CITY OF WILSON
at Wilson City Hall
September 16, 2019 7:00 p.m.
MAYOR: LARRY PTACEK
COUNCIL PERSONS present:
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.
Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the September 16, 2019 agenda. Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.
Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the September 3, 2019 Regular Meeting minutes. Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.