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Minutes of the Walker City Council

Monday, December 9, 2019

Walker City Council Chambers

Mayor Voss called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.   Council Present:  Paul Nielsen, Rob Dunn, Kene Shoop.  Absent:  John Pint, Rozena McVey.    

Others Present:  Will Sherbon, Luke Durnan, Linn County Sheriff Deputy Schmid. 

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Voss.

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to Approve the Agenda/Consent Agenda including the payment of Reliant Fire Apparatus $2,280.00 from the Fire Department Restricted Fund and the payment of HR Green $1,335.00, Visu-Sewer Inc. $107,582.75, and Reliant Fire Apparatus $167,474.00 from the 2019 GO Bond Fund.  3 ayes, 2 absent, motion carried.

Linn County Sheriff:  They had 105.4 hours this past month in Walker. 

Mayor:  2 fence permits were issued since the November 18, 2019 meeting.    

Clerk:  Written report is available at City Hall.  The November gross payroll was $10,366.57.  November ending balance was $1,389,580.12.    

Public Works Technician:  Written report is available at City Hall.

City Engineer:  A written report regarding the status of the sewer main lining project is available at City Hall.       

Fire Dept:  There were 6 calls for service this month – 4 medical calls, 1 car fire, and 1 training fire.  The fire department wants to thank everyone for attending the annual soup supper and for their generosity. 

New Business:

Motion/Second by Nielsen/Shoop to allot $250.00 annually in the budget to help with the costs of replacing flags, poles, and brackets for the flags on the light poles.  3 ayes, 2 absent, motion carried.

2020 Appointments:  Mayor Pro-tem:  Kene Shoop; Sewer Committee Chair:  Kene Shoop; Water Committee Chair:  John Pint; Parks Committee Chair:  Rob Dunn; Streets Committee Chair:  Diana Thorp; Finance Committee Chair:  Paul Nielsen.

Motion/Second by Shoop/Nielsen to approve Resolution 2019-41 adopting the City of Walker Agenda Policy.   Roll Call Vote:  Ayes – Nielsen, Dunn, Shoop.  Absent – Pint, McVey.  Motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Dunn/Shoop to approve Resolution 2019-42 approving the scheduled pump maintenance agreement with Iowa Pump Works.  Roll Call Vote:  Ayes – Nielsen, Dunn, Shoop.  Absent – Pint, McVey.  Motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Nielsen/Shoop to purchase four sets of bunker gear, not to exceed $10,000.00, and pay for them from the Fire Department Restricted Fund.  3 ayes, 2 absent, motion carried. 

Clerk asked for permission to apply for the Paint Iowa Beautiful Grant again this year.  Council instructed her to proceed with the application.

Discussion held on FY21 budget and the changes to the budget process passed by the legislature earlier this year.

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to adjourn at 7:38 pm.  3 ayes, 2 absent, motion carried. 

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7 pm at the Walker City Council Chambers.

Bills Approved:

Alliant Energy, utilities…..$5,282.86

Bard Materials, concrete…..$318.32

Batteries Plus, AA batteries…..$91.97

HR Green, engineering…..$1,335.00

HR Green, engineering…..$749.25

Hygienic Labs, water testing…..$13.00

Iowa Rural Water Association, membership

     dues…..$225.00

Linn Co-op Oil, diesel…..$1,235.27

Roto Rooter, clean lift station…..$700.00

Woodward Community Media,

     publications…..$264.93

Connie Helms, mileage…..$63.34

Menards, supplies…..$118.45

Mike Rosenberger, refund deposit…..$150.00

Visu-Sewer, Inc., sewer main lining project

     pay request #1…..$107,582.75

Office Depot, office supplies…..$760.82

Reliant Fire Apparatus, Inc., balance on Pierce

     Pumper/Freightliner Chassis…..$169,754.00

Rudd Sanitation, Nov. 2019 contract

     payment…..$4,020.00

Matt Parrot/Storey Kenworthy, payroll

     checks…..$262.06

Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, legal

     services…..$220.00

eurofins dba TestAmerica, wwtp

     testing….$1,022.70

Heins Tire & Auto, lawn mower tires…..$35.40

Computer TroubleShooters, IT…..$320.00

IRS, Nov. 2019 payroll tax withholding…..$2,344.03

IPERS, Nov. 2019 Contributions…..$1,474.64

Treasurer, State of Iowa, water excise tax…..$769.00

TOTAL…..$299,112.79

Revenues for November 2019:  General Fund  $16,915.63; Fire Equipment  $3.79; Road Use Fund  $8,677.11; RE Taxes – Employee Benefits  $920.49;  RE Taxes – Emergency Levy $521.85; Local Option Sales Tax Fund  $13,898.45; Debt Service Fund  $6,273.37; 2019 GO Bond Fund $90.37; Water Projects – Restricted $8.85;  Sewer Projects – Restricted $1.07;  Streets Project – Restricted $8.95; Water Fund  $14,244.20;  W/S Deposits  $.96;  Water Sinking Fund $4,810.19; Sewer Fund  $21,551.96; Sewer Sinking Fund $9,987.01; Garbage Fund  $4,024.61.  TOTAL $101,938.86.

Expenditures for November 2019:  General Fund $11,434.50; Fire Dept. – Restricted $119.27; Road Use Fund $8,476.53; Debt Service $28,212.19; 2019 GO Bond $28,381.71; Water Fund $9,400.64; Sewer Fund $22,281.75; Garbage $4,035.00.  TOTAL $112,341.59.

Respectfully Submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by:

James Voss, Mayor

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Monday, November 18, 2019

Walker City Council Chambers

Mayor Voss called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.   Council Present:  Rozena Mcvey, Paul Nielsen, Rob Dunn, Kene Shoop.  Absent:  John Pint.         

Others Present:  Will Sherbon, Kevin Shoop, Bill Norris, Bonny Kayser, Dianna Thorp, and Linn County Sheriff Deputy Schmid. 

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Voss.

Motion/Second by Nielson/Shoop to Approve the Consent Agenda including the payment of Menards $558.71 and $119.27 from the Fire Department Restricted Fund and the payment of HR Green $1,335.00, ESCO Group $21,474.00 and JCG Land Services,, Inc. $4,237.71 from the 2019 GO Bond Fund.  4 ayes, 1 absent, motion carried.

Linn County Sheriff:  They had 96.2 hours this past month in Walker. 

Angelia Wingert from Colonial Life presented voluntary benefits the city can offer to employees, council and mayor, and volunteer fire fighters.  They include the following types of benefits:  life, cancer, accident, critical illness, dental, and disability.  She would meet with anyone interested.

Mayor:  We are in the process of leaf pick up, however, the weather has not cooperated.  We will continue to pick them up as the weather allows.  No permits have been issued. 

