January 17, 2011 LECOMPTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING 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 arrived late 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 and Steve Fugett; Roselyn Jennings with Kansas Gas Service.
Mark Tunstall made a motion to approve the January 3, 2011 Minutes. Jennifer Smith seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Clean up of 705 Whitfiled was approved by the council. Mark made a motion to approve the bills before them. Jennifer seconded the motion and the voted passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Christy Mallonee arrived.
Roslyn Jennings from Kansas Gas Service was present to answer any questions regarding renewal of the Kansas Gas Service franchise. City Attorney asked if “all consumers” would include industrial. Roslyn said yes it does. Tim McNish made a motion to approve Ordinance #803 regarding the Kansas Gas Service franchise fee. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Mike Coffman was present to ask the council to forgive his $1,014.85 utility bill do to a water leak. The council explained in the past they had not reduced the amount due but would take monthly payments until the balance was paid. Mr. Coffman said he could pay his monthly utility bill and an addition $50 per month. The council requested the contract also include a clause if the property is sold the balance of the utility bill is to be paid immediately. The council requested the city clerk to create a contract for Mr. Coffman to sign. No late charge is to be applied against the $1,014.85. Mr. Coffman stated he would be in the next day with payment and to sign the contract.
After discussion Christy made a motion to have Jim Long do the audit for the 2011 records and the 2012 budget. Jennifer seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
After discussion Jennifer made a motion to approve Resolution #273 regarding GAAP Waiver. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
There was discussion regarding the granite veteran memorial to be placed on the Constitution Hall property. After discussion it was decided a building permit should be submitted. Elsie will let Paul Bahnmaier know.
A porch and roof would like to be added to the store that Marsha and Kathy Paslay have on Elmore Street. After discussion it was decided an application would need to be submitted to the BZA.
The city received a building warranty Midland Contractors for the water plant building. Lee did not believe the warranty covered much other than paint of the building.
Justin shared additional bids for work on the Community Building doors. After discussion Christy made a motion to accept the bid submitted by Bill Wilson. Tim seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Justin shared information regarding lid being off at 601 Whitfield. The property owner was notified he would be responsible for any damage done if the lid is off.
There was discussion regarding what equipment should be covered by theft and liability on the insurance policy. Justin was requested to contact Pat Gottstein to come to a council meeting to discuss the insurance coverage of individual items.
It was noted January 25 was the deadline for filing for the April elections.
It was reported 45 ton of salt/sand had been used for snow treatment. The program of clearing the roads is okay at this time.
The City Clerk shared a letter from Danny Coltrane. The council requested the city clerk to see if a date has been set by Mr. Coltrane for a 3rd party opinion regarding the water plant building.
Tim made a motion to approve the year end report for publication. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed unanimously.
There was discussion about a water leak at the new tower. The water had to be out of the tower in order to repair the leak. A council member asked if Phoenix could be billed for the 250,000 gallons of water in the tank that had to be emptied. Justin explained water had been used by residents and lines had been flushed. It was asked if water had been used from Rural Water District during this time. Justin said yes it had. Banks repaired the leak. B&B installed needed equipment at the RWD shed to support water during this time.
8:04 PM Council member Mallonee left the meeting.
The council requested the City Attorney send a billing statement for water lost during this time. Lee will contact Justin for addition information needed.
Elsie shared the Kansas Legislators plan to meet in Lecompton in February or March.
Jennifer thanked the council for letting her represent them at the Douglas County Legislation breakfast. The main concerns were budget and education and what would happen if the sales tax were repelled.
There is concern about legality issues with 4 wheelers and vehicles on the city owned pad by the lagoons and the old water plant property. Justin is to put “no trespassing” signs up on both properties. The sheriff should be called in the future if vehicles and 4 wheelers on at the property by the lagoons. The city attorney is requested to send a letter to Mr. Chuck Nehrbass regarding vehicles on the property by the lagoons. The city clerk is to send a letter to Mr. Doug Bahnmaier regarding 4 wheelers on the old water plant property.
8:16 P.M. Jimmy made a motion to adjourn. Jennifer seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Sandy Nichols, City Clerk