Regular Meeting Minutes for July 6, 2020

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CITY OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

July 6, 2020 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR:  MICHAEL J. PESCHKA

COUNCIL PERSONS present:                     
CHUCK CRAWFORD
DAVID CRISWELL
RYAN STOPPEL
DARCY HUBKA VOPAT 

 

Others present for the Regular Meeting were:  Jim Fink – All Traffic Solutions; Kristofer
Ritchie – resident;  Melinda Merrill – resident;  Lorie Taylor – resident; J. R. Robl – contractor;  Robert (Bob) Hoch –
resident;  Alan Rusch – Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter;  Theresa Staudinger
– City Attorney;  Josh Tipton – Police Chief;  and Susan Kriley – City Clerk.

 

CALL TO ORDER-

Mayor Mike Peschka called the Regular Meeting of the Wilson City Council to order on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 7:10 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-

Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the July 6, 2020 agenda.  Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

MINUTES-

David Criswell made a motion to approve the June 15, 2020 Regular Meeting minutes.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

7:12 p.m. Josh Tipton, Melinda Merrill, and Theresa Staudinger joined the meeting.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:

ALL TRAFFIC SOLUTIONS PRESENTATION BY JIM FINK-

Jim Fink provided a presentation on a battery operated or solar powered Speed Alert
Message sign. 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

HOUSING PROJECT-

Late fall 2019 the City (as a flow through) was awarded a Moderate-Income-Housing
Grant for a housing project organized and sponsored by J. R. Robl and Melinda
Merrill- Czech Apartments.  The grant only covers a portion of the needed funding.

 

7:27 p.m. Bob Hoch joined the meeting.  Josh Tipton and Jim Fink left the meeting.

 

J. R. Robl and Melinda Merrill requested the City be a pass through for a Dane G.
Hansen grant (deadline for submitting is July 25, 2020) for additional funding.

 

7:30 p.m. Josh Tipton joined the meeting.

 

David Criswell made a motion to allow the city be the applicant (pass through) for
the Dane G. Hansen grant on behalf of the J.R. Robl / Melinda Merrill for the
housing project.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

7:34 p.m. Melinda Merrill left the meeting.

 

REPORTS:

BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES AND SUMMARY –

308 26th – Bob Hoch property owner

Bob Hoch updated the Council on his violation clean up plan. 
Chuck Crawford made a motion to provide a progress update at the August 3, 2020 Council meeting.  Ryan Stoppel
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

7:45 p.m. Bob Hoch and Josh Tipton left the meeting.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:


RESIDENT COMPLIANT –

Kristofer Ritchie sent an email to the Police Chief regarding possible bats and bat droppings
seen at the Czech Apartments. 

 

7:47 p.m. Josh Tipton joined the meeting.

 

Josh Tipton reported that that issue is on the list for discussion at the next Board of
Health  meeting on July 13, 2020.  Josh may request Dr. David Sells
(veterinarian), Board of Health member, attend a future meeting to discuss bats.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL –

Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the July 6, 2020 bills for $38,335.94; June 16, 2020
payroll for $11,865.51; and July 1, 2020 payroll for $10,490.28.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it carried.

 

BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES
AND SUMMARY –

3006 Ave F – vehicles
The deadline has passed for removing the vehicles.  Josh Tipton will make arrangements to have vehicles removed.

 

718-720 26th –

David Criswell, property owner, provided a progress report on his Board of Health violation
clean up.  He has continued to load the debris and have loads hauled away.

 

809-815 24th –

The deadline for Board of Health violation clean up has passed. 
Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to pass a resolution to complete the
required clean up for the remaining items based on the Board of Health
investigation.  Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it carried.

 

415-417 28th –

The deadline for Board of Health violation clean up has passed. 
Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to pass a resolution to complete the
required clean up for the remaining items based on the Board of Health
investigation.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it carried.

 

717 28th –

J.R. Modlin, Western Sales Company, indicated that he will take out the trailer in eight
weeks (as of June 19, 2020).  He will notify the city if he is no longer lined up to do the job.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

KDOC HOUSING REHABILITATION AND DEMOLITION GRANT-

The target area selected at the June 15, 2020 Council meeting would not work for the grant.  The updated target area is north of 27th
street and includes both sides of 27th street.  The Mayor and City Clerk participated in a KIAC meeting with many state agencies regarding housing funding and options. 

 

KDOC CDBG CV ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT-

Businesses have until August 14, 2020 to submit an application to the City of Wilson.  After that date, all applications will be
reviewed with the available grant money divided among all the applicants.

 

8:22 p.m. J.R. Robl left the meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

FIRE DEPARTMENT-

Darcy Hubka Vopat approved to waive the alcohol prohibition for Jellison Park for the Fire
Department for their BBQ July 4, 2020 (consensus received before).  Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

WATER AND WASTEWATER
CERTIFIED OPERATORS-

Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to hire Doug Guenther as the Class I Water Certified
Operator at $200 per month effective July 1, 2020 and Terry Hobbs as the Class
I Wastewater Certified Operator at $500 per month effective July 1, 2020.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

Rabies Clinic – 80 tags sold

·        
Per Don Browning- He worked with Kansas Rural Water Association and Don’s Electric
and Rewind to prepare the water tower and potable water tank for the water
tower work to be done on approximately July 13, 2020.

 

POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSHUA TIPTON-

·        
Presented the June 2020 report

·        
Reported that he and Jonathan have received the required training for the year

·        
Working with storm spotters

 

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Mayor-

·        
Ellsworth
County received SPARK money in the amount of $1.2 million dollars to divide up
among the county, school, and cities.   Mike and Susan provided Theresa (serving as City of Wilson
representative on the SPARK Committee) with a cost estimate including both
expenses already spent and future potential purchases.  Theresa reported that Ellsworth County has
until August 15, 2020 to submit a plan to State on how the county plans to
spend the money.

 

8:50 p.m. Josh Tipton left the meeting.

Council-

Ryan Stoppel made a motion to accept Bob Krayca as successfully completing his probation
period for the Wilson Fire Department.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Ryan Stoppel suggested planting trees at the ballfields for a windbreak and shade.

 

8:52 p.m. Josh Tipton joined the meeting.

 

Ryan Stoppel would like to check with other cities regarding ordinances that prohibit property
owners to leave grass clippings in the street and requiring them to keep the
curb clean up (weedeated).

 

Chuck Crawford reported that he will attend the July 22, 2020 Ellsworth County Economic
Development Strategic Planning meeting.  Mike added that Leland Francis resigned as Steve Dlabal’s representative
on ECED.

 

Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to approve the following Lang Memorial Library Officers and
Board Members: President Margaret Stadelman; Vice President Phillip Mieszala;  Secretary Lucille Janda;
Treasurer Donna Curtis; other board members- Susan Curtiss, Terina Templeton,
and Charlene Zelenka.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Darcy Hubka Vopat reported that youth baseball is complete. She is researching red shale to
place on the south ballfield.  More’s Excavating, located in Viola KS, sells it by the ton but does not deliver.  She is checking with hauling companies on pricing.  Youth soccer and football will be starting soon.

 

Mayor-

Mike Peschka recognized the volunteer public transportation van drivers for their dedication.

 

9:02 pm. Kristofer Ritchie left the meeting.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION-

Ryan Stoppel made a motion to enter executive session for possible acquisition of real estate in the City of Wilson
to include the City Attorney Theresa Staudinger and to return to open session in Wilson City Hall at 9:15 p.m.  Chuck
Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Ryan Stoppel made a motion to extend the executive session until 9:25 p.m. Darcy Hubka Vopat
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to return to open session at 9:25 p.m. David Criswell
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

David Criswell made a motion to offer Picture Rocks Ltd Daniel Erdman $5,000 for 2504 Ave E.  Chuck Crawford
seconded the motion and it carried.  Chuck Crawford made a motion to require Picture Rocks Ltd Daniel Erdman
present a timeline/plan by 3 pm on July 20, 2020 for 2504 Ave E for Board of Health violation repairs if offer is not accepted.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

9:30 p.m. Alan Rusch left the meeting.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

ABANDONED BUILDING PROPOSED ORDINANCE-

After a final review, the proposed change will be inserted in the ordinance and presented for
approval at the July 20, 2020 Council meeting.  If approved, the ordinance will take effect August 1, 2020.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

POLICE CHIEF JOSHUA TIPTON-

Josh Tipton reported that he had people donate fireworks and he provided the Wilson Care and
Rehabilitation with a fireworks show.  He thanked all that donated and all that helped clean up.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next Council meeting- Monday, July 20, 2020 7:00 pm 


 

Meeting adjourned at 9:52 p.m. with a motion by Darcy Hubka Vopat, seconded by David Criswell,
and motion carried.