Collins, Elledge, Schubert take oath of office in Monona
By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
At Monona’s Dec. 17 regular city council meeting, Barb Collins was sworn in as the new Monona mayor, replacing Fran Passmore, who had served for six years. John Elledge and Jason Schubert were sworn in as councilmen, replacing Pat Martin, who had served for four years, and Darci Colsch, who had served for a year and a half.
“I didn’t know what it would entail,” Passmore said of her position as mayor, “but I’ve enjoyed it and learned a lot. Everyone should have this experience.”
“You think you know so much until you get into it,” Martin added.
Rasmussen joins Monona Airport Board
Monona Airport Manager Clyde Thompson also provided an update on the airport. Due to board member Joe Sass’s current duties as Monona’s assistant fire chief, Thompson said Sass has relinquished his spot on the airport board. Sass had served for nine years and his current term was due to expire in 2017. The board of directors appointed Paul Rasmussen, the owner of McGregor’s Spook Cave Campground, to the post.
“[Rasmussen] will be an asset to us,” Thompson said. “He’s a pilot and owns a plane.”
In other airport news, Thompson added that the airport’s runway lights were turned off on Dec. 9, so it is officially closed for the season.
Chris Krebsback of Tealwood Management, Inc., which manages Monona’s Garden View Senior Living Community, requested that the council sign a resolution formalizing Tealwood’s authority to develop and maintain a more robust corporate compliance program. A corporate compliance program both finds and prevents violations, making sure the facility treats its residents ethically.
“We’ve always had this,” Krebsback said of the program, which employees are trained on annually. “It’s really going along with what’s already in place. This just puts it on paper and makes it more official. Should we have to do an audit, we can say, ‘This is how we do it.’”
Krebsback said the formalization is at the request of the Office of Inspector General with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Tealwood has to get a resolution from the council because the city owns the Garden View building.
The council took no action, choosing to discuss the resolution again at the next regular meeting.
PeopleService Operator Bob Penrod also gave a report, mentioning that the water issues some residents of East Iowa Street have been facing will be worked on throughout the winter.
“It’s going to include some in depth study, and we’ll probably have to get an engineer involved,” Penrod said.
Hydrants had been regularly flushed in order to keep the stagnant water moving, but that only alleviated the problem momentarily. With the colder weather, flushing hydrants also becomes difficult.
“It’s going to take further study,” Penrod said. “Everybody knows there isn’t a short term fix.”
The council met in closed session to review police chief applications, but took no action. Former Monona Police Chief Jane Scott-Quandahl relinquished her duties earlier in the month. With the absence of a police force, the city has received coverage from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.
The council decided to change the city’s regular meetings to the first and third Mondays of each month, at 6 p.m., at the Monona City Hall. The council had been meeting the first and third Tuesdays of every month.