The Wellington City Council met Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm. For a regular monthly business meeting at the Wellington City Hall, 101 East 4th St.

Council members present were: Wm. Roy Barker, Randy Florence, David Russell enter meeting at 7:19 pm. and A. Kent Rogge (entered at 8:35). Also present were: Tim Logan, Joe Thornburg, Mark Schroer, Mark Adkison and Steve Ryun.

Mayor Richard Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:19 with the pledge of allegiance.

A motion was made by Randy Florence and seconded by Wm. Roy Barker to approve the agenda with two additions: Neal Quackenbush to discuss repairing a portion of sidewalk along Highway 24 and Tim Logan present to discuss the Wellington Fair which was held June 11-13. Motion carried 3-0 vote in favor.

A motion was made by Randy Florence and seconded by Wm. Roy Barker to accept the minutes of the June 8, 2015 meeting. Motion carried 3-0 in favor.

Clerk, Mary Campbell, presented the financial report and current bills for council review and approval. A motion was made by Wm. Roy Barker and seconded by Randy Florence to accept tin current bills as presented for payment. Motion carried 3-0 in favor.

Neal Quackenbush addressed council concerning replacing a portion of sidewalk along Highway 224. Council members agreed that the sidewalk should be replaced and gave approval for Quackenbush replace it. Quackenbush will fund the project and oversee it.

Joe Thornburg spoke to council regarding repairing head stones and filling in top soil where needed at the City cemetery. A work day is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 beginning at 8:30 am. Anyone interested in helping with this project is encouraged to meet at the cemetery.

Tim Logan discussed the changes the Wellington Fair Board are working on for the 2016 Wellington Fair. The council members thanked the Wellington Fair Board and all those that assisted with the 2015 Fair. As always is was a great event.

Three bids were submitted for the City’ propane for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Randy Florence read the bids council members. Bids were; Ray-Carroll Fuels, $.96; AmeriGas, $1.02 and MFA $1.07. A motion was made by Dave Russell and seconded by Wm. Roy Barker to accept the bid presented by Ray-Carroll Fuels for $.96. Vote; Randy Florence, aye, Wm. Roy Barker, aye and Dave Russell, aye. Motion carried 3-0 in favor.

Three bids were received for the roof and siding repairs to the water maintenance building. Bids were received from Darrel Geary, K&K Services and Randy Garrison. A motion was made by Randy Florence and seconded by Dave Russell to accept the bid from Randy Garrison to replace the metal roof, $2190; and replace the siding for $ 3710.00. Vote; Randy Florence, aye, Dave Russell, aye, and Wm. Roy Barker, aye. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Council members agreed to fund the project with $3710.00 from the General fund and $2190 from the water/sewer fund.

A.Kent Rogge entered the meeting at 8:35 pm.

Clerk, Mary Campbell, presented the proposed budgets for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Following review and comments for the council a motion was made by Randy Florence and seconded by Wm. Roy Barker to accept the budgets as proposed. Vote: A.Kent Rogge, aye, Dave Russell, aye, Wm. Roy Barker, aye and Randy Florence, aye. Motion carried 4-0 in favor.

Mayor Peterson requested permission for clerk Mary Campbell to abate closed water accounts with a remaining balance for any accounts prior to 2013. A record will be on file for these accounts; if a previous account holder returns to the City the past due account must be paid in full before any other account can be opened. A motion was made by Wm. Roy Barker and seconded by Randy Florence to grant permission to clerk Campbell to abate closed water accounts with past due balance for any accounts prior to 2013. Vote; Randy Florence, aye, A.Kent Rogge, aye, Dave Russell, aye and Wm. Roy Barker, aye. Motion carried 4-0 in favor.

Water department:

  • Mark Adkison reported the bobcat was in the shop for repairs as well as both the riding mowers.
  • Wilson Jones was not present to give a water/waste water test results. However, he notified clerk Campbell the results were good and there have not been any problems.
  • To do list for Mark Adkison and Rollin Blacketer include; cleaning out the drain at the corner of Arabella and Albert St., work on the drain issue on Water St., repair the pot hole along the edge of Oak St., fill in the dirt washed away from the water fountain in the park, ring on Grace St., haul dirt pile away from the alley along Hwy 131, put gravel in the alley on Herman St. fix water meter cover at city park and finish painting the windows in front of city hall.
  • Council member, Dave Russell, that city equipment should not be transported by personal vehicles. This lead to a discussion to purchase a trailer for the City to use to haul the mowers and other equipment. Dave will research the possibility and will notify council of the price and quality of the trailer before agreeing to purchase.
  • Mark Adkison advised council members he boated the lagoon. He also noted that the outboard motor seemed to run sluggish.

Police Report:

  • Chief Ryun presented a June report for council review.
  • Chief, Steve Ryun, reported the City has posted a $200.00 reward for information leading to an arrest to either the recent home invasion or the reported vandalism.
  • Ryun reported several dogs running at large particularly at the baseball field have been picked up.

Cemetery Report:

  • Mark Schroer reported several stones needed top soil put around them due to washing away from the rain.
  • A work day is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 beginning at 8:30 am.

Street Department:

  • Council member discussed the following streets that could be chip and sealed; College between May and Ellen, South between College and Hermann, Clinic St., Lydia and Oak St.
  • Mayor Peterson will meet with a representative from Vance Brothers to get an estimate to chip and seal as many streets as possible but stay within the budgeted amount not to exceed $15,000 to $20,000.

 

 

Collector Report:

  • Mark Schroer, collector, reported on the delinquent water accounts.
  • No tax collection information has been received as of yet for July.

With no further business a motion as made by Wm. Roy Barker and seconded by Randy Florence to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 4-0 in favor.

Mayor Richard Peterson adjourned the meeting at 9:15p.m.

It was not necessary to reconvene in closed session.