The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Tuesday, the 5th day of July, 2011. Mayor Jim Couper called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Larry Koberg, John Kostichek, Jackie Puck, Jacob Puck, and Tim Koehler. Absent: None. City employees present: L. Rickertsen, J. Brockmann, T. Schirman, and J. Blake.
Rickertsen reported that Iowa Trucking Company (D.B.A. Gramma's Kitchen) has withdrawn the Class B 5-Day Beer Permit for Gramma's Kitchen from the consent agenda and item eleven , Resolution Approving Contract & Bonds for the N. Downey Street Pavement Improvements Project, will be deleted from the agenda due to not receiving the required contract documents. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda with the deletions as reported. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Koberg seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices and minutes from 06/20/ 2011. Motion carried.
Recreational Trail & Park Project. Discussion was held on the following: contractor's request for working days and a substantial project completion date. Following discussion, Koberg moved and Jackie Puck seconded to add 6 additional working days to the contract and deduct 17.5 charged working days between November 15, 2010, and April 1, 2011. Motion carried. Committee member, Brent Puck, reported on the status of the amenities for the project. Rickertsen reported on her discussion with bonding attorney, John Danos, regarding the remaining work and state bidding requirements. Puck reported most of the amenities have been determined but they would like to pursue design work for the information and educational signage and logo. Following discussion, Puck will obtain quotes from two companies for design work and Rickertsen will contact Engineer Jon White regarding the bid specifications for the amenities. Discussion was also held on project concerns including the following: erosion/drainage, design flaws, and algae.
Fire Department Expansion Project. Rickertsen suggested approving a maximum amount for architectural services that may be needed for the fire department expansion project. The council previously approved architectural services through the bidding phase but his services may be needed during the construction phase. Jacob Puck moved and Koberg seconded to approve services from DRW Architecture, not to exceed $950. Motion carried.
Welcome Park : Brick Walkway Expansion. Brockmann presented a project worksheet for extending a 20' walkway to the parking lot at Courtyard Estates. He stated that if the Park Board doesn't approve it during their July 6th meeting, then it will be null and void. He also reported that Courtyard Estates has been approached for a donation towards the project. Kostichek moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the brick walkway as presented at a cost not to exceed $1,720.55. Motion carried.
Scott County Humane Society Agreement Renewal. Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to renew the annual Scott County Humane Society Agreement. Motion carried.
Resolution 2011-35, Approving 28E Agreement with Scott County for Blue Grass Road/70th Avenue Bridge Projects. Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to approve Resolution 2011-35. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Kostichek, Koberg, Koehler, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried.
Resolution 2011-36, Authorizing Internal Advance to Tax Increment Revenue Fund. Koberg moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2011-36. Roll call ayes: Koberg, Jacob Puck, Koehler, Kostichek, and Jackie Puck. Motion carried.
City Clerk's Report. Discussion was held regarding commercially zoned properties in Walcott.
City Attorney Report. Schirman reported he spoke talked with two state representatives regarding the Recreational Trail & Park Project contract documents and plans and specifications. Discussion was held on the project disposal site.
Mayor's Report. Mayor Couper reported they will be fencing an area for a beer garden at Victory Park on July 30th for the RAGBRAI event. He reported that over 200 individuals have volunteered to help and acknowledged the efforts of Kris Burt who is chairing the event. Mayor Couper also congratulated Koberg on a successful fast-pitch tournament.
Questions/Concerns. Discussion was held on presenting the Mayor's Beautification Award this year.
Koehler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.