The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 3rd day of July, 2017, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Virgil Wayne Latimer, Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Tim Koehler. City employees present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, and Paul Stagg.
Approval of Agenda. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Public Comments. Austin Burt, Hearts and Hands Foundation, gave an update on the entrance signs at the corner of Main Street and Walcott Road. Burt stated the lettering should be done by Walcott Day and the electrical (for night illumination) and landscaping will be done later. The Mayor and Council thanked the Hearts and Hands Foundation members for their efforts on the entrance sign project.
Consent Agenda. Jacob Puck moved and Latimer seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices and Class C beer permits for Pilot Travel Center #043 and #268. Motion carried.
Minutes June 19, 2017. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the minutes from June 19, 2017. Jackie Puck abstained due to absence. Motion carried.
Donation to Scott County Library System. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the pledged donation of $10,000 to the Scott County Library System. Motion carried. This is payment 2 of 5, pledged to the new library project.
Disposal of Vehicle. Mengler moved and Latimer seconded to approve selling the 1997 Ford truck to the high bidder for $1,200. Motion carried.
Police Department Report. Chief Blake requested a pay increase, as done last year, for part-time officers that work for the City on Walcott Day. He reported on the pay differences between officers paid by the City and those paid by Walcott Day Committee. Mengler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve a special wage for part-time officers working for the City during Walcott Day events, equal to the lowest paid full-time officer. Motion carried. Chief Blake reported he will work with the City Attorney on possible changes to the City Code, relating to the new law enforcement TraCS software.
Public Works Department Report. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2017-28, Establishing Hourly Pay for Public Works Laborer/Heavy Equipment Operator (new employee). Roll call ayes: Mengler, Jacob Puck, Latimer, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried. Stagg expressed his thanks to the volunteers that recently helped clean up at Prairie View Park.
Mayor’s Report/Council Member Comments. Mayor Kostichek and Latimer both expressed thanks and appreciation to all of the community volunteers, including Walcott Day Committee and Hearts and Hands Foundation members.
Jackie Puck moved and Latimer seconded to adjourn at 6:09 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.