The Bode City Council met in regular session Monday January 7, 2018 at 6PM in the council chambers. All members were present. A motion was made by Dale, second by Douglas to approve the agenda as posted.  A motion was made by Douglas, second by Tepner to approve the minutes of the December 3rd council meeting, with an amendment to the minutes in regards to the cameras, instead of 2 cameras for 769.99 and the total of Six cameras will be purchased.  That should have stated 2 NVR’s systems will be purchased with 6 cameras per system for a total of 769.99 each per system.  All ayes, motion carried.


Mayor Miller gave the City Maintenance report; he informed the council that the City Garbage Truck that was recently purchased is in use at this time.


The City Clerk informed the council that a “conflict of interest” has occurred with our city attorney in regards to the Public Nuisance Properties. She informed the council that our attorney would pass on all of the information obtained for this to another attorney. A motion was made by Tepner, second by Douglas to have a letter drafted to send to our attorney, Council member Douglas stated he would help with this letter that would be sent from the Mayor. A motion was also made by Douglas, second by Dale to start a “Condemnation of Property”. Council member Douglas will gather information on this process.


City Clerk directed to call other neighboring towns as to what attorney is used when a conflict of interest exists.



Mayor Miller appointed D.L. Peterson as mayor pro-tem; other yearly appointments are as follows: Brett Legvold with Arends, Lee, Emick & Legvold Offices-City Attorney; Newspaper-Humboldt Independent, Fire Chief-Mark Spaulding, Health Officer-Kossuth Regional Medical Center, Bank-West Iowa Bank (Resolution # 2019-1), City Clerk-Becky Struthers, City Maintenance-Todd McMahon.


A letter from the Humboldt Community Animal shelter was available to the council, a meeting to establish a board of directors, 501 ( c ) ( 3), checking accounting, and several other items. Mayor Miller and Council Jess Tepner will attend this meeting.


The council reviewed a Recommendation for Improvement from EMC Insurance in regards to cushioning materials for the playground equipment at the city park.


Budget Ideas for the upcoming budget was also listed on the agenda, councilmember Douglas requested the fire department would like to possible set up a plan that would set aside money for the department to possibly purchase a new pumper truck in the future.


The following bills were examined and approved for payment:



Monthly Gross Wages                                    9986.24           ACCO liquid Chlorine            114.50

Bennett Recycling Jan-March             1200.00           Carquest Auto Parts filters     117.92

Bode Fire Department 2018 allow     5810.00           Centurylink                             329.66

Farmers Coop LP                                1467.75           City of Spencer landfill          231.42

Fed & FICA                                       2133.91           Ed M Feld O Ring                  29.50

IPERS                                                 1409.61           Humboldt Newspaper              38.79

Fire Service Training Bureau              1975.00           MS & Sons brass fitting          33.68

MidAmerican Energy                         1402.55           Northwest Communications    19.99

Quill Corporation calendars, ink           133.44           Bomgaars Supply filters          166.68

Jess Tepner (extension cord)                    4.59


General                                    10,475.72

Road Use Tax                               744.63

Water                                            554.78

Sewer                                              62.00

Landfill/Garbage                        1,549.34      


The meeting adjourned @ 7:10PM



Becky Struthers, City Clerk