West Union Council

By: KCTN News
Oct 10th, 2019

Council Chambers, City Hall, October 7, 2019, 6:00 P.M.

West Union City Council met October 7, 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, Gumm, Stansbery and Bentley. City Attorney Jerem White was also in attendance. 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 Bentley, to approve minutes of the

Minutes September 16, 2019 regular meeting as presented. All Aye. Carried.

Close Session to Holly Courtney, Lynch Dallas Law Firm, came to discuss the next steps in the Sierra

Discuss Legal for Fox case. Pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 Sub-section 1.C, a Motion was made by

Fox Case Stansbery, seconded by Gumm, to go into Closed Session. All Aye. Entered Closed

Session at 6:04p.m. Granger made a motion to end the closed session at 7:08p.m.

Smith seconded. All Aye. Carried.

Motion to return to Open meeting was made by Granger, seconded by Gumm at

7:09p.m. All Aye. Public joined the meeting.

Payment to Robinson Robinson Construction has been working on the Salt/Sand Shed for the Street

Construction for Department and McIntyre presented the payments for approval. Motion was made by

Salt/Sand Shed Stansbery, seconded by Gumm, to approve Resolution 2020-16 for $33,204 for

Payment #1. All Aye. Carried. A motion was then made by Stansbery, seconded by

Gumm, to approve Resolution 2020-17 for a change order totaling $7,386 to add a

20 x 50 pad and ramp for a better constructed design. All Aye. Carried. A motion

was then made by Gumm, seconded by Stansbery, to approve Resolution 2020-18 for

Payment #2-Final for $22,553. All Aye. Carried.

Resolution 2020-19 This is a report of our budget numbers sent to the Iowa D.O.T annually showing how

Approving Annual the Road Use Funds are used. Motion was made by Gumm, seconded by Bentley, to

Street Report approve as presented. All Aye. Carried.

Winneshiek Energy Ryan from the Iowa Department of Energy has come back to McIntyre and advised

District Proposal his board will not move forward with the grant to analyze the current Geothermal

system and best way to move forward for the community without the City having

some skin in the game. He is requesting $10,000 of which some can be in kind.

Council feels that being a Pilot Community, they should want to collect the data for

possible replication, but not at our expense. Council asked if West Union Energy

District or Winneshiek Energy was partnering in this also, and McIntyre advised they

would at a small amount. Granger made a motion to table, Stansbery seconded. All

Aye. Carried.

Approve 28E with Joel Fantz, Fayette County Engineer, would like to start on the County Shop to be

Fayette County built in the Industrial Park by putting a gravel road in from S. Industrial Drive to

Road Dept for N. Industrial Drive, and they would maintain it. Gumm asked how they were going

Maintenance to maintain the rock runoff onto the paved roads to keep them from becoming

damaged. Granger asked if our Engineer had reviewed so the road was built to City

specs, and what the grade plan is, and storm water management plan. After some

discussion, a motion was made by Granger, seconded by Gumm, to approve the 28E with revisions so the County is building the road to City specs, and providing plans to control runoff and storm water management. McIntyre will revise with Fehr Graham and Joel Fantz and proceed. All Aye. Carried.

Sell 235 S. Walnut McIntyre accepted sealed bids for 235 S. Walnut Street, which the City acquired

Street to Bill Clark through Nuisance Abatement, demolished, and seeded. Two bids were received, with

high bid of $1,550 from Bill Clark. Stansbery made a motion to accept the high bid

from Clark, Bentley seconded. All Aye. Carried. McIntyre will have a Quit Claim drawn up for them.

Resolution 2020-20 Seven candidates applied for the West Union Economic Development and Marketing

Hiring Kristie Austin Director. McIntyre advised the interviewing committee offered the position to Kristie

As Econ. Develop. Austin of Garnavillo. She will accept for a salary of $34,000, 2 weeks vacation after

& Marketing Director 90 days, and will move to West Union area after her lease is up next July. Bentley

made a motion to approve the hiring as presented, Stansbery seconded. All Aye.

Resolution 2020-21 With bringing the West Union Economic Development and Marketing Director under

Setting Public the City, we would like to create an Economic Development Board to direct the

Hearing to Create an position and activities under Chapter 28. Motion was made by Bentley, seconded by

Economic Develp. Stansbery, to set the Public Hearing for October 21, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. All Aye.

Board Carried.

Approve Service Cathy Bemiss questioned Main Street being a Department of the City and including

Agreement with benefits if she is actually working for Main Street. Main Street’s full function is to

Main Street work in partnership with the City they are representing, so City Attorney Jerem White

confirmed that it is legal. After some discussion, McIntyre and Bemiss agreed to

work on revising the wording in the contract to be more suitable. Motion was made

by Bentley, seconded by Gumm, to approve with the revisions discussed. All Aye.

Resol 2020-22 Motion was made by Stansbery, seconded by Gumm, to approve PPE#4 for

Approving Payment $75,974.76 to Heying Mfg. Co. Inc. for the WWTP shop and Waste Storage Facility

For WWTP Shop Project. All Aye. Carried. Granger asked to follow up on credit for concrete issues again as we have not seen them come in yet. McIntyre will follow up.

Approval to Sell Sewer Superintendant Scott Johansen advised Council he had a request to purchase

Current Maintenance the current Maintenance Facility at the WWTP. Motion was made by Stansbery,

Facility at WWTP seconded by Bentley, to approve taking sealed bids. All Aye. Carried.

Approve Old Mill Motion was made by Stansbery, seconded by Gumm, to approve liquor renewal for

Liquor Renewal Old Mill Floral #WBN000571. All Aye. Carried.

BREWBQ Change Due to an all day rain last Saturday, BREWBQ was postponed until Saturday,

October 12th.

Update on Paver McIntyre advised the pavers will start to be replaced on N. Vine Street first from

Replacement Main Street to Elm Street on October 7, 2019. Bacon Concrete will remove old

pavers and Aqua Pavers will lay the new ones. Process should take about 2 weeks

and then hopefully move to S. Vine to replace those before inclement weather.

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

Financials financials as presented. All Aye. Carried.

Next Council Next regular council meeting will be Monday, October 21, 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 Bentley, to adjourn. All Aye. Carried.

Meeting adjourned at 8:23 p.m.



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