Westfield councilor resigns

Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

At their May 14 meeting, Westfield councilors accepted the resignation of Councilor Jim Ulatowski.

Any Westfield resident interested in serving on the Westfield Council is asked to contact City Hall at 568-2631.

According to Iowa Code, the council has 40 days to make an appointment from the date of the vacancy.

The council must publish notice of its intention to appoint at least four but no more than 20 days before the appointment is scheduled to occur.

Residents have the right to request a special election by filing a petition. If this is done, the special election must be held at the earliest practicable date but no later than 90 days after the vacancy occurs.

In other business, the Council:

• Heard a report from Councilor Marcia Dewey on the newly revised City Ordinances. She noted some of the ordinances needed enforcing such as the city’s property nuisance laws. Next, Mayor Bill Hummel will review the ordinances as well as Julie Madden of Akron has volunteered to review them. The purpose of reviewing the revised ordinances is to find any errors and bring any concerns back to the council. Then councilors will approve this revision which was made by Iowa Codification officials.

• Unanimously approved sending a final notice to Mike Burke who owns the former Westfield Community School building. The council is requesting he secure the building so people and animals cannot enter the dilapidated building.

The council also unanimously approved cleaning up the town’s ball field, including removing thorns from the field, fixing the back stop and concessions stand, and removing old wood and painting where needed.

• Unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance requiring Westfield’s solid waste collections be hauled to the Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency in Le Mars. Then they approved waiving the third reading.

It was noted Westfield Post Office officials have requested a recycling bin. It was suggested to have city employee Terry Jolin deliver one to that location.

• Unanimously approved having Jolin hang the town’s second barn quilt on the Plymouth County Loess Hills Visitors Center building.

• Unanimously approved the city’s 2013-2014 Fire Protection Contract with the City of Akron.

• Unanimously approved appointing Councilor Don Dion to the Sioux Valley Regional Railroad Authority.

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