A special meeting of the City Council of the City of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00p.m. Council members present were: Everett Bieri, Harry Knutsen, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. City staff present: Paul Stagg and Lisa Rickertsen.
Introduction of Audience: IMEG representatives, Jason Holdorf and Kirk Nelson, and residents: Bernard Brus, Brent Arp, Karla Burt, Kendall Mattson, Sarah Leonard, Stephanie Poggenpohl, and Sandy Barclay.
Knutsen moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
IMEG Report – W. Otis Street Construction Resolution. On behalf of IMEG, Jason Holdorf and Kirk Nelson presented an updated map of proposed improvements to W. Otis Street, which their company is taking responsibility for correcting the street deficiencies. Nelson stated there has been continued pavement movement since last year so they have modified the plans to replace the street and remove a few feet of backfill which was placed over the trenches. The parking area adjacent to the tennis court will also be replaced, as well as some sidewalk areas at trench crossings. They believe the movement was caused from the material used as the backfill and they feel this new plan will resolve the street issues. Mengler stated she wants to be sure there is some type of performance bond or 4-year guarantee on the improvements, which they had agreed to. Questions arose on the timing of the project. The scope has grown since last fall when they originally contacted a contractor so they do not have a current start date yet but it won’t start before Memorial Day. Holdorf will follow-up with their contractor and report a potential timeline back to the City. Discussion ensued and residents along the street were asked to contact Stagg if they have any project concerns although they feel most should be addressed in the proposed plan. Discussion was held on timing variables and having the contractor proceed with the project as soon as they are available. Questions arose on the opening of the splash pad. The opening will be dependent on the project timeline but will not be open during construction. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the construction proposal from IMEG to replace W. Otis Street. Motion carried. Brent Arp questioned the walkway to his business, which did not have stairs prior to the project, and Holdorf responded they would look at it.
Koberg moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:38 p.m. Ayes: All. Motion carried.