City Council Meeting Minutes December 6, 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, Owen Mallonee and Matt Roberts were present at roll call. Council Member Stephanie Confer was absent. The following were also present: City Superintendent Rance Roberts, City Clerk Lynley Sanford and City Attorney Jeff Heiman. Resident or township members in attendance included Susan Wood, and Douglas County Emergency Management representatives Jillian Rodrigue and Josh Taylor.

Matt Roberts motioned to approve the meeting minutes for December 6, 2021 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

Josh Taylor and Jillian Rodrigue was present to answer any questions regarding the Lecompton Emergency Operations Plan and passing a resolution accepting the LEOP/DCEOP.
Tim McNish motioned to approve resolution 313, Matt Roberts seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays

Jeff Heiman –
– Time frame for action has not expired on the Burbank property regarding the roof that has caved in.
– No recent updates on 339 Halderman from KC realty, Jeff will follow up and provide a report in January.

Old Business
– Updates on maintenance building. Ready for gas connection and waiting on Dunco to install radiant heater.
Electric pole has been set. Trench has been dug for underground power, meter can is here. Waiting on main which should be in this week.
Pad will be started after utilities are installed
– Alley work – still on list to complete, no current updates. Susan Wood did ask if the scope/plan for the work had changed. As far as anyone is aware, the scope of work has not changed.

Rance –
– Lagoon aerator lost a prop. Had one rough looking spare was able to shape back up and use Had Lynley order 2 more.
– We had the wells scheduled to be cleaned/acidized. It didn’t happen. Would like to get set up to do it soon. Production at one well has decreased.
Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve having both wells acidized/cleaned. Matt Roberts seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas; 0 nays.
– Jeff Lamfers with KRWA came down to check on the condition of our lagoons. He was impressed by the clarity of the water and the results from our waste water analysis. He asked what we have done differently to deal with the filamentous algae issue. We have continued to use the barley pellets, physically scooping out the algae and we have also added sludge digesting enzymes which eat organic biological solids. It’s working so well, Jeff would like to consider writing another article about it.
– Water plant settling tank has a matchstick sized hole near on the East side. It is rusty, and needs repaired. Councilman Owen Mallonee recommended reaching out to pipefitter Adam Dalton or see who Chris Alexander recommends.

Lynley –
– Update on City resident utility accounts. 3 accounts have had people move out and final balances. The deposits and interest have been applied to the balance due and combined the total is $106.09. One account holder has very recently moved with a nominal balance. They have 30 days to pay. The other two accounts are over 30 days past due on the remaining balance. City Council discussed options and agreed that we should write it off, more money would be spent trying to collect than what they total.

– Update on residential turn over. 14 new residents have moved into Lecompton this year, 5 new residents have moved into Lecompton in the last 30 days.

New Business –
– Next agenda discuss transfer of funds.
– KDHE water utility inspection records and water plant. No inadequacies were found. Reminders to have water testing location site recorded and to clean the overflow screen on the water tower.
– Chapel at Lecompton – concern the building is being utilized more as an apartment space than a place of worship. Council asked City Attorney Jeff Heiman to look into previous letters and contact the county about tax violation investigation.
– City shop at 720 E. Woodson, as the new maintenance building is completed are there are thoughts on what the City would like to do with this building. There has been some interest from the Community pride group and the historical society to use it as storage. After council discussed, it was decided they are not prepared at this time to make a decision, they would like Rance to get moved into the new maintenance building to see what his needs will be.
– Douglas County commissioners have been working on updates with the county animal control ordinance. It would allow incorporated areas of the county to “opt in” by resolution allowing Sheriff department and animal control handle cat/dog issues in the city limits. The is something the City of Lecompton would like to consider. Will be continuing to investigate this.
– Historically the city pays out any unused vacation time for employees at the end of the year. Matt Roberts motioned to pay out remaining vacation time for City employees, Owen Mallonee seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

8:13 PM – Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to adjourn. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk