September 20, 2010 Minutes


7:00 P.M. Mayor Paslay brought the Lecompton City Council Meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Jimmy Wilkins, Tim McNish, Christie Mallonee, Jennifer Smith and Mark Tunstall were present. The following were also present: City Clerk Sandy Nichols, City Superintendent Justin Van Winkle and City Attorney Lee Hendricks; residents Elsie Middleton, Opal Goodrick, Jeff Goodrick and Nancy Rush. David Powell was also present.
Mark Tunstall made a motion to approve the Sept 7, 2010 minutes. Tim McNish seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Christy Mallonee made a motion to approve the bills before them. Mark Tunstall seconded the motion and the voted passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

David Powell with Wood “N” Stuff was present to discuss the clean up of his property after the structural fire. 7:20 after discussion the council recessed to view the Wood “N” Stuff property. After discussion Jimmy made a motion for completion of clean up the following needed to be done; On the new section, NE corner concrete removed to level with pad; on the north end of the old section the walls running N&S, and E&W be removed to level with pad; pins that are protruding upwards need to be removed and trash that can be swept up be removed. Jennifer seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. Once this work is completed Mr. Powell is to contact the city clerk. The city clerk will contact two council members to approve the clean up. When the clean up is approved the insurance money may be given to Mr. Powell.

Nancy Rush, Opal Goodrick and Jeff Goodrick were present to discuss the water bill at 436 Whitfield. Lee noted the city council meetings are open meetings and residents are encouraged to attend. Notices are not sent to residents do to difficulty in selecting which items should be sent. When residents attend meetings they will be aware of what is taking place. Jennifer mentioned she had talked with plumbers that stated 140lb pressure was a universal measure. Jimmy stated the failure of the 10 year old water heater may not have been do to any added pressure. The council was willing to work with the renter/owner toward an extension time to pay the utility bill. Ms. Goodrick said she would pay the bill.

Fergus property: There is concern regarding the structure of the old Fergus home. Mark will talk with Lyle & Millie.

There was no fire report.

Mayor Paslay reported problems with numerous skunks in town. Several council members had also had problems. It was decided it is the individual’s problem and not the city’s.

The $30 service fee cannot be colleted until the water is shut off. It was suggested the water be shut off early on the 26th to possibly reduce the payments on the 26th.

Mayor Paslay asked about the demolition of the water tower. Justin reported for all the equipment to arrive so the Rural Water and all other equipment changes maybe coordinated at the same time.

Call One: After pro & con discussion and Justin’s input Christy made a motion to have the City Attorney present a Charter Ordinance to not participate in the Call One program. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
It was noted the tower is scheduled for demolition in four to six weeks.
Justin reported approximately $10,000 had been spent on asphalt on 7th Street and some of that on Whitfield. After discussion it was approved for an additional $10,000 is spent on Whitfield. Justin reported he had patching to do yet on 5th Street toward Leslie’s and some on Boone Street; ditch at 5th & Isacks will need rock. There was discussion regarding the ditch cleaning on Elmore; It was noted at a past council meeting Pastor Ken had requested the ditch be cleaned out; it was noted the depth of the ditch was to the bottom of culverts to permit drainage and help prevent tubes from filling with silt; Jennifer had placed rock in her ditch that are no longer there. This topic is tabled until the Oct 4 meeting to give council members opportunity to view the sites.

Hackathorn alley: Council member McNish stated he had driven down the alley. There was discussion regarding reflectors being placed along the alley edge. If residents want to do that the council has no problem with that. The depth was taken down to where it originally was. No action was taken by the city at this time.

Justin asked if the softness of the water is okay. Council members had not had any complaints and believe it is okay at this time. Justin asked what level of iron is okay – he has recently been flushing every 3 days. Mark will check on the iron content at Lawrence, Justin will make a couple of calls.
9:20 Council Member Tunstall left the meeting.
Draining of the old tower; IF water is to be shut off to Clark Street, residents are to be notified in advance.

Communications were noted.

MLC email; request attendance to a council meeting to discuss these items.
Township Treasure – no objections for Sandy to run for township treasurer
Holidays: Thanksgiving close Thursday and Friday; Christmas – however employees wish to handle off days; New Years Day, close Friday.

Noted October 4, 2010 Public Hearing at 6:45 P.M.

Jennifer mentioned Senator Marci Francisco stated if there was ever anything she could to do assist the city, let her know.

9:30 P.M. Jimmy made a motion to adjourn. Jennifer seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Sandy Nichols, City Clerk