The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 5th day of December, 2011 at WalcottCity Hall. Mayor Couper called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Tim Koehler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: John Kostichek and Larry Koberg. City employees present: J. Brockmann, L. Rickertsen, and J. Blake.
Mayor Couper reported item six (Vision Committee) would be removed from the agenda and placed on the next agenda and items seven (Engineering & Surveying Fees for Sewage Lagoon/Sludge Removal & Disposal) and twelve (Purchase Approval of Case 570MXT Tractor) were requested to be removed by J. Brockmann. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda with the three deletions as discussed. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Jackie Puck questioned a bill from Verbeke-Meyer. J. Brockmann responded it was a non-contract item for the change order request which he approved the engineer to proceed. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices and minutes from 11/21/2011. Motion carried.
Audience. Brent Puck, Lisa Mengler, Janice Dawson, Wayne and Beth Latimer, Mary Lincoln, Josie Dietz, and Loretta Beitel.
North Downey Street Project. Discussion was held on the change order request regarding additional gravel at the south end of North Downey Street. Following discussion Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2011-63, Approving Change Order. Roll call ayes: Koehler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried. This change order is in the amount of $2,308.50, bringing the total project construction amount to $258,477.25.
Approval of TIF Rebate Application. Rickertsen stated the application is from Sterling Partners LLC for a multi-use building in the Iowa 80 Sixth Addition. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the application from Sterling Partners LLC. Motion carried. Rickertsen will contact the bonding attorney to initiate development agreement proceedings.
TIF Rebate Program. This topic was tabled until the next meeting since two council members were absent.
Police Department Report. Blake presented a project worksheet for purchase approval of two bulletproof vests. Following discussion, Jackie Puck moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve purchasing two vests from Panther Uniform at a cost of $1,134. Motion carried.
Public Work's Report. Brockmann presented his report including the following:
- Completion of gazebo at PrairieViewPark.
- Underground boring completed at PrairieViewPark and WelcomePark. Brockmann reported the contractor, Bortec Inc. (Reed & Shauna Storjohann), donated the labor for the boring at WelcomePark and that Walcott Day Committee was paying for the boring materials.
- Problems with a variable speed drive at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
City Clerk's Report. Rickertsen reported she received confirmation that the State Auditor's Office would perform the audit required for FYE 2012 at a range of $8,200- $8,800.
City Attorney Report. Attorney Schirman reported the closing on the Wulf property (lift station project) and the property at 106 W. Lincoln Street should both occur prior to the next meeting.
Questions/Concerns. Discussion was held on the notice of violation received from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for a NPDES permit for the North Downey Street Project. Brockmann reported that Engineer Jon White responded to the IDNR addressing the issues.
Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:35 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.