A special meeting of the City Council of the City of Walcott, Iowa was held on Monday, October 8, 2012, with Mayor Couper calling the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Council members present were: Tim Koehler, John Kostichek, Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Vision Committee members present were: Mike Byington, Dick Hagen, Larry Koberg, Brent Puck, and Kristal Schaefer. City Clerk Lisa Rickertsen and resident Wayne Latimer were also present.
The purpose of the meeting was to review, identify, and discuss priorities in the recent Downtown Assessment Report that was prepared by two downtown revitalization development professionals with the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
Those present discussed what they felt some of the priorities (both short and long term) should be. Some of the priorities mentioned include the following: focus on residential development, provide youth activities (examples: skate park, splash pad, or library/teen center), community building activities/family centered events, retain current businesses and how to attract new businesses, signage, establish a community foundation, be proactive with infrastructure for future development, clean-up community/properties, and Main Street Enhancement (decorative lighting and hanging baskets).
Discussion was held on the future vision and focus for Walcott. A short and long term list will be drafted and presented to the Mayor, council, and committee members for ranking and will be discussed again during a future public meeting.
Jackie Puck moved and Kostichek seconded to adjourn at 6:55 p.m. Ayes: All. Motion carried.