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Gladbrook City Council By: Marcy Knaack

November 15, 2013
Northern-Sun Print
Monday evening at the regular Gladbrook City Council meeting, Public Works Director Mark Lowry told the Council that the vinyl fence between the lift station at the lagoon and the property of Adam Utterback has been erected. There is a building permit agreement signed by both parties, Utterback and the City of Gladbrook. The Council approved the payment of $2,710.87 to Vinyl Petty from the quote. Lowry updated the Council on the storm sewer at Iowa Builders and what plans Iowa Builders has for the old concrete pit. At some point they would like to fill in the pit with dirt, have it leveled off and possibly erect a building on the site. Lowry said there is a storm sewer that is in the area that will need to be upgraded or re -routed as well as the in-take system in the area. It was the wishes of the Council that Lowry meet with City Engineer, Mike Bearden, to get some guidance as the next steps that should be taken. The Council held a public hearing on the adoption of the proposed “Code of Ordinances of the City of Gladbrook, Iowa” at which time there were no objectors present nor had City Clerk Lori Bearden received any written objections. The Code Book is on file for public inspection in the office of the City Clerk The 1st reading to adopt the new ordinances was held. Council approved two invoices from Ament Design in the amounts of $3,135 and $10,450 for the preliminary and final design, bidding and construction of the Fire/Ambulance Building Project. Bearden said the building committee has met with Ament to go over some minor changes and will have some preliminary plans in the next few weeks to review. Bearden said bid letting should be in February. Work continues to get water and sewer extended to the area. The Council took no action on a request from the renter to have the farm ground east of the lagoon tiled out due to a large wet spot. The Council did authorize Lowry to have someone come in and remove the trees that are growing on the east side of the lagoon. A bid from Cecil Wrage for $680 to purchase the street sweeper was accepted. Snow removal bids from Baumeier and MLS was accepted as presented. The Water Improvement Project has been completed and the City recently received the final disbursement in the amount of $5,000 under the referenced State Revolving Fund loan agreement for drinking water system improvements. The original loan agreement was for $825,000 and a total of $798,411.46 was disbursed. There was a savings of $26,588.24 in unused loan proceeds. The Annual Financial Report and the Annual Urban Renewal Report were approved as prepared by the City Clerk and will be filed. The sheriff’s written report showed the department responded to 18 calls for service during the month of October and spent 113.25 hours within the city limits of Gladbrook during that time.


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