CITY OF WELLINGTON
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
MAY 8, 2017

The Wellington City Council met Monday, May 8, 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 Rollin Blacketer and Tara Miller. Visitors present were Ruth Beamer, Lisa Johnson and Sheperd Owens. Randy Florence joined the meeting at 7:20.

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 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 March 20th regular meeting, special meeting of April 24, 2017 and closed meeting of April 4, April 10 and April 24, 2017. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye and Russell aye.

Lisa Johnson addressed the council for her daughter Melissa Henry to reserve the shelter building at the park May 13, 2017 for a birthday party for her Grandchild. Mayor Peterson stated we could not reserve the park but we will put a reserved notice on the shelter for 1:00 – 4:30 May 13, 2017.

Department Reports:

Water/Sewer Department

* Wilson Jones could not be present but his report for April was in the council packets. Everything looked good. Everything was in range.

* Councilmen reviewed the letter from PWSD#1 regarding the raising of water price by $1.00 per 1,000 gallons effective November 1, 2017. At this time they are contemplating how much to raise the water rate for customers and will make that decision in a few months.

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

* Blacketer reported that there were no additional problems with equipment. He asked that the next time a motor for the boat at the lagoon was purchased that it be air cooled instead of water cooled.

* The to-do list for Mark A. and Blacketer is to boat the lagoon once a week, fill pot holes as they can, check for and remove limbs that go over the street as we will be repairing some streets this summer and keep mowing and weed eating. In addition, make sure to put the sign and mailboxes up at the cemetery a week before Memorial Day.

Street Department

* Blacketer reported there were no equipment repairs or supplies needed at this time.

* Mayor Peterson reported on the meeting he attended with the Special Road District. We are in need of a dump truck and the Road District is getting a new one. Mayor Peterson was told the City would have first chance at the dump truck when they decide to get rid of it.

Animal Control

* Animal Control Officer Tara Miller was introduced to the rest of the Council. She reported she has given several warnings and went with Police Chief Weese to issue some tickets for people who did not comply with purchasing Pet Licenses. She requested permission to compile an excel spreadsheet on the computer at the police station of everyone who has licensed their pets. She was given permission to do that from the Council and Chief Weese.

Cemetery Board

There was nothing to report.

Police Department

* Chief Weese presented his monthly report.

* Chief Weese reported that he will be attending CSI training the second week of June

* Collector

* City Collector Mark Schroer presented his report for April 2017. He reported that a check had been received from Lafayette County for taxes in the amount of $1,145.83 for the month of April.

* Schroer submitted the delinquent water bill report. There were no questions from the Council. Review

* Florence made the motion, seconded by Councilman Barker that the Financial Report be accepted and that the current bills along with additions be approved for payment. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye, Florence, aye and Russell aye.

Other Business

* Russell gave a report regarding the Emergency Management meeting he attended May 4th at the Fire Station. He stated that Joe Thornburg is working on getting 911 addresses corrected. The Fire Station and several of the Churches in town will be designated “safe places” in case of an emergency. They are also working on emergency procedures at school in case of shooting, tornadoes etc.

* There was discussion on how to proceed with the property at 112 Arabella Street. Clerk Barker was asked to contact our lawyer for directions on how to proceed and report at the next meeting.

* Mayor Peterson spoke about the progress on getting new water meters. The contract he received needed to be changed somewhat according to our Attorney. Clerk Barker emailed the requested changes today and is expecting to hear back from the company within a week. The company will also send a representative down within the next week or two to clear up any other issues.

At this time Sheperd Owens joined the meeting and addressed the Council regarding his concerns which he had filled out two citizen complaints about. He basically went over

everything in the complaint and added a few more comments. The Council thanked him for his input and he then left the meeting.

Other Business – continued

* Purchase and installation of Wi-Fi Cameras was again postponed until the next meeting.

* The Council was again asked to bring a list of streets needing upgrading this year to the June 12th meeting.

* Mayor Peterson gave a report on the City Officials training that he, Councilman Barker and Clerk Barker attended on April 28, 2017.

* Florence made a motion, seconded by Rogge to approve additions and corrections to the 2016-2017 budget with an additional item of clothing allowance for the water/sewer department be added in the amount of $500.00. Roll Call Vote. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye, Florence, aye and Russell aye.

* Discussion was held regarding the 2017-2018 budget that was proposed by Clerk Barker. It was suggested that an expense line be added in the water/sewer account to include a clothing allowance for the two employees that work for that department. Motion was made by Rogge, seconded by Russell to approve the first reading of the 2017-2018 budget with the addition. Roll Call vote. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye, Florence, aye and Russell aye.

* Second reading of 2017-2018 budget with addition was done. Motion was made by Councilman Barker and seconded by Russell that the 2017-2018 Budget be approved with the addition. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye, Florence, aye and Russell aye.

* Motion was made by Florence, seconded by Russell to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel issues. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye, Florence, aye and Russell aye.

Regular meeting adjourned at 8:31 p.m.

Council re-convened the open session at 9:30 p.m.

Mayor Peterson informed the council that he spoke with State Representative Glen Kolkmeyer regarding the speed limit from the bridge to the end of the city limits on the east side of Highway 224 to be 45 miles per hour as it is on the west side of Highway 224. Clerk Barker was asked to write a letter to Kolkmeyer with the request.

Motion was made by Florence and seconded by Councilman Barker to adjourn. Roll call vote was taken. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye, Florence, aye and Russell aye.

Mayor Peterson declared the meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Sharon Barker, City Clerk
Richard Peterson, Mayor