Monthly City Council Meeting Unofficial
Council Meeting June 14, 2021
Council Chambers: St. Patrick’s Parish Hall at 216 W. Elm
ROLL CALL: The City Council of Lincoln Center convened in regular session at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Travis Schwerdtfager presiding. Councilmembers present: Angela K. Corpstein, Lisa S. Feldkamp, Brennan Johnson, Elijah Keever, and Melodee K. Larsen. Officials present: Attorney Jeffrey A. Norris, Clerk Heather N. Hillegeist. Also present: Superintendent Jesse C. Meyer.
VISITORS: Visitors in attendance for all or portions of the meeting: Art Howell, Cole Zachgo, Joe Biggs, Russ Black, Richard Harding, Kelly Gourley, Jarrod Heinze and Erica Siebert.
AGENDA AMENDMENTS: There were no amendments to the council meeting agenda.
MINUTES: Upon motion by Larsen, seconded by Corpstein, Minutes of the May 10, 2021, regular meeting were approved as written.
PAYROLL VOUCHER: Payroll Voucher No. 21-05, for May wages and salaries in the amount of $72,124.41 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 May totaled $4,347.79. Unpaid invoices received to date totaled $168,601.97. Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Corpstein, all said invoices, in the amount of $173,949.76, were approved for payment.
DELINQ. ACCNTS.: The Governing Body reviewed a list of four (4) delinquent utility accounts in the amount of $489.63.
VFW 75th ANNIVERSARY: Richard Harding, Quartermaster, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #7928, requested to barricade 4th Street from Lincoln Avenue to Court Street for the 75th Anniversary of the VFW. The event is planned for the end of September with the official date not yet set. Clerk Hillegeist relayed they would need a Special Event Ordinance to sell alcohol that would need to be prepared and adopted through the city. Hillegeist also informed Harding to apply to the Kansas Department of Revenue for a Temporary Permit to sell liquor and pay the fees. Attorney Norris was instructed to prepare the Ordinance for the July meeting. Keever moved to approved the request pending all the proper documents are obtained prior to the event and proper fees paid, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.
PARK ST. TEMP CLOSURE: Cole Zachgo and Joe Biggs asked the Governing Body to allow the block of Park Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street to be closed from 12 p.m. to midnight on July 3rd for a neighborhood block party and requested for barricades to be dropped off. They would set up and remove the barricades after the event, if approved. Feldkamp moved to approve the temporary closure of Park Street on July 3rd from 12 p.m. to midnight with notification to the Fire Chief of the street closure, seconded by Larsen.
CONVENTION OF STATES: Art Howell requested the Governing Body support Article 5 by adopting a Resolution and discussed the three-part Convention of States platform. After discussion, no action was taken.
CDBG REHAB BID: Kelly Gourley relayed to the Governing Body that the CDBG Rehabilitation Project 20-CR-003 bid opening was June 9th at City Hall at 4 p.m. Gourley reported only one bid was received and was high compared to the projected budget with construction costs rising. After further discussion, Keever moved to table the bid until a later date. Motion was seconded by Larsen, carried. FIRE SIREN PROJECT:Fire Chief Jarrod Heinze updated the Governing Body on the County Fire/Storm Warning Siren project that was started a few years ago. Lincoln County had applied for grants for new sirens and were denied on part of the project. Heinze relayed the County is purchasing a new siren for the City of Lincoln to be placed by the hospital and they are willing to take over ownership of the current sirens and poles in the city limits. After discussion, Feldkamp moved to give ownership to Lincoln County and for the City to install the necessary electric needed for the new siren at the planned location providing there are primary electric lines near the site. Motion seconded by Corpstein, carried.
MUTUAL AIDE AGRMT: Fire Chief Jarrod Heinze asked the Governing Body about participating in a Mutual Aide Program with the surrounding counties fires. After discussion, Clerk Hillegeist was instructed to contact our insurance to inquire about coverage outside of our county before making any decisions on the request.
KDHE ORD #730: An ordinance entitled “AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE LOAN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LINCOLN CENTER, KANSAS AND THE STATE OF KANSAS, ACTING BY AND THROUGH THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING A LOAN FROM THE KANSAS PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY LOAN FUND FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING A PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY PROJECT; ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED SOURCE OF REVENUE FOR REPAYMENT OF SUCH LOAN; AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING CERTAIN DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH; AND AUTHORIZING CERTAIN OTHER ACTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE LOAN AGREEMENT” was presented and considered. A motion was made by Feldkamp, seconded by Larsen, to pass said ordinance. Upon call for vote, the following Councilmembers voted Aye: Corpstein, Feldkamp, Johnson, Keever, Larsen. Nays: None. The ordinance was declared passed, was approved and signed by the mayor, assigned #730 by the City Clerk, and ordered to be published once in the Official City Newspaper.
ORDINANCE #731: City Attorney Norris next presented an ordinance entitled “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 15, SECTION 15-316 OF THE CITY CODE OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN CENTER, KANSAS, BY ADOPTING AND INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE THE INTERCONNECTION STANDARDS FOR INSTALLATION AND APRALLEL OPERATION OF CUSTOMER-OWNED RENEWABLE ELECTRIC GENERATION FACILITIES 25 kWac OR LESS FOR RESIDENTIAL SERVICE AND 200 kWac OR LESS FOR COMMERCIAL SERVICE (2018), AS PUBLISHED BY KANSAAS MUNICIPAL UTILITIES; AND REPEALING EXISTING SECTION 15-316 Said Ordinance would amend the current interconnection standards for the safe operation of customer-owned generation within the City’s Electric Utility Customer areas. Feldkamp moved to pass said Ordinance, seconded by Keever. Upon call for vote, the following Councilmembers voted Aye: Corpstein, Feldkamp, Johnson, Keever, Larsen. Councilmembers voting Nay: None. The Ordinance was declared passed, was approved and signed by the mayor, assigned #731 by the City Clerk, and ordered to be published once in the official city newspaper.
GRANT AGREEMENT: Clerk Hillegeist reported that the City had received the Historic Preservation Fund Grant to hire an architect and/or engineer to conduct design development work to provide construction documents and cost estimates for the City Hall Upstairs Improvement Project. After discussion, Feldkamp move to accept the Historic Preservation Grant and approve Mayor Schwerdtfager to sign the Project Agreement on behalf of the City of Lincoln Center. Motion was seconded by Keever, carried.
PERSONNEL: Mayor Schwerdtfager presented John M. Hansen with a plaque recognizing him for his 24 years of dedicated service to the city. Hansen’s retirement is effective June 30, 2021.
NUISANCES: Superintendent Meyer reported on the recent nuisances he had handled that were not on the current list. After discussion, Attorney Norris was requested to look for alternative options regarding the certified mail notice timeline. That process is taking weeks to be abated and the Governing Body would like to find a shorter option and still allow for due process.
GRACE HARE TRUST: Attorney Norris notified the Governing Body that the city has received money from the late Grace Hare. The Grace Hare Trust was closed out and the remaining funds were forwarded to the City for Cemetery maintenance.
2022 BUDGET: Clerk Hillegeist advised she has started the 2022 Budget and notified them of the changes from the tax lid to the Revenue Neutral Rate (RNR) process. Hillegeist recommended that the city hold a hearing in anticipation of raising the mill levy to accommodate the potential of either assessed valuation increases or decreases.
ADJOURN: There being no further business, Larsen moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Corpstein, carried. Council adjourned at 8:49 p.m.
/s/ Heather N. Hillegeist