June 1st, 2020 City Council Meeting Minutes


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. There were no residents or township members in attendance. Members that watched online included Darrick Whitely, Paulette Ogilvie; Troy Clark; Jack Oglesby; Jessica Herschell; and Tina Bartlett.

Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the meeting minutes for the May 18th, 2020. Matt Roberts seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

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

Jeff Heiman –
– Reviewed letter sent to township resident whose dogs came into town and attacked a dog registered with the City Office in that dogs yard.

Rance Roberts –
– Tree in Pioneer Cemetery needs removed. Council asked to obtain bids from Shamrock and Massie Tree service for complete removal.
– Well update: after discussing the water quality analysis report and opinions from experts in the industry the council decided to put the well into service after flushing the lines and see how much water the well produces and keep on schedule to pig lines and acidize.
– Discussed issues with water plant softeners. There is excess media in one of the softener tanks, need to work to remove excess media. Think maybe badger meter issue, will work to contact badger meter company in Ohio. Council person suggested contacting Delia Kansas superintendent, believe they have softeners in their water plant also. May be able to troubleshoot problems.

Lynley Sanford –
– Council reviewed the Vosker camera plans for video surveillance. Stephanie Confer motioned to approve the $15/month plans for each camera. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Council reviewed bids for abating the nuisance (property cleanup) at 339 Halderman. City attorney Jeff Heiman suggested that the city receive consent from the property owner and applying for an administrative warrant for clean up. The council discussed how long they would allow Mr. Trendel to cleanup the property before moving forward. Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to proceed after June 8th, 2020 if property owner Greg Trendel does not adequately begin property cleanup at 339 Halderman. Mayor Jimmy Wilkins will notify Greg Trendel of the decision. Matt Roberts seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Disucssed utility shut off plan on past due accounts from COVID-19. State executive order of protection has expired. No new protection. Council asked that an in kind letter be sent to past due accounts, requested they contact city hall to make payment arrangements if need be.

Old Business –
– Resident Mark Tunstall called the City office asking when his water meter cleanout would be installed. Council agreed that Mark was promised one, and asked that one be installed. Superintendent Rance Roberts discussed with the City Council the lack of waterline main maps for the southern Whitfield subdivision. Rance knows where to block out the water tower, but has not found the shutoff valve for that southern part of the street.

New Business –
– Wayne Riley’s position on Douglas County Emergency Management Board was up for re-appointment. Own Mallonee motioned to re-appoint Wayne Riley to the board as the City of Lecompton’s representative. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Mayor Jimmy Wilkins discussed thoughts on creating a HAPI grant which would provide cleanup and improvement opportunities in the community. City Attorney Jeff Heiman said he would look into some other city funded grant opportunities and the Clerk would poll the clerk list serve.
– Building permit no. 20-285 for Volle – 335 Halderman. New construction after existing structure is demolished. Council reviewed permit and building plans.
Stephanie Confer motioned to approve the building permit, Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Council member Stephanie Confer stated she would not be attending the next council meeting on June 15th.

8:16 PM – Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to adjourn. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk