The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 16th day of December, 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: Lisa Rickertsen and Tom Schirman.
Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from December 2, 2013, and the November 2013 financial reports. Motion carried.
Privacy Fence/City Lots West Otis Street. Koehler moved and Mengler seconded to table the privacy fence until the next regular meeting. Motion carried.
City Website Upgrade/Redesign. Rickertsen presented two proposals to upgrade the City's website. Following discussion, Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to proceed with the lowest proposal, Victory Enterprises, at a cost of $4,500. Motion carried.
TIF Rebate Program. Discussion was held on the current TIF rebate program that expires December 31, 2013. Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to have Rickertsen prepare a Resolution, extending the current program until December 31, 2015, for the next meeting. Motion carried.
Appointments by Mayor. Mayor Kostichek made the following appointments:
- Park Board. Reappoint Virgil Lund to Park Board with a term ending 12/31/18. Jackie Puck moved and Koehler seconded to approve the Mayor's appointment. Motion carried.
- Council Committees:
Police, Fire, Street Lights, Animal Control, Civil Defense, ZBA, Forever Green : Koehler & Jacob Puck
Sanitary Sewer, Solid Waste : Mengler & Koehler
Streets, Parks, Equipment Operations : Latimer & Jackie Puck
Policy & Administration, Mayor, Council, Clerk, Treasurer, P&Z, Elections, City Hall & Building : Jacob Puck & Mengler
Water Plant Operations, Distributions & Maintenance : Jackie Puck & Latimer
- Mayor Pro Tem : Jacob Puck
Public Work's Report. Rickertsen reported for Brockmann that there was a water main break on Memorial Road. He had expressed his thanks and appreciation to Iowa American Water for bringing their equipment to locate the leak and Pat Fox, Muscatine Bridge Co., who brought equipment to break up the concrete.
City Clerk's Report. Rickertsen reported on the following:
- Distributed the building department report for the month of November.
- City offices will be closed on December 24th and 25th and January 1st.
- Met with Jason Holdorf regarding the proposed Main Street Enhancement project. Also reported on the request to extend Mediacom's cable to service the businesses north of the bridge with high speed Internet. Rickertsen stated it's possible to incorporate the request in conjunction with the Main Street Enhancement project for economic development purposes.
Attorney's Report. Schirman stated he spoke with the attorney representing Denklau regarding the order to repair or demolish the large barn at 780 E. James Street. The owner is still trying to obtain bids to repair the barn. Since the ninety days to repair or demolish the large barn has since passed, the City has proceeded with obtaining bids for demolition of the barn. Bids are due December 20th and results will be presented to council on January 6th.
Mayor's Report. Mayor Kostichek thanked the council members and staff for their cooperation since his appointment.
Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:45 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.