December 2020/January 2021
City Hall Closed: Friday January 1
Council Meeting: Tuesday January 12, 6:30 p.m.
City Budget Workshop: Tuesday January 19, 6:00 p.m.
City Hall Closed
City Hall will be closed January 1 to celebrate New Year’s Day. We wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Please make plans to attend the next City Council meeting on January 12 at the Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you have an item you’d like added to the agenda, please call City Hall prior to January 1. The proposed agenda is posted at the Post Office, Community Center and on the bulletin board outside City Hall on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.
Best Decorated House Contest
Thank you to everyone who decorated their homes for the holidays! Winner of the grand prize of a $50.00 gift certificate to Gas & Goodies is . . . Marvin Thacker! First runner up was William and Marilyn Mineart. Be sure to drive around town if you have the opportunity this holiday season, we had so many residents who put up displays! Thank you to Libertyville Gas & Goodies and the City of Libertyville for sponsoring this contest. We’d also like to thank our amazing judges!
Don’t forget pet licenses are due in January. City Ordinance requires every owner of a dog or cat six months of age or older to procure a license for such pet from the Clerk’s office on or before the 31st day of January each year for a fee of $5.00 each. Please bring a copy of the animal’s current vaccination certificate. Thank you.
We continue to see an increase in the number of motorized scooters, golf carts and smaller 4-wheelers on City streets. Operators are reminded ALL vehicles on City streets are required to follow the rules of the road. Operators are also encouraged to increase your visibility as much as possible. If you notice someone not following the rules of the road, please contact Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
City Council Members are once again asking for your help. Nomination forms for the annual City Awards are enclosed with this newsletter. Please submit your nominations for Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year or Contributor of the Year to City Hall by January 8, 2021. Thank you!
Volunteers Make Things Happen in Libertyville
From a resident – ‘In this time of giving we thank all of those that have volunteered throughout the year. Thanks to Marilyn Nance and Linda Dougherty for keeping the flower pots filled and so pretty. Thanks to Live Wire Electric for putting up and taking down the Christmas decorations on the light poles.’
With the holidays we seem to have a bit more trash and recycling than usual. Residents are asked to please make sure your trash is secured in bags and recycling containers are not so full that contents are spilling out or being blown around town.
Just a reminder – many items may be dropped off at the Connelly Recycling center free of charge.
Please check the bulletin board outside City Hall for a list of Recycling Options in Fairfield, including a list of acceptable/non-acceptable items.
Mayor & Council
Libertyville’s Mayor is Rodney Nelson. Council Members are Tom Atwood, Cody Guffey, Rebecca Miller, Scott Roulet and Kevin Snyder. City Clerk is Karen Blakley and City Maintenance Manager is Mitch Carr. Fire Chief is Gerrad Goodrich.
City Council meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Community Center at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please direct any comments, suggestions, corrections, and questions to City Hall at 641.693.3271. You may also respond by mail to: P.O. Box 225, Libertyville, IA 52567 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have something you’d like to appear in the newsletter, please drop it off at City Hall, email it or fax it to 641.693.4108. Keep in mind that notices will appear in the newsletter one month ahead of schedule. Please include your name and telephone number as we will not respond to anonymous comments. Don’t forget our City Website at Libertyvilleiowa.org and our Facebook page at libertyvilleiowa.
Did you know . . .
John Jewett was the first postmaster
Pror to July 4, 1842 Libertyville was known as "The Colony"
A blacksmith had his shop on the southwest corner of town
The first church, a brick building, was erected by the Methodists in 1846 at a cost of $500 on a hill south of town
The first pastor was the Reverend Mr. Airigto
In 1850 the Presbyterian Church was organized and a temporary building was used until 1857. The first minister was the Reverend Mr. Caldwell who was here in 1855
The first school in 1843 was a one-room building. Among the first teachers were William Young, John Garber and William Claridge.
The history of Libertville, Iowa was taken from a 1942 Fairfield Ledger given to me by Mrs. George (Ethel) Schwartz. Mrs. Eugene (Karen) Stump nee Karen Lou Rodibaugh.