Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack
June 13, 2014
Monday evening the Gladbrook City Council accepted the quote from LL Pelling of North Liberty for $32,779 for base repair and single seal coating of streets in Gladbrook. Public Works Director Mark Lowry said he is hoping this work can be done prior to the start of Corn Carnival. The Council voted to participate with the City of Marshalltown in the HUD Lead Hazard Control program. There is no cash commitment from the City of Gladbrook but it will provide for lead based paint removal to residents of Gladbrook if they apply. Currently three counties (Marshall, Tama and Hardin) and eighteen cities participate in the current grant providing eligible community members the opportunity to participate resulting in a lead safe home where they can raise their family. The current grant is due to expire May of 2015 but the City of Marshalltown is preparing to apply for a grant of $3,000,000 for lead hazard control and a supplemental fund of $400,000 for healthy homes activities. A pay request from Larson Construction for $22,662.25 for the fire/ambulance building project was approved. As the City of Gladbrook approved committing funds totaling $225,000 over 3 years to the cost of the Fire/Ambulance Building project, the Council authorized City Clerk Lori Bearden to transfer $75,000 to the Fire/Ambulance Capital Project Fund from the general fund savings account. The 1st reading of Ordinance 126 was approved as it pertains to animal protection and control, and prohibits the feeding and/or sheltering of feral, homeless or stray animals. Anyone who is found to be feeding and/or sheltering feral, homeless or stray animals shall immediately be issued a written order from the Gladbrook City Clerk to cease the feeding and/or sheltering. In the event residents fail to comply with the written warning, than an enforcement officer (Public Works Superintendent, City Clerk or Mayor) shall have the right to seize and remove any feral, stray or homeless animals, they are subject to a fine of $50 for 1st 24 hour period that begins to run after receipt of the warning notice, $100 for 2nd 24 hour period and $200 per day for the third and each subsequent 24 hour period of offense. The ordinance will take effect after the 3rd reading and published in the local newspaper. Two invoices for Clapsaddle-Garber Associates were removed from the consent agenda and were approved under new business. The bill of $1,941.40 for construction inspection testing services and the bill of $15,350 for the facility plan for the lagoon were approved by the Council. Public Works Director Lowry will set up a meeting with Central Iowa Rural Water, the DNR, the mayor, Engineer Mike Bearden, and any interested council members to discuss any and all issues pertaining to the lagoon. The Council approved the proposal from Hawkeye Sheet Metal for $530 to clean the existing gutter joints at the City Center and reseal existing gutter joints. Lowry said the concrete at the storm sewer intake in the alley by the City Center has started to break up and the asphalt at the walk out emergency door has heaved so the door cannot be open. It was the wishes of the Council to have Lowry get these areas fixed. Windstream Communication asked for a City Right-of-Way permit with the DOT to bring in communication lines to the fire/ambulance building. Lowry said he has been looking into a radio activated tornado siren for the one at the former water tower site, such as the tornado siren that is located at the fairgrounds. He had a couple of old quotes to have this done but will get some new quotes to see what the cost will be. There will be a vacancy on the City Council this fall as a council person is moving out of the city limits. A notice will be placed in the Northern-Sun asking someone to volunteer to complete the term of this individual. Under the consent agenda, the beer garden permit for Corn Carnival and cigarette permits for Hometown Foods and Casey's were approved. The sheriff's submitted report showed that there were 118.5 hours spent within the city limits of Gladbrook during May and there were 27 calls for service. A special meeting will be held June 30th at 7:30 to finish year-end business. Lowry said inasmuch as the City does not have a street sweeper he may check with neighboring communities to see about renting theirs. He said there was property damage to the shelter house in the City Park. Bud Grimmius has repaired the damage. Lowry said the shelter house will need a new roof in a year or two and some thought should be given to enclose the building as a way to keep the kids out. Lowry said the state is mandating that warning signs in town need to be reflective and a plan needs to be put in place as to when these signs will be replaced.
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