April 3, 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, and Steve Freeman were present at roll call. City Attorney Jeff Heiman, City Superintendent Rance Roberts and City Clerk Lynley Sanford was also present. The following residents or township members present included: Susan Wood, Kathy Paslay, Marsha Pohl, Janet Jenle, Kevin Confer, Sandy Gantz, Shannon Wells and Katie Barnett.

Stephanie Confer motioned to approve minutes from March 20th, 2023. Steve Freeman seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays.

7:01pm – Councilman Owen Mallonee arrived at the meeting.

Mary Jane motioned to approve the bills, Tim McNish seconded the motion. Mary Jane questioned the payment to Bald Eagle Speed Shop. The bill was for just purchasing 4 shocks for the 2017 City truck & for welding repairs made to the 1-ton and for transmission fluid.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Shannon Wells Executive Director and Katie Barnett Legal Counsel with the Lawrence Douglas County Human Shelter were present to discuss developing an animal control partnership with the City of Lecompton and what that could look like and options of enforcement.

Rance Roberts was awarded Waste Water Operator of the year at the KRWA annual conference for all his hard work in managing compliance with our lagoon system. Round of applause and congratulations were given.

Marsha Pohl and Janet Jenle with Douglas County Rural Preservation Association spoke to the city council regarding concerns with a conditional use permit to be considered for a Solar Field south of Lecompton and the future of solar field and wind turbines in Douglas County.

Kathy Paslay spoke to the city council in regards to concerns about the cost of the sidewalk project and the placement of the sidewalk project. Kathy Paslay agreed that sidewalks around the main street of Lecompton are needed, but was not in favor of the North or South end of town having continuation of sidewalks.

Sandy Gantz with the Perry Lecompton Community Library was present to review the success of the 2022 summer reading program and to ask if the City of Lecompton would consider making a donation.
Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to make a donation of $300.00 to the Lecompton Community Library. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Jeff Heiman City Attorney was present to review properties that were up for review. 530 E. Third time for action
expired on March 15th. The City has not been contacted by Pat Edwards or her son, and there was not
been any improvements made to the accessory structure. The council requested a resolution for abatement
be drafted for the next City Council meeting.
405 E. Woodson Ave. – property owned by Jeff Morris. Jeff’s primary contact has been through Mayor Wilkins via text messaging. Jeff Morris’s previous text to Mayor Wilkins was in regards to the roofing project being too large of a job to handle and he would be hiring it out. Jeff Morris called the city office before the meeting and stated he had ordered shingles and would start the repairs to the roof of the structure within the next 2 weeks.
The council said they would see what happens by the next council meeting, but indicated they are ready to take next steps to abate the situation.

– Updated chip n’seal bid that now includes 5th street east of Eisenhower. City council discussed streets and Councilman Tim McNish highly recommended including Whitfield and 7th street to be chip n’ sealed this year because of current road conditions. Remaining council agreed and asked that the bid be updated and presented at the next council meeting.
– Sharron Roberts will not be able to maintain the City Flower beds and planter containers. Penny Bahret expressed interest in maintaining and planting.
Owen Mallonee motioned to hire Penny Bahret for $12/hr. to plant and maintain the City flower beds and containers and an allowance of up to $400 to spend on flowers. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays
Lynley –
– March 17th the properties that would require easements for the sidewalk project were reviewed and assessed, but we have not received the appraisal assessments yet.

New Business
– Building permit 22-293 at 339 Halderman requesting a 120 day extension. City Council consensus was yes to the extension.
– Stephanie Confer motioned to approve Ordinance 834 adjusting and increasing the sewer rate effective June 1st, 2023. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Old Business
– Non-elected personnel wages – table to next meeting. Also council should consider advertising for a new treasurer to be available for filling in for the City Clerk.
– Mayor Wilkins expressed thoughts to the council regarding the sidewalk project and he would be talking about altering the route with Jason Hoskinson before the next council meeting.

8:55 PM – Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to adjourn. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk