City Council meeting Minutes December 2, 2019


7:00 P.M. Mayor Sandy Jacquot brought the Lecompton City Council Meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Mary Jane Hoffer, Elsie Middleton, Jimmy Wilkins, Stephanie Confer and Tim McNish 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 attending included Barbara Hatcher and Simon Orr

Elsie Middleton motioned to approve the meeting minutes for the November 18th, 2019. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Tim McNish motioned to approve the bills before the City Council. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Jeff Heiman –
– Provided an update regarding a zoning regulation question that Barbara Hatcher had at a previous meeting. The question Barbara had brought up in the zoning regulations conflicted with the R-1 zoning district regulations. Jeff indicated that when conflicting zoning regulations occur, the City will follow the most restrictive provisions per our regulations in Article IV. Barbara Hatcher requested that a copy of that regulation be sent to her. Barbara brought up that Douglas County allows accessory dwellings for care takers so they may have a residence on the same property as one with an existing dwelling. She asked if the council would consider making a text amendment to the zoning to allow this in our community. The council did not express interest in pursuing such zoning change.

Rance Roberts –
– Lift station at water plant, still working on finding where the water washes back from. Lift station is out for service, no updates from Haynes.

Lynley Sanford –
– Santa and park lighting event is still on for Saturday December 7th at 6:30pm. Will do prestaging on Friday after office hours.

Old Business –
– Council woman Elsie Middleton asked that letter be sent concerning yard conditions at the following properties: Allen Jack, Beverly Stauffer, Jamie Hatcher, Dustin Gruver, and the property own by Jeff Morris on Woodson.
– Council discussed transferring funds from general or water fund to the equipment reserve and capital improvement fund. Did we budget for it? Is it allowed? Put on next agenda for review.
– Two bids were available for the review for a water softener for the boiler at the PRIDE building. Jimmy Wilkins motioned to approved the bid for the Culligan MK915 for $925.00 + the install fee of $445. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Dave with Freidmont Chemical did agree to come out and test our water to see where we’re at (for $400/trip). The council asked that for now we wait on the auto chemical feed pump. When the water softener is installed and has had a chance to run for a bit, then have Dave come out and test our water quality. Then we will decide how to proceed with the chemical maintenance needs of the boiler.
– Men’s toilets in PRIDE building on 1st floor. There is an issue with the drain offset. A bid from SAMCO was provided. Jimmy Wilkins motioned to go with the SAMCO bids for repairs to the PRIDE building 1st floor men’s bathroom. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– 1st floor bathroom windows in both the Men’s and Woman’s bathroom need replaced. Larry Wilson was suggested as a carpenter who would be interested in doing the work. He is not licensed or insured. The council discussed and decided that we need someone who is licensed or insured to do the work in case of injury. Council suggested asking Mark Kasson and Jeff Pattin to do the work.
– City Council discussed paying out employees remaining vacation. Elsie Middleton motioned to approve paying out remaining vacation time. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
New Business –
– Jimmy Wilkins approached the council to request permission to shoot off fireworks on Saturday 12/7/2019 for an event that he was holding. Stephanie Confer motioned to provide permission to shoot off fireworks, Elsie Middleton seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays, Jimmy Wilkins abstained. Jimmy asked for a letter, the Mayor said she would sign it, and asked that Jimmy inform the Sherriff and Fire departments
– Mayor Sandy asked the City Council if they would be interested in seeing financial reports for the PRIDE committee on a monthly basis. There aren’t any concerns over there financial practices, but being an entity within the municipal government she felt it was a good idea that the council have knowledge of is going on. Financial reports are provided from Kim monthly and are approved by the board. Once the PRIDE group has approved them, they can forward to the City Clerk.
– City Council discussed the possibility of a full time assistant for the Superintendent Rance Roberts. Considering a full time or 30 hr. per week person. Council decided to discuss in another 30-60 days.
– It was mentioned that the school buses and vans have been driving in excess speeds up Woodson Ave. It was asked if a letter could be sent to the district offices regarding this matter.
8:13 PM – Elsie Middleton motioned to adjourn. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk