City Council meeting minutes April 18, 2022


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, Matt REoberts and Owen Mallonee were present at roll call. The following were also present: City Superintendent Rance Roberts and City Clerk Lynley Sanford. Residents or township members in attendance included Sandy Gantz, Susan Wood, and Paul Bahnmaier.

Tim McNish motioned to approve the meeting minutes for April 4th, 2022 Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Matt Roberts motioned to approve the bills before the council, Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Paul Bahnmaier spoke to the City Council about 17 Abe Lincoln reinactors that are coming to Lecompton Saturday at 10am. The reinactors have been featured in National Geographic.
Feed back to the city council regarding post office situation – issues with the post master –
No updates at this time regarding the Hall property
Reviewed SLTW – project 02 – review of road improvements on K10

Lecompton Planning Commission requests the City Council consider for approval the Re-plat of the Idyllwild subdivision, consolidating remaining lots into 1 parcel and being re-named Hinterlands. New owners are Whitney and Bob Farrell.
Stephanie Confer motioned to approve the replat of the Hinterlands subdivision. Matt Roberts seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Rance –
– Working with Purple-wave to have the equipment listed online soon.
– Stenner chemical pump – they have discontinued the model used in our water plant. We have a couple back ups on the shelf. But in the future will need to replace with more modern models.
– Need help with Jack Oglesby water meter replacement.

– Received 1 online applicant via Zip recruiter

Old Business
– Letters of violation sent to: Jeff Morris -405 E. Woodson (Large piece of siding hanging off house.), Rihcard Nichols barn at 600 &1851 Diagonal Rd. – is it Ag Land, does this make a difference?, Dennis Stauffer for conditions at the meadow 2nd and Elmore St. – Truck cabs in the fence row. Bill Willis at 421 Elmore – Broke down vehicles, trash and rubbish. Steve/ Rita Fisher 409 Whitfield – Roof conditions. Please add Joe Edwards at 530 E. Third for the whole in the roof of the garage and busted up garage door.
– After reviewing photos of the following property, City Attorney Jeff Heiman requested that specific concerns be listed. 415 Whitfield – Chris Penny – are the concerns here regarding the roof/fascia gutters? City Council discussed and decided that no letter should be sent.
– After reviewing photos of the following property, City Attorney Jeff Heiman requested that specific concerns be listed for 214 N. Elmore – is there an issue with a section of the roof/fascia gutters? Or is there any concern about junk in the sideyard and/or backyard? Not really seeing anything in the pictures, but not sure what violations to include in the letter for this property. City Council discussed and at this time decided to not send a letter.
– Discussed updating city website – maybe speak with Vickie Marino or Lynn Ward and find out about grants or assistance through Washburn and KU school of business to help with this.
– Council discussed updating city codes to make available online – need to look at updating the codes first. Maybe talk with league of Kansas municipality first
– Update – Chris Alexander got the tree down in the alleyway behind the post office.
– Suggestions for park improvement – city council decided to meet for the first 15 minutes of the next meeting to walk the park and decide on ideas.
– Chuck Keifer has been contacted about the concrete work at the maintenance building. That project is being scheduled. Just FYI – cost of materials and fuel has increased since the bid (from September of last year), so we will see a little bit of a price increase.
o Mentioned last meeting about making repairs at Elsie Middleton’s driveway entrance – Do we repair entrances at church, alley ways and other driveways. City Council discussed and thought that would be a lot of work to commit too. Table for now.
– Sidewalk plan: Discuss updated project projection and any possible changes – Call Jason Hoskinson regarding the possibility for making a sidewalk change to Elmore street north of 3rd.

New Business –
– Mayor Jimmy Wilkins spoke to the council regarding an issue with road access to Doug Bahnmaiers. He has applied for a building permit through the county and it was discovered that the road does not go completely through as Clark Street. It turns out that the Traxlers own the majority of the road. According to Kevin Sontag the County Surveyor that Doug would need to obtain a Trespass easement for access from the Traxlers.
– Kristen Neibarger sent in her resignation. Stephanie Confer motioned to accept the letter of resignation. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Ordinance number – adopting animal control assistance with Douglas County – Matt Roberts motioned to approve Ordinance no. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Council would like to remove the water fountain from the City Park.
– Council decided they would like the big elm taken down/removed and stump ground in City Park. Would like to add other types of trees in City Park.
– White pipe that keeps sand in park, council definitely want that replaced but not with railroad ties – maybe stamped concrete. Consider replacing stairs in front of community building – have to see if any issue with historic nature – repairing/replacing outdoor stairs

8:38 PM – Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to adjourn. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk