May 15, 2017 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 Tim McNish, Jimmy Wilkins, 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. City or township residents included Paul Bahnmaier, Rita & George Mathews, Roy & Marsha Paslay, and Linda Kroeger.

Jimmy Wilkins motioned to approve the April 17, 2017 minutes. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nay.

Susie Hackathorn motioned to approve the May 5, 2017 minutes. Elsie Middleton seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Jimmy Wilkins motioned to approve the bills before the council. Tim McNish seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Mayor Sandy Jacquot reappointed Lynley Sanford as City Clerk, Rance Roberts as City Superintendent and Jeff Heiman as City Attorney.
Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the appointments. Elsie Middleton seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Paul Bahnmaier approached the council with concern regarding the price increases as determined by the State of Kansas for the cost of touring all the State Historic Site including Constitution Hall. Concern is that price increases for tours will also have an effect on tourism for our local historical site Territorial Capital Museum. Guided tour prices are increasing from $2 to $8. The price increase will have a large affect on the small businesses and even possibly the church. Paul asked if the council would write an impact letter and have the counsel and business members sign it. He would like the letters sent to the Kanas State Senators at their home addresses.
Additionally, the Lecompton Historical Society is planning to replace the Lecompton Sign, and asked if the City would cost share some of the expense.
Susie Hackathorn motioned to donate $3000 towards a new sign. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Rance –
– Brine tank at water plant is leaking: discussion about what options there are. Consider calling honeybee to suck out remaining salt in brine tank to have it patched. Rita Mathews suggested calling KRWA – council agreed that was a great idea and to consult with a representative there first. Once a solution is figured out – Do it, so there is time to study for wastewater exam on Thursday.
– High Service Pump locked up – Patchen has already removed it and is looking to repair it. The council asked Rance to double check to see if the pump had a warranty on it, since it was previously repaired.
– Wastewater exam is Thursday in McPherson, Kansas.

Lynley –
– Reminder that candidates up for re-election (Sandy, Tim and Elsie) need to file with the County Clerks office by noon on June 1st.
– Reviewed Salt bid that we partnered with Douglas County on. Jimmy Wilkins motioned to approve awarded Salt bidder Central Salt for road salt. Else Middleton seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Old Business
– Property/Yard nuisances: Reviewed timeline for Belinda Janes nuisances waiting for letter from City attorney Jeff Heiman before continuing. Letter sent to Dennis Hatcher and his son Jamie Hatcher. Letter to Jamie was returned. Had sent the letter to Jamie to an Oskaloosa address, and was informed by a council member that he currently lives in Perry.
– Received a complaint about the grass height at the small trailer park on Clark Street. The council requested that a nuisance letter be sent to the property owner.
– Discussed other properties with yard issues – Troy Pfeffers and William Willis. The Council requested that letters be sent to both residences.
– Concern about a black car with expired tags sitting in the ditch at 311 Halderman. Council requested that a letter be sent to the residence.
– Discussed gas line cap off at PRIDE under the old green house area. Council requested that a letter go ahead and be sent to request removal whether or not the City will be charged.

New Business
– Modern home sales will be parking roughly ½ a house on Elmore St. for a few hours on Tuesday. Council didn’t see any problem with this.

7:53 PM – Susie Hackathorn motioned to adjourn. Elsie Middleton seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk