July 18th, 2016 City Council Meeting Minutes


7:00 P.M. Mayor Sandy Jacquot brought the Lecompton City Council Meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Jimmy Wilkins, Tim McNish, Mary Jane Hoffer, Susie Hackathorn and Elsie Middleton were present at roll call.. The following were also present: City Clerk Lynley Sanford and City Superintendent Rance Roberts. Residents or township members included Michelle Derusseau and Paul Bahnmaier.

Elsie Middleton motioned to approve the July 5th 2016 minutes with one correction. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Susie Hackathorn motioned to approve the bills before the council. Elsie Middleton seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Paul Bahnmaier – wanted to provide recognition to the City Employee’s and other community volunteers that help with keeping Lecompton beautiful; including the city employees and the county court help. There was a remark made by the assistant to Craig Weinaug about the City of Lecompton having a sales tax and a restaurant and what does our City provide to improve our community. Paul wanted to recognize that the community volunteers do a lot of things that help keep our town thriving. In regards to the I70 signs – they are currently up, but new signs are being built, so signs may be taken back down next week, and then new ones installed within 2 weeks.

Rance –
– Lagoon update: Duckweed is gone
– 2nd aerator is rebuilt, will have it back out in the pond soon – need to coordinate with township for backhoe use to put in aerator and remove tree in park and stump at PRIDE building.
– Council reminded Rance that he and Jessica both need Hepatitis A & B shots if dealing with sewer/lagoon issues.
– Took the 1-ton Chevy to Ed Bozarth in Topeka to figure out why the battery kept going dead. An axillary switch was on, got it figured out – should not be a problem now.
– Many signs throughout town will need to be replaced, probably purchase signs through company in Ottawa. Mayor Jacquot mentioned looking in the manual on traffic control devices to see if there are size requirements for some signs. Jimmy mentioned checking with Douglas County Public works to buy signs or even the City of Lawrence traffic division.
Lynley –
– Banking signatures
– Ordinance for sewer rate increase – review and discussion, council decided they would like the commercial rate to be increased one dollar as well.
– AT&T phone service rate increase.
– Community Building consideration for the Kansas State Historical Society will occur at the meeting on 8/13/2016.

Old Business
– 2017 Budget – Susie Hackathorn motioned to approve the Notice for Public Hearing regarding the 2017 Budget for August 1st at 6:45pm, Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

New Business –
– Tree removal/replacement in City park – Council went to look at tree but decided superintendent could handle removal.
– Thank you letter to Douglas County should be sent for installing the new signs for downtown Lecompton.
– Splash pad considerations
– Susie Hackathorn had questions relating to yard setbacks – Front yard is considered from which direction? – council consensus was from the direction of the front door. Does the City require a demolition permit? – No –Jimmy Wilkins mentioned concern regarding demolition of old houses that may have asbestos building materials. Like tile, plumbing, insulation, siding etc. recommended hiring an approved contractor that is certified in removal of homes with such potential.
– Elsie Middleton had a couple community questions: Would the City of Lecompton do something about removing/relocating the fox’s in the community – consensus of the council is No; Would the City of Lecompton force an individual to remove a confederate flag from their property, general consensus of the council is – NO, it’s not constitutional.
– It was asked that Cox Communication be notified about tree branches on communication line at 2nd and Halderman.

7:47 PM – Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to adjourn. Elsie Middleton seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk