Monthly City Council Meeting Unofficial
Council Meeting June 10, 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. Also present: Superintendent Jesse C. Meyer.
VISITORS: Visitors in attendance for all or portions of the meeting: Robert White, Sarah Steele, Jyll Phillips, Kelly Larson, Doug McKinney, Jeannie Jorgensen, Travis and Alisa Suelter.
AGENDA AMENDMENTS: There were no amendments to the council meeting agenda.
MINUTES: Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Larsen, Minutes of the May 13, 2019, regular meeting were approved as written.
PAYROLL VOUCHER: Payroll Voucher No. 19-05, for May wages and salaries in the amount of $63,182.55 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 May totaled $4,678.87. Unpaid invoices received to date totaled $132,667.75. Upon motion by Keever, seconded by Crispin, all said invoices, in the amount of $137,346.62, were approved for payment.
DELINQ. ACCNTS.: The Governing Body reviewed a list of six (6) delinquent utility accounts in the amount of $1,092.03.
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. After discussion, the Governing Body agreed to finish installing the alley as it is shown on the map and retain ownership at the city’s expense.
VACANT LOT USE: The matter was tabled as no discussion was had.
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 $8,000,000 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. Few public comments were received.
IRB RES. # 19-03: Resolution No. 19-03 was presented, entitled “A RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN CENTER, KANSAS AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 19-02 OF THE CITY OF THAT DETERMINED 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.” Keever moved to adopt Resolution 19-03. Motion seconded by Feldkamp, carried.
PILOT: Sarah Steele, attorney at Gilmore & Bell, answered questions the Governing Body had regarding the draft Agreement for Payment in Lieu of Taxes that was presented. Steele explained this is only a draft and any changes can be made for the final agreement. The draft agreement allows for 10 years ad valorem tax abatement per phase as each one is completed, with requirements of full time equivalent employee increase of six (6) in year 1, ten (10) in year 2, nine (9) in year 3with a total of twenty-five (25) additional employees to the base level of thirty-six (36) employees. US Tower’s is to report to the City Clerk each year by January 1st the employment numbers from the previous year. After discussion, Crispin moved to approve the agreement with the addition of a 10 year time limit to finish the project, subject to the Mayor and City Attorney’s approval. Motion seconded by Keever.
NUISANCE PROPERTIES: The Governing Body reviewed a list of nuisance properties. Attorney Metz explained letters have been sent out to several property owners with junk and abandoned vehicle violations. Superintendent Meyer took pictures and submitted the complaints to Attorney Metz.
REAL ESTATE CONTRACT: Attorney Metz reviewed the real estate contract provided by the sellers of the Kenneth Ryan Trust. Metz let the Governing Body know he had a few questions on possession and farm tenancy. The contract has a fifty-fifty split cost for closing costs and the taxes would be prorated to the closing date. Keever moved to approve the contract contingent on any other changes necessary, subject to Mayor and City Attorney’s approval. Motion seconded by Feldkamp. Crispin & Zsuzsics opposed, carried.
2020 BUDGET: Clerk Hillegeist advised she has started the 2020 Budget process and presented the Governing Body with a list of non-operational items they had requested her to plan for in 2020. Superintendent Meyer agreed to get Hillegeist some figures for the budget.
ENGINES: Superintendent Meyer reported to the Governing Body that a rod bearing failed in #5 Superior Engine and he had scheduled someone to assess the damage. Meyer plans to have figures by the next meeting. Meyer also requested for Mid-States and Cummings to look at the new #8 Engine.
WATER PLANT: Councilmember Feldkamp asked when the Water Plant demolition was scheduled to begin. Mayor Schwerdtfager agreed to make contact with the contractor again and request this information.
PURPLE WAVE: Councilmember Keever requested Superintendent Meyer get a list of equipment that needs to be listed with Purple Wave Auction. Meyer suggested we get rid of the two old John Deere tractors and replace them with a newer mid-sized model.
STOP SIGN REMOVAL: Councilmember Keever asked what the process would be to remove stop signs on College Avenue by the old High School. The Governing Body requested Clerk Hillegeist to put it on the agenda for July and ask sheriff Weigel to attend the meeting.
ADJOURN: There being no further business, Crispin moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried. Council adjourned at 9:08 p.m.
/s/ Heather N. Hillegeist