CITY OF WELLINGTON
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 12, 2018

The Wellington City Council met Monday, February 12, 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, A. Kent Rogge and Dave Russell, Police Chief Brian Weese, City Clerk Sharon Barker, City Collector Mark Schroer, employees Rollin Blacketer, Mark Adkison and Brian Weese. Visitors present were Ruth Beamer and Dawne Jones. Councilman Randy Florence was unable to attend.

A motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Councilman Barker to accept the agenda with the addition of approval of Special Meeting January 15, 2018. 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 regular meeting of January 8, 2018 and Special Meeting of January 15, 2018. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge, aye and Russell aye.

Department Reports:

Water/Sewer Department

· Wilson Jones gave his report for January 2018. The lagoon is still frozen. Jones stated there will be an odor from the 1st cell when it thaws out. All samples have been good.

· Rogge asked Jones about nitrogen and phosphate level numbers that the farmers will need before going further with discussion of irrigating from the lagoon. Jones stated the cost is $50 per test and was told to do the test as soon as possible.

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

· Adkison and Blacketer reported that the Ford is being worked on as there is a transmission issue and that 2 street signs were knocked down during the ice and snow storm last week but they had reinstalled the street signs.

· The to-do list for Adkison and Blacketer is to continue with normal daily activities, take all stop signs off utility poles and replace with one of our poles, cut limbs overhanging on the street and cut brush at the cemetery.

Street Department

· Mayor Peterson reported he had found a vendor that sells 50-50 salt and sand mixture and had purchased same. The Mayor and councilmen stated they noticed that the streets thawed out much better with the new mixture.

Animal Control

· Animal Control Officer Tara Miller was unable to attend. Mayor Peterson stated she said everything was going good and there were no problems at this time.

· The cat problem in the city is still being addressed and solutions to the problem are being investigated.

Cemetery Board

· Adkison reported there were 4 headstones that were broken. It is unclear if the headstones that were fixed last year had glue problems or if these were new breaks.

Police Department

· Chief Weese presented his monthly report.

· Weese again expressed his appreciation for the police car replacement. He still needs to get an extension for the radar detector at the rear of the car.

· Weese reported that there will be an open meeting February 27, 2018 to explain the changeover that will take place March 1, 2018 of the 911 call center. Event will take place at the Higginsville Community Building at 1:30 p.m.

Collector

· City Collector Mark Schroer presented his report for January 2018. He reported that checks were received from Lafayette County for taxes in the amount of $20,421.40 and Railroad and Utilities in the amount of $3,216.98. Schroer further stated the old water meters were sold for $2,042.00.

· Schroer submitted the delinquent water bill report for discussion. He stated that Mayor Peterson, Councilman Barker and he spoke with the person with a large balance and it is to be paid by the end of the month.

Review

· Russel made a motion, seconded by Councilman Barker to accept the Financial Report. Motion carried 3-0 in favor. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

· Russell made a motion to approve the current bills with additions seconded by Rogge. Motion carried 3-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

Other Business

· After reviewing Rogge made a motion to approve the Financial Reports 7/1/17-12/31/17 to be published in the newspaper. Motion carried 3-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

· There was a discussion regarding the city vehicles. After discussion it was decided to keep the police car for now but to only have liability coverage on it.

· The lagoon project was discussed but a final decision will not be made until nutrient analysis is obtained and farmers make a decision on whether they would allow irrigation on their land.

· Mayor Peterson reported that he and Schroer had attended the storm watchers class held last week. It was very interesting.

· Mayor Peterson reported that the house on Arabella that burned over a year ago was torn down.

· Mayor Peterson stated that Danny Callahan had donated old fair books from 1929-1973 to the City to go in the historical section. The city administration appreciates Callahan’s contribution and everything else he does to help with city projects.

· Mayor Peterson and Russell are trying to find ownership to the house on east 224 Highway that has been vacant as it is a real eyesore and something needs to be done to it. Russell will continue to pursue that project.

· MML sent letters to all city officials regarding a water/sewer line breakage insurance program. The city will notify them that we are interested in the project.

· Schroer announced that the cycling that normally takes place on the second Saturday of each month has ended. Heartland Waste will bring a recycling container that will be placed by the city shed that accepts recycling 24/7/365. It will be emptied weekly.

· As amendment to section 605.020 Exempt Businesses and Amendment to Bill no 2015-04 – Salary of elected officials were in the council packets the amendments were voted on by title only and roll call was made on each.

· Rogge made a motion seconded by Councilman Barker to accept the first reading of Amendment to section 605.020 –Exempt Businesses. Motion passed 3-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

· Councilman Barker made a motion seconded by Russell to accept the second reading of Amendment to section 605.020 – Exempt Businesses. Motion carried 3-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

· Russell made a motion seconded by Rogge to accept first reading of Amendment to Bill no. 2015-04 – Salary of elected officials. Motion carried 3-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

· Rogge made a motion seconded by Councilman Barker to accept the second reading of Amendment to Bill no. 2015-04 – Salary of elected officials. Motion carried 3-0. Councilman Barker, aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

As there was no further business a motion was made by Councilman Barker and seconded by Rogge to adjourn. Motion carried 3-0. Councilman Barker aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye

Mayor Peterson declared the meeting adjourned at 8:54 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sharon Barker, City Clerk
Richard Peterson, Mayor