The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 5th day of February, 2018, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor Pro Tem Jacob Puck called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: John Brockmann, Lisa Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Larry Smith. Absent: Tim Koehler. City staff present: Jeff Blake, Jackie Huston, and Paul Stagg.
Approval of Agenda. Smith moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. No comments.
Consent Agenda. Smith moved and Mengler seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from January 15, 2018, January 22, 2018, and January 29, 2018, Resolution 2018-5, Establishing Reserve Fund and Authorizing the Transfer of Funds, Resolution 2018-6, Adopting the Annual Supplement to the Code of Ordinances. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote with the January 29th minutes corrected by listing Koehler as absent.
Walcott Historical Society – Donation Request. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve a $5,000 donation to the Walcott Historical Society for this fiscal year and a $2,500 matching fundraising donation for fiscal year ending 2019. Motion carried.
Splash Pad Project – Resolution 2018-7. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve Resolution 2018-7, to Provide for a Notice of Hearing on Proposed Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract, and Estimate of Cost for the Splash Pad Project. Motion carried with unanimous roll call vote. The Public Hearing will be on February 19, 2018, with bids being accepted until and read aloud at 2:00 p.m. on March 13, 2018.
2018 Summer Youth Program. Huston stated that the program will be held June 11th through July 20th on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The cost remains the same of $196.45 per child from the YMCA, so the proposal is to again charge $70 per child for Walcott and Fire District #6 residents and $196.45 for non-residents. Smith moved and Puck seconded to approve the Summer Youth Program as presented. Motion carried.
Sidewalks Abutting Curb – Mail Delivery. Huston explained that the Post Office is now requiring residents who live more than a ¼ mile from the Post Office to pay box rent if they do not request home delivery. For many of those residents, their sidewalk abuts the curb and since it is against City Code to drive on the sidewalks, no new home delivery boxes could be placed behind those sidewalks. Maria Green was present and stated her concerns regarding this new requirement. Other options were discussed and the issue will be placed on the next agenda when more information will be available.
City Clerk Report. Huston stated that a Public Hearing needed to be set for the 2019 budget and the levy rate will go from $10.08258 to $10.08263. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to set the FYE 2019 Budget Public Hearing date for March 5, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. Motion carried.
Mengler moved and Smith seconded to adjourn at 6:17 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.