The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 19th day of June, 2017, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Tim Koehler, Virgil Wayne Latimer, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Jackie Puck. City employees present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, and Paul Stagg.
Approval of Agenda. Jacob Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda, with the deletion of the cigarette permit renewal for the Lampliter as listed in the consent agenda. Motion carried.
Public Comments. Andy Brus reported that he was not satisfied with the condition of the stop sign located adjacent to his property. Chief Blake stated the stop sign is visible and does not require immediate attention. The sign will be replaced as time permits. George Peddle complained again about the water quality at his house. A water sample was previously taken at his residence, sent to the state laboratory for testing, and the results indicated there is nothing wrong with his water. Mengler stated a letter and a copy of the report from the lab was mailed to him.
Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Latimer seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from June 5, 2017, and Class A Liquor, including Outdoor Service and Sunday License for the Walcott Legion Post #548, May 2017 financial reports, Resolution 2017-26 Approving Transfer of Funds, Resolution 2017-27 Approving Wage Increase for Heavy Equipment Operator/Laborer Neal Krebs (due to water operator certification), and annual cigarette permit renewals for Casey’s, Pilot Travel Centers #043 and #268. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Latimer, Jacob Puck, and Koehler. Motion carried.
- Koehler moved and Latimer seconded to approve the Walcott Day Parade and closure of appropriate streets on July 15, 2017. Motion carried.
- Street Closures. Koehler moved and Mengler seconded to approve closing N. Henry Street, between James and Lincoln Streets; E. Otis Street, between Downey and Main Streets; and N. Downey Street, between Meadow Lane and Lincoln Street on July 15, 2017. Motion carried.
- Fireworks Donation. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the donation of $1,000 to the Walcott Day Committee for the fireworks display. Motion carried.
- 5K Race & Street Closure. Latimer moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the 5K race route and the closure of E. Bryant Street (race starting line), between Main & Henry Streets (5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.) on July 15th. Motion carried.
Police Department Report. Chief Blake presented a project worksheet to purchase and install equipment for the new squad. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve proceeding with squad equipment purchase and installation from Karl Emergency Vehicles ($12,108.07) and the graphic material from Auto Trim & Sign ($270.00). Motion carried.
Public Works Department Report. Stagg stated there was miscommunication between him and the greenhouse staff regarding the timing and dosage of fertilizer with the hanging flower baskets on Main Street. The problem has been identified and steps have been taken to remedy the problem. The baskets are currently being delivered back to the greenhouse and will be returned late next week.
Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:21 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.