The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 16th day of January, 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: Jeff Blake, Randy Reimers, Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, and Paul Stagg.
Approval of Agenda. Mengler moved and Latimer seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Public Comments. None.
Consent Agenda. Latimer moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, Class C liquor license and Sunday sales renewal for Grammas Kitchen and the checkered Flagg Bar & Grill, December 2016 financial reports and Resolution 2017-7, Transfer of Funds. Roll call carried: Latimer, Jacob Puck, Koehler, Mengler, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes from January 3, 2017. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the minutes from January 3, 2017. Motion carried. Jackie Puck abstained due to absence from meeting.
Stanley Consultants – Treatment Agreements. Engineer, Jay Brady, presented the proposed treatment agreement for Blue Beacon Truckwash. He reported on the details of the proposed agreement and stated that he will submit the local limits study to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for their review and will forward the proposed agreement to Blue Beacon Truckwash. Brady stated he is not proposing an agreement with Iowa 80 Truckomat at this time and after submission to the IDNR, he would wait for their determination on whether an agreement is necessary.
Iowa 80 Group – Truckomat Treatment Agreement. Consultant, Ed Askew, spoke on behalf of Truckomat and stated their objections to any proposed treatment agreement with their facility, particularly because he believes they are not a significant contributor under IDNR regulations.
Iowa 80 Group – Right-of-Way (ROW)/Proposed Sign. Dave Meier stated they would like to locate a lighted directional sign in the ROW (along Plainview Road), north of the truck entrance, to eliminate trucks turning into the wrong driveway. Discussion was held that the ROW is unusually wider in that area and the goal is to reduce traffic congestion and increase public safety. Koehler stated it would be a one-time case by case basis which sets no precedence for the same or similar situation; sign bases shall not impact present utilities or ability to repair; and there would be no transfer of ownership. Mengler expressed her concerns of setting precedence. Following further discussion, Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded that the City Council agrees to review the final drawings of the proposed sign (bases) to be permitted in the ROW as discussed, contingent that it doesn’t impede current or future utilities. Motion carried.
Resolution 2017-8, Approving Final Plat for Needham’s First Addition. Rickertsen reported that the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Needham’s First Addition Final Plat and all platting documents have been reviewed and approved by Attorney Schirman. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2017-8, Approving Final Plat for Needham’s First Addition. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Jacob Puck, Latimer, Koehler, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried. This subdivision is at the end of South Main Street.
Approving Preliminary and Final Plats for Walcott West Addition. Rickertsen reported that the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the preliminary and final plats for the Walcott West Addition and all platting documents have been reviewed and approved by Attorney Schirman. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve Resolution 2017-9, approving Preliminary Plat for Walcott West Addition. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Mengler, Koehler, Jacob Puck, and Latimer. Motion carried. Jacob Puck moved and Koehler seconded to approve Resolution 2017-10, Approving Final Plat for Walcott West Addition. Roll call ayes: Jacob Puck, Koehler, Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Latimer. Motion carried. This subdivision is at the end of West Durant Street.
City Clerk Report. Rickertsen presented the FYE 2016 examination report from the State Auditor’s Office and stated the City was in compliance with all reviewed requirements.
Mengler moved and Koehler seconded to adjourn at 7:11 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.