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November 2, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Minutes


Members Present – Rick Martin, Betty Nelson, Kelley Menke, David Higbee, Emile Gallant, Corey Peterson,  Becky Anderson, Blaine Heble & Mayor Bill Taylor


Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Larry Lindgren, Dan Carr, Gary Shogren, Tim Dunn, Casey Law, Joe Hulse, Amy Habiger, Stan Henne, Jay Jensen, Holly Lofton, Bill Gusenius, Pastor Gerald Berggren & Jamie Weibert


The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.  Invocation was given by Pastor Berggren. 


Public Input – None



Amendment to the Agenda – The hearing for 240 Cole will be addressed after the Mayors Report.



Mayor’s Report – Mayor Taylor stated that the City Clerk will be emailing council members the list of Citizen Committee rosters and would like council input to fill current vacancies. 

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New Business – HEARING – 240 COLE STREET – At the request of Roxbury Bank, Mayor Taylor declares the hearing open.  Representatives from Roxbury bank stated that they had no issue with the resolution that would allow them 30 days to get the personal property removed from the location.  After brief discussion, Mayor Taylor declared the hearing closed.



Consent Agenda – Betty Nelson moved to approve the consent agenda that includes the minutes of the October 19, 2015 regular meeting, Purchase Order Ordinance 4949 and Payroll Ordinance 4948.  Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call vote. 



Planning & Zoning – no report



Old Business – ORDINANCE 4945 – CHICKENS – Rick Martin moved to adopt Ordinance 4945 allowing the keeping of chickens within the city limits.  Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call vote.



New Business – cont. - RESOLUTION 06-15 – CODE ENFORCEMENT 240 & 250 COLE – Rick Martin moved to adopt Resolution 06-15 regarding the code enforcement against 240 & 250 Cole.  Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call vote.



OFFICIAL CITY DEPOSITORIES – Annually, the City must name the official depositories for City funds. There are four local banks and they are the Bank of Tescott, Farmers State Bank, First Bank Kansas, and Peoples Bank and Trust. The City may also place idle funds with the Kansas Municipal Investment Pool.  Betty Nelson moved to name the Bank of Tescott, Farmers State Bank, First Bank Kansas, Peoples Bank and Trust, and the Kansas Municipal Investment Pool as official depositories for City funds.  Motion seconded by Kelley Menke and passed.



CHARTER OFDINANCE 20 – FALL ELECTIONS 2017 - The 2015 Kansas Legislature adopted HB 2104 which moves local elections from April (Spring) to November (Fall). It provides that the local election can either be in odd numbered years or in even-numbered years to coincide with State and Federal elections.  Charter Ordinance No. 20 was drafted to meet the requirements of HB 2104. The Charter Ordinance moves the city council elections to the first Tuesday in November 2017. Subsequent elections would be in odd-numbered years on the first Tuesday in November. This Charter

Ordinance also extends the council terms that would normally expire the end of April 2017 to January 2018.  HB 2104 also changes the appointment time for appointed staff. Currently those appointments occur the first Council meeting in May. Charter Ordinance 20 changes those appointments to the first Council meeting in February of each year.

This is a charter ordinance. A charter ordinance provides for a referendum if a sufficient

petition is filed. If no petition is filed, then the ordinance becomes effective 61 days after the final publication. A charter ordinance must also be approved by a minimum of2/3rds majority of City Council. Betty Nelson moved to adopt Charter Ordinance 20.  Motion seconded by Emile Gallant and passed unanimously by roll call vote.



EMS LAPTOP - The old Toughbook laptops can’t keep up with our software and EMS is currently using personal laptops to complete their run forms. Bids were submitted after receiving direction by IT Mike Rose. The plan is to purchase one now and the other in 2016.  Bids were placed for a Lenova Yoga 3 Pro laptop; 8GB Memory; touch screen.  Betty Nelson moved to approve the purchase of a Lenova Yoga 3 laptop through Amazon.com in the amount of $918.48.  Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed unanimously by roll call vote.



Executive Session – none


Other – none



Adjournment – Rick Martin moved to adjourn the meeting.  Motion seconded by Emile Gallant and passed.  Meeting adjourned at 7:02 p.m.                 



Respectfully submitted,



Jerry Lovett-Sperling, MMC

City Clerk

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