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REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

APRIL 6, 2004

PUBLIC WORKS

545 WEST CLAY

 

Mayor Bob Robinson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with the following Council members present:  Bess Roberts, Dale Blumanhourst, Bennie Lee and Michael McNown.

 

Members absent:     Virginia Black, Michael Houston

 

Staff present:           I D Creech, City Administrator

Kristine Polian, City Clerk

Kelly Parks, Chief of Police

Lonnie Tormey, Fire Chief

Richard Dunn, City Superintendent

Neal Owings, Parks Superintendent

Mike Kelsey, City Engineer

Barry Arbuckle, City Attorney

                               

 

Press present:        The Ark Valley News, Wichita Eagle

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Roberts moved, second by Lee, to approve the agenda as amended. Vote yea: unanimous. Motion carried.

 

 

CLERK’S AGENDA

 

MINUTES OF MARCH 16, 2004 COUNCIL MEETING

 

Roberts moved, second by McNown, to approve the minutes as presented. Vote yea: unanimous. Motion carried.

 

 

APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE NO. 04/02/04

 

Blumanhourst moved, second by McNown, to approve Appropriation Ordinance No. 04/02/04.  Vote yea:  unanimous. Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC FORUM

 

Sherridyn Myers, of 615 S. Dexter, asked the Council to assist her in moving her court case along, as it had been continued for over a year.

 

Council asked City Attorney Arbuckle why the case had been continued for so long.

 

Arbuckle replied that the majority of the continuances had occurred due to the defending attorney’s health problems.

 

Council then questioned Arbuckle if there was anything that can be done to speed up this particular case.

 

Arbuckle replied that in this case not much could be done, but that the Council could make a motion that would ask the Valley Center Judge and City Attorney to attempt to finish all court cases in six months.

 

McNown moved, second by Lee, to direct the Valley Center Municipal Court to attempt to finish all cases in six months. Vote yea: unanimous. Motion carried.

 

Jim Gibbens, of Valley Center, addressed the Council on the following items:

 

Master Drainage Plan- stated that he wanted the issue to be tabled for an unspecified amount of time, as the city had lived with the drainage problem for as long as he can remember. He does not think that the few times a year the flooding occurs justifies spending 7 million dollars to fix the problem.

 

Twenty-year Special Assessments- stated that he did not think this was something the city should grant.

 

Cemetery- stated that he thought it was the biggest waste of city money.

 

Sidewalks- stated that he thought sidewalks should be mandatory in the city, as he had seen people forced to walk in the street with traffic.

 

Stop lights- stated that he thinks the lights need to be cleaned, as they are dark and hard to see.

 

 

COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS

 

PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION OF PROPOSED VACATING FOR DRAINAGE EASEMENT

 

McNown moved, second by Lee, to approve the proposed Mennonite Housing Drainage Vacation Order as presented, and to approve the Vacation Order and direct the Mayor and Staff to complete all steps necessary. Vote yea: unanimous. Motion carried.

 

 

PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION OF FEE SCHEDULE, RESOLUTION NO. 456.

 

McNown moved, second by Blumanhourst, to approve Resolution No. 456 as presented. Vote yea: unanimous. Motion carried

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDING CITY CODE- TREE BOARD

 

***Due to inaccurate paperwork given to the Council, the issue will be tabled until the April 20th Council Meeting.***

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

PROPOSED CLEANING CONTRACT- NEW HOPE SERVICES

 

Blumanhourst moved, second by Lee, to approve the contract for cleaning services with New Hope Services and to direct the Mayor and Staff to complete all actions necessary. Vote yea: unanimous. Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

PROPOSED CONTRACT- VALLEY MEADOWS 4TH PHASE 3 PAVING AND DRAINAGE

 

Roberts moved, second by Lee, to approve the bid of $179,088.20 from Kansas Paving & Drainage for the Valley Meadows 4th Addition Phase 3 Paving and Drainage and direct the Mayor and Staff to enter into all agreements necessary. Vote yea: unanimous. Motion carried.

 

 

STAFF REPORTS

 

POLICE CHIEF PARKS

 

Wanted to let the Council know that the Police Department worked diligently on the Sherridyn Myers Case.

 

 

FIRE CHIEF TORMEY

 

Stated that the grant for the new fire truck had been submitted Wednesday, March 31st for $248,000. He said that Valley Center’s number was around 8,000, and by Friday, which was the deadline, there were over 20,000 applicants.

 

 

CITY ATTORNEY ARBUCKLE

 

Talked to Bond Council about putting the library expansion on the general election. They suggested creating an Ordinance that would give the Council authority to get the expansion on the ballot if this is something the Council is interested in doing.

 

Mentioned that there was talk of getting the package liquor sales issue to the people to vote on, and feels that the Council should be able to bypass the normal procedures and get the question on the ballot by way of Charter Ordinance. Emphasized that there was a strong possibility that the State would be getting involved in the package liquor sales in the near future, thus eliminating any action the Council might be able to take later.

 

There was a consensus of the Council to proceed with an Ordinance (s) that will put package liquor sales and the library expansion on an election ballot.

 

 

CITY ADMINISTRATOR CREECH

 

Presented the Council with the current swimming pool rates. Indicated that the pool was a service provided to mainly children of the community in which often times the parents both worked. Advised that the pool would never break even, and keeping the rates the same would benefit the community the most.

 

The consensus of the Council is to keep the pool rates the same.

 

Provided a list of items sold at auction to make Council aware of what had been sold.

 

Provided a list of open lots remaining to be sold on all developments.

 

Mayor Robinson asked City Engineer Kelsey how Valley Center was doing since it appears that there are a lot of open lots.

 

Kelsey stated that Valley Center had growth that appeared comparable to the cities of similar size around the area, and that everything seemed to be normal. 

 

 

GOVERNING BODY REPORTS

 

 

COUNCILMEMBER LEE

 

Wanted to express his agreement with some of Mr. Gibbens thoughts on how the city’s money is being spent. Said he would like the Staff to find alternative routes for projects needing to be done because he would rather not see any increase in the mill levy. 

 

 

COUNCILMEMBER MCNOWN

 

Asked that the Council direct the City Attorney into changing the Ordinances that dictated the need for Court-appointed attorneys. He asked that the Ordinances now indicate steeper fines, versus incarceration in hopes that the need for court-appointed attorneys would decrease.

 

Questioned if there were a backlog of fines that have yet to be collected.

 

Chief Parks indicated that there was in fact about $11,000 in fines that had yet to be collected, and that he and the City Administrator had recently discussed some options, one including having the state collect on them. Also mentioned that another way of getting revenue was to have a diversion program where the speeding offense would be turned into a careless driving offense, and that fine would be increased significantly.

 

Mentioned that when he first joined the Council there was an Employee Compensation Committee that watched cost of living increases and did comparisons of other cities and Valley Center for compensation. Would like to see the committee reestablished, and would like to be on it. Said that Valley Center lost an officer not too long ago due to salary, and does not want to see it anymore.

 

Requests that there be more special meetings for the Council to discuss budget issues, since it is going to be a tough budget year.

 

***Mayor Robinson requested a 7-minute break at 8:08.***

 

 

CITY SUPERINTENDENT DUNN

 

Announced that Larry Milligan retired after twenty-five years, and wished him well.

 

Presented to the Council the Water, Sewer and Street Departments, indicating areas that he believed were most important when considering the 2005 budget.

 

PARK SUPERINTENDENT OWINGS

 

Presented to the Council the Parks Department, all that the Parks Department did and his belief in why the city needed Parks and other outside recreational areas.

 

***Mayor Robinson requested a 15 minute break at 9:10 so Dunn and Owings could show the Council the Public Works building.***

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:25.

 

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                                                                                                   Kristine A. Polian, City Clerk

 

 


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