The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Tuesday, the 2nd day of September, 2014, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Tim Koehler, Virgil Wayne Latimer, Lisa Mengler, Jackie Puck, and Jacob Puck. Absent: None. City employees present: Jeff Blake, John Brockmann, Lisa Rickertsen, and Tom Schirman.
Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Consent Agenda. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, minutes from August 18, 2014, Resolution 2014-30 Adjusting Delinquent Utility Accounts, and Resolution 2014-31 Transfer of Funds. Roll call ayes: Koehler, Latimer, Jackie Puck, Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried.
Audience. Andy Willey, Duane & Audrey Hinds, Jill Hernandez, Josie Dietz, William Belz, Randy Moeller, Donna Housley, Janice Dawson, and Joe Hahn.
Night Owl Wireless : Andy Willey. Willey reported on his findings regarding OSHA regulations on climbing towers and access to water towers in other communities. Attorney Schirman stated he is still in the process of reviewing the contract presented by Willey and will have his findings to the council for the September 15th meeting.
William Belz. Belz was present again to request the council consider changing the ordinance to allow pit bulls in Walcott. Belz was told the topic has already been discussed many times and the City Council has voted to keep the ban.
Trick-or-Treating. Jackie Puck moved and Latimer seconded to approve Trick-or-Treating on October 30th from 6:00 p.m. : 8:00 p.m. and the parade from Victory Park to the Walcott Legion beginning at 5:00 p.m. Motion carried.
W. Bryant Street Paving Improvements Project.
- Payment #3. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve payment #3 to N.J. Miller, Inc, in the amount of $205,994.34, as recommended by the City Engineer. Motion carried.
- Resolution 2014-32, Approval of Change Order #3. Jackie Puck moved and Koehler seconded to approve Resolution 2014-32, as recommended by the City Engineer and accepted by Public Works Director. Roll call ayes: Jackie Puck, Koehler, Latimer, Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Motion carried. This change order amounts to $2,516.95, bringing the project contract amount to $706,686.70.
Realtor Selection Process. Council will interview two realtors on September 15th, prior to the regular meeting, and a third interview will be on September 22nd, prior to a scheduled special meeting.
Ordinance 475-14, Amending Chapter 140 Regarding Driveways. Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the third and final reading of Ordinance 475-14. Roll call ayes: Jacob Puck, Koehler, Jackie Puck, Latimer, and Mengler. Motion carried.
Ordinance 476-14, Amending Chapter 167.22 Regarding Victory Park Outfield Fence. Mengler moved and Jackie Puck seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 476-14. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Jackie Puck, Jacob Puck, Koehler, Latimer, and Koehler. Motion carried.
Fire Department Report. Chief Geigle arrived and requested permission to close a portion of E. Bryant Street and payment of steaks for the Fire Department Steak Fry. Mengler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the payment to Kalmes Catering in the amount of $8,000 for 1,000 steaks. Motion carried. Jacob Puck moved and Mengler seconded to approve closing a portion of E. Bryant Street, between Main Street and Henry Street, on September 27th beginning at Noon. Motion carried.
Public Work's Report. Brockmann reported on the status of the W. Bryant Street project and the water main replacement on E. James Street.
City Clerk's Report. Rickertsen reported on a meeting with the project engineer for the Main Street Enhancement Project. She stated the minutes from the Vision Committee were included in packets and Josie Dietz gave a brief report of the meeting.
Questions/Concerns. A few audience members had questions regarding final inspections on their projects. Rickertsen replied she will check with the Building Official.
Koehler moved and Mengler seconded to adjourn at 6:48 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted.