Meeting

Regular Meeting September 24, 2018 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday September 10, 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 consent agenda was presented for this meeting. Items included on this agenda were: minutes from 9-10-18; Cornerstone Pay App ($50,869.81) and WRH pay app $147, 265.44). It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Lenker that this consent agenda be approved as presented. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Budding, Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried CITIZEN APPEARANCE: Jack Kress Jr of 111 E 4th spoke to Council regarding the odor coming from the Vitalix plant on 1st Street in the south end of Wilton. He said he has heard that they have made improvements to filter the smell but Jack does not feel that any of their corrections have made a difference. Sarah VanHouten of 901 Maurer was present also at this meeting to voice her complaint of the odor. She feels that she cannot let her children be outside when the smell is present. They feel they are not able to have their windows open because of the smell. Chris added that the odor is not toxic and the EPA & DNR have been to the business and they are within the required limits. He added that production has been increased at this plant in Wilton due to a fire at their Nebraska plant. Vitalix did install a condenser; but some of the odor escapes when the doors are open. A lengthily discussion was held on the concerns of the smell from Vitalix. It was decided that Chris will meet with the plant associate and report back to the council at the next regular meeting. CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported that she attended a meeting on the housing initiative and felt it was very positive for Wilton. There are preliminary plans at City Hall if anyone wishes to view them. Mayor Barrett conferred that he was encouraged by the information received at this meeting. There will be issues that this Council will need to consider before moving forward with this proposed concept. Becky said that she received encouragement from the State on the skilled workforce program. She had attended a summit that described how to motivate young people to enter into the skilled workforce area. This included programs that you do not have to have a college degree, but just need to obtain a certificate. Many careers and options are available for persons not wanting to attend college. MAYOR ITEMS: Mayor Barrett asked Chris to have the edges of 5th Street checked. He feels the edges are breaking away and they need to be filled in. A complaint was received from a local farmer that has ground near HyLine. The complainant feels there is water running onto his farm field from this business since work was done in the ditch at that location. Chris will meet with the owner of the farm ground to work on a solution. COUNCIL ITEMS: Member Marolf has been working to acquire a piece of military hardware for the Freedom Rock area. To achieve this; an application needs to be filled out and the request needs to be approved by the Council. Member Marolf said that if Wilton does get a piece of hardware, it remains property of the US Government and must be returned to them if no longer needed. If the application is approved, a suitable piece will be offered to be displayed in our City. Transportation of the item is at our expense via a commercial carrier. After further review, it was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens that the City of Wilton’s request for a donation of retired combat equipment be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Budding, Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Member Marolf reported that the illuminated W sign on the west end of the City is working at this time. Last week he worked with CR signs and got the sign to operate again. The time and temperature will not show up and may be out of service. Member Marolf feels that WTC had done some maintenance and the connection of the sign was lost. He said it would be good if WTC could inform the City of maintenance jobs because of the obstacles it causes with the sign. Just to know some figures, Chris asked the sign company to give an estimate on a new sign. Member Lenker said she was disappointed in the outcome of the fireworks ordinance. She is requesting that the amendment be brought before this Council for consideration. Discussion among the members was held and consensus was to change the times for July to 5PM-10PM, except on the 4th (to be extended to 11PM). Such amendment will be on the agenda for the next regular meeting. Member Budding said there are some poles in the parking lot of the Community Center that have been stripped of paint. He asked that Chris check these to have them reconditioned. Member Budding also noticed that the illuminated sign at the Center/Library is not working correctly. Chris will check with Librarians to see they have requested someone to check on this problem. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Community Center Director Marcia Hetzler talked with Chris after reading some Council meeting comments about the renting of the center. Chris assured Marcia that the comments were not directed at her, but just wanting to make sure we were doing what we could to advertise the center. Member Stanley, who is a member of the Community Center Board, also told Marcia that the Council has no problems with the operation of the center and or the work of her or Randy. Marcia indicated that she would like to attend a council meeting to give a report of the center. Chris will set up a time with her to attend a future meeting. Chris spoke with Chief Leathers regarding the traffic and crowds at the home football games. The Chief said that traffic is flowing very smoothly and there have been no issues or calls to report regarding the games. The officer on duty after games has been checking on the “parking lot” parties that the students/athletes have been holding at the school parking lot. The police have received a couple of calls from the neighbors of the parking lot, mostly about the sound of the music. But the officers feel it is a minor inconvenience during this short time. The participants gather in the lot and are not driving around town. The officer on duty frequently checks in at the parking lot and the crowd is normally dispensed by 11PM. Leaf pickup letters were sent out in the September bills and the pickup will begin the week of September 24th. Usually during the first week the public works department takes out the street sweeper for the pickup, since there are not many leaves at that time. Chris also reminded the Wilton citizens that burning is only permitted October 20th through November20th from 9AM-5PM. Construction by WRH at the new wastewater plant is approximately one third of the way complete. The company gives a progress report to Chris each week. Cornerstone has reported that they feel they will be done with most of the downtown façade by November 1st. (there will be a bit of a delay finishing the Star Drug) They have had some weather delays, but starting this week they are planning to work ten days straight. BILLS: The financial statements were accepted and placed on file. It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Stanley that the total disbursements of $505,274.03, 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: Budding, 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