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June 3, 2024 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, June 3, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Harry Knutsen. Staff present: Lisa Rickertsen and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Ethan and Skylar Roling, Tim and Andrea Newcomb, Joanne Pohl, Joe Hahn, Lindsay Frantz, Jeremy Schaeffer, Kristal Schaefer, and Mike Avise.   

Consent Agenda. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from May 20, 2024, Class E retail alcohol license renewal for Casey’s General Store #1922, fireworks permit for Iowa 80 Group Truckers Jamboree display on July 11th & 12th, fireworks permit for Walcott Day display at Prairie View Park on July 19th (rain date July 20th). Motion carried. 

Recreational Trail Phase 2 Extension. Stagg stated he contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), as directed by City Council at the last meeting. He reported that plantings are allowed in the flood plain but fences would require a permit from the IDNR. He noted they informed him that fences are not allowed in the floodway but may be approved in the flood plain (floodway fringe area). He also reported the IDNR responded that bridges in the floodway may be approved if they meet their criteria. A rough estimate for the required engineering needed to submit an application to the IDNR for a new bridge is approximately $50,000 – $60,000. Stagg stated he requested a map from the IDNR indicating where the current floodway boundaries are located. Residents adjacent to the City-owned property on the south side of Mud Creek inquired again about the City contacting the property owner on the north side of the creek to see if they would be open to the possibility of selling or granting an easement for a trail. Some other comments made by adjoining property owners in attendance were: proximity of proposed trail to their property; would City consider selling the property on south side of creek to adjacent residents and build a trail elsewhere or pursue an alternative enhancement project; and support of the proposed resident survey. Following further discussion, Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to have Mayor Kostichek and Koberg contact representation for the property on the north side of the creek as discussed. Motion carried.        

Fire Department – Unit #6 1997 Freightliner/EMS Truck. Joe Hahn reported the new EMS truck will be completed later this summer and he inquired on how to dispose of the current truck. Discussion was held on disposing of the current truck through GovDeals once the new truck arrives, as done with recent disposal of vehicles and equipment.  

Resolution 2024-28, Awarding Contract for the Tennis Court & Pickleball Courts Resurfacing Project. Stagg presented a project worksheet for resurfacing the tennis courts. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve Resolution 2024-28, Awarding Contract for the Tennis Court and Pickleball Courts Resurfacing Project. Roll call ayes: Puck, Mengler, Bieri, and Koberg. Motion carried. This does not include painting the courts. The contract was awarded to Manatt’s Inc. at a cost of $165/ton (total cost estimate is $37,125).   

Resolution 2024-29, Approving Purchase Offer. Mengler moved and Koberg seconded to approve Resolution 2024-29, Approving Purchase Offer. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Koberg, Bieri, and Puck. Motion carried. This is for approximately 4 acres of ground for a future well.  

Ordinance 546-24, Amending Chapter 92 Pertaining to Water Rates. Ordinance 546-24 includes an increase of 5% to both the minimum (base rate) and usage rate, effective with the July 1st billing. Each customer shall pay a minimum bill of $18.53 per month (increase of $.88/month), which includes usage up to 1,400 gallons and all usage over 1,400 gallons shall be $6.35 per 1,000 gallons (increase of $.30/1,000 gallons). The bulk water sales (typically from fire hydrants) will increase from $6.00 to $8.00 for usage over 1,000 gallons. Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to approve the second reading to adopt Ordinance 546-24, Amending Chapter 92 Pertaining to Water Rates. Roll call ayes: Koberg, Bieri, Mengler, and Puck. Motion carried.   

Ordinance 547-24, Amending Chapter 99 Pertaining to Sewer Rates. Ordinance 547-24 is an increase of 1% to both the minimum (base rate) and usage rate, effective with the July 1st billing. Each customer shall pay a minimum bill of $19.44 per month (increase of $.19/month) and all usage over 1,400 gallons of water used per month shall be $6.52 per 1,000 gallons (increase of $.06/1,000 gallons). Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the second reading to adopt Ordinance 547-24, Amending Chapter 99 Pertaining to Sewer Rates. Roll call ayes: Puck, Mengler, Bieri, and Koberg. Motion carried.   

Ordinance 548-24, Amending Chapter 106 Pertaining to Solid Waste Collection Fees (Garbage Rate). Ordinance 548-24 is a 4% increase ($.62) to the monthly garbage rate, effective with the July 1st billing, which is the percentage increase the City pays to the collector per contract. The rate will be $16.11 per month for each container of solid waste. Bieri moved and Puck seconded to approve the second reading to adopt Ordinance 548-24, Amending Chapter 106 Pertaining to Solid Waste Collection Fees. Roll call ayes: Puck, Bieri, Mengler, and Koberg. Motion carried.  

Public Works Department Report. Stagg presented his report including that the splash pad was opened on Friday, May 24th and the cornstalk feature was damaged later that evening. A surface spray was installed to replace the damaged feature.       

City Clerk’s Report. Grant Agreements for Tennis Court & Pickleball Courts Project. Rickertsen reported the City was awarded two grants, totaling $39,530, towards the Tennis Court Rehabilitation and Pickleball Courts Project. Koberg moved and Mengler seconded to approve the grant agreements for the Tennis Court and Pickleball Courts Project. Motion carried.   

Puck moved and Bieri seconded to adjourn at 6:58 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted. 

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May 20, 2024 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Harry Knutsen, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Knutsen moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Joe Hahn, Kristal Schaefer, Rick Needham, Brent Puck, Korry Kraft (Fire Chief), Tim and Andrea Newcomb, Skylar Roling, Joanne Pohl, and Recreational Trail Advisory Committee members Mike Avise, Bobbi Jo Mosier, and Brett Mengler.   

Consent Agenda. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices and Class F retail alcohol and outdoor service renewal for Walcott Legion Post #548. Motion carried. The minutes from May 6th were pulled from the consent agenda.

Minutes from May 6, 2024. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the minutes from May 6, 2024. Motion carried with Koberg and Knutsen abstaining due to absence from meeting.  

Fire Department Purchase Approval of Gas Detector. Kraft reported on the project worksheet to purchase a Drager multi-gas monitor from Alex Air Apparatus. Kraft stated that Drager will come and train personnel on how to operate and recalibrate the monitor. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the purchase of a multi-gas detector/monitor at a cost of $2,325 plus shipping. Motion carried. Koberg suggested replacing the detector more frequently, at least once every 10 years, and leaving the old one as a back-up if it’s still operational.    

Walcott Unified Fund – Tournament Fencing. The men’s fastpitch tournament is scheduled June 28th – 30th. Puck moved and Koberg seconded to allow temporary fences to be installed at Wescott and Victory parks from June 26th to July 2nd . Motion carried

Recreational Trail Advisory Committee – Phase 2 Extension. Committee members reported on the May 15th community meeting regarding the proposed trail extension. Residents adjacent to the City-owned property on the south side of Mud Creek have inquired about the City contacting the property owner on the north side of the creek to see if they would be open to the possibility of selling or granting an easement for a trail. Avise stated the Committee feels the City should contact the property owner to inquire about it. Some concerns with moving the trail to the north side include the following: purchase of property, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) permitting and restrictions, additional costs for engineering and another bridge and related construction expenses, bridge crossing location, and hazards of leading a trail through the wastewater treatment plant area. The Committee also feels there is uncertainty regarding available fencing options for property located in the flood plain and inquired how to obtain clarification. A lengthy discussion was held on a survey proposed by the Committee to gain further community input. Mengler suggested delaying action until an answer is received from IDNR and changes are made to the proposed survey. The Committee will make changes to the survey as discussed. Stagg stated he’s unsure how much he can find out from the IDNR in regards to adding another bridge without spending funds on engineering for it. Mengler moved and Koberg seconded to direct Stagg to contact the IDNR to inquire about possibility of locating another bridge (across Mud Creek) and fencing/natural barrier options allowed in the flood plain. Motion carried.        

Approval of IMEG Engineering Proposal for Well Services – IDNR Form and Site Visit.  Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the engineering proposal with IMEG for well services (IDNR form and site visit) at a fee of $8,500, paid with ARPA funds. Motion carried.

Approval of Stanley Consultants Engineering Proposal for Updating Chapter 99.09, Sewer Surcharges. Stagg reported on the proposal from Stanley Consultants to conduct a wastewater cost of service analysis and develop wastewater surcharge schedules. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the engineering proposal with Stanley Consultants at a fee of $13,928. Motion carried.

Grant Submission for Picnic Tables at Water Tower Park. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approval submission of a grant for two picnic tables at Water Tower Park. Motion carried.

Approval of Welcome Park Paver Walkway Replacement Project. Stagg reported on the project worksheet on the quotes received to replace the walkway at Welcome Park. This is for the walkway south of the Veteran’s Memorial section. Puck moved and Koberg seconded to approve the low quote from The Green Thumbers, not to exceed $29,244.42, for the Welcome Park Paver Replacement Project. Motion carried.

Building Official/Zoning Administrator Position. Discussion was held on the updated job description combining zoning duties with the Building Official duties, upon retirement of the current Building Official this summer. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve Resolution 2024-26, Adopting Job Description for Building Official/Zoning Administrator Position. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Bieri, Puck, Koberg, and Knutsen. Motion carried. Further discussion was held on the maximum starting wage for the Building Official/Zoning Administrator position. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the starting wage not to exceed $36.92/hour. Motion carried with Koberg opposing. Koberg expressed concerns regarding the wage and justification for a full-time position. This maximum wage is based on experience and an applicant having all certifications as listed in the City’s personnel policy handbook for this position.

Resolution 2024-27, Adopting Rental Housing Fee Schedule. Bieri moved and Knutsen seconded to approve Resolution 2024-27, Adopting Rental Housing Fee Schedule. Roll call ayes: Bieri, Knutsen, Koberg, Mengler, and Puck. Motion carried.

Ordinance 546-24, Amending Chapter 92 Pertaining to Water Rates. Ordinance 546-24 includes an increase of 5% to both the minimum (base rate) and usage rate, effective with the July 1st billing. Each customer shall pay a minimum bill of $18.53 per month (increase of $.88/month), which includes usage up to 1,400 gallons and all usage over 1,400 gallons shall be $6.35 per 1,000 gallons (increase of $.30/1,000 gallons). The bulk water sales (typically from fire hydrants) will increase from $6.00 to $8.00 for usage over 1,000 gallons. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the first reading to adopt Ordinance 546-24, Amending Chapter 92 Pertaining to Water Rates. Roll call ayes: Puck, Mengler, Bieri, Knutsen, and Koberg. Motion carried.   

Ordinance 547-24, Amending Chapter 99 Pertaining to Sewer Rates. Ordinance 547-24 is an increase of 1% to both the minimum (base rate) and usage rate, effective with the July 1st billing. Each customer shall pay a minimum bill of $19.44 per month (increase of $.19/month) and all usage over 1,400 gallons of water used per month shall be $6.52 per 1,000 gallons (increase of $.06/1,000 gallons). Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the first reading to adopt Ordinance 547-24, Amending Chapter 99 Pertaining to Sewer Rates. Roll call ayes: Puck, Mengler, Bieri, Knutsen, and Koberg. Motion carried.   

Ordinance 548-24, Amending Chapter 106 Pertaining to Solid Waste Collection Fees (Garbage Rate). Ordinance 548-24 is a 4% increase ($.62) to the monthly garbage rate, effective with the July 1st billing, which is the percentage increase the City pays to the collector per contract. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the first reading to adopt Ordinance 548-24, Amending Chapter 106 Pertaining to Solid Waste Collection Fees. Roll call ayes: Puck, Bieri, Mengler, Knutsen, and Koberg. Motion carried.  

Public Works Department Report. Stagg reported the concrete pad at Water Tower Park has been poured, concrete at Walker Street intersection is still curing, MidAmerican Energy was contacted about replacing the sidewalk section on Main Street, and the sidewalk damaged from a recent water line break by the Vet Clinic will be replaced.

City Clerk’s Report. Purchase Approval of Software to Email Utility Bills. Rickertsen reported on the project worksheet to purchase software which will enable the City to email utility bills, upon request from residents. Mengler moved and Koberg seconded to approve the software purchase from Tyler Technologies at a cost of $3,960 plus the annual maintenance fee. Motion carried. Rickertsen also reported the City was awarded a grant from Scott County Regional Authority towards the Tennis Court Rehabilitation and Pickleball Courts Project.   

Council Member Comments. Koberg stated Liqui-Grow wants a curb access on their property and Stagg responded they need to submit a sketch for it. Koberg expressed his frustration with the narrow street entrance at E. Lincoln Street from Blue Grass Road. Stagg stated the City can choose to widen it. Knutsen questioned the opening of the splash pad and restrooms at the parks. Stagg stated the splash pad is typically opened around Memorial Day, weather permitting, and the park restrooms are open. Puck asked if the agendas and minutes can be posted on the City’s Facebook account. A link to the minutes and agendas will be posted on the City’s Facebook account.   

Puck moved and Knutsen seconded to adjourn at 7:23 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted. 

May 20, 2024 Signed Minutes & Claims

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May 6, 2024 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Harry Knutsen and Kirk Koberg. Staff present: Lisa Rickertsen and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Lesa Puck,Korry Kraft (Fire Chief), and Brent Puck.  

Public Hearing on Budget Amendment for Fiscal Year Ending (FYE) June 30, 2024. Mayor Kostichek opened the public hearing on the budget amendment for fiscal year ending June 30, 2024 (FYE 2024). Rickertsen reported the amendment was needed due to some potential upcoming expenditures which may cause the total expenditures in specific programs to be higher than the original budgeted amounts. No written or other comments were received. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to close the public hearing and resume the regular meeting. Motion carried.

Consent Agenda. Bieri moved and Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from April 15, 2024, April 2024 financial reports, Class C retail alcohol & outdoor service renewal for Lampliter Inn, Resolution 2024-22 – Acknowledging New Investments, Resolution 2024-23 – Transfer of Funds, and Resolution 2024-24 – Approving Hourly Wage Increase (Grade 1 Water Treatment Operator License) for James Poggenpohl. Roll call ayes: Bieri, Puck, and Mengler.  Motion carried.

Resolution 2024-25, Approving the Adoption of the Budget Amendment for FYE 2024. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve Resolution 2024-25, Approving the Adoption of the Budget Amendment for FYE 2024. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Bieri, and Puck. Motion carried. 

Walcott Women – Street Closure Request for Summer Fest. Lesa Puck reported on the request from Walcott Women to close a portion of W. Otis Street, between Parker and Rowe on June 9th for their annual summer celebration for the kids. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the closure of W. Otis Street, between Parker and Rowe, on June 9th from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Motion carried.

Fire Department Report.

  • Approval of Street Closure for Steak Fry Celebration. Puckmoved and Bieri seconded to approve closing a portion of W. Durant Street, west side of bank ATM to the west side of Legion property, on May 11th for the Fire Department Steak Fry fundraiser. Motion carried.   
  • Payment Approval to Kalmes Catering. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the payment to Kalmes Catering in the amount of $11,000 for the Fire Department Steak Fry fundraiser. Motion carried.
  • Purchase Approval of Gas Detector. This will beplaced on the May 20th agenda. 
  • Approval of Grant Submission for Washer-Extractor. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the grant submission for a washer-extractor through DIAL (Department of Inspections and Appeals). Motion carried.

Mengler stated to Chief Kraft that she hopes for improved communication within the Fire Department.

Recreational Trail Phase 2 Extension – Community Meeting. The community meeting, hosted by the Recreational Trail Advisory Committee, will be Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Walcott American Legion. The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee to provide information and obtain feedback from the public regarding extending the recreational trail from Prairie View Park to W. Otis Street. Stagg was asked to attend the meeting to represent the City. Council requested a representative from the Recreational Trail Advisory Committee to attend the May 20th Council meeting to discuss the results of the community meeting and the Committee’s proposed survey.     

Review of Rental Housing Fee Schedule. Discussion was held oninformation from the Building Official regarding the rental housing fee schedule. The current base rental housing fee does not cover staff costs associated with the inspections.A resolution will be prepared for the next meeting to increase the base fee for rental housing inspections.   

Public Works Department Report. Concrete Pad at Water Tower Park – Old Tower Site. Stagg presented a project worksheet to pour concrete on existing footings at the old water tower site. This 6” reinforced concrete pad could be utilized for picnic tables and future playground equipment. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the bid from All American Concrete at a cost of $3,755. Motion carried. Stagg inquired about marking the property line for the City-owned property, located south and east of the creeks, adjacent to the Westbrook Subdivisions in order to aid with mowing and maintenance of the City’s property. Stagg was directed to mark the City’s property line as discussed.   

City Clerk’s Report. Budgeted Rate Increases for Water, Sewer, and Garbage for FYE 2025. Rickertsen reported the budgeted rate increases for FYE 2025 are as follows: 5% for water, 1% sewer, and 4% for garbage. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to proceed with preparation of ordinances to amend the water, sewer, and garbage rates as discussed. Motion carried. Rickertsen also reported on an invitation from our sister city, Bredenbek, Germany, inviting Walcott residents to Bredenbek on September 7th & 8th to celebrate their village festival.  

Mayor’s Report. Mayor Kostichek expressed thanks to Bredenbek for the invitation to their weekend festival.    

Council Member Comments. Puck questioned the status of the batting cage improvements and stated he was impressed with the work/clean-up from A.R.B. Roofing at the parks. Stagg responded the batting cage improvements are completed. Bieri stated this week is Municipal Clerks Week and he expressed thanks and appreciation to Rickertsen and Deputy City Clerk, Tabetha Wright. 

Possible Closed Session per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(J). Mengler moved and Puck seconded to go into a closed session at 6:27 p.m. under Iowa Code Chapter 21.5(1 )(J) to discuss purchase of particular real estate. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Puck, and Bieri. Motion carried. Rickertsen and Stagg were allowed to stay and all others left the council chamber. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to close the closed session and resume the regular meeting at 6:32 p.m. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Bieri, and Puck. Motion carried.

Possible Action per Closed Session. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to instruct Stagg to communicate with the property owner as discussed during the closed session. Motion carried.

Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to adjourn at 6:33 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted. 

May 6, 2024 Signed Minutes & Claims

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April 15, 2024 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, April 15, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Harry Knutsen, and Jacob Puck. Kirk Koberg arrived at 6:05 p.m. Absent: Lisa Mengler. Staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Ethan and Skylar Roling, Tim and Andrea Newcomb, Darryl Schwarz, Kurt Easton, Lisa Tauke, Chris Hebbel, Joanne Pohl, Jeremy Schaeffer, Lindsay Frantz, Kristal Schaefer, Brian and Lisa Garlock, and Brent Puck.  

Public Hearing on Fiscal Year Ending (FYE) 2025 Budget. Mayor Kostichek opened the public hearing on the budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2025 (FYE 2025). Rickertsen stated the proposed tax levy tax rate is $10.13540, down from the current year’s rate at $10.59934. The budget includes water and sewer rate increases to cover costs associated with the maintenance and future improvements to the water and sewer systems and a garbage rate increase to cover the annual increase from the garbage contractor. Large expenditures include the sewer main lining project and water main replacements. No written comments were received. Kristal Schaefer inquired about the levy rate and growth in property assessments/values. Rickertsen responded the levy rate is decreasing and there was a large drop in the residential rollback (percentage of residential property that is taxable). Council Member Koberg arrived at 6:05 p.m. Bieri moved and Puck seconded to close the public hearing and resume the regular meeting. Motion carried.

Consent Agenda. Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from April 1, 2024 (special and regular meetings), March 2024 financial reports, and Resolution 2024-19, Transfer of Funds. Roll call ayes: Koberg, Bieri, Puck, and Knutsen. Motion carried.

Proposed Recreational Trail Extension – Phase 2. Rickertsen stated research of City documents indicates there was no mention of a future trail going on the west side of the north-south creek and the future land use map indicates the trail extension on the south and east sides of the creeks. She noted that City Committees make recommendations to the City Council and read a portion of minutes from 2005, noting recommendations from the Park Board and the former Recreational Trail Committee to accept the land donation in the Westbrook subdivisions for the phase 2 trail extension. Those minutes concluded with the land donation to be revisited when the final phase of the Westbrook subdivision is platted, which was platted in 2020. Stagg reported he contacted the City of Davenport and they do not replace the asphalt on the Duck Creek trail every other year, as stated by a resident at the last meeting. His report also included the following: actual distances of the trail to the creek and adjoining properties; floodplain development is on a case-by-case basis; the trail is a flat surface which does not impede water flow; explanation of utility easements on private property; and the ground the City acquired by donation is city-owned property and not an easement. Koberg expressed concerns (hazards) with the trail going north of the creek and into the compost facility area. Additional questions and concerns from the adjacent property owners were expressed, which includes the following: is there a need for the trail extension; costs to locate the trail to the north side of the creek; easement restrictions on properties; and a request to reconsider City regulations to allow items to be placed in easements. The Recreational Trail Advisory Committee is hosting a community meeting on May 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Walcott Legion to discuss the proposed trail extension. Koberg moved and Bieri seconded that the City does not proceed with phase 2 of the trail until they have more community involvement or after the May 15th community meeting. Motion carried. The residents were thanked for attending the meeting. All audience left the meeting except for Lindsay Frantz and Brent Puck.

Resolution 2024-20, Approving the Adoption of the FYE 2025 Budget. Puck moved and Knutsen seconded to approve Resolution 2024-20, Approving the Adoption of the FYE 2025 Budget. Roll call ayes: Puck, Knutsen, Koberg, and Bieri. Motion carried. 

Personnel Policy Handbook.

  • Resolution 2024-21, Approving Amendments to the Personnel Policy Handbook for the City of Walcott Regarding Sick Leave Policy. Koberg moved and Knutsen seconded to approve Resolution 2024-21. Roll call ayes: Koberg, Knutsen, Puck, and Bieri. Motion carried.  
  • Medical Reimbursement Policy. Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to leave the current medical reimbursement policy as is. Motion carried.

Public Works Department Report. Roof Repairs on City-Owned Buildings. Stagg presented a project worksheet and recommended the City approve the bid from A.R.B. Construction Inc.Puck moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the roofing bid from A.R.B. Construction in the amount of $67,240.58. Motion carried. These roofs were damaged by hail last April.   

City Clerk’s Report. Set Public Hearing Date for FYE 2024 Budget Amendment. Knutsen moved and Koberg seconded to set the public hearing date for the FYE 2024 budget amendment for May 6, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. Motion carried.

Mayor’s Report. Mayor Kostichek thanked the residents, stating he wants to hear concerns and input from the community and hopes to work with the community to have this project (trail extension) go forward.   

Council Member Comments. Bieri and Koberg both expressed thanks and appreciation to the residents for attending the meeting and providing input.

Koberg moved and Knutsen seconded to adjourn at 7:12 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.

April 15, 2024 Signed Minutes & Claims 

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April 1, 2024 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, April 1, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Harry Knutsen, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Absent: None. Staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, Paul Stagg, and Tabetha Wright.

Approval of Agenda. Mengler moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Randy Moeller, Jeremy and Jenn Schaeffer, Joanne Pohl, Kurt Easton, Lisa Tauke, Chris Hebbel, Jeff and Lindsay Frantz, Kristal Schaefer, Darryl Schwarz, Ethan and Skylar Roling, Rick Needham, Brian Garlock, and Tim and Andrea Newcomb.  

Consent Agenda. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices minutes from March 18, 2024, and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) rebate payments per agreements to Iowa 80 Truckstop, Inc. for ½ of the 4th year rebate on the main building expansion in the amount of $9,578.92 and Atlantic Bottling Company for ½ of the 3rd year rebate on the distribution building in the amount of $29,875.07. Motion carried.

Kristal Schaefer/Westbrook ResidentsProposed Recreational Trail Extension – Phase 2. Kristal Schaefer stated during the first phase of the recreational trail the residents on Michelle Lane worked with the former recreational trail committee to move the trail to the north side of Mud Creek, and to the west side of the creek (west side of the Westbrook Subdivisions) for the future trail extension (Phase 2). Several concerns were expressed from the property owners adjacent to the proposed trail extension. Their concerns include the following: claims of insufficient communication from the City regarding the proposed trail extension; proposed location of trail behind their homes; limited or no options available to provide delineation between city and private properties (due to flood plain and easements on their properties); current trail maintenance and snow removal; and safety concerns with flooding, trail hours, no trail lighting, proximity of the trail to the creek, and potential trespassing. Ethan Roling stated past council minutes reflect that only two people asked about pursuing phase 2 of the trail and the residents in attendance tonight are all against it. Lindsay Frantz stated she was told by City staff that the trail was to be located on the west side of the creek, instead of on the city-owned parcel between the creek and her property. Frantz also stated that Davenport replaces the Duck Creek Parkway asphalt trail every two years. Darryl Schwarz stated they have maintained the property (parcel between their property and creek) for over 20 years, not because they had to but because they wanted to and Schaefer stated they didn’t mind maintaining and taking care of it. During the October 2, 2023 meeting, the City Council directed the Recreational Trail Advisory Committee to continue with the trail on the south side of Mud Creek, adjacent to the north and west sides of the Westbrook subdivisions, connecting to the current trail and following the creek to W. Otis Street (all on city-owned property).Residents requested the City research other options, including re-routing the proposed trail extension to the north side of Mud Creek and the west side of the North-South creek and looking into utilizing cement culverts instead of bridges to potentially reduce costs. The residents were thanked for attending the meeting. All audience left the meeting except for Kurt Easton. Council directed the proposed recreational trail extension, phase 2, to be on the next regular meeting agenda.

Special Class C License including Outdoor & Sunday Sales for Walcott Unified Fund at Victory Park. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the Special Class C license for Walcott Unified Fund at Victory Park, effective 04/22/2024, pending submittal of insurance. Motion carried.  

Special Class C License including Outdoor & Sunday Sales for Walcott Unified Fund at Wescott Park. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the Special Class C license for Walcott Unified Fund at Wescott Park, effective 04/22/204, pending submittal of insurance. Motion carried. 

Approval of 2024 Seal Coat Project. Koberg moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the chip seal maintenance project with LL Pelling in the amount of $29,442.20. Motion carried. This work will be on portions of N. Downey St., E. Otis St., S. Parker St., S. Main St., and W. Memorial Road.

Resolution 2024-17, Approving Contract and Bonds for the 2024 CIPP Sewer Main Lining Project. Bieri moved and Koberg seconded to approve Resolution 2024-17, Approving Contract and Bonds for the 2024 Sewer Main Lining Project. Roll call ayes: Bieri, Koberg, Knutsen, Puck, and Mengler. Motion carried. 

Resolution 2024-18, Approving Contract and Bonds for the 2024 Walcott N. Plainview Road/Walker Street Pavement Patching Project. Mengler moved and Knutsen seconded to approve Resolution 2024-18, Approving Contract and Bonds for the 2024 Walcott N. Plainview Road/Walker Street Pavement Patching Project. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Knutsen, Koberg, Puck, and Bieri. Motion carried.      

Personnel Policy Handbook. Koberg moved and Knutsen seconded to table item 11, personnel policy handbook items (sick leave and medical reimbursement policies), until the next meeting. Motion carried.  

City Clerk’s Report. Set Public Hearing Date for FYE 2025 Budget. Knutsen moved and Koberg seconded to set the public hearing date for the FYE 2025 budget for April 15, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. Motion carried.

Council Member Comments. Mengler expressed thanks to the residents that attended the meeting and for providing feedback about the proposed trail project. She stated she wished more residents would be involved, and not only when they have concerns, which would help to foster communication.

Koberg moved and Knutsen seconded to adjourn at 7:05 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted. 

April 1, 2024 Signed Minutes & Claims

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April 1, 2024 Property Tax Public Hearing Minutes

A special meeting of the City Council of the City of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, April 1, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Council members present were: Everett Bieri, Harry Knutsen, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. City staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, Paul Stagg, and Tabetha Wright.   

Mayor Kostichek opened the public hearing on the proposed property tax levy for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024, and ending June 30, 2025. No written comments were received and there was no audience. Rickertsen reported on the proposed property tax levy hearing notices mailed to property owners. There were no additional comments.   

Bieri moved and Mengler seconded to close the public hearing and adjourn at 5:40 p.m. Ayes: All. Motion carried.

April 1, 2024 Signed Public Hearing Minutes

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March 18, 2024 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, March 18, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Harry Knutsen, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Absent: None. Staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Stagg requested items 18 and 19 (possible closed session and action) be removed from the agenda. Knutsen moved and Bieri seconded to approve the agenda with the deletion of items 18 and 19. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Jordan Orcutt questioned the regulations on chickens. Rickertsen reported that City Code, Chapter 55.05, only allows chickens (not roosters) in Suburban Agricultural zoning districts with the following restrictions: the number of chickens does not exceed 25 hens; chickens are confined to a coop at all times; and coops may only be located in rear yards and must be located at least 500 feet from all other zoning districts.   

Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, February 2024 financial reports, and designating Spring Clean-Up Day for May 4, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Motion carried. The dumpsters will be located at the compost area and the area will be closed from Friday, May 3rd until Monday, May 6th, except during the clean-up day hours.

March 4, 2024 Minutes. Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to approve the minutes from March 4, 2024. Motion carried with Knutsen abstaining due to absence from meeting.

2024 Summer Youth Program. Rickertsen reported on the survey responses on the proposed week-long summer youth program at Camp Abe Lincoln. Camp Abe Lincoln/YMCA would provide the transportation to and from Walcott (Wescott Park) to Camp Abe Lincoln. Discussion was held on the preferable camp weeks, program cost, and city residency requirement. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the 2024 Summer Youth Program, offering two weeks, June 10th – 14th and July 15th – 19th, with each child only permitted to sign up for one week (through the City’s program/sponsorship), and a fee of $100 for each eligible child. Motion carried. Registration information will be posted on the City’s website and Facebook page once it’s available from Camp Abe Lincoln. Youth wanting to attend more than one week of camp will be able to sign up directly through the YMCA for additional weeks, at full cost and not through the City’s program. 

Purchase Approval for Security Cameras. Stagg presented a project worksheet to purchase six security/public safety cameras for public buildings/property. He recommended purchase of Verkada.cameras from Heartland Business Systems. Following discussion, Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to purchase the Verkada security cameras, at a cost not to exceed $32,813, which includes a 10-year license. Motion carried. The cameras and 10-year license fees will be paid from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.    

Resolution 2024-12, Approving Concessionaire Agreement Between the City of Walcott and Walcott Unified Fund, Inc.  Mengler moved and Knutsen seconded to approve Resolution 2024-12, Approving Concessionaire Agreement between the City of Walcott and Walcott Unified Fund, Inc. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Knutsen, Bieri, and Puck. Motion carried with Koberg abstaining due to conflict of interest due to his role with Walcott Unified Fund, Inc.

Resolution 2024-13, Approving Hourly Wage Increase for James Poggenpohl. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve Resolution 2024-13, Approving Hourly Wage Increase for James Poggenpohl for his Grade 1 Water Distribution license. Roll call ayes: Puck, Bieri, Mengler, Koberg, and Kuntsen. Motion carried. 

Resolution 2024-14, Awarding Contract for the 2024 Walcott N. Plainview Road/Walker Street Pavement Patching Project. Stagg stated this project is to replace the entrance to Walker Street and he recommended approving the low bid from All American Concrete, Inc. for $64,890. Questions arose on the timeline. Stagg stated the project will be done in two phases so one lane will be open for traffic and it must be completed prior to June 7, 2024. Following discussion, Koberg moved and Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2024-14, Awarding Contract for the 2024 Walcott N. Plainview Road/Walker Street to All American Concrete, Inc. for $64,980. Motion carried. Stagg will obtain additional information from the contractor on the proposed timeline.     

Resolution 2024-15, Awarding Contract for the 2024 CIPP Sewer Main Lining Project. Stagg reported on the base bids and the secondary bid item (joint grouting), which he anticipates will be minimal. Stagg stated he felt Visu-Sewer was the best bid and recommended the contract be awarded to them. Following discussion, Council deemed it to be in the best interest of the City to award the contract to Visu-Sewer, with a base bid amount of $275,613. Mengler moved and Koberg seconded to approve Resolution 2024-15, Awarding Contract for the 2024 CIPP Sewer Main Lining Project to Visu-Sewer. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Koberg, Knutsen, Bieri, and Puck. Motion carried.  

Policy & Administration Committee (Bieri and Puck) Recommendations

  • Resolution 2024-16, Setting Wages for Employees for Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2024.  Puck movedand Bieri seconded to approve Resolution 2024-16, setting Wages for Employees for Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2024. Roll call ayes: Puck, Bieri, Mengler, Koberg, and Knutsen. Motion carried. This is a 4% wage increase.   
  • Sick Leave Policy Amendments. A lengthy discussion was held on changes to the sick leave policy. A resolution approving the proposed changes will be prepared for the next meeting.

Discussion was held on changing the medical reimbursement policy for future employees. This will be listed on the next meeting agenda.   

City Clerk’s Report. Rickertsen reported the City was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation for a multigenerational swing. This swing allows adults and children (under 5) to swing together. Rickertsen requested permission to seek a grant for a new swing-set frame. Council consensus was to proceed with a grant application for a new frame. Rickertsen briefly reported on the public hearing on the proposed property tax levy at 5:30 p.m. on April 1, 2024.  

Mayor’s Report. Mayor Kostichek proclaimed April 4, 2024, and every first Thursday of April hereafter as Junior Achievement Day in the City of Walcott. 

Koberg moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 7:41 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted. 

March 18, 2024 Signed Minutes & Claims

               

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March 4, 2024 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, March 4, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Harry Knutsen. Staff present: Lisa Rickertsen and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. None.

Consent Agenda. Mengler requested the minutes be pulled from the consent agenda to be approved separately. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda which includes the invoices and Resolution 2024-11, Approving Official Zoning Map of the City of Walcott. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Puck, Bieri, and Koberg. Motion carried. 

February 19, 2024 Minutes. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the minutes from February 19, 2024. Motion carried with Koberg abstaining due to absence from meeting. 

2024 Summer Youth Program. Rickertsen reported the director from Camp Abe Lincoln notified the City that they are no longer able to offer the same Summer Youth Program as past years. Instead, they have proposed a full-day, full week program and transportation to and from Walcott to Camp Abe Lincoln. Discussion was held on the program cost, the City’s contribution towards the program (approximately 65% of cost) for eligible residents, and posting a survey online to gauge interest in the proposed program and preferable camp weeks. Survey results will be shared with the City Council during the March 18th meeting. 

2024 CIPP Sewer Lining Project. Stagg reported five bids were received on the 2024 CIPP Sewer Lining Project. He stated the bids are close and has requested additional information/clarification from the two low bidders. His recommendation is to table action on the project until the March 18th meeting. Koberg moved and Mengler seconded to table action on the project until the next regular meeting. Motion carried. 

Ordinance 545-24, Amending Chapter 74 Pertaining to Golf Carts. Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to waive the requirement for the second reading of Ordinance 545-24, Amending Chapter 74 Pertaining to Golf Carts. Roll call ayes: Koberg, Bieri, Mengler, and Puck. Motion carried. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the third and final reading of Ordinance 545-24, Amending Chapter 74 Pertaining to Golf Carts. Roll call ayes: Puck, Bieri, Mengler, and Koberg. Motion carried.  

Public Works Department Report. Stagg questioned if the City Council is interested in applying dust control on the gravel portions of Memorial Road and W. Cedar Lane Drive this year. He presented cost estimates for the dust control applications and consensus was to schedule the spring application.

City Clerk’s Report. Rickertsen reported on a proposed lease between the City and Walcott Unified Fund (WUF) for use of the concession stands. The lease is expected to be listed on the next agenda for council approval, which is needed in order for WUF to obtain liquor licenses at the parks.  

Koberg moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:30 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted. 

March 4, 2024 Signed Minutes & Claims

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February 19, 2024 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, February 19, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Harry Knutsen, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Kirk Koberg. Staff present: Jeff Blake and Lisa Rickertsen.

Approval of Agenda. Knutsen moved and Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. None.

Public Hearing. Mayor Kostichek opened the public hearing on the plans and specifications, form of contract, and cost estimate for the 2024 CIPP Sewer Main Lining Project. No written or oral comments were received. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to close the public hearing and resume the regular meeting. Motion carried.

Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from February 5, 2024, January 2024 financial reports, and Resolution 2024-9, Adopting the Annual Supplement to the Code of Ordinances. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Bieri, Puck, and Knutsen. Motion carried. 

Resolution 2024-10, Approving Plans & Specifications and Form of Contract for the 2024 CIPP Sewer Main Lining Project. Bieri moved and Knutsen seconded to approve Resolution 2024-10, Approving Plans & Specifications and Form of Contract for the 2024 CIPP Sewer Main Lining Project. Roll call ayes: Bieri, Knutsen, Mengler, and Puck. Motion carried.

Grant Submissions for Tennis Court Rehabilitation and Pickleball Courts Project. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve two grant submissions for the Tennis Court Rehabilitation and Pickleball Courts Project. Motion carried.

Lincoln/Durant Streets Flushing Manholes Replacement Project. Discussion was held on the project worksheet to replace two flushing manholes, which will allow them to be accessible for jetting, cleaning, lining or other maintenance activities. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the Lincoln/Durant Streets Flushing Manholes Replacement Project with the low bidder, Triple B Construction, for $18,755. Motion carried.  

Ordinance 545-24, Amending Chapter 74 Pertaining to Golf Carts. Ordinance 545-24 was introduced and discussed. Mengler moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the first reading of Ordinance 545-24, Amending Chapter 74 Pertaining to Golf Carts. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Knutsen, Bieri, and Puck. Motion carried. Application forms will no longer require all operators to be listed.

Policy & Administration Committee (Bieri and Puck) Recommendations.

