City of Newton Council met September 4.
City of Newton Council met Sept. 4.
Here is the minutes provided by the Council:
1. CALL TO ORDER: Mark Bolander, Mayor
Mayor Mark Bolander called the meeting to order.
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE led by Alderman Robert Reisner
Pledge of allegiance to the flag was led by Alderman Marleen Harris.
3. ROLL CALL: Rosetta York, City Clerk
Present: Steve Rubsam, David Brown, Larry Brooks, Robert Reisner, Marleen Harris
Also present: Attorney Max Tedford, Treasurer Melissa Brooks, Clerk Rosetta York
4. ADOPT OR AMEND AGENDA
Motion was made by Reisner, seconded by Rubsam, to adopt the proposed agenda.
Ayes: Rubsam, Brown, Brooks, Reisner, Blake and Harris
5. APPROVAL OF REGULAR MINUTES of August 21, 2018
Motion was made by Reisner, seconded by Harris, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of the August 21, 2018 meeting of the Newton City Council.
Ayes: Brown, Brooks, Reisner, Harris and Rubsam
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS: None
7. OLD BUSINESS:
A. Consider and act on
8. NEW BUSINESS:
A. Consider and act on
9. COMMITTEE REPORTS OR COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS: JEDI on September 4
Larry Brooks-JEDI: Introduction of Amber Volk, Economic Development Coordinator: introduced herself and please let her know if anyone has been left out of the JEDI emails. Community Marketing Program: Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 6th @ 9:00am. It will take place in the Peoples State Bank Room at the Jasper County Chamber Office. Monthly Updates: Ken Larimore: Five Enterprise Zones completed for the Medical Complex, Mark Bolander-The Medical Complex will have extended hours; Community Marketing Program will meet on Thursday the 6th at 9:00 AM to discuss new logo for Jasper County, Ron Heltsley: Real Estate taxes are currently being collected; The new jail design has been agreed and approved on but there is still a lot of work to be done before implementation can begin.
Harris: The dead tree on 3rd St. is down.
Reisner: Read the Jasper County Animal Report. The railroad crossing on Liberty St. is complete.
He will check with John Stone on the MCC fiber boring on cleaning up. The Dhom water main extension has started. Terry Smithhenry is cleaning the Streetscape brick and sealing it.
Brooks: Wanted to know if it was ok to purchase the power rake. City Treasurer is checking.
There was a water leak on S. Walnut St.
Brown: The Park is draining the pool.
Read Chief Mike Swick’s Letter:
To Newton City Council:
Please remind everyone that property maintenance and generally being a responsible property owner landlord or tenant involves a lot of work. This includes mowing (including the ditch in front your property) and trimming weeds and grasses around the residence and out buildings. Junk, debris, trash, brush piles, inoperable/unlicensed vehicles, and garbage are also other nuisances I have found on properties
Old tires lying around with water accumulating in them are an extremely important issue right now as the Jasper County Health Department has issued a warning about mosquitoes they have tested here. ANY items that will hold water need to be emptied or covered.
I spend a lot of time issuing notices for these types of nuisances and take these matters seriously.
I want to see some voluntary compliance and cooperation from everyone on these issues.
Rubsam: Come and enjoy the 2018 Fall Festival.
City Attorney: Invited everyone to the 2018 Fall Festival Photo Contest. Judging will take place on Thursday. The pictures will be displaced at the Newton Public Library during the Festival.
City Treasurer: No comment
City Clerk: Please bring the Municipal Codebooks to me for the new updates.
• Reminded everyone the Five April Crossing lottery for 5 free lots is October 2, 2018 at 5:45 PM.
• Read Maxine Calvert’s letter:
• The concert at the Fairground on August 25 was great.
11. NEXT REGULAR MEETING: September 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM
SCHEDULED COMMITTEE MEETINGS: None
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Litigation, potential litigation, sale of real estate, purchase of real estate and personnel
Motion was made by Rubsam, seconded by Harris, to go out of open session and into closed session to discuss litigation, potential litigation, sale of real estate, purchase of real estate and personnel pursuant to the exceptions section of the Open Meetings Act pertaining to those areas of discussion.
Ayes: Brooks, Reisner, Harris, Rubsam and Brown
Open session suspended at 6:31 PM.
Motion was made by Rubsam, seconded by Harris, to go out of closed session and back into open session.
Ayes: Reisner, Harris, Rubsam, Brown and Brooks
Open session resumed at 7:13 PM.
Mayor Bolander announced that during closed session the council discussed litigation, potential litigation, sale of real estate, purchase of real estate and personnel.
Motion was made by Rubsam, seconded by Harris, to adjourn the meeting.
Ayes: Harris, Rubsam, Brown, Brooks and Reisner
Meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.