January 2, 2024 Minutes

twright@cityofwalcott.com January 2, 2024

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Harry Knutsen. Staff present: Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Consent Agenda. Bieri moved and Koberg seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from December 18, 2023, Resolution 2024-1, Designating the North Scott Press as Official Newspaper, Resolution 2024-2, Authorizing Certain Payments Before a Council Meeting, and Resolution 2024-3, Establishing the Standard Mileage Rate Reimbursement. Roll call ayes: Bieri, Koberg, Mengler, and Puck. Motion carried. 

Review of Capital Improvement Projects. Discussionwas held on the potential capital improvement projects ranked by the Mayor and City Council. Stagg will obtain budget estimates for projects ranked for the next fiscal year.

Ordinance 543-24, Amending the Official Zoning Map. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 543-24. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Puck, Bieri, and Koberg. Motion carried. This is to rezone the property located at 303-305 E. Walcott Road from M-2, Moderate Industrial District, to C-2, Central Business District.

Ordinance 544-24, Amending Provisions Pertaining to All-Terrain Vehicles. Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 544-24. Roll call ayes: Koberg, Bieri, Mengler, and Puck. Motion carried. These changes better align with state code regulations.

Public Works Department Report. Stagg reported on the insurance settlement from the damage to the Veterans Memorial in Welcome Park. The City has received payment from the insurance company, which was nearly $12,000, to replace the damaged items. Bieri questioned what the locate flags were for near W. Parkview Drive. Stagg responded that MidAmerican submitted a locate for a gas main installation in that area.

City Clerk Report. Rickertsen presented the survey results which were sent to agricultural property owners regarding potential future development. A lengthy discussion was held on the results, including potential residential development areas, future infrastructure needs, and funding. A budget workshop is tentatively planned for January 15th.    

Mengler moved and Koberg seconded to adjourn at 6:50 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted. 

January 2, 2024 Signed Minutes & Claims

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