Monthly City Council Meeting Unofficial
Council Meeting November 13, 2017
ROLL CALL: The City Council of Lincoln Center convened in regular session at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Travis Schwerdtfager presiding. Councilmembers present: Jack D. Crispin, Jr., Lisa S. Feldkamp, Elijah Keever, Melodee Larsen and Louis Zsuzsics, Jr. Officials present: Attorney Daniel D. Metz and Clerk Heather N. Simms.
VISITORS: Visitors in attendance for all or portions of the meeting: Kelly Larson, Adam Boyd, Kris Heinze, Brian Schneider, Clay Haring, Tommy Steven, Shari Pittenger, Jessica Clay and Greg Babcock.
AGENDA AMENDMENTS: There were no amendments to the agenda.
MINUTES: Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Larsen, Minutes of the October 9, 2017, regular meeting were approved as written.
PAYROLL VOUCHER: Payroll Voucher No. 17-10, for October wages and salaries in the amount of $56,796.02, was presented. A motion by Crispin, seconded by Keever, to approve said Payroll Voucher, carried.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Accounts Payable lists were reviewed. Invoices prepaid in October totaled $99,767.60, and unpaid invoices received to date totaled $136,355.85. Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Larsen, all said invoices in the amount of $236,123.45, were approved for payment. Keever abstained.
DELINQ. ACCOUNTS: The Governing Body reviewed a list of sixteen (16) delinquent utility accounts totaling $4,107.77.
WAYFINDING SIGNS: Lincoln County Economic Development Director Kelly Larson asked the Governing Body if they would be willing to accept ownership of the Wayfinding Signs that were installed as a Leadership project. Crispin moved to accept the donation of the Wayfinding Signs from Leadership Lincoln County, seconded by Zsuzsics. Carried.
HOUSING FIREFIGHTER I: Greg Babcock, representing Lincoln County and City Fire Departments, explained that the fire department volunteers just started a new class “Housing Firefighter I” and was requesting to use the property at 202 E School Street for training purposes. Babcock assured the Governing Body that they would be done with the property no later than April 1, 2018. Feldkamp moved to allow the fire department use of 202 E School Street, with demolition of the property to be completed by May 14th by the owner. Motion seconded by Crispin, carried.
REDDI INDUSTRIES: Tommy Steven, co-owner of Reddi Industries Inc., introduced himself and informed the Governing Body, he and his brother, Zack had purchased DJ Environmental LLC. Steven stated they would like to expand their business here in the Industrial Park building where DJ Environmental LLC was operating. After discussion, it was agreed that a lease would need to be negotiated following the necessary repairs to the building. Feldkamp agreed to make a list and contact contractors regarding the necessary repairs; carpet, sheetrock and mold, paint and tile throughout office, breakroom and restrooms. Feldkamp moved that the city would take sealed bids for the building repairs that would be due by 5 p.m. December 11th at City Hall. Motion seconded by Keever, carried.
DISC GOLF: Recreation Director Jessica Clay reported that the Rec Commission received a grant for the Disc Golf Project from Post Rock Community Foundation for $3,144. Clay explained the timeline for the project; the first step was to form a committee and approve final placement of goals with Superintendent Meyer. She noted she is still securing additional funds to complete the project, with ribbon cutting planned for March.
WIND ENERGY RES 17-06: There was presented Resolution 17-06 entitled: “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN CENTER, KANSAS, AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF THE BUCKEYE WIND FARM PROJECT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LINCOLN CENTER, KANSAS, AND THE KANSAS MUNICIPAL ENERGY AGENCY; MAKING CERTAIN COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT AND SECURITY THEREOF AND AUTHORIZING CERTAIN OTHER DOCUMENTS AND ACTIONS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH” was introduced. Said Resolution would provide for the supply of electricity from the Buckeye Wind Farm in Ellis County, Kansas, effective approximately June 1, 2018. Crispin moved to adopt Resolution No. 17-06. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics, carried, 5-0.
WIND AGREEMENT: The Governing Body reviewed the Buckeye Wind Farm Project Agreement between Kansas Municipal Energy Agency (KMEA) and the City of Lincoln Center that was prepared by KMEA. Attorney Metz stated the city relies on KMEA for guidance on our energy sources and agreements. Feldkamp moved for Mayor Schwerdtfager and Clerk Simms to sign the Buckeye Wind Farm Project Agreement with KMEA, on behalf of the City of Lincoln Center. Motion seconded by Crispin, carried.
PERSONNEL/HOLIDAY: In consideration of the upcoming holidays, Crispin moved to approve the purchase of $25.00 in Chamber Bucks for each hourly and full-time, salaried city employee. Motion seconded by Keever, carried. Feldkamp abstained.
KINDER MORGAN AGREEMENT: Attorney Metz explained that the Pipeline Crossing Agreement with Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, LLC is still in the process of negotiation. Metz and Airport Operator Clay Haring are anticipating that a final agreement will be presented at the December Council Meeting.
R-O-W CONSIDERATION: The Governing Body reviewed an offer of $5000 from Kinder Morgan, Inc. for the right of way consideration. After discussion, Clay Haring was instructed to consult with Olsson and Associates to see if they could determine a value of the land in question. The matter was tabled.
TEMP. ELECTRIC SERVICE: Clerk Simms explained that Esfeld Construction wanted a temporary electric service while working on the runway project at the airport. The airport is in the City’s territory however the nearest electric drop the city has is half a mile away. Superintendent Meyer relayed to Clerk Simms that since the service was only temporary it was not cost effective for the city to provide the power. Following discussion, Crispin moved to approve Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. to install a temporary electric service in our territory. The service is limited to the terms of the agreement between Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. and the City of Lincoln Center, with the line to be removed after one year. Motion seconded by Keever, carried.
POOL REPORT: Councilmember Feldkamp reported she had obtained the grant funding through Post Rock Community Foundation for the small Typhoon Water Slide at the Municipal Pool. The Governing Body reviewed the pool reports comparing several years of receipts, expenses and water loss.
NUISANCE PROPERTIES: Attorney Metz presented a Resolution Authorizing Abatement of Nuisance for the property at 202 E School. After discussion, the Resolution was tabled until the May 14, 2018 council meeting allowing the fire department to use of the property for training until April 1st. This would allow the property owner a month for the demolition of the property themselves.
Metz updated the Governing Body on the property on east South Street that was abated at the October council meeting. After discussion, Keever moved to act on the Abatement of Nuisance Resolution that was adopted if the sale was not finalized by November 27th, seconded by Crispin. Carried.
CYBER SECURITY: Clerk Simms explained that cyber security is becoming a requirement with the city’s insurance company Midwest Public Risk. Simms requested proposals for cyber security and IT support from three different companies; Wilson Communications, Eagle Communications and Nex-Tech. After reviewing the proposals, Crispin moved to approve a 36 month agreement with Wilson Communications for $484 a month. Motion seconded by Feldkamp, carried.
INDY PARK: Councilmember Feldkamp asked if the Governing Body needed to discuss anything further on the industrial park building. It was agreed that it would be necessary after all the repairs are made to the building.
ADJOURN: There being no further business, Crispin moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics, carried. Council adjourned at 9:27 p.m.
/s/ Heather N. Simms