The Norton City Council Meeting Minutes For August 1, 2018


August 1, 2018

The Norton City Council met in regular session Wednesday, August 1,
2018, at 5:30 p.m., with Mayor Jim Miller presiding. Council members
present were Jerry Jones, Dennis Gilhousen, Mark Dewees, Chriss
McDiffett, Gary Lacy, and Ron Briery. Others present were Darel
Boston, J.P. Metzler, Robert Bowman, Dan Bainter, Gerry Cullumber,
Karen Griffiths, James Moreau, and Darla Ellis. Chief Cullumber led
those present in the Flag Salute and Darel Boston gave the invocation.

Motion was made by Dennis Gilhousen and seconded by Ron Briery to
approve the July 18, 2018 city council meeting minutes. Vote taken.
Motion carried.

The following building permits were presented:

Kowpoke Rentals – $ 8,000 – Remove & replace porch at 612
N. First Ave.

Chris Henson – $ 5,000 – Remove & replace shed/storage
at 1009 Hartford

Louis Keiswetter – $ 700 – Construct accessory building at
513 ½ E. Lincoln

James T. Gregory – $22,000 – Construct garage at 428 S. First

Paul Lueschen – $ 1,000 – Re-roofing at 308 West Ave.

J.P. Metzler gave an update on the street improvements project and
reported the project is on schedule. They will open Brown Street
before the weekend and the east side of Wilberforce will be poured
tomorrow. Ron Briery stated he got a complaint that the Smoky Hill
employee driving the front end loader ran the stop sign on West Street
by the pool. J.P. said he will talk to Smoky Hill; he left the
meeting at 5:34 p.m.

Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Jerry Jones to adopt
Resolution #13-2018, authorizing the abatement of conditions under the
environmental code as to property at 406 S. Second Street in Norton,
Kansas. The Resolution gives 30 days to abate the conditions; after
30 days, the City will abate said conditions and the cost of abatement
will be assessed to the property. Vote taken. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Jerry Jones to adopt
Resolution #14-2018, finding the structure at 406 S. Second to be
unsafe and dangerous, and requiring the abatement of such conditions
within 30 days. If such conditions are not abated or removed, the
property shall be razed, removed and demolished and the costs will be
assessed to the property. Vote taken. Motion carried.

Dennis Gilhousen reported the Utility Committee discussed an ordinance
regarding implementation of water conservation practices for outdoor
watering, and enforcement of repairing water leaks after a consumer or
owner is notified of the leak. Outdoor watering will be prohibited
between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through
Labor Day of each year, and will be limited to every other day.
Addresses ending in an even number shall water on even numbered
calendar days and those with addresses ending in an odd number shall
water on odd numbered calendar days. Motion was made by Dennis
Gilhousen and seconded by Gary Lacy to suspend the rules and waive the
three reading requirement for Ordinance #1715. Vote taken. Motion

Motion was made by Dennis Gilhousen and seconded by Ron Briery to
adopt Ordinance #1715, amending Chapter 15, Article 2 of the Norton
City Code as it pertains to water, water usage and water conservation.
Vote taken. Motion carried.

City Administrator James Moreau reported the Public Works crew is
starting on Washington Street and will pour curb and gutter on the
south side tomorrow.

James also reported the City is trying to finalize the 2019 budget
figures, and has not received the estimated budget expenditures for
the upcoming year from the County Sheriff. The City sent Norton
County a one year written notice on March 21, 2018, as per Section G
of the Agreement for Communication and Jail Services, with a request
that the terms of the agreement be renegotiated. He asked the City
Attorney if the existing contract, which says budget figures must be
submitted by June 1, is still in effect. Karen Griffiths stated the
existing contract is still in effect and she will contact the County
to get their estimated expenses.

Jerry Jones asked if the City has a closing date for the pool yet for
this year. James stated he received an email from the pool manager
but has asked for additional information regarding how long the
assistant manager will still be in Norton. Council discussed possible
options to keep the pool open longer after sports practice starts and
guards go back to school. Jerry also asked James to get a list from
the pool manager of items needing fixed or addressed before the pool
closes, so they can be fixed in a timely manner.

Dennis Gilhousen stated the well driller has not been back to drill
additional test wells in Elmwood Park so he has nothing to report
regarding the water at the football field.

Gary Lacy reported the Finance Committee met and discussed the
proposed 2019 budget. The budget hearing notice will reflect a 1.95
mill increase. The original budget was prepared to keep the mill levy
the same, but the increase is a result of neighborhood revitalization
rebates which cause a decrease in tax revenues received. The budget
hearing will be held on August 15 at 5:45 p.m.

The Finance Committee also discussed the new premiums for Blue Cross
and Blue Shield which will increase by an average of 10.02% effective
October 1, 2018. One month of premiums will be paid from the special
health insurance reserve funds and the maximum city contributions and
employee contributions will be increased accordingly, to keep the
City’s grandfathered status with Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Mayor Miller stated KL Ranch is advertising the biggest waterslide in
Kansas as part of a fundraiser in Elmwood Park on August 25. He
stated nothing has been requested through the City for the waterslide
and the liability would be an issue. Staff was asked to notify them
that the waterslide will not be allowed in Elmwood Park.

Motion was made by Gary Lacy and seconded by Chriss McDiffett to
approve Appropriating Ordinance #15 as a whole. Vote taken. Motion

Motion was made by Ron Briery to adjourn. Council adjourned at 6:04

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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