Meeting Minutes for December 16, 2019

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CITY OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at
Wilson City Hall

December 16, 2019 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR:                                                              LARRY PTACEK

COUNCIL PERSONS
present:                     CHUCK CRAWFORD

GARY EVERETT

CINDY HEINZE

DARCY HUBKA-VOPAT

LORIE TAYLOR

 

 

Others present
for the meeting were:    Mike Peschka – Wilson Economic Development
Corporation;  David Criswell –
resident;  Stacie Schmidt – Ellsworth
County Economic Development;   Melinda
Merrill – resident;  Leslie Kessinger –
resident;  Shawn Shipley – resident;  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, December 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-

Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the December 16, 2019 agenda.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

MINUTES-  

Cindy Heinze made
a motion to approve the December 2, 2019 Regular Meeting minutes.  Gary Everett seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL–

Gary Everett made
a motion to approve the December 16, 2019 bills for $8,050.83 and December 16,
2019 payroll for $8,552.89. Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:


ELLSWORTH COUNTY ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT UPDATE–

Stacie Schmidt,
Executive Director of Ellsworth County Economic Development, thanked the outgoing
Mayor and Council members and welcomed the new Mayor and Council members taking
office Jan 6, 2020.  She summarized the
county wide economic development initiatives.

 

WILSON ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION UPDATE–

Mike Peschka,
President of Wilson Economic Development Corporation, introduced the new WEDC
Wilson Façade Improvement Loan Program. 
There is approximately $20,000 available and it offered to businesses
and organizations at 0% interest.  The
program is being offered with the guidance of North Central Regional Planning
Commission- Debbie Peters contact.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH MARTY
PRESTER-

·        
Have
been experiencing difficulty opening one of the two water meter readers for
several months.  The software company has
tried a few things to fix it with no success and have no other possible fixes.  The readers were purchased in 2010 and are
obsolete.  The cost for two replacement
readers (unable to replace just one because the new readers work on an updated
interface through the software) is $6,045.00. 
Gary Everett made a motion to purchase two replacement water meter
readers for $6,045.00 (shipping & handling is estimated) if the software
company does not offer a simplified one.   Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        
Newly
designed website is up and operational (wilsonkansas.com).  Brad has a few more additions he is designing
for it.

·        
Wilson
Booster Club received a grant for $585 for Dragon banners around town.  They will work with Czech Festival Committee,
City, Tourism Hub/Wilson Community Foundation for Dragon/Czech Lion banners to
display both.

·        
City
received notification that the KDOC Housing Grant written by JR Robl and
Melinda Merrill for $175,000 was awarded.

 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        
Received
training recertification for Tazer – Tazer received from Ellsworth County
Sheriff’s office.

·        
Board
of Health working on details to send letters out for six properties approved at
a previous Council meeting. 

·        
Emergency
Preparedness Trailer – If opened as a Mobile Response Unit for mutual aid
request, provides opportunity for Homeland Security Grants.  The trailer will need new tires
(Approximately $350) but equipment inside is not out dated.

 

MAYOR / CITY COUNCIL-

Chuck Crawford
expressed a thanked the Mayor, Council, and employees for the sympathy card and
plant.

 

Chuck Crawford
thanked Marty Prester and Don Browning for the work they did north of Ave G and
21st.

 

Gary Everett
made a motion to approve the credit card purchase for the Fire Dept for (24) Foxfury
LED helmet lights for $2,132.08 – Weis Fire & Safety quote was $127 more
with money to be taken out of WFD Fundraiser fund.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

 

CITY ATTORNEY – THERESA STAUDINGER-

TRANSIENT GUEST
TAX-

Theresa
Staudinger reported that Charter Ordinance No 1-2019 was drafted to correct the
Transient Guest Tax Ordinance No 849 passed in July 2019 since the tax was
increased over the 2% state limit.  Section 1 exempts the City from the state
limited 2%; Section 2 exempts the City from the requirement to follow committee
set up guidelines; and Section 3 sets the transient guest tax at 3% (approved
in July 2019).  The Charter Ordinance
gets published twice in the official city newspaper and does not go into effect
for at least 60 days (considered protest period).  The City could pass the Charter Ordinance for
Section 1 and Section 2 and pass regular Ordinance for the tax rate.   Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to pass
Charter Ordinance 1-2019 as presented (all three sections).  Gary Everett seconded the motion and it
carried 5 – 1.

