CITY OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

September 16, 2019 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR:  LARRY PTACEK

COUNCIL PERSONS present:                     

CHUCK CRAWFORD

CINDY HEINZE

DARCY HUBKA-VOPAT

LORIE TAYLOR

 

Others present for the meeting were:  Mike Peschka – Wilson Economic Development Corporation President;  Melinda Merrill,  JR Robl, Justin Joiner- housing development project proposal; Stacie Schmidt – Smoky Hill Development Corporation Executive ; Alan Rusch – Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter; 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, September 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-
Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the September 16, 2019 agenda.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

MINUTES-  

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the September 3, 2019 Regular Meeting minutes.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL–

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the September 16, 2019 bills for $70,872.08 and September 16, 2019 payroll for $7,690.05. Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECT PROPOSAL-

Melinda Merrill, JR Robl, and Justin Joiner were present to answer questions about the proposed housing development project through a KDOC MIH grant.  Chuck Crawford asked them to consider the Prairie Estates as an area to build.

 

7:12 p.m. Josh Tipton joined the meeting.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve Resolution 5-2019 in support of the KDOC MIH grant / housing development project and the Development Agreement between the City of Wilson and Czech Apartments, LLC (Melinda Merrill- President).  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

7:14 p.m. Melinda Merrill, JR Robl, and Justin Joiner left the meeting.

 

WILSON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION-

Mike Peschka, Wilson Economic Development Corporation President, presented information about Land Banks and a City of Russell Ordinance dealing with abandoned properties/ buildings as possible ways to clean up properties.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION-

Cindy Heinze made a motion to enter executive session for Public Service & Safety to include the City Attorney and Police Chief for 5 minutes at 7:25 p.m.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

7:25 p.m. Stacie Schmidt left the meeting.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to return to open session at 7:30 p.m.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

No action was taken.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Mayor Larry Ptacek reported that KDHE has notified the City that the City received 100% funding for the clean up of the old dump site (application was completed & submitted in early fall 2018).  More information will be sent to the City regarding instructions and timelines.

 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH MARTY PRESTER-

·        Thanked volunteers for helping mow and weedeat the Cemetery.

·        Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the temporary hiring by the Mayor of Mike Peschka at $10.00 per hour to help mow and weedeat the cemetery.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        City Hall drinking fountain is in disrepair.  Susan will send out requests for a quote for a replacement.

·        Received an updated accepted materials list for the Ellsworth County Recycling Trailers that are brought to Wilson the 3rd weekend of each month.

·        Mayor had Susan submit information from the League of Kansas Municipalities - “If I Were Mayor…” and other City contests and projects to the Wilson Schools.

 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        Reported that the Board of Health is starting to look at properties in preparation for their first meeting.  Tammy Pellant resigned.  Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve Jeremy Hlad as a Board of Health member.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

·        Will send out quote requests for an upgraded body &/or patrol car camera system.

 

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Darcy Hubka-Vopat updated the Council on the sidewalk replacement program offered by the City from the $1,000 Midwest Energy grant received in the Fall of 2017.  Only $30 has been claimed.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to open the program up to residence and businesses for sidewalk replacement on a 50 – 50 reimbursement up to a maximum of $250 through Spring of 2020.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.  She reported she is still researching outside trash cans for Ave E and the egg park.  Darcy commented that a lot of the items mentioned at First Impressions have been addressed.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to set the Horseshoe Pit rental at $50 per day.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

SEWER RATE INCREASE - ORDINANCE NO. 852-

Lorie Taylor made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 852- Sewer rate increase.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

BURN PILE ATTENDANT-

Mayor Larry Ptacek reported that Donald Anschutz put in his resignation as burn pile attendant effective Sept 30 ,2019.  Chuck Crawford made a motion to make Steve Ford the burn pile attendant at $9.00 (same rate as he currently receives).  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

REFUSE WAIVER-

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the refuse waiver for 2207 Ave C.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next Council meeting- Monday, October 7, 2019 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.