OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING 

OF THE SEYMOUR CITY COUNCIL

SEYMOUR, IOWA --August 8, 2018


​​Seymour City Council met on the 6th day of August, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall with Mayor Housh presiding. Present: Carter, Housh, Merritt, Rembe, Trower.  Absent: None.


AGENDA:  Moved by Housh, seconded by Merritt to approve the agenda.  A.V.A.M.C.


MINUTES:  Moved by Merritt, seconded by Carter to approve the minutes o the July 2, 2018 regular meeting. A.V.A.M.C.


FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:  Moved by Merritt, seconded by Trower to approve the financial statement for July 2018.  A.V.A.M.C.


CLAIMS:  Moved by Housh, seconded by Rembe to approve the claims from July 3, 2018 through August 6, 2018 as presented.  A.V.A.M.C.


PUBLIC HEARING:  Mayor Housh suspended the regular meeting and opened a public hearing regarding the sale of real property to the Seymour Industrial Development Corporation. It was asked what plans the SIDC has for the properties.  Housh explained that the SIDC plans to sell the properties.  He further stated that the properties were part of the SIDC's assets when they became and entity of the City.  Once the organization separated from the city, all assets should have been transferred back to the organization. With no further questions or comments, Mayor Housh closed the public hearing.


VISITOR RECOGNITION:  Cheryl Fetters met with the Council to discuss concerns involving a neighborhood residence.  After some discussion, the Mayor stated that the city will send notice to the residence, outlining the nuisances that require abatement. 


POLICE DEPARTMENT:  Officer Carter reported a conviction was made in connection with the damage to the High School Football field and two abatement notices were served. 


FIRE DEPARTMENT:  Chief Merritt reported two fire calls in July using 150 gallons of water. 


Council Member Carter left the meeting at 6:12.


MAYOR/ATTORNEY:  Mayor Housh reported that papers have been served and awaiting a response regarding the nuisance existing at 315 East Main Street. 


CITY CREW REPORT:  Cairns asked the council to consider using Summit Companies out of Ottumwa, for service maintenance of fire extinguishers in all the city buildings.  Following discussion it was moved by Rembe, seconded by Trower to have all city fire extinguishers maintained by Summit Companies. A.V.A.M.C. Cairns stated that with the existing drought conditions, that council considers placing the city under a burn ban.  Following discussion,, it was moved by Housh, seconded by Merritt to enact a city wide burn ban, effective until further notice. A.V.A.M.C. Move by Merritt, seconded by Rembe, to authorize Mayor Housh, under the direction of the fire chief and the police chief, to lift the burn ban.  A.V.A.M.C. Other discussion included bity wide speed limits and uncontrolled intersections, but no official action was taken. 


PUBLICS WORKS COMMITTEE:  Moved by Rembe, seconded by Trower to approve one extension request A.V.A.M.C. Moved by Rembe, seconded by Merritt to approve the shut-off list as presented.  A.V.A.M.C.


Moved by Merritt, seconded by Trower to adopt the following:


RESOLUTION 2018--24

RESOLUTION FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF REAL PROPERTY BY THE CITY OF SEYMOUR, IOWA


Roll Call Vote as Follows:  Ayes -- Housh, Merritt, Trower.  Nays -- Rembe.  Passed and approved this 6th day of August 2018.


Moved by Merritt, seconded by Housh to adopt the following:


Resolution 2018-25

RESOLUTION FORTHE CONVEYANCE OF REAL PROPERTY BY THE CITY OF SEYMOUR, IOWA


Roll Call Vote as Follows:  Ayes -- Housh, Merritt, Trower.  Nays --Rembe.  Absent -- Carter.  Passed and approved this 6th day of August, 2018.


OPEN SEALED BIDS:  Four bids were received and opened for the 2007 Country Clipper mower.  Moved by Rembe, seconded by Housh to accept the high bid of Brad Bratz in the amount of $637.00 for the 2007 Country Clipper mower.  A.V.A.M.C.


DRIVEWAY TUBES:  Moved by Merritt, seconded by Trower to table discussion.  A.V.A.M.C.


OFFICE ASSISTANT APPLICANTS:  Four applications were received for the part time office assistant position. All applicants were interviewed. Following the review of applications and a brief discussion it was moved by Merritt, seconded by Trower to offer the position to Regina Corbett, with a starting wage of $10.00 per hour, to increase to $10.500 after the ninety (90) day probationary period. A.V.A.M.C.


Council Member Carter returned to the meeting at 6:50. 


CEMETARY HEADSTONES:  Concerns have been raised regarding headstones tipped over at Southlawn Cemetery.  Attempts will be made to contact the affected families.  The clerk was directed to gather estimates for the cost to reset the stones. 


SEPTEMBER MEETING DATE:  Due to the first Monday of September being a holiday, it was moved by Merritt seconded by Carter to change the September meeting date to September 11th at 6 p.m. A.V.A.M.C.


Other topics discussed with no action being taken included the generator installation and dust control.