November 21, 2022

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 21st day of November, 2022 at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Kirk Koberg, Harry Knutsen, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Staff present: Jeff Blake, Jackie Huston, Jason Holdorf, and Paul Stagg.

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

Public Comments. None.

Mayor Kostichek opened the Public Hearing on the budget amendment for fiscal year ending June 30, 2023.  Huston reported the amendment includes expenditure increases attributable to:  the final payment on Victory Park project, electrical upgrades at Wescott Park, and bond interest payments and project costs for the E. Lincoln Street Project.  No other oral or written comments were received.  Bieri moved and Mengler seconded to close the Public Hearing and resume the regular meeting.  Motion carried.

Consent Agenda. Koberg moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from November 6th, and Resolution 2022-44, Transfer of Funds.  Motion carried with unanimous roll call vote.

Resolution 2022-45, Adoption of the FYE 2023 Budget Amendment.  Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve Resolution 2022-45.  Motion carried with unanimous roll call vote.

Ordinance 531-22, Amending Provisions Pertaining to Stop Signs.  This adds stop sign locations to the City Code where stop signs are already installed, but not listed in the Code.  Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve the 2nd reading of Ordinance 531-22.  Motion carried with unanimous roll call vote.

Ordinance 532-22, Amending Provisions Pertaining to No Parking Zones. This ordinance amends Chapter 69 of the Walcott City Code by designating all sides of Sterling Drive as a no parking zone. Bieri moved and Mengler seconded to approve the 2nd reading of Ordinance 532-22.  Motion carried with a unanimous roll call vote.

Ten Spin Project at Water Tower Park.  Huston reported that the City was notified that we will be receiving a grant from the Scott County Regional Authority for this project, but the amount has not been identified.  Due to the long lead time, Rickertsen is requesting to place the order with Boland Recreation for the ten spin and poured rubber surface in the amount of $11,889.  Koberg stated that if possible, he is requesting the Ten Spin be blue.  Mengler moved and Puck seconded to place the order.  Motion carried.

City Engineer Report.  Holdorf presented the written proposal to replace all cracked sections of the E. Otis Street Project, at IMEG’s expense.  They will be torn out and up to 12” of the slag will be replaced if necessary, and then the concrete will be replaced.  This includes certain sections of the street and parking areas.  Koberg questioned what the next step would be if this doesn’t resolve the issue.  Holdorf stated that IMEG will be monitoring the project for four years to see if additional repairs need to be made.  This work will begin next spring.

Public Works Department Report. Stagg stated that the final bid for the sale of the 2015 GMC truck with snow removal equipment was $30,500.00. He recommended the Council accept the bid.  Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to accept the bid.  Motion carried.

Resolution 2022-46, Establishing Hourly Wage for Public Works Heavy Equipment Operator/Laborer.  Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2022-46 for the new Public Works employee.  Motion carried with unanimous roll call vote.

Stagg reported that the contractor indicated they intended to finish grading this week and pour the east end of E. Lincoln Street next week.

Koberg moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:41 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.