The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Tuesday, the 5th day of July, 2016, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Tim Koehler & Virgil Wayne Latimer. City employees present: Jeff Blake, Steve Bowman, Jackie Huston, and Tom Schirman.
Approval of Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda, including the invoices, minutes from June 20, 2016, and annual cigarette permit renewal for Lampliter. Motion carried.
S.Downey Street Improvements Project Payment. Mengler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve payment #1 to All American Concrete, in the amount of $87,275.55 as recommended by the project engineer. Motion carried.
Watersmith Engineering Proposals. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve a proposal from Watersmith Engineering, in the amount of $5,700 to provide engineering services for the James Street Watermain Replacement Project. Motion carried. Bowman stated that additional watermain replacements in this area will be discussed at a future date.
Radio tower at 1113 N. Main Street. Jackie Puck moved and Jacob Puck seconded to post advertisement for sealed bids for the tower. Motion carried.
Ordinance 489-16, Amending Chapter 75 regarding All-Terrain Vehicles Regulations. This ordinance will allow ATVs on most city streets, with restrictions including specific hours of operation and equipment and permit requirements. Mengler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve the 2nd reading of Ordinance 489-16. Motion carried with a unanimous roll call vote.
Public Works Department Report.
Alley Maintenance Policy. Bowman presented a policy that allows abutting property owners to purchase gravel to be placed on the alleys by city staff. This is the same as the informal policy the city has been following. Property owners must also keep bushes and trees from encroaching upon the alleys. Changes, including the size of the gravel allowed will be made to the policy for the next meeting.
Dehumidifier at Water Plant. One of the two dehumidifiers at the water plant has become inoperable. It will be more cost effective to replace it than to repair since it is 19 years old. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the low quote from USA Blue Book in the amount of $3,271.81. Motion carried.
Audience Comments. Kirk Koberg questioned the cost of installing an electric gate and key card system for the compost area.
Mengler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:22 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.