The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Tuesday, the 5th day of July, 2022, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Harry Knutsen, Kirk Koberg, and Lisa Mengler. Absent: Jacob Puck. Staff present: Jeff Blake, Jackie Huston, and Paul Stagg.
Approval of Agenda. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Audience: Joe Aubry.
Consent Agenda. Koberg moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the consent agenda, which includes the invoices and minutes from June 20, 2022. Motion carried.
East Lincoln Street Improvements Project: Contractor’s Pay Request #1 for Needham Excavating, Inc. Pay request and recommendation from the City Engineer to approve was presented. Mengler moved and Koberg seconded to approve Pay Request #1 for Needham Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $193,596.23. Motion carried.
Police Department Report. Chief Blake asked for a consensus regarding a Walcott Police Officer and squad attending the Eldridge Night Out Against Crime community event. Following discussion, the Council did not indicate objection to the request if it did not present short-staffing in Walcott.
Public Works Department Report: River Valley LP Contract. Stagg presented the contract for this season’s LP with River Valley. It is for 2,300 gallons. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the LP contract with River Valley. Motion carried. Stagg stated that the Lincoln Street Project was progressing as planned. Mengler reported that one of the decorative light poles on Main Street was loose.
Mayor Report. Mayor Kostichek reported that visitors to Walcott had remarked on the attractiveness of the Main Street flower baskets.
Council Member Comments. Knutsen asked about the progress on repairing the defective sidewalk sections on the Main Street bridge. Stagg stated he is still pursuing concrete bids. Knutsen also thanked Chief Blake for the additional police patrol at the four-way stop at the Main and James Streets intersection.
Knutsen moved and Bieri seconded to adjourn at 6:11 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.