Council Meeting Minutes 10-10-2022

Regular Meeting

                                                                                                October 10, 2022

 

                The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday October 10, 2022   Mayor Keith Stanley called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM and then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Council Members present: Wayne Budding, Bill Voss, Steve Owens, Sheryl Lenker & Ted Marolf   

                 The agenda was presented for approval.  It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker 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 9/26/2022 meeting.  It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Voss that the consent agenda be approved as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried

               

REPORTS

                Becky Allgood reported that the Wilton Retirement home is having an open house, ribbon cutting on Thursday, Oct 13th at 11:30.  They are celebrating opening their doors to the public.  The doors have been closed to the public since COVID.

                She also reported the Halloween Party is set for October 31st, from 3:30 to 5:30 in downtown Wilton.  There will be a haunted house, weenie roast and Trunk or Treat by the local merchants. 

 

                 Jeff Horne reported that he received a request for putting in a pedestrian walkway across Cypress Street and the 6th Street intersection. He discussed this with Chief Clark and they felt the best thing to do would be to paint pedestrian walkway lines at this intersection with some signage.  They both felt that another Stop sign at this location would cause traffic to back up into an already congested area.  The Council instructed Jeff to look at the options and bring them to the next meeting.

                City Administrator Horne applied for a $50,000 T- Mobile Grant that could be used for the Safe Passage project for sidewalks leading to the school.  He will also check with the Townsend Foundation if they would want to contribute to this project.              

                Jeff Horne was contacted by several residents living in the trailer park about the rising lot rent. He checked with the Mobile Home State of Iowa laws and he did find that the lot owners need to give residents 60 to 90 days’ notice to raise the lot rent.  This, however, did not imply that they couldn’t raise the lot rent or if they had to make it reasonable for the mobile home tenants. 

 

FORMAL MEETING

                The heater in the screen room at the treatment plant has some burned out elements.  This unit is approximately 15 years old and needs to be replaced.  HR Green looked at this for us and recommended replacing it with another electric heater rather than gas. These heaters are explosion proof which makes them a good choice for the screen room environment. The new heater should last at least 15 years and the total cost is $14,995.  It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Voss that the new heater be purchased at the cost presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried

 

INFORMAL MEETING

                Matt Wagaman has passed his Waste Water Treatment Grade 1 test. Jeff Horne is recommending an hourly increase of $.75. We want to have to a good incentive to get more staff to get licensing for water and waste water.  It was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Lenker that the raise of $.75 cents an hour for achieving a new license be approved as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried

                In light of Matt getting his license, we would like to build $.75 per hour per license into the employee handbook so we have a consistent guideline for everyone.  We also would like to include a change in sick time usage that will require a doctor’s note if an employee is out more than 2 consecutive days. This has always been our policy but we feel that it is not clearly written in the handbook.  It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Owens that the change in the employee handbook be approved as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried

                 

MAYOR REPORT

                Mayor Stanley reported attending the Iowa League of Cities Conference.  He attended some interesting seminars.  One in particular centered on renewable energy sources.  He felt that it was something the city may want to look into for future heating or cooling needs.  He reminded everyone that burning is the city starts October 20th and ends November 20th. 

 

COUNCIL REPORT

                Member Voss reported getting permission from the American Legion members to use their parking lot for the downtown tenants during snow removal.  The Council thanked him for the permission but Chief Clark wants to have a different plan for parking that would not include private property.

                Member Owens reported the pool board will be meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 and they will be discussing the quote they received for the repairs needed.  He felt that a meeting will need to be scheduled for the School and the City to meet before a decision can be made on this situation.  Member Marolf also reported that he will attending a meeting on Thursday to look at alternatives for the pool upgrade.

               

BILLS

                The Financial Statements were accepted and placed on file.  It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Voss that the total disbursements of $273,862.72 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.        

                               

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City Clerk Kathryn Koele                                                                                                                    Mayor Keith Stanley