Council Minutes 9-28-2020

Regular Meeting September 28, 2020 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Community Room at City Hall on Monday, September 28, 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: Wayne Budding, Keith Stanley, Sheryl Lenker, Ted Marolf and Steve Owens, Absent: none The agenda was presented for approval. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the agenda be amended by adding the resignation of Fire Chief to the agenda and approved as amended. 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 9/14/2020 meeting, and the Street Finance Resolution. It was moved by Member Budding 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 CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported that she is working with the Iowa Department of Transportation for signage to show direction to the Freedom Rock. She also reported that Steve Braudt wanted to thank the city for the support he received with the painting of the mural. He will continue to work with the city and will be painting characters on the site seeing map for the city. LEGAL ITEMS: A Resolution entitled “A Resolution to set a public hearing date for the approval plans and specifications for SFR Storm Water Project” was presented for discussion. The date set for said hearing will be October, 12, 2020. After due consideration and discussion it was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf 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 declared Resolution No. 09282020A duly adopted. A Resolution entitled “A Resolution to set a public hearing date set for the General Obligation Refunding Loan agreement” was presented for discussion. The date set for said hearing will be October, 12, 2020. After due consideration and discussion it was moved by Member Owens 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 declared Resolution No. 09282020B duly adopted. CORRESPONDENCE: A thank you note was received from the Family of Bob Laucamp for the flowers that were sent in his memory. MAYOR ITEMS: The Mayor and Council wanted to express condolences to the Joan Voss Family. Joan was a very active member of our community and will be greatly missed. Mayor Barrett commented that city is in the process of the audit. It is being done online because Covid-19. Mayor Barrett, the city clerk and city manager met with the auditor via zoom. Guidelines for Halloween were discussed. The council decided that the residents of the city should decide for themselves how they plan on participating this year. The Halloween date and hours were not changed. A link to guidelines will be added to the City site. Mayor Barrett acknowledged the letter of resignation from Gary Devore, Fire Chief. The City accepted it with regret. Gary has worked hard for the Wilton Fire Department and has done a great job. Wanetta Dykema Sterner was appointed interim Fire Chief at this time. COUNCIL ITEMS: Member Owens wanted to address park maintenance and the condition of the restrooms. Ball presented the council with pictures he took of playground equipment, restrooms and ball diamonds from neighboring cities. While he admits that the parks are in need of attention, he also commented that some of the other parks he observed where in a similar condition. He will be working on some new guidelines in regards to the park maintenance. Ball reported that one of the best maintained parks was in West Liberty. He also noted that West Liberty didn’t have any indoor bathrooms. Member Budding suggested that if our restrooms are continually needing repair that the city may want to consider renting portable restrooms. The rented units may be left open all week long and the indoor restroom would be open on the weekends for the park rentals. This may cut down greatly on the vandalism that is done to the indoor restrooms. Member Marolf presented a document that needs a signature from Ball to allow the locations of the signs for the Freedom Rock. The Department of Transportation will be making the signs. They will be the regulation site seeing signs. Ball will complete the documentation needed for the placement of the signs. BILLS The financial Statements were accepted and placed on file. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that the total disbursements of $262,072.65 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: Member Lenker reminded the council that the storage building on Wate Street is an eye-sore. Ball received a quote from Matt Harris to power wash, prime and paint the city storage shed. The council felt that the bid was fair and instructed Ball to have it painted. No further business, this meeting was adjourned. _________________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: _________________________ City Clerk Kathryn Koele