October 19, 2009


7:00 P.M. Mayor Paslay brought the Lecompton City Council Meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Mark Tunstall, Jimmy Wilkins, Christy Mallonee and Tim McNish were present. Council Member Jennifer Smith was absent. The following were also present: City Clerk Sandy Nichols, City Superintendent Justin Van Winkle, Michael Brownfield with Midwest Assistance Program, students Kasey William and Quinten Sledd.

Mark Tunstall made a motion to approve the October 5, 2009 minutes. Christy Mallonee seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

Mark made a motion to approve the bills before them with corrections to the employees’ hours. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

Patrick Gottstein was unable to attend.

Shawn Ball was present representing S. M. Ball Waste Disposal. The trash disposal fees at the landfill will increase from $33/ton to $36/ton in 2010. Shawn requested a 50 cent increase per customer starting with January 2010. Mark made a motion to increase the trash fees by $.50 per customer. Jimmy seconded the motion. The vote passed, 4 yeas, 0 nays. The council approved to place “MAXIMUM TRASH CONTAINER 35 GALLONS” on the November billing statements.

Mike Brownfield with Midwest Assistance Program presented data regarding the amount of increase for water rates in order to meet financial payments for loans the city had to acquire for the new water plant and tower. After discussion, Mark made a motion to increase the water rates by 60% to begin after the city attorney has checked on the time line to approve ordinance and to get the ordinance published. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

Tim made a motion to accept Kim Richter’s Planning Commission resignation. Mark seconded the vote and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays. It was approved to send a letter to a PC member that has been missing meetings how important it is to have a quorum. There was discussion regarding the PC having 5 members instead of 7. Discussion was tabled until the November 2, 2009 meeting when Jennifer Smith would be present.

There were no public comments.

It was noted that Mr. Roy Steffen made a phone call to the city attorney and the city was charged $37.50 for the call. The council told Mr. Steffen he could call the city attorney but it would be at his cost and the city would not pay for the call. After discussion, Mark made a motion to send a billing statement to Mr. Steffen for the $37.50 cost. Christy seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
A correction to 1-305 of the city codes was noted and a correction to be made when re-codifications are done.
After discussion it was decided the dump bed is not for sale at this time.

Shane Jones request to waive rental fee for use of the CB was denied.
Park decorating will take place Saturday Nov 21, 2009 at 10 AM.
It was noted there was a $20 connection fee and an $80 deposit fee for KS Gas at the new water plant.
Mark will check on Stauffer property and report back.
It was approved to pay Overfield’s monthly by ACH

Noted AT&T and Water Products payment mix up has been corrected.
Council would like for the PC to study the web page information
Employees remaining vacation hours available were discussed
It is okay to accept three different individuals’ checks for utility payment. If one check has insufficient funds the account will be treated as any other accounts for insufficient fund checks.
Mr. Cyr should discuss his information with his landlord.
Treasurer Job description update is tabled until Nov. 2 meeting.
It is okay for the any one interested in the Community Pride Group to contact the city office.
Ron Ricley’s location has had asphalt from his driveway placed in the ditch. The city clerk is to send a certified letter, regular mail, and post the information on the door, for Mr. Ricley stating city code violation 8-106.
Mud was left on city streets by contractors delivering water tower parts. The contractor responsible for rocking the road has not done so. Tonka plans to be back a week October 26.
After review of the change orders, the council requested to review them with SKW before approving the change orders.
Justin reported he has 68 vacation hours remaining.
George Mathews was in the office stating someone had mowed on his sister’s property on 7th Street. He wanted to know if the city mowed or if we knew who did. The city employees did not have any confirmed knowledge to give him. He said he would contact the police. The sheriff arrived later and visited with the city clerk who told him she did not see who mowed the property but someone had said they mowed the property.
Justin reported he would be off work Thursday and Friday of this week.
Justin stated he could not find any information stating the city superintendent had to live within the city limits and asked the council if they had any concerns if he did not live within the city limits. The council did not have any concerns provided he could be available within 30 – 45 minutes. He is not to take city vehicles home during off hours.

8:44 P.M. Mark made a motion to adjourn. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Sandy Nichols, City Clerk