Meeting Minutes for May 18, 2020

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CITY OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting
at
Wilson City Hall

May 18, 2020 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR:  MICHAEL J PESCHKA (in person andZoom)

COUNCIL PERSONS present: CHUCK CRAWFORD (via Zoom)

DAVID CRISWELL (in person and via Zoom)

CINDY HEINZE (in person and Zoom)

DARCY HUBKA-VOPAT (via Zoom)

RYAN STOPPEL (via Zoom)

 

 

Others present
for the meeting were:  Scott and Denia Lutz – residents;  Jerry Florian –
resident;  Lorie Taylor – resident (via Zoom);  Sherry Cunningham – resident (via
Zoom);  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 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-

Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the May 18, 2020 agenda.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

MINUTES-  

Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to approve the May 4, 2020 Regular Meeting minutes
with correction.  Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it carried.

 

REPORTS: 

BILLS AND PAYROLL–

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the May 18, 2020 bills for $15,606.86 and May 18, 2020
payroll for $9,498.92.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion.  The motion carried.   

 

BOARD OF HEALTH -

Inoperable vehicles –

3006 Ave F – property owners Scott and Denia Lutz hearing request

Notice was given to remove inoperable vehicles by May 12, 2020. 
Per Scott Lutz, one vehicle has been removed.  They are requesting an extension to make two
vehicles operable and remove the other two vehicles.  Ryan Stoppel made a motion to grant an extension
to June 8, 2020 with an update report to be given at the June 1, 2020 Council
meeting.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

7:16 p.m. Scott and Denia Lutz left the meeting.

 

Pending properties-

718-720 26th- progress report by property owner David Criswell

David Criswell updated the Council on the progress.

 

7:24 p.m. Jerry Florian joined the meeting.

 

David Criswell requested an extension.  Cindy Heinze made a motion to grant an extension until November 18, 2020 (six months) with a
monthly progress report to be given at a Council meeting.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it
carried 4-0-1.

 

809-815 24th – progress report by property owner Jerry Florian

Jerry Florian updated the Council on the progress.

 

7:48 p.m. Sherry Cunningham joined the meeting (via Zoom).

 

415-417 28th – hearing requested by property owner Sherry Cunningham

Sherry Cunningham updated the Council on the progress and requested an extension.  Chuck Crawford made a motion to grant an
extension until June 18, 2020.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

8:03 p.m. Sherry Cunningham left the meeting.

 

809-815 24th – progress report by property owner Jerry Florian

Jerry Florian continued the update to the Council on the progress and requested an extension.   Cindy Heinze made a motion to grant an
extension until June 18, 2020.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried 4-1.

 

8:09 p.m. Jerry Florian left the meeting.

 

2115 Ave C- deadline given of May 20, 2020

 

8:12 p.m. Jerry Florian joined the meeting via phone.

 

717 28th – hearing requested by property owner Jerry Florian

Jerry Florian reported that with the weather, he is having problems getting the trailer
removed.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to grant an extension until 4:00 p.m. on June 1, 2020.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

8:16 p.m. Jerry Florian left the meeting.

 

New properties presented-

Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to approve the Board of Health violation findings and
to proceed with the Board of Health procedures for clean up at 308 26th
and 408 24th.   Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:
 No one was present for open discussion.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

ABANDONED BUILDING PROPOSED ORDINANCE-
 Theresa Staudinger will provide feedback regarding the addition of an exemption section or add to
the definition for buildings to include exemptions for buildings that were
never built to house a commercial business or residence.

 

ELEVATOR SCALE HOUSE-
 Upon request, David Criswell will install plywood to cover the open window at the scale
house.

 

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.   Property that has already received a KDOC
Housing Rehabilitation and Demolition grant in the past are not eligible.  A pending Board of Health case extension at
2211 Ave E was based on the property owner applying for the demolition grant to
remove the shed, the property owner at 2211 Ave E will be notified that they
are not eligible for the grant since they previously were a recipient of the grant.

