Regular Minutes for January 19, 2021

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CITY OF WILSON

Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

January 19, 2021 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; Daniel Erdman –
guest;  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 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.


APPROVE AGENDA-

Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to approve the January 19, 2021 agenda.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

MINUTES-

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to approve the January 4, 2021 Regular Meeting minutes.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION:


Kristofer
Ritchie, resident, is having a problem with skunks.  He inquired about what to do with it if he catches
one.  He was instructed to notify the
City to have the Police Chief dispose of it.

 

7:03
p.m. Jeff Keith joined the meeting.

 

REPORTS:

BILLS AND
PAYROLL–

Cindy Heinze made
a motion to approve the January 19, 2021 bills/encumbrances for $47,952.57 and January
19,
2021 payroll for $9,687.08.  Dan Taylor
seconded the motion and it carried.

 

2020 FINANCIAL REPORT-

Dan Taylor made
a motion to approve the 2020 Financial Report to be published.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.  The Financial Report is
unaudited as of January 19, 2021.

 

7:08 p.m. Dan Erdman joined the meeting.

 

VEHICLE UPDATES AND
SUMMARY by Jeff Keith and Josh Tipton –

Vehicles-

616
24th –   Two vehicles previously sited have not been brought
into compliance. Dan Taylor made a motion to pass a resolution to remove the
two vehicles.  Cindy Heinze seconded the
motion and it carried.

3016
Ave E– Vehicle previously sited and resolution passed has not been
removed.  Josh Tipton will have it towed
on January 20, 2021.  

705
24th – per Jeff Keith - Vehicles tagged, insured, and operable.  Dave Criswell made a motion acknowledge the
completion and remove it from the list.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.


2207
Ave C – per Jeff Keith- The pickup has been tagged & insured.  Cindy Heinze made a motion acknowledge the
completion and remove it from the list. 
Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

 

7:26
p.m. Theresa Staudinger joined the meeting via phone.

 

EXECUTIVE
SESSION-

Cindy
Heinze made a motion to enter
executive session for attorney-client privilege to discuss 2504 Ave E, to
include City Attorney, and to return to open session in Wilson City Hall at 7:38
p.m.  Dave Criswell seconded the motion
and it carried.

 

Cindy Heinze
made a motion to return to open session at 7:38 p.m. Dan Taylor seconded the
motion and it carried.

 

No action taken.

 

BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES
AND SUMMARY – by Josh Tipton

 

7:41 P.M. Theresa Staudinger left the meeting.

 

Properties-

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

308 26th
– The property owner has returned and is continuing to work on the property.

 

Josh Tipton
reported that the Board of Health will meet on Monday, January 25, 2021 and
will present new properties for the February 1, 2021 Council meeting,

 

UNFINISHED
BUSINESS:

ABANDONED BUILDING ORDINANCE NO. 854-

Darcy Hubka
Vopat and David Criswell worked on the abandoned building list.  The Council will need to set a Special Meeting
date at the February 1, 2021 Council meeting for further discussion.  Under the discussion, the Council will need
to refer to the ordinance and the definitions of the categories.

 

STORAGE GARAGE (2405 Ave E) FOR KDOT VANS
AND CZECH FESTIVAL SUPPLIES--

The City
received one quote for repairs at approximately $9,000 and one contractor opted
out of bidding.  Mike Peschka and Dan Taylor
will meet with members of the Wilson Foundation, building owners, regarding the
building. The City has until March 1, 2021 to cancel the lease contract.

 

STREET CONSTRUCTION
REQUEST-

Continuation
from previous Council meeting- Richard Lantz has requested a street to be
constructed that will allow access to Block 3 in the Purma Addition off Highway
40/ 27th street.  Richard
Lantz owns the block north (Block 2) of Block 3.   He has
stated he has a potential buyer of Block 3 that needs the access to Block 3.  Chuck Crawford provided some estimated costs
of the street construction.  Darcy Hubka
Vopat made a motion to approve a survey cost of up to $500.00 if the potential buyer
will be a business that will benefit Wilson or if they plan to build a
house.  David Criswell seconded the
motion and it carried.  Chuck Crawford
will meet with Richard Lantz to gather more information on the potential buyer.

 

ROOF REPAIR NEEDS-

The Fire Station/Police
Station roof and the Power Plant roof are leaking.   The insurance company will be contacted to
review roofs due to June 2020 storm.  They
are currently insured as Actual Cash Value.  Reliant Roofing provided an estimate.  Additional bids will be gathered from Uhl
Construction and G & B Contractors.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

PAINT DAMAGE-

Four firefighters
received paint damage on their vehicles from the water tower exterior painting when
they parked in the Fire Dept parking lot after responding to a fire page.  Joe Soukup received a bid of $300 per vehicle (two
red vehicles may be higher) from “Car Needs a Hug Detailing” company from
Salina.  He will come to Wilson to remove
the paint.   Joe inquired with Randy’s Body Shop and
Freeman’s Body Shop and they were not interested in bidding on the job.  Dan Taylor made a motion to approve up to
$1,300 for the paint damage removal by Car Needs a Hug Detailing.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.

 

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-

·        
Darcy
Hubka Vopat made a motion to allow the use of the credit card for the
previously approved FileMaker Pro 19 purchase. 
David Criswell seconded the motion and it carried.

·        
Ellsworth
County Economic Development submitted their 2021 membership request.  Dues are set at $6,300 (same as 2020).  This will be tabled until the February 1,
2021 Council meeting.

·        
Auditors
will be on site January 25-27, 2021.

·        
Desktop
computer is 99% installed.

·        
SPARK
purchase summary- Purchases made per prior Council meeting were hand sanitizing
stations, touchless faucets, push faucets, disinfecting sprayers, automatic
lights, technology- computer and TV. 
Laptops and camera owl have not been received yet.

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-

·        
Equipment
purchase proposal and proposed police policy update was presented.  Further discussion will take place at the
February 1, 2021 Council meeting.

·        
Working
on grants- Kansas Pipeline Association, Walmart, and Justice Assistance Grant.

·        
Emergency
Preparedness Committee- Wanting to do fundraisers to purchase evacuation
survival backpacks and animal evacuation kits.  
Next meeting is February 6, 2021.

 

WILSON STORM SPOTTERS UPDATE WITH JOSH
TIPTON-

·        
All storm
spotters will be asked to sign a liability disclaimer waiver.  He will contact the members on the 2020 list to
see who is interested on serving as a storm spotter.   

 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-

·        
Darcy
Hubka Vopat made a motion to approve up to $2,000 for the purchase of a new light
pole at the north ballfield to replace the damaged one (to move the new pole to
the outside of the fenced area).  Cindy
Heinze seconded the motion and it carried. 
Rolling Hills Electric will install it at no cost to the City.

·        
Cemetery
internment fees- Current fees (set in 2009) are: regular and mausoleum $250.00;
surface mausoleum $300.00; and cremation $100.00.  Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to increase the
regular and mausoleum fee to $350.00.  Dan
Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

·        
C
& E Doors will install the new garage doors at the Powerplant in
mid-February (bid already approved).

 

COUNCIL-

Council-

Dan Taylor reminded
the Council that mandatory sewer lagoon updates are scheduled to start
approximately May 2022.

 

Cindy Heinze informed
the Council that the school is organizing a fundraiser for Rylan Gier (grandson
of residents Steve and Ruth Billinger) on January 30, 2021.

 

Darcy Hubka
Vopat reported there are 41 participants for City Youth Basketball. 

 

Chuck Crawford reported
that he and David Criswell met with Ellsworth County Economic Development
Director Stacie Schmidt on how ECED can help with the housing situation.

 

MAYOR-

Mayor Mike
Peschka reminded the Council of the Council meeting time change to 6:00 p.m.
effective with the next Council meeting.

 

NEXT MEETING -

Next
Council meeting- Monday, February 1, 2021 6:00 pm 

 

Meeting
adjourned at 9:02 p.m. with a motion by Cindy Heinze, seconded by Dan Taylor,
and motion carried.