September 5, 2017 City Council Meeting Minutes


7:00 P.M. Council President Jimmy Wilkins brought the Lecompton City Council Meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Jimmy Wilkins, Tim McNish, Mary Jane Hoffer, and Elsie Middleton were present at roll call. Council Member Susie Hackathorn was absent. The following were also present: City Clerk Lynley Sanford and City Superintendent Rance Roberts. Residents or township members included Lori Wilkins, Jennifer Smith, Kim Richter, Kim Ens, Chris Tilden and Casey Pollard.

Elsie Middleton motioned to approve the August 21st, 2017 City Council Meeting Minutes, Tim McNish seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays

Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the bills before the council. Tim McNish seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays

Kim Richter, with Kim Ens and Chris Tilden spoke to the Lecompton City Council members about passing a policy or ordinance regarding a tobacco ban in the City Park and other public access areas. The council discussed the possibilities and decided to add to the next meeting agenda to discuss with all council members present. Chris Tilden mentioned Tobacco Free signs should be available through the State Health Department. The council mentioned contacting the school district and the historical society about putting up signs as well.

Rance –
– Salt Brine tank at water plant is finally getting low – council recommended scheduling someone from plas-tanks to come out and make the repairs because it may be 3 weeks before they can send someone out, so go ahead and get it scheduled.
– Lift station on 2nd street, also known as the one at Kevin Quigleys, the other motor went out, and there was water in the alarm box. Had Haynes come out and look at it. For $3800 they could rebuild the old grinder lift station, for $4800 they could install a new lift station, new box, and rewire the alarm panel. Mary Jane Hoffer motioned we replace the lift station with a brand new one with new wiring. Elsie Middleton seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Rance and Kevin Powell will be flushing fire hydrants overnight from 10:30pm-4:30pm on Wednesday and Friday

Lynley –
– The council discussed holding the Holiday Lighting contest, for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and the awards to be the same as the previous year. Elsie Middleton motioned to approve the Holiday Lighting contest and to the awards being the same as the previous year. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays
– Holiday Santa visit and cookies event was discussed; the council agreed they would like to hold the event again. Consensus was to hold the event on Saturday December 9th. Contact Jamin Nally with Aunt Netters for cookies, and see if his mother would like to be Mrs. Claus again this year. Also remember to contact Westar for Pole light decorations when it gets a little closer to Thanksgiving.

Old Business
– Property reviews – 3 Properties were up for review: Hatcher at 130 E. Woodson, Ragan at 344 Clark, and Janes 410 E. Woodson. After speaking with the City Attorney after the last meeting of August, letters were not sent, to allow more time for home owners to comply with previous letters. The council further discussed the Ragan property at 344 Elmore, some mowing had been completed, but the council still requests the dilapidated trailer house to be removed from the property.

New Business
– Council member Jimmy Wilkins indicated he would not be present at the next meeting in September, but requested it be noted that he does support the anti-smoking campaign for the City Park and Public access areas.
– It was requested by the council that Thank you letters, or letters of acknowledgement for improving the exterior home conditions be sent to Bill and Dorothy Smith for the home on Whitfield, Bob & Jennifer Folks for painting their home on Isacks, and Roy & Marsha Paslay for painting the home on Halderman.
– New properties were brought up in regards to weed nuisances. These included the homes at 710 and 708 Simons. The Falk estate on Whitfield and Eleanor Lohman’s home on Eisenhower. The weeds along the 7th street side of her yard are the issue.
– Casey Pollard approached the City Council to share with them that he with the assistance of Brian Kelley and some other friends that they will be hauling some campers that were owned by Troy Pfeffer to the North side of the Pollard’s property to tear down and scrap out to help pay for a final resting place for Troy Pfeffer. Casey estimated that it would take about 30 days. The City Council indicated that they would give him 30 days to do this.
8:06PM – Elsie Middleton motioned to adjourn. Tim McNish seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk