The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 19th day of August, 2013, 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: John Brockmann, Lisa Rickertsen, Joe Hahn, and Tom Schirman.
Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Public Hearing. Mayor Kostichek opened the public hearing on the South Downey Street Watermain Project. No written comments were received. The project includes the construction of approximately 600 linear feet of 6 inch diameter ductile iron water main to replace an aged system on South Downey Street. Affected property owners, Randy and Debbie Moeller and Stephanie Smith, were present to gather information on the proposed project and questioned future street improvements and storm sewer connections. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to close the public hearing and resume the regular meeting. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from August 5, 2013, July financial reports, and the outdoor service area for Walcott Coliseum liquor license on September 28, 2013. Motion carried.
Audience. Alex Clark, Michael Hutchison, Randy Moeller, Deb Moeller, Stefanie Smith, and Josh Geigle.
Summer Youth Program. Alex Clark, YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln, was present to thank the City for funding and supporting the Summer Youth Program. She presented a picture of the participants with thank you letters from the children and Camp Abe Lincoln. She also stated her appreciation with coordinating the program with the City.
Iowa 80 Truckstop : Ambulance Service. Michael Hutchinson was present on behalf of Iowa 80 Truckstop. He stated Scott County is re-evaluating emergency medical services (EMS) within the county and the Iowa 80 Truckstop would support locating an ambulance closer to their area. Discussion was held on the EMS study that Scott County has hired consultants to prepare. Council members expressed interest in looking at various options. Assistant Fire Chief Josh Geigle will contact with Dennis Coon, Scott County Health Department.
Future Municipal Building. Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to rescind the motion from July 15, 2013, that states the following: Allocate $20,000 for architect fees to develop a plan for a new fire station only at 1113 N. Main Street. Motion carried. Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to pursue the flexibility of all options of city departments. Motion carried. Kostichek stated he is still working on establishing a special building committee.
Purchase Approval : Council Room Chairs. Mengler moved and Latimer seconded to purchase ten HON chairs at a cost of $1,407.20. Motion carried.
Resolution 2013-28, Approving Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract and Estimate of Cost for the South Downey Street Watermain Project. Jacob Puck moved and Jackie Puck seconded to table Resolution 2013-28 until the September 3rd meeting. Motion carried. Some documents were not yet received from the City Engineer.
Ordinance 466-13, Regulating Number of Animals. Latimer moved and Koehler seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 466-13. Roll call ayes: Latimer, Koehler, Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried. This ordinance prohibits any person from harboring or housing on the same premises more than a total of four of the following animals, dogs and cats, over the age of six months, unless such animals are in a licensed kennel, veterinary clinic or animal grooming shop.
Public Works Department Report. Brockmann reported on the ADA requirements for the new playground equipment at Wescott Park.
City Clerk's Department Report. Rickertsen stated the appeal hearing date for the property at 780 E. James Street is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on August 26th.
Mayor's Report. Mayor Kostichek stated he was questioned if the part-time paid EMT's could drive emergency vehicles during their lunch break, within the city limits. Council consensus was that they should be allowed to take fire trucks during their lunch so they would be prepared in case of a call.
Mengler moved and Latimer seconded to adjourn at 7:15 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.