Regular Minutes for August 3, 2020

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CITY OF WILSON

 

 Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

August 3, 2020 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR:   MICHAEL J. PESCHKA

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


Others present for the Regular Meeting were:  Dan & Lorie Taylor- residents;  Roger Hubert- property owner; Kristofer
Ritchie– resident;  Bob Hoch- property owner, Theresa Staudinger – City Attorney (via phone);  Josh Tipton – Police Chief;  Joe Soukup – City Superintendent; and Susan Kriley – City Clerk.

 

CALL TO ORDER-

Mayor Mike Peschka called the Regular Meeting of the Wilson City Council to order on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-
David Criswell made a motion to approve the August 3, 2020 agenda with additions.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

MINUTES-

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the July 20, 2020 Public Hearing and Regular Meeting minutes and July 27, 2020 Special Meeting minutes.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:

BOARD OF HEALTH -

2211 Ave D –

Roger Hubert, property owner, updated the Council on progress he has made. World Pest has inspected his property.  The Council
requested a written report from World Pest.

 

7:15 p.m. Josh Tipton joined the meeting.

 

Roger has requested a 30 day extension to finish.   Chuck Crawford made a motion to grant an extension until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 and require Roger Hubert to provide documentation from World Pest Control regarding the bat situation.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

 

408 24th –
Kristofer Ritchie, property owner, updated the Council on progress he has made.

 

MISCELLANEOUS -

Kristofer Ritchie voiced a problem with a neighbor and their yard light.  Theresa Staudinger informed him that it is a civil matter not a criminal matter and the City only has jurisdiction on criminal matters.

 

BOARD OF HEALTH -

308 26th –

Bob Hoch updated the Council on progress he has made.   The Council requested he contact City Hall before he leaves to go back
to Texas so he can meet with the Board of Health regarding his property.

 

7:38 p.m. Bob Hoch left the meeting.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND PAYROLL–

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the August 3, 2020 bills for $35,591.09 and August 3, 2020 payroll for $10,204.98.  David Criswell
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES
AND SUMMARY –

2209 Ave F – vehicle

Property owner lives in Colorado.  She will be in Wilson at the end of August to make it operable or remove it.

 

2115 Ave C –

The City has scheduled a contractor to remove the violations noted on approximately August 14, 2020.

 

2211 Ave D –

No new information.  Extension given until September 1, 2020.

 

718-720 26th –

No new information. Extension given until November 18, 2020 with monthly progress reports required.

 

415-417 28th


Property owner completed the required information.

 

717 28th –

The property owner has scheduled a contractor to remove the violations noted on approximately August 14, 2020.

 

7:45 p.m. Josh Tipton left the meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

ABANDONED BUILDING PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 854-

The next step to enforcing the ordinance is registration forms and building a list of properties.

 

HOUSING PROJECT-

Melinda Merrill and JR Robl did not make the July 25th deadline.  They will submit the application in August.

 

KDOC CDBG CV ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT-

Businesses have until August 14, 2020 to submit an application to the City of Wilson.  All applications will be reviewed with the
available grant money divided among all the applicants.  Rules and guidelines by the state have been changed.

 

2021 BUDGET-

David Criswell made a motion to approve the Budget Summary to set the hearing for August 17, 2020.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion
and it carried.

 

EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK-

Proposed changes were submitted.

 

8:12 p.m. Kristofer Ritchie left the meeting.

 

Chuck Crawford made a motion to replace the current Salary Sections 1 and 2 in the Employee Handbook with the proposed Sections 2-5.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·         Census workers are starting to go door to door.

·        
Submitted SPARK funding reports to the Ellsworth County SPARK Committee.  Theresa Staudinger, a member of the Ellsworth
County SPARK Committee, added that their committee will evaluate the reports and submit them to the state for final approval.

·        
KDOT Public Transportation report- Driver training certifications online have been extended to September 30, 2020. 

·        
Czech Festival- 2020 report was short due to limited number of activities able to be held (reverse parade, poker run, and many virtual and live segments).  The Czech Festival Committee will provide the concessions at the August 8, 2020 auction for a fundraiser (since they were
unable to provide them for summer baseball games).

 

8:27 p.m. Roger Hubert left the meeting.

 

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Mayor-

Mike Peschka reported that they have completed the interior work on the water tower.  It will have to cure for the next ten days
and then be able to be put back into service (after a final check).  The outside is still left to be painted.

