The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 7th day of March, 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, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg.
Approval of Agenda. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Kendall Mattson expressed concerns regarding defects with the W. Otis Street project. This will be discussed at the next regular meeting.
Consent Agenda. Bieri moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices and the February 2022 financial reports. Motion carried.
Minutes from February 7, 2022. Koberg moved and Puck seconded to approve the minutes from February 7, 2022. Motion carried with Mengler and Knutsen abstaining due to absence from meeting.
Minutes from February 21, 2022. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the minutes from February 21, 2022. Motion carried with Koberg abstaining due to absence from meeting.
Appointments by Council. Puck moved and Knutsen seconded to appoint Larry Smith to the Planning & Zoning Commission, term ending December 31, 2025. Motion carried. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to appoint Bernard Brus to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, term ending December 31, 2023. Motion carried.
Lincoln Street Improvements Project. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve Resolution 2022-9, Approving Notice of Hearing on Proposed Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract and Cost Estimate. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Bieri, Puck, Koberg, and Knutsen. Motion carried. The public hearing will be on March 21, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
Ordinance 524-22, Amending Chapter 167.22 Regarding Accessory Buildings. Bieri moved and Puck seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 524-22. Roll call ayes: Bieri, Puck, Mengler, Koberg, and Knutsen. Motion carried. This will increase the maximum attached garage size from 864 sq. ft. to 1,250 sq. ft.
Engineering Services for Future Development Utility Plan. Stagg presented a proposal from IMEG for engineering services to look at six potential development areas and determine how the areas can be served with sanitary sewer and water. Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to approve the engineering agreement with IMEG for $5,800. Motion carried.
Public Works Department Report.
- Water Tower Cleaning. Stagg presented a project worksheet for cleaning the north water tower. Mengler moved and Koberg seconded to approve hiring National Wash Authority, at a cost of $6,900, to clean the north water tower. Motion carried.
- ADA Ramps at Intersection of James and Century Streets. Stagg presented cost estimates from the City Engineer for construction of ADA ramps on E. James Street. Bieri moved and Knutsen seconded to have staff obtain bids for construction of ADA ramps at the intersection of James and Century Streets. Motion carried.
- Equipment Disposal. Bieri moved and Koberg seconded to proceed with advertising for disposal of the following equipment: 1988 Ford 6610 tractor, 1989 JD 430, 1990 JD 955, 1994 Vermeer Chipper, and 2008 JD x360. Motion carried.
Stagg also reported on the schools request to add 400’ of sidewalk, east of their driveway, along E. Lincoln Street. Council consensus was to allow the sidewalk along the curb, for drop-off and pick-up, and to add the 400’ of sidewalk to the E. Lincoln Street Improvements project plans and specifications.
Mayor Report. Mayor Kostichek proclaimed April 7th as Junior Achievement Day in the City of Walcott.
Council examined the 1997 Freightliner (Unit 6) which Chief Kraft requested to replace during a prior budget meeting.
Puck moved and Knutsen seconded to adjourn at 6:45 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.