NOTE: The following minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled council meeting.
November 15, 2017
The Norton City Council met in regular session Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., with Mayor Jim Miller presiding. Council members present were Jerry Jones, Dennis Gilhousen, Chriss McDiffett, Gary Lacy, and Ron Briery. Jeff Urban was absent. Others present were Justine Benoit, Robert and Jean Carmichael, Robert Bowman, Dana Paxton, Cynthia Cullumber, Jamie Amlong, Dan Bainter, Jody Enfield, Amanda Dreher, Gerry Cullumber, Karen Griffiths, Chad Buckley, and Darla Ellis. Chief of Police Gerry Cullumber led those present in the Flag Salute.
Motion was made by Dennis Gilhousen and seconded by Chriss McDiffett to approve the November 1, 2017 council meeting minutes. Vote taken. Motion carried.
The following building permits were presented:
Tory & Katelan Rhodes – $ 5,000 – Construct dwelling addition at 110 S. Graves
Jason & Mindy Jones – $ 15,000 – Construct garage at 602 N. Second
Greg Graham – $ 3,000 – Replace concrete porch slab at 1009 N Norton
Ben & Joan Bolt – $ 37,000 – Dwelling remodel and addition at 315 N. Norton
Dana Paxton asked about a house in the 300 block of N. Second Street which is being remodeled; she stated ladders and other construction items have been left there for some time and she is worried this is a safety hazard. Chad Buckley stated the person who was working on the house has had some recent medical issues. Cynthia Cullumber asked about a house in the 400 block of E. Washington which was being remodeled and all of the construction equipment is still outside. Karen Griffiths will research this matter.
Robert and Jean Carmichael were present regarding the property located at 811 N. Wabash, which is adjacent to their property. They said it was brought to their attention that the property has been sold to Almena State Bank and the owner has intentions of turning the front part of the lot into a parking lot. The property is currently zoned as Residential and they asked what the procedure would be to allow a parking lot on the property. City Attorney Karen Griffiths stated the bank is aware that this would require a zoning change and there is nothing pending right now. Jean stated they want to go on record that they are opposed to allowing a parking lot on the property, and they have talked to neighbors who are also opposed.
Jamie Amlong reported the chlorine dioxide equipment has been installed at the water plant and training has been done. With the new equipment, the City will be using less chlorine and chlorite.
Dan Bainter thanked the City employees who helped work on the water leak earlier this week.
Motion was made by Dennis Gilhousen and seconded by Jerry Jones to waive the formal third reading of Ordinance #1708. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Dennis Gilhousen and seconded by Chriss McDiffett to adopt Ordinance #1708, designating certain streets within the City as main trafficways, including Holme Street, West Avenue, Woods Drive and Woodsfield Street, and certain other streets within the City as trafficway connections, including Wilberforce Street, Valley Vista Drive, and Brown Avenue. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Dennis Gilhousen and seconded by Ron Briery to waive the formal third reading of Ordinance #1709. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Dennis Gilhousen and seconded by Ron Briery to adopt Ordinance #1709, restricting vehicle parking and mandating certain handicap parking on the south side of the 300 block of East Washington Street, within the City of Norton, Kansas. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Jerry Jones to adopt Resolution #14-2017, fixing the time and place and providing notice of a hearing regarding a dangerous and unfit structure located at 320 S. First Street. The hearing will be held on January 3, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Chief of Police Gerry Cullumber announced a Community Meet and Greet will be hosted by the Sleep Inn from 9–11 a.m. on December 1. He also reported the Community Shred-it Day was very successful. Assistant Chief of Police Jody Enfield reported a skimmer was found on one of the local gas pumps and all of the other local gas dealers have been notified. Chief Cullumber reported he will be ringing the bell for Salvation Army in front of Shopko on December 16 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and challenged the Mayor and Council to stop by and participate in ringing the bell.
Chief Cullumber asked Police Officer Amanda Dreher to report on Blue Santa. Officer Dreher reported the Police Department’s goal is to improve the positive impact the local law enforcement has in the community; the Norton Police Department and Norton County Sheriff’s Department are collecting new and unwrapped toys now through December 15, to deliver to local children in need at Christmas time.
At 5:45 p.m., motion was made by Chriss McDiffett and seconded by Jerry Jones to open a Performance Public Hearing to evaluate the performance of the Grant Agreement #16-PF-020 for street improvements to a portion of two streets located in the city limits. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Justine Benoit reviewed the project scope and reported on the total costs for the street project. On October 11, a final state monitoring was conducted and no deficiencies were found. She stated there will be a one year warranty on the seeding and the engineer will be checking on it next year. Motion was made by Chriss McDiffett and seconded by Gary Lacy to close the public hearing. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Chriss McDiffett and seconded by Gary Lacy to close out the City of Norton Street Project Grant 16-PF-020, and approve all paperwork required for the close out, including the final Request for Payment of CDBG funds in the amount of $1,995.85. Vote taken. Motion carried.
A City Land Bank meeting is scheduled for November 21 at 3:00 p.m., to open and consider the sealed bids received for Land Bank property located at 517 W. Washington. Chad Buckley stated the water service for the Post Office and the City Office has been connected to the new water main. A handicap ramp at the corner of Lincoln and Norton was poured. Crews are putting up Christmas lights; the annual lighting of downtown will be held on the evening of November 24. Chad stated the City will be closed November 23rd and 24th, and there will be no recyclable pickup on Friday, November 24th. He also reminded everyone that the last yard waste pickup for this year will be on Thursday, November 16th.
Dennis Gilhousen asked staff to advertise to see if there is any interest for a race promoter for the 2018 racing season. He also reported staff will be ordering 7 picnic tables for the park areas.
Motion was made by Chriss McDiffett and seconded by Gary Lacy to approve the agreement with RMA Engineering as a sole source provider at a cost not to exceed $60,000 for the design and bidding phase of the following streets: Valley Vista, the entire length; Woods from West to the High School; Wilberforce from West to the dead end; and Brown from Woods to Highway 36. Chriss stated the financing of the street improvements will be discussed further after the design is complete. Jerry Jones asked if the procurement policy was followed. Chriss stated engineering services are not typically put out for bid. Vote taken. Motion carried 4-1 with Dennis Gilhousen, Chriss McDiffett, Gary Lacy, and Ron Briery voting yes and Jerry Jones voting no.
Motion was made by Gary Lacy and seconded by Chriss McDiffett to waive the formal first reading of Ordinance #1710, requiring standby generator permits and inspections. Ron Briery asked if the City should actually install the required automatic switch or three position bladed disconnect to isolate the flow of power for safety reasons. He suggested the City install the switch for the cost of materials and labor. The City will inspect all standby generators which are currently connected to insure the required automatic switch or three position bladed disconnect is installed. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Jerry Jones and seconded by Ron Briery to approve Appropriating Ordinance #22 as a whole. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Ron Briery to adjourn. Council adjourned at 6:14 p.m.