51.8 F
Friday, March 5, 2021

The Norton City Council Minutes For November 21, 2018

Sports Headlines

Jayhawks Use Big Second Half to Overcome UTEP, 67-62

Courtesy of Kansas Athletics LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to upend UTEP...

Kansas City Chiefs Announce Naming Rights Agreement For Arrowhead Stadium

Courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs The Kansas City Chiefs and GEHA (pronounced G.E.H.A.) today announced that GEHA will...

Sub-State Basketball Tournaments Continue For Area Teams; KNDY Broadcast Coverage Announced

Tuesday night sub-state basketball quarterfinals saw the Marysville boys team advance with a 57-48 win over Sabetha. Second seed Marysville will face 3rd seed...

Heights Boys Advance, Lady Bulldogs Fall In Sub-State Basketball Monday

Monday night sub-state basketball quarterfinals saw the Valley Heights Mustangs defeat the Washington County Tigers 50-39 in boys play. Valley heights will host top...

Royals Announce Extension With Hunter Dozier

SURPRISE, ARIZ. (March 1, 2021) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have agreed to a four-year contract extension with third baseman...
Derek Nesterhttp://sunflowerstateradiocom.wordpress.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.

November 21, 2018


The Norton City Council met in regular session Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., with Mayor Jim Miller presiding.  Council members present were Jerry Jones, Dennis Gilhousen, Robert Bowman, Chriss McDiffett, Gary Lacy, and Ron Briery.  Others present were Kirk Kasson, Brian Thompson, Jody Enfield, James Moreau, and Darla Ellis. Jody Enfield led those present in the Flag Salute and Kirk Kasson gave the invocation.  Kirk Kasson left the meeting.


Motion was made by Dennis Gilhousen and seconded by Chriss McDiffett to approve the November 7, 2018 city council meeting minutes.  Vote taken.  Motion carried.


The following building permits were presented:

John Howarth        – $20,000 – Construct addition to garage at 505 W. Crane

Mirandi Maulding – $  1,000 – Set trailer house at 1007 Echo Acres


Brian Thompson of Mapes and Miller presented the 2017 audit report, which was prepared in accordance with the Kansas Municipal Audit and Accounting Guide.  He reported the City complied with all Kansas Statutes and no statutory violations or areas of non-compliance were found. He also reviewed the annual continuing disclosure report for the Public Building Commission pool bonds.  Motion was made by Gary Lacy and seconded by Chriss McDiffett to accept the 2017 audit report as presented, and authorize it to be filed with the State.  Vote taken.  Motion carried.  Brian Thompson left the meeting at 5:46 p.m.


Mayor Miller reported Gerald Jones received the most write-in votes for Council member of Ward I, and will attend a few meetings in the future before he decides whether to accept the position. The newly elected council members will be sworn into office and assume their positions on Monday, January 14, 2019.


City Administrator James Moreau reported a submersible pump at the creek lift station went out today and the supervisor is looking for a replacement pump.  He stated the City may need to look at replacing the lift station in the future.


Motion was made by Dennis Gilhousen and seconded by Robert Bowman to approve the low bid of $46,397 from M&D Excavating of Hays for boring of 3 projects including a railroad bore of approximately 100’ to fix a water line, a 720’ bore for replacement of a forced sewer main which broke several times this summer, and a 325’ bore for replacement of a water main on Lincoln Street.  Vote taken.  Motion carried.


Dennis Gilhousen reported the Utility Committee discussed changing the water tap fees and defining the city’s point of connection and responsibility for underground electric utilities.  James is preparing ordinances for the city attorney to review, modifying these sections in the city code.  Mayor Miller asked if Phil Wilson from USD 211 could be contacted for a meeting regarding water at the football field.


Gary Lacy asked about a civil penalty which the City paid for exceeding water rights. James stated in 2016, the use of water rights was exceeded on one of the wells even though the total allocation was sufficient for the entire wellfield.  The Supervisor is now keeping a spreadsheet which records usage on each well, to make sure it does not happen again.  Mayor Miller stated the water personnel will be testing for certification again in December.


Motion was made by Gary Lacy and seconded by Robert Bowman to approve Appropriating Ordinance #22 as a whole.  Vote taken.  Motion carried.


Motion was made by Ron Briery to adjourn.  Council adjourned at 6:06 p.m.

ATTEST:     City Clerk                                  Mayor:   James L. Miller

Kansas Headlines

Kansas Senate Republicans Swiftly Shut Door On Proposed Medicaid Expansion Amendment

By Noah Taborda - Kansas Reflector TOPEKA — Efforts to expand Medicaid in Kansas were dealt a blow Wednesday after an amendment to do just...

Legislature Moves Quickly To Spare Kansas Towns From Financial Ruin Over Gas Bills

By Sherman Smith - Kansas Reflector TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers moved with lightning speed Wednesday to pass legislation providing $100 million in low-interest loans to...

Hearing for Proposed Adoption of Conservation Regulation

MANHATTAN, Kansas — A public hearing will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, to consider the revision of a regulation...

KDHE Launches Mobile Testing Unites

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is launching three mobile testing units for COVID-19 in order to expand testing access...

Some COVID-19 Tests Come With ‘Criminal’ Prices, Experts Say, So Get Tested For Free Instead

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen - Kansas News Service A year into the pandemic, COVID-19 testing has become easier to get — just not necessarily cheaper. If you...

Kansas News Service

Some COVID-19 Tests Come With ‘Criminal’ Prices, Experts Say, So Get Tested For Free Instead

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen - Kansas News Service A year into the pandemic, COVID-19 testing has become easier to get — just not necessarily cheaper. If you...

Investigation Continues After Three Wichita Police Officers Are Injured By Possible Booby Trap

By Tom Shine - Kansas News Service Local and federal authorities continue to investigate a shooting that injured three Wichita police officers. Police said the officers...

Kansas Customers Left To Pay The Price After Winter Storm Sends Natural Gas Prices Soaring

By Brian Grimmett - Kansas News Service WICHITA, Kansas — Last February, the city of Cheney, Kansas – located just west of Wichita – paid about $2 per...

Kansas Foster Care Providers Say They’ve Gotten Better, But Critics Say They Need To Do Better

By Nomin Ujiyediin - Kansas News Service The long-troubled foster care system in Kansas got hit with yet another complication over the last year. Pandemic complications...

Ex-KU Med Center Official Pleads Guilty To Tax And Embezzlement Charges

By Dan Margolies - Kansas News Service A former administrator at the University of Kansas Medical Center pleaded guilty on Tuesday to bank fraud and...