Down City Council – December 18, 2017


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Regular meeting of the mayor and council was held December 18, 2017, 5:00 p.m. at city hall.  Mayor Jennifer Brush presided.  Council members present:  Devin Renken, John Bisnette, Tonya Kuhn, Teri Cordill, and John Cary.  Others in attendance:  Bruce Berkley, Jane VanDonge, Justin Towery, Evan Joy, Terry Gradig, Vickie Oviatt, LaRhea Cole, Brady Cline, Joel Hardy.

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

Tonya moved, seconded by John B., to approve the minutes of the December 4, 2017 meeting.  Carried.

Mayor Brush reported that she had contacted Nate Rohleder, Nex-Tech, about a quote for a security system and should have more information for the December 28th meeting.

Bruce reported that he is in contact with Kansas Gas about the franchise renewal.  He reported that the newly elected mayor and council will be sworn in at the second meeting in January.

Bruce reported that he will be attending a planning and zoning workshop January 19, in McPherson.  Cost of the course is $75.00.  John B. moved, seconded by Devin, to approve payment for the city attorney, council members, and planning commission members who attend the planning and zoning course on January 19th.  Carried.

Terry reported that he had appeared in district court to testify concerning the flags that were stolen.  Keezer Construction has completed the clinic repairs.  The sidewalk is completed at the old Penny’s Pub building.  Lead and copper samples have been sent in.  Sludge has been removed from the cells at the industrial lagoons and he will check with Wilson & Co. concerning land application.  Terry presented an updated list of current projects for council’s review.  Council asked for labor cost estimates for a practice field before demolition of the south fields.

Clerk reminded of the special year end meeting on December 28th at 5:00 p.m.  The first meeting in January will be on Tuesday, January 2, at 5:00 p.m. due to the holiday.

John C. reported that the fire department has received memorial funds to be deposited in the general fund.

Tonya moved, seconded by Teri, to approve CMB licenses #18-05 & #18-06.  Carried.

Devin moved, seconded by Teri, to approve 2018 city licenses #18-15, 18-16, 18-17, 18-18, 18-19, 18-20, 18-21, 18-22, 18-23, 18-24, 18-25, 18-26, 18-27.  Carried.

Devin moved to approve building permit #17-25.  Tonya seconded the motion.  Carried.

Joel Hardy and Brady Cline, Firemen, were present to request approval for items to outfit the truck acquired from the Kansas Forestry Department.  Three quotes were presented for a 700 Gallon Poly Tank (w/NFPA required baffling & enclosed foam cell).  Two paint estimates for LMTV Chassis were presented, one from Winkle Repair and one from Night Rider Customs.  Following review, John C. moved to accept the bids from Custom Composites @ $6,011.00 + Freight; and Night Rider Customs for paint at $2,586.50, for a total cost of $8,597.50, with $8,582.00 from the Memorials funds and $15.50 from Equipment Reserve.  Devin seconded the motion.  John C. and Devin abstained.  Carried.

Joel Hardy reported that the department is looking for a backup pumper tanker and requested approval.  John C. moved, seconded by John B., to allow the fire department to purchase a back up pumper, not to exceed $20,000.00 from the Fire Department Reserve Fund.  John C. and Devin abstained.  Carried.

Teri asked if the pool deck repairs are completed and equipment set back in place.  A final report and pictures will be submitted on the grant.

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

At 5:50 p.m., John C. moved to recess into executive session for 60 minutes to discuss matters of non-elected personnel with the topic of employee job performance with the council, mayor, employee Kent Sullivan present.  John B. seconded.  Carried.

(Remaining minutes by Jennifer Brush)

Regular session resumed at 6:50 p.m.

At 6:50 p.m., John C. moved to return to executive session for an additional 15 minutes with the council and mayor present to discuss matters pertaining to non-elected personnel to discuss job performance.  John B. seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

Regular session resumed at 7:05 p.m.

Tonya moved to adjourn.  Teri seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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