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Feb 24, 2014

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Monday, February 24, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Walker Community Room 

Mayor Jane Benning called the meeting to order at 7pm.   Council Present:  Chris Cook, John Pint, Kene Shoop, Rob Dunn.  Amber Bonlander arrived at 7:02 pm.  Also present was Mike Goldberg from Linn County EMA.  Council members voting “Aye” unless otherwise noted. 

Citizens Present:  Betty Bebensee, Zelda Sackett, Norman Sackett, Kaleb Holsinger, Kayla Sackett, Will Sherbon.   

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Benning. 

Motion/Second by Cook/Dunn to approve Consent Agenda.  AAMC

Sheriff’s Report:  None

Mike Goldberg from Linn County EMA was present to talk to the council about their agency and what their responsibilities are.

Reports:

Mayor:  On 2-18, Mayor Benning attended the Linn County EMA meeting.  Discussed the Senior Meal Program in Walker with council. 

Clerk:  Written report is available at City Hall .  Councilmember Bonlander asked about ways to have extra oversight since Clerk does receipting and deposits.  Connie stated in training last week, one suggestion the league had was to send the bank statement to the financial chairperson so they can look at and then send to clerk to prepare treasurer’s report.  Then have finance chair and mayor both approve the report.  Connie will ask the bank to send statements to councilmember Bonlander.

PWT:   None

City Engineer:  None

Finance:  None

Streets:  None

Water:  None

Sewer:  None

Parks:  None

Fire Dept.:  2013 Annual Report was provided

P & Z:  None

Council:  Dunn brought to the council’s attention that most research shows that one nesting box will handle 5-6 chickens.  Discussion held.  Changing this would require a change to the ordinance.  No action taken. 

Open Forum:  None

608 Grant St. Water Meter Situation:  Discussion held regarding water meter for neighbor at 610 Grant St. being in their basement.  Neighbor was given notice a year or so ago to have that situation remedied.  Connie will look back and see what was done, and then we will follow-up and make sure this gets taken care of. 

Resolution 2014-5 Special Assessment – M/S Pint/Dunn to approve resolution 2014-5 for the special assessment.  Roll call vote:  Cook:  aye  Dunn:  aye  Shoop:  aye  Pint:  aye  Bonlander:  aye

Resolution 2014-6 Establish Mark Mumaw as temporary employee – M/S Cook/Shoop to approve the resolution with the addition of the following statement:  And whereas, Mark Mumaw will obtain all certifications and training at no cost to the City of Walker.  Roll call vote:  Cook:  aye  Dunn:  aye  Shoop:  aye  Pint:  aye  Bonlander:  aye

M/S Bonlander/Shoop to pay Mark Mumaw for up to 4 hours on February 19, 2014 for waste water testing as PWT was unavailable.  AAMC

28E – Fire Protection Contract with Grant Township – MS Dunn/Cook to approve the fire protection contract with Grant Township at a rate of $.6075 per $1,000.00 of assessed value.  AAMC 

28E – Fire Protection Contract with Cono Township – MS Dunn/Cook to approve the fire protection contract with Cono Township at a rate of $.6075 per $1,000.00 of assessed value.  AAMC

M/S by Shoop/Cook to enter into agreement with HR Green to compile a comprehensive O & M manual for the WWTP at a cost of $9,700.00.  AAMC 

Ordinance 315:  Water Rates presented to council.  Discussion held.  Connie will make changes as requested for next meeting.

Ordinance 316:  Sewer Rates presented to council.  Discussion held.  No changes required. 

M/S Dunn/Cook to send Connie to IMFOA Spring Meeting April 9-11, 2014 in Des Moines.  AAMC

Public hearing for FY15 budget is March 3, 2014 at 7 pm.

The next regular meeting of the Walker City Council is scheduled for Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7 pm.

M/S Cook/Pint to adjourn at 8:29 pm.  AAMC

Bills Approved:

Jane Benning                                                            $             33.71

Linn Co. Public Health                                              $             30.00

Test America                                                             $           224.18

Office of Auditor of State                                          $        1,200.00

Quill.com                                                                    $             47.90

Iowa Codification                                                      $           346.00

Radio Communications                                           $           450.00

Radio Communications                                           $             13.00

Fox Apparatus                                                           $           262.42

Linn County Sheriff                                                    $        5,460.00

Miller Quarry, LLC                                                     $           219.10

Alliant Energy                                                            $        5,862.05

Personalized Stamped Envelope Program           $           305.00

Martin Equipment                                                      $        1,900.00

Metering & Technology Solutions                           $           298.72

IMFOA                                                                        $           100.00

 

Respectfully submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by: 

 

Jane Benning,

 Mayor, City of Walker

Feb 10, 2014

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Monday, February 10, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Walker Community Room 

Mayor Jane Benning called the meeting to order at 7pm.   Council Present:  Chris Cook, John Pint, Kene Shoop.  Amber Bonlander arrived at 7:13 pm.  Absent:  Rob Dunn.     Council members voting “Aye” unless otherwise noted. 

Citizens Present:  Mickey Coonfare, Bill Smith, Code Voss, Will Sherbon, Matt Wildman, Dennis Rehberg, Jim Coonfare, Betty Bebensee, Jeff Bonlander, Doug Winn, Chad Ware, Lois Thedens, & James Grover.

Motion/Second by Cook/Pint to approve Consent Agenda.  AAMC

Sheriff’s Report:  A written copy is available at city hall.

Reports:

Mayor:  On 2-1, attended the legislative forum Dan Zumbach and Quentin Stanerson had at the community room.  They discussed the proposed increase in the gas tax, and we also talked about a company named “Clean Line” who wants to come through our area.  On 2-6, attended the Linn Co. Council Board Meeting.  Reviewed the budget for FY15 for the Linn Co. Assessor’s Office.  On 2-8, attended the Speed Connect Open House.  Information is available at city hall.  Also, we sent letters asking for donations to support the Walker Senior Meals program that is run through Central City.

Clerk:  Mainly been working on the budget and all of the items associated with it.  Working on getting ordinances ready for water and sewer rates.  Monthly payroll reports and payments have been done.

PWT:   None

City Engineer:  Walker has won an award for the WWTP.  We will receive a plaque to display.

Finance:  None

Streets:  None

Water:  None

Sewer:  None

Parks:  None

Fire Dept.:  Fire department tour given.  3 calls in January, all medical calls.

P & Z:  None

Council:  None

Open Forum:  None

22 Greene St. water/sewer billing was discussed.  The bill is extremely high due to a water line break on an outside faucet that went undetected for several days.  Discussion held.  M/S Bonlander/Pint to credit the sewer bill $1,536.12.  AAMC

Doug Winn was present to discuss the board of adjustments.  They have been down one member for quite some time and are looking for someone to fill the position.  Anyone interested should contact city hall.  Also discussed the need to have a way to always have updated information prior to meetings.  Connie will work on this with him.

28E – Fire Protection Contracts were discussed with Cono and Grant Townships.  Cono Township does not have any say in the amount they get.  They are given that information from the Buchanan Co. Treasurer.  Connie will contact the county and discuss the contract with them.  Grant Township usually requests the $.6075 max they can levy.  However, for FY14, the county only levied $.5357.  They will be meeting soon and discuss this and get back to the council.

M/S Shoop/Cook to allow Walker Betterment Club to use up to $1,000.00 in bluestem credits for clean-up day in April.  AAMC

M/S Shoop/Cook to request a speed study to be done on Walker Road just outside of city limits.  AAMC

Discussion held on old inactive accounts with balances.  M/S Bonlander/Pint to write off #’s 1, 3,4, 5 & 6 as uncollectible debt.  #2 notify property owner and assess to taxes.  AAMC

Fire Department:  M/S Cook/Shoop to replace overhead door with a commercial door at an estimated cost of $1,250.18.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 abstain.  A new light bar was installed on truck #309.  The estimated cost was $450.00.  M/S Pint/Cook to pay the bill for installation of the light bar for $450.00.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 abstain.  Also discussed several items of equipment the fire department is going to purchase.  They have $2500.00 budgeted and are looking at a total of $2,479.65.  M/S Pint/Cook to approve purchase of equipment in the amount of $2,479.65.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 abstain.

O & M Manual for the WWTP was discussed with Matt Wildman.  We will review the proposal and discuss the need further with Sue Miller and let them know if they should proceed.

M/S Pint/Cook to register Kevin for the AWWA Meeting on March 5 in Manchester at a cost of $20.00.  AAMC

Public hearing for FY15 budget set for March 3, 2014 at 7 pm.

The next regular meeting of the Walker City Council is scheduled for Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7 pm.

M/S Cook/Shoop to adjourn at 8:50 pm.  AAMC

Bills Approved:

Dearborn Life Insurance Co.                       $               5.85

Quill.com                                                        $             96.75

Iowa Rural Water Assoc.                              $           295.00

FIA Card Services                                        $           873.94

Linn News-letter                                            $           151.78

Sandol Labs                                                  $           111.00

Schimberg Co.                                              $               6.25

Scott Excavating                                           $        3,055.00

Snow-Go Inc.                                     $           920.00

Test America                                                 $           447.82                                  

Wendling Quarries                                        $           173.57

Windstream                                                   $           385.74

Cody Mefferd                                     $           120.00

North Benton Ambulance                             $           789.70

Linn County Auditor                                      $        1,501.87         

Bodensteiner Implement                              $             30.01

US Cellular                                                     $           114.05

Hygienic Lab                                                 $             12.00

Consolidated Energy                                    $           839.15

Rudd Sanitation                                            $             50.00

Center Point Farm & Auto                           $           112.95

Jane Benning                                                $             29.19

IPERS                                                            $           930.93

IRS - 941                                                        $        1,469.53

AWWA                                                           $             20.00

 

City of Walker Revenues for January 2014:

General Fund - $621.58

Road Use Fund - $6,175.66

Debt Service - $107.06

Water Tower Restricted Fund:  $8,233.02

Water Fund - $12,375.09

Water Fund Deposits - $150.00

Sewer Fund - $23,822.24

Totaling - $51,484.65

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by: 

 

Jane Benning,

 Mayor, City of Walker

Feb 4, 2014

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Walker City Hall

Mayor Jane Benning called the meeting to order at 5pm.   Council Present:  Chris Cook, John Pint, Amber Bonlander., Rob Dunn arrived at 5:04 pm.   Absent:  Kene Shoop.    Council members voting “Aye” unless otherwise noted. 

Citizens Present:  Bill Smith, LaNeil McFadden, Don Gray

Motion/Second by Pint/Cook to approve Agenda.  AAMC

Resolution 2014-3 Public Works Technician Wage increase for Operator I certification.  M/S Pint/Cook  Roll call vote:  Cook:  aye  Dunn:  absent  Shoop:  absent  Pint:  aye  Bonlander:  aye  Motion carried. 

Resolution 2014-4:  Establish Part-Time Employee pay rate and employee categories.  M/S  Bonlander/Cook  Roll call vote:  Cook:  aye  Dunn:  aye  Shoop:  absent  Pint:  aye  Bonlander:  aye  Motion carried.

LaNeil McFadden and Don Gray from Central City came over to talk about the senior meals provided for citizens in Walker.  Information regarding costs of meals and mileage for drivers was given to the council.  Council will look into and discuss further.  Mayor Benning is also going to contact several other groups in town to see if they can help fund this service. 

Discussion on water and sewer rates held.  Council decided $.50 raise on minimum to both water and sewer.  In addition, water per 1000 gallons over the minimum will rise from $6.75 to $8.00.  This is a minimal increase and will cover the increases in the normal day to day costs of running the city. 

Rod Short from Collins Community Credit Union contacted the city to see if they would be interested in purchasing the building at 204 Greene St.  Discussion held.  Council decided they are not interested in this building.  Connie will notify Rod.

Mayor Benning went over several items for the fire department.  She asked for the fire department to provide the city with copies of the mutual aid agreements with Grant and Cono townships.  After discussion, Connie will contact the Linn and Buchanan Co. Recorder offices to see if we can get copies. 

Budget discussion held.  Council has decided to ask for the “cost sharing formula” amounts from both Grant and Cono townships.  Connie will contact them and ask them to attend our meeting on Monday, February 10, 2014 and get some information to them.  Budget changes decided upon and Connie will make necessary adjustments. 

The next regular meeting of the Walker City Council is scheduled for Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7 pm.

M/S Bonlander/Cook to adjourn at 6:52 pm.  AAMC

Respectfully submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by: 

 

Jane Benning,

 Mayor, City of Walker

 

January 27, 2014 Meeting

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Monday, January 27, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Walker Community Room

Mayor Jane Benning called the meeting to order at 7pm.   Council Present:  Rob Dunn,  Chris Cook, Kene Shoop, Amber Bonlander.  Absent:  John Pint.  PWT Kevin Shoop present.  Council members voting “Aye” unless otherwise noted. 

Citizens Present:  Will Sherbon, Bill Smith, Chuck Sherman, & Marge Wells

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Benning.

Motion/Second by Dunn/Cook to approve Consent Agenda.  AAMC

Reports: 

Sheriff’s Report:  None

Mayor’s Report:  Mayor Benning reported we have followed up with the DNR and will continue to work on meeting requirements.  She attended the Linn Co. EMA meeting last week and learned about WENS system we can use for letting citizens know about main breaks, etc.  Speed Connects open house is February 8th at the community room.

Clerk:   Written report is available to view at city hall. 

 Public Works Tech-Kevin Shoop:   Water main break on Ely St. and citizens may see lower pressure until we get it fixed.  Mark Mumaw is working with Kevin on WWTP and wants to work towards getting certified to cover when Kevin is not available.  2 bags of salt ordered as we have been notified salt will be difficult to get.

City Engineer:  No report.

Finance Committee:   No report.

Streets Committee:   No report.   

Water Committee:   Absent    

 Sewer Committee:  No report.

Parks Committee:   No report.

Fire Department:  Mayor, Clerk and Council required to take courses 100, 200, 300, & 700.  100, 200, & 700 are done on-line.  300 is a class and Bill is looking into this.  Batteries have been replaced in all the fire trucks.  Update on radios given.

Planning & Zoning:  No report.

Council Reports:   Cook, Dunn, Shoop:  None.   Bonlander:  requested better communication on main breaks.  Reported that Center Point ambulance is now covering Central City’s area also.

Open Forum:   None

Chuck Sherman wanted to discuss the bill he received for $4,738.96 that he received for his water line break.  Had several questions regarding Chapter 90 & 92 in code of ordinances.  Would like city to pay for half of the bill.  Chapter 90 states that the property owner is responsible for the cost of repairs from the main to the house.  Council would like clerk to research what other towns do.

Board of Adjustments:  Doug Winn was not present.  Mayor Benning went over the results of their meeting last week.  Scott Geers did not have his measurements correct, and will be resubmitting his chicken permit.  The other permit was Khris Rawson.  The board of adjustments decided that this should be a council decision and is referring back to them for consideration.  Discussion held.  M/S Bonlander/Cook to allow chicken permit to be issued to Khris Rawson based on their specific circumstances as long as all other requirements are met.  Ayes: Bonlander, Cook, Shoop  Nay:  Dunn  Absent:  Pint  Motion carried.

M/S Cook/Dunn to approve PWT attending the 2014 Iowa Rural Water Association Conference February 24 – February 26 in Des Moines, including 3 nights hotel.  AAMC

Councilmember Bonlander would like to take MLA Part 2 webinars.  Training is already over budget for council.  M/S Dunn/Cook to register for MLA Part 2 webinars for council at a cost of $60.  AAMC

Discussion regarding Operator II certification that is required for Kevin.  M/S Dunn/Cook to register Kevin for online course through Sacramento State to prepare him for certification testing.  AAMC

Audit discussion held.  Council will continue to discuss before making decision.  

Budget meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5 pm at City Hall. 

The next regular meeting of the Walker City Council is scheduled for Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7 pm.

M/S Cook/Shoop to adjourn at 8:05pm.  AAMC

Bills Approved:

Alliant Energy                                     $   5,604.41

Jane Benning                                       $        31.86

Budget Copy Systems                          $        17.54

Howard R Green                                 $      106.00

Petty Cash                                           $        38.34

Quill.com                                            $        32.28

Scott Excavating                                  $   4,374.00    

Scott Excavating                                  $   2,122.50

Scott Excavating                                  $   1,985.00

Sherbon Construction                         $   1,152.99

Wendling Quarries                             $      503.39

Bauer Auto                                          $   1,670.23

Scott Excavating                                  $      652.50

Bodensteiner Implement Co.              $        13.21

 

City of Walker Revenues for:

November 2013

General Fund - $12,477.12

Road Use Fund - $5,981.19

Debt Service - $2,425.80

Water Tower Restricted Fund:  $9,315.34

Water Fund - $10,167.80

Water Fund Deposits - $150.00

Sewer Fund - $20,823.02

Totaling - $61,340.27

 

December 2013:

General Fund - $7,527.31

Road Use Fund - $6,233.21

Debt Service - $1,257.26

Water Tower Restricted Fund:  $8,231.71

Water Fund - $8,490.11

Water Fund Deposits - $300.00

Sewer Fund - $16,483.73

Totaling - $48,523.33

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by:


Jane Benning, Mayor
City of Walker

January 3, 2014 Minutes

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Monday, January 13, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Walker Community Room

Mayor Jane Benning called the meeting to order at 7pm.   Council Present:  Rob Dunn, John Pint, Chris Cook, Kene Shoop.  Amber Bonlander arrived at 7:12 pm.  PWT Kevin Shoop present.  Council members voting “Aye” unless otherwise noted. 

Citizens Present:  Will Sherbon, Bill Smith, Reggie Nyman, Russell Brecht

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Benning.

Motion/Second by Cook/Dunn to approve Consent Agenda.  AAMC

Reports: 

Sheriff’s Report:  77.10 hours for December.  Contracted hours = 61

Mayor’s Report:  Mayor Benning reported Speed Connect is planning an open house for February 8th at the community room.  3 chicken permits received, 1 approved, 1 denied, 1 may need to go to board of adjustments.  The 3 sidewalks uptown that had letters sent have all been cleaned.  213 Greene St. – radio damage:  letter was sent to property owner and we are looking into the possibility of a repair.  Will let him know what final decision is.  DNR has sent us a list of requirements to complete.  We are working on these.  The main one is that Kevin will need to obtain his Operator 2 certification.  Also, we are looking into a notification system for emergencies, such as the water main break last week when a boil order was placed.  We will be asking for a cell phone number or email address on the next water/sewer bills. 

Clerk:   Water/sewer bills done, monthly reports and payments, and quarterly reports and payments done.  Working on budget, fire services 28E agreements and DNR information.

 Public Works Tech-Kevin Shoop:   Water tower froze overnight on January 6.  Filled tower and shut off water overnight and had no further problems.  There was a water main break on Ely St. on January 8.  They had fixed and water back on by noon.  Samples all came back negative.

City Engineer:  No report.

Finance Committee: – No report.

Streets Committee: – No report.    

Water Committee: – Nothing to report other than the water main break.   

 Sewer Committee: –No report.

Parks Committee:  No report.

Fire Department:  Need to get council, mayor, and clerk certified on NIMS.  They’ve gotten an extension of the grant for the air packs from last year and are asking for another for the remainder of the air packs that need to be replaced.  There have been 11 calls for service since the last report.

 Planning & Zoning:  No report.

Council Reports:   None.

Open Forum:   Reggie Nyman at 509 Greene St. wanted to discuss the water freezing before coming into his house.  He thinks it is freezing at the main and the city needs to take care of the problem.  Feels when we cleaned out the ditch last summer we may have gotten too low and that is causing the problem.  Mayor Benning told him that several other people in town have had this same problem during this time due to the extremely cold weather we have had.

Resolution 2014-1:  Resolution Updating Holidays in the Employee Handbook Policy.  Motion/Second by Cook/Shoop to adopt Resolution 2014-1.  Discussion held.  Roll call vote:  Cook:  aye  Dunn:  aye  Shoop:  aye  Pint:  aye  Bonlander:  nay  Motion carried. 

Resolution No. 2014-2:  Resolution to Approve Linn County Sheriff’s Contract for FY15.  Motion/Second by Dunn/Pint.    Roll Call Vote:  Cook:  aye  Dunn:  aye Shoop:  aye  Pint:  aye  Bonlander:  aye  Motion carried. 

Payroll Law Seminar – Councilmember Bonlander is attending this seminar for her employer and would be glad to bring back information to the city to save us the registration fee.

Motion/Second by Dunn/Cook to approve Notary Public application and $30.00 fee for clerk.  AAMC

Motion/Second by Pint/Cook to approve renewal of Winns Alley liquor license.  AAMC

Budget discussion held.

 

Bills:

Arnold Equipment               $104.93

FIA Card Services                  $491.81

IMFOA                                    $  40.00

Jane Benning                         $  17.09

Printing Systems                   $232.51

Schimberg Co.                       $691.62

Sno-Go Inc.                          $1413.20

US Cellular                             $111.72

Wendling Quarries               $364.96

IPERS                                       $838.89

IRS                                         $1372.52

Walker State Bank                  $27.00

Walker Postmaster               $500.00

Titan Machinery                  $2830.29

NW Iowa Regional League     $10.00

Rudd Sanitation                       $50.00

Sandol Laboratory                $222.00

Hygienic Labs                            $24.00

Test America                          $157.50

Wendling Quarries                $320.69

Windstream                            $390.80

Quill.com                                   $55.99

Alliant Energy                       $4995.81

Linn News-letter                    $235.08

Sno-Go Inc.                             $368.00

US Cellular                              $107.31

Daimler Financial              $22467.69

Dearborn National                  $11.70

Pro-Build                               $1656.15

Center Point Farm & Auto    $158.71

Center Point Farm & Auto     $18.22

Fox Apparatus                        $691.33

Midwest Breathing Air         $420.78

Treasurer, State of Iowa       $699.00

Treasurer, State of Iowa     $1935.00

FIA Card Services                     $63.12

Iowa One Call                           $17.10

Consolidated Energy Co.    $1332.50

USA Blue Book                       $757.75

Secretary of State                   $30.00

 

2013 Salaries

Judy Lahue                          $28,551.05

Kevin Shoop                       $39,173.04

Connie Helms                     $  6,563.03

William Sherbon                $  1,747.50

Charles Sherman               $  7,852.50

Jane Benning                      $     832.00

Mark Mumaw                    $     550.00

Chris Cook                           $    312.00

Logan Buenger                   $      37.50

John Pint                             $     288.00

Robert Dunn III                  $     204.00

Harry Evers                         $     210.00

Matthew Meisheid          $     192.00

Jara Pavlis                          $  4,185.01

James Voss                        $        60.00

Kene Shoop                       $        72.00

 

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Walker City Council is scheduled for January 27, 2014 at the Community Room.

Motion/Second by Cook/Dunn to adjourn at 8:22 pm.  AAMC

Respectfully submitted,

 

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by:


Jane Benning, Mayor
City of Walker

 

 

 

 

WALKER CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 7:00 pm

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013

WALKER COMMUNITY ROOM – 210 PARK STREET

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Pro Tem Benning.

Present: Councilmembers Chris Cook, Rob Dunn, Jane Benning, Matt Meisheid. Council member John Pint was absent.

All motions carried with 4 ayes, 0 nays, 1 absent unless otherwise stated.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Pro Tem Benning.

 

Motion by Meisheid, seconded by Cook to approve the Consent Agenda which included: minutes from 6/10/13 regular Council meeting, FY 12/13 regular bills, FY 13/14 regular bills.

 

REPORTS: 

Mayor Pro Tem: Mayor Pro Tem Benning and the Clerk attended the Small Town Workshop in Palo 6/13/13.  A letter was sent to 607 Grant St, they did not respond, the PWT will get bids on mowing the property. The Chicken Ordinance is being worked on and will take some time; the walking bridge on Maple Lane may be damaged underneath; Council needs to set up a workshop to look at the flood damage; received an email from Mike Goldberg regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

 

Clerk: The written Clerk’s report can be seen at City Hall.  She informed the Council that she has been called for Jury Duty starting July 29th.

 

PWT: the sager cells were bypass during the last flood; rented a 6 inch pump to get extra room in the cells.  There was 2.5 million gallons in the WWTP.  Concrete has been put under the bridge by Sherbon’s.  Kelly’s Construction Co from Mt. Vernon delivered a load on sand to the City.

 

Finance Committee: Councilmember Dunn researched the properties in town that have been foreclosed.  Benning asked Dunn to look at the Fire Department formula to determine the fair share of the townships that they serve.  She was given this formula at the Small Group Workshop. 

 

Streets Committee: Karen’s Ct was damaged in the first flood and again in the second.  Bridges were also damaged; Mr. Gannon from LCSR inspected them. 

 

Sewer Committee: Meisheid suggested that a 6 inch pump be purchased for the WWTP; a 3 to 4 inch would also work.  Meisheid was asked to get quotes for a 3 to 6 inch pump.

 

Planning & Zoning: Building permit was issued to 22 Ely St for a garage.

 

Council Reports: Councilmember Meisheid would like a master set of keys to all the City’s buildings left at the City Hall and each Councilmember could have a key to City Hall.

 

Open Forum: Citizen asked the cost of the pump that was rented for the WWTP during the flood and also what the rental for the skid loader was – the skid loader was $2,600.00/month.  Who does the cleaning of the creeks, is it the City or the adjacent land owners.  Fire Department equipment is owned by the City.  Citizen reported a family dispute & broken window on Rowley St – they were told to call LCSO.  Culverts need work the ditches are not draining.

 

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED:

Mayor Position – Appoint or Special Election: Council agreed to appoint a new Mayor.  M/S Dunn/Meisheid to appoint a new mayor, 4 ayes, 1 absent Pint.  The Clerk asked the Council if the notice that was in their packets was approved for publication – yes.

