Humboldt City Council Meeting 08/19/19

By: Jacob Sexton — jacobs@977thebolt.com

Humboldt, IA — The Humboldt City Council members met with a full board on Monday night with newly added Matthew Dominick in attendance for his first meeting as the representative of Ward 1.

The meeting started with the consent agenda with all approvals being passed which included a 5 day Class C Liquor License for the Midwest Polka Fest and a street closure for the Cy-Hawk Rivalry on September 12th on Sumner Avenue.

In Public Concerns, Officer Susan Rutz came before the members to discuss her new role with the Humboldt School system and completion of her time at the Law Enforcement Academy in South Dakota.

Also, Dennis Charleson came to discuss a possibility of de-annexing his property from the Humboldt city limits because of his concerns of paying bills he deemed unnecessary. City Administrator Travis Geodken explained that he would need to move forward with an attorney in order to officially file his claim. However, Charleson says he didn’t want to spend the extra money for an attorney and expressed his displeasure to the council.

Next, PeopleService of Humboldt updated the council on their monthly report. It was expressed that upgrades needed to made to the water treatment plant soon but the city could possibly apply for FEMA funding to cover 80% of costs because the upgrades needed have been affected by the excessive rain this year.

Estimated cost to upgrade the equipment in the water treatment plant is $40,000, however, the city is in the process of being approved for the FEMA funding which will be known at a later date.

The council went ahead and approved the motion to purchase parts to fix one diffuser at the plant since the action was agreed upon that it needed to be done regardless, but full action on the project was not done pending the FEMA funding approval.

The following motions in new business were approved which included a purchase a 2019 Dodge Police Cruiser and related equipment, a contract for baseball diamond infield renovations at the cost of 69,044.29 for three fields at Heinz and one at Taft, and then finally a contract for sanitary sewer slip to Hyrdo-Klean in the amount of 96,502.11.

One resolution was approved for the allowance of consumption of wine and beer by request from the Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce for a closed public street event.

The meeting adjourned after an approval to an ordinance that amended uses in the C-2 general commercial district.

Lastly, City Clerk Gloria Christensen wanted to remind the public that school starts on Friday and to be wary of kids when driving to work and around school property. The next city council meeting will be Tuesday, September 2nd.