  • Sick Leave Policy Amendments. Bieri moved and Puck seconded to table the discussion of the sick leave policy until the March 18th meeting. Motion carried. 
  • Employee Wages for Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2024. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to direct the City Clerk to prepare a wage resolution as presented and discussed. Motion carried.

Mayor Report. Mayor Kostichek reported on a recent meeting he and Puck had with Davenport Community School Superintendent Schneckloth.

Puck moved and Knutsen seconded to adjourn at 6:27 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted. 

February 19, 2024 Signed Minutes & Claims

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February 5, 2024 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, February 5, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Harry Knutsen, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Knutsen moved and Bieri seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience. Korry Kraft,Don Arms, Rob Firrell, and Lynnette Tarchinski.

Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from special and regular meetings on January 15, 2024, December 2023 financial reports, request for services from the State of Iowa Auditor’s Office for the FYE 2024 examination, Class C retail alcohol license renewal for Grammas Kitchen & The Checkered Flag Bar & Grill, and Resolution 2024-7, Approving Application for the City of Walcott Low-and-Moderate Income Furnace Replacement Program. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Knutsen, Bieri, Puck, and Koberg. Motion carried. 

Veteran’s Outreach Center – 5K Run/Route Approval. Don Arms was present on behalf of the Veteran’s Outreach Center to request approval of a 5K Run/Route (Run for Veterans 5K) on Saturday, April 6th.The route will be the same as the 5K route on Walcott Day but the start and end will be in front of the Walcott American Legion. There will also be a 1-mile run/walk. Following discussion, Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the race routes on April 6, 2024, as presented. Motion carried.    

Walcott Athletic Board – Utilizing Water Tower Park for Fall Programs. Rob Firrell and Lynnette Tarchinski were present on behalf of the Walcott Athletic Board (WAB). They intend to organize new sports this fall and would like to utilize Water Tower Park for soccer and flag football from late August through mid-October. They requested permission to sell packaged snacks and drinks at the park during games (5 weeks). Firrell stated they expect to have 2 soccer fields and 3-4 flag football fields. WAB will provide portable soccer goals and do all field markings. Stagg will work with WAB on storage for the field equipment, upkeep/maintenance of fields, providing additional picnic tables, trash/recycling cans and porta rentals, and look into replacing a field marker/chalking machine. Council thanked WAB for providing new activities for the youth in the community. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to allow the Walcott Athletic Board to sell drinks and non-refrigerated prepackaged snacks at Water Tower Park during sporting events. Motion carried.

Support to Durant Ambulance. Mengler moved and Koberg seconded to approve the budgeted contribution support of $1,000 to the Durant Ambulance. Motion carried.

CIPP Lining Project – Resolution 2024-8, Providing for a Notice of Hearing. Stagg reported on the proposed 2024 sewer main lining project. Puck moved and Knutsen seconded to approve Resolution 2024-8, Providing for a Notice of Hearing on proposed plans & specifications, form of contract, and cost estimate for the 2024 CIPP sewer main lining project. Roll call ayes: Puck, Knutsen, Koberg, Mengler, and Bieri.  Motion carried.

Fire Department Report. Korry Kraft presented year-end call information. The department had 384 calls in 2023. Mayor Kostichek questioned how many more years before replacing the next truck, especially one of the three that leave the station infrequently (13 -18 times in 2023). Kraft stated the next truck replacement would be the 2003 engine/pumper and he felt it would be a long time yet before it would be needed. The proposed fire department budget for the next fiscal year was reviewed.  

Police Department Report.

  • Approval of New Squad Upfit & Graphics. Blake presented a project worksheet to upfit the new squad and add graphics. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to proceed with the low bid from 424 Warning Systems, in the amount of $14,608.27. Motion carried. Usable equipment from the Dodge Charger will be removed and installed, along with new equipment in the new Dodge Ram. Department graphics will be installed to match existing patrol vehicle.
  • Review Changes to Chapter 74, Golf Carts. Discussion was held on the changes to Chapter 74 as prepared by Attorney Schirman. An ordinance amending Chapter 74 will be on the next regular meeting.          

Public Works Department Report. Stagg presented an equipment inventory list and reported on recent repairs to well #4.   

City Clerk Report .

  • FYE 2025 Budget Review. Rickertsen reviewed changes to the proposed FYE 2025 budget and re-estimated numbers for the current budget year.
    • Set Property Tax Levy Public Hearing Date. Koberg moved and Puck seconded to set the property tax levy public hearing date on April 1, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. Motion carried. Rickertsen reported on recent state law changes, requiring the county to mail a notice to property owners showing the proposed city, county, and school property tax rates and revenues for the next budget year.

Mayor Report. Mayor Kostichekextended his thanks and appreciation to the Walcott Athletic Board volunteers for creating new programs for the youth in the community.

Possible Closed Session per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(J). Knutsenmoved and Mengler seconded to go into a closed session at 7:15 p.m. under Iowa Code Chapter 21.5(1 )(J) to discuss purchase of particular real estate. Roll call ayes: Knutsen, Mengler, Puck, Bieri, and Koberg. Motion carried. Rickertsen and Stagg were allowed to stay and all others left the council chamber. Knutsen moved and Bieri seconded to close the closed session and resume the regular meeting at 7:25 p.m. Roll call ayes: Knutsen, Bieri, Mengler, Puck, and Koberg. Motion carried.

Possible Action per Closed Session. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to instruct Stagg and Koberg to communicate with the property owner as discussed during the closed session. Motion carried.

Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to adjourn at 7:26 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted. 

February 5, 2024 Signed Minutes & Claims

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