July 7, 2022
The Jetmore City Council met in regular session on July 7, 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. Also attending were City Administrator Michael Ort, City Attorney Clayton Kerbs and City Clerk Deb McKivergan.
Councilman Chavez made a motion to approve the consent agenda containing the June 2, 2022 minutes and Appropriation Ordinance 2022-06. Councilman Thornburg seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
Mathew Medill with Dirks, Anthony and Duncan Accounting Firm presented the 2021 audit report. Councilman Channell made a motion to approve the audit report as presented. Councilman Chavez seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REPORT: Outgoing director Lea Ann Seiler introduced the interim director, Sailor-Ann Seiler.
She continues to wait for documents for RHID and MIH grants. She presented two proposed areas for the RHID application. There was an environmental study for child care and grants and loans are available for this. She also highlighted matching loan programs that are available through Network Kansas. There will be a Community Training 101 on August 17th.
R. J. Schroeder met with the council requesting that they sign a proposal to vacate a portion of 214 Road that adjoins the city property. Councilman Channell made a motion to sign the proposal. Councilman Thornburg seconded the motion; vote unanimous. The council also discussed the possibility of moving a city well to his property west of the city limits in the event that we would need to drill a new well.
CITY ATTORNEY REPORT: No report. Tickets continue to be down in number.
*The Big Bang was discussed. Last year a donation of $1000 was made in May. Councilman Channell made a motion to donate $1500 to the Big Bang fund for 2023. Councilman Chavez seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
*The City is required to designate a public officer by the city code. This person is responsible for code enforcement. It is proposed that Casey Dansel be appointed to that position. Councilman Chavez made a motion to appoint Casey Dansel to the public officer position. Councilman Thornburg seconded the motion; vote unanimous.
*Mr. Ort has two proposals for the lake master plan; one from Schwab-Eaton in the amount of $15,000 and one from Wilson & Company in the amount of $9,952. After discussion it was suggested that we look into the possibility of a K-State Student Team putting a plan together. Mayor Olson said that he would reach out to a KSU graduate to see if he could assist in finding out if that is a possibility.
Mr. Ort presented his July training and travel schedule.
*Larry Fagen will celebrate 26 years with the city on July 29th.
*Mr. Ort presented his quarterly fund health report.
*Farabee Mechanical was in Jetmore on June 24th to attach the additional heat exchanger. It cooled the engine oil, but not enough. The council discussed options for finding a remedy. The engine is operational and Farabee Mechanical will be back in town to continue working on the engine.
*The City Administrator and City Attorney recently received the quarterly loss statement from KCAMP. Per that report the City of Jetmore’s 4-year loss history contains zero claims.
*The City of Coffeyville was offering pails of chlorine tablets at a discounted price. Since Mr. Ort was in Coffeyville for a meeting he asked the County Clerk if they were interested in purchasing some and having him deliver them back to Jetmore. He did pick them up and they were delivered on his return home.
*Mr. Ort recently read a newsletter article of a community in Kansas that had a joint program with a private organization that offered donated bicycles to families who were unable to afford them. He wondered if there was a need in our community such as this that the city might cooperate with a private entity to fulfill. No current needs were identified but the idea was noted and opportunities would be sought.
*Mr. Ort told the council that he was inte4nt on establishing a tree plan for the city lake property, purchasing and planting a few trees every now and then. The plan is to identify various places where trees were definitely wanted and then go about filling those in, afterward planting trees around the property in an effort to beautify the property. On a recent trip to Dodge City he stopped by Waters Hardware and found that they had numerous trees in good shape ranging from $130 – $290. Working with Mayor Olson a package of trees in the amount of $475 was arranged for and have been recently delivered and will soon be placed at the lake.
*The wheat harvest was a little less impressive this year. Test weights were good but yields were lower. Because of the low yields the process of filing an insurance claim has begun.
*Mr. Ort has been working on the 2023 budget. A special meeting will be held on July 13th at 6:00 p.m.
The water wells and the possibility of eventually needing a water treatment plant was discussed.
Mr. Ort was asked to follow up on the sign for Kenyon Nature Park, renaming it the Alison Guthrie Kenyon Nature Park.
The upcoming sales tax vote was discussed. The possibility of a town hall meeting or a reception at the City Office to answer questions was discussed. No action was taken.
The council discussed trampolines in the city.
The lack of uniformity on the yield and stop signs on the east/west streets in the city was discussed.
The process for reporting a dog at large was discussed and clarified. Councilman Thornburg made a motion to adjourn. Councilman Channell seconded the motion; vote unanimous. The meeting was adjourned at 9:59 p.m.
July 13, 2022
The Jetmore City Council met in special session on July 13, 2022. Council President Jeff Channell called the meeting to order and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was answered by Councilmen Connie Chavez, Charles Leet and Mike Thornburg. Absent was Councilman Kyler Fetters.
The meeting was called to discuss and finalize the 2023 budget prepared by the city administrator.
Mayor Olson joined the meeting at 6:07 p.m.
Councilman Thornburg made a motion to have the City Administrator send the notice of hearing to the county clerk; exceeding the revenue neutral rate of 43.233 mills, at 43.621 mills. The budget hearing will be held on September 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Councilman Chavez made a motion to adjourn. Councilman Channell seconded the motion; vote unanimous. The meeting was adjourned at 6:46 p.m.