CITY OF WELLINGTON
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
FEBRUARY 11, 2019

The Wellington City Council met Monday February 11, 2019 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, A. Kent Rogge and Dave Russell, City Collector Mark Schroer, City Clerk Sharon Barker, Police Chief Josh Coen, employees Wilson Jones Jr, Mark Adkison and Rollin Blacketer. Visitors present were Neal, Linda and Ben Niendick.

Motion was made by Florence and seconded by Councilman Barker to accept the agenda. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

Motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Councilman Barker to approve the minutes of the regular and closed meetings of January 14, 2019. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

* Clerk Barker read the Proclamation stating that February 11, 2019 is Purple Heart Day in Wellington. Motion was made by Florence and seconded by Councilman Barker to accept the proclamation. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye. Ted Knox, State of Missouri Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart was unable to attend the meeting due to the bad weather. He will attend the March 11, 2019 meeting.

The Niendick family addressed the council regarding engineer expenses incurred during the lagoon project. It was mutually agreed that the proposed irrigation system would not be suitable for either entity so they are requesting reimbursement of their engineer fees.

Department Reports:

Water/Sewer Department

* Wilson Jones’ report for January 2019 was in the Council packets. There were no questions.

* Jones stated that the lagoon is frozen over but there was no ammonia smell.

* Jones reported that the “wet test” results were very good.

* Water usage comparison report was in the council packets and the ground tank records were available at the meeting. There were no questions.

* Jones will be gone March 27-March 29 for training and May 22-June 1 for vacation. Relief operator has been notified and will fill in for Jones.

* Mayor Peterson reported on the lagoon project. Jim Ross from Bartlett & West sent two updated engineering reports which were passed around to the council. Ross and Ann Black will be here February 20th at 10:30 am to talk about the lagoon updates and possible street project.

* Adkison reported that the Dodge won’t stay in 4-wheel drive. The hub may need to be replaced.

* Adkison also reported that the east lift station needs a new seal.

* The to-do list for Adkison and Blacketer is to continue the good job they are doing on the streets after inclement weather; run the street sweeper especially in front of City Hall and to continue with regular duties.

Cemetery Department

* There was nothing to report

Street Department

* Mayor Peterson stated that with all the bad weather we are needing sand and salt mixture again. When a County Road District employee was asked to pick up another load for us Peterson was informed that he would have to talk to the President of the Commissioner’s Neil Niendick before he could do anything else for the City. Prior to the meeting Mayor Peterson asked if they could get more sand & salt hauled for us. Neal Niendick said no, that we could haul our own stuff because that is why the road district gave us their old dump truck.

Animal Control

* Dallas Heuser introduced himself to the Council. He spoke with his insurance company and there would be no problem with him using his own truck since he is part time.

* Heuser stated he will be making contact with several residents regarding their Pit Bulls as they are not allowed in the City Limits.

Police Department

* Monthly report was in the packet and reviewed prior to meeting. There were no questions regarding the report.

* Chief Coen reported that all required reports have been filed with the State.

* Mayor Peterson stated that the garage door has been fixed.

* Chief Coen and Mayor Peterson will start the procedure for solving abandoned houses in town. Coen will also send letters to the owners of one of the properties as they are liable.

Collector

* City Collector Mark Schroer gave his report for January.

* Check was not received from Lafayette County prior to the meeting date but a check for Railroad and Utilities for 2018 in the amount of $3188.16 was reported.

* The Council reviewed the delinquent water bill report.

* Schroer stated that a liquor license has been purchased for My Store.

* Schroer reported that he has received a check from the Insurance Company for Soybean loss in the amount of $6,951.00

* Schroer asked the council if they had seen the article in The Odessan stating that school had been closed due to icy streets in the City. The Council asked Mayor Peterson to contact Mrs. Hampton at the school asking why that was the reason school closed because the employees were doing a remarkable job cleaning the streets and no buses run on the city streets.

Review

* Rogge made a motion seconded by Florence to approve the Financial Report and current bills with additions. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

Other Business

* Mayor Peterson has received a letter from our City Attorney, Jennifer Baird, regarding ordinances that need to be written due to the passage of the use of Medical Marijuana in Missouri. This will be addressed at a later meeting.

* Russell made a motion seconded by Rogge to approve the budget adjustments that were necessary due to rising costs. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

* Rogge made a motion seconded by Florence to allow Clerk Barker to make all necessary budget adjustments as they occur and to give the Council a copy of all changes after they are made. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

* A Thank You card was passed around from the family of Milford Schwartz recognizing the proclamation received from the City and Mayor Peterson.

* The American Legion is having a flag ceremony on June 5th and would like for us to have our plaque from the State of Missouri Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart available at that ceremony. Florence suggested that residents of Wellington and Napoleon be invited to attend.

* Motion was made by Florence and seconded by Councilman Barker to adjourn the regular meeting and go into closed meeting regarding possible legal issues. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

Regular meeting adjourned at 8:24 pm to go into closed session.

* Regular meeting resumed at 8:33. Mayor Peterson reported and the Council agreed that no action will be taken regarding the engineer bill incurred by the Niendick family. Motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Florence to deny reimbursing engineer fees incurred in the lagoon project. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

* With no further business motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Councilman Barker to adjourn. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0 in favor. Councilman Barker aye, Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.

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

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