Monthly City Council Meeting Unofficial
Council Meeting October 14, 2019
ROLL CALL: The City Council of Lincoln Center convened in regular session at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Travis Schwerdtfager presiding. Councilmembers present: Lisa S. Feldkamp, Elijah Keever and Melodee Larsen. Councilmembers absent: Jack D. Crispin, Jr. and Louis Zsuzsics, Jr. Officials present: Attorney Daniel D. Metz and Clerk Heather N. Hillegeist. Also present: Superintendent Jesse C. Meyer.
VISITORS: Others in attendance for all or portions of the meeting: Robert White, Jyll Phillips, Katy Black, Kelly Larson, Angela Corpstein, Travis Suelter, Robert Crangle, Scott Day, Russell Black, Beranda and Cody Robison.
AGENDA AMENDMENTS: There were no amendments to the council meeting agenda.
MINUTES: Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Larsen, Minutes of the September 9, 2019, regular meeting were approved as written.
PAYROLL VOUCHER: Payroll Voucher No. 19-09, for September wages and salaries in the amount of $61,862.23, was presented. A motion by Larsen, seconded by Keever, to approve said Payroll Voucher, carried.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Accounts Payable lists were reviewed. Invoices prepaid in September totaled $28,333.68, and unpaid invoices received to date totaled $135,791.16. Upon motion by Keever, seconded by Feldkamp, all invoices, in the amount of $164,124.84, were approved for payment.
DELINQ. ACCNTS: The Governing Body reviewed a list of ninety (90) delinquent utility accounts totaling $18,823.13.
CHAMBER BUSINESS BOO: Chamber Boardmember Angela Corpstein asked the Governing Body for permission to block Lincoln Avenue from 3rd Street to the Rec Building, on North 4th and 5th to the alley as have been done in past years. Keever moved to approve the request, seconded by Larsen.
VFW FLAG DROP BOX: Russell Black requested permission for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to install a flag drop box for the depository of old flags for proper disposal for the community. After discussion, Feldkamp moved to allow the VFW to install the flag drop box as shown next to the building, with the approval of Superintendent Meyer. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried.
ACCTS. RECEIVABLE BILLS: Katy Black shared her concerns with the Governing Body regarding accounts receivable (AR) billing. Black’s concern was that the city’s new policy requiring AR bills to be paid off within a year of issue would not be possible for some with income restraints.
HEALTH INSURANCE: Scott Day, Day Insurance Solutions, LLC, presented the Governing Body with a Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan (MERP) for the city employees. Day explained that the umbrella plan would still be Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBS) with a $6,500 deductible. However the city would contract with Freedom Claims Management (FCMI) and use MERP claims funds to pay the difference from the $6,500 deductible down to the $3,750 deductible/coinsurance amount. Day explained there is potential for the city saving money if we have a healthier group; if all employees had a major health issue the city would be liable for $52,250 for current employee population. Following discussion, Keever moved to accept the proposal with Day Insurance Solutions, LLC for the health insurance year beginning December 1, 2019. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried. Feldkamp abstained.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: Feldkamp moved to recess into executive session pursuant to K.S.A. 75-4319(a) and (b)(6) for the subject of the existing BC Diesel contract and deed terms with the city and the justification being for the preliminary discussion of acquisition of real property. The closed session will be for a period of twenty (20) minutes beginning at 8:10 p.m. with the open meeting to resume in the city council meeting room at 8:30 p.m. To be present with the mayor and council are City Attorney Metz, Clerk Hillegeist, BC Diesel owners Cody and Beranda Robison and U.S. Tower representatives Travis Suelter and Robert Crangle. Motion seconded by Keever and carried.
BC DIESEL REAL ESTATE: Feldkamp moved that the City waive the right of first refusal contained in the deed and current real Development permitting BC Diesel to proceed as they determine. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried.
PERSONNEL: Superintendent Meyer notified the Governing Body that he had hired a new employee, Logan Sneath, as a Maintenance Worker. Sneath started on October 8, 2019 at the starting wage of $12.50 per hour. Keever moved to approve the hiring of the employee, seconded by Larsen. Motion carried.
J JENSEN MEMORIAL: Mayor Schwerdtfager talked to the Jensen family regarding the memorial at the west ball field. They understand that a project is planned for the field and agreed it would be best to wait for it to be completed to hang the memorial.
TRANSFER FUNDS: Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Keever, the transfer of $125,000.00 from the Electric Fund, $30,000.00 from the Water Fund and $2,000.00 from the Solid Waste Fund, to the City’s General Fund, was approved.
NUISANCES: Attorney Metz has been working on the next step of the Lincoln Center Code for junk or abandoned vehicles that were sent the original notice. Metz is working on an “Order” to be sent out to allow for the owners to abate the conditions within 10 days from the receipt of the order or to request a hearing within 10 days of receiving the Order. Councilmember Keever was asked by the Governing Body to inquire how the City of Beloit is handling the impounded cars for storage.
DANGEROUS STRUCTURES: Attorney Metz presented the Governing Body with a “Dangerous Structures” timeline. A hearing has been set by Resolutions for three structures on October 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. The hearing is for any owners, agents, lienholders of record and occupants to show just cause of the property in question and be given a reasonable time to fix or remove the structure.
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT: Clerk Hillegeist presented a proposal from Computer Information Concepts for a new server and three desktop computers in the City office due to Microsoft Windows 7 end of support. After discussion, the matter was tabled and Hillegeist was instructed to contact Wilson Communications to see if they would want to offer a proposal on new computers.
ADJOURN: There being no further business, Keever moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Feldkamp, carried. Council adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
/s/ Heather N. Hillegeist