The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 2nd day of April, 2012, at WalcottCity Hall. Mayor Couper called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Tim Koehler, John Kostichek, Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: None. City employees present: John Brockmann, Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, Jeff Blake, and Joe Hahn.
Koehler moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda with deletion of items seven and eight. Motion carried. The items deleted, LiftStationBuilding and Storm Sewer Study : W. Bryant Street, will be placed on a future agenda.
Consent Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices and March 19th minutes. Motion carried.
Audience. Brent Puck, Jason Holdorf, Janice Dawson, and Wayne & Beth Latimer.
Approval of Beer Permit & Sunday License for Walcott Unified Fund (W.U.F.) at Victory Park. Jacob Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the beer permit & Sunday license for W.U.F. at VictoryPark.
Approval of Beer Permit & Sunday License for Walcott Unified Fund (W.U.F.) at Wescott Park. Kostichek moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve the beer permit & Sunday license for W.U.F. at WescottPark.
N. Lift Station Project.
Resolution 2012-15, Approving Change Order #2. Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to approve Resolution 2012-15. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Kostichek, Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Koehler abstained due to conflict of interest since Koehler Electric is a subcontractor for the project. Motion carried. This change order includes multiple items but overall it reduces the total project amount by $1,639.62.
Approval of Payment #2. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve payment #2 to Jim Schroeder Construction Inc. in the amount of $60,298.87. Koehler abstained. Motion carried.
Architect Proposals : 1113 N. Main Street. Six proposals were received from local architectural design firms. Discussion was held on the six proposals including comments from audience to: think about building functionality, long-term utilization, and consider firms that have similar project experience. Following discussion, Koehler moved and Mengler seconded to interview Downing Architects, SGGM Architects, and Gere/Dismer Architects. Motion carried. The council will interview the selected firms at a later date. Mayor Couper stated he wants to appoint a committee for the project. He appointed Council Members Jackie Puck and Tim Koehler to lead a committee of , two local business leaders, two residents, and one Vision Committee member, which will be selected by Jackie Puck and Koehler.
Ordinance 456-12, Amending Sewer Rates. Kostichek moved and Mengler seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 456-12. Roll call ayes: Kostichek, Mengler, Koehler, Jacob Puck, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried. The rates will increase $.50 per 1,000 gallons of water usage, beginning with the July 1st bill.
Ordinance 457-12, Amending Speed Zones. Jacob Puck introduced and moved to approve the first reading of Ordinance 457-12. Seconded by Koehler. Roll call ayes: Jacob Puck, Koehler, Kostichek, Mengler, and Jackie Puck. This reduces the speed limit on Walcott Road (County Road F58) to 50 MPH from the west city limits to the east city limits.
Fire Department Report. Chief Hahn presented a project worksheet to purchase two toughbook laptops from the City of Davenport Fire Department. He stated the laptops will be utilized for: receiving call information from dispatch, fire inspections, and other fire related information. Hahn confirmed that the laptops would not be removed from the building, unless located in a city fire department vehicle. Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to approve the purchase from the City of Davenport in the amount of $5,942 plus monthly air card charges. Motion carried. The total monthly fee for the air cards, to access the Internet, is approximately $80/month. The purchase will be paid from the Fire Department Donation Fund and the monthly air card fees will also be paid from the donation fund until June 30, 2013.
Review of City Code. This topic was tabled until the next regular meeting.
Public Work's Report. Brockmann presented his report including several project updates including the following: Flagg Street Project, W. Bryant Street Project, WelcomePark clean-up (landscaping), water run-off on North Henry Street, and status of demolition of 106 W. Lincoln Street.
City Clerk's Report. Rickertsen reported that Dr. Mickey Burt will be attending a meeting in Des Moines, on behalf of the Recreational Trail Committee, regarding the CAT Grant funds.
Mayor's Report. Mayor Couper reported on SisterCity (Bredenbek, Germany) upcoming activities.
Questions/Concerns. Brent Puck reported the Vision Committee is seeking donations for the Main Street Iowa Assessment. Donations should be dropped off at City Hall.
Employee Handbook Review. The handbook was reviewed and discussed.
City Code Review. Outstanding questions and concerns from the codification company were reviewed and discussed.
Koehler moved and Jake Puck seconded to adjourn at 7:43 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.