February 5, 2018 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, Jimmy Wilkins, Susie Hackathorn and Elsie Middleton were present at roll call. The following were also present: City Clerk Lynley Sanford, Superintendent Rance Roberts, City Attorney Jeff Heiman, City Accountant Jim Long. Residents or township members include Casey Pollard and Dustin Cox.

Elsie Middleton motioned to approve the January 16th, 2018 City council Meeting Minutes. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion with corrections.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

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

City accountant Jim Long presented the 2017 year-end financial audit. No violations were found.

Jeff Heiman –
– Update regarding the Ragan/Thompkins property cleanup. The certified return receipt has until February 7th to be collected. After February 7th the City Council can move forward.
– At a previous meeting a question came up regarding Belinda Janes property and the existing order of violation. The requests for repairs on the existing order of violation have been met. If new concerns are present, a new order of violation would be needed.
– Jeff Heiman mentioned that there is a possibility of a Senate bill to be proposed that will allow for flexibility in January for oaths of office which means we may be able to drop the extra meeting in January.

Rance –
– Chip n’ seal roads for 2018/Bid with Douglas County and Road Repairs. Consensus of the Council is to have Rance review the condition of the roads south of Woodson Ave and create a priority list and total mile’s that would be done. If it is decided that Jones street should be included, it would need to be double chip and sealed.

Lynley –
-No updates

Old Business
– No old business to review.

New Business
– The planning commission still has 1 vacancy. If any council members have any ideas or suggestions for a possible member please contact the City Clerk. The new member needs to live within the City Limits.
– City employee health insurance through Blue Cross and Blue Shield is up for renewal. The council reviewed the plan and the cost increase. Elsie Middleton motioned to approve renewing the health insurance. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Dave and Cynthia Glenn called in a complaint regarding the neighbor across the street at 202 E. Seventh indicating the property has too many junk, untagged vehicles. The City Council requested that a kind letter be sent to the Chronister’s.
– A dog complaint was called in on Clayton Payne at 344 Clark “D”. Indicated that 5 dogs were in the home and they were being kenneled 22 hours a day. It was suggested 2 of the dogs are vicious, the breeds are 2-pitbulls, 1-chow; 1-bull terrier and 1 Chihuahua. It was indicated the Douglas County Sherriff’s department had been out because of these dogs, and the owner of these dogs reportedly told the deputy that at least one of his dogs was vicious. The Council asked that City Attorney Jeff Heiman send a letter to the owner of the dogs regarding nuisance, number dogs, vicious dogs, and keeping of animals.
– Summer Foods program is scheduled to begin in June and run through July providing lunches twice a week. The council discussed donations for this year. Susie Hackathorn motioned to donate $300 to the summer foods program. Jimmy Wilkins seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays – 1 abstain.
– A complaint regarding Pat Ragan evicting the people renting at 344 Clark “D”. Tennant Ashley Cox said they were being evicted because they had been making improvements to the trailer house that is close to not being habitable, so they were taking the money out of what they owed for rent and Pat served them with a 10 day eviction notice. Dustin Cox was present at the meeting and indicated the eviction had not yet been served. But did express concern over the habitable conditions of the trailer home. The council indicated that this is a landlord/tenant issue and Mr. Cox’s best route would be to seek legal assistance with Kansas Legal Service/Aid or the K.U. or Washburn student law clinics.
After more discussion about the condition of the property they are living in and an adjacent trailer that is visibly in disrepair the council requested a letter be sent to Mr. Pat Ragan and Gail Thompkins.
– Peoples bank was purchased and is becoming Bank of the Midwest.
– KMIT – send us a 10 year membership plaque.

8:11PM – Elsie Middleton motioned to adjourn. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk