May 4, 2015 – 6:30
Members Present – Rick Martin, David
Higbee, Becky Anderson, Emile Gallant, Blaine Heble, Betty Nelson & Mayor
Absent – Kelley Menke &
Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry
Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Holly Lofton, Larry Lindgren, Dan Carr, Kate
Elliott, Gary Shogren, Pastor Jim Bridges, Amy Habiger, Duane Fredrickson,
Susan Higbee, Sue Schlagel, Gaylen Bunning, Steve Cohen & Henry Janzen
meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Council President, Rick Martin, and
the Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Pastor Jim Bridges of the First Baptist Church gave the invocation.
Clerk, Jerry Lovett-Sperling, administered the Oath of Office to Council
Members David Higbee, Rick Martin and Betty Nelson.
Public Input – Galen Bunning,
Bethany College, gave a “Thank You” for the many lives touched by Messiah Week
activities, the recent Pearson Scholar, the community walks at the Bethany
track, upcoming graduation, summer activities and the football family reunion
planned for the Midsummers weekend.
Boy Scout, Henry Janzen, was present as part of earing his civics badge.
Amendments to the
– There will be a Proclamation read for National Nursing Home Week later in the
Minutes – David Higbee moved to approve the minutes of the April 6, 2015
regular council meeting and the April13, 2015 special meeting. Motion seconded by Blaine Heble and passed.
Mayor’s Report – COMMITTEE
APPOINTMENTS – President Martin presented the following committee appointments
as submitted by Mayor Taylor: Library Board – Jeremy Elseth & Phillip
Hett; Housing Authority Board – Darrell Malpert & Gordon Bengtson; Recreation
Advisory – Brad Bengtson & Amy Dreier; Planning & Zoning
Commission – Cody Whetstone, Jay Jensen & Curtis Eppenbach; Board or
Zoning Appeals – Norman Dauer; Cemetery Board – Nick Shipman, Tim
Boller & Shirley Reissig; Golf Course – Brian Bengtson; Public
Safety – Larry Van Der Wege & Loranelle Lockyear & Van Bloomquist; Sister
City – Ed Leonard & Sharon Bruce; Tree Board – Karmon Almquist,
Bill Roth & Angie Jensen; Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory
Board – Tim Stewart, Lauren Von Klinggraeff & Amy Kay Pavlovich; Sundstrom
Conference Center Advisory Board – Anna Anderson. Betty Nelson
to approve the citizen committee appointments.
Motion seconded by Becky Anderson and passed.
APPOINTED OFFICERS – President Martin
presented the following as appointed officers for the ensuing year as submitted
by Mayor Taylor: City Administrator Gregory A. DuMars; City
Clerk Jerry Lovett-Sperling; Director of Public Safety Tim
Berggren; Director of Public Works Tim Dunn; Director of Recreation Kate
Elliott; City Attorney William Gusenius; Municipal Judge Gary
Price; Fire Chief Kent Ebling & Treasurer Larry Lindgren. David Higbee moved to approve the appointed
officers. Motion seconded by Becky
Anderson and passed.
PRESIDENT SELECTION – David Higbee nominated Rick Martin, seconded by Blaine
Heble, as council president. Betty
Nelson nominated Becky Anderson as council president. Betty Nelson’s motion failed for lack of a
second. Rick Martin elected Council
MEETINGS – no additions to the list
Planning & Zoning
Finance – PRAIRIE
TRAIL SCENIC BYWAY CORRIDOR MANAGEMENT PLAN – Becky Anderson moved to accept
the documents as presented. Motion
seconded by David Higbee and passed.
& SALARY STUDY – The study was presented by Larry Cohen of the Labor
Management Advisory Group. After
discussion and questions from council, Rick Martin moved to send the document
to Committee for further review. Motion
seconded by Betty Nelson and passed.
Taylor arrived at 6:56 p.m. and he was administered the Oath of Office as Mayor
CAFÉ LICENSING – Council continued the discussion of sidewalk café licensing to
include alcohol sales. Consensus is to
continue with crafting an ordinance for committee to discuss.
CONFERENCE CENTER TABLES & CHAIRS – Becky Anderson moved to approve the
purchase of 6 round tables from Wholesale Tables & Chairs in the amount of
$1,407.00 and 60 chairs from3Tailer in the amount of $2,288.59. Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
National Nursing Home Week – Rick Martin moved to adopt the proclamation. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed.
Utilities – KMU VOTING DELEGATE –
David Higbee moved to select Blaine Heble as the alternate voting delegate for
KMU. Motion seconded by Emile Gallant
POLE ATTACHMENT AGREEMENT – Mayor Taylor directed this item back to committee
as we have had no response from Westar.
Streets & Parks – ASPHALT STREET
BIDS – Rick Martin moved to approve $73,225.00 for Hi-Plains Sand, Inc. to chip
seal an assortment of areas within the city.
Motion seconded by Emile Gallant and passed unanimously by roll call
Martin moved to approve $107,050.00 for APAC Shears to Asphalt portions of
Union, S Washington, Main and Garfield Streets.
The motion was seconded by Betty Nelson.
There was much discussion about E. Garfield being an “unimproved” street
and to asphalt it would go against city policy. The motion passed by roll call
vote with Becky Anderson voting no and all others voting yes.
Public Safety – ORDINANCE 4917 –
AMENDING FEE SCHEDULE FOR EMS SERVICES – Rick Martin moved to adopt Ordinance
4917 – increasing the run fees for EMS.
Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call
SESSION – Betty Nelson moved to enter Executive Session to discuss land
purchase to include the City Administrator for 15 minutes. Motion seconded by Emile Gallant and
passed. Executive session began at 8:07
p.m. and ended at 8:22 p.m. No action
taken as a result of the session.
Ordinance - Betty
Nelson moved to approve payment of
Purchase Order Ordinance 4916. Motion
seconded by Emile Gallant and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Payroll – Betty Nelson moved to
approve payment of Payroll Ordinances 4914 & 4915. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
Adjournment – Rick Martin moved
to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded
by David Higbee and passed. Meeting
adjourned at 8:25 p.m.