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November 7, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Minutes


Members Present –Rick Martin, Betty Nelson, Mark Friesen, Blaine Heble, Corey Peterson, Emile Gallant, David Higbee & Bill Taylor

Absent – Kelley Menke

Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Gary Shogren, Kate Elliott, Holly Lofton, Larry Lindgren, Dan Carr, Tim Dunn, Amy Habiger, Martha Danielson, Chris Lindholm, Mike Peterson, Dorothy Peterson, Gary & Dixie Mattis, Pastor Ethan Feistner and 4 Bethany students 



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


Public Input – None


Amendments to the Agenda – None


Mayor’s Report – Mayor Taylor reminded everyone to vote on Tuesday.  City offices will be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day.  Review of November meetings.


Consent Agenda – Blaine Heble moved to approve the Consent Agenda which includes the minutes of the October 17, 2016, regular meeting, Payroll Ordinance 5016 and Purchase Order Ordinance 5017.  Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


Appointments – Betty Nelson moved to approve the appointment of Becky Anderson to the Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board.  Motion seconded by Emile Gallant and passed.


Planning & Zoning – No report


Old Business – WATER RIGHT LEASE - At the October 17, 2016, City Council meeting, staff was directed to gather more information regarding the value of the water right lease. Based upon the gathering of additional information the calculation (Method Attached) of the value of the annual water lease was revised. For years 1-5, the annual lease is $3800. For the renewal term, the calculation method is described along with the source documents. Renewal term amount is based upon the same methodology as the initial term lease payment.

Rick Martin moved to recommend approval of the Water Rights Agreement with the Dorothy E. Peterson Trust pending approval of the Kansas Division of Water Resources and the Water Rights Agreement be presented to City Council subsequent to the approval by the Kansas Division of Water Resources.  Motion seconded by Blaine Heble and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


New Business – PARKS MOWER REPAIR – The Parks Grasshopper Model 930D mower, purchased in February 2011, developed problems with the hydraulic drive motor. Staff took the mower to All Seasons Power Equipment, Salina, our regular repair service for Grasshopper brand mowers, and an estimate is attached. The cost of material and labor to replace the hydrostatic pump requires Council action to proceed. Contact with other repair services confirmed that the estimate was reasonable, and that the expense to transport the mower in order to obtain comparable bids was not justified.

It is possible that drive belts will need to be replaced. We will not know that until the mower is disassembled, therefore, additional funds have been added to the request.

Betty Nelson moved to approve funds not to exceed $1,400 for All Seasons Power Equipment to repair the mower.  Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


EMS BUILDING – Council reviewed a proposal from Wiens Construction to reduce the cost of the proposed EMS building.  After discussion, David Higbee moved to approve the amendments to the EMS structure to reduce the cost to $700,000.00.  Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


Executive Session - None


Department Head Reports- CVB/SUNDSTROM – There were 13 events held at the JOS in October (5 were weddings).  CVB also had a busy October with travel writers, AAA publications and Mid-West Living.  There are 2 previous Leadership Kansas classes who will be meeting here in December.  Cleaning & Maintenance issues need attention at the JOS.


PUBLIC WORKS – There was discussion on the new option for water tower maintenance.  It was the consensus of council to pursue this option.


PUBLIC SAFETY – Chief reported that he had met with officials of Bethany College to discuss the extra funding the city has provided to added security.  Bethany suggested additional police presence at college events and that has been working very well. 


Other - None


Adjournment – Betty Nelson moved to adjourn the meeting.  Motion seconded by Cory Peterson and passed.  Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Jerry Lovett-Sperling, MMC

City Clerk

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