Volkert sworn in as Galva’s new second ward alderman

Carol Townsend
Rich Volkert, right, was sworn in as Galva’s new second ward alderman Monday night. He was sworn in by Galva's city attorney Dan Alcorn.

Rich Volkert was sworn in as Galva's new second ward alderman at Monday night’s city council meeting.

He replaces the empty seat left by Derrick Glisan, who resigned after moving to Geneseo.  Volkert was sworn in by city attorney Dan Alcorn.

The council unanimously approved several new equipment items Monday night:

 Three new lawn mowers at German Bliss in Princeville with three mowers traded in for a cost of $16,200.

 RMS wheel loader Komatsu WA200-7 with a trade of an old blacktop machine for a final cost of $74,367.54. This was purchased at Road Machinery in Milan.

 New 2017 Ford Explorer police car with the camera system and prisoner partition for a cost of $40,721.28 from Gustafson Ford in Kewanee. The Galva Police Department will take a 2011 Crown Victoria Ford out of service and likely put it up for bids at a later date.

 Seventeen new fire hydrants, I-valves and hydrastios for a cost of $51,700. The city currently has 15 hydrants "bagged and tagged" that are not working and need to be replaced immediately. City administrator David Dwyer, when asked how the items would be paid for, said the expenditures would be on the regular tax levy for about four years. He said the purchases would not raise taxes.

The council went into executive session to discuss real estate, but there was no action when they returned to open session.

Superintendent Greg Thompson explained with the large city map where the sewer problems are in the city. He said that cameras have been televising several areas in the southeast part of town, which has 1920-era sewers. "I don't like what I am seeing with the camera. I would like to get these fixed before the roads give away,” Thompson said. He said they can line some of the sewer issues before they totally give out, and added he wants to keep sewage out of any basements. Thompson said in the middle of town, the sewer lines are of the 1890 to 1926 vintage.

Dylan Tucker, 12, who is a member of the Galva Boy Scouts, was present at Monday night’s meeting. Dylan is working on a merit badge on citizenship in the community. Supervisor

Richard Plummer told the Galva News that applications are being accepted now at City Hall for 2017 summer help. Anyone interested can apply.

Two houses have been taken down in Galva the past couple of weeks — one on S.E. Eighth Avenue and one on S.E. Third Street. The council thanked employees Mike Wexell, Shane Hickman and Richard Plummer for their work getting the houses down and cleaned up to improve the neighborhoods. The next house to come down will be one on East Division Street. The same employees will be working on this house.

Galva Cemetery will be cleaned up April 9-17 and all flowers must be removed if family and friends want to keep them.

A thank you was given to the Al DeCrane family for donating a gnome to sit on South Exchange between two buildings that Mike Yepsen owns just north of CSB Insurance. A lighted gnome sat there for years and now it will be replaced.

The next council meeting has been changed from March 27 to March 20 at 6 p.m. at the city hall.

Third ward alderwomen Bev Everett asked that employees start cleaning out the grates in the streets before the April rains come.  She said she has been noticing that a lot of them are plugged with debris.

New alderman Volkert said he will be working on how the fire department could burn down these houses for practice and also a money savings for the city. He will look into what permits are needed.

First ward alderman Jamie Hopping was absent from the meeting.