CITY OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

January 7, 2019 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR: LARRY PTACEK

COUNCIL PERSONS present:                     

STEVE CLAUSSEN

GARY EVERETT

CINDY HEINZE

DARCY HUBKA-VOPAT

LORIE TAYLOR

 

Others present for the meeting were:   Kenroy Wilson – Wilson Schools Principal; Allison Ford – Opera House Corporation President; David Criswell, Leah Criswell, Marty Prester, and Cathy Smith – residents;  Chuck Crawford- Lang Memorial Library Board; Shawn Shipley – Ellsworth County EMS;  Alan Rusch– Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter; Theresa Staudinger – City Attorney;  Bob Doepp – Police Chief;  and Susan Kriley – City Clerk.

 

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

 

APPROVE AGENDA-
Lorie Taylor made a motion to approve the January 7, 2019 agenda.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

MINUTES-

Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to approve the December 17, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes with correction. Gary Everett seconded the motion and it carried.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL –

Gary Everett made a motion to approve the January 7, 2019 bills $30,984.24 and January 2, 2019 payroll $11,221.27. Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried. 

 

INCOME RECEIVED REPORT FOR DEC 2018

Presented for information

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:

USD 112 CENTRAL PLAINS SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE -

Kenroy Wilson, USD 112 Wilson Schools Principal, updated the Mayor and City Council on the school district issues.  Currently, the USD 112 School Board is reviewing four options regarding the fate of the district to overcome financial shortfalls that the district has had.  Option three is very significant to Wilson because it proposes to bus the Wilson Schools Grades 7-12 to Bushton/ Claflin.  There is a Wilson community meeting on Friday January 11, 2019 at 5pm in the Commons and the next USD 112 School Board meeting is Monday January 14, 2019 at 6pm in Holyrood.  Kenroy encourages everyone to attend both meetings and contact School Board members and state facts.  The School Board has stated that they plan to make a decision at their February 2019 meeting.

 

OPERA HOUSE CORPORATION UPDATE -

Allison Ford, Opera House Corporation Board President, reported that they are continuing to work on grants to raise the necessary funds.  The board has updated the design/ construction plan to break it into smaller phases with the first phase as a simiplified open structure at an approximate cost of $200,000.

 

LANG MEMORIAL LIBRARY -

Chuck Crawford, Lang Memorial Library board member, reported that the Library received a grant for an outdoor electronic sign to cover the sign costs.  The Library would like to request two-four hours of city labor (Ted and Marty), city backhoe, and post hole auger for the foundation.  A decision was tabled until the Council can talk to Ted Soukup, City Superintendent.

 

REPORTS:

TRANSFERS-

Gary Everett made a motion to approve the following transfers: 4th Quarter 2018 from Water to Water Repair $8,264.55;  from Water to Capital Improvement $5,509.70;  Sewer to Capital Improvement $4,175.03; from Sewer to Sewer Reserve $8,582.00; from Water to General $3,843.00 and end of year transfers from General to Municipal Equipment Replacement $24,000.00; from General to Fire Equipment Replacement $22,000.00; from General to Capital Improvement $5,000.00;  and  Special Rural Fire to Fire Equipment Replacement $5,000.00. All transfers are subject to budget and cash in fund availability.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

7:26 p.m. Marty Prester, David Criswell, Leah Criswell, and Allison Ford left the meeting.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        Gary Everett made a motion to purchase two boxes of regular stamped envelopes and two boxes of window stamped envelopes on the credit card for an approximate cost of $1,202.25.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

·        Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve construction of a 4’ by 8’ storage closet in the front part of City Hall not to exceed $700.00.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

7:31 p.m. Kenroy Wilson left the meeting.

 

POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH BOB DOEPP-

·        Ellsworth County is going with a new dispatch, records, booking system from Enterpol.  The total cost to the County is $54,645—Wilson’s financial responsibility is $480 for the first year and $409 per year for additional years.  Cindy Heinze made a motion to accept the bid and have the City Clerk sign the agreement form.  Gary Everett seconded the motion and it carried.

·        Presented year end activity report

 

COUNCIL-

Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to accept the resignation from Chuck Crawford for the Lang Memorial Library board effective January 8, 2019.  Steve Claussen seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Lorie Taylor made a motion to allow the Kansas Originals to host an Art Show at the Ed and LaVange Shiroky park during the Biking Across Kansas when they are in Wilson on June 11, 2019.  Gary Everett seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Gary Everett made a motion to approve Jake Stoppel as successfully completing the probation period as a Wilson Fire Department volunteer firefighter.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION-

Gary Everett made a motion to enter executive session for five minutes at 7:43 p.m. for non-elected personnel to include the City Attorney Theresa Staudinger.  Steve Claussen seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to return to open session at 7:48 p.m. Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

No action was taken.

 

BOH -

2504 AVE E- OWNER PICTURE ROCK LLC- DANIEL ERDMAN-

No new information.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

2019 ANNUAL WAGE EVAULATION / COST OF LIVING RAISE -

Gary Everett made a motion for the following increases effective Jan 1, 2019:  3% for Bob Doepp, Janiece Kornmeyer, and Jonathan Lawrence; 1.5% for Marty Prester (due to $.50 increase given when probation period was completed);  and $1.00 per hour for Susan Kriley and Ted Soukup.  Steve Claussen seconded the motion and it carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

2019 MEMBERSHIP FOR SMOKY HILL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION-

Gary Everett made a motion to renew the membership for 2019 for the Smoky Hill Development Corporation at $5,557.00 and to pay the first half now.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

 

RESOLUTION 1-2019 – 2019 GAAP WAIVER-

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve Resolution 1-2019 for the annual GAAP waiver for 2019.  Gary Everett seconded the motion and it carried.

 

2019 RAILROAD LEASE WITH EVA GRAUER TRUST AND BRAD & KATE SCHIERMEYER -

Tabled until a future meeting.

 

APPOINTMENTS-

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the Mayor appoints as follows:  City Bank - Wilson State Bank;  City Attorney – Theresa Staudinger with Peterson & Staudinger, LLC; City Newspaper  - Ellsworth County Independent / Reporter;  Municipal Judge - Darrell Thrasher;   Municipal Court Clerk - Susan Kriley;  City Clerk / Treasurer– Susan Kriley; Police Chief – Robert Doepp;  Board of Health volunteers:  Tony Brokes, Robert Doepp, , E. David Sells,  and two vacancies;  Tree Board - Matt Beckman, Eldon Whitmer, Warren Bushnell, and two vacancies;  Emergency Preparedness Committee – Chairperson- Jeanne Heki, members Rev. Ron Lowry, Sheron Lowry, Debbie Whitmer, Terry Whitmer, Mayor Larry Ptacek, Police Chief Bob Doepp, and Fire Chief Larry Langerman; Wilson Forever Fund Advisory Committee city representative – Brad Schiermeyer,  Mileage Rate of $.45 per mile; and Storm Spotters- Larry Langerman, Travis Cullens, Richard Lantz, Rev Ronald Lowry, Nick Nelson, Keith Roush, Bill Siefers Jr., Joe Soukup, and Jared Steinle. Steve Claussen seconded the motion and it carried.

 

NEWLY ELECTED AND RE-ELECTED COUNCIL TERMS-

The newly elected and re-elected Council (Chuck Crawford, Cindy Heinze, and Darcy Hubka-Vopat) are to be sworn in on the second Monday of January.  It will not be done at an official Council meeting.

 

MISC-

Mayor Larry Ptacek thanked Steve Claussen for his time on the Council.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next Council meeting- Tuesday, January 22, 2019 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.