SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

The Wellington City Council met Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for a regular monthly business meeting. There was not a quorum for a meeting Monday, September 11, 2017. 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 Randy Florence, Police Chief Brian Weese, City Clerk Sharon Barker, City Collector Mark Schroer, employees Mark Adkison, Rollin Blacketer and Tara Miller. Visitors present were Dawne Wilson, Ruth Beamer, Robert Allee and Jack Geringer. Council member Dave Russell was unable to attend due to his work schedule.

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

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

Motion was made by Florence and seconded by Rogge to approve the minutes of the August 14 meeting. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Florence, aye, and Rogge, aye.

Allee and Geringer addressed the council on behalf of the Wellington Fair Board. They would like to have the streets closed for the annual Fair September 28, 29 & 30. They would also like to purchase a liquor license for their Beer Garden during the Fair. The Council stated they do not formally close the streets but it is fine for them to set up as they always do. They were asked to bring in proper paperwork for the liquor license.

Department Reports:

Water/Sewer Department

· Dawne Jones presented Wilson Jones report for August. Everything looked good. One of the samples was a little over the daily limit but the report was not flagged and went through the reporting system. Jones stated another treatment of Copper Sulfate is needed.

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

· Mayor Peterson reported that our employees were left with 3 meters to install and 2 had been completed. Peterson then stated that there are severe problems with lid installations. The majority of the lids installed were installed incorrectly. Discussion was held regarding our employees changing out all of the lids that do not fit properly and our contract stated that Allegiant would install all meters and lids. Councilman Florence made a motion, seconded by Councilman Barker that our employees are not to correct any more water meter lids unless it is an emergency and that Blue Springs Winwater and Allegiant be notified that the lids must be

corrected as per our contract with them. Motion carried 3-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Florence aye and Rogge aye.

· Adkison reported that the weed eater was in the repair shop with a clutch spring problem. Adkison further stated that sand is needed.

· Mayor Peterson reported that the riding lawn mower did not sell at auction due to the reserve.

· Council is waiting on a decision from the Wellington-Napoleon Special Road District regarding their old dump truck. If we are unable to obtain it we will be looking for another truck as a sand box needs to be ordered before the winter weather arrives.

· Discussion was held regarding our Ford Truck. The council decided to not pursue repairs at this time unless we can find a cheaper way to do it.

· The to-do list for Adkison and Blacketer is to boat the lagoon at least once a week, check the lift stations weekly, on Saturdays or Sundays for grease buildup, exercise the valves, flush hydrants continue to cut limbs that are over the street, get a count and location of every lid that is incorrectly installed and spray weeds with brush killer.

Street Department

Mayor Peterson announced that asphalt had been delivered today.

Animal Control

· Animal Control Officer Tara Miller reported issues have slowed down. More residents were keeping their dogs inside or in fenced areas. Fewer dogs are at large. She has possession of a domesticated rabbit that she is trying to find a home for.

Cemetery Board

· Mayor Peterson and the Council commented on how well the cemetery looks since Blacketer is taking care of it now.

Police Department

· Chief Weese presented his monthly report. He stated that Reserve Officer Cody Smith from Higginsville will start working here Friday, September 15, 2017.

· Weese reported that the former reserve officer has turned in all city equipment.

· Weese reported that shirts and uniforms have been received and he is still having problems with the police car.

· Mayor Peterson reported that he has located a replacement police car. It will be available sometime in November. It is a 2015 Blue Ford Explorer with less than 50,000 miles on it. A vote on the purchase of the car was tabled until next meeting.

· Weese reported that property in the evidence room has been disbursed as per court orders. The council will make on decision on the surplus property after the court order comes in for the remainder of the property in the evidence room.


· City Collector Mark Schroer presented his report for August 2017. He reported that a check had been received from Lafayette County for taxes in the amount of $432.57

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

· Schroer stated the property that was to be sold at a tax sale was not presented as the owners paid 1 year of taxes.

· Schroer stated the company putting in the roundabout used 93,000 gallons of water. (31 loads X 3000 gallon). A bill will be issued.


· Florence made a motion, seconded by Rogge 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, Florence aye and Rogge aye.

· Florence made a motion seconded by Councilman Barker to add two budget items in the Water/Sewer department. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Florence aye and Rogge aye.

Other Business

· Thank you cards for The Zeiler Family who renovated the Welcome To Wellington sign on Hwy 131 and Slim Hughes who used his bucket truck to fix the ropes for our flag were passed around for signatures.

· After discussion Florence made a motion seconded by Councilman Barker to raise water rates by $1.00 per 1,000 gallons as this is the increase we will be paying to our provider effective November 1, 2017. Motion carried 3-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Florence aye and Rogge aye.

· After discussion regarding the Flood Insurance Program the council did not want to go proceed with the project.

· Discussion was held regarding 3 properties that are not annexed into the city. Mayor Peterson will talk to the property owners to see if they would volunteer to annexation.

· Mayor Peterson stated he had been contacted by Marylou Thurmon regarding property formerly owned by the Historical Society that she would like to bring to City Hall. The council agreed to accept the items. There is a possibility of the Historical Society property currently at the home of Jim Strodtman may also be turned over to the City.

· Discussion of property on Hwy 224 that was to be fixed by property owner was held. Two of the properties are fixed and are very nice looking. Mayor Peterson will call the property owner of the building that has not been fixed to ask if it can be done before the Wellington Fair.

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

Mayor Peterson declared the meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sharon Barker, City Clerk
Richard Peterson, Mayor