September 21, 2015 –
Members Present – Rick Martin, Becky
Anderson, Betty Nelson, Kelley Menke, David Higbee, Emile Gallant, Corey
Peterson & Mayor Bill Taylor
Absent – Blaine Heble
Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry
Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Holly Lofton, Larry Lindgren, Dan Carr, Kate
Elliott, Gary Shogren, Bill Gusenius, Tim Dunn, Stephanie Wessel, Marcus &
Elizabeth Spencer, Ken & Linda Branch Bob Carlson, Darren Dohrman &
meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Public Input – Bob Carlson,
Bethany College, spoke regarding the parking issue in the 500 block of N 2nd. Bethany would like to be a good neighbor and
would take over the “policing” of the parking situation.
Wessel spoke regarding the letter sent to council requesting a review of the
regulations regarding keeping chickens within the city limits. Mayor Taylor stated that the issue would be
given to staff for investigation and the item would appear on the October 5th
council meeting agenda.
Amendments to the
Mayor’s Report – #1 – With
Hyllningsfest coming up, he appreciates residents and business sprucing up
their homes & businesses for the influx of visitors coming to town. Also, stating that there are always tasks
available for volunteers. #2 The K-DOT
B-Line buses plan to change the schedule to only one stop per day in
Lindsborg. #3 Thanks to the Lindsborg
Community Hospital and Betty Nelson for their work on the recent Health Fair
and Battle of the Busses.
Consent Agenda – Kelley Menke moved
to approve the consent agenda that includes the minutes of the September 8,
2015 regular council meeting, Purchase Order Ordinance 4941 and Payroll
Ordinance 4940, and the appointment of Sarai Golden to the Lindsborg EMS
Department and the appointment of Mike Dreier & Mark Friesen to the Golf
Course Advisory Committee. Motion
seconded by Emile Gallant and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Planning & Zoning – reminder of joint
meeting on October 20, 2015
- ORDINANCE 4939 – PERMITTED PARKING 500 BLOCK NORTH SECOND STREET – An Ordinance has been amended as requested at
the September 8, 2015, City Council meeting.
Martin moved to take Ordinance 4939 off the table from the previous
meeting. Motion seconded by David Higbee
and passed. Rick Martin then moved to
Adopt Ordinance 4939 as amended by staff.
Motion seconded by David Higbee. Ensuing
discussion centered on an alternate plan which would allow parking on the East
side of the street on the South half of the block and parking on the West side
of the street on the North half of the block.
David Higbee moved to put the ordinance back on the table until the October
5, 2015 meeting to allow further discussion between the residents, Public
Safety and Bethany College. Motion
seconded by Corey Peterson and passed by voice vote.
Business – RURAL FIRE DISTRICT NO. 8 AGREEMENT - The agreement between
the City of Lindsborg and the Rural Fire District No. 8 is reviewed and updated
annually. This agreement states that the City provides services and vehicle
storage for the rural fire district, as well as the payment to volunteer
firefighters for rural fire runs. In return, the rural fire district pays a fee
to the City for these services plus a set amount for the fire runs. Proposed in the 2016 agreement is a 3%
increase in the fee for City-provided services and vehicle storage. The amount
increases from $4,956 annually to $5,106 annually.
Nelson moved to approve the Rural Fire District No. 8 Agreement as
presented. Motion seconded by Emile
Gallant and passed.
CUTOUT COVERS - As part of the ongoing effort to improve and maintain
electrical service within the City, the Electric Department would like to
purchase 100 cut-out covers, more commonly known as “critter guards”. They are
placed over the cutouts at the transformers and keep squirrels and raptors from
shorting out between two phases.
Nelson moved to approve the purchase of 100 cut-out covers from Kriz-Davis at a
cost of $1,685.00, plus sales tax.
Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call
METERS QUOTE - As part of the program to convert all meters within the City to
radio-read meters, the Electric Department would like to purchase an additional
100 meters. Earlier this year 550 meters were purchased and installed but we
are still short of the total number to finish the town. After the first of the
year, in a new budget cycle, it is anticipated that an additional 130 meters
will need to be purchased to finish the program.
Rick Martin moved to approve the
purchase of 100 radio-read electric meters at a cost of $5,500.00 plus tax from
Stanion Electric. Motion seconded by Corey
Peterson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
LIGHTING CONTEST - In 2014, the City Electric Utility sponsored a Christmas
lighting contest. There were two categories, “Best Residential Display” and
“Best Neighborhood.” There were 9 entries in the “Best Residential Display”
category and there were no entries in the “Best Neighborhood.” The prizes for
the residential display were: 1st place -$300, 2nd place-$150, and 3rd
place-$50. The prizes were in Lindsborg gift certificates and could be used at
any retail establishment in Lindsborg. The prize for Best Neighborhood was to
be a travelling trophy. The contest this
year could be modified to tie in with this years Christmas season promotion,
Moved to approve the contest
for 2016 with the elimination of the “Best Neighborhood” and approve $500 for
the prizes. Motion seconded by Rick
Martin and passed unanimously by roll
SOUND SYSTEM - At the March 2, 2015, City Council meeting, it was the consensus
of council to move forward with the plan from Hopp Sound but not to engage a
contract at this time. Part of the intent of this decision was to encourage
local fundraising for this project. The total cost of the proposal from Hopp
Sound & Electric was $17,276.17. There have been several conversations with
Hopp Sound and the total cost is estimated to be between $12,000 and $13,000.
This is done by reducing the number of speakers from 24 to 12 and having a used
amplifier rather than a new one. Additionally, now that the Downtown
Infrastructure Project is complete, Hopp Sound believes it will take less time
to complete the project than originally proposed. The
Lindsborg Ad Hoc Roundtable has taken on the fundraising effort. To date they
have collected $8,858.00 and have pledges of $500 and $1000. They also have a
$2,000.00 grant request in to the McPherson County Foundation. This would bring
the total to $12,358.00. The cost of
just the equipment without installation is $8,436.18.
staff recommends approving funds to get the equipment ordered and
received. Once the final amounts are
received and raised by the Lindsborg Ad Hoc Roundtable for the installation,
the system could be installed.
Nelson moved to approve $8,436.18 to purchase the equipment from Hopp Sound
& Electric. Motion seconded by Rick
Martin and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
ANNIVERSARY – Mayor Taylor stated that this committee needs more members and
asked that if anyone had anyone in mind, to submit the name to him. Also it was mentioned that the topic could go
on the Ad Hoc agenda for potential members.
SESSION – Rick Martin moved to go into executive session for 10 minutes to
discuss matters related to the purchase of real estate and to include the City
Attorney and City Administrator. Motion
seconded by David Higbee and passed.
Council entered the session at 7:22 p.m. and returned at 7:32 p.m. No action taken.
Other – David Higbee asked
about the status of communications with the Hyllningsfest Committee. There has been some communication, be there
is much more to be discussed.
asked that the topic of Christmas banners for downtown be placed on the next
council agenda for discussion.
Adjournment – Rick Martin moved
to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded
by Betty Nelson and passed. Meeting
adjourned at 7:37 p.m.