 

WT Antenna Leasing: Mayor Pro Tem Benning handed out a comparison worksheet.  The Council discussed the pros & cons of both companies.  Both contracts will be given to the City Attorney for his review.  M/S Meisheid/Dunn to refer both contracts to City Attorney, 4 ayes, 1 absent Pint.

Holiday Tree at the Water Tower: The Kula’s have asked for an update on the tree they donated to the City.  Discussion was held, a tree spade would be needed.  Meisheid will check at KCC and Benning has checked with Sherbon’s, a tree there would cost $150 to $200.  It was decided that the City would not take the tree from the Kula’s.

 

Creek Bank Repair: the creek that runs behind Linn St needs repair; the bank is washing away and causing a pond to form.  This erosion is cutting into the back yards of the citizens that live on the north side of the creek.  Discussion was held.  It was decided that the Council would look at the creek banks.

 

Casey’s Liquor License: Casey’s has not had any violations.  M/S, Meisheid/Cook to approve Casey’s Liquor License, 4 ayes, 1 absent Pint.

 

Resolution 2013-6 – Authorizing the Payment of Claims Prior to Council Approval: Benning reviewed the resolution.  The Council discussed the intent of the resolution.  M/S, Dunn/Cook to approve Resolution 2013-6 Authorizing the Payment of Claims Prior to Council Approval, roll call vote: Benning aye, Cook aye, Dunn aye, Meisheid aye, Pint absent.

 

Stabb Construction Bill - $1,100.00: tabled until Matt Wildman, HR Green could attend a Council meeting.

 

Mayor/Mayor Pro Tem Compensation: the Clerk explained the situation, Meisheid read aloud the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem Ordinances.  Discussion was held.  M/S, Meisheid/Dunn to pay Mr. Mumaw $50.00 for his time as Mayor in June and Mayor Pro Tem Benning the full $100.00 for June, 3 ayes, 1 absent Pint, 1 abstain Benning – conflict of in interest.

 

Mayor Pro Tem asked the Council to meet for a Workshop on July 1, 2013 to tour the flood damage.  Meeting time will be 6:00; the Clerk will post the agenda.

 

Motion by Meisheid, seconded by Cook to adjourn at 8:22 pm.

 

Bills Approved:

FY 12/13

IPERS – May 2013 Contributions - $1,497.45

IRS – May 2013 Fed PR Tax W/H - $2,679.45

ASCO Services – Testing Emg Generator - $1,520.00

Gates Electrical Serv – Pump/Well/Labor Repair - $7,575.75

Greiner Well- Replace Pump Motor/Labor - $9,946.10

Hawkins Inc – Chlorinator - $1,046.53

Van Meter Industrial – Soft Start on WT - $1,720.52

Alliant Energy – Heat & Elc - $4,133.00

Jane Benning – Mileage - $19.92

Dearborn Nat’l – Emp Life Ins - $11.70

FIA Card Serv – CR Card Purchases - $212.78

Tyler Tech – FY 13/14 Maint Agreement - $3,394.37

Totaling: $33,757.57

 

FY 13/14

CP Library – FY 13/14 Contract Fee - $5,000.00

Consolidated Energy – Diesel & Gasoline - $1,060.25

DSG – Water Meters - $1,086.48

IA One Call - $24.30

Totaling: $7,171.03

 

Published 7/9/13

 

Jane Benning                                                            Judy Lahue

Mayor Pro Temp                                                       City Clerk

4/22/13

WALKER CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 7:00 pm

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

WALKER COMMUNITY ROOM – 210 PARK STREET

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mumaw.

Present: Councilmembers Chris Cook, Jane Benning, John Pint, Matt Meisheid

All motions carried with 4 ayes, 0 nays, 1 vacant unless otherwise stated.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Mumaw.

 

Motion by Benning, seconded by Cook to approve the Consent Agenda which included: minutes from 4/8/13 regular Council meeting, regular bills.

 

REPORTS: 

Mayor: Mayor Mumaw reported the lagoon took in 1.4 million gallons of excess water, the new system kept up with the extra water.  The extra water came from the rain, manholes that need raised and some manhole linings.  Mayor Mumaw and the City’s IT person, Logan Buenger, are meeting with Mr. Rorabaugh from East Buchanan Telephone Company regarding wireless internet in Walker.  Lighting hit the water tower and burned out the pump and a few other items.  The new tower held enough water that the City did not run out of water.  The Cub Scouts pick up sticks in the City Park.

 

Clerk: The written Clerk’s report can be seen at City Hall. 

 

PWT: Shoop was not present; he is attending training in Ankeny.

 

Sewer Committee: Meisheid was informed that there is some question regarding storm water discharge.  The Iowa Plumbing Code states “in the case of one- and two-family dwellings, storm water shall be permitted to be discharged on flat areas, such as streets or lawns, so long as the storm water shall flow away from the building and away from adjoining property, and shall not create a nuisance.”  The Iowa Plumbing Code also states in Chapter 11, 1101.2 Storm Water Drainage to Sanitary Sewer Prohibited.  Storm water shall not be drained into sewers intended for sanitary drainage.  The sludge from the south lagoon will be removed this fall.

 

Planning & Zoning: the Clerk reported that there was a building permit issued to 36 Prairie Dr for a garage.

 

Council Reports: Benning reported that Kevin will do some patching and put rock down on Traer St.  It was scheduled for repair in 2013 but the City is behind on the city street repair schedule due to a few unexpected street repairs last summer.

 

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED:

Appoint New Councilmember – Rob Dunn: M/S, Pint/Cook to appoint Rob Dunn to the City Council.  Mayor Mumaw swore Mr. Dunn in.

 

City & Fire Department Insurance – Doug Doyl: Mr. Doyl told the Council that the deductibles have raised, property rates are approximately the same, the new water tower and lagoon was added, and there has been a workers comp claim from the Fire Department.  Mr. Doyl recommends staying with this company this year and going out for bids for next year.  M/S, Cook/Meisheid to approve the City & Fire Department Insurance quote, 5 ayes.

 

Chickens in City Limits: there have been several requests for chickens in the City limits.  The Clerk reported that Theisen’s hold annual “Chickens in Urban Areas” classes; Indian Creek Nature Center holds classes when there is a need for them.  The class schedule for the summer is – 5/2 at 7:00 pm, 6/6 at 7:00 pm, 8/8 at 7:00 pm, this is a 90 minute class for $10.00.  Discussion was held, an ordinance will be written for the Council to review.  This item will be on a future agenda.

 

Review & Approve Ordinance #312 – Water Rate Increase: the Council received three rate options, Mr. Wildman gave the Council a Water Usage chart and discussed the Revenue bond percentage that needs to be meet to obtain our SRF loan.  Discussion was held.  M/S, Cook/Meisheid to accept Ordinance #312 – Water Rate Increase with rates at $17.75 for the first 1,500 gallons & $6.75 per 1,000 there after, 5 ayes. 

 

The new water rates – first 1,500 gallons - $17.75 and all over 1,500 gallons (per thousand) - $6.75; the effective date will be July 1, 2013.

 

Review & Approve Ordinance #313 – Sewer Rate Increase: M/S, Meisheid/Pint to accept Ordinance #313 – Sewer Rate Increase raising minimum rate to $33.00, 5 ayes. 

 

The new minimum rate – first 1,500 gallons - $33.00 and all over 1,500 gallons (per thousand) - $17.00; the effective date will be July 1, 2013.

 

Set Public Hearing for Water and Sewer Rate Increases – 5/13/13: Mayor Mumaw set the Public Hearing for Ordinance #312 – Water Rate Increase for May 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm.  The Public Hearing for Ordinance #313 – Sewer Rate Increase was set for May 13, 2013 immediately following the Water Rate Increase Public Hearing.

 

Set Public Hearing for Budget Amendment – 5/29/13: Mayor Mumaw set a Public Hearing for FY 13 Budget Amendment for Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm at the Walker Community Room.  The FY 13 Budget Amendment will be emailed to the City Council later this week.

 

Motion by Meisheid, seconded by Cook to adjourn at 8:07 p.m, 5 ayes

 

Bills Approved:

IA Dept of Rev & Fin – St W/H PR taxes 1st Qrt - $762.00

Alliant Energy – Heat & Elc - $3,777.12

CP Farm & Auto – Supplies for fire trucks - $1,069.64

Consolidated Energy – fuel - $937.78

Dearborn National – Emp Life Ins - $11.70

FIA Card Services – CR card purchases - $411.45

Feld Fire – fire fighting boots & freight - $2,329.00

Gates Elc Service – Serv call - $75.00

Rowley Equip – Hydraulic hose - $164.78

Rudd – March dumpster - $50.00

Sandry Fire Supply – Serv for SCBA & TNT rescue tools - $593.25

Scott Excavating – Curb stop on Park Ave - $828.00

Test America – Sample testing - $126.00

Treasurer – St of IA – Sales tax - $1,539.00

US Cellular – PWT cell phone - $79.74

USA Blue Book – Test Strips - $70.92

Windstream – Telephone service - $397.23

McCright Agency – City & FD Ins - $28,815.00

Totaling: $42,037.61

 

 

Published 4/30/13

 

 

4/8/13

WALKER CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 7:00 pm

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013

WALKER COMMUNITY ROOM – 210 PARK STREET

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mumaw.

Present: Councilmembers Chris Cook, Jane Benning, John Pint.  Matt Meisheid was absent

All motions carried with 3 ayes, 0 nays, 1 absent, 1 vacant unless otherwise stated.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Mumaw.

 

Motion by Benning, seconded by Cook to approve the Consent Agenda which included: minutes from 3/25/13 regular Council meeting, regular bills, March PR reports.

 

REPORTS: 

Sheriff: there was not a Deputy present; the Clerk handed out the Calls for Service Log that she had received earlier in the day from the Deputy.  The required hours are 61 and there were 78 hours logged from 3/11 to 4/8 and 11 calls.

 

Mayor: Mayor Mumaw reported that the May 27th Council meeting fell on Memorial Day which is a City holiday so he is going to reschedule that Council meeting.  Discussion was held on the best date; the meeting is tentatively set for May 29th, same time and place.

 

Clerk: The written Clerk’s report can be seen at City Hall.  Lahue reported that the information she received from her ECICOG training was all bills should be signed by the Council before they are paid, she request that the Council go back to signing the bills, the Council agreed; a current expenditure report and an Insurance breakdown from Mr. Doyl was in the packets also.  Mr. Doyl will be at the next Council meeting to answer any questions.

 

PWT: Shoop reported to the Council that he graded the allies and they do need rock, he can get 100 tons of rock for $800.  He would like to do some asphalt patching, buy 50 pound bags instead of bulk asphalt; there was a service pipe break on Ely St, this is the City’s responsibility to repair.

 

Open Forum: Citizens questioned the City Expansion plans.  At this time the Council has agreed to let the City staff research several options to present to the Council.  The options have not been presented at this time, when they are the Council will review them and decide if they will approve one or let the issue die.  There also was discussion on the condition of Traer Street and if there were any plans to do any repair work, Benning said she would look at the plans to see when Traer Street is scheduled for repair. 

 

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED:

Chickens in City Limits: discussion was held on allowing chickens in the city limits.  Other City’s Ordinances and policies were reviewed.  The Clerk was asked to check on chicken classes at Theisen’s, this item will be on the next agenda.

 

Refund Citizen Charged for Sewer Tax on Property Coded as Residential: M/S Benning/Pint to reimburse this property for the amount of $273.47.

 

Linn County Law Enforcement Contract – FY 13/14: the number of hours has remained at 14 hours.  M/S, Benning/Pint to approve the Linn County Law Enforcement Contract – FY 13/14 at 14 hours per week.

 

Center Point Library Contract – FY 13/14: M/S, Benning/Pint to approve the Center Point Library Contract – FY 13/14 at $5,000 per year.

 

Sludge Removal Quotes: PWT have not received any quotes from the contacted companies.  This item will be put on the agenda when the quotes are received.

 

Hoist Frame at WWTP: Mr. Wildman reported to the Council that HR Green has been working on this and the plans have been sent to Staab Construction.

 

City Finance 101 Training – 4/25/13 in Mt. Pleasant for Mayor & City Council - $30.00 each: the City Clerk reviewed the training and told the Council that this training was set up by the League of Cities for Mayors and Councilmembers.  The deadline to enroll is 4/18.  Councilmember Pint would like to attend.  M/S, Benning/Cook to approve registration for John Pint to attend the City Finance 101 training in Mt Pleasant & if there is any other interest from other Councilmembers or Mayor that they also be approved to attend.

 

Motion by Pint, seconded by Cook to adjourn at 7:56 p.m.

 

Bills Approved:

IPERS – Mar 13 Contrib - $1,025.14

IRS – Mar 13 Fed PR Tax W/H - $1,897.39

Linn News-Letter – Legals - $139.69

Mark Mumaw – Mileage to Waverly - $61.49

Stone City Quarries – rock - $58.89

Sandol Lab – WW testing for Feb 13 - $222.00

Sandol Lab – WW testing for Mar 13 - $222.00

Totaling: $3,626.60

 

 

Published 4/16/13

 

 

 

 

Mark Mumaw                                                            Judy Lahue

Mayor                                                                         City Clerk

 

3/5/13

WALKER PUBLIC HEARING – 7:00 pm

TUESDAY MARCH 5, 2013

WALKER CITY HALL – 408 ROWLEY STREET

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mumaw.

Present: Councilmembers Chris Cook, James Voss, Jane Benning, John Pint, Matt Meisheid.

All motions carried with 5 ayes, 0 nays, unless otherwise stated.

 

Mayor Mumaw added Resolution 2013-3 – Approving the FY 13/14 City of Walker Budget to the agenda.  Motion by Benning, seconded by Pint to approve the Agenda with the revision.

 

Mayor Mumaw opened the Public Hearing at 7:02 pm.  He asked the Clerk if she had received any written or oral comments.  There were none.  There were no citizens present.  The Public Hearing was closed at 7:03 pm

 

The City Council was asked if there were any questions on the FY 2013/2014 Budget.  There were none.

 

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED:

Resolution 2013-3 – Approving the FY 13/14 City of Walker Budget: M/S Voss/Benning to approve Resolution 2013-3 Approving the FY 13/14 City of Walker Budget, roll call vote: Benning aye, Cook aye, Meisheid aye, Pint aye, Voss aye.

 

Voss/Cook, Motion to Adjourn at 7:07 pm

 

 

Published 3/12/13

 

 

 

 

Mark Mumaw                                                            Judy Lahue

Mayor                                                                         City Clerk

 

2/25/13

WALKER CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 7:00 pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013

WALKER COMMUNITY ROOM – 210 PARK STREET

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mumaw.

Present: Councilmembers Chris Cook, James Voss, Jane Benning, John Pint.

All motions carried with 4 ayes, 0 nays, 1 vacant unless otherwise stated.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Mumaw.

 

Motion by Benning, seconded by Voss to approve the Consent Agenda which included: minutes from 2/11/13 regular Council meeting, regular bills, HR Green bill – WT - $1,437.76 Pd from the water fund, HR Green bill – WWTP - $5,041.15 – Pd from sewer fund & reimbursed by the SRF loan.

 

REPORTS: 

Clerk: The written Clerk’s report can be seen at City Hall.  The Clerk reported to the Council that she has been working with the CP Bank & Trust, owners of 412 & 412.5 Rowley St, to resolve the past due sewer bill.

 

Treasurer: the December 2012 and January 2013 Treasurer Reports were in the packets; there were no questions. 

 

PWT: Mayor Mumaw reported to the Council that the PWT has put in some overtime to move the piles of snow, the Mayor helped with this.

 

Water Committee: Councilmember Pint voiced his concerns regarding more water main breaks if there is another drought this summer.  Mayor Mumaw ordered supplies that were used during the last main break.

 

Council Reports: Councilmember Benning asked if there was any further information on a representative talking to the Council regarding a 28E agreement with the Fire Department or other options.  Mayor Mumaw said he has not heard from the Fire Chief when the speaker could come.

 

Tracey Achenbach & John Harris – Housing Trust Funds for Linn Co: Mr. Harris introduced Tracey Achenbch, Housing Trust Funds for Linn County.  Revolving Loan Funds are made available twice a year.  They can be used by Cities, Counties or Housing organizations but are not available to individuals.  They are awarded in grants through applications that are received.  Housing activities can be for example, lowest income citizens to hook up to water mains or to help with sidewalk repairs or replacement and other housing projects like this.  This program is for low to moderate income citizens.  Discussion was held on how Walker could use this money.  Ms. Achenbch also talked about the Housing Rehabilitation Program which is a forgivable loan of $5,000 to home owners.  An application can be picked up at City Hall.

 

Open Forum: Mr. Tom Zasadny spoke to the Council regarding the Elementary School building.  Mr. Zasadny has a business of Piano Restoration that he would like to expand; he has other ideas of what also could be put in the building, a few examples are – apartments, day care both child & adult, food pantry, other small business.   If he is able to secure the building he would like non-financial support from the City with this project.

 

City Engineer: Mr. Wildman reported that the water/sewer rate spreadsheet has been completed and given to the City.  He reminded the Council that the less water used the higher the rate will need to go; there are still revenue loans to be paid.  City growth has not happened as anticipated.  The blower at the WWTP is shut off during the day; this is a savings of $2,000/yr.  The Sager blower could only be cut back to 60 to 70% which is a savings from $2,400 to $3,100/yr.  Matt Wildman and Mayor Mumaw will be attending the Storm Water Project Workshop on 2/28/13 in Coralville.  Mr. Wildman gave a presentation on the Walker Wastewater System at the U of I and is willing to give the same presentation to the Council/citizens of Walker.

 

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED:

New Council Member – Matt Meisheid: Mayor Mumaw reported that Mr. Meisheid was the only citizen that was interested in the open council seat.  Mr. Meisheid has over 6 yrs of prior experience with the City Council.  He would need to resign as Planning & Zoning Secretary, the Council seat term will end 12/31/13.  M/S, Pint/Cook to fill the Council vacancy with Matt Meisheid.

 

Swear New Council Member In: Mayor Mumaw swore Matt Meisheid in as Council member.

 

Council member Meisheid asked Mr. Wildman if the second generator at the WWTP could be sold.  Yes, the new generator is big enough to run the entire WWTP.  Discussion was held on the value of the generator and what the revenue could be used for.

 

Resolution #2013-2 – Special Assessments: a letter has been sent to the citizen informing them if their sewer bill was not paid in full by 3/25/13 the balance as of this date would be assessed to their property taxes.  M/S, Voss/Benning to approve Resolution #2013-2 – Special Assessments.  5 ayes, roll call vote: Benning aye, Cook aye, Pint aye, Voss aye, Meisheid abstained due to lack of knowledge of item.

 

Replacement of Two Fire Hydrants: the hydrants located at S Ely St & Grant St and at Greene St and Dows St can not be hooked up to if needed for a fire.  There is another hydrant that is frozen and will need to be checked when it thaws.  There are two hydrants that are not being used that can be installed and checked for performance.  A new hydrant is approximately $1,100.00 this would be a Fire Department expense, if new hydrants are needed they will be put into the budget amendment this spring.  The Council agreed that the PWT will try to install the two used hydrants.

 

Motion by Voss, seconded by Benning to adjourn at 8:00 p.m., 5 ayes.

 

Bills Approved:

Prairie Rd Builders – Spot repair on Latham St - $150.00

FIA Card Serv – CR Card Purchases - $188.12

Alliant Energy – Heat & Elc - $3,683.81

Consolidated Energy – Gas & Diesel - $585.04

D n D Auto Towing – Tow Pick up to Junge’s - $105.00

Dearborn National – Emp Life Ins - $11.70

Sandol Lab – WWTP Tests - $314.00

Schimberg – Hydrant wrench - $27.13

Sno-Go – Salt - $949.20

US Cellular – PWT cell phone - $112.80

Wendling Quarries – Sand - $196.65

HR Green – WWTP Prof Serv - $5,041.15

HR Green – WT Prof Serv - $1,437.75

Totaling: $12,802.35

 

December Revenue: General Fund $5,141.19; RUT $6,159.70; Debt Service $906.24; Special Revenue Funds $7,336.41; Water Fund $7,492.99; Sewer Fund $14,871.20; Totaling $41,907.73.

 

January Revenue: General Fund $1,086.37; RUT $6,138.90; Special Revenue Funds $8,290.72; Debt Service $174.71; Water Fund $7,789.88; Sewer Fund $14,589.64; Totaling $38,070.22

 

 

 

Published 3/5/13

2/11/13 MINUTES

WALKER CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 7:00 pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013

WALKER COMMUNITY ROOM – 210 PARK STREET

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mumaw.

Present: Councilmembers Chris Cook, James Voss, Jane Benning, John Pint.

All motions carried with 4 ayes, 0 nays, 1 vacant unless otherwise stated.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Mumaw.

 

Mayor Mumaw removed the item “Tax Abatement during Renovation of Elementary School Building – Brain Vanas” and Voss corrected the “Set Public Hearing for Budget FY 13/14 - Special Meeting 4/6/13” date to 3/6/13.  Motion by Benning, seconded by Cook to approve the Consent Agenda which included: minutes from 1/28/13 regular Council meeting, regular bills, January payroll reports, with the above changes.

 

REPORTS: 

Sheriff’s: there were 74.8 hours logged, the Council didn’t have any questions.

 

Clerk: The written Clerk’s report can be seen at City Hall. 

 

PWT: Gates Electric was called to check compressor #3 at the WWTP, it blows the breakers.  A few snow piles have been removed from the downtown area, the lagoon is too soft to haul any more.  There was an accident on Mill St that knocked down the street sign, telephone and electric poles.  The street sign will be covered by their insurance.  Voss would also like the insurance company to reimburse the City for the employee time that was spent at the accident.

 

Fire Department: Chief Smith has a representative that would speak to the City Council and Fire Department regarding a 28E agreement between the city and the WFD and other options that are available, the cost would be $250.  There are a few trucks that need service, and boots that need replaced.  The GCW bought a new air compressor for the WFD.  There were 3 runs – 2 medical and 1 mutual aid.  There were no changes to the WFD Petty Cash report.

 

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED:

WBC Request for Community Credits for Walker’s Clean Up Day – 4/6/13: Mr. Beuter reported to the Council that the drop off spot will be at Hocken’s lot next to Casey’s.  There is a hazard waste form that the Mayor will need to sign.  M/S, Voss/Cook to give up to 1,000 credits to WBC for the Clean Up day.  3 ayes, 1 abstain Benning due to WBC membership.

 

Approve Refund of $84.38 to Jakes’ Steaks for Liquor License: M/S, Benning/Cook to approve a refund to Jake’s Steaks for their Liquor License.

 

Approve Budget FY 13/14: Benning lead a discussion regarding moving the dump truck payment from general/streets to RUT to free up $21,000.  There would not be a big streets project this summer, the City would not need to request any Special Revenue Levies.  M/S, Benning/Pint to revise the budget and remove the Special Revenue Levies and shift the Equipment Lease to RUT, 3 ayes, 1 nay Voss, 1 vacant,  motion carried.

 

Discussion was held on the remaining budget and water/sewer rates.

 

M/S, Benning/Cook to approve the Budget FY 13/14 with the above change.

 

Set Public Hearing for Budget FY 13/14 – Special Meeting 3/6/13: due to conflict with some of the Council members, Mayor Mumaw set Public Hearing for Budget FY 13/14 on March 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Walker Community Room.

 

 

Motion by Voss, seconded by Cook to adjourn at 8:10 p.m.

 

Bills Approved:

IPERS – Jan 2013 Contributions - $962.81

IRS – Jan 2013 Fed PR Tax W/H - $1,685.64

CP Farm & Auto – Supplies for tractor - $174.43

FIA Card Serv – Credit Card Purchases - $970.42

Russ Gager – Backhoe work & hauling - $312.86

Linn News-Letter – 1/14/13 meeting - $126.27

Rudd Sanitation – Feb city dumpster - $50.00

WPO – Postage for W/S bills - $500.00

Windstream – Telephone Serv - $404.65

Jake’s Steaks – Refund Liquor License - $84.38

Totaling: $5,271.46

 

 

 

Published 2/19/13

 

 

 

 

Mark Mumaw                                                            Judy Lahue

Mayor                                                                         City Clerk

1/28/13 MINUTES

WALKER CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 7:00 pm

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013

WALKER COMMUNITY ROOM – 210 PARK STREET

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mumaw.

Present: Councilmembers Chris Cook, James Voss, Jane Benning, John Pint.

All motions carried with 4 ayes, 0 nays, 1 vacant unless otherwise stated.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Mumaw.

 

Motion by Benning, seconded by Cook to approve the Consent Agenda which included: minutes from 1/14/13 regular Council meeting, HR Green bill – WW Sys Improvements - $3,554.73 – pd from Sewer Fd & reimbursed by SRF loan.

 

REPORTS: 

Clerk: The written Clerk’s report can be seen at City Hall. 

 

Treasurer: Helms told the Council that the Budget FY 13/14 will be ready for the Council to approve at the next Council meeting.

 

PWT: the dumpster at 19 Greene Street will be dumped, landlord has reported illegal dumping at this dumpster – Council agreed that the landlord will need to prove that the items do not belong to the property.  He may need to padlock the dumpster.  The PWT has gotten more sand and a few more water values have been found in the streets.

 

City Engineer: Mr. Wildman told the Council about funding for future clean water projects to cities that have existing clean water SRF loans.  Cities need to apply for this funding with identified projects, the deadline is this summer; HR Green will be attending a workshop. 

 

Open Forum: Brian Vanas as entered into a purchase agreement with the NLSD for the elementary building in Walker.  Mr. Vanas is planning on putting apartments and a couple business in the building, would like to check the zoning with the city.  This would be an end of March possession, the new part of the building will be renovated first.  Mr. Vanas asked the Council for two year property tax abatement during renovating.  Mayor Mumaw asked that the tax abatement during renovation be placed on the next agenda.

