January 20, 2020 Minutes

Briana January 20, 2020

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 20th day of January, 2020, at Walcott City Hall.  Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Council members present were: Everett Bieri, John Brockmann, Lisa Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Larry Smith.  Absent:  None.  City staff present:  Lisa Rickertsen, Paul Stagg, and City Engineer, Jason Holdorf.

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

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Joe Hahn expressed his objection to the City Hall parking lot project.  Mayor Kostichek and Mengler responded that the project goal is to alleviate parking on Lincoln Street, particularly across from the Fire Station bay doors. Ken Washburn expressed concerns about the snow removal procedures.  Discussion ensued and it was noted that council had previously directed staff to plow curb to curb.

Consent Agenda.  Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from January 6, 2020 and January 15, 2020, December 2019 financial reports, and Resolution 2020-5 – Adopting the Annual Supplement to the Code of Ordinances.  Roll call ayes:  Mengler, Smith, Bieri, Brockmann, and Puck.  Motion carried.

Ordinance 510-19-Amending the Official Zoning Map.  Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve the 3rd reading of Ordinance 510-19.  Roll call ayes: Mengler, Smith, Brockmann, and Bieri.  Motion carried with Puck abstaining due to conflict of interest. This Ordinance changes the zoning for 210 and 230 W. Flagg Street from R-3 to R-1.

FYE 2021 Budget and Review of Capital Improvement Projects.  Rickertsen presented and reviewed updated budget information.

  • FYE 2021 Budget Max Levy Hearing Date. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to set the hearing date for February 17, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.  Motion carried.
  • Capital Improvement Projects. Following discussion on future capital improvement projects, Smith moved and Mengler seconded to direct Holdorf to prepare plans for replacing the water main on N. Downey Street, between James and Lincoln Streets.  Motion carried.

City Hall Parking Lot Improvements Project.  Holdorf had presented a cost estimate, along with plans and specifications for the parking lot project.  He reported that the soil report was completed and there were no major issues.  Following discussion, Bieri moved and Smith seconded to approve Resolution 2020-9 Approving Plans & Specifications for the City Hall Parking Lot Improvements Project.  Roll call ayes:  Bieri, Smith, Mengler, and Puck.  Nays:  Brockmann.  Motion carried.

Public Works Department Report.  Stagg expressed thanks to the citizens that made the extra effort to move vehicles off the street during the recent snowfall.

Bieri moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:53 p.m.  Motion carried.  All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.

January 20, 2020

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