Meeting

Regular Meeting May 22, 2017 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday May 22, 2017. Mayor 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: Ted Glenney, Keith Stanley, Sheryl Lenker and Ted Marolf. Absent: Wayne Budding The agenda was presented for this meeting. It was moved by Member Glenney seconded by Member Lenker that the agenda be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The minutes from 5-8-17 were presented for approval. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that the minutes be approved as read. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The Mayor announced that this was the time (7:03PM) and place set for a public hearing on entering into a sewer revenue loan agreement in the amount of $220,000, for the purpose of financing the acquisition of property for use as part of the municipal sanitary sewer treatment system. Notice of the time and place for this hearing had been published in The Advocate News and the affidavit of publication was on file. Chris stated that this was for the agreement for the City to purchase the Chapman property east of the City maintenance shop address. Members asked if Mr. Chapman will still be hauling dirt out of this area once it is City owned land. Chris will speak to Chapman to see what his plans are; but also stated once the property is owned by the City, it will be the decision of the Council whether to allow anyone to enter the property. The Mayor asked for any written or oral objections, none were received. The Mayor then closed this hearing (7:05PM). A Resolution entitled “A Resolution Approving and Authorizing a Loan Agreement and Authorizing the Execution of an Installment Purchase Contract” was presented for consideration. After due consideration, 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: Glenney, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Thereupon the Mayor declared said Resolution No. 05222017 adopted. CITIZEN APPEARANCE: A request was read from the Wilton Chamber of Commerce asking permission to use the City streets in the downtown area for Founder’s Day, scheduled to be held August 25 & 26 this year. At the request of the Council, Chamber member Bruce Rabedeaux was present to answer questions. Member Marolf said that he would like to see the beer tent more family friendly. It was also requested that a more detailed map of the events be presented for the Council to see where various functions will be placed on the streets. Further discussion was held and Bruce will return to the next regular meeting with a detailed map and event schedule. Bruce also said that if anyone would wish to volunteer to help at Founder’s Day they should contact the Chamber office. Will Valet, representing a committee for the reconstruction of the Hardacre Theater in Tipton, spoke to the Council. Will said that this group is a 501 3C nonprofit group that is working to restore the theater in Tipton, Iowa. They have gotten the theater placed on the National Registry of Historic places and are now looking for grants. Will is just trying to get the word out to surrounding cities and are asking for volunteers to help with the restoration or in fund raising. The group has estimated that this will be a multi-million dollars project; and two million just to get it back to the theater status. Mayor and Council thanked Will for the information and if anyone wishes to help out with this request the Clerk has his contact info at City Hall. Brian Froehlich, representing Fro’s at 309 Cedar Street, spoke to the Council stating that he wanted to file a formal complaint with the Wilton Police Department. He said he did not really want to be at this meeting but felt he had to because of the police officers harassing his business. When they are at or near the bar location at closing time, Brian feels it is intimidating his customers; adding that no one wants to come to the downtown when the police are around. The police presence near his bar has affected his business and he has lost patrons and he wants it to stop. When checking, he said there have been complaints filed in other cities and when they went to court the bar has won. Brian said he may choose to sue the city and police department for harassment and intimidation. Mayor Barrett then asked Brian if he was threatening the City with a lawsuit, if so the City has an attorney on retainer right now. Brian said that is not what he wanted to do and the Mayor suggested that he not try to intimidate this Council or the City of Wilton. A meeting was held a couple of months ago with the Police Department, safety committee and Brian. After that meeting Brian thought they had come to an agreement for everyone to get along. He stated there are many man barns and house parties around the city and those places do not get harassed. At this time Chief Tim Leathers said that he does not feel his officers just “hang out” at Fro’s. The officers are trained to make sure the streets are safe and if that means keeping a drunk driver off of the streets, the Chief feels they have then done their job. The current police force has veteran officers and they know what to look for and are not out trying stir up trouble or taunting people. Brian said that he has logged the times that the police spend near his bar and he thinks it is excessive. The Chief stated that at the early morning hours there is not a lot going on within the City and they may drive around but does not feel they are targeting Fro’s. Other discussion was held and it was decided that the Wilton Police Officers will keep a log of the time spent at each bar within the City. CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported that we have received the certified local government distinction. We are still waiting on the official letter, but all of the paperwork has been filed. Becky added that her home has been placed on the national historic registry. Renovations in the downtown area should start in July. Becky is thinking that it will bid as all one project. LEGAL ITEMS: A Resolution entitled “A Resolution Authorizing Payments for TIF Loan Agreements” was presented for consideration. A description of the tax money received from the County and taxes paid by the business was attached to this resolution. Total of these reimbursements are $90,110.00. After due consideration, it was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that the same be adopted. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Thereupon the Mayor declared said Resolution No. 05222017A adopted. MAYOR ITEMS: Mark Knouse sent a letter of resignation from the Light & Power Board. His work scheduled has changed and the resignation will be effective June 20, 2017. Mayor Barrett requested that this resignation be accepted with regret and that Chad Said be appointed to fill this position; such term expiring 8-1-19. It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Lenker that the resignation be accepted with regret and Chad Said be appointed. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried CORRESPONDENCE: It was noted that the Fire Department brush truck and the City Vermeer chipper have been advertised for sale in the League of Cities magazine. Chris will also be posting them online locally. COUNCIL ITEMS: A payment request in the amount of $54,990.37 was presented from Point Builders for the Fire Department renovation. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Glenney that this payment request be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried A special warranty deed was received from Wilton School District for the purchase of the elementary land on 6th Street. Such deed states that the proposed rec center be constructed on this property within three years of the date of this deed or the ownership will revert back to the Wilton Community School district. Chris reported that the property has been seeded and that it will need to be mowed soon. It was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Lenker that the special warranty deed be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried A list of yearly transfers was presented for approval. Chris explained the amounts and the reason for each of the transfers listed. It was then moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Stanley that the list of transfers be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried A public safety meeting was held prior to this regular meeting at 6:00PM regarding using utv’s after dark and the use and sale of fireworks. Member Marolf reported that regarding the use of utv's after dark; sample from other cities were considered and the Police Chief also gave his recommendations. Chief Leathers noted that they have not found any other cities that allow operating these vehicles after dark. He suggested that this is because it would go against Iowa State Code. At this time the Chief and his department does not feel that the utv’s should be allowed to drive after dark. Due to the restrictions per Iowa state code, he believes that the City Attorney be asked to investigate this request. The information will be passed on to the City Attorney and a report will be brought back at a later date. Member Stanley informed the members that the City Ordinance and current State code on fireworks was explored by the committee. The committee felt that Wilton could allow fireworks to be used during the week of the 4th of July but prohibited at all other times. The Police Chief has brought a list of fireworks that have been approved by the State to be sold; this list included first and second class fireworks. Following further discussion it was the consensus of the members that the City of Wilton follow the state code and incorporate that into a new ordinance for the City. Chris and Chief Leathers will meet to construct an ordinance to present to the Council. Member Stanley said that the Economic Board met and they are concerned about the lack of buildable lots within the City. He asked the Members to keep this in mind in case they know of any leads for more building space for the City. Member Marolf remarked that he met last week with Tony Hurd of WTC regarding the illuminated W sign. A new router was installed and the sign seems to be operating well at this time. There have been conversation in the past about the black color that has shown up on the water tower on W Wate Street. Member Marolf asked if there are any inexpensive ways that this color could be removed from the yellow tower. Chris will do some checking to see if there are any feasible options to clean that tower. BILLS: The financial statements were accepted and placed on file. It was moved by Member Glenney seconded by Member Stanley that the total disbursements of $205,554.83, 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: Glenney, 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