Meeting Minutes for January 6, 2020

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CITY OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at
Wilson City Hall

January 6, 2020 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR:                                           LARRY PTACEK/ MICHAEL J
PESCHKA

COUNCIL PERSONS
present:                     CHUCK CRAWFORD

DAVID CRISWELL

GARY EVERETT

CINDY HEINZE

DARCY HUBKA-VOPAT

RYAN STOPPEL

LORIE TAYLOR

 

Others present
for the meeting were:    Karen Peschka– resident;  Scott Skucius – resident;  Cathy Smith – resident;  Jack Holloway – resident;  Melinda Merrill – resident; Alan Rusch –
Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter; Theresa Staudinger – City Attorney;  Josh Tipton – City Police Chief; Marty Prester
– City Superintendent; Jonathan Lawrence – City Police Officer; and Susan
Kriley – City Clerk.

 

CALL TO ORDER-

Mayor Larry Ptacek called the Regular Meeting of the Wilson City Council to
order on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-

Lorie Taylor made a motion to approve the January 6, 2020 agenda.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

7:01 p.m.
Melinda Merrill joined the meeting.

 

MINUTES-  

Chuck Crawford  made a motion to approve the December 16, 2019
Regular Meeting minutes.  Gary Everett seconded
the motion and it carried.

 

NEWLY ELECTED MAYOR & COUNCIL: 


OATH OF OFFICE-

City Clerk Susan
Kriley administered the oath of office to Mayor Michael J. Peschka and Councilpersons
David Criswell and Ryan Stoppel.

 

7:03 p.m. Larry
Ptacek and Gary Everett left the meeting.

 

COUNCIL DEPARTMENTS-

Appointments
made by Mayor Mike Peschka:  Mayor Mike
Peschka- Police; Chuck Crawford – Streets; David Criswell – Water and
Cemetery;  Cindy Heinze- Finance; Darcy
Hubka-Vopat- Parks, Recreation, and Library; and Ryan Stoppel-  Sewer and Fire.   

COUNCIL PRESIDENT-

Darcy
Hubka-Vopat made a motion to appoint Cindy Heinze as Council President.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

APPOINTMENTS-

Darcy
Hubka-Vopat made a motion to approve the Mayor appointments as follows:  City Bank - Wilson State Bank;  City Attorney – Theresa Staudinger with
Peterson & Staudinger, LLC; City Newspaper 
- Ellsworth County Independent / Reporter;  Municipal Judge - Darrell Thrasher;   Municipal
Court Clerk - Susan Kriley;  City Clerk /
Treasurer– Susan Kriley; Police Chief – Joshua Tipton;  Board of Health volunteers:  Tony Brokes, Jeremy Hlad , E. David
Sells,  Randi Stoppel, and Joshua Tipton;
 Tree Board – Chairperson David Criswell,
Matt Beckman, Eldon Whitmer, Warren Bushnell, and one vacancy;  Emergency Preparedness Committee –
Chairperson- Police Chief Joshua Tipton, members Jeanne Heki, Rev. Ron Lowry,
Sheron Lowry, Debbie Whitmer, Terry Whitmer, Mayor Mike Peschka, and Fire Chief
Larry Langerman; Wilson Forever Fund Advisory Committee city representative – David
Criswell;  Ellsworth County Economic
Development city rep Chuck Crawford;  Transient
Guest Tax Committee- President Melinda Merrill- Midland Railroad Hotel,
Vice-President Susan Curtiss- Simple Haven Bed & Breakfast, Secretary
Allison Ford- Wilson Economic Development Corporation, other members- Eric
Werner- CVX L&C LLC, Marge Lawson- Kansas Originals, Rick Weigel- Wilson
Foods, Stacie Schmidt – Wilson Czech Opera House Corporation, Renee McGaffic –
Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Bubba Mikulecky – Stop to Shop, and Jerry Florian –
Grandma’s Soda Shop;  Storm Spotters-
Larry Langerman, Travis Cullens, Richard Lantz, Rev Ronald Lowry, Nick Nelson,
Bill Siefers Jr., Joe Soukup, and Jared Steinle; Mileage Rate of $.45 per mile.
Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL–

Chuck Crawford made
a motion to approve the January 6, 2020 bills/ 2019 Encumbrances for $20,475.99
and January 2, 2020 payroll for $10,616.77.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

TRANSFERS-

Chuck Crawford
made a motion to approve the following transfers: 4th Quarter 2019
from Water to Water Repair $9,128.06; 
from Water to Capital Improvement $6,085.38;  from Sewer to Capital Improvement $5,622.64; from Sewer to Sewer Reserve $13,119.50;  and from Water to General $3,843.00.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it carried.  All transfers are subject to budget
and cash in fund availability. 

 

Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to approve the end of year transfers: from General to Municipal
Equipment Replacement $24,000.00; from General to Fire Equipment Replacement
$22,000.00; from General to Capital Improvement $18,986.00; and from Special
Rural Fire to Fire Equipment Replacement $5,000.00.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried. 
All transfers are subject to budget and cash in fund availability. 

