Meeting

Regular Meeting February 24, 2020 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Community Room at City Hall on Monday February 24, 2020. Mayor Pro Tem Stanley 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: Mayor Robert Barrett. The agenda was presented for approval. Mayor Pro Tem Stanley stated that Item I) 5 will be moved to the end of the agenda after the approval of the bills. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the agenda be approved with update. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The consent agenda presented for approval. Items included were: Minutes from 2-10-20, WRH Final Pay App #19 (146,289.82), Wilton Express Beer Permit, JCT Liquor License, Resolution to set budget Hearing for March 9th and Precision Builders Pay App #4 (65,076.03). 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: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried The Mayor Pro Tem announced that this was the time and place set for the public hearing on the 2020 amendment to the urban renewal plan for the Wilton Urban Renewal Area. Mayor Pro Tem Stanley opened such hearing at 7:02PM. Notice of the time and place of the hearing had been published on January 30, 2020 in The Advocate News and the affidavit of publication is on file. Chris stated that in order to finance the renovation of City Hall, the Council must designate the project as an urban renewal project for which general obligation bonds could be issued. The Mayor Pro Tem asked for any written or oral objections; none were received. At this time (7:05PM) the Mayor Pro Tem closed the hearing. A Resolution entitled “A Resolution to Approve 2020 Urban Renewal Plan Amendment for the Wilton Urban Renewal Area” was presented to the Council for discussion. 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. Thereupon the Mayor Pro Tem declared said Resolution No. 02242020A duly adopted. CITIZEN APPEARANCE: Muscatine County Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Wright attended this meeting to introduce himself to the members. He reported that he worked with the Wilton Fire Department, Salvation Army and Red Cross during the fire at the apartment building in Wilton last week. The Wilton Fire Department was used as a temporary holding area for some of the apartment residents that were displaced. Brian said he will be looking around the county to see what options are available that could be used for shelters. He asked the members to call him if they ever have concerns regarding any emergency issues within the County. Members thanked Brian for attending this meeting. CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported a successful meeting was held last week with MSA regarding the Hwy 38 corridor study. In addition to Becky those in attendance were: Member Lenker, Don Roth of CIPCO, Stephanie Miene of Eastern Iowa Light & Power, Dwight Watkins Community Bank and Steve Agne of Cedar County. The proposed scope of work will produce a responsive, creative and effect Highway 38 corridor Development study that is focused on five core components utilizing an effective and engaging seven stop planning process. The City is working with MSA to develop this plan and Eastern Iowa and CIPCO also want to be part of the proposal. Each of these companies would like a funding partner letter from the City so they can take it to their board for approval to proceed. After further discussion, it was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Marolf that the City send a funding letter to the entities wishing to be involved with this project. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Becky said that the spec house on Cypress Street has been shown a few times and they have gotten good reviews. There is also interest in the purchase of another of the lot in that area. A proposed Ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Amending Chapter 10.36 of the Wilton Municipal Code by Changing Section 070 Regarding Notice of Snow Emergency for the City of Wilton, Iowa” was presented before the Council for discussion. Chris said that this ordinance was put together and then reviewed by the office staff, police and public works departments. It states that if there is a predicted snow of over three inches, there will be no vehicle parking allowed on the streets as long as the snow accumulates. Members examined the proposed ordinance and felt that the current ordinance is vague and this will help considerably with snow removal. After other discussion, it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Budding that said Ordinance be passed on second consideration. The question being upon the motion, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. A proposed Ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Amending Title 14 of the Wilton Municipal Code Entitled “Water” Regarding Secondary Water Meters in the City of Wilton, Iowa” was presented before the Council for discussion. Chris explained that we have had some trouble with the citizens that rent the meters not getting them back by the assigned date or the meters are not returned in the correct fashion as rented. This ordinance will enforce a penalty and forfeit of the credit if not returned by the specified date. After other discussion, it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Owens that said Ordinance be passed on first consideration. The question being upon the motion, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. CORRESPONDENCE: Wilton Bank will be hosting a Business After Hours on Thursday February 27th. The event is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM at 618 W 5th Street. MAYOR ITEMS: Mayor Pro Tem said that there was a good turnout for the City get together last Friday. Mayor and Council appreciates the work that is done by the current city staff. COUNCIL ITEMS: A voluntary annexation request was then presented to the Council for action. Chris explained that this is for the Chapman property that the city purchased last year in the southwest section of Wilton. The City rents out this property and even though the City owns it, it needs to be annexed into the City limits so taxes can be received. After further consideration, it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Budding that this annexation application be approved. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried As part of the SRF sponsored project funding requirements, the City needs to enter into an agreement with the State to maintain the project being funded and constructed. HR Green prepared maintenance plans for the wetlands, water and sediment basins. The maintenance plan needs to be approved and signed by the City. After checking the plan, it was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Budding that the city more forward with the approval of this plan. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried A Resolution entitled “Resolution to Fix a Date for a Public Hearing on General Obligation Urban Renewal City Hall Renovation Loan Agreement in an Amount not to Exceed $700,000” was presented to the Council for discussion. Such resolution states that the city proposes to enter into a loan agreement and issue bonds not to exceed $700,000 and sets this hearing for March 9th. Chris said that once this hearing is held that he will retrieve proposals from the local banks. After due consideration, it was moved by Member Owens seconded by Member Marolf 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 Pro Tem declared said Resolution No. 02242020B duly adopted. At this time a resignation letter was read from Marcia Hetzler. As of February 28th she is resigning from her position as community center director. Council was very appreciative of the time and effort that Marcia has put in as her time as the director. It was then moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that this resignation be accepted with deep regret. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried Chris stated that at this time the plan is to have current employee John Fischer be the interim director. He suggested that a committee meeting (Members Stanley and Marolf) be held to determine how to move forward with this open position. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: Chris reported that he toured some Woda Cooper Company housing areas in Indiana last week. This company would like to construct senior housing units in Wilton. He talked with some people that live in the housing units and all that he saw and heard were good. If a letter of support is requested from the City; Chris said that after he saw the units for himself, he would be in favor of moving forward and working with the company for Wilton. BILLS: The financial statements were accepted and placed on file. It was moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Lenker that the total disbursements of $490,471.05, 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 At this time (7:42PM) it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Budding that this council proceed to executive closed session per Iowa Code Chapter 21.5(C). The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried At 8:40PM the Council resumed regular session. It was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Owens that the City Attorney proceed as directed by this Council during the closed session meeting. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried No further business, this meeting was adjourned. _________________________________ Mayor Pro Tem Keith Stanley Attest: _________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown