December 2, 2019 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 2nd day of December, 2019, at Walcott City Hall.  Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Council members present were: Everett Bieri, Lisa Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Larry Smith.  Absent:  Brockmann.  City staff present:  Jeff Blake, Josh Geigle, Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg.        

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

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. No comments.

Consent Agenda.  Smith moved and Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, Alliant Energy right-of-way permit, and minutes from November 18, 2019, and November 25, 2019.  Motion carried.

Dan Fellman – Tree Removal at 309 W. Bryant Street.  Discussion was held on the unique situation, with the power lines and not being able to access the tree by the driveway or street without damaging the yard.  Smith moved and Puck seconded to grant an extension past December 15th, with Fellman removing the tree once the ground is frozen, and to revisit on January 6, 2020 meeting.  Motion carried.       

Splash Pad – Resolution 2019-39, Accepting Improvements and Authorizing Final Payment.  Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve Resolution 2019-39.  Roll call ayes:  Mengler, Bieri, Smith, and Puck.  Motion carried.  A final payment, in the amount of $6,845.95, will be made to Centennial Contractors.  Motion carried.

Ordinance 509-19, Concerning Parking Regulations.  Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 509-19, Concerning Parking Regulations, with no parking on both sides of Walker Street and on the south and west sides of Sterling Drive.  Roll call ayes:  Mengler, Bieri, Puck, and Smith. Motion carried. This change is not effective until after three readings and publication of ordinance.  

Fire Department Report.  Geigle stated the Fire Department held officer elections for 2020 and the members re-elected him as Chief.  Puck moved and Smith seconded to approve the appointment of Josh Geigle as Fire Chief, term ending 12/31/2020.  Motion carried.  Geigle reported on new trainees and a successful steak fry fundraiser.

Mayor’s Report.  Mayor Kostichek thanked the volunteer fire department members for all their service.

Council Member Comments.  Mengler questioned the status of repairing the defective outlets on the light poles.  Stagg will get an electrician out this week.

Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to adjourn at 6:13 p.m.  Motion carried.  All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.