CITY OF WILSON

 

Budget Hearing and Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

August 19, 2019 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR:  LARRY PTACEK

COUNCIL PERSONS present:                     

CHUCK CRAWFORD

GARY EVERETT

CINDY HEINZE

DARCY HUBKA-VOPAT

LORIE TAYLOR

 

Others present for the meeting were:  Mike Peschka – Wilson Economic Development Corporation President;  Shawn Shipley – resident; Alan Rusch – Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter;  Theresa Staudinger – City Attorney; Josh Tipton – City Police Chief;  and Susan Kriley – City Clerk.

 

2020 BUDGET HEARING-
No public comments were received.  Gary Everett made a motion to adopt the 2020 Budget.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

CALL TO ORDER-
Mayor Larry Ptacek called the Regular Meeting of the Wilson City Council to order on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-
Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to approve the August 19, 2019 agenda.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

MINUTES-  

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the August 5, 2019 Regular Meeting and August 13, 2019 Special Meeting minutes.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL–

Gary Everett made a motion to approve the August 19, 2019 bills for $9,871.68 and August 16, 2019 payroll for $10,169.45. Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:

WILSON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION-

Mike Peschka, Wilson Economic Development Corporation President,  announced that WEDC will do another Clean Up Week starting Oct 5th to utilize grant funds received by the City that were left after the spring Clean Up Week.  He also provided suggested businesses / organizations to include for the Transient Guest Tax Committee (as requested by the Mayor and City Council at a previous meeting).  The Mayor and City Council consensus was for WEDC to proceed with collecting names off the list of businesses / organizations and present them for approval at the next Regular Council meeting.

 

RESIDENT COMMENT-

Shawn Shipley, resident, thanked Police Chief Tipton for the active police department.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH TED SOUKUP-

      Not available.

 

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve Susan Kriley to attend the CCMFOA Academy in Wichita on November 14- 15, 2019 and to use the credit card for lodging expense.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve Josh Tipton to attend the Kansas Chiefs of Police Fall Meeting in McPherson on September 20, 2019 and to reimburse for mileage (leaving patrol car here for Jonathan to cover).  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

·        Reported that the window is out of the Kyner Weigh Station.

 

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Larry Ptacek thanked Josh Tipton, Wilson Fire Dept, Arnold Kratky, Ted Soukup and Marty Prester for their quick clean up after the storm on August 17-18, 2019. Gary Everett add thanking the land owners as well.

 

Darcy Hubka-Vopat reported that the Library would like to thank Ted Soukup and Marty Prester for their assistance unloading their new electronic sign.  Darcy also asked about the status of the trees on Petz’s property along 31st.  It was recapped that the trees were trimmed back considerably and it was consensus at a previous Council meeting to address if removal needs to be done at a later date after the spring season to re-evaluate.  Kenny’s Construction submitted an approximate amount of $6,707 to crown the street and install an apron on 31st will be re-evaluated for budgeting and previously discussed re-evaluation of trees.

 

Chuck Crawford reported that he attended the Aug 13, 2019 Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation Strategic Doing Meeting.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to allow alcohol at Jellison Park for the Czechtoberfest hosted by Czech Festival Committee on Saturday, October 12, 2019.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Lorie Taylor informed the Council that sewer rates will need to be increased to at least $24.00 flat fee and major users to be evaluated to prepare for the upcoming Sewer Lagoon mandated expansion.  In July 2001, sewer rates were raised to $13.50 flat fee and $3.00 per 1,000 gallons of water used for major users.  In August 2016, sewer rates were raised to where they are currently- $15.00 flat fee and $4.00 per 1,000 gallons of water used for major users.  The increase can be done at once or in stages and will have to be done whether or not the City pursues financial through a loan or grant.  Lorie and Gary Everett will present a few scenarios at the next Regular City Council meeting.

 

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        Brad Schiermeyer is almost finished with new website.  Wilson site pictures, Mayor, Council, full time employees, and City Attorney pictures are the last piece to include then it will be activated.

 

CITY ATTORNEY UPDATE WITH THERESA STAUDINGER-

Theresa Staudinger reminded all that the Transient Guest Tax Committee must follow the KSA 12-1695 stating that a “majority of which shall be representatives of businesses coming with the terms of this act.”

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

HEALTH INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT-

Gary Everett made a motion to reimburse Josh Tipton effective July 1, 2019 for 90% of the monthly BCBS premium since he already has health insurance coverage under a qualified plan.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

CITY ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT POSITION-

Deadline to receive applications is 3pm on Friday, August 30, 2019.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

BOARD OF HEALTH- 2504 AVE E-

The property located at 2504 Ave E has passed the deadline for mandatory stabilization from the storm damage done in 2016 however it is delayed due to the large estimate to stabilize the back stone wall.  Contact is attempting to be made with the property owner.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next Council meeting- Tuesday, September 3, 2019 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.