September 18th, 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, Mary Jane Hoffer, Susie Hackathorn and Elsie Middleton were present at roll call. Council Member Jimmy Wilkins was absent. The following were also present: City Clerk Lynley Sanford, City Superintendent Rance Roberts and City Attorney Jeff Heiman. Residents or township members included Kathy Paslay, Greg Howard, Vickie and Troy Clark, George and Rita Mathews, Kim Richter, Chris Tilden

Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the September 5, 2017 City Council Meeting Minutes, Elsie Middleton seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays

Tim McNish motioned to approve the bills before the council. Susie Hackathorn seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays

Troy and Vickie Clark spoke with the council in regards to zoning use for the central business district. Currently zoning code does not allow for a farm winery. After discussion about who would start the potential process for amending the zoning ordinance; Susie Hackathorn motioned to request the planning commission hold a meeting to address a change to the text amendment to allow farm winery as an additional use for the central business district. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

A group of property owners and soon to be property owners of the Central Business district spoke to the council regarding water accounts for the building formerly known as the Shaner building. As each unit is sold to individuals, the question that arises is how will the utility billing work? Currently the utility bill is provided by one bill delivered and paid by Dorothy Shaner’s daughter Beth LaCava. After much discussion the council was unable to discover the best course of action. It was asked the matter be placed on the next agenda for October.

During the September 5th meeting Kim Richter, Kim Ens and Chris Tilden spoke to the council about a no smoking policy for the City Park. Kim Richter re-briefed the council regarding the matter of adopting a no smoking policy for the City Park and City open spaces. The general consensus of the city council was to adopt a policy, so it was asked that a draft policy be drawn up for the next council meeting to be adopted. The City Clerk will check with KDHE about ordering free signs for the park. The City Clerk is to check with USD 343 and Lecompton Historical Society if they would like signs as well.

Greg Howard with the Lecompton Community Pride previously asked the council to check with Westar about hanging banners on about a dozen poles along Woodson and Elmore streets. Greg brought forward an example of the style of banner interested in hanging. The city clerk provided Greg with a copy of the contract and terms that Westar provided.
Elsie Middleton motioned to approve the process of hanging the banners, assuming the pole agreement is acceptable for the city. Pride will purchase the banners and the city employees with the assistance of Westar will hang the banners. Susie seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

Greg also mentioned that December 8th the State Pride representatives will be visiting.

Jeff Heiman
– Nuisance properties update:
o Hatcher 130 E. Woodson – notice was hand delivered, we can take action at the next council meeting.
o Ragan 344 Clark – The City Attorney felt it was best to address the weed nuisance and environmental code so a better assessment of the trailer house could be made. A nuisance violation was sent via certified return receipt and first class mail regarding the matter.
o Janes 410 E. Woodson – The City Attorney indicated the last letter sent was on July 24th, no additional letters have been sent, because of the time allotted for improvement. The City Council will reassess at the next council meeting.

Rance –
– Discussed the Salt Brine tank at water plant – is working towards figuring out what is needed for repairs.
– Lift station on 2nd street is scheduled to be repaired for Tuesday.
– It was asked that Rance take a look at the North entrance to the alley between Elmore and Halderman.
– Rance will be taking time off from October 10th-17th

Lynley –
– Lynley will be gone Friday October 6th but will be back in the office for Monday October 9th.
– It was asked that Lynley send a letter to the owners for weed nuisance at 110 E. Seventh St.

Old Business
– No old business

New Business
– Shane Jones was present to talk about Air B N’B opportunities. His wife Amy was thinking about on occasion renting out a private room in their home a week. The general consensus of the council is as long as it doesn’t create a nuisance and doesn’t affect anything outside the home, they see no need to regulate it right now.
– Mary Jane Hoffer indicated she may not be at the next City Council Meeting.

8:25PM – Elsie Middleton motioned to adjourn. Susie Hackathorn seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk