September 19, 2016 –
Members Present – Emile Gallant, Rick
Martin, Kelley Menke, David Higbee, Mark Friesen, Blaine Heble, Corey Peterson
& Bill Taylor
Absent – Betty Nelson
Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry
Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Gary Shogren, Kate Elliott, Tim Dunn, Holly
Lofton, Bill Gusenius, Larry Lindgren, Dan Carr, Martha Danielson, Kimi
Stolzenburg, Shawna Everhart, Misty Taylor, Margaret Presley, Mark & Chris
Lindley, Thomas G Nelson, Don Anderson, Amy Habiger, Joel Weide, Marc Anderson,
Joy Everhart, Jim Richardson, William & Amy Jones, Becky Anderson &
meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Public Input – Comments from
Margaret Presley –
City Council Members, Ladies and Gentlemen.
My name is Margaret
Presley. I am here to both express strong support for the Council passing a
resolution that speaks against the recent acts of racism that happened on
Bethany Campus and to offer two suggestions as to how the community can be
proactive in approaching this issue and making our community more welcoming to
and inclusive of racial and cultural diversity.
I have lived in
Lindsborg since 1989, moving from the Kansas City area to teach Social Work at
Bethany College. Because of both personal experience and my profession, one of
the things I missed when we moved here was diversity. Lindsborg is only
slightly more diverse than in 1989. I served as "minority student"
counselor at Bethany College for a short time. During that time I heard of many
discriminatory acts the students experienced on campus, in Lindsborg, and in
Salina and McPherson. Because I am no longer at the college, I cannot speak to
what current college students are experiencing, but have heard of younger
students experiencing a lot of name calling in our public schools.
Therefore, I feel
strongly that, while a resolution is important, we must go beyond that as a
community. One Idea I have for doing that is a model I have discovered called
"The Welcome Table." This model comes out of the William Winter
Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. It trains
leaders to facilitate difficult discussions on race. I cannot take the time to
go into the model here but more information may be found at http://winterinstitute.org/academic-service/.
The second idea I
have is for using the arts to help address the racial issue that is confronting us here
in Lindsborg. It would be wonderful if we could get visual artists in our
community together and talk to them about doing racially inclusive art. We
could then have a concert/art/dance/theatre show with the concert show casing
things like gospel, jazz, rag time, Latin, etc. music and performance. An art
show could be held along with the concert. The art could then be put on
permanent display at various places in our community (college, merchants, Sundstrom,
City Hall, etc.) to give a more inclusive feeling to our town. I don't know how
it would cost if to pay the artists for their time or product. This is a
project that could involve many groups in town. LAC might be able to kick in
some money and be the primary coordinator of this. Maybe the College and or
TACOL would kick in, and maybe even the City or the Ad Hoc group.
I think this second
project could be initiated immediately and have some long lasting effects.
Perhaps it could add a multicultural aspect to festivals and other activities
already held here. The organizers would have to address that matter. I am
willing to help work on both of these ideas but cannot undertake them alone. It
has to be a community and college effort. Please let me know of your interest.
you very much for your time.
Amendments to the
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Taylor thanked
all who are attending and appreciate the significance of this meeting in
support of President Jones’ family, Bethany College and the caring citizens of
announced the retirement reception for David Reiswig on October 7, 2016 from 3
– 5 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers
also reminded everyone of the Open House sponsored by Westar Energy at the
Sundstrom Conference Center on Sept 20th 5 – 7 p.m.
Consent Agenda – Rick Martin moved
to approve the consent agenda that includes the minutes of the September 06,
2016, regular meeting, Payroll Ordinances 5010 and Purchase Order Ordinance 5011. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
Appointments – Rick Martin moved
to approve the appointment of Kimi Lindshield to the Recreation Advisory
Board. Motion seconded by Kelley Menke and
Planning & Zoning
Old Business – None
New Business – RESOLUTION 14-16 –
SUPPORT OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVENESS – The City Clerk Read the
Resolution. David Higbee moved to adopt
Resolution 14-16 in support of diversity and inclusiveness. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed
unanimously by roll call vote. The
Resolution was signed and presented to Bethany College President William
Jones. President Jones expressed his
thanks to the governing body and the citizens of Lindsborg.
PARKING IN THE C-2 DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT – Emile Gallant moved to approve the recommendation
of adding ADA parking spaces on the south side of State Street just east of
Main, on the north side of Lincoln Street just east of Main and on the south
side of Lincoln Street just east of Main.
Motion seconded by Blaine Heble and passed.
CLASS – Rick Martin moved to approve $8,346.00 for Hutchinson Community College
for the fall EMT class. Motion seconded
by Kelley Menke and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
BILLBOARD – Rick Martin moved to approve the renegotiation of the contract
George Lay for the I-70 billboard that is just west of Topeka at a cost of
$3,360.00. Motion seconded by Corey
Peterson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
COURSE CLUBHOUSE CART ROOF BIDS - Rick Martin moved to approve $3,068.79 for
Mid-Kansas Construction to replace/repair part of the roof that covers the
rental carts for the golf course. Motion
seconded by Kelley Menke and passed by roll call vote with David Higbee voting
no and all others voting yes..
Executive Session – Rick Martin moved to go
into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss matters regarding the purchase
of real estate, and to include the city attorney and city administrator and
return to session at 7:20 p.m. Motion
seconded by Kelley Menke and passed. Council
returned to open session at 7:20 p.m. and took no action.
Reports – RECREATION
– Director Kate Elliott reported on the last course-sponsored tournament that
was held last weekend and that an organization has rented the course for
September 25th so it will be closed to the public on that day. She is also gathering data on the most recent
golfing season for comparison to previous years.
DEVELOPMENT – Director Gary Shogren reported that he had just attended a
workshop in Abilene regarding the FEMA plan to remap the flood insurance rate
maps in the area. He indicated that
there would be some significant changes.
& FINANCE – City Administrator Greg DuMars updated council on the financial
status of a majority of the funds for the City.
He also updated council on the status of the ambulance settlement
resulting from the recent accident. The
status of the EMS building remains in limbo while Rural Development and the
State Architect come to some agreement on construction features of the
Other – The situation of the
Auburn Pharmacy construction site is being addressed by KDOT. The Roxbury Bank property looks better since
being mowed and are now addressing the rest of the “items” that remain on the
Adjournment - Rick Martin moved to
adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded by David
Higbee and passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:42