West Union Council

By: KCTN News
Jun 25th, 2019

Council Chambers, City Hall, June 17, 2019, 6:00 P.M.

West Union City Council met June 17, 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 – Stansbery, Smith, Gumm, and Granger.  Absent: Bentley

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

Agenda presented.  All Aye. Carried.

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

Minutes June 3, 2019 regular meeting as presented.  All Aye. Carried.

Tri-State Ambulance Tom Tornstrom, Executive Director at Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, Inc. 

Presentation presented to Council the status of the ambulance service.  They currently staff West 

Union 24/7 with one ambulance, have one in Prairie, and one on backup.  Financials 

are not strong due to the way Medicaid and Insurance pays.  After some discussion, 

McIntyre recommended they discuss from a county wide basis, and update us in 

60-90 days.

Update from Main Jason Knox, Main Street/Chamber Board President presented Council with an idea 

Street/Chamber to change the current structure of the Main Street Director to be a full time City

Board Employee with City Benefits working on Economic Development for the 

community.  “We have had 7 directors in 10 years” Knox advised.  “How can we 

do this smarter and better, for all of us.  The City is a critical player in economic 

development to attract and to retain businesses. Could we try this for 2 years and 

see how it goes?” They proposed the Department be run like the Park & Rec Board 

so they can keep their 501C3 status and the funds they have, and City would have a 

seat on the Board.  Main Street/Chamber would still give the amount equal to their 

current salary.  Knox also advised he has a company that has offered a free online 

calendar program so all Board can track progress.  How would we fund? There is 

currently 10% of the Local Option Sales Tax going into the General Fund to offset 

general fund expenses, which is about $20,000.  Council would like a few more 

details to make their decision.  

Approve 5-year Motion was made by Gumm, seconded by Stansbery, to approve a 5 year contract  

Contract with with Municipal Pipe Tool for a minimum of $2,000 of work televising and cleaning  

Municipal Pipe Tool City sewers annually.  All Aye. Carried.

Public Hearing on Stansbery made a motion to open the Public Hearing for Budget Amendment #2.   

Budget Amendment Gumm seconded.  After no comments or questions, Stansbery made a motion to 

#2 close the Public Hearing, Gumm seconded.  All Aye. Carried.

Approve Resolution Gumm made a motion to approve Resolution 2019-51 for Budget Amendment #2 

2019-51 for Additional Expenditures of $53,850.  Stansbery seconded. All Aye. Carried.  

Approve Salt/Sand Street Superintendent Rory Starks provided a concept drawing to build a salt/sand

Shed shed and pole shed and take down a building currently on the proposed site on  

Railroad Street.  Total cost is $111,609, without cement floor, electricity or heat.  

Biederman spoke with McIntyre and we do not need Engineering, but will need to 

get 3 bids, and he will help prepare them.  Will use some of the Franchise Fees 

Revenue to pay for the project.  Motion was made by Stansbery, seconded by 

Gumm, to approve seeking bids for the project.  All Aye. Carried.   

Approve Additional Starks advised he budgeted $35,000 for seal coating, but with all the damage from

Seal Coating Due to this past winter, has $53,000 more that really needs to be done too.  Motion was 

Winter Damage made by Stansbery, seconded by Gumm, to approve the additional seal coating.  All 

Aye.  Carried.  Funding to be determined.

Approve Closing McIntyre requested to close City Hall for the 5th of July and allow employees to use 

City Hall July 5th. vacation/comp time in exchange for the day off.  Motion was made by Stansbery,

seconded by Smith to approve.  All Aye. Carried.

Approve May Motion was made by Stansbery, seconded by Gumm, to approve May, 2019

Financials financials as presented.  All Aye. Carried.

Approve June Motion was made by Stansbery, seconded by Gumm, to approve June, 2019

Expenditures expenditures totaling $590,855.29 as presented.  All Aye. Carried.


