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Regular Meeting August 27, 2018 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday August 27, 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 consent agenda was presented for this meeting. Items included on this agenda were: minutes from 8-13-18; WRH Pay app ($559,173.48); Cornerstone Pay app ($63,579.39) and Street Finance Resolution #0827217. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that this consent agenda be approved as presented. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried CITIZEN APPEARANCE: At this time Chief of Police Tim Leathers introduced Regan Scarboro. On June 26th the Wilton Police and EMS were dispatched to 313 W 5th for a possible heart attack. When the Chief arrived on the scene, Regan was in the process of beginning CPR on her grandfather, Ron Symmonds. The Chief proceeded to assist her; the defibrillator was then used and Ron had a heart beat and was breathing. During the action taken Chief Leathers said that Regan was very level headed and used her training in the best way. Regan and Ron were called forward and the Chief presented Regan with a plaque that noted her lifesaving efforts for her grandfather. Mayor and Council gave kudos for the 19 year old for acting in this life saving manor. Steve Braudt, Pastor of the Wilton Methodist Church, came before the Council regarding a street sign concern. Steve stated that there are two street signs at the corner of Maurer, Division and Spicer. Since the city limits of Wilton are north on Maurer street, he asked if the Spicer Street sign could be moved out farther to that location instead of being at the corner. He has had persons looking for the church; but when they see the Spicer Street sign they feel they have missed this church. Chris said he would contact Cedar County regarding this request. During Founder’s Day, Steve Braudt had set up a non-food vendor to sell some of his wares. He wanted to thank everyone who was involved in making the weekend a good event. There were skeptics regarding the open beer area, but he felt the weekend went well and he sold more items than he expected. CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood also thanked all of those involved in the “new’ additions to Founders Day. An alumni play was held and Becky said it was well attended. She was involved in several of the new exhibits and there were several volunteers that also made things happen. Becky has been working with Steve Braudt, who is an artist, on possible murals to be painted in the downtown area. She feels this will really add to the effect of the revitalization. They will also be involving some of the community youth for this project. The skilled workforce is being initiated again to let our young leaders know there is prospective work here. The housing initiative is being worked on and more details will be given when received. Becky had attended a Regional Economic Development meeting in the Quad Cities. The members liked Wilton and felt the city had a lot to offer. MAYOR ITEMS: Mayor Barrett asked if there was any new report on the potential seal coating of Division Street. He drove on the west section of Division and said that it is very torn up. It would be beneficial to people using this road, especially the school buses. Chris remarked that he has not gotten the report back from the survey company. COUNCIL ITEMS: A simple short form agreement was presented from HR Green. Chris said that when there are potential developers asking questions (capacity, flow, gallons, etc) about water and or sewer supply; the engineer needs to be contacted for the answers. Andrew from HR Green spoke with Chris and asked if the council would be interested in an agreement that would help cut down cost on the questions. Therefore HR Green recommends that the City complete a water system analysis for use as a planning tool to accommodate future growth. The analysis would include cost opinions for expansions of various capacity increments. One time cost for this preliminary planning service is $9200. If this agreement is in place, HR Green should be able to respond to the questions quickly with the knowledgeable information right at hand. Discussion was held on this engineer agreement. It was then moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Lenker that the agreement be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Water Superintendent Kreimeyer has been talking with Chris about security around the water tower on W Wate Street. Some of the equipment out there is a generator, repeater and pump station. Kreimeyer would like to have a fence installed around the area to help with safety issues. There have been no incidents to report, but he would like to make sure the area is secure. He got two quotes for 244 feet by 140 feet fencing. The lowest bid came from Sampson Fencing as follows; 6 foot high $13,786 and 8 foot high $16,920. Conversation was held on: need, cost, maintenance, appearance and size. It was then the consensus to have Chris check to see what it would cost to fence in each individual piece of equipment instead of the entire tower area. Information will be presented when obtained. Superintendent Kreimeyer has been doing some research on the maintenance of the water tower cleaning. He received information from National Wash Authority from Morrison, Illinois. They gave an estimate to clean one tower for $5500; this includes all labor, lift equipment rental and supplies. If they cleaned both towers service completed at the same time, they would offer a multi tower discount of $5200 each. The white tower on Summit Street is due for cleaning and inspection and possible painting within the next year so Chris would not recommend the cleaning of that tower. After other exchange on this issue, it was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that the tower on W Wate Street be cleaned at a price of $5500. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried A proposed Ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Amending Title 9 of the Wilton Municipal Code Entitled “Fireworks” in the City of Wilton, Iowa” was presented before the council for discussion. This amendment would make the fireworks date and times as follows: July 3-July 5 from 5PM-10PM and December 30-January 1 from 5PM-10PM. Members gave their points of view on the change of this ordinance and a discussion was held. It was then moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that said Ordinance be passed on first consideration. The question being upon the foregoing motion, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows; Ayes: Marolf, Stanley Nays: Lenker, Owens Absent: Budding Thereupon the Mayor declared that there was not a majority vote to pass this amendment, therefore the present ordinance stands as written. (Dates and times: July 1st thru July 8th from the hours of 9am until 10pm. Exception: discharge hours are extended to 11 pm on July 4th only and December 30th thru January 1st from the hours of 9am until 10pm.Exception: discharge hours are extended to 12:30am on January 1st.) The Mayor and Members felt that the new layout for Founder’s Day went well. A lot of positive comments were heard and the Police Department reported only a couple of minor problems. New music format and other events were an added benefit for the event. Member Marolf asked that the City could work with the Light & Power regarding adding power outlets. If the celebration does grow more, there may be a need for more outlets. All thought it was well received by the persons attending. A wrap up meeting is being held at the Chamber on September 5th. They thanked everyone who worked to make the weekend a success. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Chris reported that there have been some issues regarding turning traffic at Hwy 38 and W 3rd Street. A study was done in the past but to justify the numbers; another study will be conducted by BiState. The information will then be passed on to HR Green and then to Iowa DOT. That section of road is up for repaving in the near future. If the turn lane is justified, the paving and turn lane could be done together. Progress on the new 4th Street is going well. Storm sewer needs to be finished and connected; but they feel their time line is on schedule for seeding. There have been maintenance issues lately with the garbage truck and repairs had to be made. The concerns now are minor, but other repairs are anticipated. Public Works Director VanDusen said that the street sweeper is actually the next piece of equipment to be replaced; but since the garbage truck is having issues we may need to change that plan. The concrete was inspected at the new wastewater plant and leaks were found. WRH was not happy with this find; as the foundation has to be sound and leak free. They are consulting with the engineer and concrete company to fix this issue (this problem does not affect any costs for the city). The construction was progressing well and they are hoping this will not be a setback. During the downtown renovations, Chris has been meeting with the contractors and business owners to make sure all involved are working together. BILLS: The Financial Statements were accepted and placed on file. It was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Marolf that the total disbursements of $1,125,954.34, 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, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried No further business, this meeting was adjourned. ____________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: __________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown