LINDSBORG CITY COUNCIL
March 4, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Members Present – W.R. Chestnut, Russ Hefner, David Higbee, Rick Martin, Ken Branch, Brad Howe, Becky Anderson & Judy Neuschafer
Absent – Betty Nelson
Others – Greg DuMars, Jerry Lovett-Sperling, Tim Dunn, Tim Berggren, Holly Lofton, Andrew Tabor, Larry Lindgren, Bill Gusenius, Dan Carr, Bill Taylor, Darren Ebling, Emile Gallant, Josh Nelson, Daryl Johnson, Rick Nelson, Justin Pike and Gary Martin
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was said. Invocation was given by Pastor Gary Martin. .
Public Input – None
Amendments to the Agenda – Add Water Well Meter Replacement to Utilities.
Minutes – Brad Howe moved to approve the minutes of the February 4, 2013 regular council meeting and the February 11, 2013 special meeting. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed.
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Neuschafer expressed condolences to Council Members Becky Anderson and Betty Nelson on the recent losses in their families. She thanked all of the city employees who pitched in to help clear the streets from the recent snowstorms. Many positive comments were received from participants in the Daddy/Daughter Ball. Congratulations to Recreation Director Andrew Tabor and his volunteers for a great evening. Thanks and appreciation in advance to the community to cleaning up their respective properties in advance of visitors in town for Holy Week.
The City Administrator noted that HB2285 which would allow reclassification of commercial and business fixtures to personal property, thus causing a tax shift in the state of 2 to 4 million dollars. The effect on cities and counties would be dramatic and could amount to upwards of $60,000 annually for the city. If this bill becomes law, the city would be faced with either a dramatic increase in property tax or an equally dramatic decrease in services. Council members asked him to forward the list of state committee members to them.
March meetings – There is a Planning & Zoning meeting scheduled for the 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Planning & Zoning – no action.
Administration & Finance – RESOLUTION 02-13 - SUPPORTING TAX CREDITS FOR GARDENS OF LINDSBORG – Becky Anderson moved to adopt Resolution 02-13 in support of Rural Equities, LLC, the developers of the Gardens of Lindsborg, application for tax credits. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed.
SUNDSTROM CONFERENCE CENTER AUDIO/VISUAL PROPOSALS – Becky Anderson moved to approve the proposal from Hopp’s Sound & Electric in the amount of $36,056.25 for the audio/visual equipment for the conference center. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
DOWNTOWN BANNER QUOTE – Becky Anderson moved to approve the purchase of 10 banners depicting Bethany College for use on the downtown light poles at a cost of $1,015.70. Motion seconded by Ken Branch. Discussion concerned the number of banners needed and the price difference by purchasing 20 versus 10. Ms. Anderson then withdrew her motion with approval of the seconder. Becky Anderson then moved to approve the purchase of 20 banners at a cost of $1,445.40 with Bill Gusenius and Russ Hefner volunteering to cover the difference of $440.00. Motion seconded by Ken Branch and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
TRAVEL WRITERS POLICY – Becky Anderson moved to approve the Travel Writers Policy as recommended by the Convention & Visitors Board of Directors and presented by Director Holly Lofton. Motion seconded by Russ Hefner and passed.
Utilities – WATER CONSERVATION PLAN – Brad Howe asked for consensus of the council members to approve sending the updated water conservation plan to the Kansas Water Office for approval. After discussion, consensus was given to the Public Works Director to forward the plan to the Kansas Water Office.
DIGGER DERRICK QUOTE – Brad Howe moved to approve the purchase of the 2005 Digger Derrick from Altec Nueco at a cost of $75,000.00 delivered. Motion seconded by Russ Hefner and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
WATER WELL METER REPLACEMENT – Brad Howe moved to approve the purchase of 4 meters from HD Supply at a cost of $13,987.80. These meters will replace 3 at the well site and one at the entrance to the city. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Streets & Parks – JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP GOLF RATES – Rick Martin moved to approve a Junior Membership rate of $75 annually for youth under age 15 at the Lindsborg Golf Course. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed.
Public Safety – EMS BILLING PROVIDER QUOTES – Rick Martin moved to approve the quote from OMNI EMS BILLING which will handle the ems billing for 9% of collected revenue. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed.
EMS SOFTWARE QUOTES – Rick Martin moved to approve the quote from Ambu-Pro software in the amount of $4,227.75 with annual maintenance of $1,775.04. Motion seconded by Russ Hefner and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
EMS HARDWARE QUOTES – Rick Martin moved to approve the quote from Ambu-Pro for the purchase of 2 Panasonic Toughbooks and associated accessories in the amount of $3,436.00. Motion seconded by Brad Howe and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Purchase Order – ORDINANCE 4798 - Russ Hefner moved to approve payment of Purchase Order 4798. Motion seconded by W. R. Chestnut and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Payroll – ORDINANCES 4796 & 4797 – Brad Howe moved to approve payment of Payroll Ordinances 4796 & 4797. Motion seconded by W. R. Chestnut and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Adjournment – Ken Branch moved to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.
Jerry Lovett-Sperling, MMC