West Union Council

By: KCTN News
Oct 25th, 2019

Council Chambers, City Hall, October 21, 2019, 6:00 P.M.

West Union City Council met October 21, 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 –Gumm, Bentley, and Granger. Absent: Smith, Stansbery

Absent: None

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 Gumm, seconded by Bentley, to approve minutes of the

Minutes October 7, 2019 regular meeting as presented. All Aye. Carried.

Discuss WWTP Lucas Elsbernd, Fehr Graham, brought updated plans for Council to review for

Project Phase II Phase II of the WWTP Project. He will submit plans to Iowa DNR for the

construction permit this week. If CDBG is approved, will let bids in January, 2020.

Cost estimate is $6.51mm, and Elsbernd recommends adding in a 10% contingency

for a total cost of $7.61 mm. We are real close on funding at that price with the rates we are at, but Adam at Fehr Graham is checking in to another grant source to assist.

Hero Award & Life Jill Roys from Tri State Ambulance nominated the Lifeguards, Paramedics, West

Saving Award Union Police, EMTs, and Dispatchers for saving the life of a young boy at the

At Aquatic Center Aquatic Center this summer, of which a ceremony was held in LaCrosse. Council

thanked everyone for their great job in the incident.

Resolution 2020-09 McIntyre again discussed partnering for the data Winneshiek Energy District and

To Approve Service MEP out of Rochester have agreed to collect on energy in West Union. McIntyre

Agreement with offered an in-kind match of office space, internet, phone, and supplies estimated at

Winneshiek Energy $4,000 as our match for the grant. Council is concerned with the projects we have

going on that we do not have the funds to put towards suggestions they may offer.

Kent Halverson commented that it’s not a tax payer necessity, but a user benefit, and

therefore should be paid by the user group. Joel Fantz spoke on behalf of the

courthouse that it was a good opportunity for them when their boiler system needed to

be replaced, and they love the geothermal. It’s a slow process to add users if you

wait until their units need the updates, but that is good timing. Motion was made by

Bentley, seconded by Granger, to approve the in-kind items as suggested and

proceed. All Aye. Carried.

Approve 28E with Joel Fantz and Matt McElree presented Council with a couple options for Industrial

Fayette County for Park roads and utilities. After some discussion, Council decided on the County

Road Maintenance putting in the road and utilities at their own cost, with no City share, due to our

& Utilities in current project list and no prospect looking at industrial lots at this time. Motion to

Industrial Park approve the 28E with no City cost share was made by Bentley, seconded by Granger.

All Aye. Carried.

Public Hearing to This is the time and place to hold a Public Hearing on amendment to Chapter 28,

Amend Chapter 28 Boards and Commissions. Motion was made by Granger, seconded by Bentley, to

Boards & open the Public Hearing. All Aye. Carried. Discussed a council on the Board, and

Commissions Gumm volunteered to serve on the Board. Motion was made by Granger, seconded

by Gumm, to Close the Public Hearing. All Aye. Carried.

Approve First Read Motion was made by Gumm, seconded by Bentley, to approve the First Read of

Ordinance 602 Ordinance 602 Amending to add Chapter 28, Economic Development and Marketing

Board. All Aye. Carried.

Resolution 2020-23 Mayor Keller received an email advising to contact the Iowa Utilities Board to

Opposing Alliant oppose the 2019 rate increase in excess of 18% as the rates are already higher than

Energy Rate Increase state averages for municipal utilities. Motion was made by Gumm, seconded by

Granger, to approve Resolution 2020-23 as presented. All Aye. Carried.

Update on Paver Block one on Vine from E. Main to E. Elm is complete except for fixing the bricks

Replacement that cracked from vibration and filling in the chips. If weather permits, the plan is to

replace S. Vine down to Plum. We are still negotiating replacement on E. Elm.

Approve October Motion was made by Bentley, seconded by Gumm, to table October Expenditures

Expenditures as Granger cannot vote, and two councilmen were absent. All Aye. Carried.

Next Council Next regular council meeting will be Monday, November 4, 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 7:40 p.m.