August 15, 2011 LECOMPTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
6:45 P.M. Mayor Mark L. Tunstall brought the 2012 Budget Hearing to order. Council Members Jimmy Wilkins, Tim McNish, Elsie Middleton, Jennifer Smith and Christy Mallonee were present. The following were also present: City Clerk Sandy Nichols, City Superintendent Justin Van Winkle, City Attorney Lee Hendricks, City Engineer Brian Kingsley; residents Roy Paslay and Summer Skeet. After discussion regarding the 2012 Budget, Mayor Tunstall asked for public comments. There were no public comments regarding the 2012 budget. 7:00 PM the Public Hearing was closed.
7:00 PM Mayor Mark L. Tunstall brought the Lecompton City Council Regular Meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Jimmy Wilkins, Tim McNish, Elsie Middleton, Jennifer Smith and Christy Mallonee were present. The following were also present: City Clerk Sandy Nichols, City Superintendent Justin Van Winkle, City Attorney Lee Hendricks, City Engineer Brian Kingsley; residents Roy Paslay and Summer Skeet.
Jimmy Wilkins made a motion to approve the August 1, 2011 Minutes. Elsie Middleton seconded the motion and the vote passed 4 yeas, 0 nays, Jennifer Smith abstained.
It was noted an invoice to SKW was being paid. After discussion, Jennifer made a motion to approve the bills before them. Christy Mallonee seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Whitfield Grant Project; Brian Kingsley shared bids that were opened Friday Aug 12, 2011 for the Whitfield Grant Project. Mr. Kingsley stated RD Johnson Excavating was the low bid of $266,722.18. Mr. Kingsley stated his company has worked with RD Johnson Excavating and would recommend the council proceed with this bid. There was discussion regarding possible work that could be included with the grant work. This will be discussed once the initial project has started and a better idea of soil compaction. Jennifer made a motion to award the Whitfield construction project to RD Johnson Excavating Co., Inc. in the amount of $266,722.18 and authorizing construction of the Base Bid work plus the Add Alternate #1 and Add Alternate #2 work. Tim McNish seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Jimmy made a motion to adopt Ordinance #808 attesting to increase in tax revenue for the year 2012 budget. Christy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Darren Kelley: Mr. Kelley was present to ask about city water rates and rates at Ascentia (Mobile Lodge Community). After discussion the council thanked Mr. Kelley but did not believe there was anything the city could do.
Summer Skeet: Ms. Skeet was present to discuss concern someone was using her water when she was not at home. After discussion the council stated there was nothing they could do. The council offered for Ms. Skeet to take payment for six months on the bill. This would be in addition to her regular monthly billing. No late charge will be charged on the excess water use billing. However, if the monthly bill is not paid by the 10th of the month late charges will be added to the account for that months billing.
Roy Paslay was present requesting to put a porch on a business located at 336 Elmore. If the property owner is okay with the porch the council approves. The council would like for the porch to be similar to the porch at city hall. It was noted also that the Kansas State Historical Society would need to approve the addition as it is within 500’ of Constitution Hall. Mr. Paslay will do this and submit a drawing.
It was noted Coffman property and Hatcher properties need watching. The council is to view before the September 6, 2011 meeting.
Township building on Woodson Ave. – A council member was asked why the property is advertised “light commercial”. Also if the property is sold it will need within the city codes. Lee will study the zoning classification.
The city clerk is requested to send a letter to Wood “n Stuff owner requesting grass and weeds be in compliance with city codes.
The city clerk is to send a letter to Carl Bahnmaier requesting property he owns on 7th Street be in compliance with city codes. Metal, refrigerators, etc need to be cleared.
The council requested resolutions are prepared by the city attorney for property owned by Ernest Smith and Jeff Goodrick.
Bill Roberts: Two vehicles remaining on the property are tagged. It is possible one untagged vehicle remains on the property. The council is still concerned about a shed that is leaning and considered dangerous.
Herman Morris: will contact regarding issues with his renters on Boone Street.
Chaney: certified letter was returned unclaimed regarding property in Southcrest development to spray and mow. It is likely the same letter sent regular mail was received. There was discussion regarding requirements for city employees to spray within the city. Jennifer believes the city is exempt from requirement of certification. Jennifer will verify this. After discussion regarding the next procedure and the cost for publication for mowing/spraying of this property, Jimmy made a motion to proceed with a resolution to mow/spray and clean up of this property. Christy seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
It is approved and recommended “If you do not contact the city regarding this notice by (date), this information will be forwarded to the city attorney and costs will be charged to you” be added to nuisance letters. Before adding to non-nuisance letters the city attorney should approve.
Justin: % from funds for salary was shared; dump truck would not start without pulling and is at Doug’s Truck & Equipment; a 2003 Chevy 1/2T, 4 wheel drive, automatic, 60,000ish miles for $11,000 is located at Federal Surplus. Jimmy made a motion to purchase the 2003 Chevy Truck from Federal Surplus. Tim seconded the motion and the vote passed 3 yeas, 2 nays.
Communications: Council approves Elsie appealing a letter requesting financial information regarding the Lecompton Post Office and placing it on city letter head.
Building permit and inspections will need to be done for new agricultural building within the city limits.
It was noted by a council member two children with a pit bull turned the dog loose while walking it. It was also noted the dog had been loose on other occasions and the owner is aware the dog is a problem. The city clerk noted a letter had been sent to the owner and there had been no responsible to the request of proof of insurance. Lee will send a letter.
9:14 a motion for 10 minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel was made, seconded and approved.
9:24 open session resumed
9:24 a motion for 10 minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel was made, seconded and approved.
9:27 Council Member Christy Mallonee left the meeting
9:34 open session resumed
9:37 a motion for 5 minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel was made, seconded and approved.
9:42 open session resumed
After discussion the council decided at the September 6 meeting to select 3 or 4 top applicants to start interviewing in September.
9:54 P.M. Jimmy made a motion to adjourn. Jennifer seconded the motion and the vote passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.