West Union Council

By: KCTN News
May 13th, 2019

Council Chambers, City Hall, May 6, 2019, 6:00 P.M.

West Union City Council met May 6, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. at Council Chambers with Mayor Adam Keller presiding, and began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attendance Roll call: Present –Smith, Stansbery, Bentley, Gumm, and Granger.

Absent: None

Approval of the Motion was made by Granger, seconded by Stansbery, to approve the agenda as

Agenda presented. All Aye. Carried.

Approval of the Motion was made by Gumm, seconded by Stansbery, to approve minutes of the

Minutes April 15, 2019 regular meeting as presented. Gumm-No, Rest-All Aye. Carried.

Citizens Comments Kari Hackley, along with 8 other people, requested discussion to reinstate the

employment of Sierra Fox and K9 Xena. Mayor advised there would be no

discussion from the council as this is under investigation, but we would listen to

their comments.

Approve Resolution McIntyre has been working with Dover Township and West Union Fire Department

2019-39 Approving to clarify fire protection as requested by Dover. West Union covers about 62% of

Fire Protection with the township, with Clermont and Ossian making up the rest. Dover agreed to pay

Dover Township West Union 62% of their tax levy, of which will be split to the budget(11.9%) and

Excess to the Fire Equipment Replacement line for Dover’s share of new trucks and

equipment. Motion was made by Bentley, seconded by Gumm, to approve as

presented. All Aye. Carried.

Approve Hiring a Kathy Guyer presented Council a revised request for 3 months of help and a list of

Temporary/Seasonal revenue sources to cover most of the cost. Council discussed how to continue

Park & Rec Rec Help programs as activities change and grow and need equipment and staffing. They

agree help is needed in the summer, and the goal is to keep programs affordable, but

the General Fund has to sustain also. After some discussion, motion was made by

Stansbery, seconded by Bentley, to approve the request. All Aye. Carried.

Approve Park & Rec Guyer introduced Tracy Nuss, Meaghan Hackett, and Julie Frieden(not present)

Board Appointments as new board members she would like to add to the Park & Rec Board. Guyer

Thanked outgoing members Kim Lundgren, Nicole Meyer, and Sara Schiller for

their service on the Board. Motion was made by Gumm, seconded by Smith, to

approve as presented, with a term of 4 years. All Aye. Carried.

Approve Aphea’s Motion was made by Stansbery, seconded by Bentley, to approve liquor license

Liquor Renewal renewal for Aphea’s Pizza Parlor, LC0044416. All Aye. Carried.

Resolution 2019-42 Heying Mfg. Co. in Calmar had the lowest bid for the WWTP Shop and Waste

Approving WWTP Storage facility, for wood or steel. After some discussion, motion was made by

Shop Bid to Heying’s Gumm, seconded by Bentley, to approve the steel bid with change orders discussed

Mfg. Co. for Steel for a total of $811,913. All Aye. Carried.

Approve Pay to Jon Biederman advised this is for the last of the railing on Adams Street Project.

Baker Enterprises Motion was made by Granger, seconded by Gumm, to approve PPE #8 for

For Adams Street $1,753.70 to Baker Enterprises, Inc. All Aye. Carried.

Resolution 2019-44 Motion was made by Bentley, seconded by Stansbery, to approve the Final payment

Accepting Adams to Baker Enterprises, Inc. for $10,019.24 and accept the project. All Aye. Carried.

Street Project

Resolution 2019-43 Lynch Dallas, P.C. Law Firm, will represent the City regarding the legal matters in

Approving Lynch the Police Department, and has contracted a neutral investigator to look into the

Dallas, P.C. for allegations. Fee is $175/hour for lawyers and $100/hour for legal assistants.

Defense Claims Motion was made by Gumm, seconded by Bentley, to approve as presented. All

Aye. Carried.

Public Hearing on This is the time and place set to hold the Public Hearing on the FY19 Budget

FY19 Budget Amendments. Stansbery made a motion to open the Public Hearing, Granger

Amendments seconded. All Aye. Carried. After some discussion by Council, no comments

were received from the public. Motion was then made by Stansbery, seconded by

Granger, to close the Public Hearing. All Aye. Carried.

Resolution 2019-45 Motion was made by Gumm, seconded by Stansbery, to approve the Budget

Approve FY19 Amendments increasing Revenues $251,874 and increasing Expenses $175,948.

Budget Amendments All Aye. Carried.

Approve Solar McIntyre has been looking into solar energy, and would like to have Perry Novak

Project Discussions of Decorah give a presentation at our next Council Meeting. With the tax

incentives, a 3rd party investor would partner with us to install and “own” the panels

in exchange for the tax incentives. The City would pay about ½ price for the

electric to them for the duration of the contract, usually about 7 years, at which time

we could purchase the solar panels. Potential savings is about $36,000 per year for

the City. Council agreed to invite them to the next council meeting.

Close E. Elm St. Motion was made by Stansbery, seconded by Bentley, to approve the request by

For Napa Show & NAPA to close E. Elm Street from Walnut to Vine on the 4th Thursday from May

Shine Car Shows to August from 6-9pm for Show and Shines. All Aye. Carried.

Discuss Open Hands The NFV Ministries Association is starting a weekly food pantry to be held in

Food Pantry the basement of the United Methodist Church, and are asking Council for assistance

on seed money to get started. Council asked what amount they are looking for.

Councilman Neal Bentley also offered to build shelves with his NFV class.

McIntyre will get more information.

Approve April Motion was made by Gumm, seconded by Granger, to approve April

Financials financials as presented. All Aye. Carried.

Approve April Motion was made by Granger, seconded by Gumm, to approve April, 2019

Expenditures expenditures totaling $233,078.69 as presented. All Aye. Carried.


Advanced Systems – Copiers $ 440.96

Advanced Systems – Texas 36.80

Aflac – Insurance 126.12

AgVantage – LP 262.20

Allamakee-Clayton – Loan 3,000.00

Allamakee-Clayton Elec – Electric 3,716.73

Alliant – Electric service 9,731.08

Amazon – Books 490.53

Black Hawk County Health – Food License 150.00

Black Hawk Waste – Garbage 201.00

Black Hills – Gas 1,762.23

Blue Cross – Insurance 18,893.94

BP Express – Fuel 120.87

Brown Supply – Supplies 37.12

Bruening Rock – Rock 1,159.72

BSN Sports – Pickleball Supplies 80.45

Center Point Large Print – Books 219.47

CenturyLink – Phone 891.85

City Laundry – Uniforms, Towels 361.20

Dale Bilden – Janitorial 150.00

Demco – Supplies 213.26

E.F.T.P.S- Payroll Taxes 11,387.66

Easton’s – Service 19.00

Elwood Law – Legal Fees 370.00

Fauser – Diesel 1,252.75

Fay. Co Auditor – Geo Elec 346.45

Fay Co Econ Develop – Dues 1,431.76

Fay Co Emergency – EMA 3,977.60

Fay Co Recycling – Fees 7,625.81

Fay. Co Union – Publications 212.58

Fay Co Zoning – Variance WWTP 150.00

Fayette Electronics –Pager Repair 264.50

Fayette Leader – Subscription 42.99

FCSWM – Landfill Fees 20,714.61

Fehr Graham – Engineering 38,770.25

Gage & Gage – Furnace 2,966.65

Galls – Uniforms 376.77

General Traffic Controls – Support 950.00

Gundersen Clinic – TIF 9,277.97

Hawkeye Communication – Alarms 240.00

Hawkeye Interconnect – Internet 111.67

Hawkins – Cylinders 40.00

Hometown Pest Control – Service 56.00

HW Wilson – Books 378.00

IMFOA – Dues 50.00

Ingram – Books 1,938.57

Iowa One Call – Locates 46.00

Iowa Prison – Uniforms 225.00

Iowa Surveillance – Cameras 4,300.96

IPERS - 8,937.08

John Deere Credit Union – Supplies 413.49

Kathleen Guyer – Popcorn Popper, Envelopes, Motel 1,090.97

Keltek – Pen 62.30

Lee Barness – Dental Claim 250.00

LeRoy Soppe – Fire Salary, Airport 885.00

Light Source – Bulbs 214.80

LL Pelling – Asphalt 1,698.30

Loomis – Repairs 50.00

Luther College – Pool Rent 75.00

Marco – Copier 177.59

Marco – MN – Copier 59.00

Martin Brothers – Water 88.50

MeBulbs – Light Bulbs 193.10

Mick Gage – Restroom 60.00

Midwest Cleaning – Diesel 31.52

Midwest Patch – Patch 1,545.60

MPH Industries – Supplies 1,470.00

Municipal Pipe – Jet Cleaning 4,203.10

Municipal Supply – Meters 5,141.00

NAPA – Parts 512.17

NEIA RC&D – Grant Writing 3,000.00

Old Mill Floral – Awards 63.50

Penworthy – Books 103.20

Quillin’s – Supplies 13.49

Rite Price – Office Supplies 413.99

Sims – UPS, Supplies 1,605.03

Solutions – Updates 57.50

Sportable Scoreboards – Scoreboards 12,334.93

State Hygenic Lab – Testing 58.50

TestAmerica – Testing 371.07

Titan Machinery – Filters 594.55

Tom Luhman –Firemen Compensation 496.00

Treasurer, State of Iowa –State WH, Sales Tax 3,005.44

UERPC – RLF Fees 127.45

US Cellular – Cell Phones 419.03

US Postmaster – Postage 976.30

USA BlueBook – Supplies 484.05

Util Equip Co – Parts 2,846.16

Verizon – Phones 120.07

VISA – Supplies 955.30

Washington National – Insurance 83.90

WU District Energy – GEO 267.00

West Union Vet – Boarding 75.00

Wex Bank – Fuel 1,821.64

Wilbur Ford – Repairs 107.56

Windridge Impl. – Oil 117.00

Woodland Eye – RLF 15,000.00

Total Payroll 38,007.09

TOTAL CLAIMS $ 233,078.69


General $ 587,850.78

Util Billing 84,841.43

TOTAL RECEIPTS $ 672,692.21

Next Council Next regular council meeting will be Monday, May 20, 2019, at 6:00 pm

Meeting in Council Chambers.

Adjourn With no further business to bring before the Council, a motion was made

by Smith, seconded by Gumm, to adjourn. All Aye. Carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.