Council Meeting 1-11-2021

Regular Meeting

                                                                        January 11, 2021

 

            The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Community Room at City Hall on Monday, January 11, 2021.  Mayor Pro Tem Keith Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Council Members present at this meeting: Wayne Budding, Keith Stanley, Sheryl Lenker, Ted Marolf and Steve Owens, Absent: none      Mayor Barret was remotely connected to the meeting.

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

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Marolf and Lenker

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried

The consent agenda was presented for approval. Items included were: Minutes from 12-21-2020 and 12-28-2020 meeting, Yearly Transfer, and Swanson Pay App# 6($2953.30) It was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Marolf that the consent agenda be approved as presented.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

CITIZEN APPEARANCE:

            Jack Kress was present to inquire about the use of the property he owns on West 3rd Street. Chris discussed with him that the zoning of the property would have to be taken into consideration. Kress reported that he will be cleaning up the property.

            John Snider was present to ask what could be done with excessive water/sewer usage charges when a water leak is detected.  He would like the City to implement a program to forgive sewer charges when the charges are due to a leak. Ball will be looking into what other cities do in these circumstances.

 

CONSULTANTS:

Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported that the final paper work is being completed for the Leith house to be put on the National Register of Historic Places. Allgood would like to remind everyone that she has posted her monthly newsletter on the website.

 

LEGAL ITEMS:

            Mayor Pro Tem Keith Stanley announced that this was the time (7:22 PM) and place set for the public hearing for the Budget Amendment FY2020-2021. 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. (7:23PM)

 

A Resolution entitled “A Resolution adopting the Budget Amendment for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2021 was presented for discussion. After due consideration and discussion it was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that the same be adopted. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

Thereupon the Mayor Pro Tem Keith Stanley declared Resolution No 01112021 be adopted.

                                     

CORRESPONDENCE

            Mayor Pro Tem Stanley  read the letter the mayor and council received from the Townsend Foundation.  The Board of the foundation does not feel that the request for funds to remodel the Police Station and the Wilton Community Room meets the goals of the foundation in following Herb Townsend wishes. 

                                   

MAYOR ITEMS:

            Mayor Pro Tem Keith Stanley commented on the interim city administrator employment agreement. Jeff Horne expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to work for the City of Wilton.  This contract will give both parties a trial of six months at which time the employee and/or the council can determine if the contract could or should be extended. After due consideration, it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Owens that the contract be entered into as presented.   The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

                        Ayes: Budding, Stanley, Lenker, Owens and Marolf

                        Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

            Stanley presented the council a letter of resignation from Michael Schmidt to the Wilton Police Department. Mike has been with the City for over thirty years combined in full and part time work. His dedication to the community and the availability to the department to cover part-time hours when the City was in need will be greatly missed. After further discussion it was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens that with regrets the City of Wilton and the Wilton Police Department accepts the resignation letter from Michael Schmidt and offered him well wishes for his new promotion to Lieutenant as the Muscatine Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division Supervisor.    The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

                        Ayes: Budding, Stanley, Lenker, Owens and Marolf

                        Nays: None                               Motion Carried

 

 

COUNCIL ITEMS:

            Marolf wanted to know about the status of the Library opening to the public. The staff at the library is still wanting to limit the number of people in the Library and require patrons to call ahead before arriving. The council feels that because some of the restrictions involving Covid are being lifted the hours of the Library should return to normal. Ball will be checking into this.

            Lenker wanted to know what the ordinance was on snow removal.  Chris reminded the council that they updated the policy last March for the ability to call a state of snow emergency. The City Administrator or Mayor can call a state of snow emergency and put into place the rules for snow removal. This year will be more of an educational year to implement the new ordinance.

 

 

BILLS

            The financial Statements were accepted and placed on file. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the total disbursements of $111,212.51 be approved by the Finance Committee, be allowed and instruct the City Clerk to pay the same. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

            Nays: None                               Motion Carried.

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS:      

            City Administrator Ball introduced Tammy Shipp as the new Community Center Director.  Tammy has worked in the community center for the Fire Department in managing the bar and helping with events in the past.  Her experience with working at several events has prepared her for the director job. She is looking forward to working there and has ideas for some things that could be changed. She would like to set up a meeting with the Community Center Board and suggest a few possible changes that could be implemented.

 

            Ball reported that the snow removal went well even though a state of snow emergency was not called. The city is trying to limit the use of overtime while completing the snow removal

           

No further business, this meeting was adjourned. 

 

 

                                                            _________________________________

                                                            Mayor Robert L Barrett

Attest:

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City Clerk Kathryn Koele