Regular Minutes for December 21, 2020

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CITY OF WILSON

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

MAYOR:  MICHAEL J. PESCHKA

COUNCIL PERSONS present:                     
CHUCK CRAWFORD via Zoom
DAVID CRISWELL
CINDY HEINZE
DAN TAYLOR
DARCY HUBKA VOPAT

 

Others present
for the Regular Meeting were:  Kristofer
Ritchie – resident; Alan Rusch – Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter via Zoom;
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 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVE AGENDA-

David Criswell made a motion to approve the December 21, 2020 agenda with the
addition item of Attorney Contract.  Darcy
Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

MINUTES-

Dan
Taylor made a motion to approve the December 7, 2020 Regular Meeting minutes.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:


No
one was in attendance for open discussion.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND
PAYROLL–

Cindy Heinze made
a motion to approve the December 21, 2020 bills for $24,803.45 and December 16, 2020 payroll
for $10,409.99.  Dan Taylor
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

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

Vehicles-

616
24th – no new information

3016
Ave F – no new information

507
29th- no new information

705
24th – An extension was given until April 2021 with an update to be
given at a January 2021 Council meeting. 
Susan will send out a reminder.

2207
Ave C – no new information

 

Properties-

305 24th
– The potential new property owner contacted the City.  The transaction has not closed yet. 

 

David Criswell
made a motion to appoint Niki Whitmer and Debra Hill as Board of Health
members.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the
motion and it carried.  They replaced
Tony Brokes and Randi Stoppel.

 

7:12 p.m. Joe
Soukup left the meeting.

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

ABANDONED BUILDING ORDINANCE NO. 854-

No new
information.

 

7:14 p.m. Joe
Soukup joined the meeting.

 

STORAGE GARAGE FOR KDOT VANS AND CZECH
FESTIVAL SUPPLIES--

Mike Peschka met
with members of the Wilson Foundation, building owners, regarding the building.
Mike spoke with a few contractors to get bids on repairs- two are not
interested and he is waiting on one to look at it in the next few weeks.  Dan Taylor spoke with a contractor that will
look at it in the next few weeks also.  

 

ATTORNEY CONTRACT–

Dan Taylor made
a motion to approve the Attorney Contract for legal services with Theresa
Staudinger, Peterson & Staudinger, for 2021with hours to be billed at $200
per hour.    David Criswell seconded the
motion and it carried.

 

COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT/ WAGE EVALUATION-

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to enter executive session for personnel matters related to
non-elected personnel to discuss employee wages and to return to open session at
Wilson City Hall at 7:37 pm.  Darcy Hubka
Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to return to open session at Wilson City Hall at 7:37 p.m.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to increase hourly wages by $.75 per hour for Joshua
Tipton.   Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion
and it carried.

 

Dan Taylor made
a motion to approve the following cost of living adjustments effective January
1, 2021:  2% for Susan Kriley, Janiece
Kornmeyer, and Jonathan Lawrence; 1.3% Josh Tipton, Don Browning, and Cathy
Smith (lower due to recent increases). 
Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried 4-1.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD
LAND LEASES–

The
City leases land from the Union Pacific Railroad along the railroad.  Two areas have a privately owned building on
top so the City charges an annual land lease to Brad Schiermeyer (312 27th)
and Eva Grauer Trust- Visitors Center (506 27th).  The charge was tabled until the next Council
meeting to verify accuracy of charge amount.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        
Completed
fire protection billing for 2021.

·        
SPARK
report was presented with items ordered as previously discussed. Main items
–sanitizing sprayer backpacks and handhelds, disinfecting solution, hand
sanitizing stations, sanitizing solution, touchless faucets, automatic light
switch, touchless towel dispenser, technology (Zoom fees, laptops, camera,
computer, tv).

·        
Presented
November Financial Report, Budget Report, and Income Received Report.

·        
Selling
of Christmas trees (15 working- 3 not working), Czech banners, and snowmen to
be tabled until the next meeting.

 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        
Thanked
Jonathan, Mike, and Sheriff’s Office for covering while he was in quarantine
because of COVID. 

 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-

·        
Water
tower crew now working on exterior painting and will be done this week.

 

8:07 p.m. Josh
Tipton left the meeting.

 

·        
Circle
C Paving has completed the Crack Seal. There was not enough pallets to complete
22nd & Ave I to 21st & Ave I.  That area will be completed in 2021.  New chip and seal will be done with ¼” rock
not ½” rock.

·        
Powerplant
insulated garage doors with windows (3 doors)- Three bids were received- MPIRE
$5,549.03 (without windows), Strobel Doors $9,489.00, and C& E Doors
$6,800.00.  Garage door opener for the
Ambulance Shed / Fire Dept bay- Three bids were received- MPIRE $1,253.36, C
& E Doors $770.00, and Strobel Doors $1,040.00.  Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the
bids from C & E Doors $770.00 garage door opener and $6,800.00 garage
doors.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion
and it carried.

 

COUNCIL-

Council-

Darcy Hubka
Vopat was checking on the status of the return of the Ellsworth County
Recycling Trailers again.  Susan will
call Ellsworth County.   

 

Dan Taylor made
a motion to approve J.R. Burkhead as a volunteer fire fighter for the Wilson
Fire Department subject to the 90 day probation period.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Dan Taylor
inquired about changing the meeting time from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  No decision was made.

 

MAYOR-

Mayor-

Mike Peschka
reported that the City is experiencing many dogs running loose problem.  He plans on posting something on facebook
about it.   Residents have been
complaining about cats and feral cats specifically.  Similar size cities and cities in the area
were asked how they control their feral cats but none had any suggestions or
luck with procedures they were taking. 
The City of Ellsworth traps them and hold them for five days before they
relocate them.  The City of Kanopolis
requires cats to be tagged but not a lot of ways to enforce it.  They do allow citizens to borrow traps from
the city.  The City of Claflin has the
same problem we do. Other cities haven’t had any luck controlling them.

 

8:48 p.m. Josh
Tipton joined the meeting.

 

Mike Peschka
thanked the Council, city employees, and attorney for their hard work in 2020.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Monday, January 4, 2021 7:00 pm 

 

Meeting
adjourned at 8:50 p.m. with a motion by Cindy Heinze, seconded by Dan Taylor, and
motion carried.