May 16, 2016 – 6:30
Members Present – David Higbee,
Emile Gallant, Corey Peterson, Kelley Menke, Betty Nelson, Becky Anderson, Blaine
Heble, Rick Martin & Bill Taylor
Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry
Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Gary Shogren, Kate Elliott, Tim Dunn, Holly
Lofton, Bill Gusenius, Larry Lindgren, Amy Habiger, Dan Carr, David Hay, Mike
Dreier, Kathy Richardson & Ryan Luppo
meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Public Input – Mike Dreier,
representing EMC Insurance presented Council with a dividend check of
$9,904.61. David Hay spoke in support of
the Special Event CMB application for Farley’s.
Amendment to the Agenda – None
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Taylor’s
remarks included the All Schools Day Parade last week in McPherson,
congratulations to the graduating classes from Bethany College and Smoky Valley
High School and inviting everyone to the meet and greet for the new Bethany
College President William Jones and his family at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday the 18th
in the center of the campus.
Consent Agenda – Rick Martin moved
to approve the consent agenda that includes the minutes of the May 2, 2016
regular meeting, Purchase Order Ordinance 4984 & Payroll Ordinances 4983. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
Planning & Zoning – No items
Old Business – ORDINANCE 4985 –
REPEALING THE PROHIBITION OF OVERNIGHT PARKING IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. Becky Anderson moved to adopt Ordinance
4985. Motion seconded by Kelley Menke and
passed unanimously by roll call vote.
New Business – CEREAL MALT
BEVERAGE SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT APPLICATION – An application was received on May
6, 2016, for a Special Event Cereal Malt Beverage Permit for June 17, 2017. The
location of the event would be in the south half of the 100 block of North
Main. Patrons 21 years of age would be issued a wristband to purchase beer. The
requested hours of operation are from 7:00 pm –
am. It is the recommendation of staff to
deny the application due to failure to meet requirement of filing for application
a minimum of 60 days in advance of the event. The application was received 42
days in advance. For purposes of discussion, Rick Martin moved to approve the
application. Motion seconded by Emile
Gallant. After discussion by the council
the motion failed.
PLAN UPDATE – The Public Safety
Director was tasked to update the city’s disaster plan. The revised plan was reviewed for input by
Tim Dunn and Greg DuMars and adjustments were completed at their
recommendation. The Plan also includes some forms that are helpful in a
disaster when dealing with FEMA. After
review and questions from Council, Emile Gallant moved to approve the updated
disaster plan. Motion seconded by David
Higbee. After discussion, Emile Gallant
moved to amend to motion by changing Section B 2 to state “shall attempt to
contact by reasonable means”. Motion
seconded by David Higbee. The motion on
the amendment passed then the original motion passed by voice vote.
10-16 – 218 N. CHESTNUT NUISANCE ABATEMENT – Rick Martin moved to adopt Resolution 10-16 to
abate vehicles and trash from 218 N Chestnut with the deletion of the 1989 Ford
Truck and amend the abatement date to June 15, 2016. Motion
seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Session – NON-ELECTED PERSONNEL – Rick Martin moved to enter Executive Session
until 7:35 p.m. to discuss matters of non-elected personnel to include the City
Administrator and City Attorney. Motion
seconded by David Higbee and passed. Session
began at 7:20 p.m. and ended at 7:35 p.m.
Rick Martin moved to return to executive session for an additional 10
minutes, to return at 7:46 p.m. Motion
seconded by Emile Gallant and passed.
Council returned at 7:46 p.m. No
– RECREATION – Kate Elliott gave an update on the swimming pool readiness for
the coming summer season. She shared
pictures of the improvements that have been completed.
DEVELOPMENT/PARKS – Gary Shogren spoke about the update on the scope of
Swensson Park Master Plan and its estimate of cost; planning and fundraising
efforts for the water feature in the park and structuring the tax deductible
donations. Options for the water feature
include (1) restoring the fountain and fish bond, (2) renovating – replacing
the fountain structure or (3) a total replacement of the water feature.
– Greg DuMars had three items. 1. He had
received a letter from the attorney for the Roxbury bank stating that the
demolition at 240 Cole will begin on Tuesday, May 17. (it will not be a fast process, but at least
it is starting) 2. There will be personnel policy changes coming
before council regarding the changes in concealed and open carry gun laws. 3.
Greg DuMars and Tim Dunn will be meeting with representatives of Westar next
week to discuss the proposed new substation.
Other – None
- Betty Nelson moved to adjourn the
meeting. Motion seconded by Rick Martin
and passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:05