The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 1st day of August, 2016, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Tim Koehler and Virgil Wayne Latimer. City employees present: Steve Bowman, Lisa Rickertsen, and Tom Schirman.
Approval of Agenda. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda, including the invoices, and beer permit renewals for Pilot Travel Centers #043 & #268. Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes from July 5, 2016. Jacob Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the minutes from July 5, 2016. Motion carried.
Approval of Sale of Antenna Tower. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the sale of the antenna tower to Tim Hamann, in the amount of $110. Motion carried.
Resolution 2016-33, Establishing Reserve Fund for the Fire Department Future Building Needs. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2016-33. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried.
Main Street Bridge Channel Shaping Project.
Resolution 2016-34, Setting Public Hearing Date on Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract and Cost Estimate. Jacob Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve Resolution 2016-34. Roll call ayes: Jacob Puck, Mengler, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried. The public hearing is set for August 15th at 6:00 p.m. Bids will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. on September 1st.
James Street Watermain Project.
Resolution 2016-35, Setting Public Hearing Date on Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract and Cost Estimate. Jackie Puck moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2016-35. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Jacob Puck, and Mengler. Motion carried. The public hearing is scheduled for August 15th at 6:00 p.m. Bids will be accepted until 1:30 p.m. on September 1st.
South Downey Street Project.
Approval of Payment #2 to All American Concrete for $35,113.90. Moved by Mengler and seconded by Jacob Puck to approve payment #2 to All American Concrete for $35,113.90. Motion carried.
Larry Seiler – 200 W. Flagg Street – Alley Maintenance. Seiler questioned the status of the alley maintenance behind his building at 200 W. Flagg Street. Discussion was held that alleys are not built to withstand frequent large vehicle traffic. As stated at the last meeting, the City is in the process of working on an alley maintenance policy. Following further discussion, Mengler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to table the alley maintenance discussion to the next meeting, following more information from Bowman. Motion carried.
Building/Code Enforcement Official Position. Rickertsen stated Linda Rivers has submitted a letter of resignation but she is willing to continue in the position during the hiring process and assist with training and inspections as needed. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to advertise for a part-time Building/Code Enforcement Official. Motion carried.
Public Works Department Report. Bowman presented a project worksheet for tree removal at 106 W. Lincoln Street and gave an update on the South Downey Street project. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to accept the bid from Turkle Tree Service for $930 to remove the tree and stump. Motion carried.
City Clerk Report. Rickertsen reported the City Engineer position has become vacant. The Zoning Administrator will submit a recommendation on appointing a new City Engineer at the next regular meeting.
Mayor Report. Mayor Kostichek read a letter from Iowa Department of Transportation regarding a resurfacing project on Interstate 80 next year.
Audience Comments. John Brockmann reported on concerns he had with the South Downey Street project.
Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:45 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.