LINDSBORG CITY COUNCIL
January 15, 2018 – 6:30
Members Present – Ed Radatz, Rick
Martin, Blaine Heble, Corey Peterson, David Higbee, Mark Friesen, Betty Nelson,
Kathy Richardson & Becky Anderson
Others Present – Greg DuMars, Jerry
Lovett-Sperling, Tim Berggren, Larry Lindgren, Chris Lindholm, Holly Lofton,
Bill Gusenius, Dan Carr, Beth Ferguson, Sharon Barber, Anne & Bob D’Andrea,
Mike Dreier, Dalton Stevens & Dane Pavlovich
meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Becky Anderson and the Pledge of
Allegiance was said.
City Clerk administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Mayor Becky
Public Input – Sharon Barber spoke
to council in opposition to the breed ban for dogs and in favor of beefing up
the vicious dog code. Anne D’Andrea also
spoke in favor of addressing aggressive dogs as opposed to a breed ban.
Dreier, Dalton Stevens & Dane Pavlovich proposed to converting a portion of
the east golf cart shed into an indoor practice area for use by the Bethany
golf teams and the golf course members.
Amendments to the
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Anderson
shared these thoughts:
we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. I’m sure many have read quotes from this
prolific writer today. One that spoke to
me was the following: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is
neither safe nor politic or popular, but because conscience tells him that it
is “right” Good words for all of us as
we do the city’s business.
150 years ago, a group of people came to this place in the new state of Kansas
and decided this is the place where we will call home. So they set about building their town. There were some obvious needs at first –
roads, utilities, schools, religious houses, rules for commerce, parks, health
care – all important aspects of building their new home called Lindsborg.
150 years later, we are continuing those efforts. A community such as ours should be in
constant conversation with itself. I
hope we are building a community where young people will come to retire and
become one of us. Lindsborg can be proud
of the people who have preceded us in this building process. We enjoy the fruits of their labors every
day. Exemplary schools, an beautiful and
growing park system, attention to improving roads and utilities, a vibrant art
Community, a thriving business sector, health care for all and a general
atmosphere of civility, generosity and clarity of purpose.
was born and raised, educated and have lived in Lindsborg most of my life. I am fiercely proud of our little spot on the
Kansas prairie. As mayor, I want
everyone to feel they are welcome and are proud to call it their home. I have just visited one of the most fractured
places on earth – Jerusalem. The warring
factions are in a constant turmoil – each feeling that they are right. OI thought as I was visiting there that I am
thankful I’m not the mayor of this town.
But one thing Jerusalem does have is an engaged [population and they all
have a seat at the table.
phrase we live in a global society became even clearer to me this past
week. The richness derived from
diversity, openness and generosity is immeasurable in a community like
ours. Our continuing connection to
Sweden gives us a daily reminder that everyone is not like us; and that is
OK. I hope we continue to keep our eyes
and hearts open to new ideas beyond our borders. I want citizens of Lindsborg to also feel
that they have a seat at the table. We
have citizen populated committees where new ideas can be generated freely. We have 8 city council members who are
connected to their ward of people and listen to the needs of them. We have a city staff who are carrying out
their duties with efficiency and care.
so now is our time. We have heard a lot
lately about dreamers. I would encourage
and invite all of us to share our dreams for Lindsborg. Volunteer in our schools, churches, civic
organizations or give a hand to your neighbor.
A healthy community is in a constant conversation about itself and its
do we want to be and what do we say we are?
We have come a long way in the past 150 years – I think our best days
are ahead so KEEP DREAMING.
Dates to remember: January 18 – Moving
Forward Together; January 20 – EMS Open House; January 14 – Local Government
Day in Topeka
Consent Agenda – Betty Nelson moved to
approve the minutes of the January 8, 2018 regular council meeting and Purchase
Order Ordinance 5096. Motion seconded by
Rick Martin and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
– David Higbee moved to approve the appointment
of Beth Ferguson as the Recreation Director for the City of Lindsborg. Motion seconded by Blaine Heble and passed.
Kathy Richardson moved to approve the
appointment of Molly Johnson to the CVB Advisory Board. Motion seconded by Betty nelson and passed.
– no report
Business – None
– MIDWEST LIVING ADVERTISEMENT – Once per year, Midwest Living publishes a
publication called The Best of the Midwest. This publication features
articles and advertisements for communities and businesses throughout the
Midwest. This magazine is meant to have a long shelf life, to be frequently
carried by visitors as they travel. The CVB ran an ad in this publication in
2017. The ad and reader response provided approximately 600 contacts that were
mailed a Lindsborg Visitors Guide and an invitation to Lindsborg postcard, two
weeks apart. Participation in this 2017
ad increased Lindsborg’s inclusion in editorial features for the 2017 year as
well as in Midwest Living Magazine’s monthly publication. It also encouraged
Midwest Living to ad content in the Best of the Midwest edition that featured
Lindsborg. Rick Martin moved to approve
the purchase of an ad with Midwest Living in the amount of $1140.00. Motion seconded by Mark Friesen and passed
unanimously by roll call vote.
SUNDSTROM CONFERENCE CENTER MANAGEMENT
CONTRACT – The Sundstrom Conference Center has achieved greater levels of
profitability since opening in the fall of 2013. Yours Truly, LLC provided
management services for the conference center beginning in the spring of 2015.
Manager, Amy Habiger, has opted to sunset out of this position, providing
recommendations to the City for best options to provide the current level of
service and profitability as we move ahead in her absence. Staff reviewed Amy’s recommendations and
contacted a selection of entities to provide management proposals, based on these
recommendations. Kathy Richardson moved
to approve a one-year contract with Upp Events, LLC. in the
amount of $5,000/mo. Motion seconded by
Mark Friesen and passed unanimously by roll call vote.
LOCAL SALES TAX TRANSFER – 2017 local
sales tax information was presented to Council at the December 18,2017 council
meeting. At the time, December revenues had not yet been received. However,
there was enough information available to allow Council to approve the
$50,000.00 in local sales tax funds to the Capital Improvement Reserve Fund. Council received the information on the
entire 2017 sales tax revenues and the distribution between the 1% and ½%
portions of the tax. Additionally, council received the final numbers for the
Sundstrom Conference Center. Funding to
cover the Sundstrom Conference Center operating shortfall is a bookkeeping
entry within the General Fund, so no monies are transferred out of the fund. No council action required.
PARK FACILITY HVAC – The Parks shop
located at the city storage facility formerly known as the Tree Station needs
new heating and cooling for the built-in office area. Staff
received three quotes to replace the interior-mounted, combination
HVAC unit with a more efficient ductless mini split system. Rick Martin moved to approve the bid from
Waddle’s Heating & Cooling in the amount of $2,838.00. Motion seconded by David Higbee and failed on
roll call vote with D Higbee voting yes and all others voting no. Rick Martin moved to approve the bid from C
& L Heating & Cooling in the amount of $3,172.00. Motion seconded by Kathy Richardson and
passed unanimously by roll call vote.
VÄLKOMMEN TRAIL RIGNT-OF-WAY PURCHASE –
The design of the Välkommen Trail Phase 2 project includes the purchase of
right of way adjacent to Wells Fargo Road. The tract of ground is owned by
Chris and Lisa Short, and measures 40’ x 1,447.23’, containing 1.33 acres more
or less. Staff has negotiated acquisition of the parcel based on a unit price
of $5,000/acre. Betty Nelson moved to
approve the purchase of the tract from the John C. and Lisa K. Short Trust in
the amount of $6,650. Motion seconded by Ed Radatz and passed unanimously
by roll call vote.
Session – none
Head Reports – COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT/PARKS - Absent
RECREATION – First day – caught a break
ADMINISTRATION/FINANCE – The City
Administrator reminded council of the EMS Open House on January 20 from noon to
3; Local Government Day in Topeka January 24 and the Strategic Planning Retreat
on February 9 & 10.
Other – Corey Peterson asked
about the dog ordinance and what might be done.
Look at stronger code for vicious dogs and/or allowing veterinarians to
provide DNA verification of breed.
was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
Motion passed and adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Jerry Lovett-Sperling, MMC