City of Libertyville, Iowa

Regular Council Meeting

Meeting Minutes

March 9, 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 Paul Miller/City Attorney, Gerrad Goodrich/Fire Chief, Mitch Carr/Maintenance Manager, Karen Blakley/City Clerk, Deb Moore, Marilyn Nance, Jim and Linda Dougherty, Timothy Tedrow and members of the public.  Chris Estle/Jefferson County Public Health joined via Zoom.

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:  Budget FY 21/22 – Motion by Mr. Snyder to open the Public Hearing.  Second by Mr. Roulet.  All ayes.  Motion passed.  Hearing no comment from the public,  Motion by Mr. Snyder to close the Public Hearing.  Second by Mr. Atwood.  All ayes.  Motion passed.


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


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



FIRE CHIEF REPORT:  Fire Chief report was reviewed and discussed.  Motion by Mr. Guffey to approve new firefighter Blair Grunwald.  Second by Ms. Miller.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

MAINTENANCE REPORT:  Maintenance Report was reviewed and discussed.  Discussion on roof of maintenance building, tuck pointing on Post Office/City Hall building and lawn mower for City.  All items tabled.




PERMITS – Liquor License, Gas & Goodies – Motion by Mr. Snyder to approve.  Second by Ms. Miller.  All ayes.  Motion passed.







Property at 308 Rock Island Street Update – Court date set for May.

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

Sub Division Development – See New Business.

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



Resolution 471-2021 – A Resolution Adopting the Budget FY 2021/2022 – Motion by Ms. Miller to approve.  Second by Mr. Snyder.  Roll call vote.

Ayes – Atwood, Guffey, Miller, Roulet, Snyder.

Nays – None

Motion passed.

City Award Presentations – Awards were presented for Volunteer of the Year, Contributor of the Year and Business of the Year.

Tim Tedrow/Subdivision – Discussion with Mr. Tedrow regarding property south of town.  Following discussion, Council asked Mr. Tedrow to attend April meeting. 

Vaccination Clinic – Public Health Administrator gave a presentation regarding a vaccination clinic for COVID-19 vaccine to be held in Libertyville.  Following discussion, Motion by Mr. Atwood to hold clinic April 14 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.  Second by Mr. Roulet.  All ayes.  Motion passed.

Construction Permit Review – None.

Gravel City Alleys – Discussion on adding gravel to City alleys.  Following decision made previously, one alley per year to receive gravel.  Alley from Washington Street to Jefferson Street to be improved this year.

Resident Requests – Review of resident requests.  Following discussion, Motion by Ms. Miller to change address from 100 Williams Street to 205 South Main.  Second by Mr. Roulet.  All ayes.  Motion passed. 



The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 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.