Meeting

Regular Meeting May 29, 2018 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday May 29. 2018. Mayor Robert 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, Keith Stanley, Sheryl Lenker and Ted Marolf. Absent: none. The agenda was presented for this meeting. It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that the agenda be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The minutes from 5-14-18 were presented for approval. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the minutes be approved as read. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried At this time (7:02PM) Mayor Barrett opened the public hearing for the budget amendment. It was noted that the time and place set for this hearing was published in The Advocate News and the affidavit was on file. No written or oral objections were heard. Chris gave a summary of the need for the amendment. The Mayor then closed this public hearing at 7:04PM. A Resolution entitled “A Resolution Adopting the Budget Amendment for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2018” was presented for discussion. After further consideration, it was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Owens that such Resolution be approved. 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 said Resolution No. 05292018 adopted. CONSULTANTS: Becky Allgood, Wilton Development Director, reported that the downtown revitalization project is moving forward. The present supervisor has a structured schedule and he is striving to keep the contractors on this timetable. MAYOR ITEMS: Mayor Barrett asked Chris if there have been any new developments on the paving of Division Street. Chris reported that the City Attorney is looking into the deed to see if the City has an easement on this street. The Mayor said that he has heard from a few of the property owners on the east end that would appreciate the project moving forward. It was noted that the property owners on this section of road should call Cedar County and give them their opinion to make progress on this venture. The road that goes around Oakdale Cemetery could also be put on the long term endeavor to be paved. This section is in Muscatine County and will be noted for a future project. The Rec Center proposed project needs to be addressed by this Council. There is a committee that is waiting for direction on this plan. There are many issues that the Council needs to assess when making decisions on this proposition; funding, maintenance, YMCA, tax increases, etc. After further conversation, it was the consensus of the members to hold another public forum. This open session is scheduled for 6:00PM June 25th at the Council Chambers. Any interested person, for or against, this project is encouraged to attend. The annual Memorial Day service was held at Oakdale Cemetery this past Monday. The Mayor attended and said it was a very enjoyable ceremony and thanked everyone who was involved. CORRESPONDENCE: A thank you was read from Jerry Ewers, the Fire Chief of Muscatine. He thanked the Wilton Department for assisting with the structure fire in the City of Muscatine on May 22nd. It was a difficult fire and the extra support was appreciated. Wilton High School junior class and their parents sent a thank you to the City for their support for post prom. Great memories were made during the safe and fun event. COUNCIL ITEMS: The Library Board has been offered a grant to do some type of unique addition to the library. A preliminary concept design was submitted to the Council for their consideration. This design was for a reading garden on the south side of the library/community center. Chris stressed that this is just a starting design and nothing has been finalized. The project needs to be approved by the Council since it will be something adding to the building owned by the City. Member Owens asked if this was an outside garden, whom would be in charge of maintaining the area. Members were in favor of the addition, but will be looking for a more complete design, budget and total costs. Chris will pass these items on to the Library Board and report back when he receives more information. It was then moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that the Library be given permission to add a reading garden to the building, pending more details are received. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Pay app #8 from Cornerstone in the amount of $87,369.65 was received for approval. It was noted that the Candy Kitchen renovation should be completed soon and they have started the masonry on the other buildings. Chris said that Fred Grunder requested a change in his store front and that we may be getting a change order for this request. It may not be more money, but we do not know that for sure. After further discussion, it was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that this pay be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Wilton Chamber of Commerce and Wilton Development are beginning a new venture and are looking to start a Farmer’s Market on Thursday afternoons from 4-7:00PM. A map and market plan was given to show which streets they would like to use for this market. The group is requesting to block off Maurer Street at 4th Street and Railroad from Cherry to Maurer. They also wish to use Elder Park. May 31st through September 13th are the dates through which the market will be held. At this time they have 4 vendors, kids activities, bingo, music, food and fire trucks that will be on display. They hope that they get a lot of visitors to this event and build up the vendors. Members were pleased that the two groups were organizing a new adventure for downtown Wilton. It was then moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens that this market and street blocking be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Member Lenker said that a citizen brought to her attention that there is a lack of first responders during the day in Wilton. She asked if there would ever be a possibility of getting a paid full time person as an EMT. There has been a concern on this matter for the last few years. Due to regulations there are a lot of stipulations now to be a certified first responder. Since the Fire Department also has concerns with getting members they have tried a membership drive to get volunteers. It would take quite a bit of funding to have 24-7 emergency staff. Nothing was decided as an answer to this ongoing matter. Member Owens said he was disappointed at how long it has taken to repair the water main break areas. He works for MPW in Muscatine and said if they have a break and need to cut into the street, it is filled back in at and can be driven on right away. Chris said that we do not have a specific department or man power to get the holed filled and tamped down to make it safe to drive on at the time of the repair. All of the sections where there were main breaks this winter have been filled and the cement work has been completed as of this week. They are just waiting now for the rock to settle and then the cones and barricades will be removed. Member Budding stated that he was surprised at the amount of garage sale signs that are left up after the “Garage Sale” day is over. He requested that the persons who put out signs do a better job of removing them once the garage sale day has ended. We will ask the Chamber to see if they can put a message on the application asking persons to take down the signs. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Chris reported that the public works department has been working on finishing up the water main breaks areas and also doing street pothole patching. Public works and the police department have been working together to give notices to homes that are throwing grass onto the curbs, Interviews will be held for summer help to do mowing within the City and parks. They are looking for a person to be at least 18 years of age to fill this part time seasonal position. There is a lot of work to be done in the parks with grass, weeds and tree trimming. It is also on the schedule to improve the walking path at West View. We are waiting for the dog path sign to be delivered and this project will be worked on as well. 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 $617,121.02, 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 No further business, the Mayor adjourned this meeting. _______________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: ____________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown