Minutes

Regular Meeting October 8, 218 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday October 8, 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 minutes dated 9-24-18 were presented for approval. It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that the minutes 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: A few citizens were in attendance at this meeting to present a petition regarding the odor coming from the Vitalix plant. (wording on the petition: Petition to Vitalix Inc to contain their smell, they’re in violation of the nuisance ordinance {Wilton Ordinance 507, Section 09.11.030, number 13]. It is disgusting, overwhelming and brings down the overall appeal of the town) Each citizen was given a chance to speak and give their opinion on the issue of the petition and odor. Sean Clymer, operation manager of Vitalix Inc, was present at this meeting and addressed the issue. He thanked the members of the community for bringing their concerns to their attention. Sean said the plant wants to be a good neighbor and do not want to be a nuisance for Wilton. They found some faults in the equipment that had been installed to alleviate some of the odor. The company is in the process of correcting the error and getting it to the best working order. Sean also added that the Nebraska plant is now up and running and some of the work load has been sent to that company. Mayor and Council thanked the citizens for attending and voicing their concerns. They also thanked Sean for taking the time to attend and give an explanation of their plans and intentions. Fred Grunder, owner of 117 W 4th, was present to inquire about the revitalization work deadline. He stated that he was told the deadline to be finished was November 1st of this year. That date is approaching and Fred does not feel that they will be meeting this deadline. If they do not; Fred thinks we will be in the same positon as last year and then the contractor will not be able to paint or finish outside work because of the upcoming winter weather. Fred would like to do updates inside his building; but according to the contract no work can be done inside until the outside is done. Discussion was held on these concerns. It was decided that Chris will contact Klingner and set up a meeting to get answers. MAYOR ITEMS: Since we have been getting high volumes of rain, Mayor Barrett stated that he is glad that Wilton spent funds on improving the infiltration system. It has been a tremendous assistance with the water flow. Chris added that our water department has not had to go out this year on any trouble calls during these heavy rains. Mayor Barrett wanted to express recognition of the Wilton fall sports teams. The student athletes have all have been doing well and appreciation is given to them for their hard work and dedication. Good luck to all of them during tournament season. COUNCIL ITEMS: A proposed Ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Amending Title 9 of the Wilton Municipal Code Entitled “Fireworks” in the City of Wilton, Iowa” was presented before the Council for discussion. It was noted that this amendment will change the dates for fireworks to be allowed: July 3rd thru July 5th for the hours of 5PM until 10PM (except on the 4th time extends to 11PM). After other discussion and consideration, it was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Budding that said Ordinance be passed on first consideration. The question being upon the foregoing motion, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: Owens Motion Carried. A Resolution entitled “Resolution to Set Fees for the use of the Parks Within the City of Wilton, Iowa” was presented to the Council for discussion. Such resolution states that there will be a $100 charge to use any of the three parks within the city of Wilton. There used to be a fee to use the concession stand and or lights at the fields. Chris said that there have been some issues within the City parks when tournaments are held. The city does have some expenses (maintenance, supplies, lights and electricity) during and after these tournaments, and charging the fee would reduce some of those costs. Charging the fee and having the user register would help the City control the use of the parks and to know when they are being used. Discussion was held on this presented Resolution and a few changes were recommended. This will be on the agenda for the next regular council meeting. A proposed Ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Amending Title 7 (Health and Sanitation and 14 (Water) of the Wilton Municipal Code in the City of Wilton, Iowa” was presented before the Council for discussion. It was noted that this amendment would specify the charges and particulars for customers who wish to have their water temporarily shut off. If this is passed there would be a charge for the water to be shut off and then while the customer is gone, they would not get charged for water, sewer or garbage. Chris told the members that there are not a lot of customers that would use this but getting the process unified will help with the bookkeeping at City Hall. After further discussion and consideration, it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Marolf that said Ordinance be passed on first consideration. The question being upon the foregoing motion, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. A quote and photos for West View concession stand signage was received from ASI. Total for this sign and installation is $2950.00. It was disclosed that the new concession at that park was made possible through a donation from Vitalix Inc. There were also a group of volunteers that helped a great deal with the building process. Vitalix and the volunteers will be listed on a plaque at the concession. After review, it was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Lenker that this signage quote be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Budding, Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Member Budding asked about the progress of the new wastewater treatment plant. Chris said that the block has been laid and they have plans to put the roof on this week. They hope to have the outside work done so the inside can be assembled this winter. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Chris stated that there is nothing new to report on the Division Street project. The paperwork is in the hands of the City attorney. The baler room at the Public Works building needs to have a piece of cement poured at the entrance. The cardboard is emptied into this building and the bales are then taken out and stored on site until pickup. The entrance area by the door is just dirt and gets very messy and muddy. This sometimes interferes with the removal of the bales. A quote was received in the amount of $1600 for a 45X18 foot cement entrance which will be 6 inches thick. After consideration, it was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens that this cement entrance be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Budding, Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Member Budding asked if there is a market on cardboard at this time. Chris replied that the recycle company likes the cardboard received from Wilton because of the care we take in baling and storing the bales. Recently the market has been good for both cardboard and plastic. Every bit we can pick up helps to keep down landfill costs. A leak was discovered in the water tower on Summit Street. The tower was drained so the specific spot of the leak could be detected. It was found that the leak is on the 90 degree bend of the twelve inch riser pipe. Price to fix just this section is $24,300. Water Superintendent Kreimeyer has suggested that while the tower is down and the leak needs to be fixed, maybe a total new riser should be installed. Cost for that replacement would be $59,400. The information has been forwarded to HR Green but their response has not been received. Chris is asking the members for their guidance on how to move forward on this issue. More deliberation was held on this request. It was then moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Budding that we move forward with this repair and go with the recommendations of HR Green and Maguire Iron. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Budding, Owens, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Leaf pickup began the week of September 24th, but since there are not too many leaves at this time, public works have been using the street sweeper. This helps keep a lot of them out of the storm sewer. Hydrant flushing is scheduled for Friday October 26th. Trick or Treat is set for Wednesday October 31st 5:30PM – 7:00PM. No further business, the Mayor adjourned this meeting. ____________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: _____________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown