Regular Minutes for February 16, 2021

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CITY OF WILSON 

Regular Meeting

at Wilson City Hall

February 16, 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; 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, February 16, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  

APPROVE AGENDA-
Darcy Hubka Vopat made a motion to approve the February 16, 2021 agenda with an
addition.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

MINUTES-
Dan Taylor made a motion to approve the February 1, 2021 Regular Meeting minutes
with correction, February 11, 2021 Inoperable Vehicle Hearing minutes, February
11, 2021 Inoperable Vehicle Hearing (no. 2) minutes, and February 11, 2021
Special Meeting minutes with correction.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it
carried. 

OPEN DISCUSSION:
Kristofer Ritchie, resident, inquired about how to be notified of Special Council
meetings or hearings.  Individuals can sign up at Wilson City Hall to receive notification. 

Mayor Mike Peschka spoke to the Council and audience about the rolling blackout
experienced in the morning of Monday, February 16, 2021.  Immediately after the rolling blackout, Rolling
Hills Electric Manager Doug Jackson updated the City regarding the mandatory
rolling blackout instigated by the Southwest Power Pool.  Electric companies were given no advance notice
when they were to issue the rolling blackout.  In addition, the blackouts weren’t supposed to last over one and half
hour but Wilson’s lasted for three hours.  Rolling Hills Electric was delayed due to the gas company’s two hour
delay in arriving to monitor the reconnect.  

REPORTS:
BILLS AND PAYROLL–
Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the February 16, 2021 bills for $29,821.23 and February 16, 2021 payroll
for $9,965.62.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

2020 BUDGET REPORT-
Will be presented after audit is completed 

WILSON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNUAL STIPEND-
David Criswell made a motion to approve the $4,300 annual stipend to be paid to Wilson Economic Development Corporation.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried 4 – 0 - 1. 

VEHICLE UPDATES AND SUMMARY –
Vehicles-
616 24th–   Josh Tipton has been actively trying to serve
the property owner the passed resolution (Resolution 1-2021).
611 29th–Hearing with property owner held February 11, 2021 and an extension was given
March 1, 2021.
607 29th– Hearing with property owner held February 11, 2021 and an extension was given
March 13, 2021.  

BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES
AND SUMMARY –  
Properties-
305 24th – The City contacted the potential new property owner.  The transaction has not
closed yet- it was held up with the title search.
308 26th – The property owner returned back to his home in Texas.  A building permit has
been approved for the construction of a shed.
607 29th – Deadline March 5, 2021.
715 29th – Deadline March 5, 2021.
416 29th – Deadline March 5, 2021.
2104 Ave E – Deadline March 5, 2021.
611 29th – Deadline March 5, 2021.  The property owner has requested a hearing and
a hearing date is pending. 

MISC –  
It was reported that the property owner across from the gym has been parking his boat in the street
for an extended amount of time so Josh was requested to site the owner. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
ABANDONED BUILDING ORDINANCE NO. 854-
A Special Council Meeting was held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 for the Abandoned Building
Ordinance.  It was decided for the Mayor and Council to review the approved ordinance (approved in July 2020) and submit
suggested changes to Susan to compile for the Mayor and Council to review.

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.  The Wilson Foundation, building
owners, offered the City of Wilson the building at a cost of approximately $1.  Dan Taylor made a motion to purchase 2405 Ave
E not to exceed $20 and allow the Mayor to contact the Wilson Foundation
regarding the purchase.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.  The City Attorney will be asked to develop a purchase agreement.

BUILDING ROOFS-
An insurance evaluation was done Wednesday February 3, 2021. Roughly the loss computes to
$91,000 and they will pay approximately 58%.  The City would possibly be looking for $41,000 out of pocket.  Additional discussion was tabled pending the review of the insurance evaluation. 

NEW BUSINESS:
No new business.

DEPARTMENTS:

CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-
·        The City was awarded the Kansas Department of Commerce Housing Rehabilitation and
Demolition Grant for $300,000.
·         There is a possibility to apply for the Heritage Preservation Grant for 2504 Ave E.  This grant is a pilot program with a deadline
of March 1, 2021.  Awards can be anywhere from $5,000 and up. 
·         It was discussed in March 2020 to go out for bids for the annual insurance (for
comparison not for dissatisfaction of present company).  The other two main companies that expressed
interest in bidding can not due to time restraints and not bidding new clients
during COVID.  Ellco Insurance will present their annual insurance renewal for the March 15, 2021 Council meeting.
·         The updated service fee schedule was presented for information and review.
·         The League of Kansas Municipalities sent an email informing cities of SB 87 which would
shift countywide sales tax to be paid to counties instead of counties and
cities.  If passed, Wilson’s potential loss would be over $33,000 per year.  Cities
are asked to contact their representatives to oppose the bill.

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-
·        Received the new taser.   He will have to attend a training session in Lincoln.
·         Passed his Emergency Medical Technician certification.
·        Spoke with individual that let his dog defecate in the park and asked him to pick up
after the dog.  Mike added that the City is looking into getting signage for the park and / or possibly purchase dog feces
baggies. 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-
·         Having been thawing out individual water meters freezing up during low temperatures.
·        Fixed frozen Waterman by replacing with a bigger drain.
·        Sold nine Czech Lion banners and four Christmas Trees.  The remaining trees and banners not purchased this week will be discarded.
·        Telemetry System is outdated and obsolete.  They met with Sargent Drilling for the wells and telemetry system and are waiting on a
quote.  Don’s Electric bid from Aug 2020 was $42,500.
·        Will advertise for summer workers.
·        Took an hour to get the tractor used to run the generator at the wells running on Tuesday morning during the rolling outage.   
A quote was acquired over the last few years for an automatic generator.  One option would be to sell the tractor (only
used for running the generator) to help offset the costs of the generator.  More information will be brought to a future
Council meeting.

COUNCIL-
Mayor-
Thanked Joe, Don, Josh, and Shawn Shipley for their emergency work during the rolling outage
this morning.  Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation has offered to give $12,515.71 from the Wilson Forever Fund to partially
fund the gas and electric infrastructure for the Prairie Estates cul de sac.  Funds must flow through the City
but will be overseen by the Wilson Economic Development Corporation with Wilson
Economic Development Corporation paying the remaining cost.  Dan Taylor made a motion to accept the agreement
between Smoky Hill Charitable Foundation, City of Wilson, Wilson Economic
Development Corporation, and Wilson Forever Fund.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion.   

7:03 p.m.  Kristofer Ritchie left the meeting.

The motion and it carried 4 – 0 – 1. 

Council-
Dan Taylor made a motion to approve the new Fire Dept officers:  Fire Chief Michael Ellis, First Assistant Fire Chief Tye Soukup, Second Assistant Fire Chief Zach Barta, Secretary Pat Thrasher, Treasurer Jeremy Hlad, and Reports Officer Dylan Walker.  David
Criswell seconded the motion and it carried. 

David Criswell expressed his interest in modernizing the city’s website.   

Darcy Hubka Vopat informed the Council that the City will sponsor Youth Soccer.  The deadline to sign up is February 19, 2021. 

NEXT MEETING -

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m. with a motion by Cindy Heinze, seconded by Dan Taylor,
and motion carried.