Minutes 03-08-2021 meeting

Regular Meeting

                                                                        March 8, 2021

 

            The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday March 8, 2021.  Mayor Pro Tem Stanley 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 (arrived at 7:11).  Absent: none. 

 

The agenda was presented for approval.  It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the agenda be approved as presented.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, and Lenker

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

The consent agenda was presented for approval.  Items included in this consent agenda were: minutes from 2-22-2021, Blooming Ideas Liquor License Renewal, and Void Checks.  It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that the consent agenda be approved as presented.  The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, and Lenker

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

CONSULTANTS:

 

            Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood presented the council with the City of Wilton Community Profile booklet.  This booklet will serve to promote tourism and will be available at the rest area and other places in town.  Becky is also working on updating the Wilton map that will be available online for people to print out.  Work is continuing to be done on the lots by Jackson Street.  

 

Andrew Marsh and Tim Cutsforth representing HR Green presented a Professional Services Agreement for Third and Fifth Street Resurfacing.  These two projects were scored as being a top priority by the council. It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens that the agreement be entered into not to exceed $73,100.00 as stated but with the added corrections made to the City name. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

            Andrew updated the council on the continued work being done with Verizon for adding cell phone equipment to the water tower.  The equipment would not interfere with the works of the tower and would be added revenue for the city.  We are waiting for further details from Verizon before proceeding with that project.  He visited with Water/Waste Water Superintendent Kreimeyer and came up with a list of some of the upgrades needed for the equipment at the Plant. Robert is working directly with the equipment provider and he has received specs and details of the needed work. The contractor will coordinate with Robert to continue with the upgrades.

 

            The subject of replacing the old well was discussed.  The City at this time is looking at buying the needed property for placement of the new well.  The land we are currently looking at is adjacent to the property that the existing well is on.  According to the DNR the City would need to purchase at least a 200 foot radius around the well site.  Once an agreement for purchase is reached, the city would then have the area tested.   If and when the test comes back favorable, the City will continue with the purchase and process for implementing a new well.

 

LEGAL ITEMS:

 

The Mayor Pro Tem announced that this was the time 7:38PM and place set for a public hearing on the budget estimate for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.  Mayor Pro Tem then declared said hearing open. 

 

Notice of time and place set for this hearing had been published on February 25, 2021 in The Advocate News and the affidavit of publication is 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 Pro Tem Stanley then declared such hearing closed at 7:39PM.

 

A resolution entitled “A Resolution Adopting the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2022” was introduced.  Mayor Pro Tem and Council were appreciative of the work that was put into preparing the budget.   After due discussion it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Owens 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 Pro Tem declared said Resolution No. 030820219 duly adopted. 

 

COUNCIL ITEMS:

 

The council commented on the repairs needed for the streets.  They noted that this winter was practically hard on the roads because of the extra amount of snow we received. City Administrator Horne informed them that the City Employees have already been out working on these repairs.

 

BILLS:

 

The financial statements were accepted and placed on file.  It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Budding that the total disbursements of $344,120.06 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, Lenker, Stanley and Marolf

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS:

 

            Jeff Horne presented the council with a quote from Nixle for a texting service.  The service fee for the ability to text residents about weather alerts, water main breaks, boil orders etc. would cost $2600.00 annually.  The council felt that this cost was higher than they anticipated. This company offered much more than the City needs at this time. The council asked Jeff to look into other companies that could provide the service we need and gets some quotes for the next meeting.

 

The council asked Jeff to look into the available funds for a donation to the Friends of Oakdale Cemetery.  He informed the members that $2500.00 could be donated from this year’s budget.   After due discussion it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Lenker that said donation be made to the Cemetery.   The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows:

 

            Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf

            Nays: None                                                       Motion Carried

 

            The ordinance committee had a meeting with Jeff to discuss the changes the council wanted to make to the Municipal code.  Some of these changes include adding a handicapped parking place on Cedar Street, a no parking area on Cedar Street, a no parking area on Chestnut Street and no parking on the South side of West 3rd Street.  The council asked Jeff to work on the ordinance change documents and present it at the next meeting. A change to the downtown zoning was also discussed.  Some parts of the downtown will need to be rezoned to implement the change to the municipal code to include the requirement that the buildings downtown cannot have a residential area on the main floor. The rezoning of these areas will need to take place before the ordinance could be changed. The committee also discussed adding a special events ordinance.  The one they are currently looking at is an example from a much larger town and would need to be scaled back to fit a city of our size.

 

 

 

            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