 

Council-

Cindy Heinze requested Joe Soukup investigate the Spray Park playground areas.  More ground covering is needed.  In addition, she requested he check into the
features that don’t work.

 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-

·        
Working
on replacing two culverts in town- 27th and Ave I and 33rd
and Ave D.  He will check with Ellsworth
County and other cities to see where they purchase culverts.

 

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Council-

Ryan Stoppel
made a motion to remove Sheldon Frederking as Wilson Fire Department Treasurer
and replace with Jeremy Hlad as Wilson Fire Department Treasurer.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it
carried.  Ryan Stoppel made a motion to
approve the purchase of three full sets of bunker gear not to exceed
$8,500.  Chuck Crawford seconded the
motion and it carried.

 

8:44 p.m. Dan
and Lorie Taylor left the meeting.

 

Chuck Crawford inquired
about the possibility of chipping and sealing 31st street in
2020.  With all the financial Capital
Improvement commitments and needs, it doesn’t appear that there will be enough
money in 2020.  Joe Soukup recommended
tear down the washboard part, setting a ridge, and covering with the rock that
the City has stockpiled.

 

Darcy Hubka
Vopat reported that Tyler Denham has requested the use of the concession stand
for the Saturday August 15, 2020 baseball tournament.  The City’s past practice is to not rent out
the concession stand for private tournaments. 
Red Shale for the south ballfield will be delivered on Monday August 10,
2020.  Lincoln Recreation may open their
youth volleyball (1st – 5th) and flag football (1st-4th)
up to the Wilson youth.   Theresa will
review the sign up forms to verify that it wouldn’t be under the City’s
insurance.

 

POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSHUA TIPTON VIA
SUSAN KRILEY-

·        
Presented
the July 2020 report.

 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT
POSITION-

Ryan Stoppel
made a motion to approve the City Superintendent Joe Soukup pay at $21.00 per
hour.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion
and it carried.

 

 

 

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Mayor-

Mike Peschka
requested the contract mowers have a cap that they are allowed to charge to mow
properties for the City.  Cindy Heinze
made a motion to require the contract mowers review and provide the City with a
price before they mow.  If $100.00 and
under, they are approved to do the job. 
If over $100.00, must have the Mayor’s or a City Council’s approval in
advance.  Chuck Crawford seconded the
motion and it carried.  Chuck Crawford
made a motion to waive the $100.00 administration fee for 2204 Ave I.  Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Mike Peschka
reported to the Council that the semi-annual contamination report (testing done
June 2020) showed one well over the allowed KDHE limit and over the December
2019 testing result.

 

Mike Peschka,
Ryan Stoppel, Joe Soukup, and Susan Kriley will meet with Wilson and Company on
the Sewer Lagoon Improvement project.

 

9:25 p.m. Joe
Soukup left the meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE APPLICATION AND
REQUEST TO ALLOW ALCOHOL IN LIONS CLUB PARK-

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to approve the Cereal Malt Beverage Application for the Wilson
Chamber of Commerce for Sunday September 6, 2020 Al’s Testicle Festival.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.  Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion
to allow alcohol in the Lions Club Park for Sunday September 6, 2020 Al’s
Testicle Festival.  Ryan Stoppel seconded
the motion and it carried.

 

EXECUTIVE
SESSION-

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to enter
executive session for non-elected personnel to discuss salaries to include the
City Attorney Theresa Staudinger and to return to open session in Wilson City
Hall at 9:39  p.m.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to return to open session at 9:39 p.m. Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded
the motion and it carried.

 

Chuck Crawford made a motion to increase hourly wages effective August
16, 2020 for Don Browning to $17.00 per hour and Cathy Smith to $10.00 per
hour.   Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion
and it carried.

 

EXECUTIVE
SESSION-

Cindy
Heinze 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 9:54 p.m.  Chuck
Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Ryan Stoppel
made a motion to extend the executive session until 10:05 p.m.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to return to open session at 10:05 p.m. Chuck Crawford seconded
the motion and it carried.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to offer Picture Rocks Ltd Daniel Erdman $12,840
(tax value) for 2504 Ave E and if a purchase agreement is not reached by August
17, 2020, a resolution will be passed to proceed with the removal and repairs
of the Board of Health violations.  Chuck
Crawford seconded the motion and it carried 3 – 2 – 1 abstain (Mayor voted
because of tie- vote was in favor). 

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Monday, August 17, 2020 7:00 pm 

 

Meeting
adjourned at 10:08 p.m. with a motion by Cindy Heinze, seconded by David
Criswell, and motion carried.