Meeting Minutes for May 4, 2020

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CITY OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

May 4, 2020 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR:  MICHAEL J PESCHKA (in person and Zoom)

COUNCIL PERSONS present:                     
CHUCK CRAWFORD (via Zoom)
DAVID CRISWELL (via Zoom)
CINDY HEINZE (in person and Zoom)
DARCY HUBKA-VOPAT (via Zoom)
RYAN STOPPEL (via Zoom)
 

Others present for the meeting were:  Alan Rusch –
Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter; Marty Prester – City Superintendent (via
Zoom); Josh Tipton – Wilson Police Chief (via Zoom); Theresa Staudinger – City
Attorney (via Zoom); and Susan Kriley – City Clerk.

 

CALL TO ORDER-

Mayor Mike Peschka called the Regular Meeting of the Wilson City Council to
order on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 7:02 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-

Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the May 4, 2020 agenda.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

MINUTES-  

Cindy Heinze made
a motion to approve the April 20, 2020 Regular Meeting minutes.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

7:06 p.m. Marty
Prester joined the meeting (via Zoom).

 

REPORTS: 

BILLS, PAYROLL,
AND TRANSFERS–

Cindy Heinze made
a motion to approve the May 4, 2020 bills for $67,047.36 and May 1, 2020
payroll for $9,290.80.  David Criswell seconded
the motion.  Discussion took place.  The motion carried.   

 

FERAL CATS–

Some Council had
concerns with people still feeding feral cats (City tried to reach out to
discourage this a few years ago).  Theresa
Staudinger was asked to research determents to people that feed feral
cats.  In addition, Susan Kriley was
asked to report the amount of money paid to Dr. David Sells (neuters and spays
feral cats for cost) in 2018, 2019, and year to date 2020.

 

 

 

BOARD OF HEALTH -

Inoperable
vehicles – Pending- property owners served for five inoperable vehicles with
deadline of May 12, 2020.    Completed- one
inoperable vehicle removed off street after deadline.

Properties-

Pending
properties with deadline May 20, 2020- 2115 Ave C, 203 25th, 415-417
28th, & 717 28th—

203 25th
– Shed torn down and thank you letter sent from City.

Pending
properties with Deadline March 20, 2020- 2203 Ave E, 718-720 26th,
& 809-815 24th--

718-720 26th,
& 809-815 24th – progress reports from property owners at May
18, 2020 Council meeting.

2203 Ave E –
Violations on Board of Health February 2020 report have been satisfied.  Cindy Heinze made a motion to accept the
clean-up progress as completed.  David
Criswell seconded the motion and it carried.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY -

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to enter executive session for matters relating to the security
of a public body or agency, public building or facility, or the information
system of a public body or agency to discuss acquisition of security equipment
to include the City Attorney and to return to open session at 7:43 p.m. in
Wilson City Hall.  Ryan Stoppel seconded
the motion and it carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to return to open session at 7:43 p.m.   Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to enter executive session for matters relating to the security
of a public body or agency, public building or facility, or the information
system of a public body or agency to discuss acquisition of security equipment
to include the City Attorney and Police Chief and to return to open session at
7:50 p.m. at Wilson City Hall.  Ryan
Stoppel seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Ryan Stoppel
made a motion to extend the executive session and to return to open session at
7:57 p.m. in Wilson City Hall.  Chuck Crawford
seconded the motion and it carried.



David Criswell made a motion to return to open session at 7:57 p.m.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to approve the purchase of the Watch Guard camera system not to
exceed $6,853.55 ($5,953.55 system and $900.00 installation) with the checking
on the removal of the rear camera.  Ryan
Stoppel seconded the motion and it carried 3-2.

 

8:06 p.m. Josh
Tipton left the meeting.

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

ABANDONED BUILDING PROPOSED ORDINANCE-

Changes
discussed at the April 14, 2020 Special Council meeting have been inserted into
the proposed ordinance and distributed to Mayor, Council, and City Attorney for
review. Theresa Staudinger indicated that the minimum water & sewer fee
charge (if approved by Council) should not be included in this ordinance and
should be a separate ordinance.  Theresa
will also work on revamping the definition of building to fit the Mayor and
Council thoughts.

 

KDOC HOUSING REHABILITATION AND DEMOLITION
GRANT -

Due to COVID-19,
the pre-application meeting, that will determine the target area to use in the
application, has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2020. 

