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West Union Council

Council Chambers, City Hall, May 6, 2024, at 6:00 P.M.

West Union City Council met May 6, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. in Council

Chambers with Mayor Cameron Granger presiding. The meeting began with the

Pledge of Allegiance.


Attendance Present: DeBack, Gumm, Miller, and Tope. Absent: McElree.


Approval of the Motion was made by Tope, seconded by Gumm, to approve the agenda with the

Agenda following changes: #10A- Suspend Fay Co Ag Society liquor license keeping at grandstand only from May 31, 2024 – June 1, 2024; #13- Comments; #14- Adjourn. All Aye. Carried.


Approval of Minutes Motion was made by Miller, seconded by Gumm, to approve the April 15,

2024, minutes as presented. All Aye. Carried.


Public Hearing on Motion to open the Public Hearing on proposed contract documents for the

Proposed Contract Gateway Recreation Trail was made by Gumm, seconded by Miller. All Aye.

Documents for Carried. Jon Biederman informed the Public that the in-kind work would be

Gateway Recreation completed first and the project was scheduled to be finished on November 1,

2024. After no other comments or questions, motion to close the Public Hearing

was made by Gumm, seconded by Miller. All Aye. Carried.


Resolution 2024-30 Motion to approve Resolution 2024-30 Approval of Wicks Construction Inc

Approval of Wicks as lowest bidder for the Echo Valley Trail Project 23-325 in the amount of

Construction as $680,122.02 subject to IDOT concurrence was made by Gumm, seconded by

Lowest Bidder for the Tope. All Aye. Carried.

Echo Valley Trail

Project


Approval of Seal Street Superintendent Lee Barness presented a project worksheet from Prairie

Coating for 2024 Road Builders listing the alleys/streets to be seal coated in 2024 with a budget of $40,000.00. Motion to approve seal coating the first 11 items on the list with the possibility of adding item #12 was made by Tope, seconded by DeBack. All Aye.

Carried.


Approval of Linden Motion to approve the Agreement for Professional Services with Fehr Graham

Street Engineering for the services related to the proposed street reconstruction of Linden and Union

Commitment Streets in the amount of $165,000.00 was made by Gumm, seconded by Miller.

Tope – No. All Rest – Aye. Carried.


Approval to Partner Main Street Director Matt Marsala shared information from Main Street Iowa

With Main Street on a who is offering the opportunity for programs to receive technical assistance to

Branding Grant enhance and strengthen the Main Street program and community branding. Motion to support Main Street in beginning the application process was made by

Miller, seconded by DeBack. All Aye. Carried.


Discuss Sale of ROW Laurie Barker and Erich Gamm have shown interest in purchasing the right of

To Laurie Barker at way property at the west end of Meadow Lane owned by the City. Motion to

West End of Meadow table until property lines can be reviewed and a price determined was made by

Lane DeBack, seconded by Miller. All Aye. Carried.


Discuss Downtown Jon Biederman will put together cost estimates on fixing downtown street

Street Intersections intersections. No action taken at this time.


Approval of Liquor Motion to approve liquor license for Traveling Tapster LLC and Peach Cart Co

Licenses for Traveling LLC for Market at the White Barns May 31, 2024-June 1, 2024 was made by

Tapster LLC and Peach Gumm, seconded by Miller. All Aye. Carried. Motion to suspend the liquor

Cart Co LLC license for the Fay Co Ag Society for that time period and just keep it at the grandstands was made by Miller, seconded by Tope. All Aye. Carried.


Discuss Big Rock City Administrator Amie Johansen shared a proposed benefit from Big Rock

Corporate Membership Country Club. She will check to see if there is any interest from employees

and bring back to Council. Employees would pay for the cost to participate.


Approval of April Motion to approve April 2024 Financials as presented was made by Gumm,

2024 Financials seconded by Tope. All Aye. Carried.


Comments Mayor Cam Granger shared a public statement about the recent cyber scam:

“During the week of April 22nd, the City discovered that it had fallen victim to a

cyber scam related to an invoice that had been emailed from what appeared to be a legitimate vendor. The cyber criminals got away with over $60,000. However, the City has reported this scam to its insurance company and is hopeful to recover some of these funds through an insurance claim. The City is also looking into the timeline of events, its processes and procedures for payment of vendor invoices submitted by email, and will report out as soon as we have more information on those issues as well as the insurance claim. Finally, the City worked with an Information Technology vendor to ensure that its email system and internal financial software has not been compromised.”


Adjourn With no further business to bring before the Council, a motion to adjourn was made by Miller, seconded by DeBack. All Aye. Carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:11 p.m.


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