City of Libertyville, Iowa

Regular Council Meeting

Meeting Minutes

December 8, 2020


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, Rebecca Miller and Scott Roulet.  Council members Cody Guffey and Kevin Snyder were absent.  Also present were Paul Miller/City Attorney, Mitch Carr/Maintenance Manager, Karen Blakley/City Clerk, Rusty Simpson/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Christine Neubauer, Victoria Sims 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:   Ms. Miller motioned to approve the agenda.  Second by Mr. Roulet.  All ayes.  Motion passed.


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



FIRE CHIEF REPORT:  Fire Chief reported 1 Fire Call and 6 EMS calls for the month.

MAINTENANCE REPORT:  Maintenance Report was reviewed and discussed.





PUBLIC FORUM:  See New Business.





Property at 308 Rock Island Street Update – Court date to be set.

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

Sub Division Development – Tabled

Meter Pit Installation Update – Progress discussed.



Ordinance addressing motorized transportation, electric or gas powered on City streets – Matter dismissed at this time.

Construction Permit Review – None.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Representative – motorized bicycles/scooters -  Representative was present to discuss County ordinances and safety issues.

Resident water leak – forgive sewer fees – Discussion on water leak.  Motion by Mr. Atwood to forgive sewer fees in regard to leak.  Second by Mr. Roulet.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

City lease agreements – Following review by Council members, City Clerk will send.

IMWCA site visit review – Tabled.

Holiday events – More information needed.

Set Budget Workshop – Annual Budget Workshop set for January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

City Awards – Following discussion, nomination forms to be sent in utility bills.  Continued to January meeting.



The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m. with a Motion by Mr. Roulet.  Second by Mr. Atwood.  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.

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