Clerk:  Written report is available at City Hall.  The October gross payroll was $10,263.48.  September ending balance was $1,293,442.13.  October ending balance was $1,392,864.361. 

Public Works Technician:  Written report is available at City Hall.     

Fire Dept:  There were 6 calls for service this month – 2 medical calls, 1 fire, and 3 accidents.  The annual soup supper is Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the fire station.   

Council:  No reports. 

Open Forum: Bonny Kayser expressed her objections to the suggested council and mayor raises during the October meeting.  She inquired exactly what it is that the Mayor does to earn his salary.  Mayor Voss explained that he stops at city hall 4 days per week and spends an hour or more signing accounts payable checks, payroll checks, dealing with problems and answering questions, he works with other mayors in the area, and enforces rules set by council, to name a few.  Bonny feels we have spent so much money on the new city hall, the new pickup, and other items for the council and employees, but what do we do for the citizens?  Mayor Voss and the council explained that we received a grant in the amount of $20,000.00 from the Linn County Supervisors for the remodeling of the city hall/community room, have received grants from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation for all of the updates in the park and continue to look for other grant opportunities. The community room is used 6 days per week by the coffee clubs and has been rented out several times as well.  We also do leaf pickup for the citizens.  Bill Norris also pointed out that the fire department does a lot for our citizens such as checking fire detectors and wellness checks if needed.  The increase to council/mayor wages was removed from the agenda last week since it would not even take effect until January 1, 2021.    

New Business:

Motion/Second by Nielsen/Shoop to approve the FY19 AFR.  4 ayes, 1 absent, motion carried.

Motion/Second by Dunn/Nielsen to approve Resolution 2019-35 with an increase of $.75/hour for the public works technician with a new hourly wage of $26.50.  Mayor Voss stated there has been no disciplinary actions over the past year.  Roll Call Vote:  Ayes – Dunn, Nielsen. Nays – McVey. Abstain – Shoop.  Absent – Pint.  Motion fails.

Motion/Second by Dunn/Nielsen to approve Resolution 2019-36 with an increase of $.75/hour for the city clerk/treasurer for a new hourly wage of $29.50.  Mayor Voss stated there has been no disciplinary actions over the past year.  Roll Call Vote:  Ayes – Nielsen, Dunn, Shoop.  Nays – McVey.  Absent – Pint.  Motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to table Resolution 2019-37 until the December meeting for further discussion.  3 ayes, nay – McVey, absent – Pint.  Motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to approve Resolution 2019-38 adopting the updated open records compliance policy.  Ayes – McVey, Shoop, Nielsen, Dunn.  Absent – Pint.  Motion carried.

Motion/Second by Dunn/Shoop to approve Resolution 2019-39 adopting the city council rules of procedure policy.  Ayes – Dunn, Shoop, Nielsen.  Nay – McVey.  Absent – Pint.  Motion carried.

Motion/Second by Dunn/Shoop to approve Resolution 2019-40 adopting the code of conduct policy.  Ayes – Nielsen, Dunn, Shoop.  Nay – McVey.  Absent – Pint.  Motion carried.

Motion/Second by McVey/Nielsen to approve the new fire department members as follows:  John Lee, Jessica Hammerand, Travis Prior, and John Zlabek as training officer.  4 ayes. 1 absent, motion carried.

Motion/Second by Shoop/Nielsen to replace the city hall computer and laptop and public works laptop at a cost of $5,648.89.  4 ayes, motion carried. 

The agenda policy was presented.  Any comments, suggestion, or changes should be given to Connie to update so we can put on the December agenda for approval.

We received $1,500.00 from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation for a Disaster Preparation Project Grant.  We received this for a generator at the north pavilion as listed in our hazard mitigation plan.  Connie will request quotes for the December meeting.

The League of Cities offers a service line warranty program that educates homeowners about their service line responsibilities and offers affordable protection from unanticipated service line repairs costs.  The council has asked Connie to contact Utility Service Partners for additional information.

Connie presented information from Linn County regarding building permits.  Discussion held.  Connie has been asked to set up a meeting after the 1st of the year to look into working with them.

Motion/Second by Dunn/Nielsen to accept the bid from Russ Gager in the amount of $4,550.00 to place an inlet and tile from Prairie Drive along Grant Street to the creek.  3 ayes, nay – McVey, 1 absent, motion carried.

Council member McVey discussed the flags on the light poles in town.  They were started by the 125th celebration committee and the individual who puts them up and takes them down is no longer able to do this.  She is working on putting a committee together with guidelines and will present them to council at the December meeting.

Council member Nielsen asked if anyone would be interested in doing a Holiday Ham Giveaway.  Discussion held.  Several council members, the mayor, and employees are going to donate to this program.  Details will be discussed at a later time.

Budget worksheets for the FY21 budget were given to council. 

Motion/Second by Nielsen/Shoop to adjourn at 8:33 pm.  4 ayes, 1 absent, motion carried.

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7 pm at the Walker City Council Chambers.

Bills Approved:

