March 6, 2006 Minutes
Members Present – Ken Branch, Gary Shogren, Lloyd
Rohr, Bill Taylor, Rick Martin, Brad Howe, Betty Nelson, Becky Anderson &
Absent – none
Others – Greg DuMars, Jerry Lovett-Sperling, Larry
Lindgren, Linda Branch, Dan Carr, Naomi Durant, Priscilla Johnson, Richard
Kurtz, Willard Keding, Bob Scott, Lou Davis, Jack & Marliss Detmers, Mike
Rodriguez, Paul & Sally Train, Keith Kandt, Nancy Lysell, Jeff Kurtz,
Ericka Lysell, Elias Peterson, Daniel Norland, Koltan Talbott-Howard, Ryan
Reed, Tyler Staples, Dustin & Derrick Dusin, Lars Peterson, Tommy Voight,
Richard Voight, Scott Achenbach, Ronald Stam, Helen Weaver, Marsha Rolander,
Kirsten Bruce, B. Anderson, Jon & Heidi Peterson
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Public Input – Heidi Peterson spoke regarding the
Sundstrom building (attached).
Ronald Stam – Indicated that he is new to Lindsborg, but had
worked at the American/Swedish Institute as a docent for 15 years. He told
council that grants aren’t awarded to communities when there is much
dissension. He stated that he would pledge a $100,000.00 interest-free loan to
the city or whomever to jump start the project. It’s time to table the past
history and move forward.
Mayor Magnuson thanked the Boy Scouts from Troop 120 for
attending the meeting.
Margo Lysell asked the mayor why he announced that he would
seek an investigation by the Kansas Attorney General of actions taken by the
council regarding the acquisition of the Sundstrom building. Mayor Magnuson
stated that he stands by his actions and hoped that all information regarding
the Sundstrom building would be revealed.
Minutes – Lloyd Rohr moved to approve the minutes of
the February 6, 2006 regular meeting and the February 24, 2006 special council meeting. Motion seconded by Brad Howe and passed.
Mayor’s Report – Betty Nelson reported that she had
spoken with Pastor Dave Smith, TACOL President, regarding having clergy give an
invocation at the beginning of council meetings. Betty Nelson moved to invite
TACOL to resume the invocation at council. Motion seconded by Gary Shogren and
Mayor Magnuson noted that the Parks Task Force would be
meeting on March 20, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Appointments: Betty Nelson moved to approve the appointment
of Kyle Peterson to the Fire Department. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and
passed. Lloyd Rohr moved to approve the appointment of Jay Jensen to the
Planning & Zoning Committee. Motion seconded by Brad Howe and passed.
Mayor Magnuson thanked everyone for coming out for the
meeting. He stated that the election a year ago was tumultuous and that many
people had questions about the Sundstrom building that need to be answered.
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Ron Stam: Lindsborg is at a crossroads right now. This can
be a world class destination and the potential of the Sundstrom building is
huge. We need to think beyond the city borders. There is another Sweden, and we need to look at present day Sweden. The contentious stuff needs to be
Ken Sjogren: We have so much to share and we need to all
Planning & Zoning – no report
Administration & Finance – ORDINANCE 4425 –
COUNCIL MEETING TIME – Gary Shogren moved to adopt Ordinance 4425 changing the
council meeting time to 6:30 p.m. Motion seconded by Brad Howe and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
SUNDSTROM BUILDING WORK SESSION – Rick Martin moved to send
this back to committee for more study and bring back to the April meeting.
Motion seconded by Gary Shogren and passed.
BUSINESS RETENTION, EXPANSION & RECRUITMENT PROGRAM –
Gary Shogren moved to participate in the Kansas Department of Commerce Business
Retention, Expansion & Recruitment program. Motion seconded by Lloyd Rohr
& passed. The program will help determine issues & trends to help
businesses plan strategies for success.
Utilities – WATERLINE UPGRADE – The upgrade will be
on Washington Street from Lincoln to McPherson Streets. Lloyd Rohr moved to
approve $11,154.25 to purchase materials from Water Products. Motion seconded
by Gary Shogren and passed unanimously by roll call vote. Additionally, Lloyd
Rohr moved to approve $4,320.00 for Butterfield Boring to bore under Lincoln Street. Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
UTILITY POLE BIDS – The city received three bids for the
used utility poles. They are: $373.00 from Connie Cox Dorf; $310.50 from Gary
Patrick; and $2,010.00 from L & M Contractors. Betty Nelson moved to
accept the bid from L&M Contractors. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and
passed by voice vote and Rick Martin abstained.
Streets & Parks – DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENTS TO FLOWER
BEDS – It is the consensus of the committee to put perennials in the beds,
rather than flowers, to keep from needing to plant new every year. Rick Martin
moved to allow the Parks Director to purchase boxwood shrubs not to exceed
$2,000.00. Motion seconded by Ken Branch and passed with 7 yes roll call votes
and Gary Shogren abstained. It was noted that Ken Swisher is willing to spear
head a project to replace the current benches in the downtown area.
RESOLUTION02-06, STATE AIDE ON THE HARRISON/COLE PROJECT –
Anderson moved to adopt Resolution 02-06 authorizing the City Clerk and the
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sign the agreement between the City of Lindsborg and KDOT
for the KLINK grant for Highway 4. Motion seconded by Bill Taylor and passed.
Public Safety – POLICE PORTABLE RADIO – Bill Taylor
moved to approve $2,314.20 to purchase a portable encrypted police radio from
Ka-Comm., Inc. Motion seconded by
Rick Martin and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
EMS PORTABLE RADIOS – Bill Taylor moved to approve $4,023.68
for the purchase of 2 unencrypted radios from Ka-Comm., Inc. Motion seconded
by Rick Martin and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
RESOLUTION 03-06 – EMS RATE INCREASE – Bill Taylor moved to
adopt Resolution 03-06 increasing ambulance rates. Motion seconded by Rick Martin
and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Purchase Order – Gary Shogren moved to approve
payment of Purchase Order Ordinance 4428. Motion seconded by Lloyd Rohr and
passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Payroll – Betty Nelson moved to approve payment of
Payroll Ordinances 4426 & 4427. Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
Other – Rick asked about the speed limit sign being
moved further out on the road that heads toward the old soccer field parking
Bill Taylor assured the public that although he is out of
town often, he will respond to letters, calls or emails that he receives.
Adjournment – Betty Nelson moved to adjourn the
meeting. Motion seconded by Lloyd Rohr and passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.