October 4, 2021 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 4th day of October, 2021, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Larry Smith. Absent:  none. City staff present: Paul Stagg and Jackie Huston.

Approval of Agenda. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Harry Knutsen expressed his concerns about vehicles not stopping at the new stop sign on Main Street.  Koberg explained that the police department is responsible for enforcement and drivers are still getting used to the new stop sign.

Consent Agenda. Puck moved and Koberg seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices and Tax Increment Financing Rebate Payments Per Agreements – Iowa 80 Truckstop, Inc. – Main Building Expansion, ½ of 2nd year rebate = $14,487.08 & Atlantic Bottling Company – Coke Building, ½ of 1st year rebate = $43,748.82.  Motion carried.

Minutes from September 20, 2021.  Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the minutes from September 20, 2021.  Motion carried with Smith abstaining due to absence.

IMEG Engineering Proposal.  Stagg presented a proposal for engineering services for the design of the E. Lincoln Street Reconstruction Project.  Following discussion, the Council consensus was to extend angle parking to both sides of the 200 block of E. Lincoln, if possible.  Bieri moved and Puck seconded to approve the engineering proposal for the E. Lincoln Street Resconstruction Project for $148,500 from IMEG.  Motion carried.

Public Works Department Report.  Stagg presented an agreement with the farmer adjacent to Sterling Drive to provide a windbreak to assist in snow removal.  Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to approve the Standing Corn Windbreak Agreement with Paustian Enterprises Ltd. to leave 16 rows of corn standing for a cost of $2,433.02.  Motion carried.  Stagg also reported on department activities including:  the Victory Park Project should start this week, Public Works has been mowing Prairie View Park instead of burning it off, and the water main break on Main Street was due to holes in the bottom of the main caused by corrosion to the outside of the pipe.

Mayor’s Report and Council Member Comments.  Comments included thanking Stagg and his department, along with Needham Excavating, for their efforts on the lengthy repairs required to restore water service after the recent water main break.

Koberg moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:34 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.

 

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Mayor John Kostichek                                                      Jackie Huston, Deputy City Clerk