January 2, 2024 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 Troy Clark, Mary Jane Hoffer, Stephanie Confer, Steve Freeman and Owen Mallonee were present at roll call. Assistant City Superintendent Kyle Morgison, City Clerk Lynley Sanford and City Attorney Jeff Heiman were also present. There were no residents or township members present.
Stephanie Confer motioned to approve the meeting minutes from December 18th, 2023. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays
Owen Mallonee motioned to approve the bills. Steve Freeman seconded the motion. Council Member Troy Clark asked about the high AT&T bill for the maintenance building. It was explained that the bill included pro-rated use from the end of November, December and a portion of January. The regular bill should be around $170.00
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Oaths of Office were taken by Mayor Jimmy Wilkins, Council Member Owen Mallonee and Council Member Troy Clark.
Mayor Jimmy Wilkins made the following appointments
– City Newspaper will be Lawrence Journal World – Stephanie Confer motioned to approve the Lawrence Journal World as the City Newspaper. Steve Freeman seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– City attorney will be Jeff Heiman – Steve Freeman motioned to approve Mayor Wilkins appointment of City Attorney Jeff Heiman. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays
– City Clerk will be Lynley Sanford – Stephanie Confer motioned to approve Mayor Wilkins appointment of Lynley Sanford as City Clerk. Troy Clark seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
– Council president will be Stephanie Confer. Troy Clark motioned to maintain Stephanie Confer as council president. Steve Freeman seconded the motion. Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays – 1 Abstain (Stephanie Confer)
– City Council members were appointed to represent certain positions related to city functions also called MPO positions. Troy Clark – Streets, Mary Jane Hoffer – Trash, Steve Freeman-Water, Owen Mallonee – Waste Water, Stephanie Confer Parks.
City Council reviewed Holidays for 2024 and how they affect City Council meeting nights. City Council asked that the holidays be posted at City Hall and online. Holiday include the following: January 1st (New year’s Day), Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & the Day After, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and a designated or floating holiday.
Jamie Hofling with Douglas County was present to briefly review and answer any questions regarding the Douglas County Climate Action plan. The City of Lecompton had an open house in December and had about as many attendees as Baldwin. Douglas County Commissioners are looking to adopt the Climate Action plan sometime in December and hoping to start implementing some changes mid to late 2024. Jamie would love to receive any feedback from the City Council.
City Attorney Jeff Heiman did not have any current updates for the City Council.
Rance Roberts – absent
Kyle Morgison provided some updates on projects that are being worked on around the maintenance building.
– It was asked if the Chevy truck had been undercoated yet. Kyle said that is in the works. They bought all the parts store had in stock of the product they are using, but will need more to coat the whole underside of the truck.
– Lights in the community building are old fluorescent lights with ballasts. Some of the ballasts need replaced and the ballasts are expensive. Rance got a quote from Border States Electrical on new light weight, flat panel LED lights. We would need 16 to replace all the lights in the community building. At $73 each panel it would cost approximately $1168 to replace them all in the community building. The consensus of the City Council was to buy 20 lights, replace all the current lights at the community building and keep the rest in storage in case a panel goes bad.
Council member Mary Jane Hoffer asked if City Attorney Jeff Heiman and Assistant Superintendent Kyle Morgison could be relieved from the meeting. General consensus of the City Council was they could go.
Lynley – Updates for City Council
– Resolution 321 for 2024 GAAP waiver was presented to the City Council. Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve resolution 321. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays
– Resolution 322 for Lecompton Community Empowerment was presented to the City Council. Stephanie Confer motioned to approve resolution 322. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
No old business was discussed.
– A C.D. at First State Bank & Trust is maturing on January 6th. If the City does nothing with the C.D. and it renews the interest rate will be 1.5%. If the CD is rolled over into a money market account the interest rate will be 2.5%. There are some CD options that are earning 5.1% but will need to see what the minimum rate is at the time of maturity. The City Council agreed that for now the CD should be rolled into the money market account at maturity so it will earn a higher interest rate, then next council meeting other decisions could be made about investing the money.
7:47pm – Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to adjourn. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
Lynley Sanford, City Clerk