Mayor Jay Pattee led his final City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 18. Prior to the meeting, members of the community attended a retirement party for Mayor Pattee in the Clarion Room of the Security Bank Building.

During the Mayor/Council comments, Mayor Pattee discussed all of the projects occurring during the time he served in both City Council and as the town’s Mayor.

“I didn’t do much of anything but be Mayor,” Mayor Jay Pattee reminisced. “When I was elected Mayor, I thought to myself, ‘It’s really going to be no big deal to be Mayor of Perry, Iowa; I had grown up part of my life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I thought Perry’s a much smaller town, what can be the big deal about being Mayor of Perry, Iowa.”

After discussing all of the projects, all but not limited to, the Big Bike project, the revitalization of Hotel Pattee, DMACC’s birth into the Perry community, Perry’s continued vision for solar energy, Perry’s Dog Park, Violet Hill cemetery improvements, welcoming Kum & Go, Casey’s and a Car Wash into town, as well as Perry’s downtown revitalization.

“Those are just a few of the many things that have happened over the last fifteen years,” Pattee concluded. “I’ve got to say, I said at the beginning when I became the Mayor of Perry I thought it was no big deal - it’s a big deal.”

During the beginning of the Open Comments portion of the meeting, newly elected City Council members were recognized and sworn into their positions, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Mayor Elect, John Andorf, At-Large Elect, Vicki Klein, and returner, 2nd Ward Elect, Dr. Randy McCaulley.

Afterwards, John Palmer of the Perry Historic Preservation Commission presented the City of Perry with an award from the National Historic Preservation in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Preservation Act.

Perry was recognized for their Perry Historic Preservation Commission, which began May 12, 1993.

The following items were approved during the duration of the Monday night’s meeting.

City of Perry accepts Wind Turbine Donation agreement

The Council agreed to terminate the agreement between the City of Perry and HR Green pertaining a Wind Turbine easement and rental agreement dating back to April 16, 2010, the Summary Report notes. HR Green was interested in donating the Wind Turbine Property, including the Wind Turbine and Generator, back to the City of Perry.

“They have decided to donate that to us,” said Sven Peterson, City Administrator.

“The wonderful thing is that it’s donated to us, we don’t have to pay for it, and it’s a win-win financially and long-term for the waste-water plant,” Pattee said.

Resolution approving the Continuation of a General Obligation Guarantee Agreement for Nudgers Kerns Management

After a public hearing, Nudgers member, Matt McDevitt spoke on behalf of the Nudgers group and answered questions pertaining projects the organization has been part of.

According to the Summary Report, the obligation guarantee agreement is with Great Western Bank in the principal amount, not to exceed $350,000. The agreement provides security for a loan related to a project in the Perry Urban Renewal Area.

The next City Council meeting will take place on Monday, Jan. 15.