Minutes for May 17, 2021

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CITY OF WILSON

Inoperable Vehicle Hearing
at Wilson City Hall
May 17, 2021 5:45 p.m. 

MAYOR:   MICHAEL J. PESCHKA

COUNCIL PERSONS present:                     
CHUCK CRAWFORD
DAVID CRISWELL
CINDY HEINZE
DAN TAYLOR 

Others present for the Inoperable Vehicle Hearing were:  Karen Hansen – resident;   Kristofer
Ritchie – resident; Alan Rusch – Ellsworth County Independent/ Reporter; Josh Tipton
– Police Chief; and Susan Kriley – City Clerk. 

CALL TO ORDER-
Mayor Michael J. Peschka called the City of Wilson Inoperable Vehicle Hearing
to order on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 5:45 p.m.    

INOPERABLE VEHICLE HEARING- 709 24th  -
The resident at 709 24th requested the Inoperable Vehicle Hearing before the Governing Body regarding
the vehicle violation notification received.  Karen Hansen, resident, requested an extension. 

Dan Taylor made a motion to grant Karen Hansen an extension until May 31, 2021.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.  The Council requested Police Chief Josh Tipton make sure that the vehicle is properly jacked up and secured. 

The hearing ended at 5:50 p.m. with a motion from Dan Taylor, seconded by Cindy
Heinze, motion carried.



CITY OF WILSON 

Regular Meeting
at Wilson City Hall
May 17, 2021 6:00 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; 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, May 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

APPROVE AGENDA-
Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the May 17, 2021 agenda with the addition
of two executive sessions.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried. 

MINUTES-
Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the correction to the April 19, 2021 Regular Meeting
minutes.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.  Dan Taylor made a
motion to approve May 3, 2021 Inoperable Vehicle hearing minutes; May 3, 2021 Board of Health hearing minutes; May 3, 2021 Regular Meeting minutes; and the May 12, 2021 Special Meeting minutes.  Dan
Taylor seconded the motion and it carried. 

OPEN DISCUSSION:
No one present for open discussion. 

REPORTS:
BILLS–
Cindy Heinze made a motion to approve the May 17, 2021 bills for $17,170.34 and May 17, 2021 payroll
for $10,234.63.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried. 

FINANCIAL REPORTS–
The May 2021 Financial Report, Budget Report as of May 31, 2021, and May 2021 Income
Received Report were presented. 

VEHICLE UPDATES AND SUMMARY –
Pending Vehicles-
2303 Ave B – (5 vehicles) – Council extended the deadline to July 2, 2021 with a review to
be done by the Public Compliance Officer.

3212 Ave D – (1 vehicle) – Deadline was May 1, 2021.  Dan Taylor made a motion to pass a resolution to have the vehicle
removed.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

2508 Ave F – (1 vehicle) – Vehicle was removed.

709 24th – (1 vehicle) – Hearing was held and extension given to May 31, 2021. 

BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES, SUMMARY, AND NEW PROPERTIES –  
Pending properties-
305 24th – The Council asked for the Board of Health to review the property to present an updated violation listing and pictures.

308 26th – on-going

715 29th – Dan Taylor made a motion to accept the work done on the property as successfully completing the Board of Health violations cited.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

416 29th – Resolution passed at March 15, 2021 Council meeting. Deadline May 5, 2021.   The
Council directed Josh to review anything left on the list with the property owner.

2104 Ave E – Dan Taylor made a motion to accept the work done on the property as successfully completing the Board of Health violations cited.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

2411 Ave E – Extension was given until May 17, 2021 to allow the Board of Health to meet with the
property owner to evaluate compliance (property owner’s request) and to attempt communication via email as requested by the property owner.   

919 23rd – Hearing held and an extension was granted until June 18, 2021. 

415-417 28th -  Deadline May 21, 2021

411 28th   - Deadline May 21, 2021

2204 Ave B-   Hearing was held and an extension was given until June 18, 2021. 

The Public Compliance Officer has three new properties to serve Inoperable Vehicle notices. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
ABANDONED BUILDING ORDINANCE NO. 854-
A Public Forum was held on Wednesday May 12, 2021.  A property listing of vacant properties and a draft registration form will be presented at the next meeting. 

LOANS / GRANTS AWARDED-
KDOC HOUSING REHABILITATION AND DEMOLITION GRANT – The City is still working on the paperwork for the grant.  A housing plan and demolition plan will be presented at a future meeting for Council approval.  Applications will be accepted once all the state paperwork is complete (possibly June or July).  Dan Taylor will be the Housing Board Chairperson.  Two residents to serve on the board will need to be approved at the June 7, 2021 Council meeting.

KDHE SEWER LOAN/ GRANT – No new information. 

GRANTS PENDING-
KDOT BUS FACILITY GRANT-  The City submitted a KDOT Bus Facility Grant proposal for repairs to 2405 Ave E.  The proposal was accepted by KDOT and a 1 on 1 meeting was held so the
City can proceed with the application process.  The application is due June 25, 2021.

KDOC URGENT NEED GRANT-  Upon investigation, the building at 2504 Ave E does not qualify for the KDOC Urgent Need Grant. 

WEBSITE -
The website proposal was sent to six website individuals / companies.  The deadline is May 31, 2021 to have bids submitted.

NEW BUSINESS:
2504 AVE E-
Mike Peschka reported that the proposal from architect Ben Moore is 80% completed and he
indicated that it should be done by the end of the week.  Ben recommended that the City hire a
structural engineer.  

6:44 p.m. Theresa Staudinger joined the meeting. 

Chuck Crawford made a motion to approve the bid from VMT Engineers for $2,600.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried. 

6:48 p.m. Kristofer Ritchie left the meeting.

POLICE CHIEF POSITION-
EXECUTIVE SESSION- Cindy Heinze made a motion to enter executive session for non elected
personnel to discuss the Police Chief position, to include City Attorney Theresa Staudinger, and to return to open session at Wilson City Hall at 6:59 p.m.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

Cindy Heinze made a motion to return to open session at 6:59 p.m. 
Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried. 

Dan Taylor made a motion to accept Joshua Tipton’s resignation as Police Chief effective May
31, 2021.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

The Council will discuss working Josh Tipton part time until a Police Chief is hired.  The Mayor thanked Josh Tipton for his service.  

POSSIBLE ACQUISITION OF REAL ESTATE-
EXECUTIVE SESSION- Cindy Heinze made a motion to enter executive session for the possible
acquisition of real estate, to include City Attorney Theresa Staudinger, and to return to open session at Wilson City Hall at 7:13 p.m.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

7:12 p.m. Darcy Hubka Vopat joined the meeting – executive session. 

Cindy Heinze made a motion to return to open session at 7:13 p.m.  Dan Taylor seconded the motion and it carried.

There was no action taken. 

The meeting recessed until 7:17 p.m. 

7:17 p.m. Josh Tipton and Theresa Staudinger left the meeting.

BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES, SUMMARY, AND NEW PROPERTIES –  
Pending properties-
2411 Ave E – Dan Taylor made a motion to pass a resolution for 2411 Ave E for the Board of Health items still in violation.   Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

ANIMAL WAIVER REQUEST-
David Criswell, Kansas Foods, LLC, requested an animal waiver to house Nigerian goats at his
properties – 418 26th, 2608 Ave E, and 720 26th.  The permit states that he would like a waiver
on the number of goats that one can have. The guidelines state that up to two
goats can be housed as long as the area meets the minimum inside and outside
area requirements.  The approximate total area of the three properties could house up to 143 goats according to the guidelines on area requirements. 

7:27 p.m. Theresa Staudinger and Josh Tipton joined the meeting.

The Council requested more information from David.  Such information requested was how the fencing will be set up and how will he keep them contained so they don’t get out, plan for feces disposal/removal, rotation plan for the three properties, number of goats he plans to have (expansion plan), and his total square feet.

7:49 p.m. Theresa Staudinger left the meeting.

DEPARTMENTS:
CITY CLERK UPDATE WITH SUSAN KRILEY-
 ·         As of May 17, 2021, six properties have been cited for mowing.
·         Will attend the 2022 Budget Workshop on May 21, 2021.
·        Dan Taylormade a motion to donate $3,300 to the 2021 Czech Festival as budgeted.  Chuck Crawford seconded the motion and it carried.

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-
·        Attended the Board of Health meeting.  Mike Peschka and Chuck Crawford attended as well.  It
was suggested to the Board that they work on a quarter of town at a time and prioritize them according to the most violations first.
·        Ordered battery for the AED at an approximate cost of $350.
·        Wrapping up cases before his last day of May 31, 2021. 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE WITH JOE SOUKUP-
·        Dan Taylor made a motion to approve the purchase of two ph probes for the Spray
Park at a cost not to exceed $600.  Darcy Hubka Vopat seconded the motion and it carried.
·        Discovereda sewer manhole when searching out a sewer issue.  The sewer issue ended up to be the property
owners issue on their line.
·        Assisted with milling on the county road – along Ave E from 27th street to the south end of town.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL-
Mayor-Mike Peschka reported that a letter was constructed at David Criswell’s request showing
support to make local Rikki Kepka the Post office Clerk.  Summer workers- Dustin started in April and Trey
will start May 19th.   Jan Shaw will have limited hours available.  Dan Taylor made a motion to approve the
temporary hiring of Gary Everett at $11.00 per hour as needed for part time seasonal work.  Cindy Heinze seconded the motion and it carried.

Council-
David Criswell reported that the last USD 112 configuration meeting will be held on May 17,
2021.  A recommendation from that committee will be presented to the school board at the June 2021 meeting. 

Darcy Hubka Vopat reported that Sylvan Grove received a grant for their Electronic Speed
sign.  Upon request, she researched surrounding community umpire rates and found that Wilson pays the highest in the Twin Lakes League ($20 for Coach Pitch and Midget field / $35 for Midget behind the plate.  She recommends leaving it as is for this year.  Monday May 24, 2021 will be the first baseball game night.  Volleyball pit at Jellison Park has been prepared and is ready for a net.  The Chamber requested the City move the bleachers at the Visitors Center to a park (the Chamber donated them to the City).  Darcy will be gone for the June 7, 2021 Council meeting and the June 21, 2021 Council meeting.  The Council consensus was to get rid of the expired baseball equipment.

Cindy Heinze reported that she will also be gone for the June 7, 2021 Council meeting and
the June 21, 2021 Council meeting.  

Chuck Crawford reported that Dale Houston, Ellsworth County Road and Bridge Supervisor, was
agreeable to the 30 mph speed limit change south of 31st street along Ave E.  He will present it to the commissioners.   The milling company milled the intersections (partial) at 29th and Ave F and 30th
and Ave F.  Those intersections will need to be chipped and sealed. 

CITY POLICE CHIEF UPDATE WITH JOSH TIPTON-
Josh reported that the City of Ellsworth is allowing for the City of Wilson to borrow their
Electronic Speed Limit sign. 

NEXT MEETING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS/REMINDERS -
Next Council meeting- Monday, June 7, 2021 6:00 p.m. 

Filing deadline for Mayor or two Council positions is NOON on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. 

Meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m. with a motion by Darcy Hubka Vopat, seconded by Dan
Taylor, and motion carried.