April 4, 2022 LECOMPTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
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. The following were also present: City Attorney Jeff Heiman and City Clerk Lynley Sanford. Councilman Matt Roberts and Superintendent Rance Roberts were absent. Residents or township members in attendance included Sandy Gantz, Richard Wingfield, Susan Wood, Jennifer Smith and Elsie Middleton.
Owen Mallonee motioned to approve the meeting minutes for March 21st, 2022 Stephanie Confer seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays
Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the bills before the council, Tim McNish seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays
Sandy Gantz – requested a donation for the Perry –Lecompton Library summer reading program and events. This
year is more organized, there are activities and prizes for kids who attend and collect tickets. The School
district is also providing some bus transportation for the 4-6 graders.
Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve a donation of $200. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Jennifer Smith – spoke with the council about the Cub scouts using the community building during inclement
weather. She would coordinate with the City Clerk about getting the key.
Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve use as needed for the Cub Scout group.
Stephanie Confer seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Richard Wingfield had several complaints for the City council. Concerns over the sewer system not being properly mapped out at the south end of Whitfield. Concern over the age and type of sewer line supplying his house. He feels the City should pay to have someone come out and GIS, Camera and map the system and replace his sewer line, because he is worried it will collapse and cause sewer to back up in his home. He is also worried about how the water/sewer main was installed because he says they cross and isn’t sure that it’s up to code.
Mr. Wingfield wants to know what the City will do about dilapidated houses in the City Limits. How does the City continue to allow property’s to be in poor shape? Houses of concern he listed include Jeff Morris’s house on Woodson Ave, Steve/Rita Fischer’s & Chris Penny’s on Whitfield
The Council indicated they take action on structures when a complaint is made. There are some properties the City had received notice on already.
Mr. Wingfield had questions about what the City codes or zoning codes are because they are not available on line. People interested would need to come into the City office or ask that they be emailed specific pieces of city code. Mr. Wingfield was adamant that information should be available online. Council woman Stephanie Confer volunteered to work with the City Clerk to get abbreviated interpretation of the code on line when possible.
Elsie Middleton spoke to the council regarding concerns of the entrance to her driveway where it meets the road
and how it has washed out. Just reminding the council that it’s been awhile since she asked that something
be done about it, and hoping that it can be given attention soon.
– Concerned about the Barn at the south end of town, would like the Council to get the property owner to clean up the collapsed structure.
– Elmore/2nd street – Dennis Stauffer’s North meadow, asking that truck parts and trash pile be cleaned up out of the lot.
– 421 Elmore, Bill Willis – concern about the accumulation of junk cars and debris around the west side of the house.
Jeff Heiman –
Dog Issue update – information packets were provided for Council review. The dog that was considered vicious has been euthanized by owner’s choice. Notes from both parties indicate medical expenses incurred by the victims had been paid or were in the process of being paid. City will continue to work towards adopting an ordinance to be included in the provision of the Animal Control Code of Douglas County so assistance can be provided by the Douglas County Sherriff Department and Lawrence Douglas County Animal Control.
– City Councilman Owen Mallonee asked if a letter had been sent to the home at 130 E. Woodson ave, that the dogs there needed to be put up on meter reading day. Also, is there anything else the City could do, possibly moving the fence, to give Rance access and keep him safe and keep the dogs happy?
Rance – Absent for the meeting, but sent this memo –
– Kansas Gas installed the new service line at the maintenance building.
– Update that PRIDE group is doing a community wide cleanup on Sunday April 24th from 1p-4p. Starting meet up point is at the community pride building.
– Chris Alexander was contacted again about coming out to remove the tree in the alley behind the post office.
– AG Insurance paperwork is signed – insurance is renewed
– David Burbank property has removed the addition that had roof damage.
– Letter sent from Mayor Wilkins to Paul Bahnmaier in support of USPS reform and increased hours at the Lecompton Post Office.
– Council reviewed additional information regarding credit card online bill payment options.
Stephanie Confer motioned to approve signing the contract with Jayhawk Utility Software to partner with PACE to get online bill payment ability set up. Owen seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
– Council further discussed property concerns including properties mention by Elsie Middleton and Richard Wingfield.
Stephanie Confer made a motion that the 1st contact in regards to property concerns should be an order of violation from the City Attorney. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
Stephanie Confer made a motion that the following residents should receive an order of violation letter: Bill Willis (renter) and John Dibble (property owner), Jeff Morris, Bethany Wells (renter) and Dennis Stauffer (property Owner), Richard Nichols, Mike Coffman, Chris Penny, Steve/Rita Fischer.
Owen Mallonee seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.
– Review bids for landscaping and erosion control at the park. City council did not like the contrast in the way the work was bid. Council will walk the park and put together a plan, then ask to have the work rebid.
– Need for part time help this summer especially mowing. Council agreed we should advertise in LJ World, Jefferson County papers, and Capital Journal World.
8:09 PM – Stephanie Confer motioned to adjourn. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays
Lynley Sanford, City Clerk