Meeting

Regular Meeting November 12, 2018 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday November 12, 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 approval. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Budding that the agenda be approved as presented. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The minutes dated 10-22-18 were presented for approval. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Owens that the minutes be approved as presented. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood was pleased to announce that a grant was received from the Townsend Foundation for the Freedom Rock. A big thank you goes out to that Foundation for the funding which will help a great deal in landscaping the area where the rock is sitting. The painting is planned for early in 2020 and this will be wonderful reflection spot for Wilton and visitors. Becky also wanted to remind everyone about the luncheon being held on Wednesday November 14th at noon. WDC is hosting this event at the Masonic Temple to pay tribute to the industries while discussing initiatives that will positively affect our community growth and progress. Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP with Becky. The downtown revitalization updates look very good; now we need to work on getting the locations filled with businesses. There are still a few small items to be refined and the Star Drug will have some windows finished up as well. Becky added that she has had a couple of businesses ask if this program would be offered again in the future. If we want to continue to upgrade our downtown, we should look to keep going. Chris added that if we carry on with the upgrades, we may look at different funding options in the future. Mayor Barrett said that the City has wording in the Municipal Code that does not allow for apartments on the first floor in the downtown area. There are some buildings in the downtown area that over the years have put apartments in on the first floor. City would like to get the downtown district back to store fronts and not apartments. Another concern is air conditioning units hanging over the sidewalks in the front of buildings. These are some conditions that Mayor Barrett asked the Council to think about. Chris will be checking with the City Attorney regarding these items. Regarding the downtown restoration, there are a few businesses that need to clean up the back of their properties. Chris said that he has notes on a couple of businesses that may get a nuisance letter if they do not do clean up as needed. MAYOR ITEMS: Mayor Barrett stated that there has been much less odor coming from the Vitalix plant on 1st Street. Chris added that he spoke with the manager of the plant who said they had an engineer come to the plant to assist with the odor control. They were cooking almost every day last week; which shows that they have done improvements to help with the smell. Mayor and Council were appreciative of Vitalix on their support of containing the smell. November 11th was Veteran’s Day and Mayor Barrett took a moment to give his appreciation for all present and past persons that have served our country. He encouraged everyone to thank a Veteran for their sacrifices. The Wilton Beavers fall sports teams have done really well during their seasons. As those teams come to a close, Mayor Barrett wanted to commend the student athletes and their coaches for their excellent efforts. A representative from the Scott County Y met with the City last week. It was a very encouraging meeting. The rep seemed very knowledgeable regarding the questions asked about the proposed rec center in Wilton. It was said that since Wilton already has a pool; it would make good sense to attach the center to that present building. There are amenities within the present structure that would assist greatly with the proposed center. The Rec Center in Lone Tree was visited by Chris and Becky last week. This center was built with a joint effort of the City and school, with a budget of 3 million. That center was impressive and supported well by their citizens. Member Budding asked if there was any kind of formal fund raising going on at this time. Becky A said that they committee was waiting to have a more permanent plan in place before starting the fund raising or grant process. COUNCIL ITEMS: The TIF Indebtedness Certification was presented to the Council for their approval. Chris said that the amounts shown on this certification are estimates that are sent to Muscatine County for each urban renewal plan that the City has on file. The agreement with the WDC expires in 2019 and will be up for renewal. The majority of the other agreements do not terminate for a few years. After review, it was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens that the certification be approved to be sent to Muscatine County. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Pay app #5 was presented from WRH in the amount of $819,411.39 for the wastewater treatment plant construction. This pay app has been approved by HR Green and they do inspections of the progress on a regular basis. This pay app general consists of floor slab, masonry, floor drain, and electrical below the building slab. Chris noted that the present superintendent is leaving the job. The employee taking his place has been working on the job and the transition should go smoothly to ensure the construction project continues to move along. After other discussion it was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Marolf that this pay app be approved for payment. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Within the City account structure; there are three equipment funds (870 Water Equipment, 880 Sewer Equipment and 890 Garbage Equipment) that are no longer used. Chris said that past administration transferred funds from the regular utility to the equipment funds to purchase equipment. During the past few years; equipment was budgeted and accounted for in the regular utility department. He is asking that these funds be closed and the balance be transferred to the according utility. Water equipment to water $6168.33, Sewer Equipment $4595.82 and Garbage Equipment $11880.80 are the amounts to be transferred. It was then moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Budding that this transfer request be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Chris said the letter sent to residents has the schedule going through the week of November 19th. The public works department knows that the leaves have fallen slowly this year and will plan to take the leaf vac out until the end of the month; weather permitting. Chris also asked that citizens be patient with this process. There is a schedule sent to all utility customers and the employees go through the appropriate zone according to the dates. At the beginning of the season there are not too many leaves and they can usually make it through the entire city in one week. As more leaves fall and are raked to the curb for pickup, the process becomes more time consuming, It was noted that leaf bags are available for purchase at City Hall and residents can also take their leaves to the Convenient Center. Member Owens asked about having a place that leaves could be taken at any time, not just when the center was open. Chris mentioned that he will talk with the Public Work Director about this inquiry, Member Owens said that he wanted to commend the City employees for their small town service. When talking with Water/Wastewater Superintendent Kreimeyer, he found that he (Robert) went out of his way to make the workers from out of town feel right at home. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Repairs have begun on the rise pipe on the tower on Summit Street. They are putting in some long hours to get this pipe installed and the valve ready for reconnection. HR Green has been monitoring this repair to make sure this was the only problem section on this tower. It was asked the HR Green do a water capacity study for the Wilton. The report show that the City is in good shape as per water supply. Good news is that the per day excess capacity comes to 36,000 gallons. If the City needed a bigger supply of water, a new tower would not be needed. We could add a filter and a well at the water plant and with a new pump more water could be produced. It was a good decision when the Council opted for a 500,000 gallon tank when the new tower was put up on W Wate Street. Keeping up on the maintenance definitely prolongs the life of the towers. We were not expecting VisuSewer, but they had time of their schedule and came to Wilton to start inspections and lining. They were working near the 600 block of Cedar Street and found a collapsed sewer. The street is dug up and the collapse will be mended and then the lining will be installed at that section. The lining has certainly helped with infiltration and reinforcement. Visu Sewer has been a good company to work with and we appreciate them coming early to Wilton. No further business, the Mayor adjourned this meeting. ____________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: ______________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown