The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 7th day of May, 2012, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor Pro Tem John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Other council members present were: Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: Mayor Couper and Tim Koehler. City employees present: John Brockmann, Lisa Rickertsen, Tom Schirman, and Jeff Blake.
Jacob Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, April 16th minutes, April 23rd minutes, and Lampliter Inn Class C Liquor License renewal. Motion carried.
Audience. Janice Dawson.
W. Flagg Street. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve payment #1 in the amount of $80,129.18 to N.J. Miller, Inc. for the W. Flagg Street project. Motion carried.
N. Lift Station Project. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve Resolution 2012-18. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Kostichek. This change order adds a concrete slab at project site and additional piping for a new force main. It also provides for a credit for seeding, erosion control, rock surfacing and engineering fabric. The change order is a credit in the amount of $4,847.33. Discussion was held on the proposed Electric Facilities Extension Agreement with Alliant Energy. Brockmann reported the project needed three phase power instead of the single phase power at site. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the Electric Facilities Extension with Interstate Power & Light Company (Alliant Energy) contingent on verification of taxes included in the City's contribution cost of $12,866.06. Motion carried.
Street Closure. Chief Blake reported on the request from the Walcott Coliseum to close a portion of E. Bryant Street for an event on July 6th. Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to approve closing a portion of E. Bryant Street, adjacent to the Walcott Coliseum, on July 6th from 5:30 p.m. to Midnight, pending approval of outdoor liquor license. Motion carried.
S. Downey Street. Jake Puck reported the Street Committee mettwice regarding S. Downey Street (south of Memorial Road) concerns. He stated the street was milled during the Memorial Road Project due to a future watermain project and the pumping of storm water onto the street is eroding the surface. The Committee recommends the enforcement of the storm water ordinance, requiring the property owners on the west side of the street to connect to the storm sewer line located west of their rear property line, and consider installing storm sewer for the property owners located on the east side of S. Downey Street. Discussion was also held on replacing the watermain, street surface, and using a lateral camera to see if there are illegal connections to the sanitary sewer system. Brockmann reported problems with water draining into the sanitary sewer system. He will obtain costs for televising lines for the next agenda. A proposal was received from Verbeke-Meyer for Engineering Services to prepare and provide a construction cost opinion to pave South Downey Street, south of Memorial Road. The cost opinion shall include costs to repair driveways, sidewalks, and watermain replacement. Kostichek moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the engineering services from Verbeke-Meyer for S. Downey Street at a cost of $1,200. Motion carried. Discussion was held on the two mailboxes along S. Downey Street that are located on the public sidewalk and one mailbox behind the sidewalk. City Code prohibits the construction, either temporarily or permanently, any mailbox or other structure on public sidewalks. Following discussion, Mengler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to require the residents on the west side of Downey Street to move their mailboxes to the east side of the street, where there is no sidewalk, or obtain a Post Office box. Motion carried.
Architect Selection for 1113 N. Main Street. Kostichek moved to select SGGM Architects for the services at 1113 N. Main Street. Motion died due to lack of a second. Following discussion, Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to table the issue to the May 21st meeting, when all council members are expected to be present. Motion carried.
Approval of TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Rebate Payments. Kostichek moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve the TIF rebates to Iowa 80 Truckstop (2 rebates – $21,977.24) and Exit 284 Land & Development ($2,594.95), total amount of $24,572.19 per the Development Agreements. Motion carried.
Resolution 2012-19, Set Date for Hearing on Proposed Development Agreement with Sterling Partners I LLC. Rickertsen reported this is for construction of a new multi-use building on Mack Road. Mengler moved and Kostichek seconded to approve Resolution 2012-19. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Kostichek, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried.
Resolution 2012-20, Set Date for Hearing on Proposed Development Agreement with T&C Storage LLC. Rickertsen reported this is for construction of a storage building. Jacob Puck moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2012-20. Roll call ayes: Jacob Puck, Jackie Puck, Mengler, and Kostichek. Motion carried.
Resolution 2012-21, Set Date for Hearing on Proposed Development Agreement with JDW Holdings LLC. Rickertsen reported this is for relocation and new construction of Midfield Pattern. Mengler moved and Kostichek seconded to approve Resolution 2012-21. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Kostichek, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried.
Approval of Fire Department Members. Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve new Fire Department members, Kory Kraft and Rusty Holzworth. Motion carried.
Police Department Report. Chief Blake presented his report including recent car burglaries of unlocked vehicles.
Public Work's Report. Brockmann presented his report including update on the lift station building construction and large flow increase during recent rains.
City Clerk's Report. Rickertsen reported Mayor Couper asked her to remind the council of the recommendation from the Iowa League of Cities to gender-balance all boards and committees, although most special committees are not required by Iowa Code to be gender-balanced. Jackie Puck responded with reasons for the proposed appointments for the Municipal Building Committee. The committee appointments will be on the next agenda.
Jackie Puck moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:45 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.