Council Minutes 5-23-2022

Regular Meeting

                                                                                                May 23, 2022

 

                The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday May 23, 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: Ted Marolf, Bill Voss, Steve Owens and Sheryl Lenker

 

 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 5/9/2022 meeting, and Tax abatement for Billhorn and Kitzmiller Homes. It was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Marolf 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 closing took place on the Kitzmiller home.  The City will be receiving a check for the house and we should be receiving the tax rebate check.  She asked if the City would like to donate to the Muscatine County Fair.  They play an important part in events for the county.  It will be placed on the next agenda.

 

                Jeff Horne reported a water main break on East 1st street.  He informed the Council this section of water main should be on a list for repair.  This section could cause problems every year.   Horne asked if the Safety Committee could set up a time to meet and discuss the hiring of a police officer.  This position is open with the resignation of Officer Dearmore.

 

FORMAL MEETING

 

The Mayor announced that this was the time (6:11PM) 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. (6:13PM)       

 

RESOLUTION NO. 05232022A

RESOLUTION SETTING PUBLIC HEARING ON AMENDING CITY BUDGET

FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022

 

WHEREAS, a public hearing on the City’s proposed budget amendment is required by

law.

 

NOW, THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILTON, IOWA THAT May 23, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. is set as the date and time for a public hearing on the proposed budget amendment for the City of Wilton beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022.

 

It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the resolution be approved as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried          Passed and approved this 23rd day of May 2022. 

 

ORDINANCE NO 554 Second Reading

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 10 OF THE WILTON

 MUNICIPAL CODE ENTITLED “VEHICLES & TRAFFIC”

REGARDING PARKING LIMITS IN

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 adding the following to Chapter 10.16.020 Restrictions  

 

(22) On the North side of 5th Street from Maple Street to Liberty Street

 

SECTION 3.  REPEALER  All Ordinances or parts of Ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed.

 

SECTION 4.  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 5.  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 6.  EFFECTIVE DATE  This Ordinance shall be in effect after its final passage, approval and publication as provided by law.

 

                It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Lenker that the resolution be approved for the second reading as presented. The vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried          

It was then moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Marolf 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 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 and Marolf

                                Nays: None                                             Motion Carried

 

                Thereupon the Mayor approved said Ordinance, declared said Ordinance fully adopted assigned the number 554 to said ordinance and ordered that said Ordinance be added to the City Ordinance book.

 

 INFORMAL MEETING

 

                Governor Reynolds designated some of the ARPA money received by the State of Iowa for Destination Iowa quality of life improvement projects. One of those is the Outdoor Recreation program, and one of the main items to be funded are regional trail connectors. This presents a unique opportunity. We can get 40% of the project funded. We will need to work with Muscatine County and indeed they would have to put in a decent amount of the funding. If the council wishes to proceed, we would go the Supervisors next for their buy in and prepare and get estimates and prepare an application. Jeff Horne did get positive feedback from one Supervisor who he spoke with. Horne has seen the impact trails have on towns which have them pass through and it is substantial. The connector trail would be along Y-14 going South to Muscatine. It would be divided section from the road. No new right of way would need to be acquired. This is already in the Muscatine County trails plan from 2019. Horne included a map in the packet.  The Council agreed to proceed with this project and instructed the City Administrator to meet with Muscatine County.  

                 The City has had an open position since Rich Creamer resigned. When we went with a mowing contract for the parks there was some question about the need for that and then about staffing generally since we were no longer doing the recycling trailer so we have held the position open. We have had to take the mowing back over because the contractor wanted an increase because of fuel costs, which we would not agree to because he had bid the project for the season and we refused to revisit it. There is no doubt the position helps for things like water main breaks and snow removal. Part of what we lost when Rich left is his skillset in operating heavy equipment. If the council is comfortable filling the position, we will move forward with placing an add in the paper.  The Council instructed Horne to proceed with filling the position for a public works employee.

MAYOR REPORT

 

Mayor Keith Stanley declared the Poppy Day Proclamation for 2022

               

Now, be it Resolved, that the office of the Mayor of the City of Wilton, Iowa

1. Support the designation of May 27, 2022 as “National Poppy Day”, and

 

2. Encourage all citizens, residents, and visitors in Wilton to join in observing this day to honor every service member who has     died in the name of liberty, freedom, and democracy while also showing their support for living veterans service members and their families.

Declared on this day, the 23rd of May, 2022

 

Mayor Stanley reappointed Jamie Hull and appointed Tyler Arrowood to the Wilton Board of Adjustment. Tyler’s appointment replaces Steve Brown.  Steve’s term ended and he chose not to stay on the board. The City appreciates the time he spent on the board and he will be missed.    It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the Board of Adjustment appointments be approved as presented.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: All   Nays: None   Motion Carried

 

COUNCIL REPORT

 

                Member Voss reported that the Legion has been placing the flags in the Cemetery.  They have more flags on order to complete the placement and should have it done by Memorial Day.  

 

BILLS

 

The Financial Statements were accepted and placed on file.  It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Budding that the total disbursements of $1,110,406.09 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

Attest:

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City Clerk Kathryn Koele