CITY OF WILSON
at Wilson City Hall
April 3, 2017 7:00 p.m.
MAYOR: LARRY PTACEK
COUNCIL PERSONS present:
Others present for the meeting were: Mike Harbaugh – property owner; Carl Miller – Ellsworth County Appraiser; Allison Ford & John Thompson – Wilson Czech Opera House Corporation Board; Alan Rush – Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter; Theresa Staudinger – City Attorney; Ted Soukup – City Superintendent; and Susan Kriley – City Clerk.
CALL TO ORDER-
Mayor Larry Ptacek called the Regular Meeting of the Wilson City Council to order on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Lorie Taylor made a motion to approve the April 3, 2017 agenda. Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.
Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the March 20, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes and March 27, 2017 Special Meeting minutes. Steve Claussen seconded the motion and it carried.
BILLS & PAYROLL -
Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the April 3, 2017 bills in the amount of $15,144.40 and April 3, 2017 payroll in the amount of $11,775.64. Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.
NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION HEARING-
Mike Harbaugh, H & H Ventures, requested an appeal of their removal from the Neighborhood Revitalization program due to a late property tax payment. H & H Ventures owned a storage unit and a rental house. In December 2016, they paid the rental house property taxes but did not receive their property tax statement. They have made changes to make sure that they do not miss them in the future. Carl Miller, Ellsworth County Appraiser, informed the Council that since it was in the old plan that only affects the City of Wilson and USD 112, each of those two entities will have to make the decision to reinstate H & H Venture. Cindy Heinze made a motion to reinstate H & H Ventures in the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.
7:08 p.m. Carl Miller and Mike Harbaugh left the meeting.
OPERA HOUSE PROJECT-
Allison Ford, Wilson Czech Opera House Corporation President, presented the Council with an update on the Opera House. They received approximately $162,300 in tax credits from 2015-2016. The exterior walls are now stabilized, ramp installed to the basement, fence moved off the sidewalk, and the stone replaced. Allison Ford is writing a grant.
7:11 p.m. Allison Ford & John Thompson left the meeting.
Budget Report- as of March 31, 2017, and Income Received Report for March 2017 was presented for information.
CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE BY TED SOUKUP –
· Sewer Lagoon Lift Station- The generator is faulty and runs continuously. A new circuit board was ordered to fix the problem. In addition, there is no alarm system for the lift station installed. A new one with a battery backup was ordered (under $500).
· Low graves at the Cemetery will be filled.
· Summer applications – Six applications were submitted. Cindy Heinze made a motion to allow Ted to select top two applicants for $9.00 per hour. Steve Claussen seconded the motion and it carried. Cindy Heinze made a motion to allow Ted to hire two of the following three: Jan Shaw, Trey Fink, or Ashlyn Weinhold. Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.
CITY CLERK UPDATE BY SUSAN KRILEY –
· Received two (2) Midwest Energy grants -- $1,000 bulletproof vest and $850 concrete dance floor for Lions Club Park.
· Rabies Clinic – sold 90 dog tags and Town and Country Animal Hospital vaccinated 115 dogs/cats.
MAYOR AND COUNCIL-
Ave E and 31st needs hole by drainage filled.
Theresa Staudinger reported the steps needed to implement a Special Assessment for street covering (discussed at an earlier meeting)- Council must pass Special Assessment, go out for bids, then hold a hearing. At the hearing, if 50% or more property owners that it will affect do not want the improvement/special assessment, it is cancelled. It was discussed to get a general cost estimate for the street improvements and do an informal survey with the affected property owners to see their interest.
Steve Claussen made a motion to send the owner at 31st and Ave D a letter to clean up / remove tree. Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.
Lorie Taylor made a motion to accept Donna Curtis on the Lang Memorial Library Board. Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.
Lorie Taylor made a motion to approve Dave Hanzlick as successfully completing the probation period on the Wilson Fire Department. Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.
HUNTER ESTATES DEVELOPMENT-
Hunter Estates development (infrastructure) Phase I – Cindy Heinze made a motion to accept Resolution 3-2017 regarding bonds for the USDA loans. Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.
Steve Claussen made a motion to approve the building permit for Don and Angela Browning house construction for 303 21st. Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.
NEXT MEETING -
Next Council meeting- Monday, April 17, 2017 7:00 pm
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.