December 7, 2015 –
Members Present – Rick Martin, Betty
Nelson, David Higbee, Emile Gallant, Corey Peterson, Becky Anderson, Blaine Heble & Mayor Bill
Absent – Kelley Menke
Others Present – Greg DuMars, Tim
Berggren, Dan Carr, Gary Shogren, Tim Dunn, Holly Lofton, Kate Elliott, Jerry
Lovett-Sperling, Bill Gusenius, Amy Habiger, David Carlson, Kimi Stoltzenberg,
Kathy Richardson, Dane Pavlovich, Bill Buschbom, Chance Penner, Chace Penner, Dylan
Goodell, Margo Lysell & Liz Lahodny
meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Invocation was given by Pastor Bill Buschbom of Bethany Home.
Public Input – Chace & Chance
Penner presented a short video concerning the need to improve Union
Street. The topic will go to staff for
study. Dylan Goodell spoke regarding the
need for traffic sighs (yield or stop) at 3 intersections. This topic will go to Public Satefy for
Carlson – Addressed council regarding the retention of students at Bethany
College and the need for Lindsborg sponsors for the students. (letter is attached at the conclusion of the
Richardson & Dane Pavlovich representing Ad Hoc/Bethany thanked council for
the many positive things that have taken place in Lindsborg over the last year.
Amendment to the
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Taylor
indicated that the items addressed in the code enforcement resolution had been
addressed and the issue would be closed on Dec. 8th. He also noted the great Snowflake parade and
the upcoming Lucia Festival. Remember to
give to the less fortunate. There will
be a regional wrestling tournament in town on February 19 & 20.
Consent Agenda – Betty Nelson moved
to approve the consent agenda that includes the minutes of the November 16,
2015 regular meeting, Purchase Order Ordinance 4955 and Payroll Ordinance 4952. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
& Zoning – ANNEXATION ORDINANCE 4953 – 800 N Kansas –
Betty Nelson moved to adopt Ordinance 4953, annexing 20 acres known as 800 N
Kansas. Motion seconded by Emile Gallant
and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Business – None
Business – TELEPHONE
SYSTEM - Currently the city telephone service is the Plexar service with
AT&T. That contract expired May of 2014. AT&T will renew the Plexar
service for another 3 years, but beyond that they will not be offering this
service. AT&T is in the process of discontinuing all of their copper line
based service programs. Plexar is a copper line based service. Proposals were
received for the 3 year Plexar service and for voice over internet protocol
(VoIP) phone service. VoIP proposals were received from AT&T and Cox
Communications for a 3 year agreement. The AT& T VoIP service is called
Flex IP and the Cox Communications VoIP service is called PRI (Primary Radio
Interface). A switch to VoIP service would require a software card change out
in the phone system controller and the replacement of 6 phones. After discussion, Rick Martin moved to
approve the Cox Business PRI 10 2-Way phone service and hardware for VoIP phone
service. Motion seconded by Becky
Anderson and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
LEGAL SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR USDA RD
LOAN - A USDA Rural Development loan is being secured for the construction of a
new Emergency Medical Services building to house EMS. One of the requirements of
the RD loan is to secure a Legal Services Agreement with the City Attorney to represent
the City of Lindsborg legally in the loan process. Emile Gallant moved to approve the Legal
Services Agreement for the USDA Rural Development loan for the construction of
a new EMS building. Motion seconded by Betty
Nelson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
ORDINANCE 4954 – MUNICIPAL COURT FEE
INCREASE - We have received notice that effective January 1, 2016, municipal
courts will need to submit $1.00 per municipal court case as an education fee
for the training and certification of municipal courts judges. Currently the
fee is $0.50. Additionally, proposing to raise the base cost court fee from
$62.50 to $63.00. The two proposed increases would change the court cost fee
from $83 to $84. Emile Gallant moved to
adopt Ordinance 4954, increasing court costs by $1. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
EMPLOYEE HOLIDAY BONUS - It has been
the tradition of City Council to provide to every regular full-time employee a
holiday bonus of $100 per employee. Currently there are 30 regular full-time employees
with the City. Betty Nelson moved to
approve a holiday gift of $100 for each regular full time employee. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
YEAR END COUNCIL MEETING – Historically
there has been a year end City Council meeting to deal with the issues of
Cereal Malt Beverage Licenses, Sales Tax Transfer, COLA and other last minute
business. This Special Meeting is held the last week of December, typically December
29th or 30th. This is the first year of two City Council meetings per month and
many of these items can be handled during the second Council meeting of the
month. The question is whether City
Council would like to have a Special Year End Council meeting to deal with the
yearend business or handle the yearend business at the regularly scheduled
December 21, 2015, meeting. The decision
was to not have an additional special council meeting.
ANNUAL HAZARD MITIGATION REPORT - City
Council adopted Resolution 2-15 on April 6, 2015 to participate in the McPherson
County Hazard Mitigation Plan. By joining the plan, the city is eligible to
apply for pre- and post-disaster mitigation funds when available from the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). An annual evaluation report is
required to be presented to Council annually. No action required.
– PERSONNEL MATTERS RELATING TO NON-ELECTED PERSONNEL – Rick Martin moved to go
into executive session for 15 minutes to include the city administrator and
city attorney to discuss matters relating to non-elected personnel. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed. Session began at 7:16 p.m. and returned at
7:31 p.m. Betty Nelson moved to return
to executive session for 10 more minutes.
Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed. Session began at 7:32 and with a motion by
Betty Nelson and second by Rick Martin and passed to adjourn the session early
at 7:41 p.m.
Adjournment – Rick Martin moved
to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded
by David Higbee and passed. The meeting
adjourned at 7:42 p.m.
Jerry Lovett Sperling, MMC
MESSAGE TO THE LINDSBORG CITY COUNCIL —
Bethany College is a vital part of Lindsborg's life and economy. The
reality of Bethany's financial struggle is common knowledge. Don Anderson
visited Lois and myself last week to request a financial commitment. Don and
other volunteers will be making similar visits to most everyone in town. If you
haven't received such a representative you will.
The residents of Lindsborg probably do not have the kind of money that
the college needs to sustain itself. It is safe to assume that if there were
other less expensive ways to support Bethany College, a large number would be
interested, especially the leaders in our community.
A month ago I had lunch with Jaccob, a freshman
student on the football team. He gave me a reality check that you need to hear.
Twenty fellow members of the football team that he knows, will be leaving
Bethany College, not even completing their freshman year. There will be others.
Each year recidivism, students moving on, is a
concern to the college and certainly a concern to the city. The reasons for
leaving can easily be listed — I came to play football and am not willing to
sit on the bench. — I am homesick — I didn't realize the cost —They expected me
to open a book and others.
The number one reason, however, may surprise you. Jaccob said,
"They didn't feel comfortable in a small town." Think about it? They
did not feel comfortable in Lindsborg.
We lost 60% of our property in the flood a few years back. Our
basement would probably still be a muddy mess if it wasn't for the volunteer
high school and college students that came and did so much work.
One of those volunteers was Steve Williams, the
starting linebacker on Bethany's football team. Wonderful young man. During a
break, we talked about Bethany and life in Lindsborg. He only wanted to talk
about B and Becky Anderson who had done so much for him in making him feel
welcome. There are others in Lindsborg who have special relationship with
students — Sharon and John Palmquist come to mind and I am sure there are
How many other residents of Lindsborg would love a Bethany student as
a friend, as a local supporter?
Brett Morehouse, the head women's basketball
coach, organized a host family program. Twenty seven Bethany women have a host
family. Lois and I are the host family for a student from Carson, California. A
good basketball player but also an "A" student who should be around
for four years. We have taken her out for lunch — how much does that cost? I
text her about once per week — how much does that cost?
This semester will end in a matter of days. New
students will be coming in. Now is the time for the city of Lindsborg and
Bethany College to consider expanding this kind of support to new students. A
personal connection with a Lindsborg resident may insure that they will
graduate from Bethany. The cost is very little but can be a wonderful
experience for both the student and the host family.
By the way, Steve Williams graduated this spring. You would have seen
something special if you were at the ceremony. He walked across the stage with
his one year old son.
I am taking my friend Jaccob to lunch tomorrow
before he heads home for Christmas. He may want to talk about the friends who
will be leaving Bethany in a few days and not return. It shouldn't have to
Thank you for your time. David Carlson