Beloit City Council – January 2, 2018


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The Beloit City Council conducted their first business meeting of 2018 on Tuesday evening. Councilor Tony Gengler and City Manager Jason Rabe were absent.

Butch Pontow was attending his last meeting as a City Councilor. He commented that he was proud to have served on the Beloit City Council and that he believed much of the success of Beloit was due to the insightful work completed by the Council. Pontow was presented with a plaque by Mayor Tom Naasz to honor his time on the Council.

Steve Krier of the Electric Department reported that the city borrowed an infrared camera from the Kansas League of Municipalities to check the temperature of power lines and transformers. They discovered three areas of concern: the high school, the feed mill and the hospital. The temperature recorded at a transformer near the high school was 302 degrees. After cleaning the transformer, the temperature registered 76 degrees. Krier said these hot spot could catch fire at any time. Using the camera enables them to proactively prevent such incidents.

He suggested the council consider purchasing an infrared camera. The price tag is in the neighborhood of $12,000, but the camera could pay for itself by preventing one fire. Krier will research various camera options and report back to the council.

The council approved Ordinance 2222 which limits the length of time large dumpsters can be located in people’s front yards. A cap was set at 45 days.

Also approved was a new city utility contract and policy update. They raised the deposit from $150 to $200. Deposits will be refunded to homeowners in good account standing after a period of one year. Renters will not receive their deposit back, but it will be applied to their final bill. People with accounts which have previously been through collections will have to pay three months up front based on the previous average bill for their residence.

In the work session, City Attorney Schroeder told the Council that she had finalized a contract between the City, Mitchell County and the USD 273 as a working document for the renovation and future maintenance of the Little Red Schoolhouse. She expressed confidence that all three entities will sign the agreement, and work could begin in late February or early March.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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 2021 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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