Advanced Systems – Copiers $     299.84

Aflac – Insurance       103.56

AgVantage FS – Roundup, LP       151.80

All Stop – Fuel       610.50

Allamakee-Clayton – Loan     3,000.00

Allamakee-Clayton Elec – Electric     3,244.91

Alliant – Electric service   10,441.57

Amazon – Books       107.01

American Red Cross – Fees       300.00

Appliance Plus – TIF       573.19

Bank 1st – GO Payment 119,396.25

Bankers Trust – GO Bond, Water Bond 282,226.25

Baumler Imp. – TIF     5,156.10

Black Hawk County Landfill – Fees       183.54

Black Hills – Gas     3,436.33

Blue Cross – Insurance   19,124.98

BP Express – Fuel         44.80

Casey’s – TIF     1,783.60

CenturyLink – Phone       893.81

City Laundry – Uniforms, Towels       438.57

Dale Bilden – Janitorial       150.00

E.F.T.P.S- Payroll Taxes   12,198.49

Elwood Law – Legal Fees         40.00

ERA – Testing       113.52

Fay. Co Auditor – Geo Elec       213.72

Fay. Co Union – Publications       302.97

Fayette Electronics – Repairs         54.50

Gale – Books         26.99

Galls – Uniforms       672.31

Garvin & Moser – TIF     6,415.49

Grainger – Parts       206.66

Gundersen Palmer – Testing         94.00

Hartland Lubricants – Lubricants       643.99

Hawkeye Interconnect – Internet       111.67

Hutcheson Engineering – Valves     1,373.91

Iowa Dept of Public Safety – Warrant Billing       300.00

IFA – Sewer SRF   15,278.32

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy – MMPI       150.00

Iowa One Call – Locates         30.70

Iowa Soccer Assoc – Soccer Registration     1,552.50

IPERS -                 8,501.22

Jesse Stanbrough – Meals       300.76

John Deere Credit Union – Supplies       505.89

K&K Gardens - Plants     3,021.84

LeRoy Soppe – Airport, Fire           760.00

Lynch Dallas, PC – Legal Fees   20,442.90

Marco – Copier         375.18

Marco – MN – HP Printer         59.00

Mick Gage – Restrooms       240.00

Midwest Breathing – Air Test       178.75

NAPA – Parts       233.58

NEIA Regional Housing – Local Match     2,453.75

Nick McIntyre – Mileage       264.48

NF Fitness – TIF         46.35

Old Mill Floral – Supplies         30.00

Paul Niemann – Rock       603.33

Quill Corporation – Ink         70.76

Rite Price – Office Supplies       227.92

Robert McLaughlin – Downtown Maint.       565.00

Rory Starks – Dental       204.00

Ryan Tweed – Repairs       205.00

Scholastic – Books         27.98

Shelly Kingsley – Downtown Maint.       650.00

Sims TV – UPS, Refrigerator     1,140.28

Spahn & Rose – Supplies       334.26

State Hygenic Lab – Testing         58.50

TestAmerica – Testing     1,057.51

Tom Luhman –Firemen Compensation       736.00

Treasurer, State of Iowa –State WH, Sales Tax         70.50

United Dairy – TIF       197.07

UERPC – RLF Fees       131.62

US Cellular – Cell Phones       473.50

US Postmaster – Postage       353.15

USA BlueBook – Supplies       714.08

Verizon – Phones         64.54

VISA – Supplies     2,559.10

Walvatne Elec. – Repairs       259.63

Washington National – Insurance         83.90

WU District Energy – Geo Tonnage       267.00

WU Hardware – Supplies       187.76

WU Motor Supply – Supplies       373.82

Wex Bank – Fuel       809.78

Wilbur Ford – Repairs         59.06

WU Dental Assoc – TIF     5,381.55

Total Payroll   40,399.71

TOTAL CLAIMS       $ 590,855.29

Next Council Next regular council meeting will be Monday, July 1, 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 Granger, to adjourn.  All Aye. Carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.