Regular Minutes for December 7, 2020

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CITY OF WILSON

Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

December 7, 2020 7:00 p.m. 

MAYOR:  MICHAEL J. PESCHKA

COUNCIL PERSONS present:                     

CHUCK CRAWFORD via Zoom
DAVID CRISWELL
DAN TAYLOR
DARCY HUBKA VOPAT

Others present
for the Regular Meeting were:  Roger
Hubert – Board of Health property owner; 
Kristofer Ritchie – resident; Lorie Taylor – resident;  Alan Rusch – Ellsworth County
Independent/Reporter via Zoom; Jeff Keith – Public Compliance Officer;  Theresa Staudinger – City Attorney; 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, December 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-

Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to approve the December 7, 2020 agenda.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

7:01 p.m. Roger
Hubert joined the meeting.

 

NEWLY APPOINTED COUNCIL: 

APPROVE APPOINTMENT-

Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Dan
Taylor to complete Ryan Stoppel’s unexpired term.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

OATH OF OFFICE-

City Clerk Susan
Kriley administered the oath of office to Councilperson Dan Taylor.

 

MINUTES-

David
Criswell made a motion to approve the November 16, 2020 Regular Meeting minutes.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:


Roger
Hubert, 2211 Ave D, thanked the City – Mike, Josh, and Chuck for meeting him at
his house to review the Board of Health violations.  Josh reported that as of December 7, 2020,
all the Board of Health violations have been repaired, replaced, or removed.

 

Theresa
Staudinger informed the Council that the City of Luray implemented a Christmas
incentive by offering a $5 credit on resident’s electricity bill if residents
hung Christmas lights.  That may be
visited for Wilson in 2021.

 

7:11
p.m. Roger Hubert left the meeting.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND
PAYROLL–

Darcy Hubka
Vopat made a motion to approve the December 7, 2020 bills for $20,367.54 and December
1,
2020 payroll for $9,799.19.  Dan Taylor
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES
AND SUMMARY by Jeff Keith and Josh Tipton –

Vehicles-

507
29th- Josh Tipton has been unable to make contact with the property
owner to serve Resolution 11-2020 that was passed.  Susan Kriley will mail the resolution out by
certified mail.

 

Properties-

305 24th –
Deadline is December 7, 2020 due to property ownership change.

 

2211
Ave D- Josh Tipton reported that the Board of Health violations have been
repaired, removed, or replaced.  Dan
Taylor made a motion to accept the completion of the Board of Health
violations.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded
the motion and it carried.   The property
owner will be billed for resolution publication costs.

 

305 24th – There
is possibly a potential buyer of the property. 
David Criswell made a motion to approve an extension until December 21,
2020 to allow Mike Peschka or Josh Tipton time to make personal contact with
the new owner.  Dan Taylor seconded the
motion and it carried.

 

Vehicles-

3016 Ave E- Jeff
Keith reported that he spoke with the property owner.  The vehicle has been sold and will be removed
from property by December 31, 2020. 

 

705 24th-
deadline April 5, 2021  - no new
information

 

616 24th-
Jeff Keith continues to work with property owner.

 

3016 Ave E- Dan
Taylor made a motion to approve an extension until January 1, 2021.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

2207 Ave C- Jeff
Keith reported that the Durango has been moved. 
He will check on the pickup.

 

Josh Tipton
reported that at the December 21, 2020 Council meeting, he will bring names as
possible members to fill the two open positions on the Board of Health.  The open positions were posted on the Get
Wilson Facebook page.

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

7:38 p.m.
Kristofer Ritchie left the meeting.

 

ABANDONED BUILDING ORDINANCE NO. 854-

David Criswell
made a motion to enter executive session for attorney client privilege to
discuss abandoned building ordinance to include City Attorney Theresa
Staudinger and will return to open session in the Wilson City Hall at 7:43
p.m.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and
it carried.



Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to return to open session at 7:43 p.m.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

David Criswell
agreed to work with Darcy Hubka Vopat on the spreadsheet she developed to
identify the abandoned buildings.

 

SEWER LAGOON IMPROVEMENTS--

A recap of the
sewer lagoon improvement project was given.

 

STORAGE GARAGE FOR KDOT VANS AND CZECH
FESTIVAL SUPPLIES--

Mike Peschka met
with members of the Wilson Foundation, building owners, regarding the building.
Mike plans to meet with a few contractors to get bids on repairs.

 

TELEPHONE COMPANY
FRANCHISE ORDINANCE NO. 857–

Dan Taylor made
a motion to approve Ordinance No. 857- Wilson Telephone Company franchise
tax.  David Criswell seconded the motion
and it carried 3 – 0 – 1.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

2021 CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE APPLICATIONS–

David
Criswell made a motion to approve the 2021 Cereal Malt Beverage Applications
for Stop 2 Shop, American Legion, and Wilson Foods.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT/ WAGE EVALUATION-

Darcy Hubka
Vopat made a motion to enter executive session for personnel matters related to
non-elected personnel to discuss employee wages, to include City Attorney, and
to return to open session in Wilson City Hall at 8:10 pm.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Darcy Hubka
Vopat made a motion to extend executive session until 8:15 p.m.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Darcy Hubka
Vopat made a motion to extend executive session until 8:20 p.m.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Darcy Hubka
Vopat made a motion to return to open session at Wilson City Hall at 8:20
p.m.  David Criswell seconded the motion
and it carried.

 

David Criswell
made a motion to table the cost of living adjustment/ wage evaluation until the
December 21, 2020 Council meeting.  Darcy
Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

2020 CHRISTMAS GIFT
CERTIFICATES-

Darcy
Hubka Vopat made a motion to approve the following gift certificates-  Trey Fink, Steve Ford, Jan Shaw, Larry
Soukup, and Darrell Thrasher  - $25;
Janiece Kornmeyer, Jonathan Lawrence, Marty Prester, and Cathy Smith - $50; Don
Browning, Susan Kriley,  Joe Soukup, Josh
Tipton, and Theresa Staudinger-  $100 and
the City will pay the employee social security and Medicare for the employee
gift certificates of $100. David Criswell seconded the motion. 

 

2020 AUDIT -

Dan Taylor made
a motion to approve the 2020 Audit proposal from Gudenkauf & Malone, Inc.
for $7,000.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded
the motion and it carried.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        
In
process of working with KDOT Public Transportation Auditors for the routine
annual financial audit for FY 2020 (July 2019- June 2020).

·        
2021
Unemployment rate will be .8% on first $14,000 of wages per employee.

·        
Wilson
Communications is in process of setting up new computer.

·        
David
Criswell made a motion to approve the purchase of Filemaker Pro 19 software for
$540.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the
motion and it carried.

·        
Worked
with Joe and Don for the KDHE Water Site Visit done every three years.

 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        
Presented
monthly stats.

·        
Gathering
quotes on ammunition.  Mike instructed
Josh to talk to Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office as well.

·        
Researching
Federal grant option to help cover a partial amount of a new patrol car when it
is time to replace the current one.

 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP
VIA MIKE PESCHKA-

·        
Water
tower crew now working on exterior painting.

 

COUNCIL-

Council-

Darcy Hubka
Vopat was checking on the status of the return of the Ellsworth County
Recycling Trailers.  Susan will call
Ellsworth County.  Darcy inquired what
will be done with the Czech Signs and Christmas Trees that will not be used
since we received the new banners.  No
decision has been made yet.  The Chamber
will do a Caroling event on December 20, 2020 at 6 p.m.  The Chamber is looking for an “Elf on a
Shelf” figure.  As of now, City Youth
Basketball scheduled for January is a go. 
The City will follow KSHAA and USD 112 rules.  Kevin Washington will attend on January 9,
2021 to assist with the City paying him mileage roundtrip from Salina.

 

Chuck Crawford
reported that Circle C is approximately half done with crack seal.  Costs are $3,500 per pallet with a total of
10 pallets needed to do the full job. 
Additional funding is needed to be approved to have enough money to
complete the project.  The total cost
will be $35,000 with $18,000 approved at the May 18, 2020 Council meeting.  Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve an
additional $17,000 for crack seal.  Dan
Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

CITY ATTORNEY-

Theresa
Staudinger informed the Mayor and Council that currently the verbal contract
between Peterson and Staudinger and the City of Wilson is $500 per month which
includes two monthly Council meetings and a few weekly meetings with the Mayor,
City Clerk, and Police Chief (others invited to attend depending on subject of
discussion).  That current agreement will
end December 31, 2020.  Other agreements
they have with other cities is $200 per hour. 
Attendance at Council meetings will be left up to the City whether they
would like to continue to have her present. 
David Criswell made a motion to discontinue the current agreement and
approve the $200 per hour fee effective January 1, 2021.   David Criswell rescinded his motion and the
Council will wait for Theresa Staudinger to present an updated contract at the
December 21, 2020 Council meeting.

 

MAYOR-

Mayor-

Mike Peschka
reported that $28,572.07of SPARK money has been spent according to previous
conversations.  He asked Council members
if they have other ideas on items that will help protect against COVID to
present those ideas to Susan Kriley by December 11, 2020.

 

Mike Peschka
updated the Council on the newly acquired property at 2504 Ave E – Dan Erdman,
Mike Peschka, David Criswell, Chuck Crawford, Joe Soukup, Don Browning, Cody
Crawford, and Tristan Soukup helped move stuff out of the building into Dan’s
storage unit.  There may be a grant
opportunity for repairs available in spring 2021.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Monday, December 21, 2020 7:00 pm 

 

Meeting
adjourned at 9:33 p.m. with a motion by Darcy Hubka Vopat, seconded by David
Criswell, and motion carried.