CITY OF WELLINGTON
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
JUNE 12, 2017

The Wellington City Council met Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for a regular monthly business meeting. The meeting was held at the City Hall, 101 East Fourth St.

In attendance were Mayor Richard Peterson, Council members Wm. Roy Barker, A. Kent Rogge and Dave Russell, Police Chief Brian Weese, City Clerk Sharon Barker, employees Wilson Jones, Mark Adkison, Rollin Blacketer and Tara Miller. Visitors present were Ruth Beamer, Dawne Jones and Richard Claypole. Randy Florence was unable to attend.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Richard Peterson with the pledge of allegiance.

A motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Councilman Barker to accept the agenda with additions. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye and Russell aye.

Motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Russell to approve the minutes of the May 10th regular meeting and closed session. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye and Russell aye.

Mr. Claypole stated that on Facebook many people are upset about the golf carts running on the streets of Wellington and that maybe a solution to that would be to issue permits for $10.00 a year.

The ordinance states that golf carts can be on city streets but the council will consider this in the future.

Department Reports:

Water/Sewer Department

· Wilson Jones presented his report for May. Everything looked good. Everything was in range. We will now have to meet the ammonia limits for summer.

· Jones reported that our Relief Operator Randall Volskay has renewed one license and just received the application for the other. As soon as he receives the second one he will meet the Dawne Jones so she can get a copy of the license to us for our files.

· Ground tank records and water usage comparison report was in their packets. The Council had no questions regarding the reports.

· Adkison reported that there were no additional problems with equipment. The lawn mower is currently at Buckner being worked on.

· The to-do list for Mark A. and Blacketer is to boat the lagoon at least once a week, check for and remove limbs that go over the streets and keep mowing and weed eating. When the Jackson property is ready for the culvert repair they are to assist as they can.

Street Department

· Adkison reported there were no equipment repairs or supplies needed at this time.

· Mayor Peterson reported that Vance Brothers had given us a quote on the roads to be fixed this year and a copy was given to the council members. They included chip and seal of streets and hot asphalt of potholes and dips for the following streets: South to Herman, Pine to 4th, 5th to 224 Hwy, Buford to Albert, Vine to Buford, Pine to 224 Hwy, 3rd to Pine and Cherry to 224 Hwy at a price of $23,482.00. There was discussion that the council was not satisfied with the way the streets were done in 2015. Peterson said he had talked to Vance Brothers about this and they said it was because they did not wait a sufficient amount of time to chip and seal over the asphalted areas and this year they would wait at least two weeks after asphalt is laid down to chip and seal the streets. Rogge made a motion, seconded by Councilman Barker to hire Vance Brothers for all of the above streets except for South to Herman which will be taken care of by city crews and save $2,490.00. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye and Russell aye.

· Adkison and Blacketer were instructed to fix South to Herman the best they could and to use up the asphalt we have filling in the larger holes in the streets. Blacketer inquired as to if we have a roller to pack down the asphalt. Mayor Peterson stated we do not but he can check with the County to see if we could reserve theirs this year.

· Council was given an estimated cost of Sand Spreaders.

· Cemetery Board

· City Collector Mark Schroer stated that $145.00 in donations were left at the cemetery during the Memorial Day holiday.

· Schroer reported that there is a WWII Veteran’s ashes buried in the cemetery that does not have a headstone. He has contacted the Government and they will not be able to obtain a headstone as they had already supplied one at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Higginsville. Claypole asked if the American Legion and VFW had been contacted about this and Schroer stated he did mention it to the American Legion but not to the VFW. Claypole stated he will see what he can do to get a proper headstone for this Veteran.

Animal Control

· Animal Control Officer Tara Miller reported that a mix Pit Bull was removed from town and she had taken another dog to the veterinary in Lexington.

· Miller stated that a child was chasing a dog by the railroad tracks last month and the dog was hit by the train and killed.

· Miller stated she has been trying to find the owner of the dog that gets into trash around the Northeast side of town. She has pictures of the dog and is trying to locate the owner.

