Regular Minutes for September 21, 2020

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CITY OF WILSON

 

Regular Meeting
at Wilson City Hall
September 21, 2020 7:00 p.m.

 

MAYOR: MICHAELJ. PESCHKA

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

 

Others present
for the Regular Meeting were:  Justin Joiner – Joiner Construction /
Properties; Carol Kratzer, Harley Ruckman, Judy Ruckman – Immanuel Lutheran
Church Ellsworth, KS; Kristofer Ritchie- resident; Jeff Keith – Public
Compliance Officer; Alan Rusch – Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter; 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, September 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-

David Criswell made a motion to approve the September 21, 2020 agenda.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

MINUTES-

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to approve the September 8, 2020 Board of Health Hearing
and Regular Meeting minutes.  Darcy Hubka
Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:


THANK YOU–

Carol Kratzer,
Judy Ruckman, and Harley Ruckman with Ellsworth Immanuel Lutheran Church
presented Josh Tipton, Wilson Police Chief, with a thank you for being an
essential worker.  They have been
honoring all law enforcement officers within Ellsworth County.

 

7:07 p.m. Carol
Kratzer, Judy Ruckman, and Harley Ruckman left the meeting.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS / QUESTIONS–

Kristofer
Ritchie, resident, inquired about a potential bat concern at the Czech
Apartments he presented at a previous Council meeting.   Dr. David Sells will be looking into the
matter but has not presented an opinion as of the Council meeting. 

 

 

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

HOUSING PROJECT-

The private
investor did not qualify to apply for the Dane G Hansen grant therefore has
decided to decline the project.  Justin
Joiner, Joiner Construction, has expressed interest in funding the
project.  They will build one duplex (two
bedroom and one bath).  The Mayor and
City Clerk spoke with the Kansas Resource Housing Corporation to confirm that
the City/investor would still qualify for the Moderate-Income Housing grant awarded
to the City in the fall of 2019. Justin Joiner will present a timeline to the
City within the next couple of weeks.

 

7:31p.m. Justin
Joiner left the meeting.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND
PAYROLL–

Cindy Heinze made
a motion to approve the September 21, 2020 bills for $7,931.58 and September 16, 2020
payroll for $10,168.03.  David Criswell
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES
AND SUMMARY –

Public
Compliance Officer reported that he cited three more properties for inoperable
vehicles.  All three have requested a
hearing and are set for Monday October 5, 2020 starting at 6:15 p.m.

 

Vehicles-

2209 Ave F –

Property owner
lives in Colorado. Vehicle to be removed.

 

616 24th-

Jeff Keith,
Public Compliance Officer, reported that the vehicles cited have been removed
or made operable, tagged, and insured.

 

710 26th-

Jeff Keith,
Public Compliance Officer, reported that the vehicles cited have been removed
or made operable, tagged, and insured.

 

412 28th-

Jeff Keith,
Public Compliance Officer, reported that the vehicles cited have been removed
or made operable, tagged, and insured.

 

Properties

2211 Ave E –

Extension
previously given until October 31, 2020 to fix the Board of Health
violations.  

 

718-720 26th –

Board
of Health violations have been fixed. 

 

 

2211 Ave D –

Extension previously
given until October 10, 2020 to fix the Board of Health violations.  

 

717 28th-

Deadline was
given for September 20, 2020.  Cindy Heinze made a motion to proceed with
the Board of Health steps and pass a resolution regarding the violations at 717
28th and resolution to be published unless violations are fixed by
noon on Friday September 25, 2020.  Ryan
Stoppel seconded the motion and it carried.

 

308 26th-

Western Sales
Company removed the items that the owner requested.  

 

408 24th-


Extension
given until October 5, 2020 to fix the Board of Health violations.  

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

ABANDONED BUILDING ORDINANCE NO. 854-

Darcy Hubka
Vopat completed a list of all the properties in Wilson.  Susan Kriley will review it and Mike, Darcy,
and Susan will meet in the future to proceed with the next step.

 

8:01 p.m.
Kristofer Ritchie left the meeting.

