October 23rd, 2017
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 Lance DeLissa, Elaine Post, Roger
Musgrove, JD Hegwood and Armando Gonzalez. Also present were
City Administrator Dean Cordes, City Clerk Tiffany Neel and
City Attorney Clay Kuhns. Visitors were Andy Lundblade,
Markie Adcock, Justin Forrest, Michael Inlow, Rhonda
Johnson, Tamara Schell, Sharon Welch, Trisha Prouse, Ruth
Miller, Bart Fischer, Ryan Neely, Jason Aldridge, Mike
Gillen, Loren Borger, Joel Watson and Beatrice Rodriquez.
First on the agenda, 15 utility extensions were given.
Police Chief Inlow asked the council if they had any
questions on the police report. Inlow asked if Randi
Vanderpool could attend a court software meeting on November
9th, 2017. Council agreed. Inlow asked if he
could hire Dylan Wondra as a new police officer. He would
have to complete the academy but that course won’t take
place until Feb 2018. Musgrove made a motion to hire Wondra
starting October 30, 2017 at $14.00 per hour, seconded by
Hegwood with all in favor. Inlow asked for an executive
session. DeLissa made a motion to go into executive session
for 5 minutes for personnel matters of nonelected personnel
to protect the privacy interests of the persons to be
discussed with Inlow included, seconded by Musgrove with all
in favor. The open meeting will resume at 7:19 in this room.
After executive session no action was taken.
Loren Borger asked the council if they would write a
recognition letter to Charles Welker for receiving his Eagle
Bart Fischer asked what the policy is for delinquent
accounts. Mayor said a few years ago we discussed only
giving them 3 extensions a year. Fischer said he sees the
same people come in every month. DeLissa said they know that
they have to pay a hefty penalty for being late.
The October 9th, 2017 minutes were approved as
Building permit #17036 and #17037 were approved on motion
made by DeLissa, seconded by Musgrove with all in favor.
Cordes said Kroth has not ran a transit for the alley behind
Brian Headrick’s office yet. They think we may be able to
run a gutter to the street or we could possibly drain the
water to the east alley. He will have more information at
the next meeting.
Brian Kroth and Gary Knott both looked at the Alley Building
by the power plant and suggested dismantling the east wall,
pour footers with a 2x6 stud wall. We need to re-tuck a few
mortar joints and replace the roof with a tin roof. There
are other things that need fixed on the building as well.
Cordes will get a list of repairs and get bids.
Cordes was approached by Shelly Axtell about selling the 25
feet of property that the city owns between her building and
Chad Rudzik’s building. Post asked if there was enough space
to put a new building on the lot. Cordes said no, they have
to have 50 feet to build a new building. Axtell would like
to possibly expand her property in the future. Cordes will
get prices for the property and talk to the council at the
Cordes said we really need to think about updating the power
lines from the power plant to Madison Street. They are
copper and very frail. He talked about the previous bids
that he received a few months ago. DeLissa made a motion to
have Cordes, at his judgement, schedule Custom Energy
Services to do the work, seconded by Musgrove with all in
Cordes said the city now owns the Cottrell building. He has
concerns about tearing it down because the neighbor to the
east has a dirt basement. The council discussed leaving 6
feet of the current foundation when the building is torn
down. Cordes will get bids.
Cordes opened 5 bids to update the city clerk’s office.
Gonzalez made a motion to accept B&D Painting’s bid in the
amount of $3,450.40, seconded by Post with all in favor.
Neel asked the council if they would like to donate to the
Meade After Prom. Musgrove made a motion to donate $200 in
chamber bucks to the Meade After Prom, seconded by DeLissa
with 4 in favor, Post abstained.
Neel said Officer Ritter approached her about the Sheriff’s
office purchasing his used police vest. Post made a motion
to have the Sheriff’s office purchase Ritter’s vest for
$280, seconded by Gonzalez with all in favor.
Neel asked to transfer $15,000 from the general fund to the
HRA account. DeLissa made a motion to transfer $15,000 from
the general fund to the HRA account, seconded by Musgrove
with all in favor.
DeLissa said he talked to Boyd Orr about the abandoned or
empty commercial buildings downtown only paying a
residential property tax rate if there is not a business in
the store front. Orr suggested having the city write a
letter to the State about our concerns. He asked that we
also call the League of Ks Municipalities. They will also
help lobby for the city.
Gonzalez said the basketball season has started and he will
be gone for some of the city council meetings. He will get
the dates to Neel.
Kuhns asked the council if they would consider using some of
the sidewalk incentive fund to help replace a few golf cart
pads at the Golf Course. Post said no way, that money is to
be used for sidewalks. No more discussion was had.
Neel discussed changes that need to be made to the city
handbook and police policy. The council asked to have them
typed up and brought back to the next meeting.
DeLissa asked to go into executive session for 5 minutes
for land acquisition to protect the public interest in
obtaining the property at a fair price with Neel and Cordes
included, seconded by Musgrove with all in favor. The open
meeting will resume at 9:19 in this room. After executive
session no action was taken.
With no further action to come before the council, Musgrove
made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Post with all in
Richard Knott, Mayor
Tiffany Neel, City Clerk