 

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:


TOURISM HUB–

Melinda Merrill,
Tourism Hub member, indicated that the Tourism Hub has received a request to
add the Senior Center to one of the directional signs already installed.  The Tourism Hub will do this if there is no
objection from the Mayor or Council.  No
objections were stated.

 

7:21 p.m.  Melinda Merrill left the meeting.

 

RESIDENT COMPLAINT–

Jack Holloway,
resident, voiced a complaint about the chickens at 516 23rd
regarding the pen being placed between the house and the street.  Police Chief Josh Tipton had received a
complaint regarding confinement (chickens were out but resident put them in
immediately).  

 

7:35 p.m.  Cindy Heinze joined the meeting.

 

The Mayor and
Council will make more detailed guidelines before any 2020 permits are accepted
and new guidelines will be accepted at the January 21, 2020 Council
meeting.  The Council instructed Josh
Tipton and the Board of Health to notify the 516 23rd resident that
they do not have a permit for that address, that they must remove them or take
them back to the permit approved address and apply for a 2020 permit but that
the current situation will not be pass the permit requirements.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH MARTY
PRESTER-

·        
The
City was notified last week that we did not receive the Dane G Hansen grant
(written for a permanent generator for the water wells and an upgrade police
body camera and patrol car camera system) however the City still needs a
permanent generator.  The latest bid was
$29,950 from Don’s Electric and Rewind (Nov 2019).  Marty will get more information on that bid
(timeline and warranty) and get bids from other companies if they are
specialized in water well and telemetry systems.

 

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        
Darcy
Hubka-Vopat approved Brent Turner as a volunteer firefighter for the Wilson
Fire Department subject to the 90 day probation period.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        
Presented
the Dec 2019 report

·        
Board
of Health will meet the week of Jan 13, 2020. 
All properties (including six approved at a Oct 2019 Council meeting)
will be reviewed for updated violations. 


 

MAYOR / CITY COUNCIL-

Mayor Mike
Peschka recognized Susan Kriley for her 20 years of service to the City of Wilson.

 

POLICE DEPT-

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to enter executive session for 5 minutes at 8:02 p.m. for the
purpose of public safety and to include City Attorney Theresa Staudinger,
Police Chief Josh Tipton, and Police Officer Jonathan Lawrence.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

8:02 p.m.  Karen Peschka and Jack Holloway left the open
meeting.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to extend the executive session at 8:07 p.m. for 5 minutes.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to extend the executive session at 8:12 p.m. for 5 minutes.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to return to open session at 8:17 p.m. in Wilson City Hall.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to purchase a bulletproof vest for Jonathan Lawrence for the
estimated cost of $559.97 from Galls. 
Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Upgraded police
body camera / patrol car camera was tabled until the next meeting.

 

DEPARTMENT:

MAYOR-

Mayor
Mike Peschka update:

·        
Requested city department heads complete a formal
inventory listing. 

·        
Requested David Criswell review the current
waterman rates (currently $.25 for 100 gallons) to see if they are adequate

·        
Requested Chuck Crawford review the City’s current
policy to chip and seal ¼ of town each year for cost benefit

·        
He is currently reviewing the City’s annual
approved mileage rate of $.45 per mile to following the IRS Standard Mileage
rate each year (currently $.575 per mile)

·        
Requested Theresa Staudinger put a brief lesson
together for Mayor and Council on Open Meeting laws and Executive Sessions.

·        
Reminded Council that there are two Governing Body
Handbooks at City Hall available to check out.

 

COUNCIL-

Council
Chuck Crawford update:

·        
Met with Kirkham & Michael on November 20,
2019.  They can meet with the City at no
cost to provide a cost estimate study for a chip and seal schedule, dip
improvements, and cost share projects with KDOT.  Mayor and Council approved for the no charge
initial meeting.

·        
Would like to work on a Mission Statement for the
City.  Ryan Stoppel will help initiate
the project.

·        
Will attend the Jan 16, 2020 Ellsworth County
Economic Development meeting.

 

Council
Darcy Hubka-Vopat update:

·        
Requested that Mayor and Council rotate to attend
USD 112 Board of Education meetings so at least one governing body member is
present at each meeting.  Mayor Mike
Peschka instructed Darcy to set up a schedule for attendance

 

MAYOR-

Mayor
Mike Peschka update:

·        
Requested Council compare the pros and cons to
have one meeting per month versus the two meetings per month currently
scheduled.

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

ABANDONED PROPERTY ORDINANCE VS LAND BANKS
-

Mayor Mike
Peschka tabled the subject until the February 3, 2020 Council meeting.  Council will be provided with the October
2019 summary presented by City Attorney Theresa Staudinger.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

RESOLUTION 1-2020 – 2020
GAAP WAIVER-

Chuck
Crawford made a motion to approve Resolution 1-2020 for the annual GAAP waiver
for 2020.  David Criswell seconded the
motion and it carried.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting
adjourned at 8:45 p.m.