Downs City Council – November 6, 2017

Regular meeting of the mayor and council was held November 6, 2017, 5:00 p.m., at city hall.  Mayor Jennifer Brush presided.  Council members present:  Devin Renken, John Bisnette, Tonya Kuhn, and John Cary.  Council member Teri Cordill was absent.  Others in attendance:  Jane VanDonge, Bruce Berkley, Jerry Knouf, Terry Gradig, Vickie Oviatt, Rob Allen, Mike Slipke, Ron Duran, and Jim Cary.

Mayor Jennifer Brush called the meeting to order and led in the flag salute.

Following review, Tonya moved to approve the minutes of the October 16, 2017 meeting as submitted.  John B. seconded the motion.  Carried.

Mayor Brush had reviewed and approved the Request to Appear and typed presentation submitted by Mike Slipke.  Mike was present to clarify statements made at the October 16th meeting.  John C. noted that he represents the citizens that vote and pay property tax.

Deputy Jerry Knouf presented the law enforcement report for October 1 – November 1, 2017.  The nuisance vehicle investigation is a work in progress and citations will be issued.

Bruce Berkley, City Attorney, has contacted John Riggs for new city maps.

Ron Duran presented his written report of activity.  He had responded to a barking dog complaint.

Terry estimated sidewalk repairs at the Penny’s Pub would be $600.00 for concrete.  Action was tabled.

Terry had checked the clinic crawl space for dampness and it was wet in the NE and SE corners.  The city crew is replacing water lines, street sweeping, and removing sludge at the industrial lagoon.

Terry reported that Keezer Construction is replacing the pool deck.

Terry presented two proposals for prep and painting the swimming pool.  One from Torrey Bros. Construction Inc. and one from Fort Scott Coatings LLC.  Action was tabled for further information.

Terry reported that the two BTU heaters at the water plant are unsafe to operate.  Remus Plumbing quoted 1 unit with 75000 BTU at $1,650.00 installed.  John C. moved, seconded by Tonya, to allow the city superintendent to purchase a new heater for the water plant from Remus Plumbing & Heating @ $1,650.00 from the water/sewer fund.  Carried.

Terry reported that one brine pump quit working at the water plant.

Council agreed for the city clerk to send a letter of support to the Osborne County Recycling Program for a grant application.  Clerk distributed a draft franchise ordinance from Kansas Gas Service for council’s review.  The current 10 yr. ordinance will expire on March 5, 2018.  City Attorney will review.

John C. reported that a number of memorial gifts have been received for the fire department.  The department has discussed a request to record these separate from other city donations.  John C. moved to create a line item for fire department memorial gifts in the general fund.  Devin seconded.  Carried.

Bruce reviewed the special use regulations with Rob Allen, new applicant.  John B. moved, seconded by Devin, to approve special use permit #18-01.  Carried.

Tonya moved, seconded by John C., to approve builder’s licenses #18-01 and #18-03.  Carried.

Devin moved, seconded by Tonya, to approve plumbing license #18-02.  Carried.

John C. moved, seconded by John B., to approve building permit #17-22.  Carried.

Tonya moved, seconded by Devin, to approve the lease agreement for the 2017 Bobcat Tracker Loader.  Carried.

Bruce is checking on unsafe structures.

Devin reported on a meeting he had with Rob Allen, Midway Co-op, and Doug Lantz, Scoular Co. regarding reopening Clark Street.  Doug was not open to opening Clark due to the liability issue.  There was discussion.

Devin will check with area towns regarding information on sidewalk replacement.

Devin asked Terry if west Railroad and Roslyn could be bladed.  Terry will check on.

John B. will get prices for floor protectors for the clinic.

John C. discussed making curb and gutter maintenance a routine part of maintenance.

Mayor Brush reported that she had submitted the application to the Osborne County Community Foundation to complete the walking path at the roadside park.

Vouchers and payrolls were reviewed and signed.  Devin moved, seconded by Tonya, to approve the vouchers/payrolls as presented.  Carried.

At 7:11 p.m., John B. moved to adjourn the meeting.  Devin seconded.  Carried.  Meeting adjourned.




Jennifer Brush, Mayor




Vickie Oviatt, Clerk



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