The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 7th day of February, 2011. Mayor Couper called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Dietz, Koberg, Koehler, Kostichek, and Puck. City employees present: L. Rickertsen and J. Vaughan.
Koehler moved and Kostichek seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Puck moved and Koberg seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from January 17, 2011, and minutes from January 26, 2011. Motion carried.
Public Work's Report. John Brockmann arrived to present his report including an update on the sewer lift station project and expressed his thanks to the police officers and fire department members for their assistance during the recent snowstorm. Brockmann left meeting to assist the fire department in removing snow from fire hydrants.
Ruan Securities. Chip Schultz was present to discuss refunding the City's 2006 General Obligation Bonds which were issued for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Project. Schultz stated the bonds are not callable until June 1, 2012, however the City can issue General Obligation Refunding Bonds in the current low-interest rate environment and place proceeds in escrow until the bonds are callable. Discussion was held on moving forward with refunding the bonds and pursuing financing for the sewer lift station project in conjunction with the bond refunding.
Approval of TIF Rebate Payment. Dietz moved and Koehler seconded to approve the TIF rebate payment to Petersen Health Systems in the amount of $29,333.62. Motion carried.
Ordinance 451, Adding Chapter 142, Recreational Trails. Koberg moved to introduce and approve the first reading of Ordinance 451. Seconded by Puck. Roll call ayes: Koberg, Puck, Dietz, Koehler, and Kostichek. Motion carried. Brent Puck presented an update on the Recreational Trail Committee's progress on the amenities of the project.
Police Chief's Report. Chief Vaughan expressed his thanks to the Walcott Fire Department members, Public Work's Department staff, snowmobilers, and citizens that assisted during the recent blizzard. Mayor Couper reiterated his thanks to all departments' efforts during the storm.
City Clerk's Report. Discussion was held on the FYE 2012 budget. Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to set the public hearing date on the FYE 2012 budget for March 7, 2011, at 6:00 p.m.
Mayor's Reports. Discussion was held on the possibility of RAGBRAI traveling through Walcott. The donation request from the Quad City Convention Bureau was also discussed. Concerns were expressed regarding recent budget cuts and the value of additional expenditures.
Dietz moved and Puck seconded to adjourn at 7:45 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.