 

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED:

IA Rural Water Associate Conference, Waterloo, IA, Feb 18 – 20, $280.00: PWT told the Council that he will be able to get CEUs from this training, he would like to stay over night and he would drive his own vehicle and not charge the city mileage.  M/S, Voss/Cook to send the PWT to the IA Rural Water Associate Conference in Waterloo on Feb 18 – 20.  Mr. Sherman will be doing the water samples and Mr. Sherbon will do the WWTP testing.

 

Open Council Seat – Appoint or Special Election: a special election would need to be held by July and would cost the city; to appoint, a notice would be put in the paper.  M/S, Benning/Pint advertise to appoint a citizen to the open Council seat.  The Clerk was asked to put the notice in the paper.

 

Purchase Flat Bottom Boat for WWTP: Mayor Mumaw reviewed the three different boats.  M/S, Voss/Pint to purchase the flat bottom boat from Stark’s for $639.45 to be paid for from the sewer fund.

 

Resolution 2013-1 Final Plat of Franck First Addition: Benning asked if this shouldn’t be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Committee.  It was explained that Planning and Zoning would only need to review it if the City wanted to annex the two mile area into the City limits.  M/S, Voss/Pint to accept Resolution 2013-1 Final Plat of Frank First Addition.  Roll call vote: Cook aye, Voss aye, Benning nay, Pint aye, one vacant, motion carried.

 

 

City Expansion: City employees asked the Council for permission to further research an expansion of the City Offices.  A discussion was held.   The Council agreed to give the City Clerk and Treasurer permission to research further and work with the bank on possible financing for an expansion.  M/S, Benning/Cook to research all options available for City expansion.

 

Motion by Voss, seconded by Benning to adjourn at 8:15 p.m.

 

Bills Approved:

Alliant Energy – underground elc to WT - $49.22

Alliant Energy – Heat & Elc - $5,022.04

Joann Auld – refund dep on 14 Mill St - $75.00

Budget Copy Sys – copies - $33.94

Custom Hose & Supplies – Hydraulic hose - $25.66

Dearborn Nat’l – Emp Life Ins - $11.70

Hawkeye Fire & Safety Co – Hydro test/o rings - $137.40

Junge Auto – Pick up fuel pump - $675.76

McCright Agency – Buildings & Equip at WWTP

Sandol Lab – Nov 2012WW Testing - $134.00

Sandry Fire Supply – Pelican light - $49.00

Schimberg – Hydrant wrench - $40.10

Scott Excavating – water main, Park St - $1,413.75

Scott Excavating - sewer main break, Rowley St - $2,174.75

US Cellular – Cell Phone & new phone & protective case - $271.77

USA Blue Book – Locator - $913.66

USA Blue Book – Tank Sampler - $110.69

WSB – Safe Dep Box fee - $27.00

HR Green – WW Prof Serv thru 1/11/13 - $3,554.73

Totaling: $16,081.17

 

 

 

Published 2/12/13

 

 

 

 

Mark Mumaw                                                            Judy Lahue

Mayor                                                                         City Clerk

 

11/26/12 Minutes

 

WALKER CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 7:00 pm

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012

WALKER COMMUNITY ROOM – 210 PARK STREET

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mumaw.

Present: Councilmember Chris Cook, James Voss, Jane Benning, Mike Kula.

All motions carried with 5 ayes, 0 nays unless otherwise stated.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Mumaw.

 

Motion by Benning, seconded by Cook to approve the Consent Agenda which included: minutes from 11/12/12 regular Council meeting, regular bills, HR Green bill – $718.00 - Roadway Improvements 2011 – Pd from RUT.  4 ayes, 0 nays, 1 vacant

 

The City Clerk swore in John Pint as the new Council member and Mark Mumaw as the Mayor.

 

REPORTS: 

Clerk: The written Clerk’s report can be seen at City Hall.  Lahue reported that the City had received $92.00 in donations and $50.00 worth of Christmas lights for the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Event, 65 delinquent W/S letters were mailed and a corrected A/P Approval Spreadsheet was handed out.

 

Water Committee: Mayor Mumaw appointed John Pint as the Water Committee Chairperson.

 

Sewer Committee: Voss reported that the lagoon improvements are done except for a few minor things.  A Purple K fire extinguisher and an outside storage box are needed.  HR Green is researching the problem with the pump.

 

Park Committee: Kula reported that the City of Brandon bought the old light pole Christmas decorations for $300.00.  This money was put towards the Christmas lights for the Community Christmas tree.

 

Fire Department: Voss reported that there were 5 calls; soup supper had a pretty good turn out; Chief Smith is attending a meeting regarding the new radios.

 

Council Reports: Councilmember Benning would like the light pole Christmas lights to be put up. 

 

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED:

610 Grant St Water Line Break/Sewer Bill: PWT Shoop told the Mayor that 610 Grant St’s water meter is in 608 Grant St basement; therefore the break was after the meter.  The Council agreed that the citizen was responsible for the entire bill.  A letter will be sent to them indicating this.

 

The Council asked that a letter be sent to the citizen telling them that the water meter will need to be moved to their property.

 

Citizen’s Request to have Livestock on Ely St: Council decided that this request should go to the Planning and Zoning Committee and then to the City Council.  No action was taken.

 

Maguire Iron Change Order #7 – ($3,081.66): M/S, Benning/Cook to approve Maguire Iron Change Order #7 – ($3,081.66).

 

Acceptance of the Water Tower: Voss reported that there are a few electrical problems that need to be addressed.  Mayor Mumaw said that there was one plug in that did not work.  The water tower was not accepted.

 

Maguire Iron Payment Request #15 – Final - $64,094.09 – Pd from Water Fd: when the electrical problems are solved at the water tower this item will be put on the agenda.  No action was taken.

 

Cedar Valley Humane Society Contract: Councilmember Kula told the Council that after thinking about the Mayor’s suggestion of keeping a “Pet Photo File” he would like to pursue this idea.  The Mayor reported that the Clerk was contacted regarding a cat to be picked up and he had told CVHS that the City would not pay for this animal; this budget line item is getting low.  The Council decided not to enter into a contract with the Cedar Valley Humane Society at this time.

 

Security Lighting at Lagoon: Mayor Mumaw reported that the light would cost $10 to $12 per month.  M/S, Voss/Kula to approve putting a security light at the lagoon.

 

Motion by Voss, seconded by Cook to adjourn at 7:42 p.m.

 

 

Bills Approved:

Hoffman’s Tree Farm – Com Christmas Tree - $125.00

Sam’s Club – Annual Membership - $35.00

Alliant Energy – Heat & Elc - $1,476.17

Bankers Trust – Interest & Fees on GO Cap loan Note - $12,660.00

Dearborn National – Emp Life Ins - $11.70

Grainger – Heater motor - $229.25

Grainger – Misc for lagoon - $234.16

Mark Mumaw – Chair mat - $19.98

IA Finance Authority – WT SRF Loan Int - $12,585.00

IA Finance Authority – WW Imp SRF Loan Int - $12,179.84

US Cellular – PWT Cell Phone - $108.50

FIA Card Serv – Credit Card purchases - $281.49

HR Green – Rdway Imp 11 Prof Serv – $718.00

Totaling: $40,664.09

 

Published 12/4/12

 

 

 

 

Mark Mumaw                                                            Judy Lahue

Mayor                                                                         City Clerk

 

10/8/12 Minutes

WALKER CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 7:00 pm

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2012

WALKER COMMUNITY ROOM – 210 PARK STREET

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Pro Tem Benning.

Present: Councilmember James Voss, Jane Benning, Mike Kula and Chris Cook.  Mayor Mumaw was absent.

All motions carried with 4 ayes, 0 nays, 1 vacant unless otherwise stated.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Pro Tem Benning.

 

Motion by Kula, seconded by Cook to approve the Consent Agenda: Minutes of the 9/24/12 Council Meeting, regular bills, HR Green bill - $452.25 – WT pd from Water Fund, HR Green bill - $9,398.13 – WW Sys Improvements pd from SRF Loan, and September Payroll Report.

 

REPORTS: 

Sheriff’s: Deputy Hughes reported that there were 69.9 hours recorded from 9/10/12 thru 10/8/12 and 45 calls.

 

Mayor: Mayor Pro Tem Benning read Mayor Mumaw’s report; two filing cabinets with a wood top have been purchased in an effort to get all records inside City Hall.  The Clerk will be sorting through old records and discarding what she can.  The Clerk’s printer needs cleaned, Logan believes he should be able to clean it.

                       

Clerk: Judy Lahue, City Clerk, The written Clerk’s report can be seen at City Hall.  Employee evaluation forms were handed out and Mayor Mumaw would like them completed by 10/22/12.

