June 3, 2019 Minutes

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 3rd day of June 2019, at Walcott City Hall.  Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Council members present were: John Brockmann, Lisa Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Larry Smith.  Absent:  Tim Koehler.  City staff present:  Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, and Tom Schirman.

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

Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Bernard Brus stated the City needs to enforce keeping grass clippings out of the streets, which can clog storm drains and create a slippery surface.  Joe Aubry inquired about having a dog park in Walcott, which will be placed on the next meeting agenda for discussion.

Consent Agenda.  Smith moved and Mengler seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from May 20, 2019, Class A Liquor Renewal including Sunday Sales and outdoor service for Walcott Legion Post #548, and fireworks permit for Walcott Day Display at Prairie View Park on July 19, 2019.  Motion carried.   

Ordinance 505-19, Amending Chapter 167 Pertaining to Accessory Buildings.  Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 505-19, Pertaining to Accessory Buildings.  Roll call ayes:  Mengler, Smith, Brockmann, and Puck.  Motion carried.  The separation distance requirement from primary structures will be five feet, for accessory buildings 288 square feet or less as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Ordinance 506-19, Amending Chapter 106 Pertaining to Solid Waste Collection Fees.  Puck moved and Smith seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 506-19, Amending Chapter 106 Pertaining to Solid Waste Collection Fees.  Roll call ayes:  Puck, Smith, Mengler, and Brockmann.  Motion carried.  This ordinance increases the garbage rate 2%, from $12.87 to $13.12 beginning with the July 1st bills.     

Police Department Report.  Chief Blake reported that Officer Brian Mayberry is resigning and he is moving Officer Shawn Sullivan to full-time employment.  Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve Resolution 2019-25, Approving Hourly Wage for Full-time Police Officer, Shawn Sullivan.  Roll call ayes:  Puck, Mengler, Smith, and Brockmann.  Motion carried.

Public Works Department Report.   Discussion was held on a memo from the Public Works Director, Paul Stagg, regarding service/courtesy walks in the City right-of-way (ROW), between the public sidewalks and the curb/street.  The plans and specifications for the water main project along E. James Street did not include replacing five courtesy walks that were damaged or removed during the project excavation.   Council consensus was to replace these walkways in the City ROW, if requested by the property owner, as part of the project.

City Clerk Report.  Rickertsen reported on a community design workshop that will be at the Walcott Legion on Wednesday, June 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This is to gather input from Walcott residents to identify transportation needs and opportunities for enhancements.

Council Member Comments. Brockmann stated that he feels the compost area is in disarray and he expressed concerns regarding the contractor and issues related to the sewer project on W. Bryant Street.

Smith moved and Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:21 p.m. Motion carried.  All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.