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August 15, 2022 - 6:30 PM
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
Albion City Council
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
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