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MERRILL NEWSLETTER

JUNE 2021

CITY HALL PHONE # 938-2514 CITY HALL HOURS 8 AM –Noon

CITY TREE DUMP IS OPEN PENDING WEATHER NO PLASTIC BAGS!

COUNCIL NEWS May 17, 2021

Mayor Smith called the meeting to order at 7:00 Council present: Norgaard, Conley, Dice, Hoyt Audience time: DeJager inquiring as to enclosing 3 walls of carport to create garage. City Clerk: Nomination papers for 2 city council seats & mayor were made available. Notice in newsletter verifying online presence & continued mailing if requested. IPERS audit went well. Thank you from Plymouth Co Museum for donation. Clerk on vacation October 16-23. Conley will fill in. SIMPCO letter reviewed and declined. SRF payments discussed. Meeting to amend budget set for Tuesday, June 1st 6pm Department Reports: Fire: 2 calls Will support Merrill Daze with Cornhole Tourney & Street Dance Ambulance: Gina McNabney new Director, L. Held Treasurer with retirement of D. Juelfs, 3 calls, Fundraiser scheduled for June 13. Maintenance: Getting estimates for work on Lynn & Grant Street. Flowers going up. Asked by Mayor to paint east doors and remove Elementary lettering. Police: Discussed animal control incident. Library: Merrill Community Grant for garden was approved. Hinton, Brunsville & Craig renewing contract. Director is training for state certification. EDC: More Merrill Daze planning, Tammy Arnold voted in as new member & looking for more members. Gathering fees for downtown flowers. Unfinished Business: OC Sanitation called to state they will work with residents during this transition of new totes. New Business: Yard of the Months funds approved, shared by B Fagan & S. Hauff. Connections renewal approved. Approved new meter reader Brady Havener Renewed Perera’s Liquor License Approved Midwest Vape Tobacco renewal Building Permits: DeJager Shed, K Morehead Fence Claims & Accounts: Approved Adjourned 7:55 pm.

April Receipts: $124,281.16 Disb. $55,577.45

BALLFIELD NEWS!

The ballfield has been restored! There are leagues booked in advance throughout the season with practices and tourneys. The field is available to the public although please call City Hall to be certain there are no activities scheduled. Events are posted at City Hall & the Post Office & website merrilliowa.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 8 - EDC Meets 6:30pm

June 3,4,5 – City-Wide Rummages!

June 12 - City-Wide Clean Up!

June 13 - Ambulance Picnic/Fundraiser

June 20 – Father’s Day

June 21 – City Council Meets 7pm

June 22 – Legion Coffee 10am


CHECK OUT THE MERRILL WEBSITE TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION (merrilliowa.org) Look on the Home Page under Announcements.


*Coffee in the Legion room for veterans, 3rd Tuesday each month at 10 am.

*Walkers are welcome! Come in & enjoy your walk! 8 - 12 Mon – Fri Sat 9 - 12

*The Fitness Center is also available. Mon-Wed-Fri

9 – 11 $10 per month!

*Sunday Services: St John Lutheran 10:30 am

1st United Methodist 9:30 am


GARBAGE PICK-UP - EVERY THURSDAY

RECYCLE 2ND & 4TH FRIDAYS



THE NEWSLETTER IS NOT GOING AWAY!

In order to save dollars, the newsletter will be online for those that have that capability. A hard copy mailed newsletter will be sent to anyone requesting one. Please call City Hall (938-2514) to request a mailing. The newsletter is not going away! Please call in your request asap. So far only 7 have requested a mailing. July will be mailed with August being the online edition. Look for the latest edition here: merrilliowa.org


Credit and debit cards are now being accepted for payments at City Hall. A 3% convenience fee is added to transactions.


There is a “rescue” food bank in Merrill sponsored by the churches of Merrill. Persons or families in need should call 712-938-2548 to schedule assistance. All persons will be helped if possible.


The City Tree Dump is open (weather permitting) to Merrill residents only. Contractors will need city approval.


CITY WIDE RUMMAGE JUNE 3,4,5

Jennifer Vleck has volunteered to head Merrill’s CityWide Rummage! Dates are June 3,4, & 5. June 3rd 4 – 7pm 4th Noon – 7pm 5th 8 - Noon

For more information: 712/259-4532 Jennifer

NEW TOTERS HAVE ARRIVED!

New toters have arrived! Please be sure to use these new toters going forward. $1 tags are available at City Hall for excess bags. Recycle days will change to the 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS.

Contained trash is orderly trash!

Enjoy the downtown hanging flower Enjoy the downtown hanging flower baskets!

The Merrill businesses are contributing to this enhancement each year. Be sure to thank them!




Reminder: School is out Please watch out increased“kid traffic”.

YARD OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to Ryan & Hannah Schorg

Drive by 327 Douglas Street & see their beautiful yard! They will receive a Gift Certificate to Emma Rae’s.

Well Done!

GRASS CLIPPINGS

A reminder, all grass clippings need to remain off the street in order to maintain a healthy sewer system.


