January 6, 2022
The Jetmore City Council met in regular session on January 6, 2022. Mayor Derek Olson called the meeting to order and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was answered by Councilmen Jeff Channell, Connie Chavez, Charles Leet and Mike Thornburg in person and by Kyler Fetters by phone. Also attending were City Administrator Michael Ort, City Attorney Clayton Kerbs and City Clerk Deb McKivergan.
Jenette Schutte, Hg. County Health Nurse, met with the council to brief them on the issue of bed bugs in Jetmore. She had previously visited with City Administrator Michael Ort, who called her after a resident had expressed concern to him, and then with Councilman Thornburg after the same resident had contacted him. She informed the council that after consulting with other county health officials in the state that bed bugs are a nuisance and not a health issue and that she would work on an informational campaign to address the concern, and that no action by the council was necessary.
Mike Thornburg gave a report on the 10th annual Feed the Spirit Christmas Dinner. Approximately 60 people were in attendance.
Councilman Chavez made a motion to approve the consent agenda. A question was raised about the absence of the motion made at the December meeting to give golf course memberships and lake vehicle permits to the governing body. The council was afterward informed that per guidance received from the City Attorney and from the city managers and administrators listserv that the offering of these items constituted compensation which by law is set by ordinance rather than a simple motion. Afterward Councilman Channell seconded the motion to approve the consent agenda; vote unanimous.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REPORT: No report
CITY ATTORNEY REPORT: No report
CITY CLERK REPORT: New bank signature cards were presented to update and include Councilman Channell as President of the Council.
ACTION ITEMS: Mayor Olson appointed Larry Steinbring to the Jetmore Housing Board. Mayor Olson also appointed Kim Shewry to the position of President of the Housing Board. Councilman Channell made a motion to approve the appointments. Councilman Chavez seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
Resolution 2022-01, the GAAP Waiver Resolution for the year 2022, was presented to the council. Councilman Channell made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilman Thornburg seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
Councilman Thornburg made a motion to enter into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel pursuant to the non-elected personnel exception K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(1) for 15 minutes at 7:44 p.m. The open meeting will resume in the council chamber at 7:59 p.m. Councilman Channell made a motion to come out of executive session. Councilman Chavez seconded the motion; vote unanimous. Councilman Fetters made a motion to give a 3.5% pay increase to all employees. Councilman Thornburg seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
Sitting as the Land Bank Board of Trustees the governing body reviewed the annual report as required by statute, presented by Mr. Ort. There has been no activity within the land bank during the past year and the balance sits at $10,000 at the end of 2021, to be increased to $15,000 in 2022. City staff will continue to look for opportunities to add properties to the land bank for eventual development by qualified investors.
CITY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: City Administrator Michael Ort presented his January travel and training schedule.
*The final Fund Health report was given for the year of 2021.
*Mr. Ort met with an agent from Conrade Insurance Group, an agent for Midwest Public Risk, regarding the city’s property and casualty insurance. Mr. Ort will provide copies of the various plans that we currently have with KCAMP and get a proposal from them to see if they would save the city on premiums and better serve the city’s needs.
*The mobile generator is at a machine shop in Wichita and the work should be complete Jan. 4th, then sent back to Foley for finish up work and testing, then should be ready for pickup the following week.
*The lake permit and envelope re-design was completed and they are being printed. A sign will also be made and placed at the self-pay station with directions for filling the permits out.
*The Kenworth dump truck has had a throttle issue for a while. Larry Fagen has been working with Colby Kline, with the DCCC Diesel Mechanic program, and they were able to discover the problem. The part needed is available in Dodge City and the DCCC program will be working on electrical systems when students return, so Mr. Kline will use our truck for instruction. The city will pay for parts and labor will cost nothing.
*The KCAMP invoice included a 9.27% increase over last year; the projected increase was 15%.
Mayor Olson discussed the wind event in mid December and his decision to delay running the power plant until he was certain of the safety of doing so.
Councilman Channell requested an ordinance be put on the next agenda increasing the council pay from $100 per regular meeting and $50 per special meeting to a flat $200 per month. He also requested an ordinance giving the Council and Mayor a taxable benefit of a golf course membership and a yearly lake permit; with an option to opt out of this benefit if desired.
A special meeting will be held on January 12th to discuss the Assistant Clerk position and for council training conducted by Don Osenbaugh. Councilman Channell made a motion to adjourn. Councilman Thornburg seconded the motion; vote unanimous. The meeting was adjourned at 9:34 p.m.
January 12, 2022
The Jetmore City Council met in special session on January 12, 2022. Mayor Derek Olson called the meeting to order and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was answered by Councilmen Jeff Channell, Connie Chavez, Charles Leet and Mike Thornburg. Absent was Councilman Kyler Fetters.
The meeting was called to discuss the Asst. City Clerk position, the sewer main repair and for council training/orientation.
Councilman Channell made a motion to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel pursuant to the non-elected personnel exception K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(1) for 10 minutes with the Council, Mayor, Administrator and Clerk in attendance. The open meeting will resume in the city council chambers at 6:44. Councilman Chavez made a motion to come out of executive session. Councilman Channell seconded the motion; vote unanimous. Councilman Channell made a motion to offer the Assistant Clerk position to Casey Dansel, with the beginning wage to be negotiated by the City Administrator. Councilman Thornburg seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
Mr. Ort presented a quote from Mayer Services to repair the sewer line in the alley between Best and Wash in the 300 block. The bid was for $14,744.00, to be paid out of the Sewer Equipment Reserve and General Equipment Reserve Funds. Councilman Channell made a motion to proceed with the repair. Councilman Thornburg seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
Don Osenbaugh, with Osenbaugh Consulting provided training and orientation for the council members. Councilman Channell made a motion to adjourn. Councilman Leet seconded the motion; vote unanimous. The meeting was adjourned at 9:12 p.m.