Elkader Council

The Elkader City Council met on Monday, December 27, 2021 in regular session at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, with Mayor Josh Pope presiding. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and roll call was taken. Roll call: Present: Tony Hauber, Bob Hendrickson, Peggy Lane, Daryl Koehn, Randy Henning

Consent Agenda

  1. Minutes from the December 13, 2021 regular meeting

  2. Bills (December 10-22, 2021)

  3. Financial reports (unreconciled Treasurer’s report)

  4. Special event requests:

  5. Driftless 100 – April 30, 2022 (use Founders’ Park, close Main Street from Boardman Street south and close Boardman Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

  6. One of the stops on the Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association 39-3 APR Benefit Ride/Cruise – Saturday, July 9, 2021 (with a pre-ride on July 8, 2021) – local sponsor is TD’s Sports Bar and Grill; (close Main Street from Mulberry Street south for duration of stop and an estimated four hours prior (depending on time of the ride))

  7. Approval of Resolutions 2021-79 – 2021- 84 - Approving Annual Appropriations for debt obligations

  8. Approval of housing incentive (new home purchase – 802 N. Main Street (Buisman)

  9. Approval of Tax Abatement application for Shea Properties


Kohen moved to approve the consent agenda. Lane seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Lane, Koehn, Hendrickson, Hauber, Henning

Nay: None


Public comments No public comments were received.


Carter Street Project: approve pay app #7 for JB Holland ($178,319.48); follow-up from last meeting which may include additional discussions/decisions Representatives from JB Holland, the general contractor, and Croell, the sub-contractor, were in attendance to discuss the concerns the Council had with Phase II of Carter Street project. The Council discussed with the contractors how the mistake in Phase II occurred and what could be done to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future. Croell acknowledged that 100 feet of Phase II was not completed according to plan and they will re-do that section at their expense in the Spring. Council indicated they wanted record drawings of Phase I completed to make sure nothing has to be repaired in that phase. After a lengthy conversation, Hendrickson moved to approve pay application #7 for JB Holland. Henning seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Lane, Koehn, Hendrickson, Hauber, Henning

Nay: None


Approval of Resolution 2021-85 – Authorizing submission of Downtown Housing Grant Application Lane moved to approve Resolution 2021-85. Henning seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Lane, Koehn, Hendrickson, Hauber, Henning

Nay: None


Approval of Resolution 2021-86 – Accepting a contract between Hawkeye Sanitation, Inc. and the City of Elkader for collection of garbage and recycling Koehn moved to approve Resolution 2021-86. Lane seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Lane, Koehn, Hendrickson, Hauber, Henning

Nay: None


Administrative staff update

  • follow-up from last meeting: approve expenditure of American Rescue Funds for broadband use (public wireless access in City Parks) Council indicated they were not ready to make a decision and wanted to continue to research options. Staff will research the rules in regards to premium pay for essential workers. A separate work session may be necessary.


  • Begin discussion of FY 23 budget (review any major changes or projects) Staff shared information about upcoming vehicle/equipment purchases as well as projects to potentially be included in the budget for Local Option Sales Tax funds. Discussions in regards to the budget will continue for the next few meetings.


Questions and concerns of the council There were no questions or concerns shared.


Recognition of outgoing Council members Mayor Pope presented certificates of appreciation to Daryl Koehn and Bob Hendrickson.


Administration of Oath of Office for Council members elected in November The Oath of Office was administered to the Council members who were elected in November (Grau, Schmidt and Hauber).


Hendrickson moved to adjourn the meeting. Koehn seconded the motion. Council voted unanimously to adjourn. Mayor Pope declared the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.


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