Hartman-Mendoza fills council vacancy

Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

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Westfield Councilors appointed Jenny Hartman-Mendoza to their ranks at their June 11 meeting.

Hartman-Mendoza replaces Councilor Jim Ulatowski who resigned at the May meeting.

Hartman-Mendoza, a Union County, S.D., native, graduated from West Sioux High School in 1987 and earned a secretarial diploma from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.

She and her husband, Carlos, have two children: Kent Muth of Sioux City; and Olivia Mendoza of Westfield.

Hartman-Mendoza is employed at State Farm Insurance – Bill Hanson Agency in downtown Sioux City. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, cooking and music, especially Christian music.

She is an active member of the Westfield Congregational United Church of Christ.

Councilor Don Dion encouraged Hartman-Mendoza to consider filling the rest of Ulatowski’s term which ends this December.

“I’m not political,” said Hartman-Mendoza. “I don’t get into political discussions.”

However, she and her family have lived in Westfield since March 2008.

“I want to learn more about the City of Westfield,” said Hartman-Mendoza, adding she and her family plan on staying in Westfield. “I also know most of them on the council.”

At the council meeting, Councilor Marcia Dewey made a motion for nominees to fill the vacancy and Dion seconded it and the vote was unanimous, 4-0. Then Dion nominated Hartman-Mendoza and Councilor Tami Hummel seconded it and the vote was unanimous. Councilor Gerald Bohr made a motion that nominations cease and Dion seconded it. Her nomination was unanimously approved.

Hartman-Mendoza will take her seat at the council’s next meeting, which is July 9.

It will be the second consecutive month a person has taken the Oath of Office at a council meeting.

At the June 11 meeting, Mayor Bill Hummel conducted the swearing in of newly-hired City Clerk Angela Olson.

In other business, the Council:

• Discussed the revision of the city’s ordinances. Dewey has finished reviewing them and currently the mayor is reviewing them.

Dewey noted the revised ordinances follow the older version, and pointed out that the nuisance ordinance needs enforced, especially vehicles and junk in residents’ yards. Not-mowed yards were also a concern.

The consensus was to have anyone who has a complaint to talk with the mayor who will then talk with the individual property owners.

Councilor Tami Hummel informed the council Michael Burke, who owns the Westfield school property, had received two nuisance letters last year to secure the facility from animals and children entering it. Therefore, she made a motion to have the mayor make a courtesy call to Burke about the nuisance, explaining city officials will secure the facility if he will not. Dewey seconded it and the vote was unanimous.

To secure the facility, the mayor suggested purchasing 2 x 4 lumber, creating frames for the windows and doors of the facility, then putting siding on the frames. After these are painted, they would be attached to the facility’s brick exterior.

Dewey suggested painting these yellow with the former school mascot, a Panther footprint. However, no action was taken on the securing/decorating methods.

• Tabled the decision on raising utility rates until all customers’ water meters are fixed. The mayor and Water/Wastewater Operator Terry Jolin will fix and/or replace the water meters. At the May meeting, the council voted to have this completed by the end of June.

• Discussed adding ball field improvements to the city’s 2014-2015 budget.

For this year, the mayor suggested getting lawn care bids to get rid of the thorny weeds at the ball field.

They also decided to add roof vents to the ball field’s concession stand and to wait until baseball season is over to make improvements to the dugouts.

The council was also informed the Westfield Drainage District officials had suggested all the trees be removed from the east side of the ball field. The consensus was not to do so.

• Learned city officials were still looking for someone to grade Railroad Drive and the town’s alleys. Then Railroad Drive could be covered with gravel.

Councilor Tami Hummel made a motion to accept the low bid $1,446 per square yard from The Road Guy Construction Company Inc. of Yankton, S.D., to seal coat the town’s streets if he would add sweeping the excess pea rock up after the seal coating is completed. Dewey seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous.

• Was informed when the electrical power goes out, the city’s sewage system must be shut down. The council decided to replace the city’s generator for the sewer system. The mayor will get bids and check grant options for getting a new generator.

Bohr suggested selling the old generator which was thought to have been from “Mayor Paul Bringman’s era” and no longer met the sewage system’s needs.

• Unanimously approved renewing the tobacco license of The Station. Councilor Tami Hummel made the motion and Dewey seconded it.

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