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CITY OF BLOCKTON: October City Council Minutes

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By Press release submission | Oct 20, 2019


City of Blockton issued the following announcement on Oct. 11. 

The regular meeting of the Blockton City Council was held at the Community Hall on Monday, October 7, 2019.  Mayor Richard Brown called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Present: John Cavin, Bill Farrens, Linda Green, Ardna Walsh and Debbie Marcum. Council Member Selina O’Connor was absent.

Agenda: A motion to approve the agenda was made by Farrens and seconded by Cavin. Motion carried unanimously.

Minutes: A motion was made by Green and seconded by Farrens to approve the minutes of the last meeting as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

Financial Report:  After some discussion concerning the deficit in the garbage account a motion was made by Farrens and seconded by Walsh to approve the Financial Report as presented.  Motion carried unanimously

The following bills were presented:

Alliant Energy  $804.08

Black Furrow Land Improvement  $425.00

Richard Brown for gasoline for FD   Not yet available

GRM  $131.08

Hawn Sanitation  $1037.20

Hughes Feed and Supply  $1002.80

ICAP  $7805.80

Kobbe Lawn Care - cemetery  $400.00

Deb Marcum for potluck and hall supplies  $221.28

Quill  $58.48

Schaefer Gravel and Grain  $212.38

Schildberg Construction Co.  $467.23

SIRWA  $115.50

Southwest Builder Supply for Hall  $46.38

Waste Management – recycling dumpster  $371.21

A motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Cavin and seconded by Farrens. Motion carried unanimously.

Correspondence – ICAP Recommendations

There was further discussion of Loss Control recommendations from ICAP. It is going to be necessary to move the gas barrel to a location further from sewer lines and to secure a containment tank for it.

Drake Electric has been contacted about some electrical grades in the Park and new lights for the Exit signs at the Hall.

Danielle Pearce is completing a monthly safety check on the parks.

The Clerk presented information from HB Fire Extinguisher Company from Clarinda and it was decided to ask them to perform an annual maintenance check on all the fire extinguishers at the Hall, the Shop and the Fire Station.

Fire Department: No runs this month. The first-out “attack” pickup is operational, with just a couple of minor equipment upgrades yet to be completed.  With the addition of this truck the Department would like to sell the 1991 Ford pickup. The consensus was to start by contacting other area Fire Departments to see if any of them were interested in purchasing the pickup along with the pump and equipment that it contains.

Several Firefighters, along with Blockton Ambulance personnel have recently completed two different training sessions. The first was with LifeNet Air Ambulance Service. Attendees watched a video and then were able to have hands-on training that included how to navigate a helicopter to land, transport and load a patient and when to call LifeNet.

The second training was sponsored by Corteva, a national ag company, which recently donated a grain rescue tube and a grain auger to the Blockton Fire Department, and provided the training on how to use this equipment. Members of the Grant City and Sheridan Fire Departments also attended this training.

Streets: The Mayor will remind Lee Pearce that there are potholes needing filled in several places on King Street, and that gravel is needed at the intersection of Summit and South Streets.

Parks: The Mayor reported that Lee Pearce is planning to winterize the park soon.

Garbage: The Clerk presented information about the Iowa Income Offset Program and the following action was taken:

RESOLUTION 19:11 to participate in the Income Offset program.

A motion was made by Farrens and seconded by Cavin to pass Resolution 19-11. (See attached.)

Roll Call Vote: Cavin – aye, Farrens – aye, Walsh – aye, Green – aye.

RESOLUTION 19:12 approving an appeal process for the Income Offset program.

A motion was made by Farrens and seconded by Green to pass Resolution 19-12. (See attached.)

Roll Call Vote: Green – aye, Walsh – aye, Farrens – aye, Cavin – aye.

Council Member Selina O’Connor was absent and not voting.

Community Hall: Mayor Brown said the materials have been purchased for the siding/fascia repair on the south end of the Hall and Nathan Drake has agreed to do the work.

A motion to adjourn was made by Farrens and seconded by Cavin. Motion carried unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 7:43 p.m.

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