City Council hears report from UERPC; approves controlled burn on East Williams St.

Jerad Burns, who recently purchased the site of the former Postville Feed Mill, has demolished the building. Council approved the burn pending approval of the neighbors and the DNR. At press time, the Burn Permit had not been confirmed.


Rachelle Howe, representing Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, was present at the Postville City Council meeting Monday, September 9. Howe presented an overview of the services UERPC is able to provide to Postville and other cities within their jurisdiction.

She explained, “As an organization we have between 70-90 projects ongoing at one time.”

Flex time accumulated by Chief of Police Matt Ellis was discussed. It was decided to allow Ellis to accrue flex time from the time he arrives in the Postville City limits. They also agreed to allow the $10 payment for on call time.

Sierra Fox was hired as a part-time police officer. Fox is certified and was slated to begin employment immediately.

Although the PHS junior class parents had presented a written request  to close a portion of East Tilden Street  near Fauser Oil for the Homecoming supper, the Council did not act upon their request. It was the consensus of the Council, that due to the high traffic and construction in the area, closing the street could cause a problem. It was further noted that Highways 51 & 18 will be closed for the Homecoming Parade causing further congestion.

Jerad Burns was present at the meeting as he asked permission to secure a burn permit so the Postville Fire Department can conduct a controlled burn on the property he purchased at 201 E. Williams Street. He has taken down the building, which formerly housed the Postville Feed Mill, and will notify the neighbors and will secure approval of the DNR. The council approved his request, continent on all requirements being met. 

Mayor Rekow informed the Council he has requested the Rural Fire Board Members to attend the regular monthly council meetings so they can meet concerning the Fire Department. The Fire Department constitution and bylaws were also discussed. Mayor Rekow said the Fire Chief is still trying to get example policy and procedures for the City Attorney to review.

Read the full article in the September 25 publication of the Postville Herald.