March 21, 2011 Minutes


7:00 P.M. Mayor Paslay brought the Lecompton City Council Meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Jimmy Wilkins, Christy Mallonee, Mark Tunstall, Tim McNish and Jennifer Smith were present. The following were also present: City Clerk Sandy Nichols, City Superintendent Justin Van Winkle City Attorney Lee Hendricks; residents Cyndi Treaster, Elsie Middleton, Amber Nickel, Gary Kroeger, and Gary Bohannan; Paul Bahnmaier.

Christy Mallonee made a motion to approve the March 7, 2011 Minutes. Tim McNish seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Jimmy Wilkins made a motion to approve the bills before them. Jennifer Smith seconded the motion and the voted passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Brian Damme was present to request sponsorship for the 3rd Annual Jr. Kaws golf tournament at Village Greens Golf Course in Ozawkie as they had done last year. Christy made a motion to spend $50.00 for sponsorship of the youth football program. Jennifer seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Paul Bahnmaier shared the Douglas County Treasurer would like to have a display from Lecompton at the courthouse for the months of April, May and June. Mr. Bahnmaier would like to have the council’s approval to take the picture of old Lecompton for the display. There was discussion regarding the frame on the picture. After discussion, Council Member Wilkins stated he would get the picture framed.

Gary Kroeger was present to discuss a light on the NE corner of his property. Westar plans to remove the light as it is not being charged to anyone. Mr. Kroeger stated he does not want the light for security reasons. Mr. Kroeger has concerns about ambulances being able to locate locations without a light at the intersection. Mr. Kroeger stated all enter sections in town had a light except that street. Council Member Smith stated she walks frequently and would hate to see any lights removed. The council instructed Justin to have the current light removed and replace it with a streetlight. The city will pay for the streetlight.

Wayne Riley, Lecompton Volunteer Fire Chief, was present to discuss the availability of weather radios for residents. Mr. Riley asked if the city would be interested in sharing of the cost. After discussion Jennifer made a motion to donate $1000 for weather radios. Christy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. Mr. Riley also reported the department had received a $124,000 grant for air packs and compressor.

Cyndi Treaster: City Attorney Lee Hendricks shared 15 cities that his firm deals with do not waive water leak bills. He stated Perry does give a one time freebie after proof of break and having been fixed. After discussion Jennifer made a motion the city will consider reduction of water cost caused by a leak with documentation on case by case. The reduction will be at the RWD cost at the time the leak occurred until the city cost can be determined in the future. The reduction will be retroactive 12 months and continue into the future. Mark seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. Cyndi requested to not apply the late charge to the amount due from the leak and to have 24 months to make equal payments on the amount remaining. Mark made a motion to not apply late charge from the leak and to approve 24 months to pay the remainder. Tim seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. Cyndi requested the city clerk to email her the balance due and the amount of monthly payments. There was discussion of other locations that had leaks in the past year. It was noted the city superintendent was present at each of those leaks and the repairs were made in a timely fashion. The council instructed the city clerk to give credit to those affected by leaks in the past 12 months. The following were the accounts involved: Opal Goodrich acct# 114, Michial Coffman acct #24, Dirk Bowser acct#167, Wm Osburn acct#166, and Ashley Cook acct#159. One account was not included do to untimely repair of the leak. The credit for acct# 114 is to be applied to Ms. Goodrich’s current account.

Elsie reported the PC meet. There was no business and they adjourned. Elsie presented a copy of the title to the Community Building that she was able to locate while working toward the grant on refurbishing the CB. It was noted Wm McClanahan purchased the building for $1.00 from the United Brethren Church in May 1932. In June 1932 McClanahan sold the property to the City of Lecompton.

After discussion it was decided the car on the Brouhard property is not in code violation.

Employee evaluations: Mayor Paslay noted the employees were happy to have jobs and not expecting raise increases. The council would like to have job descriptions emailed to them. After discussion the council would like to do evaluations April 4, 2011 and in the March in the future years.

Justin: believe Colette is happy with his tube now; the dates have been placed on the TD signs; the back of the TD south has been painted; drain spouts have been put in place on the city office building; there is no information at this time from the insurance agent regarding coverage on the 2001 ford truck; Just would like addition direction regarding what the council would like done on Elmore Street. Jennifer stated she would like to see something placed on Elmore so it will not be sticky with warmer weather. Tim state CMK could be used. Justin will ask Doug Stevens to come out for input on Elmore Street. Justin asked where the council would like the park benches placed. Jennifer will help locate the benches Friday if Justin is available. It was noted Mr. Laughlin wanted the rocks that are in his ditch when work begins on Whitfield. Jimmy noted the east end of the tube toward Mark’s house is smashed; manhole is high; can the pipe valve be cut off in his yard. Justin will cut it off.

Mike Leming had sent a request the city send a letter to the neighbors south of him to clean up the yard and to keep their dogs leashed or penned. Mr. Leming came in to say the neighbors had done some cleaning. The council would like a letter sent to the residents thanking them for the cleaning that has been done, to continue the cleaning and to keep the dogs leashed or penned.

There is no news regarding the water plant building. The council requested the city attorney send a letter.

Mr. Gary Bohannan wanted to know if the church needed a building permit if they were capping the church steps with a 3 – 3.5” overlay. The council said there would not be a need for a building permit.

Justin reported he is draining the brine at the water plant so Midland can fix a leak in a PVC joint.

8:42 Mark made a motion to go into executive session to discuss non elected employee personnel matters until 9 PM. Council invited City Attorney, Treasurer, Superintendent and Clerk to remain for the meeting. 9 PM executive session ended.

Mayor asked if there were any additional comments; there were none.

9:01 P.M. Tim made a motion to adjourn. Jennifer and Mark seconded the motion and the motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Sandy Nichols, City Clerk