July 6, 2020 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 6th day of July, 2020, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Lisa Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Larry Smith with Everett Bieri and John Brockmann participating remotely by phone. City staff present were Jason Holdorf (City Engineer) and Lisa Rickertsen. Due to COVID-19, this meeting was held electronically via a conference call, permitted under the Iowa Code, Chapter 21.8, which allows an electronic meeting where members may participate remotely when an in-person meeting is impossible or impractical. Call-in information was provided to the public on the meeting agenda notice.

Approval of Agenda. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. No comments.

Consent Agenda. Smith moved and Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from June 15, 2020, Class C beer permit renewals for Pilot Travel Centers #043 and #268, and Resolution 2020-20 Designations of Financial Institutions as Depositories. Roll call ayes: Smith, Puck, Mengler, Bieri, and Brockmann. Motion carried.

Minutes from June 30, 2020. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve the minutes from June 30, 2020. Motion carried with Brockmann abstaining due to absence from meeting.

Slide at Victory Park. A recent park inspection at Victory Park was performed by a safety group representative from Iowa Association Municipal Utilities. Public Works Director, Paul Stagg, submitted information to the Council recommending to remove the slide from the park following the inspection. After discussion, Smith moved and Puck seconded to table action until written documentation from the safety inspector is received. Motion carried.

Wescott Park Pavement Repair and Addition Project. Holdorf provided a summary of the proposed project. Questions arose on if there will be any issues with installing new fences in the future. Discussion was held that it would be minimal and the current liability issues outweigh potential minimal costs. Discussion was also held on the estimated cost of asphalt removal and if city staff can remove the existing asphalt/concrete instead of it being included in the quotation. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2020-21, Approving Plans and Specifications of the Wescott Park Pavement Repair and Addition Project. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Puck, Smith, Bieri, and Brockmann. Motion carried. Holdorf will contact Stagg to see if staff is able to remove the asphalt.

City Clerk’s Report. Rickertsen reported on an upcoming water quality testing at Mud Creek at Prairie View Park on July 18th by the Partners of Scott County Watersheds. She also reported on the increase of COVID-19 cases in Scott County and that the 2020 Census response deadline has been extended until October. She stressed the importance to the community that all residents complete and be counted in the 2020 Census.

Council Member Comments. Comments include the following: residents illegally blowing grass clippings into streets which can end up in the street drains and clog the storm sewer and can create hazardous conditions, especially for cyclists; storm intakes on Memorial Road; Prairie View Park grass height/burn; weed chemical application; and speeding concerns on Memorial Road.

Smith moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:25 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.

July 6, 2020