Regular Minutes for December 21, 2020
CITY OF WILSON
at Wilson City Hall
December 21, 2020 7:00 p.m.
MAYOR: MICHAEL J. PESCHKA
COUNCIL PERSONS present:
CHUCK CRAWFORD via Zoom
DARCY HUBKA VOPAT
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.
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.
Taylor made a motion to approve the December 7, 2020 Regular Meeting minutes. Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it
one was in attendance for open discussion.
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 –
24th – no new information
Ave F – no new information
29th- no new information
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.
Ave C – no new information
– The potential new property owner contacted the City. The transaction has not closed yet.
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.
ABANDONED BUILDING ORDINANCE NO. 854-
7:14 p.m. Joe
Soukup joined the meeting.
STORAGE GARAGE FOR KDOT VANS AND CZECH
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.
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-
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.
made a motion to return to open session at Wilson City Hall at 7:37 p.m. David Criswell seconded the motion and it
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.
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD
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.
CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-
fire protection billing for 2021.
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,
November Financial Report, Budget Report, and Income Received Report.
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-
Jonathan, Mike, and Sheriff’s Office for covering while he was in quarantine
because of COVID.
CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-
tower crew now working on exterior painting and will be done this week.
8:07 p.m. Josh
Tipton left the meeting.
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.
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.
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
inquired about changing the meeting time from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. No decision was made.
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.
thanked the Council, city employees, and attorney for their hard work in 2020.
NEXT MEETING -
Council meeting- Monday, January 4, 2021 7:00 pm
adjourned at 8:50 p.m. with a motion by Cindy Heinze, seconded by Dan Taylor, and