City moves vehicles, but won't force grave markers to do likewise

Carol Townsend

The Galva City Council on March 23 approved the purchase of two new 4-wheel drive trucks and a used blacktop machine.

The trucks will be purchased at Gustafson Ford. Mayor Tom Hartman said he was able to order the 2009 trucks, which will be used by the superintendents of the streets and water departments, for less than the state’s bid.

Hartman also said he had found a used blacktop machine in New York. The city can no longer get parts for the old machine.

To make the purchases, the city will levy $27,667.25 for the principal and $3,190.47 in interest on Oct. 1, 2010 and the same amounts for interest and principal on Oct. 1, 2011.

In another vehicles issue handled Monday night, the city accepted the high bidders on two city cars being sold. A 1998 Buick Regal went to Kelly Townsend for $751. Unsuccessful bidders were Scott Ballew, $725; Jerry Byers and Barbara Howell, both $600; and Dee Wofford, $575. All bidders are from Galva.

A 2003 police car went to Bay Ridge Motors of Staten Island, N.Y., for $2,389. Unsuccessful bidders were Yousef Dubbagh of Island Lake, Ill., $1,368, and Barbara Howell of Galva, $600. City officials were unsure how the Staten Island, N.Y. firm learned of the car being for sale.

In other business:

*The council took action on a complaint about Galva Florist having monuments on the sidewalk in front of their building on Front Street. 

Since Hartman and his wife Judy own Galva Florist, he excused himself from the room and third ward alderman Norm Boston acted as mayor pro tem.

The council made a motion that the ordinance not be enforced as long as there are no hazards for people to walk on sidewalks. Some other Galva merchants have items on their sidewalks.

*The council amended the yard waste ordinance to read that yard waste bags with $2 stickers on them must not be set out before 5 p.m. on Thursday night of the specified pick-up day but must be out by 7 a.m. Friday, pick-up day. city employees are finding that residents are not having their waste out in time and then are calling to report their waste has not been picked up.

The street department will only make one trip around, City Administrator David Dyer said.

The city picks up lawn waste April through October, on the first and third Friday of each month.

*The council rescheduled its April meeting to 6 p.m. April 20 and its May meeting to 6 p.m. May 18. The meetings are being rescheduled due to budget issues and Memorial Day.