West Union Council

By: KCTN News
Jul 4th, 2019

Council Chambers, City Hall, July 1, 2019, 6:00 P.M.

West Union City Council met July 1, 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, Granger, Stansbery, Bentley, and Gumm.  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 Granger, seconded by Stansbery, to approve minutes of the

Minutes June 17, 2019 regular meeting as presented.  All Aye. Carried.

Approve Hiring a Jason Knox, Main Street President, presented Council a Job Description for Director

Full Time Director of Economic Development and discussed a 2-year trial as a full time City employee.

Of Economic They would like to see a board involved like Park & Rec, and be located in the Main 

Development Street office downtown.  After lots of discussion, a motion was made by Stansbery, 

seconded by Bentley, to approve.  Gumm-No; Rest-All Aye. Carried.

Set Public Hearing to Motion was made by Stansbery, seconded by Bentley, to approve setting a Public 

Add an Economic Hearing for July 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. to add to Chapter 28 in the Ordinances for 

Development Board an Economic Development Board for the new Economic Director position.  

To Chapter 28 Gumm – No; Rest – All Aye.  Carried.

Echo Valley Road Mayor Keller asked to discuss this issue again as the cost to do this on our own

Resurfacing will be significantly larger than partnering with the County now.  County will finance 

for 3-5 years at no interest.  McIntyre advised there is interest by a group of investors 

to purchase the golf course and add a campground to it, which would increase traffic 

on that road.  The County is applying for a grant to extend the shoulder to allow 

for a walk/bike path along the road too. Motion to table the issue for further 

discussion was made by Granger, seconded by Smith.  Issues are that our Sewer Plant 

project is going on at the time of this road resurface, and having the dollars available 

due to the other projects we have planned.  All Aye. Carried.

Approve Fireworks Motion was made by Gumm, seconded by Stansbery, to approve Fireworks Permits

Permits for Al Freidhof over the 4th of July, and for Fayette County Agriculture Society for 

the Hairball show on July 27.  All Aye. Carried.

Recent Awards – McIntyre advised Council he had just received an email that we have received our 

Iowa Great Place & Iowa Great Place Re-designation.  We have also been awarded a $500,000 CDBG CDBG Grant grant towards the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  

Approve UERPC to Upper Explorerland wrote the CDBG grant and can administer the grant for $25,000.

Administer CDBG With the paperwork and reporting that is involved, the money would be well spent.  

Grant Stansbery made a motion to approve, Granger seconded.  All Aye. Carried.

Resolution 2020-01 Resolution 2020-01 lays out the Policies that go along with the CDBG Grant and the 

Adopting Policies for administration of the grant.  Granger made a motion to approve, Stansbery seconded.  The Administration All Aye.  Carried.

Of the CDBG Grant

Resol 2020-02 Two more transfers are needed to balance the budget, which is $2,777 moving from 

Approving Transfers Library Basement Rent to Library Donations, and $18,464 to Debt Service from 

Sewer Cash for 2018 payment of the land in the GO Bond.  Stansbery made a motion 

to approve, Bentley seconded.  All Aye. Carried.

Approve Liquor Motion was made by Bentley, seconded by Stansbery, to approve liquor license  

Licenses renewals for Winers and Gus & Tony’s Townhouse.  All Aye. Carried.

Update on City McIntyre gave an update on all the City Projects happening right now: 

Projects a. Sewer Phase 1 – dirt moved and footings dug, but filled with the recent rain, so will 

    need to bring in 6” of rock and do change order for about $5,000.

b. Moss Roofing has put the new roof on the Donahue building.  Looking for funding 

    options to continue to revive the building 

c. Hwy 150 South “Brown House” – Granger has house down and trees removed.  

    Need to dig out basement and fill that in yet.

d. Street Dept Facility Upgrade – old building was ground last week and hauled to 

    landfill.  Recycle bins will be moved to the concrete. Fehr Graham is assisting 

    with bidding for the new buildings.

e. Solar – working on the Investors yet; locations are set; may need to look at 

    contracts for non-City owned buildings

f. WWTP Phase 2 – working with Speer Financial on the financing.  Allamakee 

  Clayton 0% loan requires a 10-year payback, and may not be as beneficial as the 

  SRF at 25 years for 3%.

g. Downtown Pavers – UniLok will be back on July 10th.  McIntyre has requested 

    an Action Plan prior to them coming.


Next Council Next regular council meeting will be Monday, July 15, 2019, at 6:00 pm

Meeting in Council Chambers.

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

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:42 p.m.