Police Department

· Chief Weese presented his monthly report.

· Weese reported that the 2 Reserve Officers that were hired are excited to be working in Wellington and are doing a good job. He stated Officer Kronshage is working on getting the evidence room in order and has made a great deal of progress. He is waiting on the consent to destroy the evidence that has been there for a while and legal proceedings are over.

· Weese stated he has been getting a number of calls from the Railroad personnel asking that tickets be issued to people who drive their 4 wheelers and bikes next to the trains as it is very dangerous and they are ready to prosecute anyone that could be caught doing it.

· Weese stated he and the other officers are eager to meet with school personnel and see what they can do to help the school during events.

· Weese stated that the tickets and arrests have already surpassed last year and that the radio in the police car has been fixed by Motorola.

· Weese reported that the court has collected some old tickets on the docket and there were some continuations.

· Mayor Peterson stated he has not received a response from the State Highway Patrol in Kansas regarding used police cars but will continue to try to make contact with them.

· Collector

· City Collector Mark Schroer presented his report for May 2017. He reported that a check had been received from Lafayette County for taxes in the amount of $495.10 for the month of May.

· Schroer submitted the delinquent water bill report and discussed several overdue accounts

· Schroer asked Clerk Barker to return the email from a previous resident regarding his overdue balance as the deposit has already been taken off his bill.

Review

· Rogge made a motion, seconded by Russell that the Financial Report be accepted and that the current bills along with additions be approved for payment. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

Other Business

· Motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Russell to give Clerk Barker the authority to make budget adjustments to the 2016-2017 budget as necessary to close out the year at the end of the month and make whatever adjustments are necessary to the 2017-2018 budget based on additional bills received since the budget was passed. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell

· Mayor Peterson reported that curbside pickup will be July 20, 2017 and he is trying to make arrangements for large appliance pickup also.

· Clerk Barker reported that the water meter project is going smoothly and the new meters should be installed sometime in July.

· Mayor Peterson reported that the lease for the mower has been renewed at same price as last year.

· Mayor Peterson asked the council to review the information regarding Wi-Fi Cameras that was in their packet so it can be voted on at the next meeting. Clerk Barker was asked to contact Century Link and Sudden Link to inquire about the possibility of getting the cameras through them. Chief Weese stated if cameras are used in the Police Department they must be stored in a “cloud” forever.

· Rogge made a motion seconded by Russell to have Mayor Peterson appoint Clerk Barker as record keeper, Preparer of certifications of elections and treasurer, Chief Weese as 1st building inspector, Councilman Barker as 2nd building inspector and head of Public Safety and Randy Florence as head of the Water/Sewer Department. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker abstained, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

· Mayor Peterson announced that we were awarded a grant by DNR for 80% of our cost for the Engineer for the lagoon project.

· Clerk Barker was asked to get vinyl lettering for the door at the police department to designate that the police office was housed in that building.

· Councilman Barker made a motion seconded by Russell to go into closed session in order to discuss personnel and legal issues. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell.

Regular meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

Council re-convened the regular business meeting at 9:33 p.m.

The first reading of Ordinance 2017-02 “An Ordinance To Set Salary Or Hourly Wages For All Employee and Elected Officials Of The City Of Wellington, Missouri For The Period July 1, 2017 Through June 30, 2018” was held. Motion was made by Russell and seconded by Rogge to adopt Ordinance 2017-02. Roll call vote. Motion carried. Councilman Barker abstained, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

The second reading of Ordinance 2017-02 “An Ordinance To Set Salary Or Hourly Wages For All Employee and Elected Officials Of The City Of Wellington, Missouri For The Period July 1, 2017 Through June 30, 2018” was held. Motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Russell to adopt Ordinance 2017-02. Roll call vote. Motion carried. Councilman Barker abstained, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

As there was no further business to discuss, otion was made by Rogge and seconded by Russell to adjourn. Roll call vote was taken. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

Mayor Peterson declared the meeting adjourned at 9:37 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sharon Barker, City Clerk
Richard Peterson, Mayor