11-8-2021 meeting minutes

Regular Meeting

                                                                           November 8, 2021

 

               The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday November 8, 2021.  Mayor Robert Barrett called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

Council Members present at this meeting: Steve Owens, Wayne Budding, Sheryl Lenker, Keith Stanley and Ted Marolf.   

 

The agenda was presented for approval.  It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Budding that the agenda be approved as presented.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

               Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

               Nays: None                                        Motion Carried

 

The consent agenda was presented for approval. Items included were: Jeff’s Liquor License and minutes from 10/25/2021 meeting.  It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Owens that the consent agenda be approved as presented.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

               Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

               Nays: None                                        Motion Carried

 

REPORTS:

 

               Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported that the final paperwork is nearly complete on two of the WDC houses and the City should be receiving a check for the cost of the homes plus interest.  The paperwork on the final house should be completed by the end of the year. Becky also reported in the effort to provide/develop a skilled workforce we are partnering with the Wilton Public Library, Muscatine Community College, City of Wilton and Wilton and Durant Schools to develop a Makerspace and Business Incubator. A Makerspace is a place for hands on learning with all the tools/equipment/technology needed for junior and high school student, as well as folks in the community that would like to learn a job skill. The WDC would like input from our businesses so that we can get the correct tools/equipment/technology and the know/how to make sure we have the proper information for your needs. The Wilton Development Corporation would like to invite everyone to a lunch meeting on Tuesday, November 16 at noon at the Wilton City Hall. The luncheon will be in the Community Room. We will be discussing the Makerspace/Business Incubator program.  

 

               Jeff Horne reported that the Community Center/Library roof repairs should be started next week. He also wanted the input from the Council and Mayor regarding the last meeting in December.  Due to the holidays he recommended cancelling the meeting and having a call in to approve the payment of bills on Wednesday the 29th. Several of the Council members agreed with the cancellation of the December 27th meeting because they will be out of town and would be unable to attend. 

 

               Representatives from HR Green were present to update the Mayor and Council on the progress being made on the Storm Water retention project.  Andrew Marsh started the presentation with a photograph of the current progress with Teresa Stadelmann explaining the overall purpose of this project which is to slow down water run-off, reduce down stream flows and prevent down stream erosion.  Bob Everhart is working closely with Triple B Construction on this project and it is being completed as designed.  Member Marolf had concerns about the project and wanted the input from HR Green as to what this area could be used for once it was completed.  The design of the project included a walking path and learning plaques throughout the area. Teresa will work on other possible options and present that at another council meeting.  

 

               FORMAL MEETING:

 

                RESOLUTION 110821A ACCEPTING AND APPROVING

THE CITY STREET FINANCE REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021

 

WHEREAS, the City of Wilton, Iowa, has prepared the City Street Finance Report for the Iowa Department of Transportation, detailing revenue and expenditures for Streets for the fiscal year 07/01/20 to 06/30/21; and  

WHEREAS, it has been reviewed by the City Council; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Wilton, Iowa, that the proposed City Street Finance Report for  the Fiscal Year ending 06/30/19 is hereby approved and adopted, and the City  Administrator is hereby authorized and directed to file the  adopted report with the Office of Local Systems of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Owens that the RESOLUTION 110821A ACCEPTING AND APPROVING THE CITY STREET FINANCE REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 be approved as presented.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

               Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

               Nays: None                                        Motion Carried

 

Passed and approved this 8th day of November 2021

 

INFORMAL MEETING:

 

               Jeff Horne presented building codes and inspection procedures from two comparable towns for the Council to consider. The towns included were Durant and Walcott plus one out of our area Colfax. They have all adopted variations of the International Building Code and this would be consistent with larger urban areas as well.  Our fees would need to be increased to support this positon and they would be a lot more than our current rates, however they would not necessarily be out of line with the other area communities listed in the comparison.  The Council would like Jeff to gather more information about the cost incurred with a building inspector before pursuing this subject further.

 

               City Administrator Horne informed the Counsel that he is in the early stages of establishing a long term equipment plan to get the City on a cost effective solution for vehicle replacement.  Many of them have gotten old and thus require high maintenance cost. We are currently having issues with one of the police vehicles and the Council will have some options to discuss to get it resolved.  Chief Clark presented some options for a new police and/or new city administrator vehicle.  The Council would like Dave to present quotes at the next meeting before making a decision on this matter.

 

               Included in the packet is a copy of the employee residency requirement and it states that department heads are required to live in the Wilton Community School District.  Jeff Horne would like the Council to consider eliminating this section as it may be a hindrance for recruiting certain skilled positions in the future.  We have a city clerk opening soon and we will likely have to hire an experienced clerk from a different city.   The Council agreed that the requirement could be changed to remove the phrase: All City of Wilton Department heads hired after December 1, 2012 shall reside within the school district of Wilton, Iowa.  A resolution amending this requirement will be presented at the next council meeting.

  

MAYOR REPORT:

              

               Mayor Barrett wanted to congratulate the newly elected council members and mayor. Leaf burning is allowed at this time.  Member Lenker wanted to know if the leaf collection schedule should be amended to start later in the month.  The leaf collection will continue until the last week in November and possibly into December until it snows, thus making leaf collection impossible.

 

              

COUNCIL REPORTS:

 

               Council Member Marolf gave a report on the progress being made on the electrical problems at the Community Room.  He is waiting for the quote from Ace Electric to come back to move ahead with the repairs needed.

              

 

BILLS:

 

               The Financial Statements were accepted and placed on file.  It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Lenker that the total disbursements of $ 143,174.06, approved by the Finance Committee, be allowed and instruct the City Clerk to pay the same.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

                              Ayes:  Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

                              Nays:  None                                       Motion Carried.

 

              

No further business the Mayor adjourned this meeting. 

 

 

                                                                           __________________________

                                                                           Mayor Robert L. Barrett

Attest:

 

 

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City Clerk Kathryn Koele