Final bill for landscaping project discussed
RIVERSIDE—The city council meeting lasted only 15 minutes on Monday, Nov. 4.
Councilor Ralph Schnoebelen acted as mayor because Mayor Bill Poch was absent.
During committee reports, councilor Chris Kirkwood said she received the last bill for the landscaping project around the city signs on the east side. She said she is finishing up the report so she can submit it to Iowa Living Roadways and Trees Forever for a grant.
“Is that not being discussed with the committee chairman [Larry Simon]?” asked Schnoebelen.
“I think he had all of the bills up to that point,” Kirkwood said. “Correct me if I’m wrong here, but the last thing I heard is that it got handed off to me to finish up. If that’s changed, let me know.”
Councilor Bob Schneider Jr. said, in his point of view, the report may have been handed off to Kirkwood, but the chairman still needed to be involved. He also said Kirkwood shouldn’t be bringing this up as a city council member.
“Absolutely, when I get the report done I’ll give everybody a copy,” Kirkwood said.
If Simon wanted to send off the report, or the city employees, Kirkwood said she would be fine with that. She told Schneider she was just trying to be helpful with the process.
“Yeah, but I mean to me—you’re making a statement in public that you have this information,” Schneider said. “Unless the chairman has that information, you’re making a statement in public that you’ve already received this. I don’t know why you didn’t comment through the chairman first before you brought it to us.”
Kirkwood said she didn’t receive the final bill until late Sunday evening. Schnoebelen asked if anyone else had comments on committees. No one spoke up, so he brought the discussion to a close.
The council heard an update from Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh and Kalona City Planner Jody Bailey about the grant application process for the English River Watershed Management Authority.
At the city council meeting on Oct. 21, Bailey had planned to present a grant application to the DNR for watershed planning for $150,000. However, due to the government shutdown the grant application was delayed.
Schlabaugh asked the council to approve the application as a member of the group. A motion was made to approve the resolution to be a part of the application. The motion passed unaminously.
The next regularly scheduled city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. A work session will be held before the meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m.