CITY OF WELLINGTON
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
NOVEMBER 13, 2017

The Wellington City Council met Monday, November 13, 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, City Collector Mark Schroer, employees Wilson Jones and Rollin Blacketer. Visitors present were Dawne Jones, Ruth Beamer, and Christian DeLozier. Councilman Randy Florence joined the meeting at 7:28.

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 Councilman Barker seconded by Russell to approve the minutes of the October 9, 2017 meeting. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye and Russell aye.

Christian DeLozier representing Mike Keith Insurance reviewed our coverage and rates for 2018 with the Council. Motion to accept the proposal was made by Rogge, seconded by Russell. Motion carried 3-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye and Russell aye.

Department Reports:

Water/Sewer Department

· Wilson Jones presented his report for October 2017. He reported we are within limits on everything. Jones stated that using enzyme blocks made a difference in our lagoon issues. He suggested that we put in 2 to 3 of the blocks next year starting in early spring.

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

· Mayor Peterson reported that the meter installation is complete with the exception that we had to order a different meter for the school. Winwater will replace the meter for us. The new system is working out well for us as three customers were informed about water leaks and got the problem solved immediately.

· Clerk Barker presented the Council with two accounts that are long overdue and efforts to get them paid has not resulted in any response. Motion was made by councilman Barker and seconded by Florence that the two accounts be abated. If the parties move back to Wellington the bills will have to be paid in full before service is connected.

· Water pressure issues on Dumas Street was discussed. We may need to replace the lines after valves have been checked. . The Fire Department has been informed of the issue.

· Blacketer reported that equipment, etc. is OK. He has been unable to loosen some of the fire hydrant hex allen screws. He will try the heating method tomorrow.

· The to-do list for Mark Adkison and Blacketer is to finish opening and closing all valves, oil all fire hydrants, complete installation of insulation at the city shed and when leaves stop falling to get them picked up around City Hall.

· Street Department

· Mayor Peterson reported that the sand box has been purchased and installed on the dump truck. Knapheide’s is waiting for a part to lower the sand box closer to the ground and when it is installed we will pick up the truck.

· Mayor Peterson stated the Bobcat lease will expire in January. Russell and Peterson will contact dealers for the best price and quality.

· Mayor Peterson stated there have been several suggestions on what to do at the storage shed that houses salt and sand. Russell suggested a gate and lock be installed and the rest of the council agreed.

· Mayor Peterson stated there has been a complaint from a resident on Water Street regarding vehicles that exceed the speed limit on Water and Maple Streets and have trouble making the turn. It poses a possible danger for children riding bikes and playing in that area. Weese stated it will be patrolled more closely as well as the intersection of College & Maple.

· Florence stated that a street light needs to be installed at the corner of Clinic and College. Mayor Peterson will contact KCP&L regarding this.

Animal Control

· Animal Control Officer Tara Miller was unable to attend but had called Mayor Peterson and everything seems to be OK with the dog and cat situations in town.

· Cemetery Board

· Schroer stated there was a burial in October.

Police Department

· Chief Weese presented his monthly report. He stated everything is going well. There is nothing out of the ordinary going on. He has turned in forms to get the rest of the confiscated items turned over to the city.

· Weese stated he will be attending training on Monday, November 27, 2017.

· Councilman Barker questioned Weese regarding an employee who works so many of his hours in one day. The council agreed they would rather have 4-5 hours coverage at a time rather than 13 hours in one day. Weese will relay this information to the reserve officer.

· Weese was asked to have someone at home basketball games in case of any incidents.

· Weese further stated that due to the Thanksgiving Holiday court will be held November 30.

· Councilmen reported a car being parked in an area in which Weese had told the property owner that it is dangerous and impedes traffic. Weese will be issuing a ticket to that resident.

Collector

· City Collector Mark Schroer presented his report for October 2017. He reported that a check had been received from Lafayette County for taxes in the amount of $407.17. He is expecting the bulk of taxes to be received in December and January.

· Schroer submitted the delinquent water bill report for discussion.

Review

· Councilman Barker 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 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

Other Business

Copies of the City Audit were in their packets for review. Motion was made by Rogge and Seconded by Florence to approve the Audit as presented. Motion carried 4-0. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

· Amendment to section 705.010, Water Service Rates was also in their packets. First reading of the Amendment was held. Motion was made by Florence and seconded by Russell to accept the amendment. Motion carried 4-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

· Second Reading to Amendment to section 705.010 Water Service Rates was held. Motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Councilman Barker to accept the amendment. Motion carried 4-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

· Election dates submitted by Lafayette County Clerk was discussed. Motion was made by Councilman Barker and seconded by Russell to approve the dates of December 12, 2017 through January 16, 2018. Motion carried 4-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

· Turkeys for Thanksgiving and Hams for Christmas for employees was brought up by Florence. This will continue.

As there was no further business to discuss, 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, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

Mayor Peterson declared the meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sharon Barker, City Clerk
Richard Peterson, Mayor