The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 18th day of November, 2013, 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, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: None. City employees present: John Brockmann, Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, and Jeff Blake.
Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Koehler seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from November 4, 2013, winter maintenance proposal with Scott County and the October 2013 financial reports. Motion carried.
Audience. Fire Chief, Joe Hahn, and fire department member Rusty Holzworth.
S. Downey Street Watermain Project. Koehler moved and Mengler seconded to approve payment #2 to Ellsworth Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $9,398.65, as recommended by the project engineer. Motion carried.
Resolution 2013-41, Approval of Annual FYE 2013 Annual Urban Renewal Report. Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2013-41. Roll call ayes: Koehler, Jackie Puck, Jacob Puck, Latimer, and Mengler. Motion carried.
Chief Hahn and Holzworth left meeting due to a fire call.
Resolution 2013-42, Approval of Police Chief Wage Increase. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve Resolution 2013-42. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Mengler, Jacob Puck, Latimer, and Koehler. Motion carried. This $.25 hourly wage increase is for certification as an A.L.I.C.E. (Alert/Lockdown/Inform/Counter/Evacuate) Instructor.
Witt Property – NW Corner of Main & Lincoln Streets. Discussion was held on the counter-offer from Charles and Sandra Witt on the south building located at the NW corner of Main and Lincoln Streets. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2013-43, Accepting Counter-Offer from Charles and Sandra Witt. Roll call ayes: Koehler, Jacob Puck, and Jackie Puck. Nays: Mengler and Latimer. Motion carried. The offer is $14,000 for the south lot which is 20' x 100'.
Ordinance 468-13, Amending School Stops (crosswalks). Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to waive the second reading of Ordinance 468-13, Pertaining to School Stops. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Jacob Puck, Jackie Puck, Latimer, and Koehler. Motion carried. Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve the third and final reading of Ordinance 468-13. Roll call ayes: Koehler, Jackie Puck, Jacob Puck, Latimer, and Mengler. Motion carried. This crosswalk is located on James Street, approximately 200' east of the intersection of James Street and Century Street.
Police Department Report. Chief Blake stated the new striping has been installed on all three squads. Jackie Puck requested information from Chief Blake for the next meeting on adding another full-time officer.
Public Works Department Report. Brockmann reported there are deteriorated concrete sections that are being replaced on Walker Street.
City Clerk's Department Report. Rickertsen reported on the following:
- Attendance at a recent budget meeting and update on the new property tax system and business property tax credit available for local business properties.
- Distributed the building department report for the month of October.
- City offices will be closed on November 28th and 29th in observance of Thanksgiving.
Mayor's Report. Mayor Kostichek reported on the following:
- Fire Department was notified they will be receiving grant funds from the Scott County Regional Authority. He thanked the department and Rickertsen for preparing and submitting the grant application.
- The Splash Pad project is in the developmental stage and completion could take a considerable amount of time depending on design and funding.
Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:33 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.