Regular Minutes for February 1, 2021

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CITY OF WILSON

Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

February 1, 2021 6:00 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;
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, February 1, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

6:01 p.m. Theresa Staudinger joined the meeting.

APPROVE AGENDA-

David Criswell made a motion to approve the February 1, 2021 agenda.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.
 

MINUTES-
Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the January 19, 2021 Regular Meeting minutes.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried. 

OPEN DISCUSSION:
Kristofer Ritchie, resident, inquired about an ordinance requiring dog owners to pick their
dog feces when they are off their personal property.  The City does not currently have an ordinance
requiring that.   Kristofer also requested a stop line be placed at the intersection of 24th and Ave E (east
side along 24th). 

6:06 p.m. Theresa Staudinger left the meeting. 

REPORTS:
BILLS AND PAYROLL–
Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the February 1, 2021 bills for $14,332.52 and February 1, 2021 payroll
for $9,850.88.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

2020 BUDGET REPORT-
Will be presented after audit is completed. 

VEHICLE UPDATES AND SUMMARY by Jeff Keith and Josh Tipton –

Vehicles-
616 24th –   Two vehicles previously sited have not been brought
into compliance. Resolution 1-2021 was passed at the January 19, 2021 Council
meeting and will be served to the property owner.

3016 Ave E– Cindy Heinze made a motion acknowledge the completion and remove it from the
list.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.  

BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES AND SUMMARY – by Josh Tipton

Properties-
305 24th – The new property owner contacted theCity.  The transaction has not closed yet.
 No new information.

308 26th – The property owner has returned and is continuing to work on the property.  A
building permit is pending for the construction of a storage building.

NEW VEHICLE NOTIFICATIONS by
Jeff Keith –

Vehicles-
611 29th (5 Vehicles) – Deadline February 10, 2021. Property owner has requested a
hearing.  Hearing date pending.

607 29th (1 vehicle) – Deadline February 10, 2021.

608 31st (1 vehicle) – To be served.

603 31st (4 vehicles) – To be served. 

NEW BOARD OF HEALTH PROPERTIES by Josh Tipton –

Properties-
611 29th – Dan Taylor made a motion to proceed with Board of Health procedures.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.

415-417 28th – Tabled until further information is received.

416 29th – Dan Taylor made a motion to proceed with Board of Health procedures.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it
carried.

607 29th – Cindy Heinze made a motion to proceed with Board of Health procedures on
violation two only.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

607 29th – Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to proceed with Board of Health procedures
and include “missing doors & windows”.  David Criswell seconded the motion and it carried.

715 29th – Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to proceed with Board of Health
procedures.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

2104 Ave E – David Criswell made a motion to proceed with Board of Health procedures.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it
carried. 

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 for further discussion.   

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 met with members of the Wilson Foundation, building owners, regarding the
building and they offered the City of Wilson the building at a cost of $1. The decision was tabled until the February 16, 2021 Council meeting. 

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 and Block 3.   Richard Lantz chose not to divulge further information about the use.  Dan Taylor made a motion to deny the request to build the street.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.  A
letter will be sent to Richard Lantz regarding the Council’s decision and reason.

ROOF REPAIR NEEDS-
The Fire Station/Police Station roof and the Power Plant roof are leaking.   Discussion was tabled pending the insurance
evaluation to be done Wednesday February 3, 2021. 

ORDINANCE NO. 859 – CEMETERY INTERNMENT FEES-
Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 859 – Cemetery internment fees
(Regular or Mausoleum $350.00; Surface Mausoleum $400.00; Cremation $150.00; Disinternment
$400 (removal only); and $750.00 removal and reburial in the City Cemetery or Catholic Cemetery).  Dan Taylor seconded
the motion and it carried.

POLICE EQUIPMENT REQUEST-
Dan Taylor made a motion to approve the purchase of the Axon Taser for $2,083.22.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it
carried.  Josh Tipton will have to attend an eight hour training once the taser is received.  The rifle request is placed on hold. 

ELLSWORTH COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (ECED) 2021 MEMBERSHIP-
Chuck Crawford made a motion renew the ECED member for 2021 for $6,300 and to pay the fee in
two installments.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it carried. 

7:22 p.m. Kristofer Ritchie left the meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:
RESOLUTION 2-2021- 2021 GAAP WAIVER-
Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve Resolution 2-2021 – 2021 GAAP Waiver.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it
carried. 

JELLISON PARK PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT-
Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to purchase the presented playground equipment not to
exceed $24,000.00.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.  Grant funds
received by Wilson Foundation from Smoky Hill Charitable Foundation of $23,364 and the remainder from the City.

MOWER PURCHASE REQUEST-
Chuck Crawford made a motion to purchase a mower from Carrico Implement for $10,920.75 (includes
$1,000 trade in of old Cemetery mower).  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried. 
Other bids received:  Bob’s $9,431.00 and Pro Green $12,700.00.

KDHE LOAN – ORDINANCE NO. 860-
Dan Taylor made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 860 accepting the KDHE Loan not to exceed $650,000
(30% of loan will be forgivable).  David Criswell seconded the motion and it carried.  

DEPARTMENTS:
CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-
·   Auditors were on site on January 26, 2021 for the 2020 audit. 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-
·        PresentedJanuary 2021 activity summary.  

WILSON STORM SPOTTERS UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-
·        Working on Storm Spotter list to present for approval by the Council. 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-
·        Water tower overflowed on January 26, 2021 due to manual switch – fixed by Joe and Don.
·        Water wells experienced problems on January 27, 2021.  Don’s Electric and Rewind fixed.
·        Telemetry System is outdated and obsolete.  Three cities (Claflin, Ellsworth, and Russell) use Don’s Electric and Rewind.  Don’s Electric and Rewind submitted a cost estimate in August 2020 for $42,500.  Joe will research other avenues. 

COUNCIL-
Mayor-
Thanked Joe for snow removal and water leak repairs.

Council-
Cindy Heinze reported that the Rylan Gier Fundraiser was a big success. 

Chuck Crawford reported that he attended the January 27, 2021 Ellsworth County Economic
Development Meeting with guest speaker Scott Sproud. 

Darcy Hubka Vopat reported that there will be Youth Basketball Games (2nd – 6th)
on February 13, 2021 and February 20, 2021.  She proposed looking into a Picture Day for youth sports, in the future,
as a fundraiser.   

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-
·        Rolling Hills Electric will be replacing the pole at the ballfield.

NEXT MEETING -
Next Council meeting- Tuesday, February 16, 2021 6:00 pm   

Meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m. with a motion by Cindy Heinze, seconded by Dan Taylor,
and motion carried.