Meeting

Regular Meeting March 11, 2019 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday March 11, 2019. 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 Marolf 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 consent agenda was presented for approval. Items included in this consent agenda were: minutes from 2-25-19, Auditor requested transfers and WRH Pay App #9. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Budding that the consent 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 Mayor announced that this was the time (7:03PM) and place set for a public hearing on the budget estimate for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. Mayor Barrett then declared said hearing open. Notice of time and place set for this hearing had been published on February 29, 2019 in The Advocate News and the affidavit of publication was on file at City Hall. The Budget Estimate was then considered and any taxpayers or citizens for or against this budget could be heard. There were no written or oral objections received. Mayor Barrett then declared such hearing closed at 7:04PM. A resolution entitled “A Resolution Adopting the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2020” was introduced. Mayor and Council were appreciative of the work that was put into preparing the budget, noting that the tax rate was dropped by one half percent. After due discussion it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Lenker that said resolution be adopted. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Thereupon the Mayor declared said Resolution No. 03112019 duly adopted. LEGAL ITEMS: Chris reported that the City Attorney is waiting for one property owner to return the signed paperwork for the annexation process to continue. MAYOR ITEMS: A proclamation entitled “Child Abuse Prevention Month April 2019” was read at this time. The proclamation proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and called upon all citizens to increase their participation in building caring connections with families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the community in which we live. COUNCIL ITEMS: A letter of resignation was read at this time from public works employee Paul Marquez. His last day with the City of Wilton will be March 27th. An ad for this position will be placed in The Advocate News. It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Marolf that this resignation be accepted and thanked Paul for his five years of service with the City. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Member Stanley asked that the lights on the north side of the tower on W Wate Street be checked. He noticed this weekend that that set of lights were not lit. Member Budding wanted to know if there was an ending date set for the work in the downtown. Chris said that Cornerstone was here last week and they are looking to be done in April. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Due to the severe weather this past winter, there are a lot of potholes showing up on the streets. If we use cold patch at this time of year, the fix would just come up out of the holes and they would have to be redone. Chris has been talking with the seal coating company and they have indicated that they may make plans to come to Wilton later this spring and not later in the summer. We will try to get the holes patched for the seal coat to be done. He asked that the citizens be patient and we will be repairing them as the weather clears up. Public works will also be addressing the part of Chestnut Street that was torn up when the sewer was replaced on 4th Street. Chris will be attending a manager’s conference in Iowa City March 20 through 22nd and will be out of the office those days. The next piece of equipment that needs to be replaced within the Wastewater department is the jetter. Public Works Director VanDusen and Wastewater Superintendent Kreimeyer have been doing some research for this replacement. They are looking to get a vac truck; which is a truck with a jetter and jet wash all in one. They feel this would be a better fit instead of a new jetter and trailer. To purchase a new one, we would be looking at spending around $150,000-$200,000, so they have opted to investigate a used vac truck. A used truck was found in Wisconsin and the two employees have plans to go there and check the equipment out for themselves. There are no set plans in purchasing at this time; they are just trying to get all the info they can at this time. No further business, the Mayor adjourned this meeting. _________________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: ____________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown