September 4, 2007


7:04 P.M. Mayor Paslay convened the Lecompton City Council Meeting. Council Members Mark Tunstall, Tim McNish, and Bruce Liese were present. Council members Chuck Folks and Ed Smith were absent. Jen Smith was present from the Lecompton Planning Commission.

Tim McNish made a motion to approve the August 20, 2007 minutes. Mark Tunstall seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas, 0 nays.

Mark made a motion to pay the bills before them. Tim seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas, 0 nays.

Jennifer Smith gave a report to the council regarding a LKM training session she had attended in Olathe. Jen reported that papers recorded with the Register of Deeds did not make the filing a legal paper. Action of a city board would make the papers legal. There was also discussion regarding non-conforming uses. If a non-conforming use structure were to be destroyed it could not be rebuilt as a non-conforming use. Jen found the training very informative and thanked the council for letting her attend. Jen also stated Overbrook might be interested in what the City of Lecompton decides on law-enforcement.

Mayor Paslay signed the G.A.S. contract for administrator for the Water Tower Grant.

There will be a KIAC meeting September 11, 2007 in Topeka. Tim made a motion for the Mayor to take the new city truck to the meeting. Mark seconded the motion and the vote was 3 yeas and 0 nays.

After discussion of other cities water and sewer connection rates, Bruce made a motion to increase the sewer connection rate to $500 plus the actual cost for the city connection. Mark seconded the motion and the vote was approved 3 yeas and 0 nays.

It was reported there had been no response from SCI regarding a letter sent requesting information when a cable line would be buried south of Seventh and Whitfield Streets. Tim said he would contact the owner personally.

There was discussion regarding nomination for a voting delegate and alternate voting delegate to attend the annual LKM annual conference. No one present would be able to attend.

Mark made a motion to pay training session for the City Clerk to attend on Friday Sept. 7. Tim seconded and the vote passed 3 yeas 0 nays.

An article from the Kansas Government Journal entitled “10 Habits of Highly-Effective Councils”.


After discussion regarding need to make plans for the Holiday decorations, Bruce made a motion for the city to sponsor a contest for the best Holiday decoration, first place $100, second place $50, and third place $25. Decorations are to be placed in the park. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas and 0 nays.
Mark made a motion to upgrading the electrical needs for the Community Building. Bruce seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas 0 nays. The council would like for Justin to make a list of needs and get bids for upgrade of the breaker box. Possible contractors to get bids from would be Quality, Superior, and Patterson.

There was discussion regarding renewal of CDs. The CD that will mature September 6, 2007 will be renewed at First State Bank for 6 months with a 4.25 APY rate. Bruce will check with KU credit union for their rates.
There was discussion putting some of the money from the checking into the money market account, CD or possibly a new shop.

There was discussion regarding the size needed for a new shop. 40’ x 60’ x 12’ with a gravel floor was suggested. Bruce made a motion for Justin to get 3 bid proposals for the size of shop he thinks is needed. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas and 0 nays. The possible future uses of the current shop were discussed.

Donations may be given to the Lecompton Ball Association.

An article should be put in the fall newsletter requesting someone to volunteer to organize the Holiday decorating. Nancy Howard should be contacted to get cost estimates for replacement of the arch lights. The council will then consider the cost of repair.

Justin is to get concrete pads placed at the east steps of the Community Building to place the seasonal greeting arch on.

It is recommended that if any city staff member is sick and not getting well they see a doctor and not miss several days of work for lack of care.

After discussion regarding a request from Larry Cyr not to turn his water on at this time it was recommended to contact the city attorney for recommendation.

Sam Smith and the Fire Department need notifications to mow.

8:35 P.M. Bruce made a motion to adjourn. Tim seconded the motion and the vote passed with 3 yeas and 0 nays.

Sandy Nichols, City Clerk