June 4, 2007 –
Members Present – Russ Hefner, Mark Van Camp, Becky
Anderson, Lloyd Rohr, Rick Martin, Ken Branch, Betty Nelson & Judy Neuschafer
Absent – Brad Howe
Others – Greg DuMars, Jerry Lovett-Sperling, Pastor
Jeff Waugh, Ellen Morgan, Thad Morrical, Larry Lindgren, Rim Berggren, Bill Gusenius, Annette Duncan, Helen Weaver & Priscilla Johnson
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Pledge
of Allegiance was said. The Invocation was given by Pastor Jeff Waugh.
Public Input – None
Amendments to Agenda – Becky Anderson asked to add
the arch on East Lincoln Street under Streets & Parks.
Minutes – Mark Van Camp moved to approve the minutes
of the May 7, 2007 regular council meeting. Motion seconded by Russ Hefner and
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Nueschafer noted that she had
attended the All Schools Day Parade in McPherson, the Kansas Quilters who met
here in Lindsborg and the news conference introducing the new President of
Bethany College, Edward Leonard III.
She also presented Dean Anderson for appointment to the CVB
Board and Joel Weide to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. Becky
Anderson moved to approve the appointments as presented. Motion seconded by
Mark Van Camp and passed. Mayor Neuschafer then reviewed the meetings for the
month and made special note of the Streets & Parks Committee and the Public
Safety Committee are moving back to Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. The League of
Kansas Municipalities Conference is coming up in October and will be held at
the Overland Park Convention Center.
Planning & Zoning – GARDENS OF LINDSBORG FINAL
PLAT – The Planning & Zoning committee has recommended that Council approve
the final plat for the Gardens of Lindsborg. Lloyd Rohr moved to approve the
plat as presented. Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed.
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Administration & Finance – RESOLUTION 09-07 –
DEFERRED COMPENSATION PROGRAM – Betty Nelson moved to adopt Resolution 09-07
allowing city employees to take advantage of a pre-tax deferred compensation
program. Motion seconded by Lloyd Rohr and passed.
CITY HALL NEEDS AND SPACE ASSESSMENT – Several council
members have been approached to consider renovating the Sundstrom building for
use as a City Hall. This prompted a considerable discussion about alternate
possibilities. Mark Van Camp moved to ask Fred Abercrombie, architect, to
prepare a preliminary assessment for the Sundstrom building so that council can
make an informed decision. Motion seconded by Becky Anderson and passed with 5
yes votes and 2 no votes.
EXECUTIVE SESSION –Lloyd Rohr moved to go into executive
session with council, mayor, city administrator & city attorney for 10
minutes to discuss a real estate purchase. Motion seconded by Russ Hefner and
passed. Executive session started at 7:15 p.m. and returned at 7:25 p.m. No
further action taken.
OTHER – It was noted that Channel 13 is broadcasting
McPherson local information station if you have a digital cable box. Staff
will contact Cox Communications.
Utilities – ORDINANCE 4491 – ELECTRIC RATE INCREASE -
Lloyd Rohr moved to adopt Ordinance 4491, which increases the base charge from
$5 to $8 dollars for residential electric customers and an Electric Energy Cost
Adjustment for all electric customers to take effect with billings that are due
by October 10, 2007. Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed.
MANHOLE REHABILITATION PROGRAM – Lloyd Rohr moved to approve
the contract with Utility Maintenance Contractors to rehabilitate manholes
throughout the city at a cost not to exceed $10,000. Motion seconded by Ken
Branch and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Streets & Parks – LINDSBORG GOLF COURSE – No
action was taken on this topic. Staff will gather more information for future
ARCH ON EAST LINCOLN – Becky Anderson presented some ideas
to add a few Swedish touches to the East Lincoln Arch. The idea is to draw the
attention of passers by to get more traffic downtown. Several ideas were
discussed and Ken Branch moved to send this item to committee for further
study. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed.
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Public Safety – FIREWORKS PERMIT – Rick Martin moved
to approve the Fireworks Permit request for the July 4th
celebration. Motion seconded by Mark Van Camp and passed.
Purchase Order – Betty Nelson moved to approve
payment of Purchase Order ordinance 4494. Motion seconded by Mark Van Camp and
passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Payroll – Lloyd Rohr moved to approve payment of
Payroll Ordinances 4492 & 4493. Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
Other – Jerry Sperling, City Clerk, thanked Council
for allowing her the opportunity to attend the International Institute of
Municipal Clerks conference. She encouraged all council members to attend
conferences for the education and the networking with other cities.
Adjournment – Russ Hefner moved to adjourn the
meeting. Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed. Meeting adjourned at
Jerry Lovett-Sperling, CMC