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT/ WAGE EVALUATION-

Gary Everett made
a motion to enter executive session for 8 minutes at 7:55 p.m. for personnel
matters related to non-elected personnel. 
Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

7:55 p.m. Stacie
Schmidt left the meeting.

 

Lorie Taylor
made a motion to return to open session at Wilson City Hall at 8:03 p.m.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Gary Everett
made a motion to approve the following cost of living adjustments effective
January 1, 2020:  3% for Susan Kriley,
Josh Tipton, Janiece Kornmeyer, Cathy Smith, and Jonathan Lawrence and 1.5% for
Marty Prester and Don Browning (due to recent increases).  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

DEPARTMENT:

COUNCIL-

Gary
Everett, Council Finance Dept, is proud of the current Councils determination
to start building up reserve accounts again and he asked the current and new
Mayor / Council continue that goal.

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

ORDINANCE NO. 853- SEWER TRANSFERS -

Gary Everett
made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 853 which increases the quarterly sewer
transfer from Sewer Fund to Sewer Reserve Fund from 37% to 42%.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it
carried. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

2020 CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE
APPLICATIONS-

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to approve the 2020 Cereal Malt Beverage Applications for
Stop 2 Shop, American Legion, and Wilson Foods. 
Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

2020 RECREATION LICENSE
APPLICATIONS-

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to approve the 2020 Recreation License Applications for
Iron Lion and Stop 2 Shop.  Chuck
Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

REFUSE WAIVER -

Chuck Crawford
made a motion to waiver the refuse service for Ryan Vlcek- 2808 Ave F.  Gary Everett seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

2020 RAILROAD LEASE WITH
EVA GRAUER TRUST AND BRAD & KATE SCHIERMEYER -

Gary
Everett made a motion to bill Brad Schiermeyer (312 27th) $145 for
2020 and Eva Grauer Trust (507 27th Visitors Center) $100 for
2020.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion
and it carried.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Monday, January 6, 2020 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting
adjourned at 8:13 p.m.





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CITY
OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at
Wilson City Hall

December
16, 2019 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR:                                                              LARRY PTACEK

COUNCIL PERSONS
present:                     CHUCK CRAWFORD

GARY EVERETT

CINDY HEINZE

DARCY HUBKA-VOPAT

LORIE TAYLOR

 

 

Others present
for the meeting were:    Mike Peschka – Wilson Economic Development
Corporation;  David Criswell –
resident;  Stacie Schmidt – Ellsworth
County Economic Development;   Melinda
Merrill – resident;  Leslie Kessinger –
resident;  Shawn Shipley – resident;  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, December 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-

Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the December 16, 2019 agenda.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

MINUTES-  

Cindy Heinze made
a motion to approve the December 2, 2019 Regular Meeting minutes.  Gary Everett seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL–

Gary Everett made
a motion to approve the December 16, 2019 bills for $8,050.83 and December 16,
2019 payroll for $8,552.89. Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:


ELLSWORTH COUNTY ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT UPDATE–

Stacie Schmidt,
Executive Director of Ellsworth County Economic Development, thanked the outgoing
Mayor and Council members and welcomed the new Mayor and Council members taking
office Jan 6, 2020.  She summarized the
county wide economic development initiatives.

 

WILSON ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION UPDATE–

Mike Peschka,
President of Wilson Economic Development Corporation, introduced the new WEDC
Wilson Façade Improvement Loan Program. 
There is approximately $20,000 available and it offered to businesses
and organizations at 0% interest.  The
program is being offered with the guidance of North Central Regional Planning
Commission- Debbie Peters contact.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH MARTY
PRESTER-

·        
Have
been experiencing difficulty opening one of the two water meter readers for
several months.  The software company has
tried a few things to fix it with no success and have no other possible fixes.  The readers were purchased in 2010 and are
obsolete.  The cost for two replacement
readers (unable to replace just one because the new readers work on an updated
interface through the software) is $6,045.00. 
Gary Everett made a motion to purchase two replacement water meter
readers for $6,045.00 (shipping & handling is estimated) if the software
company does not offer a simplified one.   Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        
Newly
designed website is up and operational (wilsonkansas.com).  Brad has a few more additions he is designing
for it.

·        
Wilson
Booster Club received a grant for $585 for Dragon banners around town.  They will work with Czech Festival Committee,
City, Tourism Hub/Wilson Community Foundation for Dragon/Czech Lion banners to
display both.

·        
City
received notification that the KDOC Housing Grant written by JR Robl and
Melinda Merrill for $175,000 was awarded.

 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        
Received
training recertification for Tazer – Tazer received from Ellsworth County
Sheriff’s office.

·        
Board
of Health working on details to send letters out for six properties approved at
a previous Council meeting. 

·        
Emergency
Preparedness Trailer – If opened as a Mobile Response Unit for mutual aid
request, provides opportunity for Homeland Security Grants.  The trailer will need new tires
(Approximately $350) but equipment inside is not out dated.

 

MAYOR / CITY COUNCIL-

Chuck Crawford
expressed a thanked the Mayor, Council, and employees for the sympathy card and
plant.

 

Chuck Crawford
thanked Marty Prester and Don Browning for the work they did north of Ave G and
21st.

 

Gary Everett
made a motion to approve the credit card purchase for the Fire Dept for (24) Foxfury
LED helmet lights for $2,132.08 – Weis Fire & Safety quote was $127 more
with money to be taken out of WFD Fundraiser fund.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

 

CITY ATTORNEY – THERESA STAUDINGER-

TRANSIENT GUEST
TAX-

Theresa
Staudinger reported that Charter Ordinance No 1-2019 was drafted to correct the
Transient Guest Tax Ordinance No 849 passed in July 2019 since the tax was
increased over the 2% state limit.  Section 1 exempts the City from the state
limited 2%; Section 2 exempts the City from the requirement to follow committee
set up guidelines; and Section 3 sets the transient guest tax at 3% (approved
in July 2019).  The Charter Ordinance
gets published twice in the official city newspaper and does not go into effect
for at least 60 days (considered protest period).  The City could pass the Charter Ordinance for
Section 1 and Section 2 and pass regular Ordinance for the tax rate.   Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to pass
Charter Ordinance 1-2019 as presented (all three sections).  Gary Everett seconded the motion and it
carried 5 – 1.

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT/ WAGE EVALUATION-

Gary Everett made
a motion to enter executive session for 8 minutes at 7:55 p.m. for personnel
matters related to non-elected personnel. 
Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

7:55 p.m. Stacie
Schmidt left the meeting.

 

Lorie Taylor
made a motion to return to open session at Wilson City Hall at 8:03 p.m.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Gary Everett
made a motion to approve the following cost of living adjustments effective
January 1, 2020:  3% for Susan Kriley,
Josh Tipton, Janiece Kornmeyer, Cathy Smith, and Jonathan Lawrence and 1.5% for
Marty Prester and Don Browning (due to recent increases).  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

DEPARTMENT:

COUNCIL-

Gary
Everett, Council Finance Dept, is proud of the current Councils determination
to start building up reserve accounts again and he asked the current and new
Mayor / Council continue that goal.

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

ORDINANCE NO. 853- SEWER TRANSFERS -

Gary Everett
made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 853 which increases the quarterly sewer
transfer from Sewer Fund to Sewer Reserve Fund from 37% to 42%.  Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it
carried. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

2020 CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE
APPLICATIONS-

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to approve the 2020 Cereal Malt Beverage Applications for
Stop 2 Shop, American Legion, and Wilson Foods. 
Lorie Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

2020 RECREATION LICENSE
APPLICATIONS-

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to approve the 2020 Recreation License Applications for
Iron Lion and Stop 2 Shop.  Chuck
Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

REFUSE WAIVER -

Chuck Crawford
made a motion to waiver the refuse service for Ryan Vlcek- 2808 Ave F.  Gary Everett seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

2020 RAILROAD LEASE WITH
EVA GRAUER TRUST AND BRAD & KATE SCHIERMEYER -

Gary
Everett made a motion to bill Brad Schiermeyer (312 27th) $145 for
2020 and Eva Grauer Trust (507 27th Visitors Center) $100 for
2020.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion
and it carried.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Monday, January 6, 2020 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting
adjourned at 8:13 p.m.





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