November 2013 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes for November 7th in 2013.

November 7, 2013

The Jetmore City Council met in regular session on November 7, 2013.  Mayor Bill Goebel called the meeting to order.  Councilmen present were Michael Hendrickson, Larry Steinbring and Mike Thornburg.  Also attending were City Administrator Grayson Path, City Clerk Deb McKivergan and City Foreman Brian Beil. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as presented. Councilman Thornburg made a motion to approve the bills for October, Appropriation Ordinance #2013-14.  Councilman Hendrickson seconded the motion; vote unanimous.

HCED REPORT:  Economic Development director Lea Ann Seiler reported that she was awarded the Safe Routes to School Grant in the amount of $15,000.  She is waiting on the contract from the State; as soon as it is received she will hold a SRTS meeting.  She has received word that the proposed wind farm south of town will be called the “Jetmore Wind Project”.  Christmas on Main will be held on December 7th and the council granted permission to close the street north of the Courthouse for the wagon rides.  Park Model Homes is working to get spec homes in Kansas and she will know the location after a meeting on the 26th of November.  The HCED annual meeting will be held on November 16.  Dale Rodman will be the speaker; he will give an oil activity update. Steve Pfannenstiel returned the keys to the park and thanked the council for the mowing contract with Parker’s Lawn Care.

SHERIFF’ S REPORT:    Sheriff Ron Ridley spoke to the council about the speed limits on Highway 156  and the radar sign that is in place.  He also visited about the law enforcement contract between Hg. County/City of Jetmore/Sheriff’s Dept.  Councilman Thornburg made a motion to approve the contract between Hg. County /City of Jetmore/Sheriff’s Dept. as presented.  Councilman Steinbring seconded the motion; vote unanimous.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT:  City Administrator Grayson Path reported on the electric contract and the needed upgrades to the power plant.  It was his recommendation that we push back the purchase of smart meters until we are sure of the power plant upgrades.  Mr. Path reported on repairs that were needed on the City fire truck in the amount of $13,055.03.  Councilman Hendrickson made a motion to proceed with the repairs on the City fire truck.  Councilman Steinbring seconded the motion; vote unanimous.  Mr. Path reported that he had signed the agreement with KSU for the park design and planning will begin for next semester’s project.  Mr. Path reported on the grant received for the boat dock; he will proceed with ordering and installing it.  He continues to work with Dennis Bowman (Earle’s Engineering) on the water distribution system.  He reported on policy manual changes regarding vacation time.  He handed out new code books for the council to examine.  Mr. Path reported that the City has been awarded a Gold Star rating from KMIT Insurance and the city will receive a 5% discount on its 2014 workers comp insurance renewal.  He presented Ordinance #624 and suggested removing Section 3 concerning the extra meeting in December and no meeting in January.  Councilman Hendrickson made a motion to remove Section 3 from Ordinance #624.  Councilman Steinbring seconded the motion; vote unanimous.  Mr. Path presented an analysis from the smart meter presentations; it was determined that we would hold off any purchases until after the electric contract is renegotiated.  He reported on the wind turbine repairs.  He will perform employee performance evaluations in mid December.  Mr. Path presented the Osmose power pole report.  Councilman Hendrickson made a motion to purchase up to 50 power poles for replacement of priority and non restorable poles when it becomes necessary to replace the current stock. Councilman Thornburg seconded the motion; vote unanimous.  Mr. Path presented each councilman a draft utility ordinance for them to review before the next meeting.

CITY ATTORNEY REPORT:  City Attorney Craig Crosswhite also reported on the code book and the process for finalizing and adopting it.  He reported on the League meeting that he recently attended.  He reported on delinquent utility collections and city court.  Mr. Crosswhite is also working with the City Administrator on the electric contract negotiations. Councilman Steinbring made a motion to give the City employees the same bonus they were given last year and include it with the November payroll. It was reported that the lights in the corners of the courthouse square are not working.  The city crew will look into it and repair them.

Councilman Steinbring made a motion to adjourn.  Councilman Thornburg seconded the motion; vote unanimous.