Unofficial City Council Meeting Minutes July 1st

NOTE: The following minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled council meeting.

July 1, 2015

The Norton City Council met in regular session Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., with Mayor Jim Miller presiding. Council members present were Jerry Jones, Roberta Ryan, Chriss McDiffett, Gary Lacy and Ron Briery. Jeff Urban was absent. Others present were Robert Bowman, Todd Boller, Marvin Matchett, Lisa Herman, Chris Frack, Dan Bainter, Ron Ridley, Karen Griffiths, Chad Buckley and Darla Ellis.

Motion was made by Roberta Ryan and seconded by Jerry Jones to approve the June 17, 2015, council meeting minutes as written. Vote taken. Motion carried.

The following building permits were presented:

Rich Voss – $ 5,000 – Re-roof building at 405 W. Main

Rich Voss – $ 2,000 – Demolish garage/shop at 604 E. Main

Rich Voss – $31,500 – Construct garage and accessory building at 604 E. Main St.

Gary Kats – $14,000 – Construct deck at 908 Crestview

Marla Persinger – $17,500 – Enclose garage at 605 Sun Ave.

Tim Sprigg – $30,000 – Commercial signage/remodel at 116 S. Kansas

Ron Anderson – $25,000 – Dwelling remodel and re-roof at 312 W. Woodsfield

Norton County – $55,000 – Re-roof building at 711 N. Norton

Gilbert Otter – $20,000 – Construct garage 509 N. First

Nick Mandle – $ 8,800 – Construct front porch at 311 N. Graves

Matt/Kelli Wyatt – $15,000 – Construct garage at 605 W. Waverly

Karen Glenn – $ 7,800 – Re-roofing at 506 N. Norton

Wyatt Fam Trust – $ 3,850 – Curb cut for new driveway at 804 Middle Street

Berlier Fam Trust – $ 250 – Re-roof building at 508 E. Washington

Berlier Fam Trust – $7000 – Construct garage at 514 N. Second

Todd Boller was present to discuss the fireworks ordinance, which allows the sale and shooting of fireworks from June 27 through July 5. He thinks that is too long and would like to see it reduced to July 1 through July 5. He stated it is a personal property hazard, fire hazard and traffic hazard. He said he would also like to see the ending time for fireworks on July 4 reduced from 1 a.m. to midnight. The fireworks are getting bigger and louder and law enforcement has received many complaints about this. City Administrator Chad Buckley stated fireworks have been the majority of the calls for dispatch this week. He stated people need to clean up their trash after they shoot off fireworks also. The issue will be discussed by the Public Safety Committee.

Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Roberta Ryan to recess the City Council meeting at 5:38 p.m., to conduct a Public Building Commission meeting. Vote taken. Motion carried.

The Norton Public Building Commission met on July 1, 2015 at 5:38 p.m., with the following PBC members present: Jim Miller, Jerry Jones, Roberta Ryan, Chriss McDiffett, Gary Lacy and Ron Briery. Jeff Urban was absent.

According to the PBC Bylaws, the PBC shall hold an annual meeting where the President, Vice President and Secretary shall be elected each year.

Motion was made by Jerry Jones and seconded by Chriss McDiffett to approve the minutes of the May 7, 2014 PBC Meeting. Vote taken. Motion carried.

Gary Lacy nominated Chriss McDiffett as President with Jim Miller seconding. There were no other nominations. Vote was taken on Chriss McDiffett as President and passed 6-0.

Jerry Jones nominated Gary Lacy as Vice President with Jim Miller seconding. There were no other nominations. Vote was taken on Gary Lacy as Vice President and passed 6-0.

Jerry Jones nominated Ron Briery as Secretary with Jim Miller seconding. There were no other nominations. Vote was taken on Ron Briery as Secretary and passed 5-1 with Ron Briery voting no.

Roberta Ryan turned the meeting over to new President Chriss McDiffett. The sales tax receipts have been sufficient to make the bond payments. There was no new business; motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Roberta Ryan to adjourn. The PBC meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

The Norton City Council meeting was reconvened at 5:45 p.m.

