The Bode City Council met in regular session December 7, 2020 at 5:30PM in the Bode Community Center (to allow social distancing) Council members Douglas, Peterson, Tepner, and Fulwider were present; absent Dale. Mayor Miller called the meeting to order, a motion was made by Tepner, second by Peterson to approve the agenda as posted. All ayes, motion carried. A motion was made by Peterson, second by Tepner to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. All ayes, motion carried.

Todd McMahon, city maintenance informed the council that the city had changed labs for water and wastewater testing to Ag Source due to Mangold Environmental Testing closure. He also informed the council that the new fuel barrel had arrived, the city will have access to diesel fuel at all times. The council had previously approved a street sweeper at the November council meeting; the item was no longer available. City Maintenance had located another street sweeper an 84” Sweepster the cost for this is $4599 plus $399 for shipping for a total cost of $4998; following discussion a motion was made by Douglas, second by Fulwider to approve this purchase. All ayes, motion carried.

The council reviewed an email from a concerned citizen concerning brush that had been scattered near the streets following the ice storm. City Clerk directed to send a letter to the property owner stating that the city would pick up this brush if the homeowner would cut and stack the branches for safe pickup.

Mayor Miller will serve on the Humboldt County 911 Service Board for the calendar year 2011.

A motion was made by Douglas, second by Tepner to donate $250 to Upper Des Moines Opportunity. All ayes, motion carried.

The council was informed that the Bode Library would be removing the current Pepsi Pop machine and replacing the machine with a new vendor that will allow the library to choose different types of soda beverages of their choice and they will also receive $100 per year to offset electrical expenses.

The council discussed filling the position when the city clerk is on vacation. City clerk informed the council that she would check with a surrounding town and also check on clerknet, to see how other towns with our population handle a “one person” office and vacation. 

Council member Tepner has set up a website for the city, the address is This website will show council minutes, newsletters, and be able to inform the public as quickly as possible to any changes or announcements the city may have.

The City Clerk was directed to remove nuisance properties from the agenda until further notice.

A motion was made by Peterson, second by Tepner to set next meeting as January 4, 2021.

The following bills were examined and approved for payment:

Monthly Gross Wages                   9519.35 Arends & Lee                                                     623.64

Fed & FICA                                          2036.76 Centurylink                                                         365.88

IPERS                                                     1497.40 City of Spencer landfill fees                         249.26

MiAmerican Energy                        1377.99 Buscher Bros generator test                       460.00


Wastequip dumpsters                   2345.00 Farmers Coop LP                                              212.42

Hawkins Inc azone 15                       190.45                 Humboldt Newspaper                                   235.27

IA Rural Water dues                          225.00                 Oryls Maassen books                                       51.99

Nationwide surety bond                                 130.00                 Northwest Communications                         29.98

Sande Builders plexiglass                105.94                 State library of Iowa database                      43.12

Uline machine guard                        394.32                 VS Enterprise fire department internet 420.00

Agsource Coop Services                                    93.75                 Display Sales lights                                           170.43

Mosquito Control                            1585.00


                                                General                                                5977.90

                                                Road Use Tax                       770.92

                                                Water                                   2641.33

                                                Sewer                                        80.25

                                                Landfill/garbage               2594.26



A motion was made by Tepner, second by Peterson to adjourn at 6:25PM


Becky Struthers, City Clerk