November 15, 2010 Minutes


7:00 P.M. Mayor Paslay brought the Lecompton City Council Meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Tim McNish, Jennifer Smith, Jimmy Wilkins, Christy Mallonee and Mark Tunstall were present. The following were also present: City Clerk Sandy Nichols, City Superintendent Justin Van Winkle; residents Elsie Middleton, and Denzil Hackathorn, visitor Lana Keever were also present.

Mark Tunstall made a motion to approve the November 1, 2010 minutes after removal of the 7th paragraph concerning comment made by the city attorney. Christy Mallonee seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

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

Fire Department: Tim reported the Lecompton Volunteer Fire/EMS will be working jointly with Lawrence, Kanwaka and Wakarusa Fire Departments. Tim also reported Berry Plastic’s would be using holding tanks and not the ponds. The ponds were not approved for use.

Vickie Wells/Nicole Sawyer; council members reported the metal had been removed.

Patrick Leming was not present. Mr. Leming called the city office stating in March he had contacted the office regarding street work that needed to be done on Halderman Street that had not been done when other work was done in town this summer. The city clerk reported she had asked Mr. Leming to come to a council meeting to discuss the problem. He did not want to spend his time coming to a meeting regarding something the city had caused last year during snow removal. Jennifer made a motion if Mr. Leming contacts city staff in the future he is to be directed to contact a council member. There was a second to the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. The council will revisit Halderman in the spring.

Evilsizor ditch: Jennifer expressed concern that the seeding of the ditch had not been completed as requested and is now too late to seed. After further discussion Justin was instructed to put down grass seed that is on hand.

Meter deposit at 316 Elmore. The council will follow city codes and a deposit will be required.

Public Comments: Lana Keever was present to discuss property on 7th Street that they are interested in purchasing. Currently there are issues with the title and taxes. Would the council work with Mr. & Mrs. Keever beyond December 6, 2010 in clean up of the property? They would like to have until January. Lee stated he was not their attorney but if the city were to clean up the property the cost would be added to the county tax roll. If the city does do the clean up the purchaser could be sure that it isn’t in limbo with the payment of the property. Mrs. Keever asked what all has to be done with the property. The council stated their biggest concern is with unfit structures and scattered tin and debris. 7:40 Elsie arrived. Yes, the city would allow a septic system if it passes inspection. After discussion regarding a possible well on the site, the status of a septic system would need further study and is questionable. The city will require clean up that would make the site safe.

Elsie reported on a Planning Commission she had attended with Lecompton Planning Commission and Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. Lecompton PC had a quorum present. Elsie reported a 500,000 gallon underground water storage would be built for fire protection. Jennifer request Elsie share with other PC members the council is pleased to have had a quorum and appreciate the work they do.

Lee suggested to the council that they recommend anyone interested in purchasing the property at 335 E. 7th contact KDHE regarding water well and septic system.

Lee will check on the need of a business license.

Recycling from your home; how do we handle oil, etc on the ground if there is a complaint?

The city attorney stated the nuisance codes could cover this. If this happens the state should also be notified about the waste.

Enforcing officer onto private property; after discussion Jennifer made a motion to appoint Lee Hendricks for the city enforcing code officer. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Justin; Tower demolition is completed. A wall has shifted in the Community Building causing a clock to fall off the wall and break. Jimmy and Justin will go to check on the problem. Justin reported training sessions he will be attending in December. He will receive 5 hours towards renewal of the wastewater certification. He will also have a training that he will become certified backflow personnel. There needs to be continued study as to repair of the road grader. It needs a couple of windows, transmission work, etc. Metal track for the skid loader would be needed for mowing of property in the SW corner at the intersection of Woodson Ave and 1029. Snow removal equipment and supplies are ready.

Letter from Ceco Building Systems: Council would like Pat Wempe’s input. The council is not happy with the second from the last paragraph. Jennifer made a motion for Lee to send a letter once Mr. Wempe has replied. Christy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

It was reported a complaint had been received from Marilyn Delge on the condition of the building when they went to use it. They had to clean the kitchen and bathrooms before use, there were not enough paper towels. The city clerk is instructed to keep an eye on the CB.

Interfaith Housing Services – no action was taken.

Let CD renew as is.

The city attorney stated the council should have a set time for public comments and stay with that.

Jimmy and Justin returned. Jimmy reported the joists at the Community Building appeared fine, he could not find any damage and believed the structure is fine for use.

Elsie mentioned she had received a letter regarding the $350,000 the county has for preservation of green space and historical sites. It is her understanding the CB would qualify for historical funds. The council has asked Elsie if she has time to check into this for the city.

9:02 P.M. Mark made a motion to adjourn. Jennifer seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Sandy Nichols, City Clerk