March 6, 2023 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, Steve Freeman and Owen Mallonee were present at roll call. City Attorney Jeff Heiman, City Superintendent Rance Roberts, and City Clerk Lynley Sanford were also present. The following residents or township members present included: Kevin Confer.

Stephanie Confer motioned to approve the February 21st, 2023 Council Meeting Minutes. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Tim McNish motioned to approve the bills. Steve Freeman seconded the motion.
Mary Jane Hoffer asked if city errands could and bank deposits could be done with a City vehicle instead of an employee’s personal vehicle so the city does not have to reimburse mileage. It is possible, would depend on the availability of a truck.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Jeff Heiman reviewed the previous concerns over the dogs running at large concern owned by Jamie Hatcher. A letter was sent to their address from his office.

Rance –
– Pride building issue with boiler return water/condensate pump is leaking. Working on finding a rebuild kit.
– Some concerns over the ability to adjust temperatures in some of the rooms and the cost/use of gas. Councilman Owen Mallonee said he would work with Rance to replace some of the thermostats and condensate traps on radiators to try to resolve any issues with valves not closing like they should be. Owen said he would also help with rebuilding the return water pump when parts come in.

Lynley –
– Provided information regarding Ransom codification. Council will hold onto the information until they are ready to move forward.

New Business
– City Council discussed the condition of the older two city trucks. 2003 Chevy extended cab 1500 is very rusty. Transmission and brake lines are rusted, there are no rocker panels left, not all the lights on the dash work. The 2007 Chevy 1-ton has low mileage, but pushing snow and the salt/sand spreader has it pretty rusty underneath. The carrier bearing in the rear end was just welded back together, the rear brakes don’t have baking plates and needs some brake repair, transmission lines rusted through and have been patch repaired, new lines need ran, etc. Council discussed selling both and buying 1 more truck to be outfitted for dump bed and snow plow, then buying a side by side to do meter readings and other maintenance work.
– Chip n’ seal bids – City council reviewed the bids from Douglas County, Approved paving and Stewarts Asphalt. It was asked if someone from approved paving could come to the next council meeting.
Owen Mallonee motioned to approved the bid with approved paving for chip n’seal on the south side of town. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– The council considered a pay increase for employee Kyle Morgison since he has been an employee for 6 months. Stephanie Confer motioned for a 5% pay increase for Kyle effective for the first Payroll in April. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Mary Jane Hoffer had been contacted by the Lawrence Humane Society to put together vet clinic services for those in the community in need. They would like to use the Community Building possibly free of charge. Stephanie Confer motioned to approve the use of the community building free of charge for the humane society. Steve Freeman seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Old Business
– Council asked that the 1st meeting in April they would like to review employee benefits, paid time off, etc.
– The City Council reviewed playground equipment options. Stephanie Confer motioned to approve the purchase of 2 sand diggers, 1 tot mushroom, and the triple-crown jewels playground set. Steve Freeman seconded the motion. It was asked that the charcoal grills be removed, they seem to be used more as an ashtray than grills.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

– It was noted that there were concerns/frustrations over information regarding the sidewalk project not getting out there enough to residents. Residents were feeling ill-informed. It was felt that those who would be directly affected by easements should have received more direct contact from the City

– Owen Mallonee and Stephanie Confer requested the Mayor call a special meeting on March 27th to discuss payroll for non-elected personnel. Mayor Wilkins agreed to call the meeting for 7pm on 3/27 and asked the City Clerk to provide public notice.

– Stephanie Confer will not be at the next regular scheduled council meeting on 3/20

8:26 PM – Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to adjourn. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk