City Council Meeting Minutes December 20th, 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, Owen Mallonee and Matt Roberts were present at roll call. The following were also present: City Superintendent Rance Roberts. City Clerk Lynley Sanford was absent. Resident or township members in attendance included Susan Wood.

Matt Roberts motioned to approve the meeting minutes for December 6, 2021 Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Owen Mallonee motioned to approve the bills before the council, Tim McNish seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Old Business
– Burbank property on Third Street, time expired for improvement on December 7th. Council discussed moving forward and decided to wait for the City Attorney Jeff Heiman to be present before passing the resolution. Put on agenda for next meeting.
– Chapel at Lecompton – concerns regarding use, being used more as an apartment and less as a religious chapel. Per the City attorney, the county completes inspections for use every 6 years, but can perform inspections upon request. Mayor Wilkins will ask Douglas County to look into it.

New Business
– Council discussed transferring funds. Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to transfer the following funds:
– $50,000 from water fund to equipment reserve fund. $35,000 from general fund to capital improvement fund, $15,000 from water fund to capital improvement fund. Matt Roberts seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Mayor Wilkins spoke to the council, Dave Hill with Mid-American bank in Baldwin has donated $5000 in tax credits to provide a grant or a revolving loan for small business or E-commerce development in Lecompton. Dave will start the account and handle the loan fund for us.
– Concern regarding the speed of school buses in school zone. The council discussed the request for expanding the school zone. The council suggested calling the district office or Mr. Schrimser the transportation manager to let them know of the concerns regarding speed down Whitfield.
– City Council reviewed request from resident Mike Coffman regarding January water bill. His usage is 3560 gal, the city minimum is 2000. His overage is 1560 gal, and the additional cost will be roughly $12.34. The council chose to take no action at this time.

Rance –
– All updates are in process
– Alliance pump has been out to look at the high service pump – working on a bid for repair or replacement
– ESI – came out to look at the RWD #3 Valve – waiting on a bid for repair or replacement.
– Dunco has completed the installation of the tube heater in the maintenance building.
– Kansas Gas Service has been called and notified for gas main install. They are 3 weeks out.
– Waiting on Evergy for connection for electrical. City buildings should be exempt from required county inspection. Evergy was notified, have not heard back on this.
– Patchen has been contacted to schedule for acidizing wells. Took aerator motor in to be rebuilt roughly $1700 but a new one is over $3000.

Lynley – absent – but here are noted updates
– Christmas light contest winners
1st – Carey Merchant = $200; 2nd – Dusitn Gruver = $125;
3rd – Tie between Glenn Mallonee and Dana Croft = $75 each
– Sidewalk project update –concept design plans will start

– Douglas County MPO – Transportation 2050 – appoint person for steering comittee – meetings start in February – zoom meetings through 2023. Mary Jane Hoffer has done them, Jimmy Wilkins has done them. Council person Matt Roberts volunteered to be the City of Lecompton Representative.

New Business –
– 339 Halderman – damage from wind storm, door off water heater and roofing on accessory buildings.
Have Jeff contact greater KC realty.
– Barn on 600 Rd. has semi-collapsed, owner is Richard Nichols. Matt Roberts will contact Richard to see about having the barn taken down.
– Purple/Blue street lights – do we need to report them? Is that homeowner or City Responsibility?
– Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to reimburse Jimmy Wilkins for his expenditures for electric box payment and for holiday gift cards. Tim McNish seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

7:36 PM – Owen Mallonee motioned to adjourn. Matt Roberts seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yays, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk