Elkader Council

The Elkader City Council approved a bid for the Carter Street Rehab Project. The construction cost totals 1.5-million, which includes paving, water and sewer, and storm sewer work. The entire cost of the project totals 2.2-million, which is below the estimated cost. The City is hoping that work on the project starts on April 19th.

The Council approved the purchase of a 2021 Dodge Durango Police Vehicle for nearly 35-thousand.

They approved the purchase of a pool vacuum for an estimated 63-hundred and repairs at the pool bathhouse for 72-hundred. They approved the purchase of a lawn mower with blower attachment for 13-thousand-six-hundred. They approved a street work bids for Kristine and Maxie at a cost of 30-thousand-two-hundred and 2nd Street from Oak to Plum for 19-thousand-two-hundred.

Discussion was held involving Sweet Corn Days activities, and plans for the celebration are advancing.


The Elkader City Council met on Monday, March 22, 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: Peggy Lane, Daryl Koehn, Randy Henning, Bob Hendrickson, Tony Hauber


Proclamation #2021-01 - Declaring April 1, 2021 as Junior Achievement Day The Mayor shared that he proclaimed April 2, 2021 as Junior Achievement Day.


Koehn moved to approve the consent agenda. Hauber seconded the motion.

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

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.)

a. Minutes from the March 8, 2021 meeting

b. Bills (March 4-18, 2021)

c. Financial reports (reconciled Treasurer’s report)

d. Approval of Resolution 2021-24 – Establishing rates of compensation

e. Approval of Tony Hauber as City Council liaison to Main Street Elkader board

f. Approval of appointment to Library Board (Kimberly Warpinksi – term to expire July 1, 2022); to Board of Adjustments (Joe Sylvester - term to expire July 1, 2023)

g. Approval of liquor license renewal for Vigen Enterprises dba Gene’s Place (Class C Liquor License); Elkader Pizzeria LLC (Special Class C Liquor License (Beer and wine) with Sunday sales)


Public comments No public comments were received.


Approval of request for street closure for grand opening of GEAR on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Cedar Street from Main Street to the alley Hendrickson moved to approve this request. Hauber seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None


Approval of request for street closure for Romper Room motorcycle ride on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Main Street from Bridge Street south Hendrickson moved to approve this request. Koehn seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None


Discuss Sweet Corn Days activities Danielle Shea, from the Sweet Corn Days Committee, was in attendance to discuss the event scheduled for July 22-25. The Committee needs to be booking vendors and bands and if there is any inclination that the event may be cancelled later, she wants to know that now. Hauber shared information he learned from the Visiting Nurses regarding COVID. The majority of the Council thought it was acceptable to proceed as long as CDC guidelines don’t change.


Public hearing – Public hearing to receive input on the City’s intent to apply for USDA Rural Development funds for street sweeper/leaf vacuum Mayor Pope opened the public hearing. No comments were received before or during the public hearing. He closed the public hearing and Lane moved to approve Approval of Resolution 2021-25 – Approving application for a grant with the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development for street sweeper/leaf vac. Koehn seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None




Public hearing – on proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the Carter Street Rehab Project and the taking of bids therefore Mayor Pope opened the public hearing. No comments were received before or during the public hearing. The Mayor closed the public hearing. Koehn moved to approve Approval of Resolution 2021-26 - Finally approving plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for Carter Street Rehab Project (2021) Henning seconded the motion. Council discussed with the engineer that the contractor can look at the trees along the Right-of-Way before they are removed so as many of them can be saved as possible.

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

Nay: None


Receive and file report of bids received March 10, 2021 The Council received the bids tab which outlined the bidders (total construction costs including Alternate #1): JB Holland Construction Inc.-$1,509,080.25; Wicks Construction Inc. - $1,552,965.75; Tschiggfrie Excavating - $1,789,930.60 and Portzen Construction Inc. - $1,853,332.25.


Approval of Resolution 2021-27 - Awarding contract for the Carter Street Rehab project (2021) Koehn moved to approve Resolution 2021-27. Henning seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None


Old business/tabled from last meeting: Approval of Resolution 2021-22 - Approving agreement with TextMyGov to boost options to communicate with residents Council member Hauber presented some research he did on this agenda item. Koehn moved to approve Resolution 2021-22. Hauber seconded the motion.

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

Nay: Henning


Administrative staff update: Staff updated the Council on several issues including the condition of Maple, Spring and McKinley Street between Main Street and First Street NW. One cost estimate has been received and staff is working on getting the rest.


Budget items: Staff would like approval to order or arrange for the following:

•Approval of purchase of a 2021 Dodge Durango Police Vehicle ($34,570.00) from Brown’s Sales and Leasing

•Approval of purchase of pool vacuum from Carrico Aquatic Resources not to exceed ($6,300.00)

•Approval of purchase of lawn mower from Bodensteiner Implement not to exceed ($10, 500)

•Approval of Kristine and Maxie project ($30,252) and 2nd Street from Oak to Plum ($19,200) through River City Paving

•Authorization to move forward with repairs at the pool bathhouse by Central Plumbing and Heating (not to exceed $7,200)

Koehn moved to approve these items. Lane seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None


Request to address the Council – Bob Hansel Mr. Hansel was in attendance to ask that his accrued vacation time be paid out. Staff indicated the Personnel Manual did not allow for this. Council asked to hear the exact verbiage from the Personnel Manual. Hendrickson moved to allow the payout of four weeks vacation, however, no action items was included on the agenda so no action could be taken at that time.



Questions and concerns of the council Questions were asked about the process to close streets for special events. Could this be an administrative function? What criteria is the Council using when deciding to grant or deny these requests?


Adjournment Koehn moved to adjourn. Hauber seconded the motion. Council voted unanimously to adjourn. Mayor Pope declared the meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

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