LINDSBORG CITY COUNCIL
September 18, 2017 –
Members Present – Betty Nelson, Kathy
Richardson, Rick Martin, Mark Friesen, Corey Peterson, David Higbee, Blaine
Heble & Bill Taylor
Absent – Ed Radatz
Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry
Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Larry Lindgren, Kate Elliott, Chris Lindholm,
Gary Shogren, Dwight Swisher, Dan Carr, Dane Pavlovich
meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Bill Taylor and the Pledge of
Allegiance was said.
Public Input – Dwight Swisher was
present to ask council to save the St. Lucia that is currently located on the
north-west corner of Main & State Streets.
He offered options for placement.
Amendments to the
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Taylor noted
the remaining meetings in September and remarked on the benefits of attending
the annual League of Kansas Municipalities Conference and networking with
others across the state.
Consent Agenda – Rick Martin moved to
approve the minutes of the September 5, 2017 regular council meeting, Payroll
Ordinance 5071 and Purchase Order Ordinance 5072. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
Richardson moved to approve Dane Pavlovich to the Golf Course Advisory
Board. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and
– PERSONNEL POLICY – WORKPLACE VIOLENCE – The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL)
and the League of Kansas Municipalities recommend that cities have a workplace
violence policy as part of the municipality’s employee handbook. A proposed
policy is attached based upon KDOL guidance. This is a zero-tolerance policy
for workplace violence and outlines disciplinary action for employees who
threaten or commit workplace violence, how to deal with situations when
employees are threatened or have violence committed against them while carrying
out the duties of their position and the responsibility to report threats or
actual violence committed by or against city employees. In addition, the policy
outlines the disciplinary action to be taken for violation of this policy. Rick Martin moved to adopt the policy for
workplace violence. Motion seconded by Betty
Nelson and passed.
Business – SEWER
MAINTENANCE BIDS - Each year crews spend time on cleaning and maintenance of
the sanitary sewer lines. City staff works to clean a percentage of the sewer
lines with city equipment. As these lines get deeper and larger, it becomes
harder to do an adequate job of cleaning. The city has utilized Mayer Specialty
Services for several years to clean and inspect our sanitary sewer lines. They have the proper
equipment to clean and remove debris from the lines plus the cameras to inspect
and televise portions of the lines after cleaning. This year there is $9,000
dollars budgeted for the cleaning and televising of sewer lines. Rick Martin moved to approve funds not-to-exceed
$9,000 for the cleaning and televising of sanitary sewer lines by Mayer
Specialty Services as part of the annual sewer maintenance program. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
NO PARKING – 100 BLOCK OF S. 1ST
STREET - With the completion of the EMS building in the 100 block of South
First Street it is an appropriate time to address traffic on this block to
ensure that ambulances can leave the facility without congestion. The Chief of
Police recommends that the east side of the 100 block of South First Street be
displayed with signage of “NO PARKING” that would control public usage of the
street. This would allow the ambulances to leave the facility on a call without
having to maneuver around parked vehicles and potential traffic on the street.
It is also the side of the street, which affects the least amount of citizen
parking in this block. Betty Nelson
moved to install “NO PARKING” signs
along the east side of the 100 block of South First Street. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed.
COMMUNITY SURVEY – A community survey is
budgeted in 2018 in the amount of $20,000. The proposal is to conduct the
survey in 2017. An opportunity is available through the McPherson County
Community Foundation to reimburse the cost of the survey up to $18,000 of
funding for the survey. The survey would need be completed in 2017. In 2014, the survey was completed using the
National Research Center’s National Citizen Survey (NCS). In 2014, the survey
response rate was an exceptional 47.8%. Using
the same survey tool as used in 2014 would allow for comparisons of citizen responses
from 2014 to 2017. It would provide the opportunity to see if the needs and desires
of the community have changed, or whether they remain constant. Additionally, it
provides benchmarking of the answers to questions to determine areas of
improvement, areas needing improvement and areas of importance. The survey
allows some customization and the addition of an open-end question. Betty Nelson moved to approve a community survey using the National Citizen Survey
and to include a demographic subgroup recommendation, plus 1 open end question
in the amount of $16,875.00. Motion
seconded by Kathy Richardson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
– MATTERS RELATED TO THE PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE – Rick Martin moved to go to
executive session for 15 minutes to discuss matters related to the purchase of real estate and
include the Community Development Director and the City Administrator and
return to open session at 7:19 p.m.
Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed. Council returned to open session at 7:19 p.m.
and no action was taken.
Head Reports – COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT – Gary Shogren informed council that the billing for the Stormwater
Utility begins with the bills that are due by the 10th of
October. He gave a synopsis of the
process of billing and the possible questions that may be coming in from
RECREATION – Kate Elliott gave updated
numbers from the swimming pool season and year to date comparisons of golf
course numbers. Council asked if she
would provide them in written form.
ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE – Greg
DuMars gave council fund revenue and expenses packets for review. The closest Regional Supper is in Derby on
October 5th. Please contact
Cassie if interested in attending. He
also stated that we have secured a facilitator for our Strategic Planning
meeting after we have received the results of the Citizen Survey.
Other – none
Higbee moved to adjourn the meeting.
Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed. The meeting adjourned at 7:54 p.m.
Jerry Lovett-Sperling, MMC