August 2, 2010 Minutes and Public Hearings


6:30 P.M. Mayor Paslay opened the Public Hearing for the 2011 Budget. The following were present: Council Members Mark Tunstall, Jimmy Wilkins, and Tim McNish; Council Member Christy Mallonee arrived at 7:10 PM; City Superintendent, Justin Van Winkle, City Clerk, Sandy Nichols; residents Lori, Wilkins, Carl Bahnmaier, Elsie Middleton, Nick Fergus, Rhonda Walkup, Rachel Ricley, Denzil Hackathorn, Danny Sanford, Bill Roberts, and Steve Brouhard. Jim Long CPA and Dax Mayes with G.A.S. were also present. There was discussion regarding funding for street work. Justin mentioned he had received a bid from American Asphalt. Hamm said they were to busy to submit a bid. He had not heard back from Bettis. Tim said he could contact a couple of companies and request bids. There was no more budget discussion. 6:45 PM budget hearing was closed. Jim Long left.

6:45 P.M. Mayor Paslay opened the CDBG Tower Closing Hearing. Dax Mayes was present to answer questions and present forms to be signed for closing of the Tower. There was some discussion regarding the cost of the tower project and increase from 150,000 gallon tank to 250,000 gallon tank. Dax reported a draw for $1514.00 will be submitted for payment. 6:58 P.M. the CDBG Tower Hearing was closed. Dax Mayes left.

7:00 P.M. Mayor Paslay opened the City Council Meeting.

Tim made a motion to close the CDBG Grant and sign necessary papers. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas and 0 nays.

Mark Tunstall made a motion to approve the July 19, 2010 minutes. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas, 0 nays.

Jimmy made a motion to approve the bills before them. Tim McNish seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas, 0 nays.

Rhonda Walkup was present to discuss what is permissible for sewer/septic at 335 E 7th St. Christie Mallonee arrived. Steve Brouhard was present as agent for the property owner at 335 E. 7th. Mr. Brouhard stated the trailer and out buildings will be removed. Ms. Walkup will work with Mr. Brouhard regarding the size of the septic tank. Ms. Walkup is interested in the cost to connect to the city sewer system. Justin said he would work with her and a contractor when she is ready.

Rachael Ricley was present to request an electrical permit or an extension. The building permit had expired and the council requested a new permit. Tim made a motion to approve an electrical permit. Christy seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

Nick Fergus wanted to know if he could be reimbursed for water do to the discoloration problems. The council explained this had been discussed in past meetings and reimbursements were not being made. Christy explained many residents were having the same problems. It was noted water had been tested at Patrick Lemings and from the new tower and all test were okay. Justin noted work would be taking place for the softener to go on-line this week. There was discussion regarding notification to the residents that softener salt would be used. It was decided to put a notice on the next utility billing. The use of the softener salt is to be placed on the August 16 meeting to discuss with the city attorney.

Several council members had viewed Carl Bahnmaier’s property regarding clean up. The council believed the property was acceptable and requested funding from the insurance company to the city be given to Mr. Bahnmaier.

Elsie wanted to know if locations in town were having problems with water breaks. It was noted there had been a couple of breaks between the meter and the main at other locations.

Mayor Paslay gave a report on the Regional Solid Waste Management meeting.

Justin wanted to know if a written request for additional pressure should be signed by residents requesting additional pressure. Justin and Sandy can put something together for Lee to approve and bring to the August 16 meeting.

Prior to flushing of the water lines something should be put on the park sign, post office and city office.

Justin reported the cost variance of going to Midland for off road diesel versus purchasing clear diesel at Fast Track. The council recommended getting off road diesel if he has the tank with him and can get it where convenient.

Communications: Council is requested to study the MLC for any violations; AA left paper towels and $25.00 for use of the CB; payment for the franchise fees has been received from SCI.

It was noted the property where Wood N Stuff was located will be residential unless a zoning change is requested.
It was noted repair work might need to be done in front of the post office to the street.
Denzil wanted to know how much of 7th Street was the city’s responsibility. Jimmy said that would need to be studied.
Elsie had offered to help update the minutes to the web site. This is part of the city treasurer’s duties. The council requested the clerk to have the treasurer get started on this process.
Boring is completed under the railroad tracks.
The Gas Company needs to be contacted to see when they will be fixing alleys they worked in.
Tim asked about the decals on the dump truck. Justin explained Lecompton Township was painted on the truck and he puts the magnetic signs over the Lecompton Township information.

Council was reminded there is a public meeting August 9 at 7 PM for resident input on street improvements.

8:45 P.M. Jimmy made a motion to adjourn. Christy seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Sandy Nichols, City Clerk