 

City Engineer: HR Green was not represented but Councilmember Voss questioned the progress of the Water Tower and when it will be done.

 

Sewer Committee: Councilmember Voss reported that the new Wastewater System will go online Oct 10th and training on the 11th.

 

Planning & Zoning: Clerk Lahue reported that there has been one permit issued to 901 Grant St for an addition.

 

Council Reports: Councilmember Voss reported that Kluesner’s Construction have put concrete and an old culvert out at the lagoon, he would like the future bids to include disposal of the junk.

 

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED:

General Liability Insurance: the Clerk reported to the Council that the Employment Practices Liability insurance would be $300 per year; it would be $100,000.00 sub limit, and a rider on the City’s current insurance.  This EPL insurance is different then the Tort insurance.  Councilmember Benning asked if Mr. Doyl could attend the next Council meeting to further explain the EPL insurance.  The Clerk was asked to contact Mr. Doyl and put this item on the next Council agenda.

 

Trick or Treat Hours: the Clerk reported the last four years of trick or treat hours; discussion was held.  M/S, Voss/Kula to have 2012 trick or treat hours from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on October 31st.

 

Clean Carpets at City Hall: the Clerk reported that the two companies that she called for quotes did not return her calls.  Discussion was held.  Council agreed that the Mayor should take care of this item.

 

Electrical Project at City Hall: the Clerk reported that the Mayor would like to add several outlets in City Hall.  Councilmember Voss thought that the furnace should also be looked at.  A discussion was held.  Councilmember Kula will talk to the Mayor regarding his plans.

 

Motion by Voss, seconded by Kula to adjourn at 7:25 p.m.

 

 

Bills Approved:

Walker Postmaster – W/S bills - $86.80

IRS – Sept 2012 Fed PR W/H Tax - $1,680.44

IPERS – Sept 2012 Contributions - $1,129.46

St of IA Treasurer – 3rd Qrt PR St W/H Tax - $806.57

Cedar Valley Humane Society – Call out & shelter care - $205.00

Hawkins – Chlorine & freight - $132.80

Hygienic Lab – Water test - $574.00

Linn News-Letter – Legals - $315.98

Rudd – Sept 2012 - $50.00

R Steichen – Refund W/S dep - $75.00

Schimberg Co – Coupling - $20.48

Simmons Perrine – Legal advice - $161.00

Test America – WW tests - $302.40

HR Green – WT thru 9/7/12 - $452.25

HR Green – WW Sys Imp thru 9/7/12 - $9,398.13

Totaling: $15,390.31

 

Published 10/16/12

 

 

 

 

Jane Benning                                                          Judy Lahue

Mayor Pro Tem                                                         City Clerk

9/24/12 Minutes

WALKER CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 7:00 pm

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

WALKER CITY HALL – 408 Rowley Street

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mumaw

Present: Mayor Mumaw, Councilmember James Voss, Jane Benning, Mike Kula and Chris Cook

All motions carried with 4 ayes, 0 nays, 1 vacant unless otherwise stated.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Mumaw.

 

Motion by Benning, seconded by Cook to approve the Consent Agenda: Minutes of the 9/10/12 Council Meeting and regular bills.

 

REPORTS: 

Mayor Mumaw reported that he is moving the Council Meetings to the Community Room starting October 8th.  This will give the Clerk more room in City Hall for filing cabinets, and another desk.  City documents will also be gone through following the retention laws.  He would like to be able to get all the City documents into City Hall & into filing cabinets.

                       

Judy Lahue, City Clerk, The written Clerk’s report can be seen at City Hall.  The Petty Cash report was also in the packets.  There have been eighteen requests for outside water meters; if a citizen is interested in an outside water meter they need to contact City Hall.  An outside water meter will measurer the water used outside and will not be charged the sewer rate.

 

Kevin Shoop, Public Works Tech, questioned the placement of the election signs, some are placed on City land along the street.  A discussion was held, the Clerk will look in the election paperwork.  The new Wastewater System will be put on line October 11th, training will be held October 12th.  Staab Construction recommends taping the training for future reference and an air meter will be needed.  Prairie Road Builders will start work September 25th.

 

Sewer Committee: Councilmember Voss reported that a trans-continental cable from AT & T was hit at the lagoon, the line was dead.

 

Parks Committee: Councilmember Kula reported that six tables have been donated to the Community Room.

 

Fire Department:  Councilmember Voss reported that the electrical work at the Fire Department is done and has been inspected.

 

Planning & Zoning: Clerk Lahue reported that there has been one mail box permit issued at 15 Mill Street.

 

ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED:

Blow Off on Water Main at Grant St: PWT Shoop reported that a blow off will cost $2,400.  There has been another request on the north end of Ely St to replace the water pipes.  These projects will need to wait until spring of 2013, depending on the water/sewer revenue or will need to be considered in the FY 13/14 budget.  This item will be tabled until spring of 2013.

 

Stabb Construction Pay Application #4 - $310,229.15 paid from sewer fund & reimbursed by SRF Loan: M/S, Voss/Cook to approve the Stabb Construction Pay Application #4 for $310,229.15.

 

Change Order #2 – Kluesner Construction – Roadway Improvements 2012 - $360.00: PWT Shoop explained that this is the sidewalk across from FJ Krob’s.  M/S, Benning/Cook to approve Change Order #2 – Kluesner Construction – Roadway Improvements 2012 - $360.00.

 

Resolution #2012-22 – Establishing Golf Cart Policy: Council member Benning reviewed the Policy and Resolution.  The Council also discussed Chapter 75 of the Code book.  M/S, Benning /Voss to approve Resolution #2012-22 – Establishing Golf Cart Policy.  Roll Call Vote: Cook aye, Voss aye, Benning aye, Kula aye, motion carried.

 

This resolution will be effective January 1, 2013.  In part the Golf Cart Policy reads: to obtain a Golf Cart Permit the following procedures need to be followed. 1. complete an annual Golf Cart Proof of Registration form; 2. pay an annual registration fee of $35.00; 3. provide a copy of a valid driver’s license; 4. City of Walker will issue a Golf Cart Permit when registration form has been completed & fee has been paid; 5. golf cart drivers are subject to all local & state traffic laws; 6. golf carts must be driven on city streets only; 7. annual Golf Cart Permits are valid from January 1st to December 31st.

 

Resolution #2012-23 – FY 12 RUT Report: M/S Benning/Kula to approve Resolution #2012-23 – FY 12 RUT Report.  Roll Call Vote: Cook aye, Voss aye, Benning aye, Kula aye, motion carried.

 

PWT Shoop asked the Council if Will Sherbon, PT employee could also be trained on the Wastewater System – yes Will should also attend the training.

 

Motion by Voss, seconded by Kula to adjourn at 7:45 p.m.

 

Bills Approved:

IPERS – adjustment for PT Emp - $1656.43

Alliant Energy – Heat & Elc - $2,086.98

Arnold’s O/D Equip – blade for chain saw - $38.79

Dearborn Nat’l – Emp Life Ins - $11.70

FIA Card Serv – PWT’s Comp & SW - $613.51

Hygienic Lab – Water test - $551.00

Office Elements – Supplies - $56.17

Petty Cash – reimbursement - $49.90

Rudd – Aug dumpsters - $80.00

Schimberg – 2 bends & Acc Pack - $244.34

US Cellular – PWT phone - $106.46

Staab Construction – WW Proj - $310, 229.15

Totaling: $314,068.00

 

Published 10/2/12

 

 

 

 

Mark Mumaw                                                            Judy Lahue

Mayor                                                                         City Clerk

 

City Council

Current as of 10/10/12

Councilmembers:

Jane Benning
Chris Cook
Mike Kula
James Voss
 
Mayor is Mark Mumaw
 
Walker has one vacant council seat which will be filled at the election on Nov 6th by a write in vote.

To contact the city, call 319-448-4359 or email: cityofwalker@iowatelecom.net

 

SNOW POLICIES

WALKER SNOW EMERGENCY POLICY: 69.11  Snow Emergency Policy.  Whenever a snow emergency is declared, parking on the city streets shall be permitted on the even sides of the street when the snow emergency is declared to start on an even numbered day and on odd numbered sides of the street when the snow emergency is declared to start on an odd numbered day. 

This shall continue from proclamation through the duration of the snow or ice storm and a 48 hour period after cessation of the storm.  While under said snow emergency, parking shall adhere to even sides of the street on even numbered days and odd sides of the street on odd numbered days, unless the snow has been removed or plowed from said street, alley, or parking area.

Vehicles violating the snow emergency ordinance shall be ticketed and towed at the owners expense.

WALKER POLICY ON SIDEWALK SNOW REMOVAL: 185.03  Removal of snow, ice and accumulations.  It shall be the responsibility of the abutting property owners to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks.  If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within twenty-four (24) hours, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.

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