Elkader Council

By: KCTN News
Sep 15th, 2020


THE CITY OF ELKADER COUNCIL MEETING WAS LAST NIGHT (9/14/20) THE MAIN ITEM
UNDER DISCUSSION WAS THE KEYSTONE BRIDGE REHAB PROJECT WITH THE NEW
COST ESTIMATE PUT AT 1.7 MILLION DOLLARS WHICH IS COVERED BY STATE AND
FEDERAL GRANTS FOR THE MOST PART,CONSTRUCTION WILL EITHER BE IN THE
SUMMER OF 2021 OR 2022 AS OF NOW.
THE LIVESTOCK ORDINANCE REGARDING CHICKENS TO BE ALLOWED ON CITY
STREETS WAS DISCUSSED AND RULINGS WILL BE DONE ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

Elkader City Council Proceedings 

The Elkader City Council met on Monday, September 14, 2020 in regular session at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, with Mayor Josh R. Pope presiding. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and roll call was taken.  

                        Roll call: Present:  Bob Hendrickson, Randy Henning, Daryl Koehn, Peggy Lane, Ed Josten


A bill was added to the claims report for $10,645.09 for 10-33 Vehicles for the new police vehicle. Lane moved to approve the consent agenda with this addition. Henning seconded the motion.

Roll call: Ayes: Hendrickson, Henning, Koehn, Lane, Josten

Nays: none


Consent Agenda (Items on the consent agenda are considered routine in nature and all items are passed in one motion. In order to have an item voted on individually, it must be removed from the consent agenda.) 

a. Minutes from the August 24, 2020 meeting

b. Bills (August 21-September 10, 2020)  

c. Financial reports – (reconciled Treasurer’s report, budget by function, revenue and receipts by fund)


Public comments No public comments were offered at this time.


Review preliminary plans and new cost estimate for Keystone Bridge Rehab Project; Council input needed on several items;  Julie Neebel from IIW was in attendance to provide an update on the Keystone Bridge project. The preliminary plans were reviewed, an updated cost estimate was provided and the Council provided input on various questions.  


Discussion of changes to livestock ordinance regarding chickens; decide how to proceed Staff provided information from other communities and a sample ordinance for Council to review. Council directed staff to put together guidelines for the Council to review.  Those guidelines will be used if a resident asks permission to have chickens. 


Discussion/update for leaf and landscape waste collection Staff updated the Council on the directive from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that the City must comply with the state code on burning of yard waste. This means the City can no longer burn yard waste at the sand pit. So two separate piles will be created for residents – one pile for leaves and yard waste and one pile strictly for wood. No bags will be allowed in either pile. City staff will provide educational materials to residents to let them know of this new process. 


Update from Main Street Elkader on two projects (Main Street sound system and decorative lights); also approve allowing merchandise displays in alley on October 10th from 9:00 a.m. to noon for Art in the Alley fundraiser  Representatives from Main Street Elkader were in attendance to provide updates on two projects – one is for decorative lights in the downtown area and one is for a sound system.)  The group also asked about allowing merchandise displays in the alley between Cedar Street and Founders’ Park for an Art in the Alley fundraiser on October 10th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Council indicated they could try this until 5:00 p.m. without closing the alley this year and see if problems occur. A question was asked about an event on October 8th for Witches Night out and decorating the alley.  Council indicated to allow this with a caution not to creep out into the alley too much and future events need to come back on the next agenda.

Administrative staff update Staff updated the Council on several issues.


Questions and concerns of the council Council asked about the repairs to the flood gates on the dam.  


Adjournment  Josten moved to adjourn. Koehn seconded the motion. Council voted unanimously to adjourn.  Mayor Josh Pope declared the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.











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