Council Meeting 12-14-2020

                                                                                                Regular Meeting

                                                                                                December 14, 2020

 

                The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the City Hall Council Chambers on Monday, December 14, 2020  Mayor Robert L Barrett 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: Keith Stanley, Ted Marolf, Sheryl Lenker and Steve Owens.          Absent: Wayne Budding

 

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

 

                Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

The consent agenda was presented for approval. Items included were: Minutes from 11/23/2020 meeting, Prom Request $250.00, Gift Resolution, Jeff’s Liquor License, Pool Allocation ($15,000) and Swanson Pay App#5 ($168,020.80) It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the consent agenda be approved as presented.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

                Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

CONSULTANTS:

 

                Becky Allgood reminded the council that a virtual WDC meeting is set for Wednesday, December 16 at 12:00 noon if anyone would like to attend.  She wanted to thank Mayor Barrett, members Keith Stanley and Ted Marolf, and City Administrator Chris Ball for all they have accomplished for the Wilton Development Corporation.

               

LEGAL ITEMS:

                                                                RESOLUTION  NO. 12142020A

 

This being the time and place specified for holding the public hearing and taking action on the proposal to enter into an amended Sewer Revenue Loan and Disbursement Agreement, it was announced that no written objections had been placed on file.  Whereupon, the Mayor called for any written or oral objections, and there being none, the Mayor declared the public hearing closed. After due consideration and discussion, Council Member Stanley introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption, seconded by Council Member Lenker.  The Mayor put the question upon the adoption of said resolution, and the roll being called, the following Council Members voted:

Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

Whereupon, the Mayor declared the resolution duly adopted as hereinafter set out

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12142020SRF

Resolution authorizing and approving an amended Loan and Disbursement Agreement and providing for the issuance and securing the payment of $6,335,000 Sewer Revenue Improvement and Refunding Bonds, Series 2021

WHEREAS, the City of Wilton, did heretofore establish a Municipal Sanitary Sewer System in and for the City which has continuously supplied sanitary sewer service in and to the City and its inhabitants since its establishment; and

WHEREAS, the management and control of the Utility are vested in the City Council and no board of trustees exists for this purpose; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to a prior resolution of the Council, the City previously issued its $6,211,000 Sewer Revenue Bond, SRF Series 2018, dated June 29, 2018 to the Iowa Finance Authority, a portion of which remains outstanding; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Outstanding Bond Resolution, the City reserved the right to call the Outstanding Bond for early redemption, subject to the conditions set forth in the Outstanding Bond Resolution; and

WHEREAS, the City will undertake the construction of a certain water resource restoration project and

WHEREAS, the Lender has agreed to provide financing for the Project by refinancing the Outstanding Bond, increasing its principal amount and decreasing the interest rate thereon; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 384.24A of the Code of Iowa, the City has heretofore proposed to contract indebtedness and enter into a certain amended Sewer Revenue Loan and Disbursement Agreement and to borrow money thereunder in a principal amount not to exceed $6,758,000, for the purpose of paying the cost, to that extent of (1) current refunding the Outstanding Bond, and (2) constructing the Project, and has published notice of the proposed action and has held a hearing thereon on December 14, 2020; and

WHEREAS, it is now necessary to authorize the issuance of Sewer Revenue Improvement and Refunding Bonds, Series 2021, authorize the calling of the Outstanding Bond, and approve an amendment to the Sewer Revenue Loan and Disbursement Agreement between the City and the Lender, dated June 29, 2018:

Council Member Stanley moved its adoption, seconded by Council Member Lenker.  The Mayor put the question upon the adoption of said resolution, and the roll being called, the following Council Members voted:

Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

Whereupon, the Mayor declared the resolution duly adopted as hereinafter set out

 

MAYOR ITEMS

 

