The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 20th day of December, 2021, 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, Jacob Puck, and Larry Smith. City 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. None.
Public Hearing. Mayor Kostichek opened the public hearing on the budget amendment for fiscal year ending June 30, 2022 (FYE 2022). Rickertsen reported the amendment includes expenditure increases attributable to the Victory Park Improvements project and Prairie View Park trail repairs and pond rock. No other oral or written comments were received. Puck moved and Mengler 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 and minutes from December 6, 2021. Motion carried.
Resolution 2021-47, Approving the Adoption of the FYE 2022 Budget Amendment. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve Resolution 2021-47, FYE 2022 Budget Amendment. Roll call ayes: Puck, Bieri, Koberg, Mengler, and Smith. Motion carried.
Approval of Fire Department Member. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the membership of Courtney-Jade Hudson to the Walcott Volunteer Fire Department. Motion carried.
Engagement of Northland Securities as Underwriter. Rickertsen reported this was the first step when borrowing funds. It is non-binding and there would be no fee due to Northland Securities should the E. Lincoln Street project financing not proceed. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the engagement of Northland Securities as underwriter for future bonds in connection with the proposed E. Lincoln Street project. Motion carried.
Stanley Consultants, Inc. Services Proposal. Stagg reported the sewer ordinances need to be updated to meet current IDNR regulatory requirements. Smith moved and Puck seconded to approve the proposal with Stanley Consultants, Inc. to review and update the sewer ordinances, not to exceed $7,325. Motion carried.
Public Works Department Report. Stagg reported on the completion of repairs to the recreational trail bridges and updates on the proposed E. Lincoln Street project.
City Clerk’s Report. Rickertsen reported on office closures during the upcoming holidays.
Mayor’s Report. Mayor Kostichek presented a certificate of appreciation to Smith for his four years of service on the City Council.
Council Member Comments. Mengler also thanked Smith for his service and extended thanks to the Fire and Police Departments for their assistance with the Walcott Women organization’s recent Santa event.
Smith moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:17 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.