Minutes

Regular Meeting December 10, 2018 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday December 10, 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 Stanley 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 11-26-18, WRH Pay App #6, Fro’s Liquor License renewal, pool allocation and TIF Resolution (#12102018). 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, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood stated she is working on the certified local government grants. She has a committee that is working with her doing some historical research within the County for the Historical Preservation. Her house is on the historic registration and she is working on Ted Marolf’s home on 6th Street. If there is anyone in Wilton that would like to have their home explored, they should contact Becky. Becky said that the Wilton Development Corporation will be holding their annual membership meeting on Wednesday December 19th at noon. This meeting will be held at the Wilton Masonic Temple and lunch will be served. She will be presenting the annual reports for the corporation at this meeting. Short presentations will be given on: downtown revitalization, skilled workforce and housing survey results. The annual window walk hosted a good crowd last weekend. A play was held again on Sunday afternoon which kicked off the window walk. After the three performances of the play, $1000 of donations were given to the area Ministerial Association. Becky added that around 300 persons attended the play throughout the weekend. The play will be shown on the local channel this week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. MAYOR ITEMS: Since the next regular scheduled council meeting falls on Monday December 24th, Mayor Barrett asked the members if they would like to consider a call in meeting to approve the bills for December. After consideration, it was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Owens that the meeting be canceled and a call in meeting be scheduled for Friday December 21st at noon. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Mayor Barrett asked about a large balance in the capital projects column on the general expenditure report. Chris said that when the auditors were here, they recommended that transfers be made. Chris will print a report for the members that shows the transfer that were made. COUNCIL ITEMS: Member Budding said he thought the annual Window Walk had a good attendance. He added that he wished that the “protesters” had not been present on the street corner. Chris replied that nothing legally can be done for them unless they actually commit a crime. Being on the street corner and chanting falls under free speech; even though they were annoying. Due to snowy weather coming early, Member Budding said he has noticed a lot of pot holes appearing on the streets. Chris said that public works is aware of them and will do their best to get them repaired. Member Owens noted that the shoulders on 5th Street are also showing a lot of wear and tear. Chris said that public works tries to keep them maintained but the recent heavy snow did not help that cause. Chris believes that the County has plans to redo this entire road and may hold off on any major repairs to the shoulders until then. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: VisuSewer has been working in Wilton during the last week. On Tuesday of last week they were working on E 4th Street between Maurer and Chestnut. When they were wrapping up for the end of the day, a piece of equipment became caught in some pipe. When the equipment was pulled out, it caused a collapse of the sewer on 4th Street. Due to this collapse, sewer backed up in the basements of City Hall and The Jct Grill & Bar by Wednesday morning. Manholes were checked and found to be full that day. The crews worked to pump out the lines which alleviated the sewer going into those basements. VisuSewer personnel were very concerned and helpful during this problem. As of today, both basements have been cleaned and VisuSewer has taken responsibility for this misfortune. When doing the camera work on this section of E 4th Street, they found that the sewer pipes are old and cannot be lined. There were some areas where the camera showed the lines deteriorating and sagging. After discussion with VisuSewer, Wastewater Superintendent Kreimeyer and HR Green; it was gathered that this total line should be replaced sooner than later. Therefore Chris is asking the council permission to move forward with replacement of this entire line from Chestnut to Maurer on 4th Street. He has already talked with Triple B about this repair and his crew could start tomorrow if the request is approved. It has also been recommended that the street be concreted and not leave the fill in until next year. If we put in rock and sand the concrete job could be completed sooner than filling the hole with sand. This is a main traveled street and leaving it open with fill could cause problems with snow removal and traffic flow. HR Green is getting specs for the concrete. Estimated total for this major renovation is $100-125,000. Funds for this will be likely paid out of the sewer fund. After further discussion, it was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that this project be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Steve Meyer, owner of The Jct Grill and Bar asked if there will be parking issues for his business during the repairs. Chris said that the actual parking spaces will not be dug up but portions of E 4th Street will be closed during the venture of sewer replacement. Chris asked that residents and business owners be patient during this time. Steve added that he was impressed by the cooperation of the VisuSewer representatives. They were super nice and very concerned about the backup issues in the basement of The Jct. Chris said that VisuSewer has done a great job of improvements for the City of Wilton and this was an unfortunate setback. He would estimate that 40% of Wilton has been cameraed and lined. Next spring they will be starting in the south end. It could be a ten year process for the entire City to be finished, but will show considerable results in the end. During the winter weather, Wendler is still making progress at the wastewater plant. They have indicated that there should not be any hold ups on the completion of the plant. Last week some complaints were received regarding murky and brown water. Since the white tower had been drained for repairs; and is now back to full operation; filters at the water plant could not be backwashed. A backwash was performed and due to not being done for some time, it caused some debris to break loose within the water lines. The water is not toxic when this happens and should clear up after running water through the lines. The discoloration and or odor cannot be predicted during this process. Letters were sent to property owners on Division Street explaining that the City is considering annexing the northern portion of this street. The letter asked them to contact the City with their concerns or questions. During the annexation process, the City will need to transfer the right of way from Cedar County. If there are no major concerns, this item should be on the agenda after the first of the year. Due to the concerns of the status of the garbage truck, the public works director has started talking with dealers regarding specs. A new truck will be added into the budget for next year. Chris then added that budget work will begin soon for the 19/20 year. No further business, the Mayor adjourned this meeting. __________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: ________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown