The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 15th day of July 2019, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: John Brockmann, Tim Koehler, Lisa Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Larry Smith. Absent: None. City staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, and Paul Stagg.
Approval of Agenda. Smith moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. No comments.
Public Hearing on Fiscal Year Ending (FYE) 2020 Budget Amendment. The public hearing was opened on the FYE 2020 Budget Amendment. Rickertsen reported that the budget amendment is to increase expenditures in the Capital Projects and Business Type/Enterprises categories. This is due to projects that were budgeted to be paid in full in FYE 2019 but were not completed. No written or other oral comments were received. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to close the public hearing and resume the regular meeting. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Puck moved and Koehler seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from July 1, 2019, June 2019 financial reports, FYE 2019 Investment report, and Resolution 2019-27 – Adoption of the FYE 2020 Budget Amendment. Roll call ayes: Puck, Koehler, Brockmann, Mengler, and Smith. Motion carried.
Police Department Report. Chief Blake presented information regarding Walcott officers working in Iowa City during home football games. Discussion was held on the rate of pay and the reimbursement from the University of Iowa for the hours worked by each Walcott officer. Blake stated they do not take the squads to Iowa City. Smith moved and Puck seconded to approve the hours worked in Iowa City for home football games be paid at the applicable overtime rate for full-time and part-time officers. Motion carried with Mengler opposing. Mengler stated she opposed due to liability concerns for the City.
Public Works Department Report. Stagg provided updates on the West Otis Street and Splash Pad projects. The contractor for the street project is to provide an action plan by the next council meeting regarding the landscaping issues. Alliant Energy will establish service to the Splash Pad this week and the contractors will need to come back after the service connection to complete the project. Stagg expressed thanks to the volunteers that provided landscaping services at Prairie View Park and Welcome Park and to Sheriff Lane for lining up a cleanup crew for assistance after the storm on June 30th. Stagg stated the Ford Explorer squad has been passed to the Building Official. Koehler moved and Puck seconded to allow the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria to go out for sealed bids. Motion carried.
Mayor’s Report. Mayor Kostichek also expressed thanks to the park landscaping volunteers.
Council Member Comments. Council comments included Koehler reading a resignation letter. His resignation will be effective August 19th, following the council meeting, due to his upcoming move which will be outside of the city limits.
Smith moved and Koehler seconded to adjourn at 6:18 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.