 

KDOC CDBG CV ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT-

Eight businesses
have applied and are eligible for reimbursement.  Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the
following reimbursement amounts:  Klassy
Kuts & Tans $1,951.72; Richelle’s $2,743.96; Barta Ice Cream $3,378.17; Red
Door Salon $4,069.91; Wilson Foods $14,464.06; Grandma’s Soda Shop $14,464.06;
Midland Railroad Hotel $14,464.06; and N.C. Convenience Inc $14,464.06. David
Criswell seconded the motion and it carried.

 

SEWER LAGOON MANDATED IMPROVEMENTS-

There will be a
public hearing and public meeting for the KDHE Loan / Grant on Monday October
19, 2020 7:00 p.m. public hearing and 7:30 p.m. public meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

No new business.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Mayor-

Item to be
discussed at a future meeting-  an
ordinance regulating camper / rv’s.

 

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        
Presented
the August 2020 Financial Report.

·        
Census
will end September 30, 2020.    Darcy
recommended everyone talk to five people and ask them to talk to five people to
help spread the word.

·        
Banners
and poles- The students on their October 14, 2020 community work day will help
paint the poles with the City crew painting the top portion.  Susan is working on the funding plan for the
Dragon / Czech Capital banners and brackets. 
Susan will apply for a Midwest Energy grant for the Christmas banners.

·        
Wilson
Foundation applied for a Dane G. Hansen grant for the Jellison Park playground
equipment.

 

POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        
Presented
monthly report

·        
Received
community education materials and plans to do a bicycle safety session and a
Halloween Safety session with the school kids.

·        
Ryan
Stoppel made a motion to purchase a light bar from J.R. Audio not to exceed
$1,600 (light bar, shipping, and installation) out of Special Police Fund.  Other light bar costs were $2,199 (not
including installation and shipping) from Galls.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.    Darcy requested Josh find out
the warranty for information.

 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-

·        
Murphy
Tractor inspected the Grader for a fee of $598.38.  Otion Repairs will be $2,265.36 if they haul
it back to the shop; $2,258.36 if Murphy Tractor comes to Wilson to fix here;
and $2,723.01 if they try to fix it here but have to end up hauling it to their
shop.  Chuck Crawford made a motion to
approve the repairs for Murphy Tractor to haul the Grader to their shop not to
exceed $3,000.00 (including inspection fee). 
Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it carried.  Carrico did not bid on the repair work.

·        
The
south ballfield concession stand is in need of a new roof.  Three bidders were asked to submit a bid, one
was received from Nate Griffin for $475.00 labor.  Materials will be $800.00.  Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to approve
the total cost of $1,275.00.  David
Criswell seconded the motion and it carried. The repair costs will come out of
the Special Parks & Recreation fund.

·        
After
another follow up call to Cunningham Sandblasting, exterior work/ painting on
the water tower will begin in approximately three to four weeks.

·        
Mike
Fisher will look at the culverts at Becky Whitmer’s and Larry’s Auto Repair
areas.

·        
Waiting
for bids on painting the trim at power plant.

·        
Continuing
mowing and weedeating.

 

POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

Josh reported
that there will be a five year warranty on the light bar.

 

MAYOR/COUNCIL-

Council-

Darcy Hubka
Vopat reported that she is waiting to hear from Nate Pasek regarding the
ballfield work.  She is working on
scheduling youth basketball.   They are
still working on the PRIDE Park playground surface and what direction to take.

Mayor-

Mike Peschka
reported that Allison Ford, Opera House Corporation Board President, will
attend the October 5, 2020 Council meeting via Zoom to give a progress report
on the Opera House.  Bob Kraus is working
on installing a flag display at the Veterans Park.

 

9:03 p.m. Joe
Soukup, Jeff Keith, and Alan Rusch left the meeting.

 

BOARD OF HEALTH-

EXECUTIVE
SESSION-

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to enter
executive session for possible acquisition of real estate in the City of Wilson
at 2504 Ave E and to return to open session in Wilson City Hall at 9:14p.m.  Ryan Stoppel seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to return to open session at 9:14 p.m. Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded
the motion and it carried.

 

Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the payment for 2504 Ave E of
$12,840 plus half closing costs, both not to exceed $14,000 total and storage
costs to Wilson Storage not to exceed $390.00. 
David Criswell seconded the motion and it carried.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Monday, October 5, 2020 7:00 pm 

 

Meeting
adjourned at 9:18 p.m. with a motion by Cindy Heinze, seconded by David
Criswell, and motion carried.