Cherokee's City Council zipped through a busy, pre-holiday agenda with expediency at their regularly -scheduled meeting on Dec. 23rd, highlighted by the annual mayoral apppointments and approval of the bids for a new tanker truck for the Cherokee Fire Department
Among those appointments approved by unanimous motion included the Mayor's Council appointments of City Department Liaisons. The same as last year, they are, Parks & Recreation - Bob Leach; Streets - Jim Peck; Wastewater - Greg Stieneke; Fire - Mick Mallory; and Water - Linda Burkhart.
Leach also was re-appointed as Mayor Pro-tem, who will act in the absence of Mayor Pam Pierce.
The Council also approved motions for various appointments within the City. Gary Chase was appointed the new CFD Fire Chief, Greg Eaton the new 1st Assistant, and Mike Allbaugh the new 2nd Assistant. Chase replaces Dave Lucas as Chief, Eaton replaces Chase as 1st Assistant, and Allbaugh replaces Mark Napier as 2nd Assistant.
The Council also approved a motion to advertise for two vacancies on the Planning & Zoning Commission. That body is comprised of seven members who serve three-year terms.
In other Council appointments, the current appointees were approved, including Ken Slater to the Cherokee County Landfill Commission, Dave Deedrick to the Siouxland Regional Housing Authority, Stieneke to the County REAP Committee, Peck to the ISTEA Policy Board, Peck to the County Damage Assessment Team, Mick Mallory to the Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center Governing Board, Mayor Pierce to the Cherokee County Conference Board, and Pierce to the Cherokee County Emergency Management Commission.
New City Administrator Don Eikmeier also will join current City Labor Negotiations Representatives City Attorney Wally Miller Jr., Leach, and Pierce.
The Chronicle Times also was designated the official newspaper of the City.
The Council also reviewed and approved the bids for a new Cherokee Fire Department fire tanker truck to be funded by FEMA Firefighter's Assistance Grant. The grant, already approved, pays for 95-percent of the approximate $220,000 vehicle. The local five percent investment is coming out of the Rural Fire District's tax base, according to Eikmeier.
As approved Tuesday night, the bid of $100,366 from O'Halloran International in Cherokee was accepted for the truck chassis, including a heavy duty chassis.
The tanker portion bid of $116,722 also was accepted from Midwest Fire of Luverne, Minn.
The CFD personnel had recommended purchasing the chassis from O'Halloran and the tanker from Midwest Fire.
The Council also gave the CFD approval to proceed going to bid for equipment to be purchased with a second FEMA Firefighters Grant. Among those equipment items considered are Jaws of Life, mobile tower light, washer/extractor, and drying cabinet.
In other action affecting the CFD, the Council reconfirmed acceptanct of a vacant lot at 309 W. Elm St., across from the CFD. That lot will be put to future use by the CFD and is currently maintained by the CFD. A possible dry storage building for the CFD was mentioned as a potential use for the lot.
In his regular report, Eikmeier also praised the City's Street crews for "an outstanding job" done to date in battling the recent, frequent snow and ice storms plaguing Northwest Iowa. Eikmeier said all the Street and Park crews, plus employees from the Water and Wastewater departments have been working day and night with snow removal. He also lauded Lundell Construction and Schoon Construction for their assistance in the snow removal efforts.