The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 18th day of September, 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: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, and Paul Stagg.
Approval of Agenda. Jacob Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from September 5, 2017, August financial reports, and the cigarette permit for Dolgencorp, LLC (Dollar General Store). Motion carried.
Scott County Health Department – Iowa Walking College Action Plan. Christina McDonough, Scott County Health Department, reported on her participation in the Iowa Walking College, which provides education and training to public health professionals for exploring ways to improve and promote walking and biking. McDonough stated she performed a walk audit at three Main Street intersections in Walcott and reviewed the proposed Iowa Walking College action plan recommendations and $2,500 funding opportunity. Discussion was held on using the potential grant funds to purchase a crosswalk paint sprayer. Following discussion, Mengler moved and Koehler seconded to approve the Iowa Walking College action plan and move forward with purchasing a crosswalk paint sprayer, following grant approval. Motion carried.
Scott County Library System – On-Street ADA Parking Request. Tricia Kane, Scott County Library System Director, was present to request an on-street ADA parking spot for the Library at 101 E. Durant Street. Kane presented a map with the ADA parking request on Durant Street. Kane responded to several questions from the audience and council members and acknowledged that the Library would be responsible for all costs, including future painting of the ADA markings. Discussion ensued regarding the possibility of a no parking zone for the north side of E. Durant Street, across from the Library. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the proposed on-street ADA parking spot, as approved by the Building Official. Motion carried.
Night Owl Wireless, LLC – Request for Right-of-Way license. Andy Willey, Night Owl Wireless, was present to discuss the proposed ROW license agreement for Night Owl Wireless, LLC to install a fiber optic cable and wireless equipment in city right-of-way. The memo prepared by Attorney Schirman regarding his concerns with the agreement was reviewed. Residents Nicole Stange (Photos by Nicole) and John Friede both expressed their support for Night Owl Wireless. Schirman and Willey will work out details of the agreement as discussed and it will be presented at the October 2nd meeting for approval.
Larry Seiler – Street & Alley Maintenance. Seiler was not in attendance.
Resolution 2017-33, Acceptance of Sanitary Sewer Maintenance Agreement. Rickertsen stated that this agreement is in connection with the Iowa 80 Truckstop Site Plan that was approved on May 15, 2017. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve Resolution 2017-33. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Mengler, Koehler, Latimer, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried.
Police Department Report. Chief Blake reported the new squad should be in service soon. The old squad will be transferred to the Building Official and the 2006 Crown Victoria will be sold.
Public Works Department Report.
Water Tower Painting – At the September 5th meeting Koehler questioned the length of the warranty and John Brockmann suggested the tower be sandblasted prior to painting. Stagg reported he received written responses from the three companies that provided bids on the north water tower painting. The responses were as follows:
- The exterior coatings will last at least 10 – 15 years.
- Warranty on workmanship is one year, which is also the industry standard.
- Sandblasting would add an unneeded, additional cost of $150,000 – $200,000. All three companies stated sandblasting is not necessary at this time and it would not provide additional longevity to the exterior coating.
Stagg also stated during his research he found that when the south water tower was painted in 2000 and 2015, under direction of the former Public Works Director, none of those bids included sandblasting. The surface preparations done in 2000 and 2015 were the exact level of preparation as currently proposed for the north water tower. Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve painting the tower as proposed by Stagg, accepting the low bid of $46,409 from Utility Service Company. Motion carried.
City Clerk Report. Rickertsen noted that the 20th Annual Fire Department Steak Fry will be at the Walcott Legion on September 30th. Tickets are available at City Hall.
Mayor’s Report. Mayor Kostichek stated he hopes the Fire Department has a successful turnout for the annual steak fry at their new location and he appreciates the members for all they do.
Council Member Comments. Jacob Puck and Latimer both thanked Stagg for his research on the water tower painting. Jacob Puck questioned when the Dawson property is up for review. Latimer commented on the bridge approach repairs, which were done as part of a product demonstration at no cost to the City. Koehler suggested pursuing an article regarding the city-owned property adjacent to City Hall. Mengler questioned the landscaping plan at the entrance signs and an update on the splash pad project. Rickertsen responded that the Hearts & Hands Foundation will be at the next meeting regarding the landscaping plan and an updated proposal was just received on the splash pad equipment/layout and a meeting with the project engineers is being scheduled.
Jacob Puck moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 7:02 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.