The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 6th day of February, 2017, 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: Adam Hill, Randy Reimers, Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, and Paul Stagg.
Approval of Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Latimer seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Public Comments. None.
Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from January 16, 2017, and January 23, 2017. Motion carried.
Larry Seiler – Alley Maintenance. Larry Seiler had questions about the ownership of the alley behind his property and whose responsibility is it to maintain. A copy of the alley maintenance policy was presented to Seiler and Attorney Schirman stated he will do further research prior to the next meeting.
South Downey Street Storm Sewer Connections. Mengler moved and Koehler seconded to approve sending letters to the property owners on the S. Downey Street Project regarding connection to the city storm sewer by June 30, 2017. Motion carried. Chapter 100 of the City of Walcott Code of Ordinances requires property owners to connect extracted water or discharge to a City storm sewer when such storm sewer is available within one hundred feet of the property line.
James Street Water Project.
- Resolution 2017-11, Accepting Improvements and Authorizing Final Payment. Rickertsen reported the project engineer conducted a final inspection and recommends acceptance of the project and approval of final payment. Based on the recommendation from the project engineer, Koehler moved and Jacob Puck moved to approve Resolution 2017-11. Roll call ayes: Koehler, Jacob Puck, Mengler, Latimer, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried. A final payment in the amount of $4,856.65 will be sent to Sulzco LLC.
Resolution 2017-12, Approving Grant of Easement for Sign Location and Use Between the City of Walcott and Casey’s General Store. Rickertsen stated the easement to the City is for the small section of property where the organization board is currently located. Mengler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2017-12. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Jackie Puck, Koehler, Latimer, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried.
Resolution 2017-13, Adopting the Annual Supplement to the Code of Ordinances. Jacob Puck moved and Latimer seconded to approve Resolution 2017-13. Roll call ayes: Jacob Puck, Latimer, Koehler, Mengler, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried. The Ordinances adopted in 2016 are now codified and incorporated in published copies of the City of Walcott Code of Ordinances.
2017 Summer Youth Program. Rickertsen presented information on the proposed Summer Youth Program with the Scott County YMCA. Mengler moved and Koehler seconded to approve the 2017 Summer Youth Program as presented. Motion carried. Fees will remain the same as last year: $70 per participant for children residing within city limits or Fire District #6 and the full cost of $196.45 for non-residents. Program dates are June 12th – July 21st.
Public Works Department Report. Stagg reported on an upcoming meeting with Blue Beacon Truck Wash regarding the treatment agreement as required by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
City Clerk Report.
- Purchase Approval of Multi-Function Copier. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve purchasing a multi-function copier from RICOH at a cost of $5,699.95. Motion carried. The maintenance rates will be locked in for a period of five years.
- FYE 2018 Budget. The proposed FYE 2018 budget was reviewed. The proposed tax levy rate is $10.08258 per $1,000 taxable valuation on regular property, approximately $.04 less than the current rate. Rickertsen stated the budget includes water and sewer rate increases due to operational and system maintenance expenses and an increase to the garbage rate due to increased rates from the contractor.
Jacob Puck moved and Koehler seconded to adjourn at 6:31 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.