Mayor Barrett presented a letter to the council for approval.  The letter is asking the Townsend Foundation for a grant to complete the rehabilitation of the Police Station and the Community Room. Included with the letter will be an estimate from the city engineer. It was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Lenker that said letter be sent as presented with the addition of inviting the foundation to visit our facility.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

                Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

Mayor Barret would like the City Administrator to work on a shovel ready project list in anticipation that Federal money might become available as part of a stimulus package.  Ball suggested the Water plant Upgrades, Third Street and Fifth Street overlay and repairs be added to this list. Addition to these items the city may want to look at some of the drainage problems at the corner of Maple Street and Fifth Street and possibly adding a wider shoulder to Fifth Street.  

 

Mayor Barrett mentioned that with the City Administrator resigning the city may want to ask the candidate for interim City Administrator (per the hiring committee) to attend our next council meeting. Member Owens made motion, seconded by Member Lenker that a special meeting be set for December 21st at 6:00 pending that the candidate is available at that time. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

                Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

 

COUNCIL ITEMS

 

Member Stanley presented the council with a document of neighboring Police Department wages and number of officers for each department. Base pay will increase from $24.00 an hour to $25.00 an hour, with employed officer wages increasing per years of experience. It was moved by Member Stanley, seconded by Member Marolf that the presented wage increases take place for the next pay period. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

                Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

Police Chief Clark reported that Sergeant Todd Johnson will be assigned as the School Resource officer.  The Wilton Police Department recognizes and supports the need for safe schools and a safe learning environment for our youth. In furtherance of that goal, the Wilton Police Department School Resource Officer shall work in partnership with school officials towards this end. The Wilton School District will provide a private office, office furnishings, telephone, and a computer (if required by the school district) to the SRO for his use in the school. The Wilton Police Department will provide any required police equipment, including radios, laptop, and motorized and non-motorized vehicles to the SRO. The council and mayor agree that Sergeant Johnson would make an excellent choice for the School Resource Officer.    It was moved by Member Lenker, seconded by Member Owens that the city enters into this agreement with the Wilton School District and thus promote and appoint Sergeant Johnson to this position.   The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

                Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

Chief Clark presented new police officer applicant Schaun Juchter to the council for approval.  Shawn comes to us from the Dubuque Police Department. His five year contract has been full filled for that department and he is looking to relocate closer to family. It was moved by Member Stanley, seconded by Member Marolf that the city hires Schaun Juchter as a Wilton Police Officer. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

                Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

Chief Clark presented applicant Chase Kraklio to the council for approval. Chase is not certified but will be attending the academy on behalf of the Wilton Police Department. It was moved by Member Owens, seconded by Member Lenker that the city hires Chase Kraklio as an uncertified Wilton Police Officer. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

                Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

The Shop with a Cop program has taken off beyond the expectations of the Department. Many residents, businesses and groups have donated to this wonderful cause.  Special thanks goes out to Lizabeth Maurer and Kerry Clark for the extra effort they have put into this program to make it a success.

 

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 $964,600.88 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, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS:

 

Ball reported interviews went well for the Community Center Director position. He is recommending Tammy Shipp for the positon to which she has agreed to pending the approval of the council.  It was moved by Member Owens, seconded by Member Stanley that the city hires Tammy Shipp as the new Wilton Community Center director.

 

                Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

City Administrator Chris Ball offered his letter of resignation to the council for approval. He has enjoyed his employment here and is grateful for the opportunity to have served the City of Wilton for over eight years.  He will start his employment for the City of LeClair at the beginning of February 2021.  The Mayor of LeClair assured Chris he can be available to the City of Wilton at any time if the need arises. It was moved by Member Stanley, seconded by Member Marolf that the council accepts with regret the resignation of City Administrator Chris Ball. 

 

                Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker, and Marolf

                Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

                                               

No further business, this meeting was adjourned. 

 

                                                                                                _________________________________

                                                                                                Mayor Robert L Barrett

Attest:

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City Clerk Kathryn Koele