A special meeting of the City Council of the City of Walcott, Iowa was held on Monday, August 14, 2015, with Mayor John Kostichek calling the meeting to order at 7:30 a.m. Council members present were: Tim Koehler, Virgil Wayne Latimer, Lisa Mengler, and Jackie Puck. Absent: Jacob Puck. Also present were employees: Lisa Rickertsen, Linda Rivers, and Tom Schirman, and Missman, Inc. engineer, John Fellman.
Jackie Puck moved and Latimer seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Fellman expressed his frustration with obtaining the required permit from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for the Main Street Enhancement project. He stated that at the beginning of the project they were told by the IDNR that a variance would not be required (for the bridge walkway addition) and it wasn’t until the last week of July when the IDNR required it. During discussion, it was reported a permit is now being issued for the remainder of the project, which requires a permit, and work will continue on all but the bridge walkway portion. Koehler moved and Mengler seconded to proceed with obtaining the required IDNR variance permit (for the bridge walkway) and authorize Attorney Schirman to assist as necessary. Motion carried.
During the planning stages of the Main Street Enhancement project, Mediacom had agreed to coordinate installation of their cable with the contractor’s installation of the storm sewer, however, they stated on August 13th that they would bring the materials but wanted the project contractor to install their cable line. The cable installation is Mediacom’s responsibility and is not part of the contractor’s contract. Council members expressed their frustration with Mediacom’s lack of participation and the impact on local businesses.
Jackie Puck moved and Latimer seconded to adjourn at 8:30 a.m. Motion carried.
All motions were unanimous.