Minutes 02-22-2021 meeting

Regular Meeting

                                                                        February 22, 2021

 

            The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday February 22, 2021.  Mayor Pro Tem Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.  A work session was attended by some members at 6:00 prior to this meeting

 

Council Members present at this meeting: Steve Owens, Wayne Budding, Sheryl Lenker, Keith Stanley and Ted Marolf.   

 

The agenda was presented for approval.  It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Lenker 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 were: Minutes from 2-8-2021 meeting, Resolution # 02222021, and Junction Bar and Grill Liquor License renewal.   It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens 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

 

CONSULTANTS:

 

            City Administrator Jeff Horne reported for Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood that another lot will be sold, bringing the total of houses up to four.   Member Stanley reported that once we have a total of four houses built the WDC will be available to receive a tax incentive from the State.

 

LEGAL ITEMS:

 

            The Mayor Pro Tem announced that this was the time and place set for the public hearing on the maximum property tax dollars FY 21/22.  Mayor Pro Tem Stanley opened such hearing at 7:06 PM.  Notice of the time and place of the hearing had been published on February 11th, 2021 in The Advocate News and the affidavit of publication is on file.  The Mayor Pro Tem asked for any written or oral objections.   Jeff Horne responded that current levy is 14.19969 and this is not an increase in the tax rate.  No further comments were heard and read.  At this time (7:07PM) the Mayor closed the hearing. 

 

A Resolution entitled “A Resolution Adopting the Proposed City of Wilton Maximum Property Tax Dollars for FY 21/22” was presented to the Council for discussion.  Jeff explained that the State of Iowa has implemented this new requirement; which states the total levy in dollars and not just the percent rate that the City cannot exceed.  After due consideration, it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Lenker that the same 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. 02222021A duly adopted. 

           

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

           

            Member Marolf presented a letter from Friends of Oakdale Cemetery requestingl funds for a special project to complete a gravestone restoration program. In the first phase of the program Leland Smith Foundation contributed funds to begin this project. The foundation is once again offering to match funds up to another $15,000. The council expressed an interest in making a donation and instructed the City Administrator to look into what funds the city would have available.  This will be placed on the next agenda with a dollar amount for the council to discuss.

 

 

MAYOR ITEMS:

 

            Pro Tem Mayor Stanley commented on the condition of the streets and the snow removal.  He wanted to commend the City Staff on the great job they are doing and instructed the City Administrator to pass this information on to the City employees.

 

 

             

COUNCIL ITEMS:

 

            Member Owens wanted to look into adding additional handicapped parking spaces in the downtown area. He felt that the need for one by the Candy Kitchen would be beneficial because that area is lacking a handicapped parking space.   The committee will meet to address this situation and bring it before the council for approval.

 

BILLS:

 

            The Financial Statements were accepted and placed on file.  It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Owens hat the total disbursements of $ 125,940.95, 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, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

            Nays:  None                                                      Motion Carried.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS:

            Jeff Horne introduced a Nixle flyer introducing text communications.  The council expressed an interest in purchasing this program to have an efficient method to notify the public in case of emergency situations.  This would include but would not be limited to events such as missing persons, water main breaks, and snow emergencies. The council instructed Horne to get a quote from Nixle and present it at our next meeting.

 

            Horne wanted to discuss the council committee system for policy development. He inquired if the council felt this system was working for them or if they wanted to see some changes to these committees.  Mayor Pro Tem Stanley felt it would be beneficial to have all the committees meet with Jeff.

 

             

No further business the Mayor Pro Tem adjourned this meeting. 

 

 

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                                                            Mayor Pro Tem Keith Stanley

Attest:

 

 

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City Clerk Kathryn Koele