The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 16th day of October, 2017, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Virgil Wayne Latimer, Tim Koehler, Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: None. City staff present: Adam Hill, Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg.
Approval of Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. John Brockmann questioned if the City was willing to sell him some used concrete pipe. Stagg stated the broken concrete pipe sections were disposed of.
Consent Agenda. Jacob Puck moved and Koehler seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from October 2, 2017, and the September financial reports. Motion carried.
Scott County Board of Supervisors. Scott County Supervisors, Carol Earnhardt, Tony Knobbe, Ken Beck, Diane Holst, and Brinson Kinzer, and County Administrator, Mahesh Sharma, were present. Earnhardt reported on recent projects and presented their secondary roads five year plan. Mayor Kostichek reported on the City’s recent projects and Mengler expressed concerns with a recent Resolution the County approved regarding their review of community TIF (tax increment financing) proposals and their opposition to use of TIF incentives that provides retail or service jobs. Discussion ensued regarding the need for retail and service jobs for smaller communities which can be vital to their economy. Walcott only receives approximately 40% of the local option sales tax generated in Walcott so additional retail and service jobs are benefiting the entire county through increased sales tax. Earnhardt expressed that the Resolution is their baseline policy statement and that all projects are reviewed individually.
Hearts and Hands Foundation – Landscaping Entrance Signs Update. Austin Burt reported on the entrance signs and presented landscaping options to the City Council. Concerns were expressed on the desire to utilize low maintenance plants and some type of landscaping to prevent traffic going through the area on the east side of the intersection. Following discussion, Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to allow the Hearts and Hands Foundation to proceed with landscaping with river rock and low maintenance plants. Motion carried.
Scott County Sno-Seekers Swap Meet. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the request from Scott County Sno-Seekers to close a portion of Downey Street, between James and Otis Street, and Otis Street, between Downey and Henry Streets, on November 5th between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for the annual Sno-Seekers annual swap meet at Victory Park. Motion carried.
Sinksen Strong Benefit. Koehler moved and Latimer seconded to approve the request from Walcott Women, to close a portion of E. Bryant Street, between Main and Henry Streets from Noon – 9:00 p.m. on November 10th for the Sinksen Strong Benefit. Motion carried. Mengler abstained due to conflict of interest (Walcott Women member). Mengler stated they would like to utilize the city-owned lot north of the tracks (former lumberyard lot) for parking during the benefit, pending lot conditions. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to allow parking on the city-owned lot, weather permitting, during the benefit. Motion carried. Mengler abstained due to conflict of interest.
City Property at 116 W. Lincoln Street. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to have staff obtain asbestos and demolition costs, following utilization of the house for fire department training. Motion carried.
City Clerk Report. Rickertsen reported on the upcoming community meeting at the Walcott American Legion on November 13th at 6:30 p.m. to gather input for the comprehensive plan update. Rickertsen questioned if council wished to pursue providing property tax exemptions for construction of single family homes on the vacant lots in the Westbrook additions. Council consensus was to move forward with pursuing the incentive program to help spur development within the Westbrook additions and other potential areas.
Council Member Comments. Mengler thanked Rickertsen for her research on new residential housing incentives and questioned Sergeant Hill about vehicle burglaries within the county. Residents are reminded to lock their vehicle doors. Jackie Puck asked Stagg about repainting the curb by the bank.
Mengler moved and Latimer seconded to adjourn at 7:02 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.