The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 3rd day of June, 2013, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor Pro Tem John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Other council members present were: Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck and Jacob Puck. Absent: Tim Koehler. City employees present: Jeff Blake, John Brockmann, Joe Hahn, Lisa Rickertsen, and Tom Schirman.
Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Mayor Vacancy : Appointment. After reviewing the two Mayoral applications, Jackie Puck moved and Jacob Puck seconded to appoint John Kostichek as Mayor until the next regular election on November 5, 2013. Motion carried. Rickertsen administered the oath of office to John Kostichek.
Consent Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices and minutes from May 20, 2013. Motion carried.
Audience. Wayne Latimer, Phil Roberts, and Josh Geigle.
Minutes from 05/22/13. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the minutes from May 22, 2013. Motion carried.
Fire Department. Assistant Chief Josh Geigle reported he is working on schedules for the temporary part-time EMS/Firefighter positions, which will be starting within the next two weeks. New Members : Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve new Fire Department members, Jake Bruns and Mike Cooksey. Motion carried.
2013 Pavement Markings. Jacob Puck moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve participating in the Pavement Marking Program with Scott County. Motion carried.
Fireworks Displays for Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the fireworks displays application and supporting documents for the Walcott Truckers Jamboree on July 11th and 12th. Motion carried.
W. Bryant Street (Powers Street, Rowe Lane, & Parker Street) Proposed Sidewalk Assessments. Rickertsen reported she was waiting for paperwork from one property owner and hopes to have it prior to the next regular meeting.
Resolution 2013-18, Approving Police Canine Policy. Following questions to Chief Blake regarding the policy, Jackie Puck moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2013-18. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Jacob Puck, and Mengler. Motion carried.
FYE 2014 Wages. Jackie Puck proposed a 2% wage increase for full-time employees. Mengler stated her preference would be a 2% average increase of all full-time employee's wages. This issue will be on the June 17th agenda.
Ordinance 463-13, Amending Certain Provisions Pertaining to Building Codes. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 463-13. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried. This amends the International Property Maintenance Code to require carbon monoxide detectors for rental units.
Police Department Report. Chief Blake presented his report including that he will be participating in the ALICE training later this week with school representatives.
Public Works Department Report. Brockmann presented his report including heavy rain related issues.
City Clerk's Department Report. Rickertsen presented her report including the following:
- The Quad Cities Convention and Visitor's Bureau nominated Iowa 80 Truckstop as the 8th Wonder of the World in Virtual Tourist's online contest. You can vote until September 30th at www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder.
- Letter from Iowa American Water regarding their interest in further expansion of their Iowa operations and request to meet with City representatives regarding Walcott's water and/or waste water needs. Council expressed no interest in a meeting, however this issue will be listed on the June 17th agenda to approve a response to Iowa American Water.
Questions/Concerns. Hahn questioned if the Fire Department should be obtaining quotes on a new fire department facility. There was no council consensus on what direction the council would be proceeding in regards to a new fire department facility.
Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:35 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.