January 16, 2022 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 16th day of January, 2023 at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Lisa Mengler, Harry Knutsen, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Kirk Koberg. Staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Rickertsen requested item seven, City Hall restroom and hallway upgrades, be removed from the agenda due to obtaining additional information. Knutsen moved and Bieri seconded to approve the agenda with deletion of item seven. Motion carried.

Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, Class C liquor license renewal for Gramma’s Kitchen and The Checkered Flag Bar & Grill, December 2022 financial reports, and minutes from January 3, 2023 and January 12, 2023. Motion carried.

Sterling Partners I LLC – TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Program Application for New Warehouse. Dave Meier was present and requested a TIF rebate for the new warehouse they are building this year. He stated they will be using 100,000 sq ft and 151,000 sq ft will be available for lease. They expect the warehouse to be completed by year end. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the application for the TIF program for a four-year term with the following percentages: 40, 30, 20, and 10. Motion carried. Rickertsen stated the company will be responsible for reimbursing the City for legal fees in connection with the preparation of a development agreement for the TIF rebate.

Durant Ambulance Support. Bieri moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the budgeted contribution of $1,000 to Durant Ambulance. Motion carried.

Resolution 2023-4, Approving Purchase Offer with Marvin & Loretta Siebke Revocable Trust. Rickertsen reported on the purchase offer details. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2023-4. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Puck, Bieri, and Knutsen. Motion carried.

Resolution 2023-5, Acknowledging a New Investment. Rickertsen reported on a CD purchased at CBI Bank and Trust. Puck moved and Knutsen seconded to approve Resolution 2023-5. Roll call ayes: Puck, Knutsen, Bieri, and Mengler. Motion carried.

Public Works Department Report. Stagg presented his report which included a proposal from the Building Official to change the single-family rental housing regulations. The proposal is to exclude single family houses occupied by children or parents of the owner from the rental housing program. Council consensus was to proceed with the change as discussed.

  • Purchase of Overhead Doors on Storage Building. Stagg presented a project worksheet to replace four overhead doors on the storage building. Following discussion, Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the purchase of four overhead doors, including labor installation costs, from Raynor Door at a cost of $17,917. Motion carried.

City Clerk’s Report. Set Budget Max Levy Hearing Date. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to set the FYE 2024 budget max levy public hearing date for February 6, 2023, at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Motion carried. Discussion was held on the maximum levy amount and rate for the public notice.

Mayor’s Report. Mayor Kostichek reported on a recent meeting at the Davenport Community School regarding their legislative priorities.

Bieri moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:35 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.