Luana City Council Minutes of January 7, 2021
Meeting at the Luana Fire Department. Location change due to COVID19 Social Distancing requirements.
The Luana City Council held their regular monthly meeting Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 7:00 pm. with Council Members Lonnie Baade, Brenda Boddicker, Jackie Radloff-Schneider and Luke Steege present. Absent: Todd Olson.
Mayor Jerry Schroeder called meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
Neil Jones, SOO Green representative, updated council on the underground High Voltage Direct Current Transmission Line Project. Jones stated they are in the second stage of project and that landowners effected by the project have been contacted. Transmission lines will run along Hwy 18 near Luana in transportation right of ways and will be underground. SOO Green will be seeking a franchise agreement with city in about a month or so. Project will begin in Mason City, IA in 2022 and end in Plano, IL in 2024.
Minutes of December meeting were reviewed and approved upon a motion by Radloff-Schneider, second by Baade, carried unanimously.
Boddicker motioned to pay all monthly claims totaling $17,530.12, Steege second, carried unanimously. Council stated they were not pleased with curb repair Receipts for the month totaled $35,557.33. Total gross wages reported for 2020 for all elected officials and city employees $81,872.49. Steege motioned to pass Res. 1-2021 T.O.F, Radloff-Schneider second, carried unanimously.
Radloff-Schneider motioned to pass Res. 1.2.2021 Sewer Rate Increase Boddicker second, carried unanimously. Roll call vote: AYES 4, NAYS 0. Whereupon the Mayor declared the measure duly adopted. Article 2.6, subsection 2.6.3 authorizes wherein the judgment of the Council, special conditions exist to the extent that the application of the sewer usage fee provided in section 2.6.2 would be inequitable or unfair to either the city or the contributor, a special rate shall be proposed by the Council and submitted for approval by resolution. City Council adopted a schedule of sewer usage of 0-1,000 gallons usage charges at $80.00 and $1.50 for each additional 1,000 gallons usage fee per quarterly billing cycle.
Steege motioned to set hearing date for Proposed Max Property Tax Levy for February 4, 2021 at 7pm. Radloff-Schneider second, carried unanimously.
Boddicker motioned to name “The Outlook” as the City of Luana’s official newspaper, Baade second, carried unanimously. Res. 1.3.2021 adopted.
Baade motioned to support NEI Community Action in the amount of $269, for fiscal year 2022, Radloff-Schneider second, carried unanimously.
Boddicker motioned to support MFL MarMac After Prom Party in the amount of $175.00, Steege second, carried unanimously.
Council discussed different opportunities in city boulevards.
Steege motioned to approve a 50 cent per hour increase for Superintendent of Public Works and the City Administrator, Radloff-Schneider second. Roll call vote: AYES 4, NAYS 0. Res. 1.4.2020 signed.
PWS informed council that the clutch had gone out in city pickup truck and that the exhaust also needed work. Council asked that he look into purchasing another truck and to bring his findings to the next council meeting.
Administrator Humble informed council that city computer was having many serious issues and had NEIT’s IT look at said computer and was found that the computer needed replacing. Humble presented bid received for new computer. Lonnie motioned to approve the replacement of city computer, Steege second, carried unanimously.
Next regular Council meeting will be held February 4,2021 at 7:00 pm.
Mayor Schroeder adjourned the meeting at 8:25 pm.
Tammy Humble, City Administrator
Monthly Expenditures $17,530.12: Alliant Energy $1,728.46; Blackhills Energy $277.09; Card Services $34.58(Ink);
Certified Letters $145.95; Emely Baade $52.08(Fireman breakfast); Federal Taxes $1,242.51; IA Firefighters Association $247.00(Membership); IDNR $85.00(Application fee); IPERS $992.46; John Deere Financial $605.70(City/Fireman supplies); Keystone Lab $170.44(Sewer/Water testing); Kwik Trip $12.02(Fuel) ; Luana Savings Bank $60.00(City/Fire department safety deposit box rental); Luana Tavern $83.89(Fireman lunch); Mid-America Publishing $52.68; Meyers Auto Service $58.25(Vehicle repair); NAPA $87.25(Truck parts); NEIT $345.98(Phone charges/backup device); Postage $110.00; Sautters $108.10(Fire truck repair); Smitty's Oil & Tire $130.00(Road supplies); State Sales Tax $33.00; State W.E.T. Tax $1,041.00; State Withholding $449.00; Three Rivers $731.62(Fuel); Wages $6,890.14;Waste Management $1,755.92.
Fire Department Expenditures $1,012.16; General Fund Expenditures $15,060.44; Propriety Expenditures $370.42; Road Use Tax Expenditures $1,087.10; TIF Expenditures $0.
Monthly Revenue $35,557.33: Clayton County Recycling $2,000.00; Farm to Market $4,981.73; Fire Dept. Donation $200.00; Franchise Tax (Black Hills) $81.26; Interest $134.02; Local Option $2,299.74; Property Tax $5,113.72; RUT $1,467.87; Utilities $19,278.99.