AMBULANCE

PICNIC/FUNDRAISER

Sunday, June 13th 10:30 – 12:30 Old Town Square Enjoy hot dogs, chips, a cookie and a drink. There will also be the Mercy Helicopter on display. This is a free will offering event.

What Was Once In Merrill


It’s the late 1890’s; on a Sunday afternoon and it’s time to go visit the relatives. Dad has the horse and buggy out front. Now, how to get mom and the kids in the buggy? Easy! They have a concrete step to assist.

There were more of these steps around Merrill but this is the last one. They usually had a hitching post near to tie the horse up while waiting. One such, what is left of it, can be found in front of the old Assumption Rectory.














































 





MERRILL NEWSLETTER

MARCH, 2021

CITY HALL PHONE # 938-2514 CITY HALL HOURS 8 AM –Noon

CITY TREE DUMP IS OPEN PENDING WEATHER NO PLASTIC BAGS!

COUNCIL NEWS

Mayor Smith called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm, leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Council present: Norgaard, Conley, Pierson, Dice Approved minutes of 1/18 with correction. Approved Treasurer’s report. Audience time: None. City Clerk reported increased landfill fees for public drop off. Rejected cell tower offer to purchase vs current lease. Approval to pay RP for retainer. Department Reports: Fire: Addressed the natural gas leak of Monday Ambulance: Logan reported the Mutual Aid Agreement will now cover 6pm – 6am Maintenance Taking water classes online. Library: Asked of access to funds. EDC is working on Merrill Daze & inviting sponsors to March meeting. Unfinished Business: Water/Sewer 40% increase for 2ND Quarter due to the Lagoon project. New Business: OC Sanitation offered to provide totes for garbage with no fee to city or resident. Photos were presented that explained the dire need contain the trash. ICAP renewal was presented by Greg McInnis with opportunity to obtain more coverage with the same amount previously budgeted. Greg McInnis brought forth a plan for the Ballfield & volunteering and to be coordinator. 2 day tournaments $250 & same for team practices for twice weekly for 3 months. IA Rural Water was discussed, no action. Building Permits: 1 was approved. Claims & Accounts:Approved. Meeting adjourned 8:45pm.

Jan Receipts: $132,760.17 Disb. $142,766.63

Merrill Community Foundation Grant Time!

It is again time to determine how the interest of the foundation money will help the Merrill Community. Application forms for applying for the grant are located in the following places: City Hall or at the home of Bev/Al Fagan (314 Main Street PO Box 858 Merrill Iowa 51038). The deadline for the committee to receive the application is April 15, 2021. The application states where the completed forms are to be delivered. Anyone wishing to donate to the foundation should send their donation to Bev Fagan (address above). The more money that is in the foundation account, the more interest will accumulate to be used yearly.

SHOOTING RANGE IS READY!!

Stop by City Hall to sign up and receive your packet of information (liability & regs).

Call City Hall for more details. 712-938-2514

COMING EVENTS

March 3 - EDC Meeting

March 7 - St John’s Reopens 10:30 am

March 14 – Legion Biscuits ‘n Gravy 8 – 1pm

March 15 - Council Meets 7 pm

March 16 - Legion Coffee 10 am

March 17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 22 - Blood Drive 3-6:60 Bloodmobile


CHECK OUT THE MERRILL WEBSITE TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION (merrilliowa.org) Look on the Home Page under Announcements.


*Coffee in the Legion room for veterans, 3rd Tuesday each month at 10 am.

*Walkers are welcome! Come out of the cold & ice! 8 - 12 Mon – Fri Sat 9 - 12

*The Fitness Center is also available. Mon-Wed-Fri

9 – 11 $10 per month!


RECYCLING –2 & 4TH THURSDAY

GARBAGE PICK-UP -EVERY THURSDAY


Credit and debit cards are now being accepted for payments at City Hall. A 3% convenience fee is added to transactions.


There is a “rescue” food bank in Merrill sponsored by the churches of Merrill. Persons or families in need should call 712-938-2548 to schedule assistance. All persons will be helped if possible.


The City Tree Dump is open (weather permitting) to Merrill residents only. Contractors will need city approval.

EASTER BUNNY NEWS!

Received a call from the bunny & he would like to know if he could come! So, YES! Saturday April 3rd he will appear at the Fire Station at 10am. This will be a drive thru event! 10 – 11am.

QUOTES TO LIVE BY – BEN’S FRIENDS SERIES

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today!

-Will Rogers


 


 

MERRILL NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY 2021

CITY HALL PHONE # 938-2514 CITY HALL HOURS 8 AM –Noon

CITY TREE DUMP IS OPEN PENDING WEATHER NO PLASTIC BAGS!

