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City Council Unapproved Minutes

January 8th, 2018

Unapproved Minutes

Meade, Kansas

January 8th, 2018

City of Meade

 The council meeting was called to order in the council meeting room at 7:00 P.M. by Mayor Richard Knott. Council members present were Elaine Post, Roger Musgrove, JD Hegwood and Lance DeLissa with Armando Gonzalez absent. Also present were City Administrator Dean Cordes, City Clerk Tiffany Neel and City Attorney Clay Kuhns. Visitors were Bobbi Allison, Brian Kroth, Bart Fischer, Michael Inlow and Tom Kuhns.

 First on the agenda Brian Kroth and Bart Fischer were sworn into office as new councilmembers. 

The Appropriation Ordinance in the amount of $281,806.13 was approved on motion made by Musgrove, seconded by Hegwood with all in favor.

 The December 11th, 2017 minutes were approved as written.  Fischer suggested putting the last 6 monthsí worth of approved minutes on the city website. Neel said she would have to call the website programmer and find out how much that would cost.

 Demolition permit 2018-1 was approved on motion made by Musgrove, seconded by Kroth with all in favor.

 Neel went over the changes to be made to the city handbook and police policy. When discussing overtime Fischer said it should be consistent across the board. Inlow said the police department is different. The county gets paid 29 overtime hours a pay period but they get paid less per hour.  DeLissa said the officers also get paid for their lunch time. Neel said they also get 11 extra hours more than city employees per paycheck.  Inlow said we are limited on how we schedule our time. We need to either  bump it down to 160 hours and get paid overtime or we get paid 171 hours whether we work it or not. Fischer said he thinks it should be changed to 160 hours and get overtime. Fischer suggested changing the hours and maintain control of the police schedule. If we feel it is being abused then we have the chief look into it. DeLissa said he would like to see a graph or more information before making a decision. Fischer asked Neel to get the last years hours and look into it.

 The council discussed an ordinance pertaining to trailers, RVís and semiís parked on city streets. DeLissa suggested taking out Section 5. Fischer suggested changing Section 4a. to say they cannot park on city streets after 7 days. DeLissa said if we do that it will need to be fazed in. Kuhns suggested calling other cities to see what they are doing and bring back to the next meeting.

 Inlow asked for an executive session excluding Neel and Cordes for 10 minutes.  DeLissa made a motion to go into executive session for personnel matters of non-elected personnel to protect the privacy interests of the persons to be discussed excluding Neel and Cordes for 10 minutes, seconded by Kroth with all in favor.  The open meeting will resume at 8:10 P.M. in this room.  After executive session, DeLissa made a motion to go back into executive session for personnel matters of non-elected personnel to protect the privacy interests of the persons to be discussed excluding Neel and Cordes for 5 minutes, seconded by Kroth with all in favor.  The open meeting will resume at 8:15 P.M. in this room. After executive session no action was taken.

 Inlow said we had a few agencies come look at Hannah and Wabaunsee County did take her. They gave us $4,500 for equipment and an extra $1,000 to the police donation fund. Inlow would like the $4,500 to go into the public safety fund. 

Cordes said he met with Tyler Flavin to discuss a new crosswalk at the Grade School. Really all we need to do is put up a couple signs and paint lines on the street. Kroth suggested finding out if we have to put in a handicap crosswalk across the street.

 Cordes informed the council that KDOT will be here next week to put in 31 handicap ramps on highway 23.

 Chad Ziebart will be applying for a conditional use permit to put a meat processing station at his residence. He will be adding onto his existing garage. The hearing will be February 12th, 2018 and Neel will get the letters out to all individuals within 200 feet of his residence.

Cordes has spoken with the individual who is in charge of the estate at 212 W Belle Meade. She said he will probably condemn it after inspecting it. He will get a key and bring back the information to the council.

 Custom Energy Service has started the electric project from Madison Street to the power plant. 

George Martin asked Cordes if he could talk to the council about rolling over whatever is left in his budget at the end of the year to the fire truck and equipment reserve. Neel will talk to the auditor.

 Cordes asked to send 3 guys to the underground overhead electric school in Garden City on February

6-8, 2018, council agreed. 

Musgrove made a motion to move a $100,000 CD from Plains State Bank to Meade State Bank for 1 year, seconded by DeLissa with all in favor.

 DeLissa said he is still interested in looking into the fiberglass cooling tower construction. Kroth said the company will design the tower for us and send the pieces with instructions for us to put together. DeLissa said he heard there were several water line breaks throughout the city while we had the cold weather.  Cordes said yes we had a few main water line breaks and we have a valve that needs replaced on one of them.
Fischer said he is currently serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals and would like to resign is position since he is now a city council member.  He also said there is a LKM meeting for new council members April 20-21 that he would like to attend.

 Kuhns went over the Kansas Open Meeting Act with the new council members and discussed the Kansas Open Records Act as well.  He presented an ordinance for the easement on the Cottrell property across the road from WL Dirt. DeLissa made a motion to approve Ordinance #886, seconded by Musgrove with all in favor.

ORDINANCE NO 886

AN ORDINANCE VACATING THE EASEMENT OF RECORD IN MISCELLANEOUS BOOK 55, PAGE 296-297 IN FAVOR OF THE CITY OF MEADE, KANSAS.

 Inlow asked for an executive session excluding Neel and Cordes for personnel matters. DeLissa made a motion to go into executive session for personnel matters of non-elected personnel to protect the privacy interests of the persons to be discussed excluding Neel and Cordes for 10 minutes, seconded by Musgrove with all in favor.  The open meeting will resume at 9:13 P.M. in this room.  After executive session, Fischer made a motion to give Dylan Wondra a retroactive starting pay at $15.98 from his hire date and include the 2% cost of living raise, seconded by Musgrove with all in favor. Fischer made a motion to hire Ashley Clerk as a new police officer at $15.98 per hour starting January 9th, 2018, seconded by Musgrove with all in favor. Inlow will try to get her into the February 2018 classes in Hutchinson.

 Inlow told the council that he has a radar that has been giving him fits for the past year and he would like to purchase a new radar. He had a quote from Appliant Concepts for $3,095. He is hoping the click it or ticket money will help pay for the radar purchase. Musgrove made a motion to purchase a new radar for $3,095, seconded by Fischer with all in favor. Kroth asked if that was an installed price. Inlow said no we will have to have it installed which will be extra. Inlow also talked about getting a 2018 Cops Grant to hire a 4th officer.

 With no further business to come before the council, Musgrove made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Fischer with all in favor.

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ATTEST:                                                                                                                Richard Knott, Mayor

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Tiffany Neel, City Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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