April 18, 2011 Minutes


6:59 P.M. Mayor Paslay received Mark Tunstall’s oath of office as Mayor.

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

Jennifer Smith made a motion to approve the April 4, 2011 Minutes. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion, Elsie Middleton abstained and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays, 1 abstention.

Jimmy made a motion to approve the bills before them. Christy Mallonee and Tim McNish seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Jimmy made a motion to elect Jennifer Smith as Lecompton City Council President. Christy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Greg Sledd was not present. The City Clerk shared concerns Mr. Sledd had regarding sewer connection on Whitfield Street. If there are any issues are discovered when reworking Whitfield Street they will be dealt with at that time.

Elise resigned from the Lecompton Planning Commission and will send a written resignation.

It was noted there has not been any information regarding the ISO rating at this time.

A building permit was presented to have the electric meters inspected for Territorial Days. Christy made a motion to approve the building permit to have electric meters inspected. Elsie seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. Any inspection fee will be waived.

Lee: presented Ord. # 806 regarding water leak penalty. After review, Jennifer made a motion to approve Ord. # 806. Tim seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Shared update regarding water plant. The council reviewed information Midland will be taking to make repairs. The council agreed to the repairs and look forward to passing final inspection by the county. The project will not be considered complete until the water retention issue is resolved and final inspection by the county. The council requested Lee to notify Midland.
Danny Coltrane requested SKW be paid now that a plan is in place for resolving issues at the water plant. The council requested Lee to notify Mr. Coltrane payment will be made once there is an approved final inspection by the county on the water plant.
It was noted 4 wheelers had been on pad by the lagoons. Lee stated he had sent Chuck Nehrbass a letter January 18, 2011 regarding earlier issues. Justin stated no trespassing signs were set. Mr. Hendricks said to call the sheriff if there are issues in the future.
Late charge notice: After discussion the city clerk was instructed not to send second notices to the accounts that have been granted extended time to pay the accounts. The council requested Lee to draft a payment agreement for unpaid utilities to be signed if needed in the future. The city clerk is to email Cyndi Treaster.
KOMA: Lee shared recommendation regarding Open Meeting issues.
Justin; Water plant: Thursday April 14th a pressure reducer at the tower may have been hit by lightning. Two replacement parts have been ordered and will take about ten days to be delivered. Mean time the tower will have to be filled manually. Justin requested any one to call him if they are aware of a large water usage. There is a bad solenoid at the water plant. There are no valves to shut off the softener. When replacing the solenoid a valve will be installed. Currently the back flushing is being done manually.
Work at Doug’s Truck: replace leaking seal on 2007 truck. Ford possibly has a solenoid bad on the propane side; Olathe Ford is the closest place to get it fix. Council approved.
Elmore St.: Vance Brothers have not returned a bid at this time; recommend milling section needing repairs, use AB3 and seal over. Douglas County, Dough Stephens and Don Towns recommended tearing up area to be repaired, 4” AB3, 4” asphalt, then chip/seal; excess oil used on Elmore was a problem – pooled on side of street; after discussion the council instructed Justin to proceed with Clark Street with an AB3 base then overlay.
Insurance cost not available for lift stations at this time.
RWD Shed: Justin is to get estimates to repair roof; Dirk Bowser was recommended for Justin to contact for an estimate.

Communications: After discussion the council requested the City Attorney to send a letter to Mr. John Chaney regarding his property on Southcrest Dr. It is recommended the garage/shop/storage shed be secured to prevent personal injuries. Also request the drainage tube to be installed on Boone Street property be completed and landscape yard so it can be maintained. Sewer and water connections have not been made at this location.

Tim mentioned the treasurer position had not had a pay increase in some time. After discussion Jennifer made a motion to increase the treasurer position to $12.00 per hour. Jimmy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Keystone Learning Services: It was noted newspaper articles had stated Keystone would be moving in June. The director will be contacting their attorney and then get in touch with the city.

No one will be attending the Gov. Body Institute.

It was noted that Jimmy fixed the historical picture frame. The picture is now hanging in the courthouse in Lawrence.

Jennifer requested $100 for flowers to be planted around the sign. Tim made a motion to approve $100 for flowers around the sign. Christy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

8:47 P.M. Elsie made a motion to adjourn. Jimmy seconded the motion and the motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Sandy Nichols, City Clerk

Elsie mentioned some Kansas Legislators would be in Lecompton May 20, 2011 at 8:30 A.M.