July 2, 2018

The Bode City Council met in regular session Monday July 2, 2018 at 6PM in the council chambers. All members were present. Also present was Jenny Johnson in regards to the property located at 606 Christiana Ave. Mayor Miller called the meeting to order, a motion was made by Douglas, second by Rongved to approve the agenda as posted. A motion was made by Peterson, second by Douglas to approve the minutes of the June 4th council meeting. All ayes, motion carried.

Jenny Johnson approached the council concerning her property at 606 Christiana Ave, she currently has this property for sale and would like to be able to sale this with the approval of horses at this location. Following discussion a motion was made by Douglas, second by Dale to request the new owner approach the council; stipulations will be put on this property before horses are allowed. The stipulations being, number of horses allowed along with maintenance of the weeds/grass within the pasture areas. The city has an ordinance stating that weeds/grass should not reach more than 6 inches in height. The new owner will be expected to sign an agreement with the city on these requirements. Ayes, Rongved and Peterson, Tepner opposed this request.

Mayor Miller delivered the maintenance report, stating that the tractor had been repaired, the cement pad for the generator at the pump house has been completed, he also stated that due to the heavy rains our lagoon is filling up quicker than expected, city maintenance is watching the levels and will do what is necessary and also required if the rains should continue.

The City Clerk listed two property locations as Public Nuisances in May; these properties included 501 1st street and 101 Rossing Ave. According to the Humboldt County Treasurer one of these properties has a building on leased land. Acquiring this property may require a personal judgement in district court. City Clerk directed to contact our city attorney on proper procedures to acquire this property.

A motion was made by Douglas, second by Dale to approve a building permit to Kevin & Lynn Kist at 301 Rossing Ave for a fence (169 X 118.5) at this location. All ayes, motion carried.

Semi-Trucks and Vehicles speed on Humboldt Ave was discussed, erecting another stop was also mentioned. Following discussion, it was suggested that Mayor Miller contact New Cooperative in hopes that they can reach out to some drivers to slow them down. It was also suggested to contact the sheriff’s department and borrow the “Speed Sign” temporarily to make everyone aware of their speed.

The Community Center is currently owned by the Community Club, city clerk directed to contact attorney on what the best option is for this building. The city currently pays all insurance, electricity, and when upgrades are needed the city usually pays those expenses with the assistance of the community club.

The council was informed of the Iowa Code, Sec 372.13 on council pay. The council all agreed that this compensation has been in place for many decades and each one felt that at this time there is no reason to change it.

The performance of each individual city employee was discussed and without exception the full council was very complementary of each person. Each council member agreed that we are very fortunate to have them and we appreciate all that they do. After some discussion Mark Dale made a motion to provide each employee with a %3 pay increase. The increase would be as follows: Todd increase of $0.65 per hour, new hourly pay rate is $22.07 Becky increase of $0.53 per hour, new hourly pay rate is $18.09 Jeff increase of $0.36 per hour, new hourly pay rate is $12.17. DL seconded the motion and it was approved.


The following bills were examined and approved for payment:

Monthly Gross Wages                                   7274.42 ACCO Liquid Chlorine                                     260.80

Bennett Recycling (July-Sept)                     1125.00 Central IA Distribution herbicide                               268.50

IPERS                                                                     1050.92 City of Spencer Landfill Fees                       345.32

Fed & FICA                                                          1590.34 Continental Research Fly Spray                  245.02

Farmers Cooperative pressure check        150.00                 GDL Property Management mosquito    230.00

Fire Service Training Bureau payment     1975.00 Gisch Repair garbage truck repair             350.00

Harry’s Heating & Cooling A/C Unit          3207.00 Hotsy Equipment             coupler                   11.30

Humboldt County Auditor 28E Law           3322.00 Humboldt Newspaper minutes                   83.98

Iowa DNR/Water Supply Operations           36.18                 Iowa League of Cities dues                          329.00

Mangold Environmental samples                870.00                 Todd McMahon clothing allowance         250.00

Northwest Communications internet        99.95                  OHalloran International parts                     218.78

Quill Corporation toner, paper                     202.17                 Bomgaars Supply tape                                       7.98

Site Services asbestos removal                  1250.00 VS Enterprise internet July-june                               360.00

Titan Machinery labor/service call            1025.75



 General                               13,600.21

Water                                      2803.66

Sewer                                             7.98

Landfill/Garbage                 2039.10




7:20 pm DL made a motion to adjourn and it was seconded Rodger.


Becky Struthers, City Clerk