August 8, 2009 Minutes


6:30 P.M. Mayor Paslay brought the Lecompton City Council Public Hearing for the 2010 Lecompton Budget meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Jimmy Wilkins, Christy Mallonee, Mark Tunstall, and Tim McNish were present. Council Member Jennifer Smith was absent. Also present were City Superintendent Justin Van Winkle and City Clerk Sandy Nichols. There were no public comments regarding the budget. 6:56 P.M. Mayor Paslay closed the 2010 budget hearing.

7:00 P.M. Mayor Paslay opened the regular City Council Meeting. Those present for the budget hearing remained for the council meeting. City Treasurer Linda Guthrie and visitor Elsie Middleton were also now present.

Mark Tunstall made a motion to approve the July 20, 2009 minutes with correction and the July 30, 2009 minutes. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

Christy Mallone made a motion to approve the bills before them and to pay Midland Contractors when the funds are available. Mark Tunstall seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

Mike Emming from SKW was present to present updates on the water plant and water tower projects. There was a preconstruction meeting regarding the tower July 28, 2009. Banks will be starting lines and meter work asap. Work will begin around the school to try and have as much done as possible prior to school traffic. The survey crew had staked road and right-of-way Friday July 31, 2009. Bill Leslie mowed this area. A request was made to send Mr. Leslie a thank you note. The City Superintendent would like to start a meter change program during this construction time that meters will be worked around. The tower is projected to up by December 2009. Plans are to paint the tower in the spring of 2010. Water plant project: SCI cable needs to be moved. City Clerk is to send a letter to SCI requesting the cable to be moved so there will be no delays in the plant project. The plant can now be secured with locked doors. The Mayor requested the pipe sticking up out of the floor be removed to prevent any accidents. Mike will discuss this with Midland Contractors. Construction will continue with the planned flow meters. Neptune meters with taper seals will be used. Mike reported the flow meters could be routinely chlorinated out and be okay. A strainer was added per Division of Water Sources requirements. It is a water rights issue. There was discussion as to who was to pay for the screen. Council Member McNish stated he believed this was another one of the items that should have been included in the plans for bidding. Mike received an estimate for bollards at the new water plant: Midland five around the tank, two around pump station – $2700; 50’ wrap around with top rail – $6300. Mike will attend the September 8, 2009 meeting and present a cost to date on the water plant. Mike is working on the line from the lagoons to the river, where to bore under RR. Mike will attend the Aug 17 meeting or will email information as to the cost to bore under the RR.

Jimmy made a motion to approve the 2010 budget. Tim seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

Public comments: Elsie said a meter at the post office needed to be checked. The ground around the meter was falling in and could cause an accident. Justin said he would stop and check it after the meeting.

Christy made a motion to approve the building permit request for the new water tower. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays. Christy made a motion to approve an extension on the water plant building permit until Dec. 31, 2009. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

Justin reported the blade was repaired and has been brought back. Weather and time permitting Justin will continue asphalt work again.

Purchase policy for the city: City clerk is to put something together. Jimmy will email information.

Justin requested to use vacation time Thursday and Fridays for the next couple of weeks.
Dave Bogner sent information regarding water rates for the council to review. Justin reported Kenneth Shetlar and Dan Fischer would be sending additional information. This topic is tabled until the August 17, 2009 meeting.

A letter was sent to resident on 7th Street requesting their dogs be confined or on a leash. The dogs have been seen loose after the letter was sent. A collection pen may be set in this neighborhood.
A complaint regarding a dog at the recycle bins was made. The dog is believed to belong to Gail Tompkins. The City Clerk is to send a letter to Ms. Tompkins.
A letter to Mr. Cyr was reviewed and signed by the Mayor and Council Members present. The Clerk is to include a note stating the amount due is to be paid by August 20, 2009.
The council has concern regarding collection of utility bills from some residents at the trailer court on Clark Street. The council would like to discuss this with the City Attorney at the August 17 meeting.
Dogs have been chasing cars on Boone Street and the beagle has been seen around town again. The dog also is a concern when the meter is read. The City Clerk is to send a letter to Ms. Dubois regarding the dogs.
Information was shared that the property clean up on 5th Street has taken place. The council has closed this issue.
Dan Fischer recommends at this time to consider permanent notes for the water tower in October 2009.
The council members will view the following properties for a recommendation at the August 17, 2009 meeting:
Stauffer’s: reported vehicles by the alley; trailer of metal removed
Pfeffer: build up of “stuff” by the alley; someone living in the trailer
Janyes: list areas to be picked up
A letter was sent for property on Whitfield to be mowed. If the letter is not accepted in the required time, the property will then be mowed.
The retaining wall south of city hall was discussed. Justin reported it may have to wait until required time to be spent with the plant and tower projects slows down.
Justin was asked about the usage of rural water. Justin reported there had been a break in a water line around the old water plant and repair work on the chlorine ejector.

8:45 P.M. Christy made a motion to adjourn. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

Sandy Nichols, City Clerk