June 19, 2023 Minutes

City of Walcott June 19, 2023

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, June 19, 2023, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor Pro Tem Jacob Puck called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Other council members present: Everett Bieri, Kirk Koberg, Harry Knutsen, and Lisa Mengler. Staff present: Jackie Huston, Jeff Blake, and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Knutsen moved and Bieri seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. No comments.

Consent Agenda. Koberg moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from June 5, 2023, Gramma’s Kitchen & The Checkered Flag Bar & Grill outdoor service area from July 13 – 16, 2023, and Resolution 2023-30, Transfer of Funds.  Motion carried with unanimous roll call vote.

Otis Street Reconstruction Project. Huston reported that an agreement was being prepared by attorneys and a special Council meeting needed to be held on Thursday to approve documents. The meeting was set for June 21, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Lincoln Street Improvements Project. Questions were asked regarding street opening. Stagg responded that there were items to be completed and acceptance would be on the July 3rd agenda.  Koberg questioned the roll-over curb at Twin States.  Mengler moved and Knutsen seconded to approve payment #10 to Needham Excavating in the amount of $283,499.27, as recommended by the project engineer.  Motion carried 4-1, with Koberg opposed.

Brick Paver Purchase for Welcome Park.  This is a proposal to purchase the pavers for the southern section of the brick walkway.  Labor cost for installation will be addressed in the future.  These pavers will replace the older, plain pavers and the engraved bricks will be reinstalled.  Mengler noted that the walkway has trip hazards.  Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the paver purchase from Riverstone for $10,892.00.  Motion carried.

Ordinance 540-23, Amending Chapter 69 Concerning Angle Parking and No Parking Zone. Mengler introduced the ordinance and moved and Bieri seconded to approve the 1st reading of Ordinance 540-23.  Motion carried with unanimous roll call vote.

Public Works Department Report. Mengler noted the following concerns:  getting gravel added to the edges of N. Main Street, pond condition, and marking hazards on W Otis Street.  Stagg stated that were going to add the gravel, the pond had been filled, and he would mark the hazards.  Bieri questioned the radius on Blue Grass Road and Lincoln Street.

Council Member Comments. Knutsen noted that the sidewalk by the Main Street bridge had been patched and the welcome signs had been painted.  Mengler asked about the bumps on the north side of the Main Street railroad crossing and at Memorial & Main Streets.  Puck thanked Huston for her years of service to the City.

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

Signed Minutes and Claims June 19, 2023

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