City of Mason City Council met April 1
City of Mason City Council met April 1.
Here is the minutes provided by the council:
Call to order by Mayor Bruce Lowe.
Council members physically present were Dan Mason, Gerald Mahin, Mike Kirby, John Dodson, and Jim Miller. Treasurer Mike Griffin and Clerk Michele Whitehead were also present as well as Superintendent Dixon, Chief Anderson and Asst. Chief Donovan. Alderman Francis was absent.
The Chairman declared a quorum present.
There were no citizens to address the Council
Alderman Miller addressed the Council regarding purchase of a new mower for the Public Works department. He and Superintendent Dixon have looked at several and gotten prices. Alderman Kirby inquired as to how pressing the need for a new mower is at this time. Superintendent Dixon replied that the department could get by without a new mower for a while. Alderman Kirby asked if there were any other large expenses that may be coming in the near future. Mr. Dixon replied that the department is in need of replacing the 16year old large truck that is used for spreading salt, hauling dirt, road work, etc. After some discussion a motion was made to purchase and new mower, motion passed
R19-25 Alderman Miller moved, seconded by Alderman Mason to purchase a new mower from CIA at approximately $10,500.
Ayes; Alderman Mason, Mahin, Miller
Nays: Alderman Kirby, Dodson
Absent: Alderman Francis
Chairman declared motion carried.
Chief Anderson and Assistant Chief Donovan addressed the Council regarding animal control. The Police have had encountered some difficulty working with the current animal control officer and the police would like to take over animal control themselves. The officers would handle calls and set traps themselves.
R19-26 Alderman Dodson moved, seconded by Alderman Mason that the Police department take over animal control and their officers will handle calls.
Ayes: Aldermen Mason, Mahin, Kirby, Dodson, and Miller
Absent: Alderman Francis
Chairman declared motion carried
Mayor Lowe addressed the Council regarding what will take place when he is absent due to medical procedures and recovery period in the next few months. Mayor Lowe explained he could be gone as little as mid July or as late as August or September. The Mayor Pro-Tem will conduct the meetings. Clerk Whitehead did research with IML and the City Attorney and learned that there can be a 3rd Chairman in charge. That person would have to be nominated by the remaining Council members and could conduct the meeting in the Mayor and Mayor Pro -Tems absence. The Chairman would have his voting authority in his aldermanic position only, they could not vote to break a tie.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:20 P.M.