March 27th, 2023
The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday March 27th, 2023 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: Sheryl Lenker, Bill Voss, Steve Owens, Ted Marolf and Wayne Budding
The agenda was presented for approval. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Voss 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 3/13/2023 meeting. It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that the consent agenda be approved as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All Nays: None Motion Carried
Wilton Chamber and Development Alliance Director Becky Allgood reported that she is working on the monthly newsletter. She was happy to report that the Bunny Hunt is going well. Reminder to everyone of the upcoming events: City Wide garage sales - May 6th, Wilfundy - June 16th, and Founders Day - August 18th and 19th.
City Administrator Jeff Horne reported that he had a conference call with Iowa Representative Miller-Meeks to discuss possible funding for the 5th Street project. Mayor Stanley also was present for this call. They felt the meeting went well because the City has the project completely ready including the engineering plans.
The Mayor announced that this was the time (6:20PM) and place set for the public hearing for the Budget Amendment FY2021-2022. It was noted that the notice of such hearing was published in The Advocate News and the affidavit was on file at City Hall. There were no written or oral objections received. Where upon the Mayor declared such hearing closed. (6:22PM)
APPROVING OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2024 MAXIMUM PROPERTY TAX DOLLARS;
WITHIN THE CITY OF WILTON, MUSCATINE COUNTY, IOWA
WHEREAS, the City Council of Wilton has considered the proposed fiscal year 2024 City Maximum Property Tax dollars for the affected levy total; and
WHEREAS, a notice concerning the proposed City Maximum Property Tax dollars was published as required and posted on the City website; and
WHEREAS a Public Hearing concerning then proposed Maximum Property Tax dollars was held on March 27, 2023;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILTON that the Maximum Property Tax dollars for the affected levies for fiscal year 2024 shall not exceed $1,345,576.
After some discussion it was moved by Member Voss seconded by Member Marolf that the resolution approving the fiscal year 2024 maximum property tax dollars be approved as presented. Upon the question of fully adopting said Resolution the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Voss, Budding, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried
Thereupon the Mayor Stanley declared said Resolution No. 03272023A duly adopted.
City Administrator commented on the projects in the proposed FY 2024 budget. These projects include the 3rd Street culvert, 1st street water main and the new Vactor Truck. We had to wait until March 9th to receive final property tax numbers to complete the budget. Some funds were reduced from the original numbers but overall, the City is looking good. Across the board line items were increased for fuel and insurance and a 3% cost of living increase for employees. The general fund has a project surplus of approximately $166,000. We are able to provide good services to our residents and maintain a competitive tax levy. We continue to clear space for the 5th Street project in debt service levy with the goal to keep the levy basically steady over time. The largest payment for the sidewalk project will be in FY 2024 and goes down dramatically in its last 2 years. Our levy for FY 2024 is $13.04 per $1,000 of taxable value, a decrease of $.47 per $1000 of taxable value from the $13.51 for FY 2023.
Further highlights of the budget discussion included Police wages to increase 5%, Fire department increase for fuel, EMS department is doing great but we will have to address plans for a replacement ambulance, no change for Streets, Parks and Library, Swimming pool will have $10,000 for any expenses that might happen, Downtown continuing the grant program funding, and Planning & Zoning will set aside $15,000 for year two of the Comprehensive Plan payments to MSA.
WHEREAS, the City of Wilton will observe Junior Achievement Day on April 6, 2023, as an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Junior Achievement of the Heartland for empowering our young people to own their economic success.
WHEREAS, Junior Achievement of the Heartland’s educational contribution equips our young people to become the next generation of productive employees and self-sufficient citizens to ensure the economic prosperity of Wilton.
WHEREAS, it is fitting for parents, educators, businesses and other members of the community to join in Junior Achievement’s effort to ensure the future success and economic health of our young people and the communities in which they live.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Keith Stanley, Mayor of Wilton, do hereby proclaim official recognition of April 6, 2023 as
Junior Achievement Day in the City of Wilton Passed and approved this 27th day of March 2023
Member Voss commented on the great job the City does working as a team and asked Jeff Horne if he could look into giving employees comp-time or vacation time for going above and beyond in their job performance. City Administrator Horne said that he appreciates the compliment for the employees and he would check into the proposal.
The Financial Statements were accepted and placed on file. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Budding that the total disbursements of $374,910.40 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.
City Clerk Kathryn Koele Mayor Keith Stanley