City Council Meeting Minutes May 4th, 2020


7:00 P.M. Mayor Jimmy Wilkins brought the Lecompton City Council Meeting to order at 327 Elmore, Lecompton, KS. Council Members Tim McNish, Mary Jane Hoffer, Stephanie Confer, Matt Roberts and Owen Mallonee were present at roll call. The following were also present: City Clerk Lynley Sanford, City Superintendent Rance Roberts and City Attorney Jeff Heiman. City council meeting was live streamed on Facebook. Residents or township members that commented included: Susan Wood, Kim Stewart, Lana Keever and Kelly Case. John Hackathorn came into the meeting at 7:42pm.

Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the meeting minutes for the April 20th, 2020. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

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

The council reviewed a memo from Kathy Paslay first concern the property at 339 Halderman, especially the playhouse with the broken windows and trees growing up through it. The Council discussed options for preoperty cleanup and abatement of the nuisance. Attorney Jeff Heiman mentioned that the City may be able to partner with KDHE to assist with cost sharing of the cleanup project under the “landfill program”. He will provide more information on that. The Council asked that additional photos of the property be taken and a list of what needs to be addressed be made.
Tim McNish motioned to move forward with the property cleanup concerns at 339 Halderman. Mary Jane Hoffer the seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

The second note of Kathy Paslay’s memo was in regards to a mosquito trap to help control the mosquito population. Kathy has offered to hang 4 units in the park, but was asking if the City would be interested in purchasing any to hangup elsewhere in town. The council discussed and said to purchase 15 boxes (Pairs) when they come available.

Jeff Heiman – provided a refresher in regards to the process of the nuisance abatements.

Rance Roberts –
– No new updates – said he appreciates his part time help, things are moving along.

Lynley Sanford –
– The Board of Zoning appeals approved the special use permit for the event venue at 545 E. Seventh.

Old Business –
– Game camera review: The city council reviewed the information provided regarding Voskar game cameras and how the app works.
Matt Roberts motioned to approve purchasing 3 camera’s and having our security company install them according to the bid provided. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

New Business –
– Dog incident involved Tanya Hackathorn and the dogs at 416 Whitfield. The report of the incident was made prior and a letter was sent to the home/dog owners regarding the expectations from the City. The home/dog owners did call the City to share their side of the story, and they will provide proof of property liability insurance, not allow their dogs to run at large; when the dogs are out of the house they will be muzzled; they are also obtaining bids for a better fence so the dogs cannot get out. The information the city requested will be provided by the next council meeting.
– City council discussed the phases of reopening the City. At this time we are not reopening anything before the at least the next council meeting.
– Building permit application for permit number 20-284 – Mark Kasson – garage/accessory structure.
Council reviewed the plans and the setbacks. Tim McNish motioned to approve the permit. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Permit application for electrical inspection number 20-283 –Lecompton Mobile Home Park – Lot 11C
Matt Roberts motioned to approve the permit. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Council reviewed salt bid tablet and bid from Hutchinson Salt, Co.
Owen Mallonee motioned to approve the bid from Hutchinson Salt. Matt Roberts seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– City Clerk discussed with the City council the submitted infrastructure improvement interest letter to BG Consultants that will help book mark a spot regarding projects for CDBG. The work involved in bookmarking our potential projects won’t be free. It will cost a few thousand dollars up front, but hopefully will save us time and money if we are able to get grants to move forward on these projects. Garrett with G.A.S. did discuss doing a financial survey this summer, it is typically needed for projects anyway. The council agreed this is something we could move forward on.
– The City clerk noted that we did received our wastewater sample results back regarding COVID-19 genes. Our wastewater tested negative.
– John Hackathorn came in at 7:42pm, he spoke with the council regarding the dog incident with his daughter Tanya and revisited a previous issue his family experienced with pit bull dogs in town. The council reviewed what steps it was taking initially in regards to the dog issue.

7:54 PM – Tim McNish motioned to adjourn. Matt Roberts seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk