City Council and Fire Department to meet in special session July 22; hiring of full-time police officer will complete force

Immediately after calling the meeting of the City Council to order on Monday, July 8, Mayor Leigh Rekow told the Council to strike agenda item number 20 which was listed as: Fire Department Membership. 

After much discussion, it was decided to have a special meeting between the Council and the fire department on Monday, July 22 at 7 p.m. at Turner Hall. The rural fire board will be informed of the meeting as well. The purpose of the meeting, it was emphasized, is to come to an agreement that is in the best interest of all parties and the community.

An engineering proposal from Veenstra and Kimm was accepted in the amount of $4,900. This study is to determine the cost effectiveness of solar energy. City Clerk Darcy Radloff said, “Since solar energy is a relatively new field, I think bringing in an engineer would be to our advantage.”

A water rate increase was set at 1% and, following a recommendation by Chief of Police Matt Ellis, a fee of $30 was set to unlock car doors when owners lock their keys inside the vehicle. Police Chief Ellis asked the Council to allow officers who are on call to be able to drive the police vehicles home at night. He said, “When they have the vehicle at home, the response time can be reduced significantly in the event of an emergency.” After discussion the request was approved unanimously.

Chief Ellis told the Council that only one person had applied for the full-time vacancy on the police force and, after an interview with the Chief and others from the City, it was recommended to hire Will Schueter on the condition that he passes all the requirements. His starting wage was set at $20 per hour.

The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held August 12 at 7 p.m.

Read the full article in the July 17 edition of the Postville Herald.