The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday December 13, 2021. Mayor Keith Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance
Council Members present: Ted Marolf, Sheryl Lenker, Steve Owens
The agenda was presented for approval. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the agenda be approved as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All Nays: None Motion Carried
The consent agenda was presented for approval. Items included were: Minutes from 1/10/2022, tax abatement 104 S Locust and 106 S Locust, and Cemetery Donation for $10,000.00 It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Owens that the consent agenda be approved as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All Nays: None Motion Carried
WDC Director Becky Allgood reported that the City of Wilton was featured in the 3rd and 4th quarter of the Iowa Area Development Group newsletter. The Chandler Point project was featured with pictures of the ground breaking. Industrial Packaging received The Iowa Area Development Groups Venture award for adding a 30,000 square foot addition. She is continuing work on the Makers Space.
Jeff Horne City Administrator discussed the joint meeting with the School Board. It is scheduled at this time for February 23. He reminded the Council that the meeting for the Fiscal Year 2023 operational budget will be at 6:00 PM before our February 14th council meeting.
Jeff Horne presented the council with two pay applications from Impact7G for the Vegetation establishment for the SRF project. Pay application #3 is for $6797.58 and application #4 for $2608.13. The dirt work is basically completed and they will be back this Spring to do more and to monitor the plantings. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Marolf that the pay applications be approved for payment as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All Nays: None Motion Carried
Jeff Horne reminded the Council that at this time we are only recycling corrugated cardboard. Oveson Refuge is willing to do our recycling for $3 per household as long as it is city wide. We would have to add something for administration so we are looking at a charge of $3.50 per month. Our other option would be to get a recycling truck ourselves which would be in the neighborhood of $180,000 as well as adding a staff position. At this time the Council did not want to see an increase on the bills for recycling. The Council instructed Jeff to contact Scott County and ask if a recycling trailer would be available to place at our Convenience Center and the cost that would be incurred for doing so.
The City of Wilton is currently caught up with replacing the police cars and are finishing with updating police equipment. We have a long list of items in the public works area. Jeff included a list in your packet and where we are with some pieces. The other half of the Local Options Sales Tax funds are now not restricted to water & sewer. He recommends putting $12,000 annually towards police cars/equipment and $58,000 annually to a new Capital Equipment Fund. This will give us a steady way to save and fund for equipment. Robert VanDusen was present to answer any questions the Council had about equipment replacement. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the City Budget would include using the local option sales tax for the capital equipment fund. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All Nays: None Motion Carried
City Administrator Horne discussed changing the council meeting time to 6:00PM. The Council discussed changing it last year but had decided to stay at 7:00 PM because the Advocate could not make our meetings if we switched them to 6:00 PM. The coverage for the Advocate has now changed so we are free to move back the time if we wish. The Council advised Jeff to introduce a resolution for changing the time and present at the next council meeting.
Jeff asked the Council if they would be interested in live streaming our meetings. Beau Huber suggested recording them and posting them the next day. Since future coverage from the Advocate and Muscatine Journal is somewhat up in the air, we may want to be able to let the public have some more direct access. The Council instructed Jeff to proceed with the necessary steps to make our meetings accessible to the public for viewing.
Mayor Keith Stanley reported meeting with Andrew Marsh from HR Green which included Member Marolf and Jeff Horne and discussed the SRF project. Marsh contacted Iowa State University about having a Landscape Architecture class that would submit future plans for the area other than just a retention pond. Member Marolf appreciated the work that Marsh put into this project. Mayor Stanley also met with the Iowa DOT and discussed plans for Highway 38 and 5th Street.
Member Marolf reported meeting with Ace Electric to finalize the bid for the Community Center Lighting and electrical problems. Some of the replacement fixtures came in higher than expected but still in a respectable range. They will be starting this project soon.
The Financial Statements were accepted and placed on file. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Lenker that the total disbursements of $ 140,570.69 approved by the Finance Committee, be allowed and instruct the City Clerk to pay the same. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All Nays: None Motion Carried
No further business, this meeting was adjourned.
Mayor Keith Stanley
City Clerk Kathryn Koele