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Council Meeting                                                                                                                                        March 13, 2017
Council Chambers:

ROLL CALL:  The City Council of Lincoln Center convened in regular session at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Travis Schwerdtfager presiding. Councilmembers present: Elijah Keever, Lisa Feldkamp, Melodee Larsen, Louis Zsuzsics, Jr. and Jack D. Crispin Jr. Officials present: Attorney Daniel D. Metz and Clerk Heather N. Simms. Also present: Superintendent Jesse C. Meyer.

VISITORS:  Visitors in attendance for all or portions of the meeting: Jyll Phillips, Robert White, Jessica Clay, Shari Pittenger, Leesa Frederking, Galen Liggett, Dena Donley, John Baetz, Gaylene Zier-Ryan, Bud & Georgie DeArvil, Kevin Cowan and Preston Howard. 

AGENDA AMENDMENT:  There were no amendments to the council meeting agenda.  

MINUTES:  Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Larsen, minutes of the February 13, 2017, regular meeting were approved as written.

PAYROLL VOUCHER:  Payroll Voucher No. 17-02, for February wages and salaries in the amount of $55,531.42, was presented. A motion by Crispin, seconded by Keever, to approve said Payroll Voucher, carried.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  Accounts Payable listings were reviewed, including prepaid invoices in the amount of $27,395.51, and unpaid invoices totaling $122,917.72. Upon motion by Zsuzsics, seconded by Crispin, all said invoices, in the amount of $150,313.23, were approved for payment. Feldkamp abstained.

DELINQ. ACCNTS.:  Seven (7) accounts, totaling $1,877.31, were on the list of delinquent utilities reviewed.

TEMPORARY CMB PERMIT:  A Temporary Cereal Malt Beverage application had been received from Leesa Frederking, in conjunction with the St. Patrick’s Alter Society, for the March 24th Shrimp Boil. The application was accompanied by the appropriate fee. Feldkamp moved to issue a Temporary Cereal Malt Beverage License to Leesa Frederking on March 24, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Motion seconded by Crispin, carried.

LIVE LINCOLN COUNTY:  John Baetz, President of Sixteen 60 Publishing Co., explained he was working on the newest edition of the full color glossy magazine and high quality website under the name of “Live Lincoln County.” He expressed that the publication is a combined effort with the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation with free publications distributed in different high traffic travel areas to promote tourism and recruit businesses and individuals to Lincoln County. He stated that this year Bike Across Kansas (BAK) would receive a copy in their welcome bags. Baetz asked if the City of Lincoln Center would again be interested in supporting the project. He explained that due to the combined effort and volunteer help the cost had remained the same for a feature advertiser which includes two pages of advertising in the magazine and a major banner ad on the website. Mr. Baetz encouraged the Governing Body to view the livelincolncounty.com website and stated that there will also be a digital version of the magazine available that would be online. Mr. Baetz advised the Council that, depending upon the success of the project, he would return annually to ask for a recommitment. Following further discussion, Crispin moved to commit $1,095.00 to the “Live Lincoln County” project. Motion seconded by Keever, carried.

LIVE HEALTHY:  Gaylene Zier-Ryan, Live Healthy Lincoln County, presented a “Tobacco-Free Policy” to the Governing Body. Zier-Ryan said the goal was to make the “recreation areas” tobacco and E-cigarette free. The areas recommended for the policy are the soccer fields, east and west ball diamonds, pool and the City Park. She explained the enforcement would be by peer pressure and education. Zier-Ryan said there was funding available for signage that she would be applying for if the policy is adopted. After discussion, Crispin moved to allow “THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING” signage to be posted at east and west ball diamonds, pool and around playground equipment at the City Park with Superintendent Meyer’s approval of placement, as an educational message only and no policy was adopted, seconded by Keever. Carried.

BIKE ACROSS KANSAS:  Georgie DeArvil presented a picture of a decorated bike and asked the Governing Body to consider allowing approximately twenty (20) bikes attached to the city poles in conjunction with Bike Across Kansas on June 13th. She said her group would be responsible for the attachment to the poles, maintenance if necessary and removal. DeArvil asked if they could be placed June 1st and left until fall festival if they were still in decent shape. Superintendent Meyer suggested that they contact business owners prior to placing a bicycle in front of their business. Crispin moved to allow decorated bicycles to be attached on the sidewalk side to the city’s utility poles from June 1st until September 9th, 2017. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics, carried.

GO BONDS SERIES 2017:  Clerk Simms reported that pursuant to the Notice of Bond Sale heretofore duly given, bids for the purchase of General Obligation Bonds, Series 2017, dated March 29, 2017, of the City had been received. A tabulation of said bids is set forth as EXHIBIT A hereto.

Thereupon, the Governing Body reviewed and considered the bids and it was found and determined that the bid of Citizens State Bank & Trust Co., Ellsworth, Kansas, was the best bids for the Bonds, a copy of which is attached hereto as EXHIBIT B.

Councilmember Feldkamp moved that the bid be accepted and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized and directed to execute the bid form selling the Bonds to the best bidder on the basis of the bids and the terms specified in the Notice of Bond Sale. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Crispin. The motion was carried by a vote of the Governing as follows Aye: Unanimous. Nay: None.

GO BOND ORD #716:  Thereupon, there was presented to the governing body an Ordinance entitled: “AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND PROVIDEING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2017, OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN CENTER, KANSAS; PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY AND COLLECTION OF AN ANNUAL TAX FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING THE PRINCIPAL OF AN INTEREST ON SAID BONDS AS THEY BECOME DUE; AUTHORIZING CERTAIN OTHER DOCUMENTS AND ACTIONS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH; AND MAKING CERTAIN COVENANTS WUTH RESPECT THERETO. Thereupon, Councilmember Crispin moved that the Ordinance be passed. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Zsuzsics. The Ordinance was duly read and considered, and upon being put, the motion for the passage of said Ordinance was carried by the vote of the Governing Body as follows Aye: Unanimous. Nay: None.

Thereupon, Mayor Schwerdtfager declared the Ordinance duly passed and the Ordinance was then duly numbered Ordinance No. 716, was signed and approved by the Mayor and attested by the Clerk and the Ordinance or a summary thereof was directed to be published one time in the official newspaper of the City.


Thereupon, Councilmember Crispin moved that the Resolution be adopted. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Larsen. The Resolution was duly read and considered, and upon being put, the motion for the adoption of the Resolution was carried by the vote of the Governing Body as follows Aye: Unanimous. Nay: None.

Thereupon, the Mayor declared the Resolution duly adopted and the Resolution was then duly numbers Resolution No. 17-03, and was signed by the Mayor and attested by the Clerk. 

REC BOARD:  Recreation Director Jessica Clay informed the Governing Body she had received a resignation from a Boardmember.  

Clay also mentioned that the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce had asked the Recreation Board to help them with a softball tournament on August 11th & 12th. Clay requested permission to use the West Ball Field; the matter was tabled until the April Council meeting.

MUNICIPAL POOL:  The City Council authorized the placement of advertisements for swimming pool manager and pool lifeguards. Applications will be accepted until April 7th.

LHA/APPOINTMENT:  Mayor Schwerdtfager re-appointed Doris White to a 4-year term as a member of the Lincoln Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Feldkamp moved to confirm the Mayor’s appointment, seconded by Crispin. Motion carried.

ELECTED & APPOINTED SALARY COMPENSATION:  Councilmember Crispin moved to increase the monthly salary of the City Treasurer to $300, Municipal Judge to $225 and City Fire Chief to $100. Councilmember Keever moved to amend the motion with the Fire Chief monthly increase to $150, seconded by Zsuzsics. Motion carried. Crispin’s motion was seconded by Zsuzsics with Keever’s amendment, carried.  

PERSONNEL:  Superintendent Meyer provided a 6-month evaluation of Power Plant Operator/Mechanic Joseph Sommerlund. Due to Sommerlund mechanical knowledge and abilities, Meyer recommended he be granted all of the applicable benefits and a $1.00 hourly increase in pay. There followed a motion by Keever, seconded by Crispin, to approve the Superintendent’s recommendations, effective with the March, 2017 payroll. Motion carried.

LEASES:  Clerk Simms relayed that the City has a lease that has expired and one that needs acreage amended due to land being deeded to BC Diesel, LLC. Councilmember Keever questioned the process that was used in the past for determining who had cash rent leases with City property. It was agreed to put all leases on the agenda for the April meeting. Feldkamp moved to reduce the acreage on the Industrial Park lease bill, due to the loss of acreage, seconded by Larsen. Motion carried. 

NUISANCES:  City Attorney Metz reported that he had notices ready to mail to the property owners that had their properties abated last summer.  

FAIR HOUSING:  Crispin moved to authorize Mayor Schwerdtfager to sign a Proclamation designating the month of April as Fair Housing Month. Motion seconded by Feldkamp, carried.

POOL COOLER MAINT.:  Feldkamp said she had made contact with Pepsi and they would repair the cooler located at the Municipal Pool for free. Clerk Simms was asked to make contact and schedule the maintenance with Pepsi.

ADJOURN:  There being no further business, Crispin moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried. Council adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

                                                                                             /s/ Heather N. Simms
                                                                                                  City Clerk

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