Council Meeting Minutes 10-24-2022

Regular Meeting

                                                                                                October 24, 2022

 

                The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday October 24, 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: Bill Voss, Steve Owens, Sheryl Lenker & Ted Marolf     Member Budding arrived at 6:20.

 

                 The agenda was presented for approval.  It was moved by Member Marolf 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 10/10//2022 meeting, Stanton Resolution 10242022A, Fred Grunder Grant application and Police Department Special Event Resolution 10242022B. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the consent agenda be approved as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried

               

REPORTS

                Wilton Chamber and Development Alliance Director Becky Allgood gave an update on the Halloween Party.  She invited the Council to the open house taking place Nov 14th for the Chandler Point Apartment complex.  

 

                City Administrator Jeff Horne reported that Riverbend Transit will start having a bus stop at Elder Park every Thursday and every other Friday.   A representative from the bus service approached Jeff to have a place to stop in Wilton and he felt that Elder Park would be a good place.  There is ample room for cars to park and the park shelter will provide cover for those waiting for the bus. 

                We had some bearings go out in the Leaf Vacuum. At this time, it is still being assessed, and we will have on site repair in the near future and get it back up and running as soon as possible. 

 

FORMAL MEETING

Animal Housing Services

AGREEMENT, by and between the City of Wilton, Iowa and the Muscatine Humane Society hereinafter referred to as Wilton and MHS).

 

WHEREAS, the City of Wilton will provide funding to MHS to perform certain activities related to Animal Care and Housing of strays.

 

WHEREAS, MHS offers expertise in the acceptance, housing, care, and humane treatment of animals;

 

WHEREAS, the City of Wilton and MHS agree to the following g contractual obligations;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

 

The City of Wilton agrees to pay $100.00 per animal that they deliver, or that an approved agent delivers on their behalf. The City of Wilton also agrees to furnish MHS with as much information about said animal including the name, phone number and address of any possible owner.

 

The City of Wilton also agrees to provide immediate information if a BITE has occurred.  Any animal that has bitten a human must be confined in a quarantine manner for a period not less than ten days, therefore that fee would be $150.00 for said “BITE” animal.

 

MHS agrees to conduct the following services:

 

To accept, care for and house animals delivered by an officer or an agent of the City of Wilton. Provide information to the City of Wilton if any animal is claimed by an owner when citations may be warranted.  MHS will assist in collecting pertinent information and follow up.

 

MHS shall cooperate with the City of Wilton to accept and house stray animals, however does reserve the right to refuse housing to vicious animals, which means any animal who has viciously attacked a human and has caused serious injury.

 

MHS agrees to send a monthly statement to the City of Wilton describing each animal.

 

MHS agrees to hold each stray for a period no less than (7) days and then evaluate each animal temperament and health and then prepare them for adoption to a new and permanent home.  If for any reason the evaluation proves that the said animal is not adoptable, it will be euthanized by injection and disposed of by creation.

 

It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Marolf that the agreement with MHS be signed as presented.  The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried

 

RESOLUTION NO. 10242022C

 

A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE PERSONNEL POLICIES OF THE CITY OF WILTON

 

WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Wilton has previously adopted a Personnel Policies; and

 

WHEREAS, in order to provide for certain changes, it is necessary to revise this manual.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILTON, IOWA

 

THAT, the following sections shall be amended as follows:

 

SECTION 4 SICK LEAVE

 

D)  Verification – A department head or City Administrator may require a written certificate from a licensed practicing physician, osteopath or dentist stating the reason for taking sick leave.  In the case of a prolonged sickness, more than two days, a brief written physician’s statement concerning the employee’s condition and expected date of return to the job should be sent to the department head.

 

                SECTION 2 TRAINING & EDUCATIONAL REIMBURSEMENT

 

D)   Compensation for Training – Employees will be compensated for up to eight (8) hours of regular pay for training per day.  Any time traveling will not be compensated if it exceeds the allotted eight hours of the standard work day.  Employees shall be awarded a pay increase of $.75 per hour for every grade license obtained.  Proof of successful completion shall be added to the Employee file.

 

An adjustment from this amendment may be authorized any time at the discretion of the City Council.

This resolution shall become effective immediately upon its passage

 

It was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Lenker that the Resolution be passed as presented.  The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried

ORDINANCE NO 557

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 10 OF THE WILTON

MUNICIPAL CODE ENTITLED “VEHICLES & TRAFFIC”

REGARDING CITATIONS FOR VIOLATION AND FINES

IN THE CITY LIMITS OF WILTON, IOWA

 

Be It Enacted by the City Council of the City of Wilton, Iowa as follows:

SECTION 1.  PURPOSE The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend the Wilton Municipal Code to restrict the time limit on parking in the City limits of Wilton, Iowa.

 

SECTION 2.  AMENDMENT   The Wilton Municipal Code is hereby amended by changing the following sections:

 

10.16.070 - Citation for violation and fines.

 

If a citation for a vehicle parked in violation of this chapter is returned to the police department within two business days, the penalty shall be twenty dollars for a parking violation.

 

10.16.080 - Form of notice of violation.

 

You have violated a parking ordinance as checked below. Violations are $20.00 (handicap $100.00). You may pay your fine at City Hall, 104 East 4th Street. For your convenience, fine may be paid by mail (excluding handicap fines), by attaching the necessary postage to the back of this envelope, or by placing it in the courtesy box located at the City Hall.

 

10.16.160 - Violation—Penalty.

 

Any motor vehicle, trailer, boat other personal property which is found to be in violation of Section 10.16.150 hereof shall be ticketed for violation of each section by the police department. The penalty for such violation shall be $20.00 dollars for each forty-eight hours that the vehicle is in violation of said section.

 

10.16.190 - Owner subject to fine.

 

The owner or operator of any such junked or obsolete motor vehicle which is parked on the streets of the city in violation of Section 10.16.180 shall be subject to a fine of twenty dollars for each forty-eight hours or part thereof in which said junked vehicle is parked on the street in violation of said section.

 

SECTION 3.  AMENDMENT   The Wilton Municipal Code is hereby amended by deleting the following sentence from this section:

 

10.16.223 - Fees for impoundment.

 

Daily impound fees for the city of Wilton impound yard shall be ten dollars per day. Such fee shall take effect if the vehicle is not retrieved within the first twenty-four hours of being towed to the impound yard.

 

SECTION 4.   REPEALER    All Ordinances or parts of Ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed.

 

SECTION 5.  SEVERABILITY   If any Section, Subsection, Provision or part of this Ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional such adjudication shall not affect the validity of this Ordinance as a whole or any Section, Subsection, Provision or part thereof nor adjudged invalid or unconstitutional. 

 

SECTION 6.  PENALTY   Any person violating any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction, be subject to imprisonment not exceeding thirty days or a fine not exceeding $100.00.

 

SECTION 7.  EFFECTIVE DATE     This Ordinance shall be in effect after its final passage, approval and publication as provided by law.

 

It was moved by Member Voss seconded by Member Owens that the Ordinance be passed as presented for the first reading.  The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried

 

It was then moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens that the requirement that said Ordinance be considered and voted on for passage at two Council meetings prior to the third meeting at which time it is finally passed be suspended and that said Ordinance be fully adopted. Upon the question of suspending said requirement, the roll was called and vote recorded as follows.

 

                                Ayes: Owens, Voss, Lenker, Budding and Marolf

                                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried. 

 

                Upon the question of fully adopting said Ordinance the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

                                Ayes: Owens, Voss, Lenker, Budding and Marolf

                                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

                Thereupon the Mayor approved said Ordinance, declared said Ordinance fully adopted assigned the number 557 to said ordinance and ordered that said Ordinance be added to the City Ordinance book.

 

 

INFORMAL MEETING

 

                The City did not get any response to the RFP for townhouse development on the City land by the water tower.  Jeff Horne asked the Council what they wanted to do next? He presented some options for the council:

1)       Add to Westview Park – Make a bigger park

2)       Do Nothing for now, hold on to the land and continue let it be farmed.

3)       Sell it

4)       Develop ourselves; Plat out a new subdivision, stub in a street and sell lots

                After some discussion the Council was in agreement to do nothing at this time. 

 

                City Administrator Horne presented the Council with a request from the office staff to trade a half hour of their lunch in exchange for closing at 4:00 PM. Most days we have fairly light traffic between 4:00 and 4:30. There will be no change to salaries. It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Voss that the change in the City Office hours be approved as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried

MAYOR REPORT

 

                Mayor Stanley reported that he has received some very positive feedback from the side walk program.  He felt the City crew were doing great on the backfill.   He also asked about the leaf vac machine and wondered if one could be rented it the City owned one was not fixed soon.

 

COUNCIL REPORT

 

                 Member Owens reported getting positive comments on the no parking on West Third Street.  He also wondered if the City could remove some of the chunks of asphalt on the sides of the highway out by CDS.  He did not want the asphalt to end up in the ditches on either side and cause mowing issues in the future.   

 

                Member Budding reported that he felt Wes Murdock was doing a great job at the Citizen Convenience Center.  He used the center over the weekend and it was really busy. 

               

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 $160,572.64 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.        

 

                               

Attest:                                                                                                                                    

 

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City Clerk Kathryn Koele                                                                                                                    Mayor Keith Stanley