minutes

Regular Meeting June 10, 2019 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday June 10, 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 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 5-13-19 and 5-24-19, WRH Pay App #12 ($133,779.29), Blooming Ideas Beer Permit and Wilton Express Liquor License. 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 CITIZEN APPEARANCE: Brian Froehich for Fro’s and Bruce Rabedeaux for Founder’s Day were both on the agenda for this meeting but were not in attendance. Both of these items were tabled and may be presented at a meeting. Debra Hartman spoke to the Members at this time regarding the new craft and vendor shop at 108 E 4th Street. She has eleven vendors setting up in this location and they are planning a soft opening this Friday. On June 29th she is organizing an outdoor vendor show to help kick off the new shop. Debra asked permission to use the grass area in front of City Hall and the cement and grass area behind City Hall for this show on that Saturday. She also requested that if it is raining that day, they may be able to use the Council Chamber area for vendors that would not have tents. The fees that will be charged to the vendors will be used to offset the costs that they have incurred for upgrading the building for the craft shop. The members were in agreement to help with this new venture. This request will be on the agenda for the June 24th meeting for official approval. They thanked Debra for working to get a shop in the downtown area of Wilton. CONSULTANTS: Teresa Stadelmann of HR Green was present to give the Members an update on the Storm water SRF project. A meeting was held today at City Hall with the property owners. She gave an overview of what they have planned to have installed to help with erosion and improve the water flow within the Industrial Park. Teresa presented a map layout showing the preliminary grading plans for the three storm water wetlands. Approval has been given for the concept design, acknowledged the receipt of the property owner letters and have been given the go-ahead to proceed with the 60% submittal. She stated that it is important to keep everyone involved on board so there are no issues that arise when we need to obtain easements. It is projected that this project will be ready for bids this fall. Members thanked Teresa for the update on this project. Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported that she attended the Iowa Summit meeting. She was one of the speakers at this meeting and she shared what the City of Wilton has done with the CDBG and historic preservation. The persons in attendance were enthusiastic about the way the Council has worked together with the businesses to make this happen for Wilton. Becky told the group that we have a group of Council Members that are good visionaries for the City of Wilton. A note was received from Michael Lindner regarding the Hotel study. He remarked that he is wrapping up the preliminary conclusions this week and will send the info to Becky later this week. This will include a financial projection section that will let us know where he is heading on recommendations. LEGAL ITEMS: A Resolution entitled “Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of a $305,000 Urban Renewal Tax Increment Revenue Bond, Series 2019, Pledging to the Payment of the Series 2019 Bond Funds and Portions of Taxes Created Pursuant to the Authority of Subsection 2 of Section 403.19 of the Code of Iowa and Providing for the Securing of the Series 2019 Bond, All for Urban Renewal Purposes of the City of Wilton, Iowa” was presented to the Council for consideration. Chris explained that this was for the finalization of the 4th Street project behind the new Wilton Bank. This ten year note will be paid for using the TIF funds from that property. After due consideration, it was moved by Member Stanley 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. 06102019 adopted. MAYOR ITEMS: Mayor Barrett said that he had talked with Chris prior to this meeting regarding some concerns with the status of the parks. He passed on information about the bathroom cleaning, mowing and debris. Chris said due to the wet weather, some of the park maintenance did not get done. The park employee is working to get caught up. The recent rains caused some problems at the playground equipment at City Park and the area was fenced off until it could be dried out. A note was received from Dick Valet stating that he will be pulling out his gas tanks and pumps sometime in July of this year after forty plus years of service in Wilton. Mayor Barrett said he is happy for Dick on retiring but sad to see the hometown station closing. It is a misfortune for Wilton to have local businesses close their doors. The Mayor and Members wished the best of luck to Dick Valet. Mayor Barrett asked Chris to speak with Triple B regarding the large pile of cement that is growing at his business location in the Industrial Park. He thinks that it is a bad impression when first coming into Wilton. Chris said that is part of that business; they grind up the used cement to make gravel to use on jobs. Since that business is in the Industrial Park they are not violating any zoning conditions. Chris will talk with the owner and talk about this concern. COUNCIL ITEMS: A memorandum of understanding for mutual aid involving the police department was presented for approval. Such agreement is between the City of Durant and the Wilton Police Department. The purpose of this agreement is to provide mutual assistance back and forth by the Durant and Wilton Departments. Wilton has always assisted Durant when needed and they just want to have something in writing. It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that this agreement be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The front door of City Hall was not locking correctly last week and when we tried to fix it, the frame around the door came off. After looking at the door more closely, Chris reported that it needs to be replaced. He got a quote from East Moline Glass: Bid A $7,279 and Bid B $7565. The bids were for two different types of frame work. They will also maintain the architectural status around the door to keep with the building. After other discussion it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Owens that we proceed with the repair of the door with Bid B. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The present ordinance regarding apartments in the downtown district was handed out. Since the downtown revitalization is almost complete, Chris wanted the members to contemplate whether they wanted to make the rule about apartment on the lower level stricter. There are approximately seven apartments at the present time on the street level on 4th and Cedar Streets. If the City wants to move forward with this restriction we will need a plan; what is acceptable, what is not and time for the owners to comply. Chris will do some checking to see what other cities have in place on this issue. After further discussion it was decided that the ordinance committee (Member Budding and Member Stanley) should meet to discuss recommendations. Member Budding asked Chris to check on the clean up of properties on W 3rd, E 1st and E 2nd Street. These are ongoing problem areas and he would like to see them cleaned up. Member Marolf gave a brochure to the members on purchasing engraved pavers for the Freedom Rock area. He has met with the landscaper and they have a proposed design for the grading of the area which includes the pavers and a sitting wall. The sidewalk will also be ADA compliant. The committee will be offering the pavers (which are offered in 4 different sizes and price) to everyone within Muscatine County. Anyone wishing to purchase a paver can contact Becky Allgood. Member Lenker said that she has already heard fireworks being lit off over the weekend. She wanted to remind the citizens of the time frame for legally using the fireworks. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Chris reported that the Vactor truck was delivered and the employees were being trained for the usage of this machine. There are a few minor differences between this and the jetter but it works well and more efficiently. Member Owens suggested that the employees use the correct eye protection when using the truck due to it being more powerful that the jetter. A few members of the Wilton Fire Department will be attending an ultra-high pressure workshop in Bondurant. Chris was glad to see that Wilton will be participating in this workshop. Some of the problem areas due to water leaking was fixed at the Community Center. Chris is going to have Point Builders check out the repairs to make sure there will be no more leaking from the roof. Dirt work was done on some of the areas that were torn up because of main breaks or hydrant replacement. The area near the white water tower was being overhauled today. Cement replacement was also started this week. The storm sewer near the Freedom Rock will be done after Founder’s Day. We did not want to have this area fenced off during that weekend. Wilton American Legion Post 584 turned 100. They held a centennial celebration and dedication this past weekend to celebrate that level. On a sad note it was mentioned that Bill Chapman passed away last week. He was a member of the Legion, Boy Scouts and good member of the community. No further business, this meeting was adjourned. ___________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: ___________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown