August 17, 2015 –
Members Present – Rick Martin, Becky
Anderson, Emile Gallant, Betty Nelson, Kelley Menke, David Higbee, Blaine Heble
& Mayor Bill Taylor
Absent – Corey Peterson
Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry
Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Holly Lofton, Larry Lindgren, Dan Carr, Kate
Elliott, Gary Shogren, Kent Ebling, Bill Gusenius, Tom Finger, Tim Dunn, Ken
& Linda Branch, Abe Kummer, Marcus & Elizabeth Spencer & Amy
meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Public Input – Marcus Spencer
spoke on behalf of the residents in the 500 block of N. 2nd Street
to offer a remedy for residential parking adjacent to the new housing facility
on Bethany Campus. Rick Martin
recommended it be put on the next council agenda in a draft motion to allow
staff to study the plan and make a recommendation.
Amendments to the
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Taylor noted
that students have been arriving back for classes at Bethany College and the
local schools are back in session.
August 31st will be a council retreat conducted by John
Divine from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Consent Agenda – Betty Nelson moved to approve the
consent agenda that includes the minutes of the August 3, 2015 regular council
meeting, Purchase Order Ordinance 4934 and Payroll Ordinances 4935. Motion seconded by Emile Gallant and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
Planning & Zoning – Becky Anderson inquired if there
was a joint meeting planned for this year.
Old Business –
Business - HEARING
FOR EMS BUILDING RURAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN - As part of the development of a new
Emergency Medical Services facility, a pre-application
financial assistance has been filed with USDA Rural Development. One of the requirements
of the application process is a public hearing to receive input from the
public. A 10 day notice of the public meeting was published in the August 6,
2015, edition of the Lindsborg News-Record. Tom Finger with Rural Development
was present to answer any questions.
Rick Martin moved to proceed to gather the information needed for the
loan application. Motion seconded by
David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
CONFERENCE CENTER WINDOW ADVERTISING POLICY - Requests to post banners and posters
in the lobby and front windows of the Sundstrom Conference Center have been
ongoing. While the initial response of city staff was to not allow this, it has
become clear that many public events would benefit from the presence of
signage. Rick Martin moved to adopt the signage guidelines as prepared by Amy
Habiger, Conference Center Manager.
Motion seconded by Kelley Menke and passed by voice vote with Betty
CONFERENCE CENTER MARKETING – GOOGLE ADWORDS - Google AdWords is an online
advertising service operated by Google for businesses that want to display ads
on Google. This program allows businesses to set a budget
advertising and only pay when the ads are clicked on. The service allows the
business to only display their ads when relevant searches are made based on the
key words the business chooses. Eagle
Communications offers a package to manage businesses Google AdWords accounts.
The package includes a representative that will actively check, maintain and
report activity on the AdWords account. This person will also ensure the
account is receiving the maximum exposure within the set budget.
Martin moved to approve agreement terms with Eagle Communications for the management
of the Sundstrom’s AdWords account to include three months of service with $500
budgeted dollars per month beginning in September to total $1,500. Motion seconded by Kelley Menke and passed by
roll call vote with 5 yes votes and 2 no votes.
Betty Nelson and Emile Gallant voting no.
PAYMENT – HOSPITAL BUILDING BOND - In prior years, City Council elected to
designate local sales tax funds to be applied towards the yearly Hospital bond payments.
Over the most recent years, $60,000 per year was allocated for this purpose. In
2014, McPherson County passed a half cent sales tax—whose proceeds would be
designated for the support of the County hospital. Because of this, City Council
elected for 2015 to have Lindsborg Community Hospital pay the 2015 bond
only caveat was that accumulated sales tax proceeds in the Bond &
Interest—Hospital Fund be used first and Lindsborg Community Hospital pay the
remaining balance. The bond payment due October 1, 2015 is $55,615.00.
$4,314.16 remains in the Bond & Interest—Hospital Fund. This leaves a need
of $51,300.84 to be paid by Lindsborg Community Hospital. A request needs to be sent to Lindsborg
Community Hospital for the submittal of these funds to be received by the City
no later than September 21, 2015. This is because bond payment funds must be
transferred to the State of Kansas at least five days prior to the bond payment
Martin moved to approve the allocation of $4,314.16 in the Bond &
Interest—Hospital Fund to be applied towards the bond payment due October 1,
2015. Motion seconded by Emile Gallant
and passed by roll call vote, with Betty Nelson abstaining. The hospital has
been notified that the $51,300.84 must be received by the City no later than
September 21, 2015.
SCREENING - This year’s relocation of Public Works material to the former Tree Outgrowing
Station adds to the need for a screen on the east side of the facility bordering
Drive. Plans to install 8”-12” bare root red cedar
seedlings in the spring were deterred because State Forestry inventories were
sold out. Parks is suggesting a more aggressive approach to the matter by
planting larger and better established spaded trees.
bare root tree needs 2-3 years to establish a root system that can support the
annual growth expected of a healthy, well-watered red cedar. This means that at
7 years must pass before seedlings will reach a threshold coverage height of 8
Alternatively, a 5’-6’ balled tree, after one year of establishment, can be
reach 8’ in less than 3 years.
Tree Farm, a grower from Douglass, Kansas can furnish quality stock beginning
in October. Betty Nelson moved
to approve funds in the amount of $4,745 to purchase 65 5’-6’ red cedar trees from DeRee Tree
Farm, and drip system components from other sources. Motion seconded by Kelley Menke and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
LEADERSHIP CENTER – LEADERSHIP TRANSFORMATION GRANT - The Kansas Leadership
Center is offering a leadership training grant titled, Leadership Transformation
Grant. There are three levels of grants $10,000 for up to 15 people, $25,000
for up to 40 people and $50,000 for up to 80 people. Council reviewed
information about the grant program and also the agendas for the Lead.You.Now
($300) training and the Lead for Change ($700) training. The idea would be to
submit the grant application for $10,000 to send up to 10 people to the
leadership training. The trainees would be some city staff and also community
members. The goal would be to build additional leadership capacity in the
Nelson moved to submit a Leadership Transformation Grant application to the
Kansas Leadership Center in the amount of $10,000. Motion seconded by David Higbee and
passed. Rick Martin moved to approve
funds not to exceed $270 for class workbooks if the grant is approved. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
Executive Session – none
Other – none
Adjournment - Betty Nelson moved to
adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded
by Emile Gallant and passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:43 p.m.