CITY OF WILSON
at Wilson City Hall
October 7, 2019 7:00 p.m.
MAYOR: LARRY PTACEK
COUNCIL PERSONS present:
Others present for the meeting were: Mike Peschka – Wilson Economic Development Corporation President; Chris Landron – INA Alert; Theresa Staudinger – City Attorney; Marty Prester –City Superintendent; Josh Tipton – City 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, October 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to approve the October 7, 2019 agenda. Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.
Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the September 16, 2019 Regular Meeting minutes. Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.
BILLS AND PAYROLL–
Gary Everett made a motion to approve the October 7, 2019 bills for $17,420.68 and October 1, 2019 payroll for $10,634.48. Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.
CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH MARTY PRESTER-
· Training Don Browning
· Fixed water leaks at the Cemetery and Lions Club Park
· After meeting with Cindy Heinze, Nate Pasek- Twin Lakes League Summer Baseball Wilson Representative, and Susan Kriley, it was decided to use the south ballfield for the Summer 2020 baseball season. Marty is gathering bids for the dirt work to do this fall/winter.
· Installing Library sign
· Cleaning out and reorganizing shop and buildings
CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-
· KDOT 2010 Tan Van (with wheelchair ramp) is out of commission for repairs.
· FY2021 KDOT Operating Expense Grant period is open. Grants are due Nov 22, 2019.
· Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the purchase of the Home Emergency Alert System service for Wilson City Hall through Wilson Communications. Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried 4 – 0 – with 1 abstain.
CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-
· Presented monthly report
· Preparing for Red Ribbon Week
· Board of Health has started review potential properties that are in violation of the city ordinances
· Received body &/or patrol car camera system bids- Chris Landon, INA Alert Ellinwood KS, provided information about the Motorola/Watch Guard system that they oversee. Gary Everett indicated that he and Susan will be working on a Dane G. Hansen Grant for a permanent generator at the water wells and they can include a body &/or patrol car camera system. The plans are to have it submitted in mid – November.
7:38 p.m. Chris Landon left the meeting.
Lorie Taylor updated the Council regarding the Egg Park landscaping that the Chamber has designed. Marty indicated that the City can help set the light poles when needed.
Chuck Crawford reported that Smoky Hill Development Corporation has now officially changed their name to Ellsworth County Economic Development. They are working on Census awareness. The Candidate forum will be Saturday October 13th at 2 pm.
ABANDONED/VACANT BUILDING ORDINANCE / LAND BANKS-
Theresa Staudinger gave a brief overview of the Land Banks and a potential abandoned/vacant building ordinance. Land banks would be considered a separate entity from the City Council; would need administration & Board of Trustees; and would find developments and sell for use. Abandoned/vacant building ordinance could put a tax on abandoned property if not in use and may require the property owner to appoint a representative that has power to act on their behalf if the property owner lives out of Wilson. An ordinance may be viewed as a desire to get property owners to take responsibility of their own property. With the current Wilson Board of Health ordinances / procedures, the City has the burden of paying for the repairs if not done and billing the property owner versus the sample abandoned/vacant building ordinance issuing fines but not having to make repairs.
CITY HALL DRINKING FOUNTAIN-
Bids received- Mike’s Plumbing & Heating $816.00 and $1,591.00 with bottle filler and Russell Contractors Inc $1,670.00; $2,906.00 with bottle filler; and $3,010.00 with bottle filler and water filter. Susan wrote a Midwest Energy grant for up to $1,000 but an award is pending. A decision is tabled until the grant results are received.
Larry Ptacek informed the Council that an awareness committee (CCC- Complete Count Committee) for the 2020 Census taking is recommended for all local governments. Stacie Schmidt, Ellsworth County Economic Development, is overseeing a County group to help each community develop a CCC. The 2020 Census collection will start with a postcard being sent to all US residents in March 2020. The CCC group will help inform the residents of the importance of participating.
TRANSIENT GUEST TAX COMMITTEE-
Mike Peschka, WEDC President, reported that Renee McGaffic will represent the Wilson Chamber of Commerce on the Transient Guest Tax Committee.
NEXT MEETING -
Next Council meeting- Monday, October 21, 2019 7:00 pm
Meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m.