The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 7th day of April, 2014, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Tim Koehler, Virgil Wayne Latimer, Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: None. City employees present: Jeff Blake, John Brockmann, Lisa Rickertsen, and Tom Schirman.
Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Koehler moved and Latimer seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from March 17, 2014, March 2014 financial reports, Lampliter Class C Liquor License renewal and Walcott Unified Fund beer permits for Wescott and Victory Parks. Motion carried.
Audience. Larry Koberg, Shane Smith, Randy Moeller, Andrea, Harrison, and Marin Schmidt, and Michael and Robbie Greve.
Fastpitch Tournaments. Larry Koberg was present and reported that there will be two fastpitch softball tournaments this summer. The Fastpitch Invitational will be held from May 23rd : May 25th and the Iowa Area ISC Qualifier Men's Fastpitch Tournament will be from June 5th : June 8th. Koberg requested fencing both Wescott and Victory Parks for the tournaments, beginning on May 21st. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to allow the fences to be installed at Wescott and Victory Parks on May 21st and be removed on June 9th. Motion carried.
2014 Pavement Markings. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve participating with Scott County for pavement markings this year. Motion carried.
Resolution 2014-12, Set Date for Public Hearing W. Bryant Street Improvement Project. Latimer moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2014-12. Roll call ayes: Latimer, Jackie Puck, Mengler, Koehler, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried. The public hearing will be at 6:00 p.m. on April 21st and bids will be received until 2:00 p.m. on April 30th.
Resolution 2014-13, Set Date for Public Hearing on Designation of the Expanded Urban Renewal Area and Plan Amendment. Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2014-13. Roll call ayes: Koehler, Jackie Puck, Jacob Puck, Latimer, and Mengler. Motion carried. The public hearing will be at 6:00 p.m. on May 5th.
Resolution 2014-14, Authorizing Payment for the Demolition of Building per Dangerous Building Order. Mengler moved and Latimer seconded to approve Resolution 2014-14. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Latimer, Koehler, Jacob Puck, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried. Payment in the amount of $3,488 will be made to Holst Trucking & Excavating.
Ordinance 470-14, Amending Certain Provisions Pertaining to Parking Prohibited. Discussion was held on the proposed changes to Chapter 69 regarding parking restrictions. Rickertsen discussed the changes as requested by council. Mengler introduced and moved to approve the first reading of Ordinance 470-14. Seconded by Koehler. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Koehler, Latimer, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried. The amendment includes a change in the introduction of Chapter 69.06, to define that vehicles include towables/trailers, and adding that front yard parking in residential R-1, R-2, and R-3 zoning areas is prohibited unless parking is on an approved driveway surface. This ordinance is not effective until after three readings are held and publication of ordinance.
Summer Youth Program. Robbie Greve was present to ask the council to consider raising the grade/age limit for the Summer Youth Program. The ages for the program are currently 5 : 12. Following discussion, Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to increase the Summer Youth Program age to 14. Motion carried. Rickertsen will contact Camp Abe Lincoln regarding the program age change.
Police Department Report. Mayor Kostichek reported on complaints regarding the Police Department's schedule. Chief Blake noted that schedules are adjusted as needed.
Public Work's Report. Brockmann reported on his review of the plans and specifications for the W. Bryant Street Improvement project and upcoming concrete work due to watermain breaks.
City Clerk's Report.
- Prairie View Park Native Plantings. Dan Mays' presentation on the plantings at Prairie View Park will be on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fire Meeting room.
- Building Department Report. Rickertsen distributed the March report from the Building Official.
Mayor's Report. Mayor Kostichek appointed Josh Geigle, Fire Chief, to the Scott County E911 Board.
Questions/Concerns. Randy Moeller questioned the status of the S. Downey Street pavement project. It was discussed that this project is in the Capital Improvements Plan but the only street project currently budgeted is the W. Bryant Street project.
Jackie Puck moved and Koehler seconded to adjourn at 6:35 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.