April 19, 2021 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 19th day of April, 2021, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Lisa Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Larry Smith. Absent: None. City staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg. Due to COVID-19 and as permitted under the Iowa Code, Chapter 21.8, which allows an electronic meeting where individuals may participate remotely when an in-person meeting is impossible or impractical, call-in information was provided to the public on the meeting agenda notice.

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

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. No comments.

Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from April 5, 2021, March 2021 financial reports, and Resolution 2021-16, Transfer of Funds. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Smith, Puck, and Bieri. Motion carried.

Ordinance 517-21, Amending the Official Zoning Map. Smith moved and Puck seconded to approve the third reading of Ordinance 517-21. Roll call ayes: Smith, Puck, Mengler, and Bieri. Motion carried. This rezones a portion of property owned by Ossian, Inc, at 111 N. Blue Grass Road, from S-A, Suburban Agriculture, to M-1, Light Industrial.

Ordinance 518-21, Amending Chapter 155 Pertaining to Above Ground Storage Tanks. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 518-21. Roll call ayes: Puck, Bieri, Mengler, and Smith. Motion carried. As discussed at prior meetings, changes included in the ordinance are to align more with the Code of Iowa and fire codes.

Ossian’s Second Addition. Rickertsen reported the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the preliminary and final plats for Ossian’s Second Addition. 

  • Resolution 2021-17, Approving Preliminary Plat for Ossian’s Second Addition. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve Resolution 2021-17, as recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Smith, Puck, and Bieri. Motion carried.
  • Resolution 2021-18, Approving Final Plat for Ossian’s Second Addition. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve Resolution 2021-18, as recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission. Roll call ayes: Puck, Bieri, Mengler, and Smith. Motion carried.

Iowa 80 Eighth Addition. Rickertsen reported the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the preliminary and final plats for Iowa 80 Eighth Addition.       

  • Resolution 2021-19, Approving Preliminary Plat for Iowa 80 Eighth Addition. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve Resolution 2021-19, as recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission. Roll call ayes: Puck, Mengler, Smith, and Bieri. Motion carried.
  • Resolution 2021-20, Approving Final Plat for Iowa 80 Eighth Addition. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve Resolution 2021-20, as recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Smith, Puck, and Bieri. Motion carried.

Review of Proposed Code Changes – Chapters 50 – 81. Proposed City Code changes to chapters 50 – 81 were reviewed. These changes will be incorporated in the City Code recodification process.

Public Works Department Report. Stagg reported on the following: tree seedlings will be delivered this week, completion of spring hydrant flushing, and updates on the Downey Street water main improvement project. He also reported on the recent wetland clean-up event at Prairie View Park and expressed thanks to all the volunteers and to Scott County Watershed for organizing the event. Stagg was asked about the status of installing sidewalks at Wescott Park and W. Otis Street concerns. He responded he was waiting on the City Engineer.

City Clerk Report. Rickertsen reported on the proposed budget amendment for fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to set the public hearing date for the FYE 2021 Budget Amendment for May 17, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Motion carried.

Mayor Report. Mayor Kostichek thanked the organizations and volunteers that helped with the Wescott Park project and Prairie View Park clean-up, with a special thanks to Scott County Watershed.

Council Member Comments. Council members also expressed thanks to the volunteers for their  work at Wescott & Prairie View Parks. A special thanks was expressed to all the individuals and organizations that donated to the Wescott Park project. Chief Blake will look into parking concerns expressed by the Council.

Council Vacancy Appointment. Two applicants, Joe Aubry and Kirk Koberg, were both thanked for their interest in fulfilling the council vacancy. Following discussion, Mengler moved and Puck seconded to appoint Kirk Koberg to the City Council, until the next regular election on November 2, 2021. Motion carried. Mayor Kostichek administered the oath of office to Kirk Koberg.

Planning & Zoning Commission Appointment. Puck moved and Smith seconded to appoint Joe Aubry to the Planning & Zoning Commission, term ending 12/31/2021. Motion carried. Mayor Kostichek administered the oath of office to Joe Aubry.

Smith moved and Bieri seconded to adjourn at 6:43 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.