LINDSBORG CITY COUNCIL
October 16, 2017 – 6:30
Members Present – Betty Nelson, Kathy
Richardson, Rick Martin, Mark Friesen, Corey Peterson, David Higbee, Ed Radatz
& Bill Taylor
Absent – Blaine Heble
Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry
Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Larry Lindgren, Kate Elliott, Chris Lindholm,
Gary Shogren, Dan Carr, Bill Gusenius & Holly Lofton
meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Bill Taylor and the Pledge of
Allegiance was said.
Public Input – none
Amendments to the
– A committee appointment for the Sundstrom Advisory Board.
Mayor’s Report – Last week was
terrific with the announcement of the gift from the David Nutt estate. This generous gift will enhance the whole city
for decades to come.
great Svensk Hyllningsfest is in the books.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who help make the festival
possible. AND Smoky Valley and Bethany
both won their games!
Consent Agenda – Betty Nelson moved to
approve the minutes of the October 2, 2017 regular council meeting, Payroll
Ordinance 5079 and Purchase Order Ordinance 5080. Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
– Rick Martin moved to approve the appointment
of Mari Loder to the JO Sundstrom Advisory Board. Motion seconded by Kathy Richardson and
Business – CHRISTMAS
LIGHTING CONTEST – In recent years, the City of Lindsborg has sponsored a
holiday lighting display contest. We all enjoy seeing Lindsborg dressed up for
the season. Children and adults alike appreciate seeing their neighborhoods
sparkle with the spirit of their neighbors decorating efforts. The homes are
judged anonymously and awarded cash prizes of “Lindsborg Loot” redeemable at any Lindsborg business. Kathy Richardson moved to approve $500 for
the Christmas Lighting Contest. Motion
seconded by Rick Martin and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
HEALTH INSURANCE RENEWAL - In 2013, the
City of Lindsborg established health insurance coverage through the use of
umbrella coverage and a health reimbursement account (HRA). On December 1, 2013,
the health insurance program was renewed so it would have “grandfathered”
status and not be required to meet all the terms of the Affordable Care Act
(ACA). Switching to an HRA has allowed better health coverage cost control. Under the health insurance program, dental
coverage is self-insured. Freedom Claims Management, the third
party administrator for our health insurance, provided options and quotes for
other health insurance companies to provide the umbrella coverage. The proposed policy and coverage represents a
3.5% increase in employer cost over 2017. The last increase in cost of health
insurance coverage was 2015. The premium for 2016 and 2017 were static. Estimated annual cost $332,892.00.
Rick Martin moved
to approve the change in the umbrella health insurance provider to Blue Cross/Blue
Shield with a $6,500/$13,000 deductible and the employee contribution to health
insurance cost remain at the 2017 health insurance contribution levels, but
with an increase in all copays. Rick
Martin made a motion to approve the health insurance coverage program for 2018. Motion seconded by Ed Radatz and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
ORDINANCE 5081 – CITY COUNCIL MEETING
TIMES – The 2016 Kansas Legislature changed municipal elections from first Tuesday
in April to the first Tuesday in November. An additional change was prescribing
that the newly-elected municipal officials take office the second Monday of January.
Currently, the City of Lindsborg holds City Council meetings on the 1st and 3rd
Mondays of each month. The proposed ordinance changes the January City Council meeting
of each year to the 2nd and 3rd Monday. This would retain the two meetings per month
per current city ordinance, but would allow for the newly-elected City Council
members to be seated at meeting held on the 2nd Monday of January. Kathy Richardson moved to adopt Ordinance
5081. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and
passed unanimously by roll call vote.
SIGNATORY TO APPA MUNICIPAL BOND LETTER
- As the U.S. administration proposes to amend the tax code, one of the issues
that keeps getting addressed is municipal bond tax exemption. Prior proposed budgets
and tax code amendments have included removing the tax-exempt status of municipal
bonds. The current effort to amend the tax code entitled, “United Framework for
Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” retains the tax-exempt status for municipal bonds. The American Public Power Association (APPA)
has drafted a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnunchin, Senate Majority Leader
McConnel, Chair of Senate Finance Committee Hatch, Head of the National
Economic Counsel Cohn, Speaker of the House Ryan, and Chair of the House Ways
and Means Committee Brady expressing the association and its members support
for retaining the current tax-exempt status of municipal bonds. APPA is seeking
additional municipal electric utilities to be additional signatories in support
of the letter. Rick Martin moved
the City of Lindsborg be an additional signatory to the American Public Power Association’s
letter expressing support for the retention of the tax-exempt status for municipal
bonds. Motion seconded by David Higbee and
Session – none
Head Reports – COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT/PARKS – Gary Shogren informed council that the fence variance from
last meeting will be addressed again by Planning & Zoning on Tuesday night
and will be brought back to council in November. He also noted that the fish pond in Swensson
park will be drained for the winter.
RECREATION – Kate Elliott passed out
information on the “numbers” at the golf course. She gave kudos to the
clubhouse staff for their improvements. She
also noted that the city recreation department will be partnering with the
Salina YMCA for the recreation basketball season.
ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE – Greg
DuMars shared the updated spreadsheet on revenues/expenditures of all
funds. He told council that after the
first of the year we will need to take a hard look at updating our broadcasting
abilities (or lack thereof). He also
shared some of the issues with getting the Hyllningsfest activities broadcast
this year and the continued audio issues with the council meetings.
Other – The Citizen Surveys
have gone out and we hope for a significant return to help council plan for the
future of Lindsborg.
Martin moved to adjourn the meeting, Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and
passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.
Jerry Lovett-Sperling, MMC