A special meeting of the City Council of the City of Walcott, Iowa was held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, with Mayor John Kostichek calling the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Council members present were: Tim Koehler, Virgil Wayne Latimer, Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: None. Others present: Lisa Rickertsen, Jody Siebel, and Dennis Siebel.
Mengler moved and Latimer seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Public Works Director Position. During the May 18, 2015, City Council meeting, Public Works Director, John Brockmann, announced his resignation and suggested the City Council look for a replacement. Rickertsen reported Brockmann was unable to attend the meeting, but requested Rickertsen relay to the Mayor and City Council that he intends to use up his vacation time, followed by a two week notice period. Rickertsen reported that upon resignation or retirement, employees do receive pay for any unused accrued vacation. Discussion was held on the following:
Changes to the current Public Works Director job description.
What level of Iowa water and wastewater certifications the City will require for the position.
Benefits for new employees.
Hosting a retirement open house to recognize Brockmann's many years of service to the City of Walcott.
Council Members stated their goal is to have a smooth transition and requested a written timeline from Brockmann for his retirement.
Questions/Concerns. The following items were discussed: scheduling a meeting with the owner of CenPeCo with Brockmann assisting with scheduling and proposed changes to the personnel policy particularly regarding benefits for new employees and grandfathering current employees.
Mengler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:44 p.m. Motion carried.
All motions were unanimous.