The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 2nd day of July, 2018, 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 Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Two residents were in attendance but there were no comments at this time.
Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from June 18, 2018, May 2018 financial reports, Scott County Humane Society Agreement renewal, and Class C Beer Permit renewals for Pilot Travel Center #043 and #268. Motion carried.
- Koehler moved and Puck seconded to approve the Walcott Day Parade and closure of appropriate streets on July 21, 2018. Motion carried.
- Approval of Fireworks Permit – Walcott Day Display at Prairie View Park. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the fireworks permit on July 20th, with a rain date of July 21st for the Walcott Day display at Prairie View Park. Motion carried.
- Street Closures. Smith moved and Koehler seconded to approve closing N. Henry Street, between James and Lincoln Streets; E. Otis Street, between Main and Downey Streets; N. Downey Street, between James and Otis Streets; and E. James Street, between Henry and Downey Streets on July 21, 2018. Motion carried.
- Fireworks Donation. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve the donation of $1,000 to the Walcott Day Committee for the fireworks display. Motion carried.
- 5K Race & Street Closure. Koehler moved and Puck seconded to approve the 5K race route on July 21st, as presented. Motion carried. The race starting and ending point will be on W. James Street by Victory Park.
- Police Department Part-Time Wages. Due to the pay differences between officers paid by the City and those paid by the Walcott Day Committee, Puck moved and Koehler seconded to approve a special wage of $23.99/hour for part-time officers working for the City during Walcott Day events. Motion carried.
Main Street Right-of-Way Mowing. Discussion was held on the request from Brockmann to have the City staff mow the area between the sidewalk and street along Main Street from the bridge to Walcott Road due to inconsistent grass height. The City Code requires the abutting property owners to maintain that area. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to not have City staff mow the right-of-way on Main Street. Motion carried with Brockmann opposing. Koehler suggested contacting the abutting property owners and making them aware of the concerns. Mayor Kostichek stated he would approach the property owners.
Splash Pad Project. The project engineer and Stagg both recommended approval of pay request #1. Koehler moved and Puck seconded to approve pay request #1 to Centennial Contractors of the Quad Cities, Inc. for $91,365.77. Motion carried.
Resolution 2018-23, Setting Date for Public Hearing on Development Agreement with Atlantic Bottling Company. The agreement is for providing tax increment financing support to Atlantic Bottling Company in connection with the construction and operation of a new warehouse and distribution facility. Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve Resolution 2018-23. Roll call ayes: Puck, Mengler, Smith, Koehler, and Brockmann. Motion carried. The public hearing is scheduled for July 16, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
Public Works Department Report. Stagg expressed his thanks and appreciation to the volunteers that performed landscaping maintenance at Prairie View Park this past weekend.
Following council comments, Smith moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:28 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.