The Cherokee City Council met last Tuesday evening. Among the items on the City's agenda were voting on a resolution waiving notice under amended and restated Cherokee County Landfill Association Agreement and consenting to the issuance of notes by Cherokee County for the purpose of constructing improvements under the terms of said agreement.
The Council voted to approve the resolution. Ken Slater of the CCLA was on hand to update the Council on the recent Landfill reorganization of its prior bond note and a new note that is intended to be used for a new cell at the landfill.
In new business the Council discussed the storage and maintenance of demolition cars at residences. Cherokee resident Barney Martin alleges that his neighbor, Derek Scott, has been working on his demolition cars year round in his open driveway that is adjacent to his home. He registered a nuisance complaint with the Council. Martin stated that the sounds and smells of Scott's hobby has been more than he or his wife can tolerate.
Scott maintained that he has been doing his work in his garage and only works on his car outside for just a couple of hours at a time and stated he has not been violating any nuisance ordnance.
The Council asked the pair if there were some common ground where the two parties could come together. However neither party could come to an understanding. The Council talked about several possible actions including changing the nuisance ordnance to state that all work on demolition cars must be done in a garage.
However there were several examples brought forth of how some work on the vehicles would have to be done outside, such as tire changing.
The Council tabled the issue to give time to see if it is warranted to change the ordnance. In the mean time the Council advised Scott to do as much work in his garage so as not to annoy his neighbor and told Martin to document his claims against Scott.
The next issue on the Council's agenda was what to do about the turkey vultures that have been roosting in the communications towers at the Cherokee County Courthouse and the former Garfield Elementary School building. In the past month the City has fired noise shells in an effort to roust the large, messy birds.
Those efforts were ineffective. The Council did receive a federal fish and wildlife permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that authorized the City to take up to 30 turkey vultures to harvest and to hang their carcasses as a deterrent to other turkey vultures.
In other business the Council retroactively approved the electronic sign at 960 Riverview Drive for the First Cooperative Association. The Council discussed the contract with Godbersen-Smith for railroad track removal, regarding and resurfacing for Spruce Street and Gillease Street. A bid from Godbersen-Smith was $15,695 for Spruce Street and $21,090 for Gillease Street. The Council tabled the issue to compare past contributions from the Canadian National Railroad.
The Council also authorized the purchased of a utility box and a snowplow a for pickup truck for the Cherokee Water Department from Hawkeye Truck Equipment for the amount of $20,650.
The Council also approved the appointment of Sam Jennett to take the place of Tim Haupert and Amy Frederes to take the place of Ramona Nitz on the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation's Board.
The final bit of business for the Council during Tuesday's meeting was the approval of the City's annual tool lease with Duane Mummert in the amount of $10,029.