July 24, 2006 Lecompton City Council Special Meeting Minutes
7:02 P.M. Mayor Roy Paslay opened the Lecompton City Council Special Meeting to discuss with citizens paying for a new water plant.
Council President Tim McNish and Council Members Mark Tunstall, Ed Smith, and Chuck Folks were present. Council member Bruce Liese was absent. Superintendent Justin VanWinkle, and City Clerk Sandy Nichols were present. Residents Linda Kroeger, Jim Wilkins, Darby Lohrding, Holly Colbert and Tricia Shcmidt were present. Property owner Carl Bahnmaier was present. Ken Shetlar and Rex Heape were present from Shafer, Kline & Warren Inc.
Kenneth Shetlar presented and discussed a hand-out he created regarding costs involving well, plant, loans, grants, and current usage figures and future design capabilities. Kenneth also stated Rural Development recommended continuing to apply for a CDBG grant and any monies RD might have will not be available until after the first of the year. There was discussion regarding the need of an additional tower or a larger tower. Some of the questions asked during the discussion were:
Will a new tower improve pressure? Reply: yes
Could a smaller tower be placed south of town? Reply: It is a possibility
Will a new plant get rid of the orange water? Reply: It will improve it.
Is the Lecompton water tested? Reply: yes
Also discussed was the iron content with the statement being made from Rex, there is no maximum level on iron content. The level or iron is not a health issue. A resident stated she had changed 3 elements in her hot water heater. Council member Chuck Folks stated it is recommended to flush a hot water tank monthly.
A statement was made from a resident that she had been told by other residents that they didn’t think anything would be done regarding the water, therefore did not plan to attend the meeting. A Is there interest from RWD in purchasing water from Lecompton? Reply: not likely
If a new plant was built, would additional employees be needed? Reply: no
All residents present stated they would be willing to pay an increased utility bill to have a new plant.
8:05 Council member Mark Tunstall had to leave.
8:10 P.M. Chuck made a motion to adjourn. Tim seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous.
Sandy Nichols, City Clerk