Meeting Minutes for August 1st and 5th
The Jetmore City Council met in regular session on August 1, 2019. Mayor Derek Olson called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered by councilmen Jeff Channell, Mike Hendrickson, Jesse Pitts, Orval Shewry and Larry Steinbring. Also attending were City Administrator Michael Ort, City Attorney Clayton Kerbs and City Clerk, Deb McKivergan.
Councilman Hendrickson made a motion to approve the consent agenda. Councilman Pitts seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
Ned Marks, a geologist with Terrain Resources, met with the council to discuss the construction of Well #12 and how it affects the level of manganese, nitrates and radionuclides. The first step for the city will be to perform a camera survey of the well.
CITY ATTORNEY REPORT: City Attorney Clayton Kerbs reported that court is going well. He hasn’t heard anything from Earles Engineering or their attorneys. He will look into this further and report back at the next council meeting.
CITY CLERK REPORT: City Clerk Deb McKivergan reported that Alison Guthrie and the park committee have decided on the exercise stations for the park and she is getting bids for the concrete pad. She will then order the equipment and the grant money will pay for it.
The BCBS Health Insurance policy renewal is due. The policy decreased by over 19%. The Advance Insurance live insurance policy can be increased from $20,000 to $30,000 for $4.30 per employee per month. Councilman Channell made a motion to renew the health insurance policy and to increase the life insurance policy to $30,000. Councilman Shewry seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
The cat population was discussed. The City determined that it was the responsibility of the property owners to trap and relocate any nuisance animals they had.
Mayor Olson appointed Theoda Huish to a regular term of the Housing Authority Board. Councilman Hendrickson made a motion to approve the appointment. Councilman Channell seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
Mayor Olson appointed Cynthia Bach to a regular term of the Housing Authority Board. Councilman Pitts made a motion to approve the appointment. Councilman Hendrickson seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
City Administrator Michael Ort presented the land bank budget, which was the same as last year. Councilman Channell made a motion to publish the land bank budget as presented. Councilman Steinbring seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
CITY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: City Administrator Michael Ort presented his August travel schedule.
*Closing occurred on the water project with USDA and KDHE on July 23rd. The loan monies were wired to the city’s account and the amount disbursed by KDHE for project expenses to date was repaid to them.
*Mr. Ort was successful in receiving a $1000 deduction from the bill with Solomon Electric in regards to the power factor test they performed without the city’s approval. Mid-States Energy arrived this week and changed out two lightning arresters.
*Farabee Mechanical arrived early last month and repairs and various checks were completed and testing took place. The Farabee staff and Mr. Ort continue to make adjustments to achieve the desired temperature at full load. As part of the work, a capability test to satisfy KMEA and SPP will be completed.
*Mr. Ort learned at the EMP3 meeting that Jetmore’s average energy cost for the month of June was the lowest among the EMP3 cities. Mr. Ort was also elected chairman at the July meeting. This is a one year term.
*The City Administrator has completed his registration for ICMA in Nashville in October and will be sharing expenses with a fellow city administrator.
*There were seven code letters sent out in July, five of which have been resolved.
A Back-to-School shop local promotion will be implemented by the City of Jetmore and Economic Development, encouraging people to think about all the products available locally and enjoy shopping at home. The details of the prizes will be worked out between the City Administrator and ED Director.
Councilman Steinbring made a motion to recess into executive session for ten minutes to discuss non-elected personnel pursuant to the non-elected personnel exception, K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(1), with the Mayor, Council, Administrator and Attorney present. The open meeting will resume in the council chamber at 9:59. Councilman Hendrickson seconded the motion; vote unanimous. Councilman Channell made a motion to come out of executive session. Councilman Shewry seconded the motion; vote unanimous. No action was taken.
Councilman Hendrickson made a motion to adjourn. Councilman Channell seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
The Jetmore City Council met in special session on August 5, 2019. Mayor Derek Olson called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered by councilmen Jeff Channell, Mike Hendrickson, Pete Shewry and Larry Steinbring. Not present was councilman Jesse Pitts. Also attending were City Administrator Michael Ort and City Clerk Deb McKivergan.
The meeting was called to hold the budget hearing for the 2020 budget.
There being no public comment, Councilman Channell made a motion to approve the 2020 budget as published. Councilman Hendrickson seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
Councilman Channell made a motion to adjourn. Councilman Hendrickson seconded the motion; vote unanimous.