Glen Elder City Council – March 5, 2018


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The Glen Elder City Council met on Monday, March 5 at the City Office in Glen Elder.

Terry Cunningham was on hand, with a few other parents, to discuss K-18 Baseball.

Glen Elder has not had a team for several years, but this year there is lots of interest. Kids from Glen Elder, Cawker City and Tipton have expressed interest. Enough interest for a team, but they are looking for a field to use. Cunningham spoke with Eldon Behymer about using the Glen Elder field. It would need light poles set in the outfield. He spoke to Kyle Heineken about the lighting. Cost would be about $3,200. They are asking for no money, but for city crew assistance in setting the light poles. The council gave the go ahead, and they will allow city crews to set poles and hang lights once acquired.

Rich Miller, regarding the swimming pool, asked for a stop sign to be put in on the south side of intersection at the pool corner. After discussion, council decided that the most effective course of action would be to place a temporary marker in the road cautioning people to slow down through the intersection. A crosswalk may also be installed between the pool and the American Legion building.

Miller also said kids from the school art program will redesign the signage at the pool. Staff training has been tough to schedule due to conflicts on dates for those needing training. Local trainings coincide with dates including Lakeside graduation and regional track. There are other classes available in Hays and Junction City. Cost is $190 for new guards and $105 for recertification. Those classes can be billed directly to the city. He is also hiring two new guards.

Miller also announced his resignation as the pool manager. He said he would be willing to help-out until a replacement is found.

Garry Clark, on behalf of the Fire Department, said the Mitchell County Commissioners set a price of $6,000 for a used ambulance they have available which the department would use as a rescue truck. It was advised that the price tag was very reasonable. The council approved the purchase. The department has been using it for the past year on a trial basis.

There was no update on signage for the public restrooms. Action was tabled.

City welcome signs were discussed. Proposals were reviewed by the council for slogans including, “The Heart of the Solomon Valley” and “The Best Dam Town Around.” The council will await the final design of the signs before decided which slogan to place on it.

The council then discussed filling the city’s code enforcement officer position. The position will be advertised and candidates considered.

ATV Permits were approved for Terry Cunningham and Rick Gruwell.

City Supervisor Eldon Behymer presented bids from Ditch Witch and Vermeer for a Suck-Vac machine. Behymer recommended the Ditch Witch model. He said it is a more powerful machine, and it is similar to a machine they have been borrowing when needs arise for it. The council approved the purchase of the recommended model at $37,900. The machine will be financed over a maximum period of three years.

Behymer also discussed a bid from Senger Construction to make a handicap accessible ramp for entrance into the remodeled city office. Cost is $1,700 which does not include railing which will have to be added later. There are some other finishing items to complete before the city office remodel is wrapped-up.

Behymer also asked if the council wanted him to perform anymore street sealing this year. He said if he was to advise anything, it would be up on the hill and if any product remained it could be used in spots downtown.

City Clerk Jeri Senger reported that the IRS accepted the stop payment on a declined check with no penalties. She also recently put together an auditor request for proposal. City Attorney Katie Schroeder said it looked fine.

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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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