April 24, 2023
The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday April 24, 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 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 4/10/2023 meeting, renewal of Wilton Express liquor license. It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Budding 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 City Wide Garage Sales are Saturday May 6th. The annual Wilfundy golf outing is scheduled for June 16th. Applications for both events are available on the website.
City Administrator Jeff Horne reported that MSA will be scheduling a follow up comprehensive plan meeting in May. This meeting will be important for planning future land use. He also reported that JM Eagle had committed to donating 2,280 feet of 6” pipe for the upcoming 1st Street water main replacement project. The City greatly appreciates this generous donation.
The Mayor announced that this was the time (6:14 PM) and place set for the public hearing for adopting the annual budget for fiscal year 2023/2024. 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. (6:15 PM).
RESOLUTION NO. 04242023A
A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR
THE FISCAL YEAR 2023/2024
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILTON, IOWA:
The annual Budget for the FY 23/24 as set forth in the Budget Summary Certificate and in the Detailed Budget in support thereof showing the revenue estimates and appropriation expenditures and allocations to programs and activities for said fiscal year is adopted, and the Clerk is directed to make the filings required by law and set up the City books in accordance with the summary and details as adopted.
After some discussion it was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens 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. 04242023A duly adopted.
An Encroachment easement was presented for 104 E 4th St parcel 0406170001 and 108 E 4th St parcel 0406170020. After some discussion it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Lenker to be approved as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All Nays: None Motion Carried
In an effort to expand housing options within the city limits Administrator Horne presented information on tiny homes. This is one angle to consider for a more affordable housing option. The council is interested in further reviewing rules and regulations surrounding the idea of allowing tiny homes. After much discussion it was decided to bring a formal ordinance to a future meeting.
Administrator Horne presented a proposal from Simmering-Cory & Iowa Codification for re-codification. This proposal is proposing a complete code review and full update of the municipal code book. A lot of the current ordinances are vague and past due for more detailed clarification. This upgrade in our code book would be much more user friendly for our residents. After much discussion it was moved by Member Voss and seconded by Member Marolf to accept the proposal as presented. The vote was recorded as follows: Ayes: All Nays: None. Motion Carried
Mayor Stanley thanked our Police Chief Clark for his dedication to the police department and his officers. The parking lot paving project behind City Hall is coming along nice. Concrete will be poured soon.
Member Voss mentioned he wants an updated sign ordinance presented at the next meeting.
Member Lenker talked about an EMT program that she saw another town has promoted. It is a program that pairs with a local community college to expose high school students to many aspects of being an EMT including clinical rotations and ambulance ride time. This looks like a great program and Chief Clark volunteered to look into it further.
Member Owens had a business owner bring concerns to him regarding animal waste on the downtown sidewalks. It was agreed that this is not acceptable. Police officers will be watching closely for offenders and tickets will be issued.
Member Budding attended the most recent pool board meeting. At this time there is nothing new to report as we are still waiting for Burbach Aquatics to complete the building study. Once we know more on how viable the structure itself is a plan to more forward can be made.
The Financial Statements were accepted and placed on file. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Marolf that the total disbursements of $216,884.77 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
Deputy Clerk Lizabeth Maurer