The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 3rd day of January, 2012 at Walcott City Hall. Mayor Jim Couper called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Tim Koehler, John Kostichek, Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. City employees present: John Brockmann, Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, Jackie Huston, and Adam Hill.
Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, Resolution 2012-1, Authorizing Certain Payments Before a Council Meeting, Resolution 2012-2 Designating Official Newspaper, Resolution 2012-3 Designating Financial Institutions as Depositories, and Resolution 2012-4 Establishing the Standard Mileage Rate Reimbursement. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Kostichek, Mengler, Koehler, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried.
Audience. Janice Dawson and Wayne Latimer.
Minutes. Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve the minutes from 12/19/2011. Motion carried.
Council Appointments: Kostichek moved and Mengler seconded to appoint Lisa Rickertsen as City Clerk for a two-year term. Motion carried. Jackie Puck moved and Koehler seconded to appoint Tom Schirman as City Attorney for a two-year term. Motion carried. Discussion was held regarding the term and length of appointment for the City Engineer position. Schirman suggested adopting an ordinance listing term and conditions. Following discussion, Kostichek moved and Jackie Puck seconded to appoint Jon White, Verbeke-Meyer, as City Engineer for a one-year term. Motion carried.
Resolution 2012-5, Establishing Policy Regarding the Use of Economic Development Incentives (TIF Rebate Program). Jacob Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve Resolution 2012-5. Roll call ayes: Jacob Puck, Mengler, Kostichek, Koehler, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried. Approval of this Resolution extends the program to December 31, 2012, with the same percentages as last year.
North Lift Station Improvements Project.
- Resolution 2012-6, Approving Contract & Bonds. Jackie Puckmoved and Kostichek seconded to approve Resolution 2012-6. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Kostichek, Mengler, Koehler, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried. This contract is with Jim Schroeder Construction in the amount of $371,895. Schirman reported the council may want to consider adopting a policy requiring the bonds to be 115% of contract price instead of the current 100%. Rickertsen will check with other cities.
Approval of TIF Rebate Payment to T&C Storage. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the semi-annual TIF Rebate payment to T&C Storage in the amount of $1,618.34. Motion carried.
106 W. Lincoln Street. The council consensus was to obtain bids for demolition of the building at 106 W. Lincoln Street.
Donation to Durant Ambulance. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the annual donation in the amount of $1,000 to Durant Ambulance. Motion carried.
Public Work's Report. Brockmann presented his report including the installation of a temporary fence around the pond at Prairie View Park now that the soil condition is stable.
City Clerk's Report. A budget meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on January 18th. Rickertsen reported on a patching project on Interstate 80 from Cedar County line to Mississippi River during 2012.
Questions/Concerns. Kostichek questioned the county-wide emergency software system. Sergeant Hill responded that a new revised version was just released today.
Jackie Puck moved and Koehler seconded to adjourn at 6:37 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.