City of Libertyville, Iowa

Regular Council Meeting

Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2019


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 member Robert Glass was absent.  Also present were Gerrad Goodrich/Fire Chief, Paul Miller/City Attorney, Karen Blakley/City Clerk, Bruce Moore, Justin Clements and Roger McDowell. 


APPROVE OR AMEND AGENDA:   Mr. Roulet motioned to approve the agenda.  Second by Ms. Miller.   All ayes.  Motion passed.


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



FIRE CHIEF REPORT:  Fire Chief report was reviewed and discussed.  Fire Department personnel physicals are currently being conducted with plans to have all completed by September 16.

MAINTENANCE REPORT:  Maintenance Report was reviewed and discussed.




PERMITS –   None.


PUBLIC FORUM:  R McDowell was present to ask that Council consider updating the stop signs on Washington Street.  Following discussion, options will be explored.


MAYOR/COUNCIL/ATTORNEY COMMENTS:  A request was received from J Warner in regard to T Tedrow property in Libertyville.  Request to be put on October agenda.



Easements and Permits for New Construction – An initial permit was reviewed and discussed.  Fees were discussed.  Clerk will prepare permit for review at the October meeting.

Libertyville Childcare Update – Roof repair is currently underway.

Property at 308 Rock Island Street Update – Mayor spoke with gentleman doing the cleanup of the property and asked that the trailer and cargo trailers be removed

Lease Review Little League – Tabled.

Proposal for City alleys – T Messer– Tabled.



Ordinance 2-2019 – Ordinance Amending Rates for Trash Service, Second Reading – Motion by Mr. Atwood to suspend the Third Reading of the Ordinance and approve.  Second by Mr. Roulet.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

Resolution 446-2019 – Annual Street Report – Motion by Ms. Miller to approve.  Second by Mr. Atwood.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

Appoint Council Member –Motion by Ms. Miller to appoint Mr. Moore to fill vacant council seat.  Second by Mr. Atwood.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

Bids for Mowing/Snow Removal – Bids for mowing and snow removal of city properties were reviewed.  Discussion to continue.

Service Agreement MVP – Following discussion decision made not to purchase at this time.

Review City Sewer Rates – Following discussion and review, Clerk will gather figures for Council Members to review.

Trick or Treat/Halloween Events – Halloween Parade will be held Saturday, October 26 with possible additional events in the Childcare building.  Trick or Treat in Libertyville will be Thursday, October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Motion by Mr. Atwood.  Second by Ms. Miller.  All ayes.  Motion passed.



The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 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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