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Elkader Council

The Elkader City Council received an update on the railing project for the Keystone Bridge. Work on the railing has been delayed and the engineer for the project will present more information at the next council meeting.

The Council approved work on repairing a wall below the old fire station location at 209 South Main Street at a cost not to exceed six-thousand dollars.



Elkader City Council Proceedings


The Elkader City Council met on Monday, March 25, 2024 in regular session at 6:30 p.m. at the Elkader City Hall with Mayor Josh Pope presiding.

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

Tony Hauber unable to attend.


Mayor Pope signed the following proclamations: Mayoral Proclamation #2024-01 – Declaring April Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Mayoral Proclamation #2024-02 - Declaring April 4, 2024 as Junior Achievement Day


A bill was added to the claims for Mid Iowa Solid Waste for $200.91 for street sweeper parts. Henning moved to approve the consent agenda. Schmidt seconded the motion.

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

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 March 11, 2024 meeting

  2. Bills (March 8-21, 2024)

  3. Approval of liquor license renewal for Deb’s Brewtopia (Class C Retail Alcohol License) Elkader Pizzeria LLC (Special Class C Retail Alcohol License);

  4. Approval of Resolution 2024-12 – Approving an agreement with Tim and Becky Dietzler for the placement of a security camera on their building at 102 S. Main Street

  5. Approval of Resolution 2024-13 – Resolution approving Housing Revolving Loan Fund administered by the Economic Vitality Committee of Main Street Elkader with funds from the Rural Housing Assessment program (Award No. 23-RHAG-003)

  6. Approval of Resolution 2024-14 – establishing rates of compensation

  7. Approval of Resolution 2024-15 – Resolution approving amendment one (1) to the state and local fiscal recovery downtown housing program sub-grant agreement between the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the City of Elkader (Award No. 22-ARPDH-020)


Public comments The Council received written comments from the resident at 310 2nd Street SW regarding the new garbage and recycling totes.


Public Hearing for the Conveyance and Transfer of Title to Vacated Portions of Oak Street NE Mayor Pope opened the public hearing. No comments, either written or oral, were offered during the public hearing. Mayor Pope closed the Public Hearing. Schmidt moved to approve Resolution 2024-11 -Authorizing Conveyance and transfer of title to vacated portions of Oak Street NE. Henning seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None


Administrative staff update

  • Approve cost estimate to repair wall below 209 S. Main Street (old fire station location) (not to exceed $6,000) Garms moved to approve the proposal from Ethan Koehn Construction to repair the wall below 209 S. Main Street. Henning seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None


  • Keystone Bridge update The Council received a report from Origin Design detailing the research into the condition of the stones during the design phase of the project. More information will be provided at the next meeting regarding installation of the railing.


Questions and concerns of the council It was suggested signs be added to the signs for the bridge indicating camera in use and the associated fine with being off of the truck route; a question was asked about the status of the shipping container issue in the C2 district.


Adjournment Henning moved to adjourn the meeting. Garms seconded the motion. Mayor Pope declared the meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.




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