The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, the 1st day of October, 2018, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: John Brockmann, Lisa Mengler, Jacob Puck, and Larry Smith. Absent: Tim Koehler. City staff present: Adam Hill, Lisa Rickertsen, and Tom Schirman.
Approval of Agenda. Smith moved and Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Introduction of Audience/Public Comments. Resident Randy Moeller questioned the recent burglary at a local storage unit. Sergeant Hill responded another officer is investigating. Resident Jim Paulsen stated the tree limbs on the west side of Blue Grass Road overhang and block the sight of the speed limit sign. He also questioned the recent low water pressure and Mengler reported on her communications with the Public Works Director, Paul Stagg, regarding recent draws of large water volumes from the system.
Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Smith seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from September 17, 2018, and the following TIF rebate payments per agreements: Iowa 80 Truckstop, Inc. for Morton Building Project- $1,030.21 and Sterling Partners, LLC for Multi-Use Project – $6,924.78. Motion carried.
Otis Street Improvements Project – Payment #2. Following recommendations from the City Engineer and Stagg, Smith moved and Puck seconded to approve payment #2 for the W. Otis Street Improvements Project to Cornerstone Excavating, Inc.in the amount of $186,955.96. Motion carried.
Ordinance Amending Chapter 63, Certain Provisions Relating to Speed Regulations. Following discussion, Mengler introduced Ordinance 501-18 and moved to approve the first reading. Seconded by Smith. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Smith, Brockmann, and Puck. Nays: None. Motion carried. This is the first of three readings. The ordinances states that the speed limit will be 25MPH on W. Memorial Road (west of Main Street) to the west city limits. The speed limit on E. Memorial Road is already 25 MPH.
Resolution 2018-34, Approving Amendment to the Contract for the collection of Solid Waste and Recycling. Rickertsen stated that due to the change in policies on imported recyclables, Republic Services has proposed a contract amendment to include a recycling processing charge and to extend the garbage contract rates an additional five years, to June 30, 2025. Currently the Waste Commission of Scott County does not charge Republic Services a recycling processing fee but if a fee is charged, that fee would be passed on to the City. The extension of the garbage contract rates is in line with other Scott County communities. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2018-34. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Puck, Brockmann, and Smith. Motion carried.
City Clerk’s Report. Rickertsen stated that Scott Brockmann has submitted a resignation letter, effective October 12, 2018, after 35 years of employment with the City.
Council Member Comments. Mengler thanked the Fire Department for their hard work on their recent fundraising event.
Smith moved and Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:13 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.