A special meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa was held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, with Mayor Pro Tem John Kostichek calling the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Other council members present were: Tim Koehler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Mayor Couper and Lisa Mengler. City employees present were: John Brockmann, Lisa Rickertsen, and Jon White (City Engineer).
Audience. Bob Fox, Nancy Puck, Lon Warnecke, Jim Paulsen, Steve Stender, and Jefferson Smith.
W. Bryant Street (Powers Street, Rowe Lane, & Parker Street) Proposed Street & Sidewalk Improvements. Kostichek reported on the meeting with the city engineer and property owners regarding the proposed improvements on May 14, 2013. Discussion was held on changing the street width and sidewalk locations. City Engineer, Jon White, stated that at driveway approaches, with garages near the property line, the sidewalk could curve and be located adjacent to the curb through the driveway approaches. Sidewalks could also be curved around some utility poles and trees. The following determinations were made after further discussion:
- Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to reduce the sidewalk locations from 6' to 3' from the curb on both sides of W. Bryant Street from Parker Street to Powers Street. Motion carried.
- Jacob Puck moved and Jackie Puck seconded that the new sidewalks on Rowe Lane be 3' from the curb on the west side and the standard 6' on the east side. Motion carried.
- Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to authorize the City Engineer to change the sidewalk locations from the standard 6' when going around trees, utility poles, and driveways as discussed. Motion carried.
- Council consensus was to establish the street width of 30' on Rowe Lane and Parker Street (between Bryant Street and Durant Street) and 33' on W. Bryant Street and Powers Street.
Questions arose on the drainage and White stated he would take the drainage as far west as he can. Discussion was held on the project start date. Due to the recent project additions and design changes, the project may not be ready to bid until this fall or winter, with construction not starting until next spring.
E. James Street Proposed Sidewalk. Brockmann reported on the proposed crosswalk from the school to the north side of E. James Street and installing a sidewalk on the north side of the street. Brockmann stated there is only 13' 6" from the curb to the fence line. White will look at the area following the meeting.
Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:30 p.m. Ayes: All. Motion carried.