July 17, 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 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, City Superintendent Rance Roberts and City Attorney Jeff Heiman. Residents or township members included George and Rita Mathews, Lori Wilkins, Taylor Dietz & Anna Clary, Troy & Vickie Clark, Troy Pfeffer, Valerie Pfeffer, Jamin Nally, Kevin Confer, Carol & Greg Howard, Dustin & Chrissie Gruver, Brad Goodrick, and Ron Skinner.

Jimmy Wilkins motioned to approve the June 5th & June 19th, 2017 City Council Meeting Minutes, Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion. Elsie Middleton clarified that Ellen Duncan does not personally have the key to the PRIDE building. Karen McConnell who is the coordinator for Mrs. Duncan’s Painting class has the key.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the bills before the council. Elsie Middleton seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Jim Long presented the 2018 Budget –the council reviewed the rough draft, and Jim Long discussed the new State tax cap. The general consensus of the council was to finalize the 2018 budget as is and have it available at the next meeting on July 17th to be approved for budget hearing in August.
Council discussed moving more money into the capital improvement plan fund. Council will review the City’s financial status in October or November and determine what dollar amount to transfer.

Jimmy Wilkins – Made a formal request and provided consent to annex a portion of his property into the City limits. Council discussed and consented to having the City Attorney draw up an ordinance for the next council meeting to include the requested portion of land to be annexed into the City Limits.

Rance –
– KDHE came last Friday to inspect the discharge pond for the water plant. Inspector said everything looked good, suggested maybe putting up a fence around the discharge pond and spraying for weeds.

Lynley –
– Clarified with the City Council that yes, we should be advertising for part time help.

Old Business
– Property concerns:
Belinda Janes: House re-shingled, working on siding issues. Reviewed discussion topics between City Attorney and Mrs. Janes. Council requested that City Attorney communicate to Mrs. Janes that as long as the City continues to see evidence of progress with improving the property then abatement process will be paused. If progress seems to stop then council will continue to take action. Also note that the front porch is an issue, it is an eyesore and although not used it is still unsafe. It is considered more important than the siding.
Dennis Hatcher property regarding weed/grass height, has not improved. Council requested that City Attorney send a nuisance abatement letter.
Pat Ragan and Gail Thompkins both received the certified letter from the city regarding weed/grass height, horse trailer and trailer house that is in dis-repair. They have 10 days to respond will review situation at next council meeting.
Bill Willis property – council was divided on improvements. No action taken at this time.
Troy Pfeffer – some progress has been made, some obvious signs of cleanup, council will continue to monitor.
Dusty Gruver – discussed items on property, no further action at this time. Put on next meeting agenda.
Jeff Morris – has cleaned up the rock wall that fell down.

New Business
– Next council meeting scheduled for July 3rd, 2017 – majority of council indicated they would be out of town, so we would not have enough members present for a quorum. Next Council meeting will be July 17th, 2017.
Tim McNish motioned to cancel the next council meeting on July 3rd 2017 and approved the normal bills and payroll be paid. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays
– Council requested the City Clerk ask if the City Attorney can attend the council meeting on July 17th.
– Council reviewed information packet from Taylor Dietz who bought property on North Jones Street and is planning on building a house. Council discussed some concerns and looks forward to meeting with Taylor at the next council meeting.
– Jimmy Wilkins spoke with Jessica Mortinger with the Douglas County MPO regarding a representative for the City of Lecompton with the biking group. They are going to continue with the representative that has been presiding for the City of Lecompton.
– Wayne Riley appointment for representing the City of Lecompton on the Douglas County Emergency Management board was expiring. Jimmy Wilkins motioned to appoint Wayne Riley as the City of Lecompton’s representative for the Board. Susie Hackathorn seconded the motion
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Reviewed complaint about the Lecompton Mobile Home Park, council indicated a heads up should be provided to Lana Keever, property manager.
– KDHE sent a letter informing the City of Lecompton that Environmental Labs is no longer a certified laboratory service provider. And they no longer have their field lab certification. We need to look into contracting with another laboratory.
– The League of Kansas Municipalities sent a letter indicating that there was no increase in base charges for cities of the 3rd class increased for membership dues.

8:15PM –Susie motioned to go into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.
8:25PM – Mayor Sandy Jacquot brought the regular council meeting back to order. The general consensus of the council is to wait for more applications for the permanent part time opening.

8:26PM – Jimmy Wilkins motioned to adjourn. Elsie Middleton seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk