Meeting

Regular Meeting June 11, 2018 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday June 11, 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, Keith Stanley, Sheryl Lenker and Ted Marolf. Absent: Wayne Budding. The agenda was presented for this meeting. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Stanley that the agenda be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The minutes from 5-29-18 were presented for approval. It was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Lenker that the minutes be approved as read. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried MAYOR ITEMS: Mayor Barrett asked Chris if he had any news on the paving of Division Street. Chris stated that the City Attorney has been on vacation and he will be stopping in to talk with him this week. There is still an issue with the right of way and Cedar County. A neighbor of the Mayor’s had to call 911 last week and the neighbor gave many praises to the persons that responded (the 1st responders and ambulance). There has been some discussion about the lack of response but not on that day. The concerns could just be due to the timing of the calls. There was a discussion about persons removing signs from the right of ways after garage sales are over. Mayor Barrett suggested the City looking into an ordinance requiring these signs to be moved off of the right of way. This could include political, garage and for sale signs, etc. Chris will check with other cities to see if anyone has a current ordinance on this issue. At 6:00 PM prior to the next council meeting, a public meeting will be held regarding the proposed Rec Center. Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to give their input on this project. Members talked about what funds could be used to assist with a short fall of funds if this building is constructed. Discussion about the short fall included the 1% local option tax and a levy for the building. Mayor Barrett said that he visited the site of the new wastewater plant last week. The project is underway and there is a large hole dug and is ready for concrete to be poured. He encouraged the members to check out the construction site. Chris noted that Superintendent Kreimeyer has been taking photos of the progress of this extensive project. Fourth of July is soon approaching and the Mayor wanted to remind the citizens of the rules for fireworks in Wilton. Per City Ordinance fireworks in Wilton are allowed July 1st-8th from 9AM til 10PM and the time is extended til 11PM on the 4th. COUNCIL ITEMS: A pool allocation in the amount of $20,000 was presented for approval. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Lenker that this allocation be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried A list of yearly transfers was given to the Council for approval. Chris explained the relevance of each of the listed transfers. Some of them are budgeted transfers and some are regulated by resolution. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that the transfers be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried David Basulto has talked with Wilton Development director Becky Allgood regarding the purchase of a property on W 5th Street. He was inquiring about any incentives or tax relief that could be obtained after he purchases this property. His intent is to build industrial/commercial suites; which could then be rented out. Chris indicated that this was not a potential TIF project Discussion was held on this topic and it will be looked at again in the future when more information is received. Member Marolf commented on the progress of the downtown revitalization. The work that has been done on the so far looks good, when completed it will really add to the downtown area. There has been some conflict with one of the buildings but is hoped to be resolved between the owner and architect. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: A study was done within Wilton and it showed that the City is lacking in housing units. The City owned land on W Wate Street seemed like a possible place for development. A housing concept for that property was given to the members for review. This is the first draft and comments are encouraged. If there are changes or suggestions, they will be passed on to engineering company of this project. This plan showed enough housing units for 96 residences. Member Marolf commented that he felt three story condos are not a good fit for this area; but thought that duplexes would be better. Further consideration was done concerning this plan. Chris will pass on the suggestion to McClure Engineering and come back with more details. There was a water main break on E 1st Street last week and has since been repaired. Chris received a schematic design for the remodel of City Hal from Klingner & Associates. The firs scope of the project would address ADA bathrooms, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and sprinklers for the entire building. The second and third scopes would explore upgrades for everything east of the present police department area. The lowest priority in this schematic would be adding new office space within the present council chamber. Chris reminded the members that there is $400,000 within the grant for this possible city hall renovation. Total for this architectural design came to $562,051.19. This total does not include any exterior updates; adding that Becky is working on a grant for outside repairs of this building. Chris asked the members to think over this package plan and see if they would approve the total amount at hand and consider whether to fund the remaining balance (approximately $100,000). Since he has looked over this rehab plan, he will make plans to meet with Klingner to go over design presented. A part time seasonal employee has been hired and he started mowing today. He will be mainly working in the parks; mowing, weed eating, removing sticks & leaves, etc. The public works were doing their best to keep up with the mowing and this new employee should help alleviate their work load. There is already of list of items to be done and hopefully he will make good progress to catch up. No further business, the Mayor adjourned this meeting. _______________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: ____________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown