September 5, 2007


Viewing of Woodson Avenue took place prior to the meeting.
6:45 P.M. Mayor Paslay convened the Lecompton City Council Meeting with Douglas County Commissioners. Council Members Mark Tunstall, Tim McNish, Bruce Liese and Chuck Folks were present. Council member Ed Smith was absent.

Keith Browning presented possible ideas to receive funding for improvements to Woodson Ave. Estimated cost improvements and restoration for Woodson Ave at present day cost is $1.8 million. This does not include engineering cost. Cost sharing of the project was discussed. Mr. Browning mentioned KDOT showed interest in the brick sidewalks. The County would make application for funding if the project was to continue. Funding is not included in the county’s CIP budget at this time. Lecompton would have to relocate utilities within the projected area of renovation. It was discussed that County Road 1029 and the bridge were projects that had recently been completed in the Lecompton area by the County. Council Member Tim McNish stated that Lecompton is a low to moderate income community and does not have the budget available that Eudora and Baldwin have.

After additional discussions it was recommended that both the County and the City would need time to collect money for a project of this size. The City should send a letter requesting work to be done on Woodson Ave., how much money the city will put forward for the project and date expected to do the work.

It was stated by the Commission that owners should try to maintain the sidewalks at their locations. This would show interest in preserving the history of Lecompton and be a benefit to the city when applying for funding.

Sheriff McGovern and Under Sheriff Hornberger were present to discuss law-enforcement with the Lecompton City Council and Dg. Co. Commissioners. Concern was expressed by Mayor Paslay for the need to have availability to enforce the city codes. County Commissioners shared there had been discussion in the past to have a “code court”. If there was to be a “code court” that might be something Lecompton would be interested in. Lecompton could possibly contract with the Sheriff Department to enforce the city codes. Sheriff McGovern reported the Sheriff Department had responded to 493 calls in Lecompton during 2006. From January 2007 – September 2007 they have responded to 409 calls. The City Council requested a break down of the type of calls. Sheriff McGovern will get this information.

8:05 P.M. Mayor Paslay proceeded with Lecompton City Council city business. Mark, Tim and Bruce were present. City Superintendent Justin Van Winkle, City Clerk Sandy Nichols, and resident Christie Mallonee were present. Electrical needs for the community building were discussed with Justin. It was decided to put an electric box and additional outlets in the kitchen area.

After discussion, it was decided to not place concrete arch pads at the east steps of the community building for the arch. The arch will be placed by the bell tower.

Tim made a motion to reimburse Nancy Howard $100 for replacement of lights on the arch. Request to the council should be made if more that $100 is needed. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas, 0 nays.

New shop discussion: 40’ x 80’ x 14’H and 40’ x 60 ‘x 14’H; A small area only is to be insulated at this time.
Justin is to check with Howard Duncan to see if it would be possible to purchase 20’ of his property that abuts the south end of the property where the water treatment plant is located. This would enable the use of the current plant while the new treatment plant is being built.
Mark would like to know what the 2008 budget is for Parks and Recreation fund.
Justin to get bids on a new shop building 40’x 60’ x 14’ with wood frame.
It was reported utility bills cannot be added to tax roll with a 10% fee to be added. Mark made a motion for the utility billing for account # 14 be assessed for the end of the year cost. Bruce seconded the motion and the vote was 3 yeas, 0 nays.
8:30 P.M. Bruce made a motion to adjourn. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed with 3 yeas and 0 nays.
Sandy Nichols, City Clerk