 

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 made a motion to crack and seal 1/3 section of Wilson for 2020 for approximately
$18,000 (based off Schedule E proposal).  Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it carried. Excess funds budgeted
for chip and seal will be transferred at the end of the year to a reserve
account.  Schedule E will be reviewed in Spring 2021 for effectiveness.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY SUPERINTENDENT MARTY PRESTER UPDATE -

WATER TOWER REPAIRS- Darcy Hubka-Vopat made a motion to accept the option 1 –
interior santitize, disinfect, and closing $1,865.00 and option 5- bi-annual
service and coating maintenance $1,140.00 from the bid from Cunningham
Sandblasting Inc.  David Criswell
seconded the motion and it carried.  They
are looking for a City of Wilson representative to go up in the water tower to
review work done.  If no one is willing
to go up, they can do a live video to view.

Still looking at safety ideas for the west side of the alley between 25th
and 26th along Ave E (heading west not east).  Marty will get with Josh to evaluate.

 

9:00 p.m. Marty Prester left the meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

KANSAS DEPT OF COMMERCE ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT CDBG CV GRANT-

Susan Kriley is working with Carol Torkelson, North Central Regional Planning Commission, on a new
grant opportunity for local businesses affected by COVID-19.  It is first come first serve and cities and
counties can apply.  The Wilson City Council will have a Special Meeting – Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 27, 2020
at 7:00 a.m. The City of Ellsworth and Ellsworth County are also applying.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY CLERK SUSAN KRILEY UPDATE-

KDOT Public Transportation will reimburse agencies 100% of expenses less revenues
through June 30, 2021 (instead of the standard 70%).

Financial Information for the 2021 Budget will be presented in the next few weeks.

Reminder – candidate filing deadline is noon on Monday, June 1, 2020.

 

POLICE CHIEF JOSH TIPTON UPDATE-

Working evenings.

Inoperable vehicle filings and Board of Health cases progressing.

 

COUNCIL UPDATE-

Chuck Crawford update:

Reported
storm drain that needs repaired at Ave I and 27th street (old
Highway 40).  Marty Prester provided costs for repairs that will be presented at the next Council meeting.

 

Darcy Hubka-Vopat update:
Summer baseball and baseball field – Nate Pasek & Jacob Charvat will work with
Darcy and Marty on the south field.  Red Shale will need to be purchased and a hauler found.  Twin Lakes League cancelled the season for
league games.  Wilson will have practices only for T-Ball and Coach Pitch with proper sanitizing, disinfecting, and mass
gathering limits.

Swim lessons are on hold still but unlikely.

City
will expand youth summer activities to help provide the kids with something to
do- deadline to sign up will be June 1, 2020.

Library- checking with CKLS on an opening date.

Concerns
about speeding and not obeying stop signs.  Josh will provide information on traffic stops (open record information)
on his monthly report.  Click It or Ticket It Campaign is going on now.

  

Chuck Crawford update:

Wilson
Economic Development Corporation is requesting the City remove the disc golf
baskets and pads as time permits.  He will get with Marty to ask.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSIONS-

Cindy Heinze made a motion to enter
executive session for personnel matters of non-elected personnel to discuss the
Public Compliance Officer position to include the City Attorney Theresa
Staudinger and to return to open session in Wilson City Hall at 9:45 p.m.  Darcy Hubka-Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to return to open session at 9:45 p.m. Ryan Stoppel seconded the
motion and it carried.

 

The City set an interview committee of Mike Peschka, David Criswell, and Ryan Stoppel.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to enter
executive session for personnel matters of non-elected personnel to discuss
judiciary nominations to include the City Attorney Theresa Staudinger and to
return to open session in Wilson City Hall at 9:53 p.m.  Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to return to open session at 9:53 p.m. Ryan Stoppel seconded the
motion and it carried.

 

No action taken.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next Council meeting- Monday, June 1, 2020 7:00 pm  

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m. with a motion by Cindy Heinze, seconded by Darcy
Hubka-Vopat, and motion carried.