Bank of America, website, Arlo, hotel, toner, training,

     envelopes…..$1,145.16

Budget Copy Systems, copier maintenance…..$64.11

Grainger, hitch for leaf vacuum…..$1,410.00

Hawkins Inc., chlorine…..$166.10

Iowa DNR, 2020 Annual Water Use Fee…..$95.00

Iowa One Call, utility locates…..$18.90

Menards, fire station remodel…..$558.71

Russell Andersen, pipe, straps for leaf vacuum…..$80.24

Simons, Perrine, Moyer, legal services…..$620.00

Alliant Energy, utilities…..$4,717.20

JCG Land Services Inc., easement acquisition…..$4,237.71

Menards, fire station remodel…..$119.27

Petty Cash…..$46.40

The McCright Agency, insurance…..$168.00

IRS, October payroll withholding tax…..$2,335.02

IPERS, October contributions…..$1,430.10

Altorfer Inc., maintenance on generator…..$1,762.00

Casey’s, gasoline…..$195.70

Eurofins, wwtp testing…..$1,317.75

Junge Automotive Group, repair F450…..$3,411.49

Office Depot, office supplies…..$239.18

Rudd Sanitation, garbage…..$65.00

US Cellular, cell phones, tablet, phone lines…..$390.95

Windstream, telephone/internet…..$418.90

Woodward Community Media, publications…..$203.88

Computer TroubleShooters, IT agreement…..$320.00

Depository Trust Co., 2014 GO Bond Payment…..$2,353.75

UMB, 2011 GO Bond Payment…..$7,098.75

UMB, 2015 GO Bond Payment…..$7,155.00

UMB, 2019 GO Bond Payment…..$11,604.69

Treasurer, State of Iowa, October water excise tax…..$785.00

Iowa Finance Authority, water tower SRF loan payment…..$9,090.00

Iowa Finance Authority, wwtp SRF loan payment…..$20,393.75

ESCO Group, VFD project…..$21,474.00

HRGreen, engineering…..$1,335.00

HRGreen, engineering…..$407.60

Kevin Shoop, mileage…..$75.40

Midwest Breathing Air, annual air testing…..$601.52

Mid-American Research Chemical, ice melter…..$615.76

FJ Krob & Co, chemicals…..$112.61

Steve’s Hearing, repair fire dept. furnace…..$112.35

Rudd Sanitation, October 2019 Municipal Contract

     Payment…..$4,035.00

Russ Gager, drainage work…..$1,210.35

Cope Plastics Inc., leaf vacuum part…..$104.46

Luke Schreder, refund deposit…..$150.00

Bank of America, website, Arlo, hotel – conference, supplies,

     postage paid window envelopes…..$1,612.64

TOTAL…..$115,864.40

Revenues for September 2019:  General Fund  $12,417.59; Fire Equipment  $3.45; Road Use Fund  $11,365.03; RE Taxes – Employee Benefits  $644.82;  RE Taxes – Emergency Levy $365.57; Local Option Sales Tax Fund  $8,817.54; Debt Service Fund  $4,395.05; 2019 GO Bond Fund $110.97; Water Projects – Restricted $10.71;  Sewer Projects – Restricted $.95;  Streets Project – Restricted $6.46; Water Fund  $13,000.50;  W/S Deposits  $150.80;  Water Sinking Fund $4,808.92; Sewer Fund  $20,438.15; Sewer Sinking Fund $9,984.39; Garbage Fund  $3,674.62.  TOTAL $90,195.52.

Expenditures for September 2019:  General Fund $23,320.68; Fire Dept. – Restricted $235.80; Road Use Fund $4,665.71; 2019 GO Bond $4,957.52; Water Fund $11,362.62; Water Fund Deposits $127.74; Sewer Fund $19,826.70; Garbage $3,990.00.  TOTAL $68,486.77.

Revenues for October 2019:  General Fund  $75,032.13; Fire Equipment  $3.82; Road Use Fund  $9,832.08; RE Taxes – Employee Benefits  $3,982.95;  RE Taxes – Emergency Levy $2,257.69; Local Option Sales Tax Fund  $8,820.39; Debt Service Fund  $27,144.52; 2019 GO Bond Fund $110.27; Water Projects – Restricted $10.79;  Sewer Projects – Restricted $1.05;  Streets Project – Restricted $7.96; Water Fund  $15,495.89;  W/S Deposits  $450.89;  Water Sinking Fund $4,809.60; Sewer Fund  $22,911.07; Sewer Sinking Fund $9,985.78; Garbage Fund  $4,224.02.  TOTAL $185,080.90.

Expenditures for October 2019:  General Fund $32,612.61; Fire Dept. – Restricted $738.66; Road Use Fund $2,581.25; 2019 GO Bond $154.00; Water Fund $11,421.85; Sewer Fund $25,008.39; Garbage $4,035.00.  TOTAL $76,551.76.

Respectfully Submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by:

James Voss, Mayor

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Monday, October 14, 2019

Walker City Council Chambers

Mayor Voss called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.   Council Present:  Rozena Mcvey, Paul Nielsen, and Rob Dunn.  Absent:  Kene Shoop, 1 vacant seat.       

Others Present:  Will Sherbon, Pat Beuter, Gayle Reierson, David Berns, Don Donley, and a Linn County Deputy. 

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Voss.

Motion/Second by Nielson/Dunn to Approve the Consent Agenda including the payment of Menards $179.95 from the Fire Department Restricted Fund, the payment of HR Green $154.00 from the 2019 GO Bond Fund, and the renewal of Casey’s liquor license with the addition of wine sales and director updates.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried.

Linn County Sheriff:  They had 95.2 hours this past month in Walker. 

Mayor:  Mayor Voss read a proclamation for the American Legion Auxiliary Centennial Day on November 10, 2019.  Gayle Reierson thanked the Mayor for making the proclamation and would like either him or one of the council members to attend the open house on November 10, 2019 to read the proclamation.  Mayor Voss stated he will make sure that happens.  One building permit was issued for an addition to a house. 

Clerk:  Written report is available at City Hall.  The September gross payroll was $10,067.92. 

Public Works Technician:  Written report is available at City Hall.     

Fire Dept:  There were 6 calls for service this month – 3 medical calls and the others were mutual aid and storm watch.  The annual soup supper is scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019. 

Council:  Councilmember Nielsen just wanted to make sure the Linn County Sheriff’s department was aware of the car leaving skid marks on Latham and Park Streets to see if we can put a stop to it.

Open Forum: None

Old Business: 

Motion/Second by McVey/Dunn to allow the property owners at 103 Greene Street to have until May 1, 2020 to complete the work required to abate the nuisance and to suspend the municipal infraction until that time.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Dunn/Nielsen to proceed with the attorney’s recommendation and allow reimbursement of up to $3,500.00 to the property owners for a storage building and gravel to make a parking area.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

We did not receive any proposals for 408 Rowley Street.  At this time, councilmember McVey feels we should proceed with moving the public works technician’s office to that location and use the extra space in the city shop for storage.  Councilmembers Dunn and Nielsen are both in agreement.

Motion/Second by Dunn/Nielsen to suspend the billing for sewer service effective immediately for account 00021041601F.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried.

New Business:

Due to the fact that our next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 11, 2019 which is a holiday for the staff, we will move the November meeting to Monday, November 19, 2019 at 7 pm. 

Motion/Second by Dunn/Nielsen to proceed with the process of updating the ordinances to raise council pay to $50.00/meeting and mayor pay to $500.00/month.  Ayes:  Dunn, Nielsen.  Nay:  McVey.  1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried.  The clerk will prepare amendments to the ordinances for the November meeting so public hearing can be set. 

Motion/Second by Dunn/McVey to allow the American Legion to proceed with the handicap accessible step at the entrance to the Legion building.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Council is asked to review the updated Open Records Compliance Policy, the Meeting Procedures Policy, and the Code of Conduct Policy.  Let the clerk know of any changes so we can have then ready for approval at the November meeting.

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to adjourn at 8:01 pm.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried.

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7 pm at the Walker City Council Chambers.

Bills Approved:

IRS, August federal payroll withholding tax…..$3,875.23

IPERS, August contributions…..$2,373.15

Treasurer, State of Iowa, August water excise tax…..$876.00

Bank of America, website, supplies…..$337.01

Hygienic Labs, water testing…..$438.00

Iowa Water Environment Assoc., meeting…..$60.00

Windstream, telephone and internet…..$418.34

Alliant Energy, utilities…..$6,835.56

Cedar River Garden Center, river rock…..$37.50

Center Point Library, FY20 contract…..$7,500.00

Computer Troubleshooters, IT agreement…..$320.00

Linn Co-Op Oil Co., fuel tank lease…..$691.00

Linn County Sheriff, police services…..$6,552.00

Mid-American Research Chemical, chemicals…..$3,049.17

Office Depot, ink cartridge…..$210.64

USA Blue Book, supplies…..$137.48

IRS, September federal payroll withholding tax…..$2,282.71

IPERS, September contributions…..$1,451.23

Treasurer, State of Iowa, 3rd quarter state withholding tax…..$1,686.00

Treasurer, State of Iowa, 3rd quarter water excise tax balance…..$793.00

Treasurer, State of Iowa, 3rd quarter sales tax…..$236.00

Menards, supplies…..$179.95

HR Green, engineering…..$154.00

Hoddy Gates Electrical, service call…..$90.95

Hawkeye Fire and Safety, annual fire extinguisher testing…..$188.00

Hawkeye Fire and Safety, annual fire extinguisher testing…..$179.05

Woodward Community Media, publications…..$160.51

Interstate Battery, batteries for dump truck…..$330.52

US Cellular, cell phones, telephone, tablet…..$390.73

Hygienic Labs, water testing…..$13.00

Windstream, telephone and internet…..$418.33

Altorfer Inc., boom lift rental…..$1,643.00

Rudd Sanitation, garbage…..$65.00

Badger Meter, maintenance agreement…..$780.00

eurofins TestAmerica, waste water treatment plant testing…..$263.55

ACE Electric, maintenance/repairs to generators…..$4,056.45

Dearborn Life Ins. Co., emp. Life insurance…..$35.10

eurofins TestAmerica, waste water treatment plant testing…..$1,092.00

Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, legal services…..$1,325.00

Wendling Quarries, rock…..$66.02

HR Green, engineering…..$1,750.00

Rudd Sanitation, September municipal contract payment…..$4,035.00

LL Pelling, premix patch…..$621.90

Cindy Winn, refund north pavilion deposit…..$100.00

Whirlybirds, aerial photographs…..$150.00

TOTAL…..$58,248.08

Revenues for August 2019:  General Fund  $228,805.97; Fire Equipment  $4.59; Road Use Fund  $11,430.17; RE Taxes – Employee Benefits  $2.08;  RE Taxes – Emergency Levy $1.16; Local Option Sales Tax Fund  $8,817.77; Debt Service Fund  $14.05; 2019 GO Bond Fund $104.49; Water Projects – Restricted $9.98;  Sewer Projects – Restricted $1.08;  Streets Project – Restricted $10.17; Water Fund  $16,513.13;  W/S Deposits  $300.90;  Water Sinking Fund $4,808.50; Sewer Fund  $23,481.82; Sewer Sinking Fund $9,983.50; Garbage Fund  $4,053.19.  TOTAL $308,342.55.

Expenditures for August 2019:  General Fund $94,759.37; Fire Dept. – Restricted $5,275.55; Road Use Fund $34,506.61; Local Option Sales Tax $15,000.00; 2019 GO Bond $3,690.00; Water Fund $11,548.60; Water Fund Deposits $150.00; Sewer Fund $22,253.17Garbage $4,005.00.  TOTAL $191,188.30.

Respectfully Submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by:

James Voss, Mayor

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Monday, September 9, 2019

Walker City Council Chambers

Mayor Voss called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.   Council Present:  Kene Shoop, Paul Nielsen, and Rob Dunn.  Absent:  Rozena McVey, 1 vacant seat.       

Others Present:  Bill Norris, Will Sherbon, Karthar Galanti, Mitch Schoeberl, Everett Moore, and Linn County Deputy Schmid.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Voss.

Motion/Second by Nielson/Shoop to Approve the Consent Agenda including the payment of JCG Land Services $1,753.52 and HR Green $3,204.00 from the 2019 GO Bond Fund and Menards $235.80 from the Fire Department Restricted Fund.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried.

Linn County Sheriff:  They had 92.4 hours this past month in Walker. 

Mayor:  No report. 

Clerk:  Written report is available at City Hall.  The city trimmed all trees along the streets the week of August 19th as a public service.  In the future, citizens must be sure they are keeping the trees at 15’ above the street and 8’ above the sidewalks.  If the city has to trim the trees in the future, the property owners will be charged per Chapter 150 section 150.03.

Public Works Technician:  No report.   

Finance:  August gross payroll was $16,882.25.

Fire Dept:  There were 6 calls for service this month – 1 motor vehicle accident and 4 medical calls.  Both the tanker/pumper and the rescue van have been sold.  Yale purchased the tanker/pumper for $85,000.00 and has taken delivery of the vehicle.  The rescue van was sold for $15,000.00 to Aurora and they have agreed to let us keep it until our new truck arrives. 

Zoning Administrator:  6 permits were issued – a garage, a deck, an excavation permit, solar panels, a lean-to, and a sidewalk.

Open Forum: Everett Moore presented his recent bill for 213 Green Street.  They normally use about 6,500 gallons a month when both apartments are rented.  In July, one of the apartments was empty and the usage was 10,500 gallons.  He’s checked the toilets for leaks and the meter has been tested by the city, and it is running low sometimes.  The city has told him they will replace the meter, but that still doesn’t explain why the usage was so high.  Council is asking that we replace the meter and also try to meter the apartments separately so in the future it is easier to determine where the problem might be. 

Old Business:

402 Park Street – garage on city property:  Connie has contacted the city attorney and he is going to get in touch with the Washburn’s attorney to discuss.  We have not heard back from him at this time.

New Business:

Motion/Second by Dunn/Shoop to waive sewer charges over 20,000 gallons on the June and July billing for account 000008060801.  It has been verified that the water in the cellar where the leak occurred runs directly to the ditch from a tile and does not enter the sanitary sewer system in the cellar.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried.  Connie will adjust the customer bill for a sewer credit in the amount of $220.60. 

Account 000010091001:  The customer states his billing for June was approximately 12,000 gallons more than normal.  He cannot find any toilet or pipes leaking in the house.  He does not have a pool nor does he use an outside hose.  Unfortunately, since it cannot be verified or proven that the water did not go into the sanitary sewer system because we are not sure exactly what happened, the customer is responsible for the entire billing. 

Motion/Second by Dunn/Shoop to adopt Resolution 2019-33 – FY19 Street Financial Report.  Ayes:  Nielsen, Dunn, Shoop.  Absent:  McVay, 1 vacant seat, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Dunn/Shoop to approve Bill Norris as fire chief.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to approve Resolution 2019-34 – Resolution approving the Casey’s MasterCard Fuel Card Policy.  Ayes:  Shoop, Dunn, Nielsen.  Absent:  McVey, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Dunn/Nielsen to allow the American Legion Ray Post to put a handicap parking space at the Legion Hall.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Shoop/Nielsen to set Trick or Treat for Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 6-9 pm.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Dunn/Nielsen to sell the pair of 250 gallon fuel tanks.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Nielsen/Dunn to send a letter to the Iowa Utilities Board stating our objection to the proposed rate increase.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Colonial Life Voluntary Benefits:  Council has directed Connie to set up a meeting for a presentation for these benefits.  These are voluntary benefits the city is looking at offering to employees, council, and volunteer fire department members at their own cost. 

Nuisance Abatement at 103 Greene Street:  The property owners have not met the deadlines for abatement.  Motion/Second by Nielsen/Shoop to impose a municipal infraction in the amount of $500.00 for failure to abate the nuisance.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Sewer Service Line at 608 and 610 Grant Street:  The property owner at 608 Grant Street has discovered that the sewer service line at 610 Grant Street does not hook directly to the main.  It connects to his sewer line.  Mayor Voss advised him of his options.  He will decide how to proceed and keep the city informed. 

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to adjourn at 8:14 pm.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried.

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7 pm at the Walker City Council Chambers.

Bills Approved:

Bank of America, website, Sam’s Club renewal, copy paper, training – hotel, meals…..$997.77

ECICOG, Clerk’s workshop…..$15.00

Iowa Rural Water Assoc., Fall conference…..$150.00

Linn Co-op Oil, gas/diesel…..$722.37

Linn News-Letter, subscription…..$27.00

LL Pelling Co., 2019 Roadway Project…..$44,650.90

Rudd Sanitation, July dumpster, Pickle Day garbage…..$310.00

Woodward Community Media, publications…..$261.59

Alliant Energy, utilities…..$6,466.37

Petty Cash, postage, supplies…..$45.70

Computer Troubleshooters, IT Agreement…..$320.00

Center Point Farm & Auto, supplies…..$76.02

US Cellular, cell phones, alarm phones, fire dept. tablet/line…..$385.73

Builder’s FirstSource, concrete mix and supplies to move flag pole…..$111.12

Rudd Sanitation, July 2019 Municipal Contract Payment…..$3,990.00

Rudd Sanitation, August dumpster…..$65.00

Grainger, tools…..$133.40

Eurofins dba TestAmerica, waste water treatment plant testing…..$790.65

JCG Land Services, Inc., easement acquisition…..$1,753.52

King’s Materials, brick and light for flag pole…..$398.13

Radio Communications, contract services…..$297.50

Hoddy Gates Electrical Service, contract services…..$441.38

HRGreen, engineering for roadway project…..$1,110.00

HRGreen, engineering for sanitary sewer project…..$3,204.00

Menards, supplies for fire station remodel…..$235.80

Linn Co. Public Health, air permits…..$135.00

Tom Wolff, refund north pavilion deposit…..$100.00

Bodensteiner Implement Co., mower supplies…..$35.99

Bodensteiner Implement Co, 2019 JD Z960 mower…..$8,350.00

Betenbender Mfg. Inc., floor grating for fire station…..$504.89

Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus, LLC, contract fee for advertising and sale of 2001 International Pumper/Tanker…..$8,500.00

TOTAL…..$84,584.83

Respectfully Submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by:

James Voss, Mayor

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Monday, August 12, 2019

Walker City Council Chambers

Mayor Voss called the meeting to order at 7:02pm.   Council Present:  Kene Shoop, Paul Nielsen, Rozena McVey via telephone, and Rob Dunn arrived at 7:30 pm.   

Others Present:  Bill Norris, Will Sherbon, Karthar Galanti, Todd Washburn, Duane & Vicki Washburn, Don Washburn, Mitch Schoeberl, Kevin Shoop, Terry Shaffer, Alex Cummer, Ian Corbin from HR Green, and a Linn County Sheriff’s Deputy.               

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Voss.

Motion/Second by Nielson/Shoop to Approve the Consent Agenda including the payment of Spahn & Rose Lumber $2,440.89, Schimberg Co. $147.03, and Menards $2,687.63 paid from the Fire Department Restricted Fund and ESCO Group $3,690.00 paid from the 2019 GO Bond Fund.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried.

Public Hearing to vacate a portion of the alley at 440 Park Street was opened at 7:19 pm.  The clerk did not received any verbal or written comments.  No citizens present with comments.  The hearing was closed at 7:20 pm. 

Mayoral Proclamation for the 14th Annual Five Seasons Stand Down Day on September 6, 2019. 

Linn County Sheriff:  They had 94.6 hours this past month in Walker. 

Mayor:  The lines in the downtown area were painted before Pickle Days.  They are painted as needed to assist citizens and visitors to the community in parking and assuring the parking ordinance is followed.  The fire department has received offers on both the rescue van and the pumper.  We are just waiting for the purchasing entities to get approval from their city council and then we will sign the purchase agreements.      

Clerk:  Written report is available at City Hall.  The July 2019 treasurer’s report was completed today and copies provided to council.  Also, Rudd is strictly enforcing the 2 can/2 bag specification in the garbage contract.  The municipal garbage contract with Rudd Sanitation allows pick up of garbage in two (2) 35 gallon garbage cans or two (2) bags of garbage weighing no more than 40 pounds weekly.  All garbage in the can must be inside of a garbage bag.  If you have garbage in excess of the above amounts, you must purchase tags for $1.00 each from Casey’s.  Each additional bag, weighing no more than 40 pounds, must be tagged.  If you have questions, you can contact Rudd Sanitation at 319-438-6563.

Public Works Technician:  Written report is available at City Hall. 

Finance:  July gross payroll was $11,386.98.  Balance on June 30, 2019 was $1,293,716.78. Balance on July 31, 2019 was 1,293,312.07.

Fire Dept:  There were 12 calls for service this month – 7 were medical, and the others were fire, accidents, and mutual aid.       

Open Forum: Karthar Galanti – owner of 608 Grant St. explained to council that he had a water leak in the cellar that he was aware of for about 6 weeks.  This is an old cellar with only an outside entrance.  He is asking if we would possibly waive some of the sewer charges on this bill as the drain in the cellar is not connected to the sewer system, it is directly tied to a drainage tile and runs to the ditch.  Council told him they will put this on the September agenda for action.  He also asked about his neighbor’s sewer service line that is connected directly into his sewer service line instead of the main.  We will research this and attempt to get the situation resolved. 

New Business:

Motion/Second by Nielsen/Shoop to waive sewer charges over 2,000 gallons on the June billing for account 000010091001.  Ayes:  Shoop, Nielsen.  Nay:  McVey.  1 absent, 1 vacant, motion fails.  Citizen is responsible for the bill.  

Councilmember Dunn arrived at this time.

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to leave billing as is for July on account 000009011401.  4 ayes, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Shoop/Nielsen to approve the new fire department member, Mason Snitkey, and the new explorer, Destiny Brown.  4 ayes, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by McVey/Shoop to approve a handicap parking space in front of Kula’s.  4 ayes, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by McVey/Nielsen to adopt Resolution 2019-29 – Resolution to vacate a portion of the alley at 440 Park Street.  Ayes:  Dunn, Nielsen, Shoop, McVey.  1 vacant, motion carried.

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to adopt Resolution 2019-30 – Resolution Approving & Acceptance by the City of the easements for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project along the unnamed stream from Linn Street to the Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Ayes:  Nielsen, McVey, Dunn, Shoop.  1 vacant, motion carried.

Bids for the Sanitary Sewer Pipe Lining Project were received as follows:  Municipal Pipe Tool Co., LLC $164,322.00 and Visu-Sewer, Inc. $158,200.00

Motion/Second by Shoop/Nielsen to adopt Resolution 2019-31 – Resolution Authorizing the Sewer Rehabilitation Project and Awarding of Bid to Visu-Sewer, Inc. in the amount of $158,200.00.  Ayes:  Shoop, Nielsen, McVey, Dunn.  1 vacant, motion carried.

Motion/Second by McVey/Shoop to approve the change order for the 2019 Streets Project with the addition of Elk Court to the project.  4 ayes, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Shoop/McVey to adopt Resolution 2019-32 – Resolution Approving the HR Green Professional Services Agreement for the Annual Renewal for GIS Services – System Updates and Maintenance, and “On-Call” Support.  Ayes:  McVey, Nielsen, Dunn, Shoop.  1 vacant, motion carried.

Motion/Second by McVey/Nielsen to redeem certificate of deposit #2082 for cash flow in the general fund.  4 ayes, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by McVey/Shoop for Kevin to attend the Iowa Rural Water Fall Conference in Dubuque on October 15-16, 2019.  4 ayes, 1 vacant, motion carried.

Motion/Second by McVey/Shoop to have the property at 402 Park Street surveyed to determine exact location of the property line between it and the city park.  4 ayes, 1 vacant, motion carried.

Motion/Second by McVey/Dunn to approve a memorial bench for Ray and Ragine Meade to be placed in the area by city hall and incorporated with a flower bed.  4 ayes, 1 vacant, motion carried.

Motion/Second by McVey/Shoop to approve the City of Walker Community Room Bulletin Board Policy.  4 ayes, 1 vacant, motion carried.

Councilmember McVey left the meeting at this time.

Motion/Second by Nielsen/Dunn to move to closed session per Code of Iowa Section 21.5(i) regarding the sale of 408 Rowley Street. 

Council returned to regular session at 8:17 pm.

Motion/Second by Dunn/Shoop to post the sale of the entire property at 408 Rowley Street by sealed bids with a reserve of $35,000.00.  Bids are due on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 for action to be taken on the council meeting on October 14, 2019.  3 ayes, 2 absent, motion carried.

Motion/Second by Nielsen/Dunn to adjourn at 8:19 pm.  3 ayes, 2 absent, motion carried.

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7 pm at the Walker City Council Chambers.

Bills Approved:

IRS, June 2019 federal payroll withholding…..$2,477.52

IPERS, June 2019 contributions…..$1,484.44

Treasurer, State of Iowa, 2nd quarter 2019 state

     payroll withholding…..$1,430.00

Treasurer, State of Iowa, 2nd quarter 2019 water 

     excise tax balance…..$817.00

Treasurer, State of Iowa, 2nd quarter 2019 sales

     tax…..$231.00

Bank of America, website, supplies, picnic

     tables…..$1,443.73

James Voss, reimburse plumbing supplies…..$215.71

Wendling Quarries, rock…..$802.91

Zapco Electrical, fire station remodel electrical

     work…..$10,675.00

Connie Helms, reimburse pickle ball sets…..$33.72

Iowa DNR, Annual public water supply fee…..$91.05

Windstream, telephone and internet…..$416.31

US Cellular, PWT, clerk, mayor cell phone, alarm phone lines,

     Fire department tablet…..$576.83

Menards, fire station remodel…..$133.04

Linn News-Letter, publications…..$138.21

Kevin Shoop, reimburse for parts to repair sprayer…..$33.12

JCG Land Services, Inc., easement acquisition…..$3,236.39

Hygienic Labs, water testing…..$13.00

Heins Tire & Auto, Inc., repair mower tire…..$27.22

Center Point Farm & Auto, belt for mower…..$21.37

Center Point Farm & Auto, fire truck service

    supplies…..$1,037.47

Carson Fence Company, repair ball diamond

     fencing…..$3,600.00

FJ Krob, tank clean/neutralizer…..$18.50

Linn Co-op Oil, gas/diesel…..$900.51

Russell Gager, contract services…..$1,006.63

Alliant Energy, utilities…..$6,370.14

Builders FirstSource, supplies…..$231.08

IRS, July 2019 federal payroll withholding…..$2,534.21

IPERS, July 2019 contributions…..$1,559.63

Treasurer, State of Iowa, July 2109 water excise tax

     payment…..$858.00

Computer Troubleshooters, IT Agreement…..$320.00

Walker Postmaster, utility billings postage…..$1,350.00

Diamond Vogel Paint Center, paint…..$97.55

Rudd Sanitation, June 2019 contract payment…..$4,005.00

Hygienic Labs, water testing…..$13.00

Spahn & Rose Lumber Co, Fire station remodel…..$80,423.15

FJ Krob, weed spray…..$52.55

Windstream, telephone and internet…..$418.02

US Cellular, PWT, clerk, mayor cell phone, alarm phone lines,

     Fire department tablet…..$380.42

Rudd Sanitation, FY20 recycling incentive…..$1,829.00

HR Green, GIS engineering…..$500.00

HR Green, Sewer engineering…..$996.00

Schimberg Co., fire station remodel…..$147.03

Eurofins dba TestAmerica, waste water testing…..$1,317.75

Menards, supplies for barricades and fire station

     remodel…..$3,156.88

Zapco Electrical, repair…..$28.00

Wendling Quarries, rock…..$363.00

Mid-American Research Chemical, aquatic weed killer and

     Saturate concentrate…..$893.77

Iowa One Call, utility locates…..$6.30

Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, legal services…..$920.00

Ever-Green Landscape Nursery, wood chips for

     playground…..$400.00

Iowa DNR, NPDES Annual Fee…..$210.00

Iowa Prison Industries, signs…..$277.92

McCright Agency, additional premium due…..$1,167.00

AWWA, annual membership dues…..$238.00

Sherbon’s Market, plants for city flower pots…..$280.58

Fox Apparatus & Repair, repair #305…..$224.84

Apparatus Testing Service, annual fire pump certification

     testing…..$643.00

Budget Copy Systems, maintenance agreement…..$67.34

Hawkins, Inc., chlorine…..$98.40

Center Point Farm & Auto, supplies, orbital fan…..$193.51

Abagail Wells, refund water/sewer deposit…..$150.00

Karen Sauer, refund north pavilion rental deposit…..$100.00

Appraisal Resources Co, appraisal for 408 Rowley St…..$850.00

ESCO Group, VFD project pay request #1…..$3,690.00

TOTAL:  $148,221.75

Revenues for June 2019:  General Fund  $2,490.35; Fire Equipment  $18,001.19; Road Use Fund  $8,278.89; RE Taxes – Employee Benefits  $90.22;  RE Taxes – Emergency Levy $50.11; Local Option Sales Tax Fund  $7,992.85; Debt Service Fund  $218.80; 2019 GO Bond Fund $96.47; Water Projects – Restricted $7,507.28;  Sewer Projects – Restricted $.53;  Streets Project – Restricted $4.70; Water Fund  $14,564.92;  W/S Deposits  $300.43;  Water Sinking Fund $4,827.34; Sewer Fund  $21,237.50; Sewer Sinking Fund $10,029.35; Garbage Fund  $3,848.41.  TOTAL $99,539.34.

Expenditures for June 2019:  General Fund $32,679.55; Road Use Fund $6,556.16; Local Option Sales Tax $14,084.25; Debt Service $85,791.25; Water Fund $17,272.47; Water Sinking Fund $48,252.50; Sewer Fund $29,434.15; Sewer Sinking Fund $98,645.00; Garbage $3,975.00.  TOTAL $336,690.33.

Revenues for July 2019:  General Fund  $4,436.67; Fire Equipment  $3.92; Road Use Fund  $8,165.29; RE Taxes – Employee Benefits  $124.96;  RE Taxes – Emergency Levy $69.40; Local Option Sales Tax Fund  $8,062.51; Debt Service Fund  $296.24; 2019 GO Bond Fund $115.17; Water Projects – Restricted $11.00;  Sewer Projects – Restricted $.92;  Streets Project – Restricted $8.46; Water Fund  $16,093.27;  W/S Deposits  $.78;  Water Sinking Fund $4,807.92; Sewer Fund  $21,556.78; Sewer Sinking Fund $9,982.30; Garbage Fund  $3,989.95.  TOTAL $77,725.54.

Expenditures for July 2019:  General Fund $43,255.27; Road Use Fund $5,968.79; Water Fund $11,405.09; Water Fund Deposits $103.94; Sewer Fund $22,575.85; Garbage $3,990.00.  TOTAL $87,298.94.

Respectfully Submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by:

James Voss, Mayor

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Walker City Council Chambers

Mayor Voss called the meeting to order at 5:00pm.   Council Present:  Rozena McVey, Paul Nielsen and Rob Dunn via telephone.  Absent:  Kene Shoop and David Brown.      

Others Present:  Lonnie Helms            

Motion/Second by Dunn/Nielsen to accept the resignation of councilmember David Brown.  3 ayes: McVey, Dunn, Nielsen; 2 absent, motion carried. 

The City Council has three options to fill the seat on city council.  Option 1: The Walker City Council will publish notice of an appointment and then appoint someone to fill Mr. Brown’s vacancy within 60 days of his resignation (Iowa Code 372.13).  Option 2: The Walker City Council will allow time to pass with an unfilled seat.  Then, Mr. Brown’s seat will be open for the November 5, 2019 election.  Option 3: The Walker City Council will meet to adopt a Resolution to Notify the Commissioner to Hold a Special Election at an estimated cost of $2,500-$3,500.  Motion/Second by McVey/Dunn to allow time to pass with an unfilled seat and fill the vacancy at the November 5, 2019 general election.  3 ayes:  Nielsen, McVey, Dunn; 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by McVey/Nielsen to adjourn at 5:04 pm.  3 ayes, 1 absent, 1 vacant, motion carried. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by:

James Voss, Mayor

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Walker City Council Chambers

Mayor Pro Tem Shoop called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.   Council Present:  Rob Dunn, Rozena McVey, Kene Shoop, Paul Nielsen, and David Brown.  

Others Present:  Kevin Shoop, Vicki & Duane Washburn, Todd Washburn, Abryonna Moore, Donald Washburn, and Will Sherbon.             

Meeting moved to 402 Park Street where council discussed several options for removing the building from city property with the owners.  Connie will put together information of the options discussed for the next meeting on Monday, August 12, 2019. 

Dunn/Brown to get a dumpster provided by the city so the building can be emptied.  5 ayes, motion carried.  Connie will work with property owners as to when works best for them.

Dunn/Nielsen to adjourn at 7:55 pm. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by:

Kene Shoop, Mayor Pro Tem

Minutes of the Walker City Council

Monday, July 8, 2019

Walker City Council Chambers

Mayor Voss called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.   Council Present:  Rob Dunn, Rozena McVey, Kene Shoop, Paul Nielsen, and David Brown.  

Others Present:  Kevin Shoop, Vicki & Duane Washburn, Deputy Matt Schefers, Bill Norris, Kaye Hanzlik, Abryonna Moore, Donald Washburn, Todd Washburn, and Terry Shaffer.             

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Voss.

Motion/Second by McVey/Nielsen to Approve the Consent Agenda including the renewal of Casey’s liquor license.  5 ayes, motion carried.

Linn County Sheriff:  They had 77.4 hours this past month in Walker. 

Mayor:  We continue to work on the nuisance letters that were sent out.  Several have complied and we will be following up on a couple of them this week.            

Clerk:  Written report is available at City Hall.  Connie updated the council on grants for a pathway in the park.  She is not having any luck finding anything available, just those for “nature trails”.  At this time, this will not be put back on the agenda unless requested by council.  

Public Works Technician:  We met with ESCO last week regarding the Lagoon Monitoring Upgrades project.  They are working on the designs and are looking at late September for completion of the project.   

Finance:  June gross payroll was $10,858.99.  2nd quarter 2019 gross payroll was $31,272.35.  Balance on May 31, 2019 was $1,529,485.65.

Fire Dept:  There were 5 calls for service this month – 1 gas leak, 2 medical and 2 storm watches.  We also burned the pile at 26 Mill Street as agreed upon for the nuisance abatement.     

Zoning Administrator:  4 permits were issued – 1 storage shed/cooking enclosure, 2 fence, and 1 excavation.                         

