was read. B. Veenstra was present to give an update on Well #7 progress.
Water/Wastewater report was read by Hemming, water reported the continuation of calls for the brown water, seems to be the same area of town each time it happens, Giannetto filled everyone in on his attempts to fix the issues, Betts reported that he, Hemming and Guy has a discussion and formed a plan of action, that will include the flushing of the fire hydrants several times starting in the month of July, clerk was instruction to include a notice in the July water bill to serve as a warning for people to watch the water, to expect periods of dirty water during this time as it will stir up the system. Fire reported that they were getting the concrete blocks delivered for the retaining wall that the shipping container will sit on, asked if they could use the dirt that has been hauled in by the county from the road work south of town, for filler, council agreed. Reports 5 calls for service for the month. Parks reported that the lights at the ball field have been fixed, asked about getting the scoreboard fixed as well, and introduced Michelle Scheibel and Chelsea McRill, who have recently taken over the Albion Ball Club.
A motion was made by Kelley and 2nd by Loffgren; to approve the Legal Control Easement for Well #6 & #7, the motion carried 5-0
A motion was made by Loffgren and 2nd by Swaim, to adopt Resolution 2022-09 Legal Control Easement for Well #6 & #7 with City Compensation to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation of $100.00 annually until 2030.
A motion made by Swaim, 2nd by Stanton to approve the Change Order for the Delay of Acidization of Well #7 was carried with a 5-0 vote
A motion to approve the amended 2nd submittal of Change Order #6 for the Partial Payment #8 to Cahoy Pump Inc was made by Loffgren, 2nd by Kelley, vote was 5-0 motion carried
A motion was made by Swaim, 2nd by Wickam, with 5-0 vote to approve a contract with BDH Technology for hosting the city web page
A motion was made by Stanton to approve and accept a bid from Sabus Concrete in the amount of $3000.00 to patch the 3 areas of the streets, motion was 2nd Wickam with a vote 5-0 motion carried
Mayor had requested that Giannetto get quotes for the cleanup of the former burn pile, as it was going to cost the city well over $16,000.00 for the city maintenance to do it, figuring in fuel prices for the truck and skid loader added to the cost of tonnage fees at the landfill. The fact that the city truck is currently having work done to the transmission that was to be done last fall. Giannetto got 2 bids, one from MD Construction Inc for $8575.00, and Top Notch for $18,000.00. Loffgren made a motion to accept MD Construction’s bid and get the former burn pile cleaned up. That motion was 2nd by Swaim, Hemming asked for a vote; the vote was 5-0 motion carried, Hemming instructed Giannetto to call MD Construction right away. Council instructed city maintenance to get a NO Dumping sign and see about placing a camera, and the city will start imposing fines for the violators.
A motion to adjourn was made by Kellley and 2nd by Swaim; 5 ayes – 0 nays. Meeting adjourned at 7:27pm
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Minutes from the regular Albion city council meeting held on May 9 2022 at the Albion City Hall
The Marshall County Sheriff report was read by Mayor Hemming, no comments followed. Veenstra was not present, Mayor Hemming gave an update on the Well #7 project. Chief Betts reported 6 fire calls so far for the month of May. Chief Betts also informed the Albion City Council that the new radios/pagers they were forced into purchasing for the new dispatching system, or go without Fire/EMS services in the city of Albion, was now going to try and charge $15.00 for each device, every month, per department which was going to cost the city of Albion roughly $6,000.00 a year for the use of the new pager/radio system. Betts stated this was not discussed at the time of the purchases, and that there was a meeting that he would like Mayor Hemming to attend with the Albion Fire Department to fight this new development of these charges, for radios/pager they were forced to purchase. EMS reported they had 2 new EMTs to join. Swaim reported some concerns with the lighting, new water heater and fences at the Albion Ball Park. Swaim was going to look into getting the repairs made. W. Dooley gave an update on the Albion Municipal Library, as of May 9 2022, still no hiring of a library director and that they were reopening search and extended the application deadline to May 31, 2022. J. Mann reported for the Economic Strategic Development committee that they were going to preform a 1 question survey at the Rail Trail Fest, and that they looking into grants to help support the Rail Trail Inc. There was a motion made by D. Loffgren to open the Public Hearing on the FY 21-22 Budget Amendments, 2nd by Swaim, followed by 3-0 vote, the Public Hearing was opened and the city clerk gave an overview of why the budget needed amended and by how much. Mayor Hemming asked for any comments from the public, no comments were made. Loffgren motioned to close the public hearing and Wickam 2nd , vote was 3 ayes to 0 nays. Swaim made a motion to approve and adopt Resolution 2022-07 FY21-22 Budget Amendment, Loffgren 2nd the motion, followed by 3-0 vote, Mayor Hemming declared the motion approved and passed on May 9 2022. Motion made to approve the contract agreement with the Marshall County Sheriff Office for service from July 1, 2022 to June 1 2023, by Loffgren was 2nd by Wickam followed by a 3-0 vote, motion carried. A motion to approve the quote and work by Scharnweber to put in a 4’’ waterline 400 ft North off of East Chicago St, was made by Loffgren and 2nd by Swaim, followed by at 3-0 vote, Mayor Hemming declare the motion approved. The motion to accept and approve the bids for 3 concrete patches, was tabled till the June meeting, pending the contractor’s ability to get copies of their licensees, bonds and certificates of liability insurance to the city clerk by the June meeting. A motion to adjourn was made by Swaim, 2nd by Wickam followed by 3-0 vote, Mayor Hemming adjourned the meeting at 7:23 pm.
Pat Hemming, Mayor; Attest: Ranea Wonders, City Clerk
Albion City Hall
107 S. Main Street
PO Box 219
Albion, Iowa 50005