January 8, 2018

The Wellington City Council met Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. for a regular monthly business meeting. The meeting was held at the City Hall, 101 East Fourth St. Mayor Peterson opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

In attendance were Mayor Richard Peterson, Council members Wm. Roy Barker, Randy Florence (arrived at 7:20), A. Kent Rogge and Dave Russell, Police Chief Brian Weese, City Clerk Sharon Barker, City Collector Mark Schroer, employees Rollin Blacketer and Tara Miller. Visitors present were Ruth Beamer, Dawne Jones and Veronica Schaberg.

A motion was made by Rogge 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 seconded by Councilman Barker to approve the minutes of the regular and closed meetings of December 11, 2017. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye and Russell aye.

Veronica Schaberg and Tara Miller addressed the council regarding the cat problem in the city. They would like to get a Feral Cat Program started which would include trapping, neuter/spay cats, give needed shots and cutting off the tip of their ear to identify that the cat had been taken care of. The cost would be $20-$35 per cat. The cat would then need to be taken to Springfield or Kansas City for the above. They would like to set up 3 trap areas. Two locations have already been obtained. While the council thought it was a good idea the cost would have to be considered. They asked Veronica and Tara to gather more information and present it at the February 12th meeting.

Miller inquired about going to Home Depot or a place like that to pick up spilled and torn bags of cat and dog food which they would provide to us for free. She also inquired about mileage reimbursement. Clerk Barker will contact our Insurance agent regarding this.

Department Reports:

Water/Sewer Department

· Wilson Jones stated the lagoon was frozen but he is going to get a sample Wednesday for submission. So far all of our samples have been good.

· Mayor Peterson informed the council that there was a sewer backed up on Dumas street that has been fixed and the water tower had a transducer freeze. It is operational now but will need further attention when it is warmer weather. Peterson also stated that a water main broke on 1-5-18 which affected three households. The water was shut off Friday night and the break was fixed the next morning.

· Dawne Jones reported that DNR said there was 20,000 gallons of water lost on the break of 1-5-18.

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

· Blacketer reported that there was a need for chains for the dump truck tires. Mayor Peterson will find out where to get them.

· The to-do list for Adkison and Blacketer is to continue with normal daily activities for the rest of the winter.

Street Department

· The Mayor and several of the council members have been contacted regarding the difficulty of maneuvering vehicles on Buford Street between Vine and Albert Streets. The snow plow also has difficulty in that area. Clerk Barker was instructed to compose a letter to every household in that location. There are concerns that fire trucks and the ambulance may have trouble getting to residents in need of service.

· Mayor Peterson stated the new skid loader that we lease will be delivered later this month.

· The council went over the list of 24 street signs that are needed to complete the reflective sign project. Clerk Barker was instructed to order the signs.

Animal Control

· Animal Control Officer Tara Miller reported everything is running smoothly. The Pit Bull ownership has changed and she will check again to make sure the Pit Bull is out of the city.

· Cemetery Board

· There was nothing to report.

Police Department

· Chief Weese presented his monthly report. He went through Wellington-Napoleon Christian Fellowship Church and would like to go through all of the Churches so he will know the setup in case of an emergency situation. He is continuing to work on this.

· Weese expressed his appreciation for the police car replacement. Radios have been installed. He will need to get an extension for the radar detector at the rear of the car.

· Weese stated that Carrollton may be interested in purchasing the old car. Mayor Peterson stated that bidding on the car will be on hold until we get the Dodge fixed. He told Miller that she could drive the old police car until we get a truck or the old one is fixed for her Animal Control duties.

· Weese stated he will be attending a grant writing class tomorrow.


· City Collector Mark Schroer presented his report for December 2017. He reported that a check from Lafayette County for taxes has not been received yet this month.

· Schroer submitted the delinquent water bill report for discussion. He stated there were more residents in arrears probably because taxes were due as well as the Christmas Holiday was a few weeks ago.


· Rogge inquired about an entry on the financial report for $1,600.00 for Special Tee. Clerk Barker stated the check was made out to The Rogers Law firm for prosecuting attorney fees and had failed to change the name of the vendor. Florence made a motion, seconded by Russell to

accept the Financial Report with the correction and current bills along with additions for payment. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

Other Business

· The council was reminded of the Special meeting to be held next Monday, January 15 with the Engineers to answer any questions regarding the lagoon project.

· Mayor Peterson informed the council that the Dodge truck repair would be expensive. There was discussion on whether to get it fixed or to sell it and purchase a One ton dully to replace the Dodge. Peterson will contact all council members when he receives an estimate of the cost to repair the Dodge.

· Mayor Peterson stated that a resident has a ½ ton Dodge for sale. The council stated it would not be big enough for city needs. We need a ¾ to 1 ton truck.

Motion made by Florence and seconded by Councilman Barker to adjourn. Motion carried 4-0. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye

Mayor Peterson declared the meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sharon Barker, City Clerk
Richard Peterson, Mayor