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Council Meeting                                                                                                                                   November 12, 2019
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: Jack D. Crispin, Jr., Lisa S. 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: Jyll Phillips, Chelsea Meyer, Kelly Larson, Adam Boyd, Jarrod Heinze, Debbie Trahan, Dan Finnegan, Lester Engelbrecht and Dennis Kemnitz.

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

MINUTES:  Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Larsen, Minutes of the October 14, 2019, regular meeting were approved as written. Feldkamp made a motion to approve Minutes of the October 28, 2019 special meeting, seconded by Crispin.

PAYROLL VOUCHER:  Payroll Voucher No. 19-10, for October wages and salaries in the amount of $62,099.57, was presented. A motion by Keever, seconded by Crispin, to approve said Payroll Voucher, carried.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  Accounts Payable lists were reviewed. Invoices prepaid in October totaled $4,818.25, and unpaid invoices received to date totaled $83,971.42. Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Keever, all said invoices in the amount of $88,789.67, were approved for payment.  

DELINQ. ACCOUNTS:  The Governing Body reviewed a list of ten (10) delinquent utility accounts totaling $3,013.12.  

FIRE CHIEF APPT.:  Mayor Schwerdtfager moved to appoint Jarrod Heinze as Fire Chief. Feldkamp moved to confirm the Mayor’s appointment, motion was seconded by Zsuzsics. Feldkamp moved to start Jarrod Heinze at $100 monthly salary, seconded by Crispin. Motion carried.  

LIVE LINCOLN COUNTY:  Chamber Representative Chelsea Meyer and Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Director Kelly Larson explained they are working on the newest edition of the full color glossy magazine “Live Lincoln County.” Larson expressed that the publication is a combined effort with the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce with free publications distributed in different high traffic travel areas to promote tourism and recruit businesses and individuals to Lincoln County. Meyer 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. Following further discussion, Keever moved to commit $985.00 to the “Live Lincoln County” project. Motion seconded by Crispin, carried.

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT PROPOSAL:  Debbie Trahan, Computer Information Concepts (CIC) presented the Governing Body with two different proposals for new computer hardware options. One proposal included a server and three desktop computers. The second included three desktop computers and user licenses for CIC’s server farm with remote backup and disaster recovery. Dan Finnegan, Wilson Communications presented the Governing Body with a proposal for a server and three desktop computers. After discussion, Keever moved to approve the proposal from CIC with three desktop computers and the user licenses for the server farm with remote backup and disaster recovery. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried.

SEWER RATE ORD #725:  There came next for consideration an ordinance entitled “AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING NEW RATES FOR SEWER SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CITY OF LINCOLN CENTER, KANSAS.” Said ordinance called for a sewer rate increase effective December 15, 2019. The increase would provide funds necessary to make infrastructure repairs. This increase will be the second one of five planned for the next five years to bring the rates closer to the current state-wide average. It is necessary to be close to the state average to qualify for grants and loans. Crispin moved passage of said ordinance. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics. Upon call for vote, the following Councilmembers voted Aye: Crispin, Feldkamp, Keever, Larsen, and Zsuzsics. Nays: None. The
Ordinance was declared passed, was assigned No. 725 by the Clerk, was approved and signed by the Mayor, and ordered to be published once in the Official City Newspaper.

SALE OF LAND:  Attorney Metz asked the Governing Body to consider how they plan to handle lots that are deeded to the City that someone is interested in purchasing. After discussion, Metz was instructed to advertise for sealed bids on the property at 217 S 2nd with a deadline of December 9, 2019 at 5 p.m. to City Hall. Metz was also instructed to put together a policy for future lot sales for the January Council meeting. 

PERSONNEL/HOLIDAY:  In consideration of the upcoming holidays, Larsen moved to approve the purchase of $40.00 in Chamber Bucks for each hourly and full-time, salaried city employee. Motion seconded by Crispin, carried. Feldkamp abstained. 

NUISANCES:  Attorney Metz reported the letters and orders that were sent out to owners of abandoned or inoperable vehicles is starting to make an impact. Councilmember Keever reported that in Beloit the city has an eight foot chain link fence with barb wire around the vehicles.

DANGEROUS STRUCTURES:  Dennis Kemnitz was instructed to make his property at 126 W. Lincoln Avenue safe by the architect’s guidance by December 9, 2019. Clerk Hillegeist was asked to put Dangerous Structures on the next agenda.  

RESOLUTION 19-10:  Resolution No. 19-10, entitled “RESOLUTION REGARDING THE PROPERTY AT 136 WEST LINCOLN AVENUE, LINCOLN, KANSAS 67455,” was presented. Said Resolution pursuant to Article 6 of the City and Resolution No. 19-09 of the governing body, the following described property has been found to be a dangerous, unsafe and unfit structure for human habitation or use. Resolution No. 19-10 is addressing the property at 136 W. Lincoln Avenue ordering the repairs or removal of the property to commence within 7 days and completed by 28 days from the date of the Resolution adoption. After discussion, Keever moved to adopt Resolution 19-10, seconded by Crispin, carried.

ADJOURN:  There being no further business, Crispin moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Keever, carried. Council adjourned at 10:01 p.m.

                                                                                        /s/ Heather N. Hillegeist 
                                                                                        City Clerk

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