The Wellington City Council met 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Wellington City Hall, 101 East Fourth St. for a regular business meeting.
Council members present were: A.Kent Rogge, William Roy Barker, David Russell and Randy Florence. Also present were; Steve Ryun, Mark Schroer, Brandon Leach, Mark Adkison, Wilson Jones and Dawn Jones.
Mayor Richard Peterson opened the meeting at 7:00 pm.
A motion was made by A. Kent Rogge and seconded by Randy Florence to approve the agenda with three additions; add Denise Mertell to discuss her water account and usage with council,
review and vote on proposed budget amendments as presented by clerk, Mary Campbell and read twice to approve renewal of ordinance setting the salary and pay scale for 2015-16 fiscal year. Motion carried 3-0 in favor.
A motion was made by A. Kent Rogge and seconded by Randy Florence to accept the minutes of April 8, 2015 council meeting. Motion passed 3-0 in favor.
Clerk, Mary Campbell, presented the financial statement for council review and approval. A motion was made by Randy Florence and seconded by Wm. Roy Barker to accept the financial records as presented by clerk Campbell. Motion passed 3-0 in favor.
A motion was made by Randy Florence and seconded by Wm. Roy Barker to accept the current bills as presented by Mary Campbell, clerk, for payment. Motion passed 3-0 in favor.
Clerk, Mary Campbell, read the official election results as submitted by Linda Niendick, county clerk, announcing council members for a two year term as A. Kent Rogge and David Russell. Clerk Campbell administered the oath of office to the newly elected members.
Mayor Peterson appointed A. Kent Rogge as mayor pro tem for the 2015-16 fiscal years.
Mayor Peterson also appointed David Russell, A. Kent Rogge, Wm. Roy Barker, Randy Florence and Mary A. Campbell as signers on the financial accounts held at Preferred Bank. Council members also agreed that by ordinance Mayor Richard Peterson be a signer on the financial accounts. Clerk, Mary Campbell, will provide the necessary information to the Preferred Bank.
Mayor Peterson and council reviewed the administrative organization and responsibilities. Each council member was assigned a department to oversee as needed. (see attachment)
Clerk Campbell presented proposed budget amendments for council review and approval (see attachment). A motion was made by Randy Florence and seconded by A. Kent Rogge to accept the proposed budget amendments as presented. Voice vote: Randy Florence, aye, Wm. Roy Barker, aye, A.Kent Rogge, aye and David Russell, aye. Motion passed 4-0 in favor.
Council member, Randy Florence, read Bill 2015-04, an ordinance setting salary or hourly wages for all City employees for the 2015-16 fiscal year. A motion was made by Wm. Roy Barker and seconded by A.Kent Rogge to accept the first reading of Bill 2015-04. Voice vote: Wm. Roy Barker, aye, Randy Florence, aye, David Russell, aye and A.Kent Rogge, aye. Motion passed 4-0 in favor.
A second reading of Bill 2015-04 was then read by Randy Florence. A motion was made by A.Kent Rogge and seconded by Wm. Roy Barker to accept the second reading of Bill 2015-04. Vote; Wm. Roy Barker, aye, David Russell, aye, A. Kent Rogge, aye, and Randy Florence, aye. Motion passed 4-0 in favor.
Denise and Daniel Mertell were present to discuss their water usage and possible meter malfunction with council. Wilson Jones suggested a means to check the meter accuracy. Mark Adkison, Wilson Jones and the Mertell family will work together to check the meter.
Water/Sewer Department report:
• Wilson Jones reported the water samples taken on April 1 were normal with no unusual problems.
• Wastewater samples taken were below limits for April. The lagoon cells have been lowered and cells are now being filled leaving no effluent during the month of May.
• CCR report has been posted and is available on line at www.dnr.mo.gov/ccr/mo1010846.pdf or the City web site, www.wellingtonmo.com.
• Mark Adkison and Rollin Blacketer’s to do list includes: repair the water meter at 303 E. Hwy. 224, replace the man hole cover on Grace St. clean and mow the cemetery for Memorial Day, assist with street cleaning and check on the drain issue on Water St.
• Council reviewed the police activity and heard comments from Chief, Steve Ryun for the previous month.
• Ryun reported that he has the staff available during the Wellington Fair, June 11-13.
• Ryun reported the April 20th court was cancelled because KCPL was replacing the light pole that fell earlier that afternoon.
• Ryun reported hiring Patrick McKay as part time police staff.
• A Wellington resident was present to discuss an animal citation he received.
• Council heard report from Mark Schroer regarding the delinquent water accounts. Citizens are reminded that the ordinance pertaining to the period which is water accounts are past due and the time water is shut off has changed from 30 days to 10 days after the due date of the water bill.
• Mark Schroer expressed concern regarding rental property at which the tenant moves out leaving a final bill and the landlord wishing to have to water turned on. Ordinance states that the final bill must be paid in full before this will be allowed. Council members granted permission for Schroer, collector, to require the landlord or the previous tenant pay the bill before the water will be turned on in another name at that service location.
• $643.25 was collected by the Lafayette County collector for Wellington taxes during April.
• A work day is scheduled for April 25 was cancelled due to the weather. No other date has been scheduled at this time.
• Mark Adkison will be setting up the donation boxes for Memorial Day. Anyone interested in making a donation to the Cemetery Fund make do so by putting their donation in the secured boxes at the cemetery or by giving it to Mark Schroer at the City Hall.
• Council member, Randy Florence, presented bids from Delta Sweeping Co. and American Sweeping Inc. to power sweep several of the streets in the City. After considerable discussion regarding the benefits of this project a motion was made by A. Kent Rogge and seconded by Randy Florence to accept the bid from Delta Sweeping Co. for $918.00. Voice vote: Wm. Roy Barker, aye, David Russell, aye, Randy Florence, aye, and A.Kent Rogge, aye. Motion passed 4-0 vote in favor. Mayor Peterson will notify Delta Sweeping to set the time and date for this work to be completed. Steve Ryun, police chief, will coordinate with Delta Sweeping to make sure the streets are clear of traffic.
With no further business a motion was made by Randy Florence and seconded by Wm. Roy Barker to adjourn. Motion passed 4-0 in favor. Mayor Richard Peterson declared the meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.
It was not necessary to re-convene in closed session.
Mary A. Campbell, clerk Richard Peterson, Mayor