Council Meeting 5-10-2021

Regular Meeting

                                                                        May 10th, 2021

 

            The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday May 10th, 2021.  Mayor 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: Wayne Budding, Keith Stanley, Sheryl Lenker and Ted Marolf.  Absent: Steve Owens

 

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

 

            Ayes:  Budding, Stanley, Marolf and Lenker

            Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

The consent agenda was presented for approval.  Items included in this consent agenda were: Minutes from 4-26-2021, Light Plant Budget Resolution, Cooling sidewalk reimbursement for $280.60, Countersign Check Resolution and the Special Event Resolution.  It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that the consent agenda be approved as presented.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes:  Budding, Stanley, Marolf and Lenker

            Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

CONSULTANTS:

 

Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood announced that on June 14th there will be a public meeting on the Highway 38-I80 Corridor Study at City Hall in the council chambers.  She also wanted to let everyone know that an additional 102 pavers were sold making a total of 637 pavers for the Freedom Rock project.

 

 

MAYOR ITEMS:

           

            Now, be it Resolved, that the Office of the Mayor of the City of Wilton, Iowa supports the designation of May 28th, 2021 as “National Poppy Day:” and encourages 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.

 

BILLS:

 

The financial statements were accepted and placed on file.  It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Budding that the total disbursements of $419,864.39 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: Budding, Lenker, Stanley and Marolf

            Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS:

 

            Jeff presented a Housing Strategie for 2021. The city of Wilton is currently facing a housing demand for all sectors such as single family, duplex and condos or apartments.  We have limited open lots available for building. He is asking the council what level of growth they would like to achieve and what level of financial investment the City of Wilton would be willing to make. Possible action steps would be to upgrade Division Street to allow development along the length between the highway and the School.  The City could also ask the WDC to identify areas adjacent to or already in city limits suitable for different types of housing and approach property owners to gage interest. The city could consider developing new policies to help the current housing situation, review current zoning codes, or possibly create a housing trust fund.  Horne will try to have an update on the housing situation each council meeting

 

Jeff Horne presented the council with a police staffing analysis.  The police department was granted permission to hire a fifth officer in December of 2020.  Also at that time the school expressed interest in hiring Todd Johnson as a school resource officer.  In the absence of Sergeant Johnson and the retirement of part-time Officer Schmidt, the police department is once again facing a shortage of personnel to cover the shifts for the City.  City Administrator Horne presented a comparison for the cost of an additional officer.  It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that the police department has permission to hire a sixth officer. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

 

            Ayes:  Budding, Stanley, Marolf and Lenker

            Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

Jeff Horne presented the Council with projected changes to the Cities vison plan.  The change in the plan would amount to an increase of less than two dollars. It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Lenker that the City of Wilton changes the current Avesis plan and accepts the Avesis recommendation #1 plan 050130FZL3. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

 

            Ayes:  Budding, Stanley, Marolf and Lenker

            Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

 

LEGAL ITEMS:

 

At this time (7:39PM) it was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that this council proceed to executive closed session per Iowa Code Chapter 21.5(C).  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes:  Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

                        Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

 

At 7:52PM Member Lenker made motion to move out of closed session seconded by Member Stanley. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes:  Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

                        Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

            Council resumed regular session.  It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that the City Administrator contacts the property owner as discussed in the closed session.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Budding, Stanley, Marolf and Lenker

            Nays: None                                           Motion Carried

 

 

           

            No further business, the Mayor adjourned this meeting. 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    _________________________________

                                                                                    Mayor Robert Barrett

Attest:____________________________

City Clerk Kathryn Koele