COUNCIL NEWS

Mayor Smith called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm, leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Council present: Norgaard, Conley, Pierson City Clerk Requested approval to pay RP & PFM pending completion of lagoon project. Department Reports: Maintenance applying for 2 grants, discussion of Park Rd snow removal. Library will be working on Iowa Room book sale, intro to Alan Smith, new Director. EDC is working on Merrill Daze & website. Council waived fee for gym Unfinished Business: Shooting Range information packet & liability statement all ready, signs are up. Sewer & Water increase discussed, examples of letters for citizens will be presented at next meeting. New Business: Annexation was discussed, 2 proposals will be reviewed next month after attorney reviews. Tax Incentive was voted on to renew. Review of water deposits was tabled. Plymouth Co Solid Waste increase of recycle discussed as was the pending recycle bill. Building Permits: 1 presented Claims & Accounts: Approved Meeting adjourned 8:40pm

Dec Receipts: $86,470.41. Disb. $101,295.35

Merrill Community Foundation Grant Time!

It is again time to determine how the interest of the foundation money will help the Merrill Community. Application forms for applying for the grant are located in the following places: City Hall or at the home of Bev/Al Fagan (314 Main Street PO Box 858 Merrill Iowa 51038). The deadline for the committee to receive the application is April 15, 2021. The application states where the completed forms are to be delivered. Anyone wishing to donate to the foundation should send their donation to Bev Fagan (address above). The more money that is in the foundation account, the more interest will accumulate to be used yearly.

SHOOTING RANGE IS READY!!

Stop by City Hall to sign up and receive your packet of information (liability & regs). Membership fee is $50 per year or $100 per family.

COMING EVENTS

Feb 3 – EDC Meeting

Feb 15 – Council Meets 7 pm

Feb 16 - Legion Coffee

CHECK OUT THE MERRILL WEBSITE TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION (merrilliowa.org) Look on the Home Page under Announcements

*Coffee in the Legion room for veterans, 3rd Tuesday each month at 10 am.

*Walkers are welcome! Come out of the cold & ice! 8 - 12 Mon – Fri Sat 9 - 12

*The Fitness Center is also available. Mon-Wed-Fri

9 – 11 $10 per month!

RECYCLING 2ND & 4TH THURSDAY

GARBAGE PICK-UP -EVERY THURSDAY

Credit and debit cards are now being accepted for payments at City Hall. A 3% convenience fee is added to transactions.

There is a “rescue” food bank in Merrill sponsored by the churches of Merrill. Persons or families in need should call 712-938-2548 to schedule assistance. All persons will be helped if possible.

The City Tree Dump is open (weather permitting) to Merrill residents only. Contractors will need city approval.

QUOTES TO LIVE BY – BEN’S FRIENDS SERIES

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. - Arthur Ashe




City of MERRILL NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2021

CITY LANDFILL IS OPEN PENDING WEATHER NO PLASTIC BAGS!

COUNCIL NEWS

Minutes of 11/16 approved as well as Treasurer’s report. Audience time: None City Clerk presented Mid-Sioux requesting donation Council approved $500 Also, Mosquito Control for next year was approved as well as Plymouth Soil & Conservation for $250 donation. Discussion on water deposits & responsibilities. Will put on January agenda. Department Reports were presented. Unfinished Business: SRF loan discussed as to payments being made as soon as project is completed & SRF loan money becomes available. Shooting Range hopes to be open soon. Library additional funding discussed & will review at budget time. Sewer & Water increase discussed & put on January agenda Business Action Items: Patrol car replacement discussed. Greg McGinnis presented desire to be ICAP rep for City All aye. Bob Hoffman discussion on housing development & Casey’s liquor license renewed. Grant for Ballfield discussed, will be added to new budget Claims/Accounts reviewed. Nov. Receipts: $115,286.72, Disb. $56,432.72



SHOOTING RANGE COMING TO MERRILL!!

A shooting range is being developed and is 95%

completed at this time. Location of the range will be east of Merrill, adjacent to the city lagoon system, along the river. The range will accommodate long guns as well as a pistol range. Target distances will consist of 25 yd, 75 yd, and 100 yds. A membership fee will be required. Final details are being worked on. The anticipated date of opening will be mid-Winter to early Spring. More announcements will follow.


COMING EVENTS

Jan 1 – Happy New Year!

Jan 6 – EDC Meeting

Jan 18 – Council Meets 7 pm

Jan 19 - Legion Coffee

Jan 25 – Community Blood Drive




CHECK OUT THE MERRILL WEBSITE TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION (merrilliowa.org). Look on the Home Page under Announcements.


*Coffee in the Legion room for veterans, 3rd Tuesday each month at 10 am.


*Walkers are welcome! Come out of the cold & ice! 8 - 12 Mon – Fri Sat 9 - 12


*The Fitness Center is also available. Mon-Wed-Fri

9 – 11 $10 per month!


RECYCLING – 2 & 4TH THURSDAY

GARBAGE PICK-UP -EVERY THURSDAY


Credit and debit cards are now being accepted for payments at City Hall. A 3% convenience fee is added to transactions.


There is a “rescue” food bank in Merrill sponsored by the churches of Merrill. Persons or families in need should call 712-938-2548 to schedule assistance. All persons will be helped if possible.


Winter storage for campers & boats available in lower campground thru Mar 31st. $25 per month. Call 938-2514 for more information



QUOTES TO LIVE BY – BEN’S FRIENDS SERIES

Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.

By Malcom Forbes (January is the month of diets)


When you feel like quitting, think about why you started!

 

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