Meeting

Regular Meeting March 9, 2020 The Council for the City of Wilton, Iowa met in regular session in the Community Room at City Hall on Monday March 9, 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: Steve Owens, Wayne Budding, Keith Stanley, Sheryl Lenker and Ted Marolf. Absent: none. The agenda was presented for approval. It was moved by Member Budding 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 2-24-20, JA Proclamation, Voided Checks and Sidewalk reimbursement. 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 The Mayor Pro Tem announced that this was the time and place set for the public hearing on the GO Loan Agreement and Debt Service Levy. Mayor Barrett opened such hearing at 7:02PM. Notice of the time and place of the hearing had been published on February 27, 2020 in The Advocate News and the affidavit of publication is on file. This hearing is to approve the intention to institute proceedings to enter into a loan agreement in an amount not exceeding $700,000. The Mayor 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 “Expressing Intent to Enter Into a General Obligation Urban Renewal City Hall Renovation Loan Agreement and Authorizing Debt Service Tax Levy” was presented to the Council for discussion. 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: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. Thereupon the Mayor Pro Tem declared said Resolution No. 03092020 duly adopted. CONSULTANTS: Wilton Development Director Becky Allgood reported that the HRDP grant for City Hall is due in April. The results would be known by June. She will be gathering information regarding the upgrading of the exterior of the building. Members suggested that after the entire building has been renovated; an open house should be scheduled. Becky said that an open house is included in the HRDP grant rules. Becky shared that the BWP sales business has reopened and has been busy. She has had requests from a few businesses in the downtown area about another façade program. She will talk to her Board about this and see if there is interest and funds for starting a phase II of the program. If there is interest she will present it to this Council. Healthy Hometown meetings are being held and a bike rodeo is being planned for April 14th. Students from grades 4-6 will be invited and it is scheduled to be held at the Wilton High School parking lot. If anyone wishes to volunteer for that day they should contact Becky. The Corridor 38 study is on the agenda for the Cedar County Supervisors tomorrow. The Job Fair was held last Thursday at the Community Center. There were a lot of high school students in attendance and they were asking a lot of questions at the different stations. The model house on Cypress Street has been sold and there has been a lot of interest in the program and lots that are still for sale. They are hoping that by next year all of the lots will be sold. If that happens, Becky said that we need to be looking areas around the City for more lots. LEGAL ITEMS: 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. Chief Clark said that he has looked around the City and he feels the majority of residents have access to off street parking. The new ordinance 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. After due consideration, it was moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Budding that said Ordinance be passed on third 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. Upon the question of fully adopting said Ordinance, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. Thereupon the Mayor approved said Ordinance declared said Ordinance fully adopted, assigned number 542 to said Ordinance and ordered said Ordinance be added to the City Ordinance book. 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 Stanley seconded by Member Owens 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. It was them moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Lenker that the requirement that said Ordinance be considered and voted on for passage at two Council meetings prior to the meeting at which time it is finally passed be suspended and that said Ordinance be fully adopted. Upon the question of suspending said requirement, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. Upon the question of fully adopting said Ordinance, the roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. Thereupon the Mayor approved said Ordinance declared said Ordinance fully adopted, assigned number 543 to said Ordinance and ordered said Ordinance be added to the City Ordinance book. CORRESPONDENCE: Wilton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Legislative Forum Saturday March 14th. It will be held in the Community Center from 9-10:30AM. Representative Bobby Kaufmann and Senator Zach Wahls will be present. A joint city/school meeting is scheduled Monday March 23rd. We will meet in the Community Room at 6:00 PM before our regular meeting and pizza will be provided. A thank you was read from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. They were appreciative of the donation for the preservation of the County jail. MAYOR ITEMS: There are some rough and uneven edges in the 600 block of W 5th Street. Mayor Barrett asked if Chris could have the public works department attend to the edge of the road. A letter of support for the Woda Cooper housing project, signed by the Mayor, was sent last week. Member Stanley and the City Administrator visited Cedar Rapids last week where some of these units were being built. They talked with the supervisor of the job and took a tour of the construction site. The units were of good construction and they felt it would be a good fit for Wilton. The project has not been completed as of this date, as the land purchase has not been finalized. COUNCIL ITEMS: It has been discovered that there is a broken water line at the wastewater treatment plant. A proposal was presented from Triple B for the repair of this line. For pavement removal & replacement, parts and connection price is $8,460. Discussion was held on this repair and it was then moved by Member Stanley seconded by Member Marolf that this proposal be accepted. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. During a recent Board of Adjustment meeting, property owners that live along the 300 block of W Division and York Street voiced concerns about standing water behind their homes. Chris checked the area and spoke with Triple B about a fix for the water. A proposal was presented that included connecting dual wall tile, excavation ad grading to the existing storm sewer. Chris explained that if we proceed with this work, it will not eliminate the water in the back yards, but will assist in the drainage. He does not believe that the entire standing water problem can be removed due to the area being a hard to drain section of land. Chris noted that if a project like this is sponsored by the City; (since the standing water is not due to the fault of the City) some of the costs are usually split between the owners. He would need direction from the Council as to what those costs would be. A meeting would be held with the property owners and Chris would inform them that all of the owners would have to agree to the terms before the work was done. After further discussion, it was moved by Member Marolf seconded by Member Owens to have the City pay half of the cost of the proposal and the balance split among the property owners. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. It was discovered at wastewater plant that the ventilation part of the screening and pump room was not included in the original project plans. A proposal from Jetco Electric Inc of Altoona was presented for this equipment install. Work will be done in the control and screen rooms for the system programming and testing of SCADA system with alarm notifications. It will also include complete electrical installation of all required conduit, wire and replacement of concrete. Such work has been recommended by HR Green; total cost being $33,217. Members evaluated the proposal improvement. It was then moved by Member Budding seconded by Member Owens that we accept the proposal of Jetco. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. At this time a resignation letter was read from Lori Brown; stating that she will be leaving her position as City Clerk. Her last day in the office will be April 17, 2020 and then she will be taking her vacation leave. Mayor and Members thanked Lori for her past years of service. It was then moved by Member Lenker seconded by Member Marolf that this resignation be accepted with regret. The roll was called and the vote recorded as follows: Ayes: Owens, Budding, Stanley, Lenker and Marolf Nays: None Motion Carried. Member Lenker said that she has noticed a lot of gravel in the yards near the curbs. She wanted to make sure that it was appropriate that the gravel be raked back into the streets. Some of the members felt that there was more gravel put on the streets during the seal coating. Chris will check with Pelling about this concern. Member Budding feels that are a lot of leaves left over from the summer. He inquired if there will be any spring leaf pickup. Chris said that having a spring leaf pickup is not feasible, taking time and salary into consideration. The open drop area is open, the center is available and leaf bags can be purchased. Member Marolf presented a diagram of the projected Freedom Rock landscape/paver area. He met with the landscaper last week and they walked over the site to get a plan in place. They are still planning to have the painting done this summer. They have not reached their selling goal of the pavers and anyone wishing to purchase one can contact Member Marolf through the month of August. Member Stanley said that a community center committee will be held this week. They will be discussing the community center director position. After this meeting recommendations will be made to the Council. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS: VisuSewer will be doing some grouting and inspections this week. The street sweeper will be in service this week also. No further business, this meeting was adjourned. _________________________________ Mayor Robert L Barrett Attest: _________________________ City Clerk Lori A Brown
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