 

MODERATE-INCOME HOUSING GRANT -

The private
investor that requested grant financing assistance is working with Ellsworth
County Economic Development and Wilson Economic Development Corporation.

 

STREET PROJECT-

Chuck Crawford
presented a couple of proposed chip and seal / crack seal street project plans
for review. 

 

PUBLIC COMPLIANCE OFFICER-

The deadline for
Public Compliance Officer position is 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY SUPERINTENDENT MARTY PRESTER UPDATE -

·        
WATER
TOWER REPAIRS- Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to accept the bid from
Cunningham Sandblasting Inc. for interior and exterior coating applications
less $8,500 discount not to exceed $82,170. 
Chuck Crawford seconded the motion. 
Darcy Hubka-Vopat amended the motion to not exceed $90,670 (in case it
is too late to get the discount).  Chuck
Crawford seconded the motion.  The motion
to amend the previous motion carried. 
The motion to approve the motion to not exceed $90,670 carried.

·        
Continue
to mow and weed eat.

 

9:06 p.m. Marty
Prester left the meeting.

 

CITY CLERK SUSAN KRILEY UPDATE-

·        
City
received the $1,000 Midwest Energy grant to purchase an AED for the Wilson Fire
Department.

·        
Mowing
letters have started being sent out. 
Procedure- property that has a majority of their grass over 12 inches is
in violation of the weeds/vegetation ordinance. 
This must be verified by a Board of Health member, Mayor, Council, or
City employee.  Once confirmed, a letter
will be sent giving the property owner ten days to mow.  If not mowed after the ten day deadline, the
City will have a contract mower mow the property.  The contract mower will bill the City and the
City will pay them directly.  The City
will bill the property owner a $100 fee plus the contract mower charge.  Property owners will only receive one letter
per season that they are in violation before action will be taken.

·        
KDOT
Public Transportation will be reimbursed at 100% through June 30, 2020.

·        
Working
on the Financial Information handout for the 2021 Budget to present at the next
Council meeting.

 

MAYOR MIKE PESCHKA UPDATE-

·        
Damage
was done to the Fire Station windows on May 3, 2020.  Seven bay windows on the garage doors and two
windows on the north side were broken. Repairs are being made.

·        
2020
Census- Currently, only 36% of Wilson has participated compared to 61% of
Ellsworth County.  Some ideas to help
encourage participation is to have Mayor and Council go door to door, flyer in
city bill mailing, and post small flyers in post office, grocery store, and
other businesses.  Other ideas presented
at Council meeting are posters on kiosks and do a text alert through the
school.

 

COUNCIL UPDATE-

Chuck
Crawford update:

·        
Attended
the April 22, 2020 Ellsworth County Economic Development meeting via Zoom.  They reported that they plan to have a
virtual job fair and they are introducing a new website – ellsworthstrong.com.

 

David
Criswell update:

·        
Requested
the Picture Rocks Ltd- Erdman building be turned over to the Board of Health
for review and evaluation.

 

Darcy
Hubka-Vopat update:

·        
Summer
baseball is currently still on hold per Ellsworth County Health
Department.  Four future possible
options- 1.  Twin Lakes League plans to
have baseball with games starting June 15th and not have a
tournament at the end of the season; 
2.  Hold practices and no  games; 
3.  Play in Ellsworth (if
Ellsworth County Health Department restricts play for in county only); or
4.  Do nothing and cancel the
season. 

·        
Swim
lessons are on hold also.

 

CITY ATTORNEY THERESA STAUDINGER UPDATE-

·        
Theresa
serves on the COVID committee for the county. 
She indicated that the Ellsworth County Health Department has put
recreation on hold for two weeks but are leaning toward no out of county teams
and only allowing teams to play in county.

 

COUNCIL UPDATE-

Ryan
Stoppel update:

·        
Wilson
Fire Department has ten SCBA’s purchased over ten years ago.  Six or seven of the SCBA’s are not
usable.  Ryan Stoppel made a motion to
approve the purchase of five SCBA’s at $300 each for a total of $1,500 from
Municipal Emergency Services.  Cindy
Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

 

 

MAYOR MIKE PESCHKA UPDATE-

·        
City
Hall will be open to the public effective Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  Facilities provide needed social distancing
recommendations.

·        
Czech
Festival is still on hold until the next meeting of the COVID committee on May
14, 2020.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Monday, May 18, 2020 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting
adjourned at 9:41 p.m.