July 7, 2008 LECOMPTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
7:00 P.M. Mayor Paslay brought the meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Mark Tunstall, Tim McNish, Jimmy Wilkins, and Jennifer Smith were present. Council Member Christy Mallonee was absent. City Superintendent, Justin Van Winkle, City Clerk, Sandy Nichols, and City Treasurer John Hoffman were present. Dave Bogner was present. Keith Browning, Douglas County Public Works Director was present. Several rural and city residents were present: Lecompton Planning Commission Chairperson Jeff Robertson was present.
Tim McNish made a motion to approve the June 16, 2008 minutes. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas and 0 nays.
Mark Tunstall made a motion to pay the bills before them. Tim seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas and 0 nays.
Dave Bogner reviewed the preliminary 2009 budget. After discussion Mark made a motion to approve publishing for a public hearing of the 2009 budget to be held August 4, 2008 at 6:30 PM. Jimmy seconded and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Mayor Paslay recognized Keith Browning. Paul Bahnmaier requested to furnish information prior to Mr. Browning speaking. Mr. Bahnmaier presented historical information regarding the curbs and sidewalks in the City of Lecompton. Mr. Bahnmaier state Pastor Ken had some comments. Pastor Ken Baker thanked the city for needed improvements that had been done on Woodson Ave. Pastor Ken also stated the following regarding the ditch area on the south side of Woodson Ave along the church property: safety concerns regarding the depth of the ditch, gravel in the lawn, he would like to have a hard service put back on the driveway section, he would like to have the project completed and stones raised so they would be more visible.
Keith Browning stated if the pipe is extended to the west, additional swell would be needed, pipe lowered, and possibly removed under Elmore. It was noted the pipe was not lowered do to a sewer line in this vicinity. Mayor Paslay stated money had been allocated to work on the 300 block of Elmore this summer. 7:25 PM – 7:55 recess for all to inspect the area being discussed. After returning to the council meeting room, the council requested Mr. Browning to study this area and make recommendations to the council to improve this area. Mr. Browning stated he would do this but do to the summer work load it possibly would be fall before they could get this done. The council said that would be fine.
Dirk Bowser was present to request a building permit. After review and discussion Mark made a motion to approve the building permit. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Todd Girdler, Senior Transportation Planner for the Lawrence/Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization was present to share information and a draft for Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization Redesignation Agreement for Cooperative Transportation Planning between Lawrence, Douglas County Baldwin, Eudora, and Lecompton and to answer any questions. The council requested to be informed of future developments and is interested in participating with the organization.
Justin requested guidance on how to continue with work to be done in the area along Woodson Ave that had tube replacement. There was discussion regarding 4” – 6” of cover recommended over tubes. There was discussion regarding asphalting the improvement area. There was concern that this area might be removed with future improvements after information is received from Mr. Browning. Jennifer made a motion to place AB 3 rock, prime, chip and seal the area from east of the post office to the west end of the tube by the church. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas, 1 nay. It is recommended not to drive on this for 24 hours. The council suggested placing cones and signs in this area.
A building permit was presented for Steve Howard. After discussion Jimmy made a motion to approve the building permit. Mark seconded and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
The purchase of a laptop for the Planning Commission was requested. Jeff Robertson explained the need and use of a laptop. After discussion, Mark made a motion to spend $700 for a laptop. Jennifer seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas, 1 nay.
Jennifer St. Claire had called the office requesting to live in a camper while they build a house on 5 acres located off Woodson Ave. After discussion Mark made a motion do to health and safety reason residents should not be permitted to live in a camper while building a house. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Justin reported he had been requested to unlock the community building so the carnival people could use the restrooms while they were setting up. When city cleaning ladies arrived to clean the building they found vomit, facial matter, and clogged toilets. The council recommended Johnny on the Jobs be delivered Friday morning in the future. There were no blown breakers during the pancake feed Saturday; however the doors were not locked until Justin found them unlocked Saturday evening. Once again the toilets were plugged and the bathrooms a mess. Jimmy made a motion to re-key the Community Building locks through Reushoffs and “Do Not Duplicate” keys be made. Tim seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
The Farmer’s Market organization requested use of the community building restrooms during the farmer’s market. The council approved giving them a key each week the building is not in use.
Melinda Wingfield will be cleaning the community building.
It was noted the bid opening for the water plant would be August 7th at 4 PM.
Tim stated he believed Justin had done a good job with the work on Woodson Ave.
9:23 P.M. Jennifer made a motion to adjourn. Mark seconded, and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Sandy Nichols, City Clerk