Council:  Councilmember McVey has requested that a policy be written regarding what can and cannot be posted in the Community Room/City Hall to be on the next agenda. 

Open Forum: Kaye Hanzlik expressed concerns regarding the letter she received about the vehicle in her backyard.  She doesn’t understand why we sent one both regular mail and certified mail and stated there are many things that look much worse that her truck.  Mayor Voss explained how this process works and understands that the vehicle has been licensed again to resolve the problem.  Duane & Vicki Washburn were present to discuss the letter they received regarding their garage that sits on city property north of the enclosed pavilion.  Discussion ensued.  Council has agreed to meet with them on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 to look at the situation and discuss options available.  Connie will post an agenda for Wednesday to begin at council chambers and then we will move to 402 Park Street for discussion.  Terry Shaffer asked if there is anything that can be done about a neighbor’s sump pump that is draining water onto his property.  Mayor Voss stated we will look at the situation and advise if it needs to be moved according to state code. 

New Business:

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to approve the street closure requests from Kula’s for Saturday, July 13, 2019 and Saturday, July 27, 2019.   5 ayes, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by Dunn/Shoop for Connie to attend the League of Cities Conference September 25-27, 2019 in Dubuque.  5 ayes, motion carried. 

Public hearing for the vacation of a portion of the alley at 440 Park Street set for Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:15 pm.

Motion/Second by McVey/Dunn to adopt Resolution 2019-27 – Resolution Approving a Smoke, Tobacco & Nicotine Free Parks & Open Spaces Policy.  Roll Call:  Ayes:  McVey, Shoop, Dunn, Brown, Nielsen.  Motion carried.

Motion/Second by McVey/Brown to adopt Resolution 2019-28 – Resolution Approving the Contract with Fire Catt for Annual Hose & Ground Ladder Testing.  Roll Call:   Ayes:  McVey, Dunn, Brown, Shoop, Nielsen.  Motion carried.

Motion/Second by McVey/Dunn to replace the 72” deck Cub Cadet lawn mower as budgeted.  Discussion held.  McVey amended the motion to replace the 72” deck Cub Cadet lawn mower with the John Deere 72” Z960M ZTrak at a price of $8,350.00.  Seconded by Dunn.  5 ayes, motion carried. 

Motion/Second by McVey/Dunn to accept the estimate from Carson Fence Company in the amount of $3,600.00 to repair the fencing at the ball diamond with the City paying for 50% and the Little League paying for 50%.  5 ayes, motion carried.  The city will pay the bill and have the little league reimburse them for their share. 

McVey/Brown to approve the usage of the north pavilion by Chuck Lahr Music (Blue Grass Band) 1-2 times per week for 1-2 hours and waive the fee.  5 ayes, motion carried.

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to enter into the appraisal agreement for 408 Rowley Street with Appraisal Resources Company.  5 ayes, motion carried.

Motion/Second by Shoop/Dunn to adjourn at 8:11 pm.  5 ayes, motion carried. 

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7 pm at the Walker City Council Chambers.

Bills Approved:

FY19:

Bank of America, website, operator

     renewal fees, recording fees, fuel…..$425.45

Dearborn Life Ins. Co., employee life…..$35.10

ESRI, GIS fee…..$1,500.00

HR Green, engineering…..$125.00

HR Green, engineering…..$1,756.00

Hygienic Lab, water testing…..$13.00

Iowa One Call, utility locates…..$7.20

Iowa Prison Industries, street marker holders…..$141.35

Linn County Secondary Roads, bridge

     inspections…..$455.00

Linn County Sheriff, police services 4-1/6-30-19…..$6,370.00

Mid-American Research Chemical, weed spray, silicone

     release agent, ice block…..$2,777.94

Paul Niemann Construction, rock…..$67.21

Rudd Sanitation, May dumpster…..$65.00

Steve’s Heating A/C & Electric, repair ac fire dept……$165.85

Wendling Quarries, rock…..$486.92

Windstream, utilities…..$415.58

FY19 Total…..$14,806.60

FY20:

Alliant Energy, utilities…..$5,474.10

FJ Krob & Co., grass seed…..$35.50

Iowa League of Cities, Municipal Professional Academy

     Registration…..$213.00

Linn News-Letter, publications…..$319.00

Tyler Technologies, annual maintenance

     agreement…..$4,475.47

US Cellular, utilities…..$303.77

Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, legal…..$60.00

Petty Cash, replenish petty cash…..$43.61

Rudd Sanitation, June 2019 Contract Payment…..$3,990.00

Iowa League of Cities, member dues…..$743.00

Ron & Cindy Winn, refund liquor license…..$195.00

Computer Troubleshooters, IT Agreement…..$320.00

GCR Tires & Service, fire truck tires…..$2,929.71

Rexco Equipment, skid loader service supplies…..$491.38

HR Green, engineering…..$125.00

HR Green, engineering…..$742.45

HR Green, engineering…..$111.00

Linn News-Letter, postcards for Fire Dept. anniversary…..$20.00

Rudd Sanitation, June dumpster…..$65.00

Connie Helms, reimburse for Iowa League of Cities

     Annual Conference registration…..$205.00

Builder’s FirstSource, supplies…..$88.08

eurofins dba TestAmerica, WWTP testing…..$1,054.20

Fox Apparatus Repair & Maintenance, annual service…..$1,146.00

Menards, supplies for fire station remodel…..$553.46

FY20 Total:  $23,703.73

Grand Total:  $38,510.53

Revenues for May 2019:  General Fund  $34,822.18; Fire Equipment  $1.68; Road Use Fund  $9,536.08; RE Taxes – Employee Benefits  $805.73;  RE Taxes – Emergency Levy $447.49; Local Option Sales Tax Fund  $8,016.04; Debt Service Fund  $99,396.10; 2019 GO Bond Fund $128.12; Water Projects – Restricted $9.30;  Sewer Projects – Restricted $.75;  Streets Project – Restricted $7.45; Water Fund  $14,759.79;  W/S Deposits  $300.58;  Water Sinking Fund $4,827.98; Sewer Fund  $22,650.52; Sewer Sinking Fund $10,030.65; Garbage Fund  $4,062.22.  TOTAL $209,802.66.

Expenditures for May 2019:  General Fund $19,763.53; Road Use Fund $19,428.36; RE Taxes – Employee Benefits $11,300.00; RE Taxes – Emergency Levy $6,275.00; Local Option Sales Tax $60,789.00; Debt Service $37,747.50; 2019 GO Bond Fund $14,549.49; Water Fund $9,024.57; Sewer Fund $46,948.14; Garbage $3,960.00.  TOTAL $229,785.59.

Respectfully Submitted,

Connie Helms, City Clerk

Approved by:

James Voss, Mayor