Monthly City Council Meeting Unofficial
Council Meeting May 13, 2019
ROLL CALL: The City Council of Lincoln Center convened in regular session at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Travis R. Schwerdtfager presiding. Councilmembers present: Jack D. Crispin Jr., Lisa Feldkamp, Elijah Keever, Melodee Larsen and Louis Zsuzsics, Jr. Officials present: Attorney Daniel D. Metz and Clerk Heather N. Hillegeist.
VISITORS: Visitors in attendance for all or portions of the meeting: Robert White, Beranda Robison, Krista Biggs, Kelly Larson, Doug McKinney, Jeannie Jorgensen, Sarah Steele, Norma and Jeff Kobbeman, David Dohe, Debora Zachgo, Craig and Mary Ann Stertz, Jim Metz, Lori Spear, Jessica Kobbeman, Nikki Flinn, Tim Meier, Travis Suelter and Jyll Phillips.
AGENDA AMENDMENTS: There were no amendments to the council meeting agenda.
MINUTES: Upon motion by Crispin, seconded by Feldkamp, Minutes of the April 8, 2019, regular meeting were approved as written.
PAYROLL VOUCHER: Payroll Voucher No. 19-04, for April wages and salaries in the amount of $66,757.74 was presented. A motion by Keever, seconded by Larsen, to approve said Payroll Voucher, carried.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Accounts Payable lists were reviewed. Invoices prepaid in April totaled $56,720.68. A list of unpaid invoices received to date totaled $131,545.82. Upon motion by Zsuzsics, seconded by Crispin, all said invoices in the amount of $188,266.50, were approved for payment. Keever abstained.
DELINQ. ACCNTS.: Five (5) accounts, totaling $1,248.04, were on the list of delinquent utilities.
FRA TREASURER BOND: Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Keever, the Treasurer’s bond for the Lincoln Firefighters Relief Association, in the amount of $15,000.00, was approved.
PRIDE COMMITTEE: Beranda Robison and Krista Biggs, representing the Pride Committee, wanted to give an update to the Governing Body regarding the “First Fridays in the Park.” The dates of the events are June 7th, July 5th and August 2nd with several activities planned. Pride requested for the use of the bandstand and park past midnight, outside pool and park restrooms to be open and for extra trash cans to be in the park. The Governing Body approved the request with Clerk Hillegeist to inform Superintendent Meyer.
ALLEY PURCHASE: Jeannie Jorgensen asked the Governing Body if they could purchase the alley between Bowland Avenue and South Street behind her and neighboring residences. The alley has never been vacated. The city has been attempting to open said alley, which has been over grown by trees and structures have been placed there. The matter was tabled until the June meeting to confer with Superintendent Meyer on utility access and his concerns if any with selling the alley.
ICS PROGRAM: David Dohe, Lincoln County Emergency Service Director, explained the importance of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) training that is required during a disaster for elected/appointed officials, emergency responders, supervisors and Public Information Officers (PIO). Dohe encouraged all who could to take the NIMS 100 and NIMS 700 classes online and turn in the documentation, so he could issue badges to them which would allow clearance to return to the disaster site to help with the Incident Command Structure.
IRB PUBLIC HEARING: Mayor Schwerdtfager opened the public hearing to receive comments in regard to the issuance by the Issuer of its Taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds (US Tower Corp.), not to exceed principal amount of $3,000,000 in bonds and in regard to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of property constructed or purchased with such funds. The purpose of the bond issuance is to expand US Towers Corporation by adding 4 phases of building expansions, equipment and employing twenty-five more employees. No public comments were received.
IRB RES. #19-02: Resolution No. 19-02 was presented, entitled “A RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN CENTER, KANSAS DETERMINING THE ADVISABILITY OF ISSUING TAXABLE INDUSTRIAL REVENUE BONDS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPPING OF ADDITIONS TO A FACILITY LOCATED IN SAID CITY; AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF RELATED DOCUMENTS.” Feldkamp moved to adopt Resolution 19-02. Motion seconded by Keever, carried.
No decision was made on the exemption from ad valorem taxation for US Towers Corp. The matter was tabled until the June 10th Council meeting.
STRATEGIC DOING HEALTHY LIVING PLAN: Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Director, Kelly Larson, did an overview of the Strategic Doing Healthy Living Master Plan that first began in 2015. Larson explained that we need to adopt the plan to allow for the ability to apply for Safe Routes to School Grants (SRTS). After discussion of all the projects, Crispin moved to adopt the Strategic Doing Healthy Living Master Plan. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics, Keever opposed, carried.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: Feldkamp moved to recess into executive session pursuant to the non-elected personnel exception, K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(1), with City Attorney Metz, Clerk Hillegeist, Rec Director Jessica Kobbeman and Rec Board members Debora Zachgo, Jim Metz, Lori Spear, Nikki Flinn, in order to discuss compensation of a city employee, for a period of ten (10) minutes. The open meeting will resume in the city council meeting room at 9:21p.m. Motion seconded by Keever, carried.
REC COMMISSION: A letter of resignation from Jessica Kobbeman had been received and placed on file. Her last day on the job will be July 6, 2019. Crispin moved for the Rec Board to offer Compensation Option one from the Commission working groups suggestions for the starting wage of $14.28/hour. Motion seconded by Feldkamp, carried.
WATER CERTIFICATION: City Maintenance Worker Darren Johnson had recently completed the requirements for a Class I Water Operator Certification. Upon motion by Crispin, seconded by Keever, Johnson was granted a $.50 increase in pay, effective with the May Payroll.
PERSONNEL: A letter of resignation from Dylan Rohrig had been received and placed on file. His last day on the job will be May 24, 2019. Clerk Hillegeist requested on behalf of Superintendent Meyer to advertise for a Maintenance position. The Governing Body approved for advertising for the position.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: Crispin moved to recess into executive session for the preliminary discussion of the acquisition of real estate exception, K.S.A. 75-4319(b) (6) for ten (10) minutes, in order to discuss a parcel of property of interest. The open meeting will resume in the city council meeting room at 9:34 p.m. Motion seconded by Feldkamp, carried.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: Crispin moved to recess into executive session for the preliminary discussion of the acquisition of real estate exception, K.S.A. 75-4319(b) (6) for five (5) minutes, in order to discuss a parcel of property of interest. The open meeting will resume in the city council meeting room at 9:41 p.m. Motion seconded by Feldkamp, carried.
LAND ACQUISTION: Keever moved to purchase the Kenneth Ryan Trust property, a tract of land in the SE/4 of 36-11-8, Lincoln County, a total of 23.70 acres for the appraisal amount of $36,100. Motion seconded by Feldkamp. Crispin & Zsuzsics opposed, carried.
NUISANCE PROPERTIES: The Governing Body reviewed a list of nuisance properties. Attorney Metz said he is working on the letter to send out for the vehicles that Superintendent Meyer had focused on.
LIBRARY ORDINANCE #724: Attorney Metz presented the Governing Body with a copy of an Ordinance revising the city’s ordinance concerning the Library’s tax levy limit. After discussion, Crispin moved to pass the following Ordinance, entitled, "AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN CENTER, KANSAS, TO LEVY TAXES EACH YEAR FOR THE CITY LIBRARY; PLACING LIMITATION THEREON; AND REVOKING CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 3 DATED MARCH 14, 1988." The motion was seconded by Feldkamp. Upon call for vote, the following Councilmembers voted Aye: Crispin, Feldkamp, Keever, Larsen, Zsuzsics. Councilmembers voting Nay: None. The Ordinance was declared passed, was approved and signed by the Mayor, assigned #724 by the City Clerk, and ordered to be published once in the official city newspaper.
LEASES: Attorney Metz was reminded that the Governing Body wants to put all leases out for bid in January allowing for the 60 day window to give notice to the current tenants.
ADJOURN: There being no further business, Crispin moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics, carried. Council adjourned at 9:50 p.m.
/s/ Heather N. Hillegeist