Monthly City Council Meeting Unofficial
Council Meeting January 13, 2020
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 K. Larsen, and Louis Zsuzsics, Jr. New Councilmembers-elect present: Angela K. Corpstein and Brennan Johnson. Officials present: Attorney Daniel D. Metz, Clerk Heather N. Hillegeist. Also present: Superintendent Jesse C. Meyer.
VISITORS: Visitors in attendance for all or portions of the meeting: Robert White, Joyce Harlow, Jyll Phillips, Kelly Larson, Adam Boyd, Krista Biggs and Beranda Robison.
MINUTES: Upon motion by Larsen, seconded by Keever, minutes of the December 30, 2019, year-end meeting were approved as written.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Council reviewed accounts payable lists containing December invoices in the amount of $8,562.15, and January invoices to date totaling $50,765.28. Upon motion by Crispin, seconded by Feldkamp, all said invoices, in the amount of $59,327.43, were approved for payment.
DELINQ. ACCNTS.: One (1) account, totaling $64.08, was on the list of delinquent utilities reviewed and discussed.
OATH OF OFFICE: Clerk Hillegeist administered the oath of office to elected Councilmembers Angela Corpstein, Lisa Feldkamp and Brennan Johnson.
PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL: Upon motion by Keever, seconded by Larsen, Lisa S. Feldkamp was elected President of the Council.
OFFICIAL DEPOSITORIES: Upon motion by Keever, seconded by Larsen, The Bank of Tescott and Citizens State Bank were designated as Official Depositories for City funds.
APPOINTMENTS/CITY OFFICIALS: Mayor Schwerdtfager made the following City Official appointments for the ensuing year:
City Clerk – Heather N. Hillegeist
Deputy City Clerk – Deirdre K. Mahin
City Treasurer – Galen L. Liggett
City Attorney – Daniel D. Metz
Fire Chief – Jarrod Heinze
Municipal Judge – Brian V. Grace
There followed a motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Keever, to confirm the Mayor’s appointments and recommendation. Motion carried.
APPOINTMENTS/COUNCIL COMMITTEES: The following Council Committees were appointed by Mayor Schwerdtfager:
Finance – Corpstein (Chairman), Larsen, Keever
Streets & Alleys – Johnson (Chairman), Feldkamp, Corpstein
Park, Cemetery & Fire – Feldkamp (Chairman), Johnson, Keever
Light, Water & Sewer – Larsen (Chairman), Johnson, Feldkamp
Airport, Library & Housing – Keever (Chairman), Larsen, Corpstein
ART CENTER: Lincoln Art Center Director, Joyce Harlow, presented the Governing Body with a list of planned activities and classes available to the community during 2020. This year’s needs include new flooring and painting of the walls and pedestals. Keever moved to approve a $500 monetary donation to the Lincoln Art Center to help with funding projects. Motion seconded by Feldkamp, carried.
PRIDE COMMITTEE: Pride Committee Members Krista Biggs and Beranda Robison, reported on the past year’s projects the committee had completed. Pride committee planted flowers in the planters and decorated them for Holiday Season. The committee continues to recognized nice yards, community volunteers and with the “First Fridays in the City Park.” Robison and Biggs requested a monetary donation to help with funding of future projects. Larsen moved to approve a $500 monetary donation to the Pride Committee, seconded by Corpstein, carried. Feldkamp abstained.
LCIC PRIDE RES. 20-01: A Resolution No. 20-01, entitled “KANSAS PRIDE PROGRAM 2020 ENTRY GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION,” to make the City of Lincoln Center part of the Kansas Pride Program. This would help with grant funding as the “Pride Committee” would be under the City of Lincoln Center as a governmental entity. Keever moved to adopt Resolution No. 20-01. Motion seconded by Johnson, carried.
HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: Lincoln County Economic Development Director Kelly Larson presented the Governing Body with an opportunity for the “free land” lots in the housing development. Larson explained she had a small group attend the new duplex housing units being built in Ellsworth. The lots were purchased and the infrastructure was installed by the City, but the duplex housing being built is privately owned. Larson felt like this could be an option to help with the housing development lots. Larson agreed to keep the Governing Body informed and involved with the discussions.
