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Regular Meeting July 9, 2018 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday July 9, 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 Lenker seconded by Member Marolf that this consent agenda be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Minutes dated June 25, 2018 were presented for review. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Owens that these 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 CITIZENS: A map of the layout for Founder’s Day was presented to the council showing the streets that will need to be blocked off. (Railroad, Maurer to alley north of 4th, Cedar to 4th and 4th to Maurer) Member Marolf added that there are many things new being added to the event this year. A few of the new attractions are: duck races, bingo outside, volleyball, tractor pull and pony rides. Members appreciated the work that has been put into this celebration to make it more attractive to more people. It was then moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens that the request for these streets to be blocked during Founder’s Day be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried There were approximately ten citizens in attendance who wished to voice their opinions on the fireworks ordinance within the City of Wilton. Some of the items that the citizens spoke about were: too long of time limit, hours permitted, trauma to dogs, debris in yards and streets, loud noises, safety, size of fireworks, and stress to persons with disabilities, After a lengthy discussion, Mayor Barrett said this Council would take all of these comments into consideration and a possible ordinance change would be on the agenda at a future meeting. Mayor and Council thanked the citizens for voicing their opinions. Jenny Brisker said that she had read something in the paper regarding the conditions of the parks within the City of Wilton. She feels that the parks need work and more attention. Chris replied that the remarks in the paper were asking that if anyone wished to volunteer in the parks, the extra help would always be appreciated. During this past week the public works employees have been working in the parks and in Chris’s opinion the parks are looking well. Member Lenker added that it may be feasible for the city to hire a person next year, just to be in charge of the upkeep of the parks. A this time Police Chief Tim Leathers announced to the Members that this department is now carrying Narcan to treat opioid overdoses, He reported that Walmart donated medication to the department and through grant funding IDPH recently paid for almost 2000 kits. This medication is simple and non-addictive. It can be used on children, pregnant women and the elderly with no adverse effects. Mayor Barrett thanked the Chief for the update and for having this medication ready to be administered. There was an article in the Muscatine Journal regarding this information and the Mayor asked the Chief to inform the Council before it is published. CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported to the group that the downtown revitalization was moving along well. The new store fronts will really add to the appearance of our downtown. Becky is hoping that most of the fronts will be completed by the time Ragbrai comes to Wilton. Colby Brown told the members that he has heard from some of his out of town friends how great the downtown looks. They commented that it was great to see the store fronts being restored to the original look. The farmer’s market vendors are increasing and there are now vegetables available for purchase. This Thursday BWP will be holding a consignment auction in conjunction with the market this week. MAYOR ITEMS: Mayor Barrett wanted to publicly thank some of the volunteers that have helped out around the city. Sheryl Lenker did weed eating at the City Park and the old elementary property. Becky Hansen and Terri Becker worked on the landscape around the sign on the east end and also took away the weeds in the ditch area. Tim and DeeDee Barrett took ownership of the sign area on the west end. There was a scout doing his Eagle project at the Fire Station this past week and there were several volunteers helping with that project also. These are just a few of the people that help out around the City and all or any volunteer work is always admired. Ragbrai is soon approaching and the Mayor asked all citizens and property owners to help beautify our city and clean up their properties if needed. There are some buildings along the 3rd Street route that need attention. There is a Ragbrai committee meeting scheduled for July 11th at 4:00 at City Hall. The Rec Center committee is waiting for an answer from this Council with respect to the commitment of the city. Members spoke about the concerns that are an issue; shortfall, taxes, school & YMCA involvement and one percent sales tax funds. This topic will be on the agenda for the August 13th meeting and Members should expect to reach an agreement to pass on to the Rec committee. COUNCIL ITEMS: A Resolution entitled “A Resolution Concerning the Wilton City Hall Community Room’ was presented for consideration. Chris said that there is only one change being made to this current Resolution: If anyone wishing to use the room for set up or decorating the night before there will be a $25 charge. After due consideration of said Resolution, it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Bidding that the same be adopted. The question being upon the adoption of Resolution No. 07092018, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follow: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Thereupon the Mayor declared said Resolution No. 07092018 adopted. Per the request of the auditor, at the end of each fiscal year the money receipted into the Local Option Fund needs to be transferred equally to the General and Sewer Improvement funds. This year the total amount to be transferred is $370,196.86. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Budding that this transfer be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried At this time a letter of resignation from Janet L Boorn was read stating her last day as Deputy Clerk will be July 27, 2018. Mayor and Council requested that a letter be sent to Janet in appreciation of her 32 years of service. It was then moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Budding that this resignation be accepted with regret. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Chris asked the Members to consider canceling the next regular meeting scheduled for Monday July 23rd. He and two of the Members will be out of town on that day. A call in meeting could be scheduled for that day to pay the bills. Consensus was to cancel the meeting for the 23rd and have a call in meeting; unless there is an urgent item that needs attention. Member Budding questioned the Police Chief if they have had any problems or calls regarding bike night at Fro’s. There have been no issues to report on this event so far this year. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Chris reported that the new backhoe was delivered and it is working well. LL Pelling called and said that they have plans to be in Wilton this next week. The construction of the new wastewater plant is a bit ahead of schedule. The contractors would like to keep it this way in case they run into bad weather in the fall. It seems as of August 1st all of the pouring will be completed. No further business, this meeting was adjourned. ____________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: __________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown