Regular Minutes for January 4, 2021

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CITY OF WILSON


Regular Meeting
at Wilson City Hall
January 4, 2021 7:00 p.m.

MAYOR:  MICHAEL J. PESCHKA

COUNCIL PERSONS present:                     
CHUCK CRAWFORD
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; Jeff Keith – Public Compliance
Officer; 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, January 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.


APPROVE AGENDA-

Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the January 4, 2021 agenda.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

MINUTES-

Dan
Taylor made a motion to approve the December 21, 2020 Regular Meeting minutes
with corrections.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded
the motion and it carried.

 

NEWLY ELECTED COUNCIL: 

OATH OF OFFICE-

City Clerk Susan
Kriley administered the oath of office to Councilpersons Chuck Crawford, Cindy
Heinze, and Darcy Hubka Vopat.

 

COUNCIL DEPARTMENTS-

Appointments
made by Mayor Mike Peschka:  Mayor Mike
Peschka- Police; Chuck Crawford – Streets; David Criswell – Water and
Cemetery;  Cindy Heinze- Finance; Darcy
Hubka-Vopat- Parks, Recreation, and Library; and Dan Taylor-  Sewer and Fire.   

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT-

Dan Taylor made
a motion to appoint Cindy Heinze as Council President.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

 

 

 

APPOINTMENTS-

David
Criswell made a motion to approve the Mayor appointments as follows:  City Bank - Wilson State Bank;  City Attorney – Theresa Staudinger with
Peterson & Staudinger, LLC; City Newspaper 
- Ellsworth County Independent / Reporter;  Municipal Judge – Jennifer O’Hare with O’Hare
Law Firm;   Municipal Court Clerk - Susan Kriley;  City Clerk / Treasurer– Susan Kriley; Police
Chief – Joshua Tipton;  and Mileage Rate at
the IRS rate (currently $.56 per mile). 
Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to approve the Mayor appointments of the Board of Health
volunteers:  Debra Hill, Jeremy Hlad, E.
David Sells, Corie Soukup, Josh Tipton, and Niki Whitmer.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to approve the Mayor appointments:  Tree Board – Chairperson David Criswell, Matt
Beckman, Eldon Whitmer, Warren Bushnell, and two vacancies and the Emergency
Preparedness Committee – Chairperson- Police Chief Joshua Tipton, members Jerry
Florian, Keith Haberer, Christopher Heki, Jeanne Heki, Rev. Ron Lowry, Sheron
Lowry, Katie Nelson, Shawn Shipley, Debbie Whitmer, Terry Whitmer, Mayor Mike
Peschka, and Fire Chief Joe Soukup (Mayor, Police Chief, and Fire Chief automatically
a committee member by Ordinance).  Dan
Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Dan
Taylor made a motion to approve the Mayor appointments:  Wilson Forever Fund Advisory Committee city
representative – David Criswell;  Ellsworth
County Economic Development city rep Chuck Crawford;  Transient Guest Tax Committee- President
Melinda Merrill- Midland Railroad Hotel, Vice-President Susan Curtiss- Simple
Haven Bed & Breakfast, Secretary Allison Ford- Wilson Economic Development
Corporation, other members- Marge Lawson- Kansas Originals, Rick Weigel- Wilson
Foods, Stacie Schmidt – Wilson Czech Opera House Corporation, Renee McGaffic –
Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Bubba Mikulecky – Stop to Shop, Jerry Florian –
Grandma’s Soda Shop, and one vacancy. Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and
it carried.

 

Storm
Spotter will be approved at a future meeting.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:


Donna
Curtis, Lang Memorial Library Board Member, inquired about the bricks behind 2504
Ave E.  The Library would like to have
some to make a base for their electronic sign. 
 Daniel Erdman has until January
19, 2021 to get all items removed from the property.  Any requests for items will be addressed after
that date.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND
PAYROLL–

Cindy Heinze made
a motion to approve the January 4, 2021 bills/encumbrances for $91,880.66 (includes
final water tower repair costs) and January 4, 2021 payroll for $10,963.06.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

 

TRANSFERS-

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to approve the following transfers: 4th Quarter 2020
from Water to Water Repair $9,646.82; 
from Water to Capital Improvement $6,431.21;  from Sewer to Capital Improvement $6,129.23; from Sewer to Sewer Reserve $14,301.53;  and from Water to General $3,843.00.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.  All transfers are subject to budget
and cash in fund availability. 

 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the end of year transfers: from General to Municipal
Equipment Replacement $24,000.00; from General to Fire Equipment Replacement
$22,000.00; from General to Capital Improvement $18,986.00; from Special Rural
Fire to Fire Equipment Replacement $5,000.00; and Gen:Streets to Special Streets
$43,000.00.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.  All transfers are subject to budget
and cash in fund availability. 

 

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

Vehicles-

616
24th –   Per Jeff Keith- Nine out of 11 have been
moved.  The property owner is working on
the rest.  Dan Taylor made a motion to
direct the property owner to remove the final two vehicles or bring them into
compliance by 4 p.m. on January 19, 2021. 
Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.  Jeff Keith or Josh Tipton will relay deadline
to property owner.

3016
Ave E– per Josh Tipton- Vehicle is sold but owner is down due to COVID.  They will have removed by end of business day
on Friday, January 8, 2021.

507
29th- per Jeff Keith and Josh Tipton- Vehicles tagged, insured, and operable. 

705
24th – An extension was given until April 2021 with an update to be
given to the City after 90 days of when the extension was given- January 17, 2021.  Susan will send out a reminder to provide a
written update to the City on or before January 17, 2021.  

2207
Ave C – per Jeff Keith- One vehicle has been removed (Durango).  The pickup appears to be tagged &
insured.  Jeff with check and verify by the
next Council meeting.

 

Properties-

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


 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

ABANDONED BUILDING ORDINANCE NO. 854-

No new
information presented.

 

STORAGE GARAGE FOR KDOT VANS AND CZECH
FESTIVAL SUPPLIES--

Mike Peschka met
with members of the Wilson Foundation, building owners, regarding the building.
The City is waiting on a few contractors to get bids on repairs.

 

UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD
LAND LEASE FOR 2021-

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to approve the charges to private building owners for buildings
that are housed on Union Pacific property that the City leases- $145.00 312 27th
and $100.00 506 27th.  David Criswell
seconded the motion and it carried. 
Amounts were computed by square foot of building compared to total square
foot of land leased.

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        
Recycling
trailers that are supplied by Ellsworth County and brought to cities in the
county pre COVID will not return to the cities in the county until under the recommendation
of the Ellsworth County Health Department due to COVID concerns.

·        
2020
Audit inhouse will be January 25-27, 2021. 
Documents, etc. are being sent for their review now.

·        
Darcy
Hubka Vopat made a motion to sell the Czech Lion banners and Christmas Tree decorations
for $20 each on a first come first serve basis AS IS.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        
Presented
annual stats with comparisons for 2019 to 2020 and will present 2021 yearly
projection at a future meeting.

·        
Working
on updating Police policies.

·        
Receiving
a new handheld radar system.  Participating agencies from a STEP program were
entered into a drawing and Wilson was selected.

 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-

·        
Three
roofs, Robinson garage (discussed earlier in the meeting), Powerplant, and Fire
Station/Police Dept are leaking and need to be evaluated for repairs.

·        
Darcy
Hubka Vopat approved the purchase of a Digital Chlorine Reader for
$585.00.  Cindy Heinze seconded the
motion and it carried.

 

WILSON FIRE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-

·        
The
Fire Department has chosen not to do an annual banquet the same as done in the
past by inviting reserve firemen, retired firemen, Mayor, Council, and full-time
city employees due to COVID.  Dan Taylor
made a motion for the City to provide funding for a full meal for the active
Wilson Fire Department members with them implementing all COVID safety practices.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

 

COUNCIL-

Council-

Dan Taylor made
a motion to pass an Ordinance to change the City Council meeting start time to
6:00 p.m. effective with the February 1, 2021 Council meeting.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried 3-2.

 

Darcy Hubka
Vopat reported that a ballfield light pole has been reported as beyond repair and
needs replaced.  The poles were initially
installed in the 1970’s.  Joe is checking
with MAICO regarding a possible donation of poles to replace all six with the
City purchasing the lights.  Joe was
instructed to have Rolling Hills Electric check all poles for damage.   City of Wilson Youth Basketball will start
on January 9, 2021 with all KSHAA and USD 112 COVID safety guidelines being enforced.  The Lang Memorial Library had sewer problems
that were repaired by Mike’s Plumbing and Heating and were under the $500 purchase
limit.  Darcy met with the Wilson Foundation
for the initial meeting regarding the $23,000 grant received for the Jellison
Park equipment.  

 

8:55 p.m. Josh
Tipton left the meeting.

 

MAYOR-

Mayor-

Mike Peschka
reported that Richard Lantz has requested street access to Block 3 in the Purma
Addition off Highway 40/ 27th street.  Richard Lantz owns the block north (Block 2)
of Block 3.  The decision was tabled
until the next Council meeting.  Dogs
running loose continues to be a problem. 
Currently, the dogs have to be taken to Town and Country Animal Hospital
in Russell but research is being done on possibly constructing a dog kennel in
Wilson.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:00 pm 

 

Meeting
adjourned at 9:06 p.m. with a motion by Cindy Heinze, seconded by Dan Taylor,
and motion carried.