KDHE PUBLIC HEARING: Mayor Schwerdtfager opened the public hearing to receive comments regarding an application for funding, under the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) from the Kansas Public Water Supply Loan Fund program, to improve their water distribution system. No public comments were received.
RES. 20-02: A Resolution No. 20-02, entitled “A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COMPLETION OF AN APPLICATION TO THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT REGARDING A LOAN FROM THE KANSAS PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY LOAN FUND,” allowing the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the necessary documents to complete the application. Keever moved to adopt Resolution 20-02. Motion seconded by Feldkamp, carried.
LAND BANK: Kelly Larson recapped the meeting that was held December 11, 2019 regarding dilapidated properties and options that other communities have done to mitigate the issue. Larson requested feedback from the Governing Body regarding the idea of the Land Bank and the different steps. After discussion, the matter was tabled at this time.
REC COMM APPT.: Mayor Schwerdtfager made the following appointments to the Lincoln Recreation Commission:
City Representative 4-year term – Debora Zachgo
City Representative 4-year term – Jessica Kobbeman
County Representative 2-year term – Jim Metz
USD298 Representative 2-year term – Nikki Flinn
USD299 Representative 2-year term – Darcy Couse
There followed a motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Keever, to confirm the Mayor’s appointments. Motion carried.
CASH RENT/FARM LEASES: Attorney Metz reported the termination letters had been mailed and were sent certified delivery. Each tenant also received a description of all of the City’s farm properties and a bidding instruction sheet. All bids are due by February 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to City Hall. The Governing Body reviewed the bidding instruction sheet, Keever moved to remove item number six from the list, referencing double cropping. Larsen seconded the motion, carried. Metz was instructed to put the short version of the bid notice in the newspaper.
TRANSFER FUNDS: A motion was made by Feldkamp, seconded by Larsen, to transfer $25,000 from the General Fund to the Recreation Fund for 2020 Rec Appropriation. Motion carried.
TRANSFER FUNDS: A motion was made by Larsen, seconded by Keever, to transfer $50,512 from the Light Fund to the Bond and Interest Fund for 2020 GO Bond Payments. Motion carried.
NUISANCES: Superintendent Meyer reported he had made contact about fencing quotes and hadn’t received anything in writing as of the meeting, but had a rough estimate of $26/foot for a fence. Meyer also had a conversation with Jared Spear regarding inoperable vehicles. Spear offered to impound and store the vehicles, if the City did all of the necessary paperwork. After discussion, it was decided the City should work on an outline of steps and then invite Spear to the Council meeting for more discussion.
DANGEROUS STRUCTURES: Superintendent Meyer presented the Governing Body with new photos of the building at 126 W. and 112 E. Lincoln Avenue, as requested. Meyer showed pictures of another building that he is currently working on a dangerous structure notice. After discussion, the Governing Body agreed they should deal with the property at 132 W. Lincoln before undertaking the property at 126 W. Lincoln.
MIDLAND GIS: Clerk Hillegeist reported that Midland GIS would be starting the Sewer main and manhole GIS project January 14th.
ENGINE INSPECTION: Superintendent Meyer requested approval to have Wheeler World do a full inspection of #5 Superior engine to get accurate figures on the costs to repair the engine. Keever moved to allow Wheeler World to inspect the engine and furnish the City with a bid of what the repairs would cost. Motion seconded by Johnson, carried.
PERSONNEL: Superintendent Meyer was granted permission from the Governing Body to advertise for Maintenance Workers. Clerk Hillegeist was instructed to advertise in several different locations.
POOL REPAIRS: Councilmember Feldkamp asked to get pool repair bids. The Governing Body instructed Clerk Hillegeist to put Pool Repairs on the February agenda for discussion.
ADJOURN: There being no further business, Feldkamp moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried. Council adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
/s/ Heather N. Hillegeist