Mayor Miller reported the gas bill for heating the pool was $1,389 for 13 days.

Karen Griffiths discussed a Resolution amending the City’s drug and alcohol testing policy regarding prescribed medication. Employees who operate commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, or who are in safety sensitive positions must report the use of all prescribed controlled substances and provide a written release from their physician which states it is safe to perform their job, when the controlled drug is taken as prescribed. All employees must discuss with their physician whether any prescribed medication will impair their ability to safely and properly fulfill their job duties and must avoid working while impaired. Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Gary Lacy to adopt Resolution #14-2015, making additions and amendments to the City of Norton Employee Handbook and Norton Personnel Rules. Vote taken. Motion carried.

Karen Griffiths stated she is working with the Public Safety Committee regarding proposed changes to regulations regarding animals which will include the number of days to hold an animal at the pound before disposing of it. They will meet again on July 6 at 4:00 p.m. to discuss these issues further.

Motion was made by Jerry Jones and seconded by Ron Briery to approve Chief of Police Ron Ridley’s recommendation to move Jacob Hess from Police Officer I to Police Officer II. He has been with the police department for 3½ years and has had satisfactory job performances. Vote taken. Motion carried.

City Administrator Chad Buckley reported an accident occurred Tuesday involving the digger truck and the railroad crossing structure located on S. State Street; the insurance company has been notified. The Public Works crew is working on sidewalk replacement requests; the prison crew replaced an area of concrete alley east of Jamboree Foods and continues to work on repairing the brick streets. Chad stated he has talked to Schamber Historic Preservation regarding moving the job trailer located downtown next to the Heaton building project. They will have it moved permanently from the downtown area 30 to 60 days from now. Council asked Chad to work something out with Schamber and representatives of the Car Show, regarding an acceptable solution for the Norton Car Show to be held July 10-11.

City Administrator Chad Buckley reported the City received another violation letter from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment regarding the total trihalomethanes level for third quarter and fourth quarter of 2014. Water Plant Supervisor Chris Frack stated this is caused by the organics reacting with the chlorine, which has to be added to the lake water before the plant, to prevent iron and manganese which causes brown water. Notification letters will need to be mailed out to the residents again due to the violation.

Jerry Jones reported the Finance Committee met and will be reviewing the budget further. He stated the Public Safety Committee met and discussed the feral cat situation. They will be meeting July 6 to discuss this further and bring back to council.

Roberta Ryan stated the Parks Committee met to review budget requests. She stated she was appointed to the Mental Health Committee, and attended a First Aid Class put on by High Plains Mental Health.

Chriss McDiffett stated the Public Works Committee met and discussed budget requests. Chad Buckley asked how council wants to proceed to pick streets for the fall CDBG grant application. The Public Works Committee will meet July 7th at 4:30 p.m. to discuss this.

Ron Briery stated the Airport project bids were opened and Smoky Hill was the low bidder. The Airport Board has the money saved for their share of the funding.

Motion was made by Chriss McDiffett and seconded by Roberta Ryan to approve Request #7 for Payment of CDBG Funds for the Downtown Commercial Rehabilitation project at 109 E. Main Street in the amount of $27,450. Vote taken. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Jerry Jones to amend the location of the special event cereal malt beverage license for the Norton Car Show on July 10 and 11, 2015, to a confined, roped off area in the 100 block of S. First Street. Vote taken. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Jerry Jones to approve the Norton American Legion’s use of the grandstand booth in Elmwood Park for consumption of cereal malt beverages from July 21-25, 2015, as per Section 3-103(e) of the Norton City Code, and to approve their cereal malt beverage special event license for consumption on the premises at a confined beer garden at the grandstand booth in Elmwood Park during the 2015 Norton County Fair. Vote taken. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Roberta Ryan and seconded by Jerry Jones to approve Appropriating Ordinance #13. Vote taken. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Ron Briery to adjourn. Council adjourned at 6:26 p.m.