City of Lecompton Minutes April 6, 2020


7:00 P.M. Mayor Jimmy Wilkins brought the Lecompton City Council Meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Mary Jane Hoffer, Stephanie Confer, Matt Roberts and Owen Mallonee were present at roll call. Council member Tim McNish was absent. The following were also present: City Clerk Lynley Sanford, City and Superintendent Rance Roberts. City council meeting was live streamed on Facebook. Residents or township members that commented included Lori Wilkins, Greg Howard and Leo Pollard.

Matt Roberts motioned to approve the meeting minutes for the March 16th, 2020. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays

Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the bills before the City Council. Matt Roberts seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

City attorney reported that the letter requested to be sent to Dereck Goss at 301 Elmore had been sent.

Rance Roberts –
– Discussed with council about getting a dog kennel for stray dogs that are picked up in the community that we hold for 24hrs before taking to the pound. General consensus of the council is to get a dog kennel and install at a convenient location at the water plant.
– We have had some trespassing issues at the lagoons, Rance discussed the thought of getting cellular motion censored game cameras or security cameras at the lagoons. City Council agreed that this should be looked into because we need to be able to see what is going on down there with the minor criminal trespass issues we have had.
– Council reviewed the water tower report from the inspection that happened in June of 2019. The overall review of the water tower was that it is in good shape, but we will need to consider painting/resurfacing and some rust repairs in about 2 years (2021)
– Rance provided an update regarding the City well repairs. The well has been repaired, Alexander will be taking 2 samples to the KDHE for testing and if the water samples come back okay, we will be able to put the well back in order.

Lynley Sanford –
– No new updates

Old Business –
– Resolution 307 for traffic control on Seventh Street was reviewed. The resolution will allow installation of a 3 way stop to create safer passage for pedestrians. Owen Mallonee motioned to approve resolution 307. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas/0 nays.
– COVID 19- Updates regarding exposure and current infection rates, what the city office is doing to help prevent or reduce exposure.

New Business –

– Council discussed part time employee Sharron Roberts, at the previous council meeting the council discussed raises for full time personnel. The Mayor would like to see an increase overall for part time employees.
Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to increase the pay rate for part time employee Sharron Roberts to $12.50 per hours. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 3 yeas, 0 nays, 1- abstain (Matt Roberts)

– Mayor Jimmy Wilkins spoke with the council regarding his decision to hire for the part time temporary superintendent position. He had concerns allowing people into the office to drop off or pickup applications, and exposure risks to perform interviews. He made the executive decision to hire Nick Sanford for part time temporary employment to help Rance get some things caught up.
Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the hiring of Nick Sanford, Owen Mallonee seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
– The council discussed the possibility of infrastructure improvements. The opportunity to use stimulus money in the future that may be released from the Federal Governments to improve the community. Some thoughts on what we would use the stimulus money for: Sidewalk look around Lecompton; possible storm-water control and sidewalk along one side of 7th street (from Whitfield to Woodson).
Pave Elmore, Repair Bridge on Elmore St. Build City Maintenance shop so we can have equipment and space to work in.
– Pay for City Council member assistance. We have had some City Council members help with various needs for the City, and Mayor Jimmy was looking for the best way to reimburse those individuals for their time. He asked that City Attorney Jeff Heiman look into reimbursement abilities. At this time, it is set by City Code and Ordinance how City Council members can be reimbursed. There is a conflict of interest to pay council members hourly for their assistance. The best way to address this would be if the member felt they needed reimbursed, to invoice the city, and then the City would pay through record of ordinance.

8:36 PM – Stephanie Confer motioned to adjourn. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk