Gladbrook City Council By: Marcy Knaack
October 18, 2013
By Marcy Knaack Monday evening the Council gave their approval to a request from Legion members Terry Schmitz and Dick Denbow about having a Freedom Rock at the Veterans Park. A Vietnam veteran painted the 1st Freedom Rock that is on display near Greenfield and wants to have a Freedom Rock in every county in the state. The Gladbrook Legion sent in their application and it was accepted. The cost is approximately $10,000 and they plan to start fund raising for this project. It may take 3 - 4 years before it will be done. Mayor Keith Sash appointed Dan DeWitt, Kenny Wiebensohn, Craig Sash, Justin Miller, Matt Koester, Darrell Paustian, Mike Bearden and himself to a Fire Building Committee. The City’s budget will absorb the cost of the insurance to cover the cost of the Matchstick Marvels valuation displays rather than having it come out of the theater budget. A liquor license was approved for Casey’s General Store. Sheriff Dennis Kucera said his deputies spent 128.5 hours within the city limits during September and responded to 23 calls for service. Public Works Director Mark Lowry had a quote from Petty Vinyl for $2,710.87 to place a vinyl fence around the area of the lift station at the lagoon. It was the wishes of the Council and Mayor to have a building permit agreement signed with Adam Utterback and the city to have the fence erected. City Clerk Lori Bearden had a summary of city code changes that the Council will start taking action on. The last codification was in 1996. Lowry said he had been contacted by Dave Sharp stating that Iowa Builders wishes to fill in the pit area to the east with fill dirt from the Windmill Farm. Lowry said there is a storm sewer needing repair and would like to get this done before the area is filled in. He will take a closer look at the area to see what needs to be done. Lowry said he is working with Clapsaddle-Garber on lagoon upgrades and will hold a conference call this week at the office of CGA with the DNR and an engineer to move forward on the project. The tree dump is currently under lock and key as there are some residents who abuse the privilege of having the site open by dumping old mattresses, etc. there. Water mains will be flushed in the next couple of weeks.
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