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June 19, 2014

Moulton City Council votes for audit

CENTERVILLE — The Moulton City Council met on Monday, June 2 at 6 p.m. and voted 3-1 to have the state audit the city.  Coulcilmen Eddie Guinn, Randy Welch and John Replogle voted for the audit and Councilman Ben Hansen voted against it.

Resident Vickie Blew informed the council she had additional signatures asking for an audit of the city. Blew collected 104 signatures in favor of a city audit.

Deb George, Moulton's city attorney, stated the out of the 104 signatures, 92 were approved signatures and 91 signatures were required in order to have the city submit to an audit. George then discussed having a private firm verses the state do the audit.

Resident Kevin Buckallew asked why have an audit all of a sudden. He said he doesn't want his tax money spent on something that is not necessary. He said city employees have always been very helpful and could show him in black and white if he had a question about the city.  

Councilman Welch said he has wanted an audit from the beginning because it’s just a good practice.  

Councilman Guinn stated that there are citizen in favor of an audit and he himself would like to see an audit just to keep our books in check.   

The council voted 4-0 to approve the purchase of a Freightliner ambulance for $20,000 based on quotes Gene Horn presented at the meeting. Horn said they are applying for a grant for the ambulance but would like to get a loan and if the grant is approved, the grant would pay off the loan. The fire department is going to purchase the older ambulance for $5,000.

Something brought before the council but Mayor Scott Snider said was a civil matter better resolved in civil court was resident Patty Steelman's concern with Vickie Blew trapping her cats and taking them to the country and deposing of them never to be seen again.

Blew said Iowa Code states that if an animal comes on your property and attempts to destroy your property you have the right to dispose of that animal.

In a related matter, Blew said that she has called the sheriff’s office and they told her to check with the council about Steelman putting signs up in her yard about her which could be defamation of character. Councilman Hansen said he didn’t find anything in the city’s ordinance book about temporary signs being put up.

Terry Pangburn with the Cemetery Committee reported they had two fundraisers making approximating $900.

Councilman Welch stated that Dave Smith and Randy Kirby could knock the Starr house nuisance property down for $500 and the cost of the landfill of between $5,000-$6,000.  

The council voted 4-0 to send a letter giving delinquent pet owners until June 30 to come in and pay the license fee or the city will be forced to pursue legal action.

The council voted 2-2 with Welch and Hansen for and Guinn and Replogle against accepting the bid of $1,850 offered by Wiegands Masonry regarding tree removal in the cemetery.  Replogle motioned to take bids again and put it in the Moulton Tribune and the Ad-Express. The mayor said he doesn’t feel they needed a motion for this.

The council voted 2-1 with one abstention for the estimate of $1,077.43 for an eight channel DVR 1 TB hard drive, varifocal dome cameras 700TVL and microphone with installation from Superior Cable for security cameras. Welch and Guinn voted for the purchase; Hansen was opposed and Replogle abstained so the motion did not pass.

Councilman Welch said he is receiving complaints about the streets.

Jeanne Ocker during public comments asked if the street pot holes are going to be fixed. The mayor stated that due to the sewer project the streets are going to be dug up so they are holding off on any street repairs.

The mayor of Moulton is Scott Snider. Moulton City Council members are Jason D. Ogden, Benjamin R. Hansen, John Replogle, Eddie Guinn and Randy Welch. Jason Ogden was absent from this meeting.

The 6 p.m. meeting adjourned at 9:23 p.m. The next regular Moulton City Council meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, July 7.

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