Elkader Council

Updated: Feb 10

The Elkader City Council set March 8th as the date for the public hearing for the upcoming budget. The hearing will start at 6:30pm.

The Council set February 22nd as the date for a hearing on a General Loan Obligation Agreement, not to exceed five-million dollars. The city of Elkader is planning a number of projects. They include the Keystone Bridge Improvement Project, the Carter Street Improvement, along with the purchase of a Fire Truck, Street Sweeper, and Police Vehicle.

The Council also received the resignation of Council Member Ed Josten before the meeting. The Council did not act on it because it was not the agenda. The Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, February 11th at 4:30pm and will either give notice to fill the position or go to special election.


cuss engineering proposals for the inspection and construction services part of the Keystone Bridge rehab project. Council will consider the information and take action at the next meeting.

Approval of Resolution 2021-08 - Setting a Public Hearing for the City of Elkader FY 2021-22 Budget Lane moved to approve Resolution 2021-08. Henning seconded the motion.

Roll call: Ayes: Lane, Koehn, Henning, Hendrickson

Nays: none

Approval of Resolution 2021-09 – Resolution setting date for hearing on General Obligation Loan Agreement in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000 Koehn moved to approve Resolution 2021-09. Hendrickson seconded the motion.

Roll call: Ayes: Lane, Koehn, Henning, Hendrickson

Nays: none

Review of job description for park employees, approval of pay range and approval to fill the positions Hendrickson moved to approve the job descriptions, filling the positions for the summer and that the rate of pay for all employees would be $11.44. Henning seconded this motion.

Roll call: Ayes: Lane, Koehn, Henning, Hendrickson

Nays: none

Discussion/decision on special events form Council reviewed the changes suggested by staff. They are willing to try this for now so Henning moved to approve the form. Lane seconded the motion.

Roll call: Ayes: Lane, Koehn, Henning, Hendrickson

Nays: none

Review of procurement policy Council reviewed the current policy and made suggestions about increasing transparency for projects taking place on City property (no equipment or vehicles). A suggestion was made to set a limit of $10,000 to receive sealed bids. Council will continue to consider and bring the issue back at a later date.

Consideration/decision of appeal of denial of request for unpaid leave (please note: in order to discuss a personnel related matters in closed session, the employee must ask for closed session. The employee did not ask for closed session in this matter.) Hansel made a request for unpaid leave. The City Administrator/Clerk denied that request. Hansel appealed this request to the City Council. The Council was presented with all of the pertinent facts in writing prior to the meeting. Hendrickson moved to grant the unpaid leave until March 7th at which time Hansel can return to work (according to a note from his doctor) with two restrictions until April 7th and then those restrictions may change later. Motion failed for lack of a second.

Hendrickson moved to grant the unpaid leave until March 7th at which time the Council will review the next step (at the March 8th meeting). Henning seconded the motion.

Roll call: Ayes: Henning, Hendrickson

Nays: Lane, Koehn

Motion did not carry.

Lane moved to uphold the decision of the City Administrator/Clerk. Koehn seconded the motion.

Roll call: Ayes: Lane, Koehn

Nays: Henning, Hendrickson

Motion did not carry. It was unclear if this meant that the decision of the City Administrator/Clerk was upheld or overturned. Staff consulted with the City’s attorney by phone, who said there was no decision and the issue must be revisited when a full compliment of Council members were available to vote. The City’s attorney said status quo continues.

Possibly review job description for public works employee, approve pay range and approve filling the position This issue was tabled.

Administrative staff update Staff updated the Council on several issues.

Questions and concerns of the council A question was asked about COVID leave as it relates to the COVID vaccine; Council discussed that they had received notification that Ed Josten resigned from the Council. They will hold a special meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. to discuss moving forward (they can provide notice that they will fill the position or they can hold a special election).

Adjournment Koehn moved to adjourn. Henning seconded the motion. Council voted unanimously to adjourn. Mayor Josh Pope declared the meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.


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