April 15, 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. Residents or Township members present included Tonda Hill, Rachell Haverkamp, and Blane Haverkamp.

Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the meeting minutes from April 1st 2024. Steve Freeman seconded the motion, with a correction to the date of noted at the top of the meeting minutes.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays

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

Rachell Haverkamp was present to update the city council regarding her efforts in keeping her dogs from running at large in town. She has a new gate ordered, she has replaced the skirting around her trailer, she has perimeter collars for both dogs and they are going out and staying with the dogs when let out into the yard. She has spoken with the owner of the chickens and made resolution with them. She has one dog vaccinated and registered with the city. The other dog she will have vaccinated and registered at the city event on April 25th.
The city council thanked her for coming in and updating everything she has done to keep her dogs on premise.

Mayor Wilkins opened the floor to Tonda Hill. Ms. Hill introduced herself to the Lecompton City Council, she is looking at running for Douglas County District Attorney. She provided information about her education background and career history. In addition she provided information for her campaign link:

Kyle Morgison
– Informed City Council he passed water class 2 exam and is now a certified water operator
– Had a brown water issue while we were on RWD #3 water. Discovered there was a fire on Sunday and the tanker trucks were filled, and that probably stirred up the line.
– Still working on Well issue with low head pressure/volume coming into the water plant.
Owen gave Kyle guidance on another way to test the wells to help with further diagnostics.
– Still working on scheduling acidizing wells and getting lines completely pigged/cleaned out.
Kyle will call Patchen to check schedule and availability and see what Rance has talked with them about. Kyle has a list of other well service companies that he may call for assistance/repair.
– Council asked about progress or delivery of the Chlorine analyzer. It has been ordered, but has not arrived yet. It should be in soon, we knew it would be close to when we ran out of the current chlorine analyzing solution.
Lynley –
– Informed the City Council of contact updated for the security systems and Emergency contacts for municipal buildings.
– It was asked if Preferred Lawn Service had started moving plants for Ms. Bunce. Both Ms. Bunce and Preferred Lawn Service had been spoken to back in early March and authorized to move plants when they felt the time was right. Will follow up and make sure that is happening.

Old Business
– The City Council reviewed the verbiage council member Stephanie Confer had prepared for accrual payouts for employees who leave or retire. Mary Jane Hoffer motioned to approve the verbiage. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yay, 0 nay.
– City council would like to remind the construction company that the Democratic Headquarters sign on North Elmore Street needs re-installed
– Sidewalk updates and concerns discussed included the following:
o The section on Elmore between the ram to the flea market and the down town businesses. The brick was removed and that small section was replaced with concrete, so it is smooth and level.
o The North East corner at 3rd and Halderman is not done. There is an issue with a hole in one of the tubes. The crew was talking about a patch or using a band to make the repair. They were waiting on approval or an alternate recommendation from KDOT or the engineers. Still in progress there.
o The pylons to separate the street from the sidewalk where the sidewalk touches the street on North Elmore have arrived and just need installed.
o Grass seeding that has been called in should be completed before midnight on Tuesday April 16th.
o No updates on the tanks in the ground at 324 Elmore. Waiting to hear back from KDHE. Will follow up with Jason this week to find out if he’s heard anything.
o Naming the sidewalk loop, council member Stephanie Confer has spoken with principal Mark Lamb, it was recommended that we wait until the fall class starts after some of the sidewalk has been installed. So that is on hold
o At the council meeting on April 1st, a motion was passed to purchase 4 trees to plant in the easement along the Northern route of the sidewalk of the red bud, crab-apple or dogwood variety. Looking at recommended planting dates being in the spring, and the fact that there is grass mat down right now, it was asked if it would be okay to purchase the trees next spring so the grass has a chance to become established. The council agreed that is a good idea. So, in progress for next spring.
o Council asked if cross walk markings would be painted. Will confirm at next construction meeting.
o Sales taxation at laundry mat/apartments. The Council discussed the sales taxation that had been withheld since the laundry mat and apartments had been built and whether or not that should be continued. It is believed that since the apartments were primarily a residence and the owners of the apartments lived on the premise, sales tax was waived for water usage.
The apartments have been sold and the new owners are not living on the premise and all the units are occupied by tenants. The Council feels this changes the application in taxation from a home owner non taxed premise to a commercial business taxed premise.
The City Council directed the City Clerk to start charging & collecting sales tax to the

New Business
– Building permit #24-307 for an accessory structure/shop on Isacks was presented to the city council for review and approval.
Stephanie Confer motioned to approve building permit number 24-307. Troy Clark seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4 yeas, 0 nays – 1 abstain (Steve Freeman)
– Building permit #24-308 for an accessory structure/garage on Whitfield was presented to the city council for review and approval. Troy Clark motioned to approve building permit number 24-308. Owen Mallonee seconded the motion. Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

8:04pm – Owen Mallonee motioned to adjourn. Mary Jane Hoffer seconded the motion.
Motion passed 5 yeas, 0 nays.

Lynley Sanford, City Clerk