MAYOR'S CORNER July, 2014
Thanks for letting me have a month off. It seems that everyone has very busy schedules these days and last month I wasn't able to even find a few minutes to sit down and write a few notes or even read a few notes, for that matter.
First of all, "Congratulations" to new Miss Readlyn, the new 2014 Grump, and to the Community Club for a great job with Grump Days this year. Thank-you all for all your time and energy. It was great fun and I really appreciate everyone's help in making it another enjoyable celebration for all of us.
The city is working on several projects. We are trying to clean up the railroad property by the bike trail. David Wittenburg attended a recent council meeting to get approval for a "Welcome" trailhead sign to put up on the bike trail. The city guys are also trying to keep up with mowing and the maintenance of the city parks. We are also working with Denver Underground to get some needed street repairs done. The recycling and normal upkeep of the compose and brush pile also take a good deal of their time in the summertime.
I have also been working with some citizens on some electrical service issues and and permits for the same types of issues.
This summer, I have also been working with a couple groups from the state of Iowa on some funding opportunities to assist with water drainage issue through out the city of Readlyn.
This time of the year we always seem to have some issues and concerns expressed with trailers of some sort being parked on city streets for long periods of time. We will be watching that and issuing tickets if they are parked on the street for longer than 48 hours.
We are also getting complaints about yards not being taken care of. Those complaints range from not mowing the lawn - to not trimming around buildings and etc. - to trees that are hanging too low on neighbors property - to too much junk and vehicles sitting around. Let me tell you, some of the calls that we get some days are interesting.
For some of these complaints, the city has ordinances in place for. For some of the other concerns, it seems like just good common sense and working together could solve many of these small issues before they become big issues. Let's give it a try!
While Readlyn is not on the Ragbrai route we do expect that a few riders that will ride the bike trail from Waverly. Thanks to Louie Hartman, we have some volunteers to be on the bike trail to greet them and help them with any info they might need. I know a couple of our businesses are planing to be open special hours to accommodate the visitors on Friday.
Don't forget about swim bus! Any questions on that or anything else call Lois at the City Hall.
Thanks - Enjoy your summer!
MAYOR'S CORNER March, 2014
As of this writing, we are experiencing our first week of somewhat warm temperatures. Don't be misled and think that frozen water lines are over. It will probably get worse before it gets better. As the temps warm up the frost will go deeper. Please keep a eye on your water temperatures and if you are not sure - run a faucet. Your water stream should be at least the size of a dime more than a pencil. The city of Readlyn will work with all of it's customers that are running water. Just give Lois a call at City Hall and let her know that you are running water to keep lines from freezing. Your water bill will be an average of previous months bill.
Also, with the melting snow, there will be plenty of sump pumps running. Make sure yours is working....floats not stuck.....check that the valves are working.....be sure the discharge is not plugged or frozen and not discharging into sanitary sewer. Keep a eye on the storm water intakes on your street also tha t they are not plugged. If your sump pump drains onto your lawn move it around and be considerate of your neighbors and the city street. If that water gets on the street and freezes at night it creates a dangerous situation. All I ask is for everyone to use common sense and be considerate of your neighbors. If you're not sure call City Hall.
At our last council meeting the council did approve the first reading of the ordinance dealing with our electric rates. This ordnance will do away with the cost adjustment charge that you see on your utility bill and should make the electric bill easier to understand. This ordinance will include a small rate increase that will help the city keep our system up to date.
While we're on this electric subject - our electric provider has suggested that the city of Readlyn have a policy on interconnection policy. This would determine procedures if a customer would have other electric sources of electricity such as solar panels or windmills. The council reviewed this policy and have a couple of changes needed before we adopt this policy.
The council set the dates for spring leaf burning to be from April 1st to June 1st. This is later than before but with the weather the way it is we decided to have later dates. Once again, when and if you do burn leaves please use common sense and be considerate of your neighbors. If you don't want to burn you can always haul your yard waste to the city sewer plant to our compost pile.
On March 3rd the council and I had a special meeting with Fox Engineering. This is the firm that is doing the engineering work for the new sewer plant for the city. This meeting was to finalize our Degradation Plan before we send it to the DNR. After a detailed discussion of the plan the council decided to approve the plan and send it to the DNR. This is the first step in a long process/plan to build a new sewer treatment facility for the city of Readlyn.
The other important item was the public hearing that we held for the proposed 2014-2015 budget. When you see that the council is holding a public hearing for a certain item, it is a time for anyone to come and ask questions or voice your opinion on a certain subject. In most cases the council assumes that if no one shows up - what the council is doing must be the best direction to go. Remember that these meetings are open to the public and if you have a concern you can call City Hall and we will get you on the agenda. Anyway back to the budget - what was proposed was approved. This will keep our tax rate the same as last year.
Enjoy the warmer weather - Happy Spring!
Dan Wedemeier, Mayor
MAYOR'S CORNER February, 2014
Hope you all are surviving our winter. With all the cold weather several of our neighboring towns are experiencing freezing water pipes and water mains. So far Readlyn only has one home that has given us problems. One easy test you can do is to put a thermometer under your cold water faucet and if it is 37 degrees or lower you should let a faucet run. The stream should be at least the size of the lead of a pencil or more. I know you will think this is a waste of water but plumbers are at least a week out for service. If you are concerned, call City Hall and we will check it out.
The next area of concern is is all the snow we have piled up around town. We are trying to get some corners and large pile areas hauled away but it all takes time. If you have a fire hydrant on your property, please try and get it dug out. If there is too much snow, let us know at, City Hall and we will come and get it shoveled out. It would be a bad situation if there was a fire in your area and the firemen wouldn't be able to find or get to the fire hydrant because of snow.
I have also got a couple of complaints about snow around mail boxes. I have even heard that the postal service won't deliver mail if they can't get up to mail box. This is not the cities responsibility so it is important for you to be sure to keep the area around your mail boxes it clean. If your mail boxes are in a cluster, it's a good idea to get someone in that group to keep the snow removed.
I know that we have had a few days that the garbage did not get picked up. The Sanitation Board is having a special meeting to come up with a policy/guidelines for cold and inclement weather pick-up. Please try and set your garbage can so it is convenient for Mike to get it dumped. I was with those guys last week and found that Mike had fell dumping cans in truck. The garbage guys also said they were seeing quite a bit of cardboard and pop cans in the trash. I know that recycling is voluntary and most of you do a great job, but we can always do better. Please remember that anything we can recycle saves the city hauling and getting charged to dump at landfill.
Our regular monthly meeting was held February 10th and will have a special meeting February 17th. During the meeting on the 17th, we will work on the budget and visit with a gentleman on financing a new sewer plant. During our meeting the 10th we will have people from the Butler County REC Electric Cooperative. The city has requested them do a cost of service study for our electric rates. The council is working to do away with the "cost adjustment" on our electric bills. We are getting some numbers from the REC group and the council will be studying them. I will assure you that we are doing our best to keep our electric costs down and also provide us with best service while also keeping our equipment up to date and in good working order. The council has also approved a couple water meetings for Jim and Barney to attend . These meeting not only educate them on new processes and provide the guys up to date information but gives them hours of training/continuing education required for them to keep their licenses current.
I hope everyone will be patient with old man winter! Before you know it spring will be here! Remember if you have a concern with water or snow give us a call and we will check it out.
I would like to send a BIG "Thank-you" to all of the people that planned, attended and hosted the annual "Keep Your Heart In Readlyn" banquet. It was a great fun-filled evening and an event that truly makes a difference for our community. THANK - YOU!
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