City of Lecompton City Council Meeting Minutes August 2, 2021


7:00 P.M. Mayor Jimmy Wilkins brought the Lecompton City Council Meeting to order at 327 Elmore St. Lecompton, KS. Council Members Tim McNish, Mary Jane Hoffer, Stephanie Confer, and Owen Mallonee were present at roll call. Councilman Matt Roberts was absent. The following were also present: City Clerk Lynley Sanford, City Superintendent Rance Roberts and City Attorney Jeff Heiman. Residents or township members in attendance included Susan Wood.

Stephanie Confer motioned to approve the meeting minutes for the July 19, 2021 with 2 small corrections. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays

Owen Mallonee motioned to approve the bills before the council, Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays

Old Business –
– Council reviewed bids for Lift station on 2nd street. Superintendent Rance Roberts mentioned KDHE had suggested we add hour meters to the lift station also. The council asked that hour meters be added to the bids and be added to next agenda.
– Council reviewed bids for moving power to the lagoon aerator pumps from the old utility pole to the new pole. 1 of the bids did not include the cost of the new contactors. Council asked that the cost of the connectors be added to the cost of the bid and they will review at the next council meeting.
– Council was provided a bid for the windows of the 1st floor bathrooms at the PRIDE building. Mayor Jimmy Wilkins said when he received the bid from Kennedy glass, it was a fair amount for cost of windows and installation he told Kennedy glass to order them and get them installed.
Mary Jane Hoffer made a motion to accept the bid from Kennedy glass, Stephanie Confer seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
– Alley updates behind 432 Elmore: City Council discussed options presented by Mayor Wilkins. 1: Do nothing, and have this come up again and again. 2: Cut out trees, have road built up and cut for drainage/ make full width/ lot of cost. 3: Move existing “retaining” wall east to the tree line, which is within the alley easement. Take out the 1 dead tree, add additional poles for retaining wall, build up the gravel and grade for natural water flow. Consider asphalt millings for pot hole repair.
Council would like to look at the alley again, get additional measurements, obtain some bids and make a determination at the next council meeting.
– Update on water operator sharing with Ozawkie – Rance visited with their Ozawkie’s new hire. He is certified small systems and will be testing for Class 1. He has experience with the City of Lawrence and Jefferson Co. Rural Water District. Rance has no issues covering for Ozawkie. General consensus was it was okay.
– Trick o’Treat on Elmore street – Yes, the City would like to hold the event again. Maybe ask Morgan Haney if she has some ideas, have businesses participate again, and reach out to the school district to see if sports teams or cheerleaders would like to hand out candy. We would like Sherriff and fire departments to be there if possible.

New Business –
– Zoom meeting regarding the Lawrence – Douglas County Fire/EMS – This zoom meeting is not for the Volunteer consolidated district. Some things the City might think about mentioning: Lecompton manned station; better response times; changes to ISO ratings; Local volunteers & training requirements; ambulance housed in Baldwin, could Lecompton also get an ambulance if our station is manned?

Jeff Heiman – Update on Greg Trendel property at 339 Halderman – Property sold at Sherriff sale. Lynley has been contacted by someone with Greater KC Realty. They are supposed to begin cleaning up the property. City Council still concerned about the habitability of the home. Interior conditions were so poor, concern over black mold and other respiratory distressing agents in the air. City Council asked that a letter be sent to Trice Massey/Greater KC Realty with these concerns noted. 10 day weed notice should also be sent.

Rance Roberts
– Lagoon update, the Barley pellets are working slowly. Duckweed is dying off. Our wastewater effluent limits have been back within permit limits for 2 months.
– Reviewed with the City Council the State department of labor inspection report. No major issues were found.

Lynley Sanford
– Douglas County MPO would like the City of Lecompton to form a working group to facilitate conversations regarding improved pedestrian access in our community. This is for the county wide pedestrian plan. Thoughts from the City Council, at this time we have a city wide sidewalk project in process. But some considerations might include how to make sidewalks more accessible to pedestrians, benches along the routes for people to rest, consider updating the water fountain in the City park.

Additional City Business:
– Mayor Jimmy Wilkins mentioned that maybe we should look installing a digital sign to replace the Marquee in the Park. More information would be able to be shared and it would be easier to update for important information.

8:23 PM – Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to adjourn. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk