Minutes

Regular Meeting April 22, 2019 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday April 22, 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 Budding 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 in this consent agenda were: minutes from 4-8-19, Legion Dedication, Budget Hearing Resolution and WRH Pay App #11 ($423,551.17). It was moved by Member Stanley 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 The Mayor announced that this was the time (7:03PM) and place set for the public hearing to enter into a lease purchase agreement related to the acquisition of a truck for use by the municipal sanitary sewer utility. It was noted that the notice of such hearing was published in The Advocate News and the affidavit was on file at City Hall. There were no written or oral objections received. Whereupon the Mayor declared such hearing closed (7:05PM). A Resolution entitled “Expressing Council Intent to Enter Into a Lease Purchase Agreement” was presented for discussion. After due consideration and discussion 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 Resolution No. 04222019B adopted. A Resolution entitled “A Resolution Authorizing the Negotiation, Execution and Delivery of a Master Lease-Purchase Agreement in the Principal Amount of $145,000.00, Between Kinetic Leasing Inc as Lessor and the City of Wilton, Iowa as Lessee, Under Which the Lessee Will Lease Certain 2002 Vactor 2100 Combination Sewer Cleaner Truck; and Prescribing Other Details in Connection Therewith” was presented for discussion. After due consideration and discussion it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Budding 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 Resolution No. 04222019C adopted. CITIZEN APPEARANCE: Steve Meyer owner of the Jct Grill & Bar was present to ask the Council for permission for an outdoor service area and blocking certain parking spots. Steve told the Members of his intent to put a decorative fence around the cement area and the Scieszinski building. This will be for a permanent outdoor area, which will only be accessible through the business entrance. He already has an outdoor service permit from the State and the outdoor complies with all of the regulations. Steve is also planning a Crawfish Boil on Sunday May 5th and he is asking to block the parking spaces in front of the Jct for that day from noon until 4:00PM. He will only be blocking the parking spaces and it will not affect the street traffic. Members thanked Steve for attending with the information for the Jct. After further discussion, it was moved by Owens seconded by Member Marolf that both of these requests be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Sergeant David Clark was present at this meeting to announce that the new vests were received. He was wearing one of the new vests and demonstrated the convenience of this new item. He is very pleased with the fit and less cumbersome vest. The department received a $1500 donation from Country Financial (Dave Zaiser) and Sergeant Clark said that he will be applying for more funding through the State vest program that just opened in April. Sergeant Clark was happy to announce that Officer Robert Dearmore has completed the required academy course and graduated on April 19th. He passed all physical tests, had no dropped classes and was in the top half of his class. The department is now back to four full time officers. CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director, Becky Allgood was present and reported that the housing initiative through USDA 360 has been completed. The USDA 360 is a Single-Family housing program to help rural communities build robust and sustainable economies by investing direct loans or loan guarantees to help low- and moderate-income rural residents build or buy safe, affordable housing in rural areas. WDC has purchased a lot on Cypress Street and they are excited to start an affordable housing program. A lot of research was done to start this program and we are hoping to expand in the future. Becky also reported that WDC will reimburse the City one half of the cost ($1700) of the Hotel study. She also noted that the HRDP grant has been submitted and she will report back when she receives any details. At this time Becky introduced Steve Braudt, who is a locally renowned artist. Steve gave the Members an overview of his past achievements and artistry that he has done. He has been working with Becky on a concept of painting murals on some of the buildings in the downtown area. The first one he would like to work on is the storage shed behind City Hall. A small version of what he has planned for the south side of this mural was shown. Steve will try to work with some students at the school and will also be looking for volunteers to assist with this project. Additionally he will be trying to get donations for the paint to use for the murals and welcomes public input. If all details work out, he would like to have this completed by this summer. LEGAL ITEMS: A proposed Ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Amending Chapter 1 of the Wilton Municipal Code Entitled “General Provisions” Regarding Municipal Infractions” was then presented before the Council for the second reading. The present and proposed limits are: first offense minimum $75, proposed $250; first offense maximum $500, proposed $750; second offense minimum $150, proposed $500; second offense maximum $750, proposed $1000 and third and all subsequent repeat offenses $750, proposed $1000. After consideration, it was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that said Ordinance be passed on the second consideration. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Owens that the requirement that said Ordinance be considered and voted on for passage at one more Council meeting prior to the meetings at which time it is finally passed be suspended and that said Ordinance be fully adopted. Upon the question of suspending said requirement, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Upon the question of fully adopting said Ordinance, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Thereupon the Mayor approved said Ordinance No. 534 duly adopted. A proposed Ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Amending Title 9 of the Wilton Municipal Code Entitled “Public Peace, Safety and Morals” Regarding House Numbers” was then presented before the Council for the second reading. At his time the City of Wilton does not have any ordinance regarding house numbers. This proposed Ordinance states regulations for house numbers and is for the safety of our citizens. After consideration, it was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Budding that said Ordinance be passed on the first consideration. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried A Resolution entitled “A Resolution Opposing HF773 (Formerly HSB165) a Property Tax Reform Bill Under Consideration in the Iowa Legislature” was presented to the Members for discussion. Chris disclosed that the Senate bill contains the following wording: 2% growth “soft cap” and a 1% additional hard cap that requires a 2/3 majority vote of the council to utilize and is subject to reverse referendum. Wording in the Resolution says that the City of Wilton remains committed to keeping taxes low and providing great value to its citizens but opposes HF773. If this Resolution is passed it will be forwarded to our House and Senate representatives to let them know our disapproval of this file. After due consideration it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Owens that this resolution be adopted. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The Mayor then declared said resolution No. 04222019A adopted. MAYOR ITEMS: Due to a resignation on the Light & Power Board, Mayor Barrett requested that Kathy Hartman be appointed to this fill this vacancy. This term will expire on 8-1-23. It was moved by Owens seconded by Member Lenker that this appointment be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Mayor Barrett asked Chris to check on the condition of the edges of Highway 927. He says they are crumbling and we could save them if we do repairs now. Chis said that this is one of the items on the repair list for this spring. Mayor Barrett asked for updates on the Division Street project. Chris reported that he is going to meet with Cedar County to see if they can assist with the property owner situation. Member Budding wanted to know if we proceed with the project on Division Street, what will happen if we have a bad winter like this past year. Chris reported that plans are to have the street built up with a good base and then we would like to pave or black top, not seal coat. CORRESPONDENCE: Wilton Bank is having a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new location (618 W 5th St) on Friday April 26th. They will be giving tours of their new facility on that day also. COUNCIL ITEMS: There are three storm sewer locations that need to have repairs. Triple B gave a separate quote for each of the locations. Cherrydale Park $3,500; 4th & Cedar $5,040; and south end of Maurer $16,950. After checking on each of these intakes, Chris believes that the one at Cherrydale can just be cleaned and maintained and would not have to be repaired right now. After discussion, it was moved by Member Lenker and seconded by Member Marolf that we approve the repair of 4th & Cedar and end of Maurer Street. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Since we are getting the new vac truck, the public works department would like to pour a concrete floor in the cold storage building at the maintenance shop. Chris spoke with Hoekstra Masonry regarding this job. A quote was received in the amount of $11,500. After talking with Hoekstra, it was determined that the City will purchase the concrete for a credit of $7,000. The City has a Ford 8000 dump truck that is not used in the vehicle rotation and Hoekstra said that he would purchase this truck as part of the cold storage work. Price for this truck would be $8,000. These two deals would bring the total for the work to $10,500. Other conversation was held and it was then moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Marolf that we proceed with the concrete work for the cold storage building. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Member Stanley said that he is happy to see the lights repaired on the north side of the yellow tower. He also reported that the Pool Board has three interviews Wednesday night for the pool director position. Member Owens asked that Chris contact the owner of the property on Cherry Street that has a dilapidated garage on their property. He also thanked the public works department for their work on the numerous potholes around the city. Chris said they still have more work to complete but are trying to renovate the worst spots first. Member Marolf said that the Freedom Rock committee is meeting with the landscape company this week. The committee needs to be prepared when the painter is ready to paint the rock. He noted that the artist will need some type of shelter while he is doing the painting and this may be incorporated in the landscape plans. Member Marolf will bring the proposed plans to the Council when they are finalized. Member Stanley presented a request from Brian Froehlich of Fro’s who is planning on starting his bike night on May 3rd. He was not on the agenda for this request and the bike night is planned before the next regular meeting. Member Owens said that he remembers from years before that Fro did not have very good street blockage signs. He did not want the City to be liable for any accidents if someone went through the barricades as they have been set up in the past. Discussion was held on the time line of this request and the set up arrangement. Consensus was to refer the request to the City Administrator and Police Chief for temporary approval. It will be placed on the May 13th agenda for official discussion. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Chris said that the budget hearing is scheduled for the May 13th meeting. This amendment is needed due to the W 4th Street extension, water tower repairs and 4th Street sewer repairs. Our new public works employee started today. Our part time employee has moved to full time for the parks department. He already has a full list of items on his agenda and hopefully can get the list completed this summer. The EPA showed up today to do an inspection on the old wastewater plant. Chris explained to them that we are in the process of updating and the two men that were here did not even seem to know that. They are still going to proceed with an inspection but have to take into consideration the updates that will be in the new plant. BILLS: The Financial Statements were accepted and placed on file. It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Lenker that the total disbursements of $187,064.35; 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 No further business, the Mayor adjourned this meeting. ___________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: ___________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown