November 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes for November 1st

November 1st

The Jetmore City Council met on November 1, 2018. Mayor Derek Olson called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered by Councilmen Jeff Channell, Mike Hendrickson, Jesse Pitts, Pete Shewry and Larry Steinbring. Also attending were City Administrator Michael Ort, City Attorney Clayton Kerbs and City Clerk Deb McKivergan.

Councilman Pitts made a motion to approve the consent agenda. Councilman Hendrickson seconded the motion; vote unanimous.

Tracy Nusser met with the council and asked for financial assistance for the demolition of a structure in the 500 block of Kenyon. The council determined they couldn’t help with the demolition, but agreed to help move electric lines and poles in the alley behind Nusser Motors, by their gas pumps.

Economic Development Director Lea Ann Seiler presented the following report: She has been in contact with Dollar  General and was told that everything is moving according to schedule; Spook-Tac-U-Lar on Main will be held on October 31st; Christmas On Main; December 1st; Shop Small Saturday, November 24th; Strategic Growth Initiative project November 14th, Global Entrepreneurism Week November 13-17 and Children’s business Fair, November 17. She is working on several grants and has a couple of hunting promotions in place. She also provided two business start-ups with loan packets.

City Attorney Clayton Kerbs reported that court continues to go well.

City Clerk Deb McKivergan presented a cereal malt beverage license renewal from Circle K #1603. Councilman Shewry made a motion to approve the application. Councilman Steinbring seconded the motion; the vote was four (4) in favor with Councilman Pitts abstaining.

BUSINESS ITEMS:  The code enforcement property located at 510 Adams was revisited. The property has largely resolved the issues spelled out in the resolution enacted in January.

Mr. Ort presented a budget amendment; amending the electric fund due to transfers to the electric reserve fund. Councilman Steinbring made a motion to approve publication of the amended budget; councilman Channell seconded the motion; vote unanimous.

ADMINISTRATOR REPORT:  City Administrator Michael Ort presented his November travel schedule.

*The engineering firm working on the Dollar General design sent an email to review and confirm a few items and indicated that construction is due to begin in January.

*The roof repair on the city shop addition has been completed. It was discovered that the current gutters were not reusable, so new gutters were added to the project. Mr. Ort also authorized a repair to two windows on the west side of the original part of the city shop; it was needed to prevent the potential of leaking and damage to the property and its contents.

*The water project continues to go mostly well. Mr. Ort was made aware that some principal forgiveness from KDHE might be available. KDHE claimed to be unaware of the blending of wells 12 and 13, even though Mr. Ort had conversations with them about it. Mr. Ort forwarded the email to the engineers at Earles Engineering and told them they needed to fix it. Through follow up conversations, we are confident that a solution is available. Mr. Ort will let the council know as soon as he has a word on the agreed upon solution.

*Work on the machining of the caps and bearing on the power plant generator was held up for some time waiting on insurance authorization. On the 15th of October Mr. Ort asked Farabee to proceed, as the city would be paying if the insurance company denied. Farabee will be in town today to get measurements; the machine shop is scheduled for two weeks and then Farabee will be here on the 26th to complete the work. It will then take a day and a half for reassembly. Run in procedure and the long run would take 3-4 more days. The generator should be completed by early December.

*Mr. Ort is still working with KCAMP to know if they will continue to provide power plant and substation equipment failure insurance. Five of the nine demands from Liberty Mutual have been satisfied. A crew from Garden City will come to Jetmore and help identify the components in the substation so they can be put on a PM list for Liberty Mutual. They will also help with a maintenance schedule. This is the last piece required by Liberty Mutual.

*Three code letters were sent in October, all for grass and weeds. One is in compliance and two are being followed up on. We are also working with the City Attorney to collect delinquent utility bills.

*The electronic sign board will be installed the week of November 5th. Training on the new software will take place this week.

*EMT Class is going well. Last class is December 18th and practical testing is January 12, 2019.

Mayor Olson asked about looking into removing a couple of small trees from the Steinbring property that will become the Dollar General. Mr. Ort will visit with them about that.

Councilman Hendrickson made a motion to adjourn. Councilman Pitts seconded the motion; vote unanimous.