The Bode City Council met in regular session Monday February 4, 2019 at 6PM in the council chambers. All members were present, also present was Lynn Seaba with Malloy Law Firm.  Mayor Miller called the meeting to order; a motion was made by Peterson, second by Dale to approve the agenda as posted. A motion was made by Douglas, second by Rongved to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as published.


Attorney Lynn Seaba approached the council in regard to nuisance abatement of two properties in Bode. The two properties are located at 501 1st street and the second located at 101 Rossing Ave. The city has been working with Brett Legvold, from Arends, Lee, Legvold, and Emick Law office on these properties until a conflict of interest was presented. All information on these properties has been forwarded to Lynn Seaba to represent the city on both properties. Following discussion, a motion was made by Dale, second by Tepner to have Lynn Seaba represent the city on this matter; at a cost of $225 per hour.


A sample ordinance on “Dangerous Buildings” was presented; this Ordinance defines Unsafe Buildings. Following review a motion was made by Douglas, second by Dale to approve the Ordinance

“Dangerous Buildings” and set a public Hearing as March 4th @ 6:15 PM in the council chambers.

Several Criteria are written in this Ordinance: Various Inadequacies, Manifestly Unsafe, Inadequate Maintenance, Fire Hazards, and Abandoned. A copy of the complete Ordinance is available at the Bode City Hall.



City Maintenance, Todd McMahon, stated that Crahan Electric has replaced all light fixtures in the fire department with LED lighting. He had an estimate of $75 for all 4ft fixtures and $110 for all 8ft fixtures to be replaced in the library, community center, and city hall; this cost would convert the existing fixtures to LED lighting. Following discussion; a motion was made by Douglas, second by Rongved to begin this conversion in the Community Center. Once the lights have been converted the Library and City Hall can have an idea of lighting needed in their areas. All ayes, motion carried.


A motion was made by Dale, second by Tepner to approve a Class C Beer permit with Sunday Sales to Norm’s General Store. All ayes motion carried.


A motion was made by Rongved, second by Douglas to approve a 5-day Liquor License including Sunday Sales to the Bode Fire Department for their fun night which will be held April 6th in the Bode Community Center. All ayes, motion carried.


A motion was made by Douglas, second by Tepner to approve the proposed 2019-20 City Budget and set Public Hearing as March 4th @ 6:30PM. All ayes, motion carried.


Council member Tepner discussed a Humboldt County Ordinance of “Animal Protection & Control” , several questions were made concerning this Ordinance and how it would be enforced and also how the cost of “animals at large” would be billed. Council member Tepner will gather some information and bring this to the March council meeting.


The following bills were examined and approved for payment:


Abens Marty Curran accident             1172.00           Brown Supply valve                     882.21

Carquest Auto Parts filters                     27.25           Centurylink                                    330.34

Crahan Electric LED lights                 1162.50           Farmers Coop LP                           591.89

Hach Company free/total vials             233.45           Harry’s Heating & Cooling              74.90

Humboldt Newspaper minutes               57.94           IMFOA dues                                   50.00

Iowa One Call                                         16.20           Norms General fuel                        183.58

Northwest Communications                   19.99           Auditor of State examination         900.00

Sande Builders Mart shelves                  16.29           Bomgaars Supply batteries,tape       38.53

Star Energy Bulk Oil                            858.33           Taste of Home                                  19.98

Our Iowa                                                 19.98           Womans Day                                    21.37

City of Spencer landfill fees                 540.73           ACCO liquid Chlorine                    122.00

Norms General Store fuel                     593.35           MidAmerican Energy                   1434.78

Monthly Gross Wages                                    7262.11           IPERS                                           1409.61

Fed & FICA                                       2133.91


General                                                7917.44

Rd Use                                                              756.11

Water                                                  1443.92

Landfill/Garbage                                 2233.19