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November 21, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Minutes


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

Absent – Blaine Heble

Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Gary Shogren, Kate Elliott, Larry Lindgren, Dan Carr, Tim Dunn, Amy Habiger, Martha Danielson, Chris Lindholm, Bill Gusenius, Lori Shultz & Darrell Cooper



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


Public Input – Ms. Shultz spoke with concern that the late fee charged for delinquent utility bills is too high and puts an undue burden on citizens.  Pastor Cooper spoke in support of the opinion. 


Amendments to the Agenda – none


Mayor’s Report – Mayor Taylor wished all a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels for those who will be traveling on the weekend.  He also noted the meeting for the upcoming days.


Consent Agenda – Kelley Menke moved to approve the minutes of the November 7, regular council meeting, Payroll Ordinance 5018 and Purchase Order Ordinance 5019.  Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


Appointments – Betty Nelson moved to approve the appointment of Alayasia Ouerfelli to the EMS service.  Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed.  Rick Martin moved to approve the re-appointment of Angela and Chris Venables to the EMS service.  Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed.


Planning & Zoning – no report


Old Business – None


New Business – SPP TRANSMISSION STUDY for SPA HYDROPOWER – Betty Nelson moved to approve the transmission study request through KMEA to the Southwest Power Pool for 300 kilowatts in an amount not to exceed $5,000.00.  Motion seconded by Emile Gallant and passed unanimously by roll call vote. 


BOUNDARY ORDINANCE DRAFT SERVICE AGREEMENT – Rick Martin moved to approve funds not to exceed $2,000 to have Riggs & Associates prepare a Boundary Ordinance.  Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


Executive Session – none


Department Head Reports – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/PARKS – Gary Shogren gave an update on the timeline on the trail extension to Emerald Lake Estates and back along Wells Fargo Road.  The design of the plans will take place next year with construction to start in 2018.  The base mapping and boundary survey have been completed and staking will begin soon.


RECREATION/GOLF COURSE – Kate Elliott gave an update on the basketball program this year.  Enrollment is up this year with 110 youth.  There are 14 teams (5 still without coaches) but will have those positions filled soon.


ADMINISTRATION/FINANCE – Larry Lindgren provided the financial analysis for the city to date for 2016.


Other – There will be data provided about the utility penalty rate at an upcoming study session.  The Hearing that had previously been on the agenda was continued because the Roxbury Bank got a judgement against Mr. Hulse.


Adjournment – Rick Martin moved to adjourn the meeting.  Motion seconded by Kelley Menke and passed.  Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,



Jerry Lovett-Sperling, MMC

City Clerk


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