The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 2nd day of July, 2012, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor Jim Couper called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: John Kostichek, Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Tim Koehler. City employees present: Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, and Jeff Blake.
Rickertsen reported the Lampliter requested the additional outdoor service area & street closure request be removed from the agenda. Jacob Puck moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve the agenda with the deletions as stated. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, June 18th minutes, Class A liquor license and Sunday renewal for Walcott American Legion Post #548, Outdoor Service Area on July 6th for Walcott American Legion Post #548, and Class C Beer Permits & Sunday Renewals for Pilot Travel Centers #043 & #268. Motion carried.
Audience. Wayne Latimer, Janice Dawson, Brent Puck, Jason Holdorf, and Andy Willey.
Recreational Trail Committee Update. Brent Puck reported on the mowing plan, landscaping plan, welcome sign, educational signage, kiosk, and windmill. Puck discussed the prairie process, which typically takes about five years to mature. The prairie is in process and the community is asked to be patient.
Vision Committee Update. Brent Puck distributed and discussed the Main Street Assessment itinerary. Consultants from the Iowa Department of Economic Development will be in Walcott July 24th & 25th. The consultants will be meeting with as many people as possible and will have a public presentation and community forum at the Coliseum on July 25th at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The Vision Committee will be preparing a flyer that will be distributed to residences prior to the meeting. Discussion was held on contacting community organizations to assist in distributing the flyers as a community service project. Mayor Couper thanked the Vision Committee for organizing the Main Street Assessment event.
Parks Security System. Chief Blake reported he purchased a trail camera as a temporary solution. Discussion was held on the system proposals from the last meeting. Blake stated he would like to have a camera that can be moved to a different location and he prefers to view the images from a computer. Following further discussion Kostichek moved and Mengler seconded to table the issue until the next meeting. Motion carried. Blake will redefine the bid requirements prior to the next meeting.
Street Closures. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to rescind the motion to close a portion of W. Durant Street on July 6th for the Walcott Community Club event. Motion carried. Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to close a portion of W. Bryant Street, from Main Street to Walcott Collision, on July 6th from 3 p.m. to Midnight for the Walcott Community Club event. Motion carried.
Ordinance 458-12, Dangerous Buildings. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 458-12, with the minor changes as prepared by Attorney Schirman. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Mengler, Kostichek, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried.
City Clerk's Report. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve an hourly range of $18 – $23 for the Building/Code Enforcement Officer position. Motion carried.
City Attorney Report. Attorney Schirman reported he submitted questions/concerns to the architect regarding their contract for the building at 1113 N. Main Street. Schirman reported on a residential property and nuisance concerns.
Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 7:07 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.