City of Libertyville, Iowa

Regular Council Meeting

Meeting Minutes

June 8, 2021


The regular meeting of the Libertyville City Council was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Rodney Nelson at the Libertyville Community Center.  Council members in attendance were Tom Atwood, Cody Guffey, Rebecca Miller, Scott Roulet and Kevin Snyder.  Also present were Gerrad Goodrich/Fire Chief, Jennifer Castle/City Maintenance Manager, Karen Blakley/City Clerk and members of the public. 

In order to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this meeting of the Libertyville City Council was available electronically.  Chapter 21.8 of the Iowa Code does permit an electronic meeting where members participate remotely when an in-person meeting is impossible or impractical, which is certainly true during this crisis.  On March 19, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency which included a suspension of Iowa laws that would prevent the use of electronic meetings or the limitation on the number of people present at an in-person meeting site.  The agenda and the City’s social media had a message posted more than 24 hours in advance to give instructions on how others could participate in the meeting.


APPROVE OR AMEND AGENDA:   Mr. Snyder motioned to approve the agenda.  Second by Mr. Guffey. All ayes.  Motion passed.


CONSENT AGENDA:  Mr. Roulet motioned to approve.  Second by Mr. Snyder.  All ayes.  Motion passed.



FIRE CHIEF REPORT:  Fire Chief report was reviewed and discussed.  Discussion on EMS services.

MAINTENANCE REPORT:  Maintenance Report was reviewed and discussed.  Motion by Mr. Snyder to approve purchase of impact wrench.  Second by Mr. Guffey.  All ayes.  Motion passed.  Discussion on purchase of push mower.  Maintenance Manager will check into this further.  Council approved student volunteer pending signing of waiver.




PERMITS – Liquor License, Pecks Pub:  Motion by Ms. Miller to approve pending all state requirements are met.  Second by Mr. Guffey.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

                       Cigarette Permit – Gas & Goodies – Motion by Mr. Atwood to approve.  Second by Mr. Roulet.  Four ayes with one nay.  Motion passed.


PUBLIC FORUM:  New owner of Pecks Pub was present to discuss transfer of ownership and liquor license requirements. 


MAYOR/COUNCIL/ATTORNEY COMMENTS:  Council Member expressed concern regarding a dead tree in City Park.  Maintenance Manager will follow up.  Discussion on installing lights at City Park.  Discussion to continue.  Discussion on playground equipment.  Maintenance Manager will inspect and report back to Council.



Property at 308 Rock Island Street Update – City will mow property at this time.  No further action pending court proceedings. 

Ordinance addressing lot lines, setbacks, buildings, etc. – Tabled.

Sub Division Development – West Maple Street – Remove from agenda.

Review New Committees/Reports – Committees to continue and report monthly on progress.

Tim Tedrow/Subdivision – Mayor advised survey has not been completed.  Discussion to continue.

Summer Library Program – Discussion on Summer Library Program.  Motion by Ms. Miller to approve $200 for program.  Second by Mr. Guffey.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

Mowing Lagoon – Lagoon has been mowed once.  Letters to be sent for next mowing.



Construction Permit/Tax Abatement Approval– Tax Abatement Application reviewed and discussed.  Tabled.

Resolution 475-2021 – Resolution Approving the Application(s) Submitted for Libertyville Urban Revitalization Plan – Tabled.  Applicant will return with more information.

Transfer of City funds – Tabled.

Nuisance Update– City resident was present to update Council on progress.  Deadline of August 1, 2021 was suggested.

City trash pick-up – Discussion concerning resident complaint in regard to trash pickup.  Mayor will contact trash service provider.

Set a date for a Public Hearing regarding sale of City property – Tabled.

Approve Employee Raise FY 21/22 – Motion by Mr. Atwood to approve 3% raise approved at budget meeting.  Second by Mr. Snyder.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

Water Quality Report 2020 – Following review of report, Motion by Ms. Miller to approve.  Second by Mr. Roulet.  All ayes.  Motion passed.




The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m. with a Motion by Mr. Snyder.  Second by Mr. Guffey.  All Ayes.  Motion passed.




Rodney A. Nelson, Mayor                                                



Attest:  Karen Blakley, City Clerk

City Council


The City Council consists of five City Council members elected at large, elected for terms of four years staggered.

      Libertyville City Ordinance 2-1-3

      Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.4

      Code of Iowa, Sec.376.2




The Mayor is elected for a term of two years. 

      Libertyville City Ordinance 2-1-5

      Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.4

      Code of Iowa, Sec. 376.2

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Please contact City Hall or the County Auditor's office for more information if you are interested in becoming Mayor or a Council member.  Candidates must complete an Affidavit of Candidacy and submit a petition signed by city residents.

Libertyville's next city election will be in 2019.

Libertyville History


On the west side of Main Street was a row of one-story buildings.  One was a drugstore owned by Icabod Warner, next a shoemaker's shop owned by a Mr. Jigaman, another small building and then the Odd Fellows Hall. 


In 1879 there were three general stores which kept stocks of drugs, drygoods, and groceries, a lumber yard, grain elevator, a hotel, a wagon and carriage establishment, a harness shop, two shoe shops, a barber shop, a cabinet shop, a blacksmith shop, a meat market and a saloon.


In 1858 or 1859 th C.R. & P. railroad was constructed through Libertyville.  Previous to that everything was hauled by ox or horse-drawn wagons from Keokuk or Burlington where freight was shipped by boat up the Mississippi River. 






Notes from - 'A Stroll Back', a history of Libertyville, Iowa.