05-11-2020 MINUTES

Regular Meeting May 11, 2020 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Community Room at City Hall on Monday May 11, 2020. Mayor Robert L 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: Wayne Budding, Keith Stanley, Ted Marolf, Steve Owens and remotely connected Sheryl Lenker. Absent: none The agenda was presented for approval. It was moved by Member Owens 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 were: Minutes from 4-27-20, Poppy Proclamation, Casey’s Liquor License, and Yearly Transfers. It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Marolf 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 CITIZENS: Mayor Barrett heard from a Citizen about the grass and leaf area we have set aside for the residents to use. It is open to the public 24/7 outside of the convenience center. Reminder to the citizens that this area is not for brush and trees otherwise the city may have to close it. Ball was instructed to order some signage for that area. CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported that the closing for the model home is scheduled for May 15. Progress is being made in the land transfer with Triple B Construction for the completion of the Storm Water Shed Project. She is also making progress with the Historic Registry. CORRESPONDENCE: A Citizen commented about the guidelines the City is following for the Virus. The City of Wilton is following all directives of the Governor as outlined in her proclamations. We will adhere to all recommended public health guidance procedures. Citizens have commented about the siren warnings in town and what they mean. Member Lenker is on the Emergency Management Committee and wanted to remind the citizens that the yearly testing of the outdoor sirens has begun. The sirens are tested at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of every month during non-freezing months. However, if there is severe weather forecasted for a testing day, the sirens will not be tested. Just as a reminder to all citizens, during a severe weather event the sirens are activated by MUSCOM when the following criteria is met: · Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) · Tornado or funnel cloud reported by a trained weather spotter · Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued by the NWS or a report from a trained weather spotter that includes: · Wind 70 mph or greater and/or · Golf ball sized hail or larger The sirens are activated based on data and watches/warnings that MUSCOM receives from the National Weather Service. The dispatchers watch for certain data and warnings to be put out from the National Weather Service and if the set criteria are met, then the sirens are activated. Sirens are designed to alert citizens who are outdoors of an imminent hazard and prompt them to go indoors and seek further information. We encourage the public to tune into local media outlets or listen to a weather radio during severe weather and ask that they limit the use of 911 to emergencies only. There is no “all clear” from the sirens as citizens should be indoors and monitoring for additional information. All weather watches and warnings that are issued by the National Weather Service have an expiration date and time and when the warning or watch expires then it isconsidered all clear. MAYOR: The 5th Street drainage project was discussed. Ball updated the Council that the project was near to completion. Further comments were made about the repairs needed for 5th Street, which is on the agenda for future consideration. Member Marolf gave an update on the progress being made on the Freedom Rock. Pavers are still available for purchase. Plans are being made to get started next week on this project. Chief Dave Clark gave an update on the Police Department. Sergeant Johnson is back to work. Officer Dearmore will not be returning until September or October. Chief Clark further commented that everything is running smoothly at this time. COUNCIL ITEMS: A Resolution entitled “A Resolution to appoint the city clerk for the City of Wilton” was presented to the Council for consideration. Said resolution appointed Kathry Koele as City Clerk effective May 11, 2020 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 The Mayor then declared said Resolution 05112020B adopted. A Resolution entitled “A Resolution to set public hearing for the proposed budget amendment for FY 19/20” was presented to the Council for consideration. Said resolution set the Public Hearing for May 26, 2020 at 7:00PM. After due consideration, it was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens 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 The Mayor then declared said Resolution 05112020 adopted. A Resolution entitled “A Resolution to set public hearing for the approval plans and specs for the City Hall Façade. On May 26th the plans and specs will be presented for Council approval. After due consideration, it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Owens 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 The Mayor then declared said Resolution 05112020C adopted. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Ball presented a quote from Vulcan Industries, Inc to purchase a part to repair the press for waste removal. An additional cost estimate of $4000.00 to $6000.00 was quoted for labor. The City employees (Robert Kreimeyer, Robert Vandusen and Matt Wagaman) did the needed repairs to save the city that additional cost. After discussion if was moved by Member Owens, seconded by Member Budding that we approve the quote from Vulcan for $6543.08 to purchase the parts. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Ball updated the council on the opening procedures for City Hall. Plans are in effect to leave the building closed until the end of May. After that time the city will follow the proclamations set forth by the Governor and CDC guidelines. City hall will post signage at the door indicating no one should enter it they have are currently having symptoms or have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. Members of the public will be required to wear a mask before entering the building and will also need an appointment to do so. This will limit the number of residents entering the building helping us continue to follow IDPH”s guidance related to preventing and/or spreading of the virus to our employees. The public works employees have returned to work but are continuing to keep separate while they perform their duties. Job interviews have been set up for the hiring of the summer employee. The library is continuing to offer curbside pick up. Ball will be meeting with them to discuss plans for reopening procedures. The Mayor and Council made mention that the city has lost some people of this community to the virus. Janice Meincke and Thelma Nopoulos will be remembered for their contributions to the community. Condolences go out to the family and friends of these residents and know that they will be missed by the City. No further business, this meeting was adjourned. _________________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: _________________________ City Clerk Kathryn Koele