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October 2, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Minutes


Members Present – Betty Nelson, Kathy Richardson, Rick Martin, Mark Friesen, Corey Peterson, David Higbee, Blaine Heble, Ed Radatz & Bill Taylor


Absent –      


Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Larry Lindgren, Kate Elliott, Chris Lindholm, Gary Shogren, Dan Carr, Bill Gusenius, Emile Gallant


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


Public Input – Emile Gallant spoke in support of the ordinance on the agenda to allow auto sales in the C-2 Business District via a special Use Permit.


Amendments to the Agenda – Adding a proclamation for Public Power Week and an Executive Session.


Mayor’s Report – Mayor Taylor asked for prayers for those in Las Vegas as they recover from the recent mass shooting.  He also expressed thanks for the Svensk Hyllningsfest Committee, City employees and volunteers for their work on the festival.

Mayor Taylor asked the City Clerk to read the proclamation for Public Power Week.


Consent Agenda – Betty Nelson moved to approve the minutes of the September 18, 2017 regular council meeting, Payroll Ordinance 5073 and Purchase Order Ordinance 5074.  Motion seconded by Kathy Richardson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


Appointments –  none


Planning & Zoning – ORDINANCE 5076 – ACCESSORY BUILDING SITING – Betty Nelson moved to adopt Ordinance 5076 relating to the permissible location of accessory buildings in the side and rear yard.  Motion seconded by Kathy Richardson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


ORDINANCE 5075 – C-2 ALLOWED USES AMENDMENT – David Higbee moved to adopt Ordinance 5075 relating to allowing Auto Sales & Service by special use permit in the C-2 Business District.  Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


ORDINANCE 5077 – BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS AUTHORITY – Rick Martin                  moved to adopt Ordinance 5077 relating to the authority of the Board of Zoning Appeals clarification.  Motion seconded by Corey Peterson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


ORDINANCE 5078 – FRONT YARD FENCE HEIGHT -  Betty Nelson moved to adopt Ordinance 5078 relating to front yard height restrictions.  Motion seconded by Corey Peterson.  After discussion by the council, Betty Nelson moved to table the item to obtain additional information.  Motion seconded by Corey Peterson and passed by roll call vote with David Higbee voting no and all others voting yes.


Old Business – none


New Business – WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT CONTROLS - An important controller that receives data from probes on the aeration basin and transfers that data to the SCADA system has a digital display that has gone bad. This controller is vital to the SCADA system as the data it receives controls the speed of the aerators. With a bad display, it is impossible to make calibration corrections or diagnosis problems with the probes. If the SCADA system does not see the data, it locks the aerator speed to a constant slow speed and not enough oxygen is generated for the bacteria to survive. The replacement controller is a new design with some added features. Also included is a spare dissolved oxygen probe and spare caps for the dissolved oxygen probes. David Higbee moved to approve the purchase of the YSI controller, spare D.O. probe and spare D.O. caps from R. E. Pedrotti for $3,568.00.  Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed unanimously by roll call vote.



SPORTS COMPLEX TURF MAINTENANCE - The Sports Complex Board met on September 21, 2017. At the meeting, Bethany College presented a turf management program for the baseball field and softball fields. The plan is to core aerate the field, top dress with sand, overseed, apply various fertilizers and apply a broadleaf fertilizer. The purposed of this is to create a better and more durable playing surface. The cost to the City of Lindsborg to participate in this program on all 3 ballfields would be $3,958.05.

Betty Nelson moved to approve $3,958.05 for the city share of the turf maintenance at the sports complex.  Motion seconded by Ed Radatz and passed by roll call vote with Corey Peterson abstaining and all others voting yes.


Executive Session – Rick Martin moved to go into executive session to discuss a claim against the City pursuant to the attorney-client privilege exception, K.S.A. 75-4391(b)(2), for 10 minutes and to include the city attorney and city administrator.  The open meeting will resume at 7:43 p.m.


Department Head Reports – PUBLIC SAFETY – Chief Berggren asked all residents and business owners to take the opportunity to spruce up their locations for the festival.  Flags have been ordered to lower to half-staff for the victims and their families of the Las Vegas mass shooting.  Police staff remain busy with the majority of cases involving alcohol and/or drugs.  The extra patrolling at Bethany College continues.




CVB/SUNDSTROM – Director Lofton stated that the office has been very busy with Hyllningsfest questions and ticket sales.  Advertising is going well with questions from California, Arizona and New York.  The JOS is busy with H-fest preparations.  Over 50 people have signed up for the Coronado Heights Hike sponsored by Rendezvous Sports.  Tours are a bit sower in 2017, but they have had 2 requests in a weeks’ time asking about Native American history of the area.  Barbara Buskirk will be aiding with additional information.


PUBLIC WORKS – Director Lindholm reports that Hyllningsfest preparations are at the top of his crews’ to-do lists.  There was another leak in the piping at well #9.  He has sent a sample off to be tested.


Other – Update on flood mitigation – staff continues to work on getting the proper easements for the project, It is anticipated that the plan will go to bid before the end of the year with construction to start in 2018.



Adjournment -  The meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,




Jerry Lovett-Sperling, MMC

City Clerk

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