April 1st, 2024 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. City Attorney Jeff Heiman, Assistant City Superintendent Kyle Morgison and City Clerk Lynley Sanford were also present. There were no residents or Township members present.

Troy Clark motioned to approve the meeting minutes from March 18th, 2024. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

Steve Freeman motioned to approve the bills. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Kyle Morgison
– Reviewed tree bids from Sunshine Tree Service and Alexander Ornamental for tree removal services.
Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the bid with Alexander Ornamental to remove 4 elm tree along 400 block of Elmore Street in the city street easement. Troy Clark seconded the motion
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
The City Council went on to discuss replacing trees specifically at the north end of town. Suggested to purchase short ornamental trees such as crabapple, dogwood or red bud. 4 trees total. Look at sutherlands they were doing a buy one get one free sale.

– Provided updated about pigging the lines from wells to water plant. There is an issue, but not 100% sure what it is. Could be an issue with a well needing acidized, an issue with the line having too much iron/mineral deposit and or maybe an issue with a check valve. Still working on that issue. Discussed possibilities of issues and consider having the influent line camera’d Jimmy will see if he has any contacts to refer.

Lynley –
– Resolution 323 for event street closure – Vintage Iron Revelry on May 4th was presented to the City Council.
Troy Clark motioned to approve resolution 323 for Elmore street closure. Stephanie Confer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays. Council recommended notifying the businesses of the street closure.

Old Business
– Temporary Liquor permit application, the council had reviewed at the last council meeting but wanted to review with City Attorney present. City Council reviewed City Code related to temporary Liquor permit.
Stephanie Confer motioned to approved the Temporary Liquor permit for Hillcreek Market for the Vintage Iron Revelry event. Making sure the vendor include no drinking in park signs. Troy Clark seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.
City Council asked that a Renate or Chad come to the next meeting to talk about their site setup for the event.
– Accrual payouts for employees who leave or retire. City council discussed the policy on payouts for vacation and sick leave when an employee leaves employment or retires, not from being fired. Stephanie Confer will write up a draft of the policy for review at the next council meeting.
– City Clerk talked briefly with the council about a potential zoning question for 545 Eisenhower/Kroeger apartments. City Council stated any interested in change of zoning, needs to go to the planning commission first. City Attorney Jeff Heiman did state that there is limited zoning classifications that would fit the use of this property, and agreed the planning commission would be where any application for change would start.

New Business
– Flower bed planting and maintenance for the spring/summer season. Penny Bahret would like to continue her employment in this position if the city will have her. General consensus of the City Council is yes, they would like her to do it this year too. Penny would like to do more plantings in the area of the rock wall next to the covered pavilion, and asked the city council to consider increasing the budget. The city council discussed and indicated they would like to see more perennials planted.
Stephanie Confer motioned to approve a allowance of $500 to be spent on flowers for the planters, the corner park flower bed and the rock wall. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas 0 nays.
– Dog incidents (potentially vicious) on Whitfield – The City council was informed about 3 separate incidents involved 2 different sets of a pair of dogs. Both sets resembling the pit-bull breed. One pair (1 brindle/1red or brown) believed to belong to a residence in the 500 block of Whitfield were running at large and cornered Owen Mallonee and his son Brodie on the side walk on Whitfield St. Owen was able to yell at someone at the residence where the dogs are believed to belong and they got the dogs inside.
On 3/28 2 pit-bulls (gray/white) owned by Rachell Haverkamp (residing in trailer park) were running at large and killed chickens on the property of Rachel Ricelys in the 600 block of Whitfield. The dogs were picked up by their owner and taken home. A Sheriff report was filed.
On 3/31 the same 2 pit-bulls (gray/white) owned by Rachell Haverkamp killed chickens on the property of Mike Lemings in the 500 block of Whitfield. Mike Leming was prepared to protect his animals and his property, about the same time the owners of the dogs located them on Mr. Lemings property. It is the understanding of the city office that the owner of the dogs called the Sheriff department regarding a disturbance with weapons to that location on Whitfield. The Sheriff Department did file a report.
The City Office had been notified of the incident on 3/28, so a letter had been sent addressing the issue of vicious behavior, vaccination and registration to Rachell Haverkamp on 3/29. The office was unaware of the incident that occurred on 3/31.
The Council recommended making sure the trailer park is informed of the incidents as well informing them about the city’s code on animal control. Any future mailings regarding any future incidents we need to make sure we are providing copies to the corporate office of the mobile home park.
Regarding the current concerns with the gray/white pit bulls. If there are any further issues with the dogs running at large or killing other chickens, the city council recommended the City Attorney be informed and the city will prepare to take additional action.
– It was brought up to the City Council that there is a portion of the downtown sidewalk between the red ramp into the flea market shops and the business sidewalks that was not included in the sidewalk improvement project. It was stated that it should be included. The City Clerk should contact the project overseer to request a bid tabulation to make sure that section is included and bring that to the council.
Also in regards to the sidewalk the council discussed how the sidewalk and the edge of the street touch on Elmore between 3rd and 2nd street, it makes the city council feel a little nervous, they think people will drive on that portion of the sidewalk and feel the road floppy markers should be installed to keep that from happening.

8:49pm – Stephanie Confer motioned to adjourn. Troy Clark seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk