Meeting

Regular Meeting December 11, 2017 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday December 11, 2017. 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: Ted Glenney, Wayne Budding, Keith Stanley, Sheryl Lenker and Ted Marolf. Absent: none. The agenda was presented for this meeting. It was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that the agenda be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The consent agenda was presented for approval. Items included on this agenda were: minutes from 11-27-17, Pool Allocation and Garbage request. 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: Glenney, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported that the Wilton Certified Local Government report has been signed and turned in for 2018. Becky is a member of the Muscatine Preservation Committee for Muscatine County and they are working on getting the whole county on the registry list. When that is accomplished they will be able to get the historic places within the County on the National list Becky thanked everyone that attended and took part in the Alumni play last week. Attendees were very generous and over $1000 will be donated to the Wilton Christmas Angel program. There was a good crowd for each of the three performances of the play and enjoyed by all. Member Marolf was a member of the cast and he also thanked all who helped out with and attended the play. Member Budding said it was great weather for the Window Walk and the play helped start off the festivities. Two Wilton prospects were entertained last week. One was eliminated for odor reasons but the other is still on the list. Becky was pleased to announce that the JR’s building on Cedar Street has been sold. BPW sales are the new owners and it is great to welcome them back to Wilton. Them opening at that location will be good for downtown traffic. They could possibly be open in January. The Wilton Development annual meeting will be held on Wednesday December 20th. This meeting is being held at the Masonic Temple where a meal will be served. She thanked the Masonic members for letting the different groups use this historic building for events being held in Wilton. The play was held there the last two years and there are children’s movies being planned for this winter. The Development group is working to help upgrade the building, maybe even getting air conditioning. Industrial partners will be meeting with the Mayor and Member Marolf tomorrow to discuss the wellness programs within their business. This will be to coincide with the proposed Rec Center. Cornerstone began work within the downtown during this past week. They are presently working on raising the back of the Candy Kitchen building to a straight position. They have also measured for windows on the buildings within the program and have them ordered. Members hoped that some film will be made of the work on the Candy Kitchen building; it will be interesting to see how the building will be straightened. Chris and Becky have talked with Klingner and Cornerstone about keeping the lines of communication open and progress reports for the Council. Donations for the Freedom Rock have grown to over $15,000. The most recent donation was from the Leland Smith Foundation. Becky thought the rock would be coming soon, but has not heard of an exact delivery date. MAYOR ITEMS: As this Council has talked about the surfacing of the County line in the past, Mayor Barrett wants to make sure the City keeps this on a to do list. Chris said that he has corresponded with the Cedar County engineer regarding this project. He will be meeting with him soon to go over numbers and preferences for this street improvement. It may be that the construction could be done in phases. After that, it was suggested that the Street committee meet with the Cedar County Supervisors to keep this moving forward. Wilton will also have to get Muscatine County involved as they have a small portion of the road that will be included. Members feel that it is a logical step forward to make this a hard surface street from Taylor Avenue to Highway 38. There was new sidewalk put in east and west on the property on the east end of the City. Mayor Barrett asked if there will be any put in going north and south. Chris said that since there is no other sidewalk going in that direction, the owner will not be required at this time to install new going in that direction. Mayor Barrett wanted to make sure that all new sidewalks are installed as required. There has been talk on the news about New Years and fireworks. We will wait to see if there are any problems or complaints during this time with the dates that are set by our ordinance. Mayor Barrett asked if there have been any LED lights installed for use in the street lights. Chris said that he and the Light & Power Superintendent have been conversing about changing over the current lights. They are having trouble finding ballasts for the lights we have now so they have been looking into changing over. This may be an ongoing process as the LED lights are a bit more expensive than the ones that are currently being used. Since the next regular meeting is scheduled for December 25th, the Mayor asked that this meeting be canceled. It was decided that a phone meeting will be held on Thursday December 21st at noon to approve the bills. COUNCIL ITEMS: At the last meeting wording was approved for the LOSST ballot. The wording was submitted to the Muscatine County Auditor and it was rejected. The appropriate wording to be submitted is: Revenues from the sales and services tax are to be allocated as follows: 50% for property tax relief. The specific purpose for which the revenues shall otherwise be expended is: 50% for any lawful purpose as designated by the City Council. After discussion, it was moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Glenney that this wording be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The Wilton Volunteer Fire EMS Department has applied for their own 501(3)c status. The Department has funds ($39308.77) in the Fire Account that they would like to be transferred into the new account. This is not money that is within the City account, but in the Fire/EMS account. It was noted that these funds are included in the annual City audit. After review of the report submitted, it was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Marolf that this transfer be allowed. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried A Resolution entitled “A Resolution Amending the Personnel Policy Handbook of the City of Wilton, Iowa” was presented for discussion. It was noted that this resolution clarifies the holiday pay for the Police Department since they are on a 24/7 schedule. After due consideration, it was then moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Lenker that the same be adopted. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Pay app #2 was submitted by Cornerstone in the amount of $5101.72. When Pay app #1 ($29207.44) was submitted at the last meeting, there were questions regarding the progress of the downtown façade construction. A note was received from Klingner giving justification of the costs, progress and general conditions regarding pay app #1. After reviewing the note and pay apps, it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Lenker that both pay apps be approved for payment. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Glenney, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried A copy of the current pit bull ordinance had been given to the Members for their review. Consensus was that the current wording be changed to dangerous and or vicious animal. This wording will be submitted at a future meeting to change the current ordinance. Member Marolf said that even though it is not held until the summer, there are some changes slated for the Founder’s Day celebration. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: The new Wright Way trailer was picked up today. The public works department has been getting equipment prepared for winter. They are also trying to catch up some pot hole repairs. The leaf vac has been put away for the season. If anyone still has leafs to dispose of, they can take them to the center during open hours or purchase leaf bags for $2 at City Hall. That charge includes pickup at the curb of the bags. The Civil Rights training has been completed by the necessary parties. Chris has submitted the paperwork for review of the commission. Hopefully this will fulfill the requests for this case. Chris received information from a proposed non-profit group regarding the use of the old REC building on E 5th Street. They have questioned if there could be a “disabled/group home” for homeless persons and or veterans. The group asked if this building could be used as a home along with some light manufacturing assembly work. Such building is in the M1Light Industrial zoning district; which does not allow for living quarters. Discussion was held on this request and Members felt they needed much more information before they could move forward with any rezoning action. A very cautious investigation would need to be done on the group and more a detailed plan would have to be submitted. It would even be possible that the City Attorney would have to be contacted. Chris will report back if any material is received. Member Marolf and Chris visited the Rec Centers in Kalona and Wellman last week. These places partner with the Y in Washington and the partnership seems to be working in a successful manner. A good conversation was held with City Manager of Kalona on the joint relationship. They offer a good assortment or programs and membership increased after joining with the Y. Member Marolf stated that the meeting was encouraging and feels programs could be incorporated for Wilton’s needs. If the Rec Center moves forward and we are going to partner with the Muscatine Y, they should be included in the design factor. This information will be passed on at the next Rec Center meeting. The rent for the Community Room at City Hall is now set at $35.00. This is the same amount that has been charged since the room was open. Chris feels that due to all that is involved in the rental and clean up of this room; the price should be raised to $50. Members were in agreement with this suggestion. A Resolution to change this charge will be presented at the next meeting. As this is the last regular meeting for Member Glenney, Mayor Barrett thanked him for his past service. He was a Council Member from 1996 through 2007 and then 2014 through 2017; his time on the Council has been appreciated. No further business, this meeting was adjourned. _______________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: ______________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown