CITY OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

March 18, 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:   Doug Goetz - Wilson & Company;  Joshua Tipton - guest; Mike Peschka - Wilson Economic Development Corporation; Emily Denham - resident; Pastor Brett Denham – resident;  Alan Rusch – Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter;  Theresa Staudinger – City Attorney; Ted Soukup – City Superintendent; Jonathan Lawrence – Police officer;  and Susan Kriley – City Clerk.

 

CALL TO ORDER-
Mayor Larry Ptacek called the Regular Meeting of the Wilson City Council to order on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-
Lorie Taylor made a motion to approve the March 18, 2019 agenda.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

MINUTES-

Gary Everett made a motion to approve the March 4, 2019 Regular Meeting minutes with the addition. Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL –

Gary Everett made a motion to approve the March 18, 2019 bills $10,437.52 and March 18, 2019 payroll $8,533.75. Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried. 

 

DEPARTMENTS:

SEWER LAGOON ENGINEER REPORT WITH WILSON & COMPANY-

Doug Goetz, Wilson & Company, updated the Mayor/Council on the sewer lagoon project.  Kansas Department of Health & Environment is requiring improvements be made to the sewer lagoon to fix the testing violations. The Mayor/Council hired Wilson & Company at a previous meeting to work with the City and KDHE to bring the City into compliance.  They are proposing a non-discharging cell to avoid future testing violations. The Engineer Agreement will need to be approved and a letter will need to be sent to KDHE by April 10, 2019 indicating that an engineer has been hired.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:

WILSON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION UPDATE-

Mike Peschka, WEDC representative, gave an update – WEDC has acquired the two railroad buildings (old scale building and Sunflower Coal building).  They will have to move them by the end of 2019.  The Transient Guest Tax (currently set at .25%) and a Tourism Committee was discussed.  Mike thanked the city crew for the great job on snow removal.

 

MISC-

Pastor Brett Denham, resident, asked about the Police Chief position.  The Council informed him that the deadline is 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019 and a recommendation will be presented at the April 1, 2019 Council meeting (if interviews have been done).

 

7:43p.m. Pastor Brett Denham left the meeting.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH TED SOUKUP-

·        Graded Riverview Addition on Sunday March 17, 2019 since it had dried out.  It will need sand placed.

·        Gary Everett made a motion to approve the purchase of the autodialer for the water wells from Don’s Electric and Rewind for $587.00.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

·        Replaced air pot on the street truck.

·        The emergency battery backup for the water wells has been repaired.

 

POLICE DEPT UPDATE WITH JONATHAN LAWRENCE-

·        Updated Council on activities since the previous Council meeting

·        Picked up evidence for a case in progress from KBI lab in Great Bend.

·        Wilson Communications has installed the new computer.  Enterpol will be installed on Wednesday.

·        Attended a surveillance class.

·        Will take 2015 Ford Explorer- Police Vehicle- to Salina for a vehicle recall repair on Wednesday.

 

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        Insurance renewal (April 1- March 31) with Ellco Insurance was not available for this meeting. Ellco Insurance will distribute it as soon as it is available.

·        Correction from the March 18, 2019 bills- the drum was replaced on the Brother printer not the Canon copier.  The Canon copier drum was replaced on March 8, 2019.

·        Submitted the annual Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation grant for the Wilson Economic Development Corporation clean up.  The City has no financial obligation but submits the grant and paperwork.  Wilson Economic Development Corporation does the organizing and work for the clean up week.

·        Starting March 13, 2019, the Burn Pile will be open on Wednesday’s from 5-7:30 p.m. in addition to the Saturday 10a-5p hours.

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Chuck Crawford invited the Mayor and Council to the Wilson Economic Development Corporation Strategic Planning session on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 7-8pm at Wilson City Hall.  Chuck made a motion to approve the purchase of sand from Kenny’s Construction for $500 (120 cubic yards) for the east side of Ave D from 31st street to 33rd street (Riverview Addition) and along 31st street from Ave D to Ave E.  Gary Everett seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Gary Everett made a motion to accept the bid from Larry’s Auto Repair for batteries for Fire Truck #555 for $621.80 (other bid received from Steinle Repair for $630.84).  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Darcy Hubka-Vopat reported that there have been no more leaks in the Lang Memorial Library building since the roof repairs were made from Reliant Roofing.  Interior repairs will be researched.

 

POLICE CHIEF POSITION-

The deadline for Police Chief applications was extended from February 28, 2019 to March 28, 2019.

 

EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK SUGGESTED CHANGES-

The Employee Handbook committee (Chuck Crawford, Darcy Hubka-Vopat, and Gary Everett) are working on suggested changes to present to the Mayor and Council.

 

BOH -

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

No new information.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

ENHANCED CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE ORDINANCE NO. 848-

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 848- Enhanced Cereal Malt Beverage.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

REFUSE SERVICE WAIVER REQUEST 104 25TH JOHN HOCH-

Gary Everett made a motion to approve the refuse service waiver request for John Hoch’s rental at 104 25th (empty).  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:

MISC-

Emily Denham, resident, requested the City investigate the possibility of putting up a stop sign or yield sign at the west alley along Ave E between 25th and 26th street and at the corner of Janda Repair because of blind spots.

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next Council meeting- Monday, April 1, 2019 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.