Meeting Minutes for November 18, 2019

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CITY
OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at
Wilson City Hall

November
18, 2019 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR:                                                              LARRY PTACEK

COUNCIL PERSONS
present:                     CHUCK CRAWFORD

GARY EVERETT

CINDY HEINZE

DARCY HUBKA-VOPAT

 

 

Others present
for the meeting were:    Doug Goetz & Drew Hoops – engineers with
Wilson & Company;  Mike Peschka –
Wilson Economic Development Corporation; 
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 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-

Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the November 18, 2019 agenda.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

MINUTES-  

Chuck Crawford made
a motion to approve the November 4, 2019 Regular Meeting minutes.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL–

Gary Everett made
a motion to approve the November 18, 2019 bills for $12,094.17 and November 18,
2019 payroll for $8,832.17. Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH MARTY
PRESTER-

·        
Reiterated
need for the permanent generator at the Water Wells.  The City needs to think about the purchase if
the City does not receive the Dane G. Hansen Foundation grant that is being
written for it (and the body / dash camera to replace our current ones).

·        
Marking
crosswalks

 

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        
Gary
Everett made a motion to purchase two office chairs for $295.91 each to replace
the current ones.  Cindy Heinze seconded
the motion and it carried.

·        
Berniece
Olejniczak contacted the City to ask that her appreciation for Police Chief
Josh Tipton be expressed at the Council meeting so the Mayor and Council know
how much she appreciates him.

·        
Dane
G. Hansen Foundation Grant for the permanent generator for the water wells and
a body – dash camera for the police department will be submitted this week.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

RED FLAG POLICY-

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to approve the Nov 2018- Oct 2019 Red Flag Policy Annual
Report.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion
and it carried.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

FY 2021 KDOT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
OPERATING EXPENSE GRANT-

Gary Everett
made a motion to approve the FY 2021 KDOT Public Transportation Operating
Expense Grant application.  Darcy
Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried. 
Grant amount is $10,500 (funds are on a reimbursement basis at a 70-30
match).

 

DEPARTMENTS:

SEWER LAGOON IMPROVEMENT PROJECT-

Doug Goetz &
Drew Hoops with Wilson & Company updated the Council on the lagoon
improvement project that is mandatory through Kansas Department of Health &
Environment because of test result violations. 
Wilson & Company must submit a plan of action on the City of
Wilson’s behalf by December 31, 2019. 
Doug reported that the City will not have to do additional boring
because the boring test results from the initial construction project can be
used.  Previous conversations led to
decide to go to a non-discharging cell to avoid any future problems as the EPA
changes violation levels.  Three options
will be presented in the plan --- option 1- build cell #3 (7 acres) north of
cell #1 and pump to cell #3 from cell #2; 
option 2- build cell #3 (4 acres) north of cell #1 and relocate extra
for irrigation for a farmer (must have an agreement with a land owner); and
option 3- build cell #3 west of cell #2 and the current cell #3 (4 acres) and
relocate extra for irrigation for a farmer (must have an agreement with a land
owner).  Option 1 and 2 would both
require a land swap or purchase of land. 
Option 3 would be on land already owned by the City of Wilson.  Estimated costs will from $389,000 - $555,000
(15%-20% lower if the City does not have to pursue grants or loans.

 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        
Working
with Fire Chief Langerman on the emergency generators project.

·        
Will
participate in the STEP program from Nov 25- Dec 1st for DUI’s,
child restraints, and seat belt enforcement. 
The City will receive grant money for equipment by participating.

 

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Chuck
Crawford reported that a resident was concerned with a couple of major potholes
on the County road (105 Rd) – city ‘s Ave E and 29th.  Dale Houston, Ellsworth County Road &
Bridge Supervisor, will fix it.

 

Darcy
Hubka-Vopat had mentioned previously about replacing trash receptacles along
Ave E.  The City will look into a grant
in the future to replace them.

 

ABANDONED/VACANT PROPERTY
ORDINANCE / LAND BANKS-

Theresa Staudinger presented a draft abandoned /
vacant property ordinance and attorney comments to the Mayor and Council in the
beginning of November.  In researching
abandoned property ordinances in the State of Kansas, Theresa found four cities
and one county that currently have one or are in the process of adopting
one.   The Board of Health or Public
Compliance Officer (position created in an existing ordinance) would the ones
to start the process to determine whether or not a property is abandoned or
vacant etc.  and she illustrated the
steps that the ordinance outlines.

 

8:07 p.m. Drew Hoops and Doug Goetz left the
meeting.

 

Gary Everett made a motion to enter executive
session for attorney client privilege for five minutes at 8:07 p.m. to include
Theresa Staudinger.  Cindy Heinze
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Gary Everett made a motion to return to open
session at 8:12 p.m.  Cindy Heinze seconded
the motion and it carried.

 

No action was taken.

 

The approval of a draft ordinance will be tabled
until the new Council takes over January 6, 2020.

 

BOARD OF HEALTH-

The Board of Health is finishing up paperwork
needed to send out the 30 day letters for the six properties found in violation
of the Board of Health ordinances at the October 21, 2019 Council meeting.

 

ASSISTANT CITY
SUPERINTENDENT PROBATION PERIOD-

Chuck Crawford made a motion to accept Don Browning
as successfully completing his probation period as Assistant City
Superintendent effective November 14, 2019 with the $.50 raise effective November
14, 2019.  Cindy Heinze seconded the
motion and it carried. 

 

HEALTH INSURANCE
REIMBURSEMENT-

Chuck
Crawford made a motion to reimburse Don Browning effective December 1, 2019 for
90% of the monthly BCBS premium since he already has health insurance coverage
under a qualified plan.  Darcy
Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

BURN PILE ATTENDANT-
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR APPLICATIONS-

Cindy Heinze made a motion to enter executive
session for five minutes at 8:18 p.m. for contract negotiations to include
Theresa Staudinger.  Chuck Crawford
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to return to open
session at 8:23 p.m.  Chuck Crawford
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Gary Everett made a motion hire the following in
order for the Burn Pile Attendant (second will be offered if the first cannot
accept etc.) if willing to secure liability insurance--- 1. Lawrence Soukup;  2. 
Fred Barton;  and 3.  Richard Stroup .  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Monday, December 2, 2019 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting
adjourned at 8:24 p.m.





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