City of Libertyville, Iowa

Regular Council Meeting

Meeting Minutes

August 11, 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, Cody Guffey, Rebecca Miller, Scott Roulet and Kevin Snyder.  Also present were Paul Miller/City Attorney, Mitch Carr/Maintenance Manager and Karen Blakley/City Clerk.  Members of the public present were Jane Ragen, Tim Tedrow and others. 

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.


PUBLIC HEARING:  SALE OF CITY PROPERTY AT 122 JEFFERSON STREET – Motion by Mr. Guffey to open Public Hearing.  Second by Mr. Atwood.  All ayes.  Motion passed.  Hearing no comments from the public, Motion by Ms. Miller to close the Public Hearing.  Second by Mr. Roulet.  All ayes.  Motion passed.


APPROVE OR AMEND AGENDA:   Mr. Atwood motioned to approve the agenda.  Second by Mr. Snyder.  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.

MAINTENANCE REPORT:  Maintenance Report was reviewed and discussed.  






PUBLIC FORUM:  See New Business.





Libertyville Childcare Building Update – See New Business.

Property at 308 Rock Island Street Update – A new trial date will be set due to court closings in regard to Covid-19.

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



Resolution 461-2020 – Resolution Approving Sale of City Property at 122 Jefferson Street – Attorney will draft formal Resolution of Sale.  Motion by Mr. Atwood to approve.  Second by Mr. Guffey.  Roll call vote.

Ayes:  Atwood, Guffey, Miller, Roulet.

Abstain:  Snyder.

Nays:  None

Motion passed.         

Nuisance Hearings – Progress reviewed of city residents receiving nuisance letters.  Resident was present to update Council.

Agreement for Variance – Resident Copeland – Resident was present with paperwork requested for fence variance.  Motion by Mr. Snyder to approve pending payment of permit fee and final signed waiver.  Second by Ms. Miller.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

Tilson Tower – US Cellular – Having had no further contact with Tilson Tower matter to be removed from further agendas.

Construction Permit(s)– Construction Permits received were reviewed.

Resolution 462-2020 – Resolution Approving Construction Permit(s) – Motion by Mr. Atwood to approve Construction Permits received.  Second by Ms. Miller.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

Resolution 463-2020- Resolution Approving Annual Street Report – Tabled.



The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m. with a Motion by Mr. Atwood.  Second by Mr. Snyder.  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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