March 2, 2009


7:00 P.M. Mayor Paslay brought the Lecompton City Council regular meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Jimmy Wilkins, Christy Mallonee, Mark Tunstall, Tim McNish, and Jennifer Smith were present. Also present were the following: City Superintendent, Justin Van Winkle, and City Clerk, Sandy Nichols.

Tim McNish made a motion to approve the February 17, 2009 minutes. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays, Jennifer Smith abstained.

Jimmy made a motion to approve the bills before them. Christy Mallonee seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. Mark made a motion to approve the $77,685.90 to Midland when the funds are available. Christy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Barbara Chalker with Kansas Department of Commerce Rural Opportunities presented information to the council regarding the Rural Opportunities program. It is designed to assist communities with a population of less than 5,000 residents. The program can help find funding and connections with available resources. Barbara will continue to stay in touch and furnish additional information.

Mr. Denzil Hackathorn was not present.

Richard Nichols will not need a building permit to replace a lean-to that was blown down by a wind storm.

Jennifer shared information regarding replacement of trees in the park: Fall Fiesta Maple – $175; Sawtooth Oak $175; Skyline Locust $150. Jimmy made a motion to purchase the trees. Tim seconded the motion and the vote was 5 yeas, 0 nays.

After viewing and discussion of Resolution #257 for clean up at 225 Halderman, Jimmy made a motion to approve the resolution. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

A report had been made to the city office regarding 530 7th Street. There has been loose trash in the yard and a boat in the drive that appears to be “trashed”. Council members also reported trash that has come from this area being picked up by neighbors. The council requests the city clerk to send a letter regarding trash container requirements and for the resident to notify the status and intent of the boat.

There was discussion regarding a screened in porch at Mike Brouhard’s location needing a building permit. A building permit was not needed as there was not a structural size change to the property.

There was discussion regarding Dean Brouhard and possible code violation. The clerk is to report back on the violation cost per day.

Job application report was given. Jennifer made a motion to have executive session from 7:55 – 8:00 PM to discuss personnel information of confidential nature. All present remained for executive session. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. 8:00 PM regular meeting is back in session. After discussion and review of Linda Guthrie’s job application the council requested to meet with her at 6:30 PM March 16, 2009.


Justin: picked up a tube for use on Clark St; extra rip rap may be needed to control wash on Clark Street, Tim suggested shot rock be used; Westar requires the trees on the north property line to be removed in order to supply a power line to the new water plant. It is not efficient to go underground. Mr. Denzil Hackathorn arrived to discuss trees on the north side of the city property on Clark Street. The council asked Mr. Hackathorn what it would cost the city for him to let them remove trees on his side of the property line. Mr. Hackathorn had requested a mound of dirt be moved so he could remove items to be recycled. The contractor would not move the dirt. Mr. Hackathorn wanted 7th Street right of way west of Whitfield to be corrected. Tim will talk to the county. Mr. Hackathorn stated the street needs to be surveyed from the National mark at Clinton. Mr. Hackathorn plans to take the house down on Clark Street. There was no agreement to remove the trees.
Justin and Jimmy Wilkins will be attending the KRWA meeting in Wichita March 25 & 26.
Justin reported Douglas County has a dump truck they will be selling. No action was taken.
There was discussion regarding the sell of the old skid loader trailer. No action was taken.
The city will continue with the annual tire collection.

Sandy: Council approved the newspaper draft.
An individual called regarding purchasing property at the north end of Jones Street. They were informed they would need to plat the property prior to any building and to speak with the council. There were questions regarding a wind tower – it was suggested they discuss this with the planning commission.
Two dogs were picked up.

9:23 P.M. Mark made a motion to adjourn to March 16, 2009 6:30 PM. Jennifer seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Sandy Nichols, City Clerk