August 15, 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 Jamin Nally, Michelle Derusseau, Kent and Pamela Wingert, David and Diana Swisher, and Greg Howard

Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the August 1st, , 2016 minutes. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

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

Greg Howard – Announced to the City Council that the Howard Family, as part of Nancy Howards memorial, will be purchasing and installing a chandelier for the theater in the Lecompton Community Pride building. He requested since it is a purchase for a building the City owns, if they purchase may be made tax exempt. The consensus of the council was yes, the purchase should be tax exempt. Greg also took a moment to recognize the great effort of the volunteer group that makes up the PRIDE committee, they put in long tireless hours to maintain the building, a hardworking phenomenal group, which has accomplished great things and managed the building for over 3 years now. Things that will be happening around the PRIDE building; Looking into partnering with the Mason PRIDE grant program, that may provide the PRIDE group with a $2000 grant to purchase more chairs and caddy’s. The rock area to the north of the parking area will have plants put in there, stump on the east bank working with the superintendent to get that removed, would like someone to inspect the roof just to make sure it is in good repair. Councilman Jimmy Wilkins felt this was also important to check into because shingles have been blown off, and although patched, it would be good to have it officially inspected. Additionally a work day to thoroughly clean the PRIDE building will be held on Sunday August 28th at 1pm if anyone would like to help out.

Rance –
– Updates: Park graffiti on the 3 spring rides that we just refurbished/installed. Council Woman Elsie Middleton mentioned that someone vandalized the Stone Jail on the State Historical Site at Constitution Hall. Council requested that the Douglas County Sherriff’s department increase patrol’s for a few weeks.
– Street repairs, may not get all done before chip n’ seal happens
– Need sonar for duckweed

Lynley –
– SouthCrest Subdivision plat vacation or partial road vacation. Work with City attorney to see if vacating a partial road in a platted subdivision is allowable. Have City Attorney Jeff look at KSA 12-504. Revisit next council meeting.
Old Business –
– Council reviewed tree service bids for deadwood the trees in the park. Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to go with Shamrock tree service entire bid as bid, includes removing the maple and stump grinding, provided they show proof of insurance.
Elsie Middleton seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Elsie Middleton requested while the tree service is here, if they would take a look at the elm west of the former rural high-school that is leaning towards the building to get their opinion if it needs to come down or if it will be okay.
– Dog complaint: Diana and Mike Leming are having an issue with their neighbors at 534 Whitfield putting their dog out to use the bathroom and then it comes in Mike and Diana’s yard to relieve itself. They would like this stopped. Council agreed that a letter should be sent to both Dorothy and Bill Smith as property owners and to Brendan as tenant.
New Business
– Valor first responder awards and appreciation event, to be held on Friday September 16, 2016
Michelle Derussau asked if the city would make a proclamation for first responder appreciation week on 9/11/2016-9/17/2016
Council agreed we would have it available at next council meeting
– Summer foods program: Mary Jane Hoffer provided an update on the program. Total kids served for the summer was 350 meals and 100 adult meals.
– Elsie Middleton asked if property owners are supposed to mow the area between the side walk and street, or at least keep the grass short. Council said yes, it was indicated that this needs to be visited at the next council meeting.
– Jimmy Wilkin motioned to pay out 80 hours of Rance’s Comp time in a separate check, Susie seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

7:55 PM – Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to adjourn. Elsie Middleton seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk