CITY OF WELLINGTON
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
JANUARY 20, 2020

The Wellington City Council met Monday January 20, 2020 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 at 7:00. The meeting January 13, 2020 was not held as there was not be a quorum. 

In attendance were Mayor Richard Peterson, Council members Randy Florence, A. Kent Rogge, and Dave Russell, City Collector Mark Schroer, City Clerk Sharon Barker, Police Chief Josh Coen, employees, Mark Adkison & Rollin Blacketer. Visitors present were Joe Thornburg, Angie Milligan and Jan Florence.  William Roy Barker was unable to attend as he was in the hospital. 

Motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Russell to approve the agenda with additions.  Motion carried 3-0 in favor.  Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye. 

Motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Russell to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December 9. Motion carried 3-0 in favor.  Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye. 

Joe Thornburg addressed the Council regarding the following:  A list of storm siren test dates was given to the Council, the dates of March 4 and June 3rd are the dates of State sponsored siren tests, March 3rd there will be a tornado drill.  Thornburg reported that December 20th the Wellington Fire Department and the police chief of Napoleon checked drivers coming out of the school parking lot.  All but 1 driver had their seat belt on properly.  On January 28 there will be a table top exercise at the Fire Station at 7:00 pm, a full scale severe weather mock exercise will be held this summer.  Thornburg asked if it was possible to have a camera placed on top of the water tower for storm spotters and when the new internet company will be available for customers.   Mayor Peterson asked if the fire department would put smoke alarms in the city hall and police department. 

Department Reports: 

Water/Sewer Department  

  • Wilson Jones report for December 2019 was in the council packets.  There were no questions. 
  • Water usage comparison report was in the council packets and the ground tank records were available at the meeting.  There were no questions regarding either. 
  • It was reported that the 131 pump station had problems and needs to be fixed.  A quote from Alliance was reviewed. 
  • Mayor Peterson asked if there was anyone with a boom truck that we could use to repair the pump station. 
  • The todo list for Adkison and Blacketer is as follows: Regular winter duties (use snow plow and sand/ice mixture when needed), trim trees in town that are have limbs hanging over the street and purchase paint and then paint the wall in the police station that has been fixed. 

 Street Department 

  • Adkison stated that when the sand in the truck gets wet it is hard to get the belt started. 

Cemetery Board 

  • Rogge reported that the post that had been knocked down has been reset by him and Schroer. 

Police Department 

  • Monthly report was in the packet and reviewed prior to meeting. There were no questions regarding the report.   
  • Chief Coen reported that he has found another company that he could order Safety Vests from that was less expensive than the ones he originally wanted.  Motion was made by Russell and seconded by Florence to have Chief Coen order the vests and charge it to the uniform and supplies budgets. 
  • Chief Coen reported that the Fire Department is going to donate one of their laptops and docking station at no charge to us other than programming fees.    Clerk Barker was asked to send a letter and Thank You card from the City for the donation. 
  • Mayor Peterson stated there was still a problem at the outside wall on the police station side that will need to be fixed at some point. 

City Collector 

  • City Collector Mark Schroer gave his report for December 2019.   
  • Check was received from Lafayette County for taxes in the amount of $25,271.33 
  • Council reviewed the delinquent water bill report. 

Review 

  • Florence made a motion seconded by Rogge to accept the financial report and approve bills with additions. Motion carried 3-0 in favor.  Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye. 

 Other Business  

  • Clerk Barker reminded the Council that the offices of Mayor, Collector and 2 councilmen will be on the April ballot.  Filing ends January 21. At 5:00 pm and her office will be open from 8am to 5pm tomorrow. 
  • First reading of Ordinance 2020-01 – Amendment of Chapter 705 was read.  Motion was made by Florence and seconded by Russell to approve the ordinance.  Motion carried 3-0 in favor.  Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye. 
  • Second reading of Ordinance 2020-01 – Amendment of Chapter 705 was read.  Motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Florence to approve the ordinance.  Motion carried 3-0 in favor.  Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye. 
  • The council reviewed the Citizens letter from the Sunshine Law, the USDA loan papers, documents from Charles Zitnik from D.A. Davidson, and a map from the Census Bureau. 
  • Clerk Barker was asked to send 30-45 day notices for cleanup of a resident and business that are unsightly. 
  • Mayor Peterson stated that a lot has been sold in the City and the people who are going to build there would need water and sewer hookup. 
  • Mayor Peterson stated that we need proof that we own the property that is used for farming and he is in the process of getting that. 

  

Motion was made by Florence and seconded by Russell to adjourn to closed meeting.  Roll call vote.  Motion carried 3-0 in favor.  Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye.  Regular meeting ended at 8:22. 

 

Meeting resumed at 8:45.  Angie Milligan and Jan Florence were asked to join the Council.  Clerk Barker will be retiring sometime in 2020 and they were the only ones that applied for the job.  Clerk Barker explained what her job entails and answered questions from the two ladies.  They were told training would most likely start in May and they both stated they were OK with that. 

 

With no further business motion was made by Rogge and seconded by Florence to adjourn.  Roll call vote.  Motion carried 3-0 in favor.  Florence aye, Rogge aye and Russell aye. 

 Mayor Peterson declared the meeting adjourned at 9:19 p.m. 

 

Respectfully Submitted, 

 

Sharon Barker, City Clerk
Richard Peterson, Mayor