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Elkader City Council

Updated: Jun 26

The Elkader City Council approved appointments or re-appointments to a number of Boards. Andrea Zittergruen and Katie Belser were appointed to the Pool Board with a term to expire on July 1st, 2028. Bob Hendrickson was appointed to the Board of Adjustments with a term that expires on July 1st, 2029. Brian Hastings was named to the Planning and Zoning Board with the term expiring on July 1st, 2029.


Elkader City Council Proceedings


The Elkader City Council met on Monday, June 24, 2024 in regular session at 6:30 p.m. at the Elkader City Hall with Mayor Josh Pope presiding.

Roll call: Present: Deb Schmidt, Bob Garms, Tony Hauber, Daryl Bruxvoort and Randy Henning.


Henning moved to approve the consent agenda. Garms seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Schmidt, Hauber, Bruxvoort, Garms, Henning

Nay: 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.)

  1. Minutes from the June 10, 2024 meeting

  2. Bills (June 7-20, 2024)

  3. Financial reports (Treasurer’s report)

  4. Approval of cigarette/tobacco permits (Elkader Pronto Market)

  5. Approval of Special Event application for Lyrics on the Library Lawn (July 20, 2024)

  6. Approval of Resolution 2024-26 authorizing fund transfers

  7. Approval of Resolution 2024-27 establishing rates of compensation

  8. Approval of liquor licenses: (renewal) Johnson’s Restaurant, Inc. (Class C Liquor License); Johnson’s Reception Hall (Class C Liquor License); (new) Ace East LLC dba Wilke’s (Class E Retail Alcohol license)

  9. Approval of housing incentive (new home purchase) 110 Reimer Street SW; 1002 1st Street NW

  10. Approval of Resolution 2024-28 – Approving 28E with Sperry Township for ambulance service

  11. Approval of Resolution 2024-29 – Setting Public Hearing on proposed conveyance of a 15 foot (15’) permanent easement to Mark Patrick Collins, Inc. (302 W. Bridge Street)

  12. Approval of appointments or re-appointments: Pool Board – Andrea Zittergruen (term to expire July 1, 2028); Katie Belser (term to expire July 1, 2028); Board of Adjustments – Bob Hendrickson (term to expire July 1, 2029); Ron Bossard; Planning and Zoning – Brian Hastings (term to expire July 1, 2029)


Public comments No public comments were received.


Consideration/approval to have livestock in the City limits (request for chickens at 306 2nd Street SW) Council considered the request from the residents at 306 2nd Street SW. Council asked several questions related to the guidelines with emphasis on the manure management. Garms moved to approve allowing the residents at 306 2nd Street SW to have chickens. Henning seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Schmidt, Hauber, Bruxvoort, Garms, Henning

Nay: None


Follow-up on discussion with Whistlin’ Bit Saddle Club regarding the arena being open to the public Staff presented follow-up information to the Council regarding the use of the arena to the public. Schmidt moved that if the Whistlin’ Bit Saddle Club does not review their lease with the City for the arena then it will be open to the public to use. Appropriate signage with rules will need to be installed. Hauber seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Schmidt, Hauber, Bruxvoort, Garms, Henning

Nay: None


Update on Bridge project-update on repair to storm sewer Council received an update on the repairs to the storm sewer outlet that was installed as part of the Bridge rehab project. The discussion will continue at a special meeting when the engineers can attend in person.






Administrative staff update Staff updated the Council on several issues.


Questions and concerns from the City Council members Clarification was sought on property owners charged out of town rates on water and sewer. A question was asked about a bump on Cedar Street.


Performance evaluation of City Administrator/Clerk; closed session for purposes of evaluating employee performance as allowed under section 21.5(i) of the Iowa Code Garms moved to go into closed session for purposes of evaluating employee performance. Hauber seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Schmidt, Hauber, Bruxvoort, Garms, Henning

Nay: None

Garms moved to return to open session. Henning seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Schmidt, Hauber, Bruxvoort, Garms, Henning

Nay: None

Council returned to open session at 7:30.


Adjournment Henning moved to adjourn the meeting. Garms seconded the motion. Mayor Pope declared the meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m.



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