12-21-2020 meeting

            Regular Meeting

                                                                        December 21, 2020

 

            The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the City Hall Council Chambers on Monday, December 21, 2020  Mayor Robert L Barrett called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM and then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

Council Members present at this meeting: Keith Stanley, Wayne Budding, Sheryl Lenker and Steve Owens.          Remotely connected: Ted Marolf

 

 The agenda was presented for approval.  It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Owens that the agenda be approved as written.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Budding, Lenker, and Marolf

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

The consent agenda was presented for approval. Items included were: Minutes from 12/14/2020 meeting and the Police Salary Resolution. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Lenker that the consent agenda be approved as presented.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Budding, Lenker, and Marolf

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

INTERVIEW OF INTERIM CITY ADMINISTRATOR:

 

            Jeff Horne was present to answer questions from the Council and Mayor. He comes to us as a former City Administrator of Clinton, Bell Plaine and Lisbon.  He is familiar with the Iowa budget system. He is looking forward to working at the City of Wilton and meeting the citizens of Wilton.

 

 

CONSULTANTS:

 

            Member Stanley gave a report on the annual WDC meeting. Dwight Watkins was appointed as President with Julie Sprague named as Vice president.  Lynn Ochiltree and Lisa Beatty were also assigned to the board.  Work is progressing on the new REC center, the housing project and the Highway 38 corridor study.

           

CORRESPONDENCE:

           

            MSA presented an update on the Highway 38 corridor study.  The study is a little behind schedule because of Covid but is set to be completed by spring 2021. 

 

MAYOR ITEMS

 

Mayor Barrett inquired about the need for a meeting on December 28th.  Due to the holidays he recommended cancelling the meeting and having a call in to ok the payment of bills on Monday the 28th.   It was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Lenker that the meeting be cancelled with a call in for bill pay.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Budding, Lenker, and Marolf

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

The Mayor asked the council if they want to proceed with offering a 6 month contract to Jeff Horne. Member Lenker made motion, seconded by Member Stanley that a contract be drawn up to appoint Jeff Horne as interim City Administrator.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Budding, Lenker, and Marolf

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

 

COUNCIL ITEMS

 

A Storm Water project Services Agreement from HR Green was presented to the council for approval. City Administrator Ball instructed them to scale back on some of the oversite because Triple B construction will be doing the work. Brad Jipp is very familiar with this type of construction and has worked with HR Green on other projects. It was moved by Member Lenker, seconded by Member Stanley that the City should enter into this agreement with HR Green on the basis not to exceed $29,500 for time and materials. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Budding, Lenker, and Marolf

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

           

BILLS

 

            The financial Statements will be presented for approval by call in vote on December 28th.

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12212020B

 

A RESOLUTION TO SET PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE

PROPOSED BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR FY 20/21

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILTON, IOWA:

 

            The Budget Amendment for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021 will be acted on at a Public Hearing set for January 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers, City Hall.

 

            At the Public Hearing any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or argument in favor of, any part of the proposed budget.

 

 It was moved by Member Stanley, seconded by Member Owens that said Public hearing be set as presented.

 

            Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Budding, Lenker, and Marolf

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

 

            Passed and approved this 21st day of December, 2020.

 

 

Ball presented the Council with estimates for the engineering cost of future shovel ready projects.  The estimates included the water plant improvements ($40,000), and the repairs needed for 3rd Street ($80,000) and 5th Street (97,000). It was moved by Member Owens, seconded by Member Lenker to enter into this contract with HR Green. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Budding, Lenker, and Marolf

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

 

 

Member Owens inquired about the process of water meter reading. He wanted to know how we notify the citizen about a possible leak and high water usage. At this time a post card is sent with instruction on looking for the leak and fixing the problem.  Member Stanley wanted to know if the City forgives the cost of the sewer when a leak is detected.  We don’t have that policy in place but it is something that could be implemented if the Council should choose to do so.

 

 

                                   

No further business, this meeting was adjourned. 

 

                                                                        _________________________________

                                                                        Mayor Robert L Barrett

Attest:

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City Clerk Kathryn Koele