February 7, 2011


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 arrived late, Jimmy Wilkins, Christy Mallonee and Mark Tunstall were present. The following were also present: City Clerk Sandy Nichols, City Superintendent Justin Van Winkle; Jim Long from Long CPA; PLHS student Courtney Nichols
Tim McNish made a motion to approve the January 17, 2011 Minutes. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Mark made a motion to approve the bills before them. Christy Mallonee seconded the motion and the voted passed r yeas, 0 nays. Jennifer Smith was present.

The audit of the 2010 records was presented. Jim Long was present to discuss the audit and answer questions. There was discussion regarding water loan payments due. Mr. Long stated it would be necessary to have more revenue in the future to meet the water loan payments. It might be possible not to raise the rates this year. We need to keep a close eye on the fund. The council discussed if the mil levy should be raised, should water rates be increase, and should minimum water rates be increased, should the 1000 after the 2000 gallons used be raised? It was decided not to make any increases at this time. It was noted the City of Lecompton has received a CDBG Street grant for $311,200 contingent upon the receipt of the funds from the U.S. Dept of Housing & Urban Development. The city will need to contribute $77,750.00 toward the project. There was discussion about the amount of money in the street fund and how this money could/should be spent. There was discussion regarding transfer of money from one account fund to another. Jimmy made a motion to contract Mr. Long to do the 2011 audit. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. Jennifer made a motion to contract with Mr. Long to do the 2012 budget. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Sharrone Steele was present to request an extension to pay his high utility bill caused by a broken water line. The council gave Mr. Steele a three month extension.

Christy made a motion to approve the Kansas Sesquicentennial Proclamation. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

The council approved renewing the Pitney Bowes meter contract.

Justin reported problems regarding a couple of residents leaving lids off the meters. A letter sent to one property owner and the renter was shared with the council. It was noted meters could be locked off but not on. There was discussion regarding the need of road grader. After discussion Jennifer made a motion to sell the road grader on Purple Wave. Tim seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. Justin is to continue to watch for used road graders.

Communications: An email from Lee Hendricks was shared with the council regarding water usage during a broken connection at the water tower. At this time the council will not proceed with this information.
It was noted the Franchise agreement with Kansas Gas Service had been published and signed papers returned.
Council would like to know if the bids for the street work are under the CDBG grant dollar amount, can the remaining money be used on Clark Street. The city clerk is to check with the grant writer.
Justin noted the ISO inspection for the fire department reported they were very please with the water pressure around town.
It was noted the next council meeting will be February 22, 2011.
Jennifer noted she will not be able to attend the February 22, 2011 meeting do to prior commitments.

8:10ish P.M. Mark made a motion to adjourn. Jennifer seconded the motion. Denzil Hackathorn had a couple of questions. Did the city want to sell the road-grader? He was told it would be on Purple Wave and bids could be placed to purchase the grader. Denzil wanted to know if he had paid his utility bill this month. The city clerk will check tomorrow and call him if it has not been paid. The vote to adjourn passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Sandy Nichols, City Clerk