Meeting Minutes 2-8-2021

            Regular Meeting

                                                                        February 8, 2021

 

            The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday February 8th, 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: Steve Owens, Wayne Budding, Sheryl Lenker, Ted Marolf and Keith Stanley remotely connected, Absent: none.

 

The agenda was presented for approval.  It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Marolf that the 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

 

The consent agenda presented for approval. Items included were: Minutes from 01-25-2021 meeting, Swanson Pay App #6 ($27,706.40) and Dollar General Liquor License renewal.   It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Budding 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

 

CITIZENS APPEARANCE

 

Representatives from the Fire Department presented documents requesting permission to purchase some needed equipment.  Jamie Hull and several members of the Fire Department/ First Responders were present with a request to purchase a UTV Fire/EMS vehicle for not more than $30,000. After some discussion it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Lenker that the Fire Department has permission to purchase said equipment not to exceed the agreed upon price. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

Jamie Hull also on behalf of the Fire Department has requested to purchase replacement Air Bottles.   At this time they are requesting $15,000 to replace the expired ones the Fire Department currently has. After some discussion it was moved by Member Marolf  seconded by Member Budding that the Fire Department has permission to purchase said equipment not to exceed the agreed upon price. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

                        The Fire department has requested to purchase a new Jaws of Life.  The Jaws of Life will run by battery power. Muscatine Fire Department currently are using them and have been happy with the performance of said units. After some discussion it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Budding that the Fire Department has permission to purchase said equipment. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

            Fire Chief Ray Sterner was present to express the departments desire to purchase an ambulance. He cited a few cases when the Durant Ambulance took longer than 20 minutes for a response time.  The first year of service will be performed on a volunteer basis. Eventually the department may pay the volunteers for responding to ambulance calls. Kim Carnal-Freeland would be in charge of billing for the service. The council was in agreement that the City of Wilton could benefit from having an ambulance in town.  The council also agreed that they would like to see Wilton have our own ambulance service and not enter into an agreement with Durant at this time.  Sterner wanted to point out that this service would be on a volunteer basis and no annual salaries will be paid. The department is looking into applying for grants for some of the needed equipment.  Mayor Barrett and the City of Wilton council gave the Fire Department permission to take their request of an ambulance to the Wilton Fire Department Board.

 

 

 

CONSULTANTS:

 

            Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported that she extended an invitation for anyone wanting to take part in the virtual career Fair. They are unable to host an in-person career fair this year, and they still want to be able to continue engaging students with career exploration experiences. As a result, they are going to host, along with Eastern Iowa Community College, a virtual career fair for high school students from Wilton, Durant and West Liberty Schools. Becky reported that the City of Wilton community Profile fact sheet draft is available for viewing. She would welcome any suggestions anyone might have for the completed project.

             

 

MAYOR:

 

            The Mayor with Police Chief Dave Clark presented Lt Mike Schmidt with a 30 years of service award.  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. His plaque will be added to the Lori A. Maurer Brown wall of Fame, which also includes a plaque for Lori for over 40 years of service, Janet Boorn for over 32 years of service and Chief Dave Clark for Saving a Life during an apartment fire in 2020.  

 

            Mayor Barrett along with the council members wanted to acknowledge the great work that the city crews are doing on the snow removal and clean-up.

           

POLICE ITEMS:

 

            Chief Clark reported that they are making progress with implementing the new emergency snow ordinance.  Most of the people they have contacted have been very helpful in moving their vehicles to aid the process of snow removal.

           

 

COUNCIL ITEMS:

 

A Resolution entitled “A Resolution to Set a Public Hearing for the Proposed City Maximum Property Tax Dollars Concerning the Budget for FY 21/22” was presented to the Council for discussion . This will set the hearing for February 22nd.  After due consideration, it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Marolf that the same be adopted.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Lenker, Stanley and Marolf

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

The Mayor then declared said Resolution 02082021B be adopted. 

 

A Resolution entitled “A Resolution to Set a Public Hearing for the Proposed City Budget for FY 21/22” was presented to the Council for discussion . This will set the hearing for March 8th, 2021.  After due consideration, it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Marolf that the same be adopted.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Lenker, Stanley and Marolf

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

The Mayor then declared said Resolution 02082021 be adopted. 

 

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS:

            City Administrator Jeff Horne presented the council with a document outlining the cost of producing and mailing bills from our current software.  He is suggesting that we upgrade our current billing software to include the paperless option for citizens wishing to receive their bills by email.  The cost of adding this option to our software would be $4621.00 with a yearly fee of $756.00.  This option saves time, money, be more convenient for our customers and be a green alternative. After due consideration, it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Marolf that the option for paperless billing be approved  as long as the Wilton Light and Power would also approve it and pay for half of the cost.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Lenker, Stanley and Marolf

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

 

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 $ $140,203.66, 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, Lenker, Stanley 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