CITY OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

November 4, 2019 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR: LARRY PTACEK

COUNCIL PERSONS present:                     

CHUCK CRAWFORD

DARCY HUBKA-VOPAT

LORIE TAYLOR

 

 

Others present for the meeting were:    Alan Rusch – Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter; Theresa Staudinger – City Attorney;  Josh Tipton – City Police Chief; Marty Prester – 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, November 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-
Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to approve the November 4, 2019 agenda.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

MINUTES-  

Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to approve the October 21, 2019 Regular Meeting minutes with correction.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL–

Lorie Taylor made a motion to approve the November 4, 2019 bills for $19,878.17 and November 1, 2019 payroll for $9,222.71. Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH MARTY PRESTER-

·        Fixed water leaks

·        Scrapped roads around Jellison Park

·        Working on alleys

·        Fri Nov 1, 2019- routine water tower inspection performed- Cunningham Sandblasting will send packet of results with pictures – preliminary results- the tower will need painted on the inside, painted on the outside, and work done on the balcony

·        Working on raising water meter pits in the streets

·        Trimming trees in the cemetery- might need to get bids from someone for the taller trees

·        Working on repainting sign

·        Will work with Josh on signage to put at alley along Ave E between 25th and 26th streets

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        KDOT Public Transportation---

FY2021 KDOT Operating Expense grant is due Nov 22, 2019. The required public notices were placed in the Oct 24, 2019 Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter edition with the deadline for comments of Nov 4, 2019.  A draft of the grant will be emailed to the Mayor and Council at the end of the week.

            2010 Dodge (tan) van is back in service.

            Routine FY2019 annual audit will be done Wed Nov 6, 2019.

·        Salt Truck is listed on Purple Wave.  It ends Nov 19, 2019.

·        City received Midwest Energy grant for the Drinking Fountain.

·        Burn Pile passed the surprise routine KDHE inspection done in Oct 2019.

·        Renewals- Kansas Unemployment renewal will be 0% for 2020 (0% in 2019).  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas renewal will be $451.18 for 2020 ($494.52 in 2019).

·        Property owners that were found to be in violation of the Board of Health / nuisance ordinances approved for action at the Oct 21, 2019 Council meeting have not been sent letters yet.  The City Attorney and Board of Health member Josh Tipton are refining the needed paperwork before anything can be sent.

 

REFUSE WAIVER REQUEST-

Lorie Taylor made a motion to approve the refuse waiver request for 2904 Ave G.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        Researching a USDA grant for Disaster Preparedness for generators.  It may possible be a matching grant but can use inkind.

·        Red Ribbon Week was a success.

·        No reported incidents on Halloween.

·        Coffee With A Cop on Sat Nov 19, 2019 at Midland Railroad Hotel

·        Started a facebook group – Wilson: News and Info

 

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Jeanne Heki submitted a letter to step down as Chair for the Emergency Preparedness recommending Josh Tipton for the Chair position.  Chuck Crawford made a motion to accept Mayor Larry Ptacek’s appointment of Josh Tipton to Emergency Preparedness Chair.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Chuck Crawford reported that the Ellsworth County Economic Development housing project for Ellsworth will start in Spring 2020.

 

ABANDONED/VACANT BUILDING ORDINANCE / LAND BANKS-

Theresa Staudinger presented a draft abandoned / vacant building ordinance and attorney comments to the Mayor and Council earlier in the week.  It will be discussed more in depth at the November 18, 2019 Council meeting when the Mayor and all five Council are present.

 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT PROBATION PERIOD-

Chuck Crawford made a motion to accept Marty Prester as successfully completing his probation period as City Superintendent effective October 23, 2019 with the $.50 raise effective October 23, 2019.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

BURN PILE-

Steve Ford resigned at the burn pile effective Nov 30, 2019 or whenever a new attendant is hired.   Council consensus is to make the position as an independent contract, yearly contract, does not have to be a resident of the city, and $9.50 per hour.  Deadline to submit interest will be Monday November 18, 2019.  Winter hours will be changed to Saturday’s from noon to 4 pm.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next Council meeting- Monday, November 18, 2019 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:54 p.m.