The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Tuesday, the 4th day of September, 2012, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor Pro Tem John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Other council members present were: Tim Koehler, Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Mayor Jim Couper. City employees present: Lisa Rickertsen, John Brockmann, Jeff Blake, and Tom Schirman.
Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices and minutes from August 20, 2012. Motion carried.
Audience. Joe Hahn, Josh Geigle, and Brent Puck.
Witt Property : NW Corner of Main & Lincoln Streets. Attorney Schirman reported on the setback requirements and lot size if the south lot was purchased and combined with the adjacent vacant lot. Schirman also reported on costs for a Phase 1 environmental study and asbestos survey. Following further discussion, Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to table the topic to the October 1st meeting. Motion carried.
Landscaping Bids for Prairie View Park. Five bids were received for the landscaping project at Prairie View Park. Brent Puck reported the Recreational Trail Committee recommended the low bidder, Freeman Tree Farm & Landscaping. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to award the landscaping project to Freeman Tree Farm & Landscaping at a cost of $4,705. Motion carried. Discussion was held on how to provide water to the landscaped areas. Brockmann will obtain pricing on the most cost effective options and present at the next regular meeting.
Trick-or-Treating. Jacob Puck moved and Koehler seconded to approve Trick-or-Treating on October 30th from 6 : 8 p.m. Motion carried. Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve the Halloween parade from Victory Park to the Walcott Legion on October 30th. Motion carried.
N. Lift Station Project. Mengler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve payment #4, to Jim Schroeder Construction, in the amount of $75,346.45. Motion carried.
Crack Sealing Project. Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to award the crack sealing project on Main Street from James Street to the railroad tracks to Affordable Parking Lot at a cost of $3,400. Motion carried.
Fire Department Report.
Service Level. Assistant Chief Josh Geigle reported on upcoming changes to the EMS (emergency medical services) levels beginning in 2014. Geigle stated that the Fire Department's service level is being reclassified from EMT-I to EMT-B. He stated only two volunteers are currently able to operate at an EMT-I level, which can initiate saline IV's, so the department has typically been operating at an EMT-B level. Geigle also stated the patient care level won't change and the ambulance services can start IV's and administer drugs as needed.
Street Closure. Chief Hahn was present to request permission to close E. Bryant Street from Main Street to Henry Street for the Fire Department Steak Fry on October 6, 2012. Kostichek moved and Mengler seconded to approve closing E. Bryant Street between Main Street and Henry Street on October 6, 2012, beginning at Noon. Motion carried.
Banners on City Property. Chief Hahn requested permission to temporarily place banners on the city-owned properties at 1113 N. Main Street and the south-east corner of Main and Lincoln Streets. The banners will be adverting for volunteers to join the department. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the temporary banner locations request. Motion carried.
Police Report. Chief Blake reported a second camera was installed at Prairie View Park and the police bike is now equipped with lights and a siren.
City Clerk's Report. Mengler moved and Kostichek seconded to approve Resolution 2012-33, Approving the 2012 Fiscal Year Street Finance Report. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Kostichek, Koehler, Jacob Puck, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried. Discussion was held on the proposed Urban Renewal Plan Amendment. Rickertsen reported the event for the street closure on September 8th which was previously approved by council has been cancelled.
City Code Review. Following a review and discussion on the proposed draft of the City Code, Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to approve Resolution 2012-32, Notice of Hearing on the Adoption of the Proposed Code of Ordinances. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Kostichek, Koehler, Jacob Puck, and Mengler. Motion carried. A public hearing will be held on October 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Koehler moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 7:47 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.