Downs City Council – December 3, 2018


Regular meeting of the mayor and council was held December 3, 2018, 5:30 p.m., at city hall.  Mayor John Bisnette presided. Council members present: Jane VanDonge, Evan Joy, Charlie Stevens, Tonya Kuhn.  Council member Devin Renken was absent. Others in attendance: Danny Miner, Jason Toombs, Bruce Berkley, Vickie Oviatt, LaRhea Cole, Josh Hofflinger, Ron Duran.

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

Tonya moved, seconded by Jane, to approve the minutes of the November 19, 2018 meeting.  Carried.

Deputy Danny Miner presented the law enforcement report of activity for the period of 11/1/2018 through 12/1/2018.

Rev. Jason Toombs, Downs Ministerial Association, was present to let the council know of their proposal to sponsor a community picnic at the roadside park, May 5, 2019.  They welcome additional sponsors. Council agreed to approve the use of the park and fields; and also donate on hand cases of bottled water for the event.

Ron Duran, Animal Control, presented his report of activity for the month.

Josh Hofflinger, City Superintendent, reported on the amount of fluoride added to city water. Well #7 has been repaired.  He presented pricing for “no parking” signs and posts. Josh will travel to Emporia on December 12th and 13th for water certification testing.  Kent is trimming trees at the cemetery.

Josh had visited with Gary Rannebeck concerning the septic system to be installed.  Materials will be $1,862.95 from Municipal Supply.

Charlie reported that he had checked on the sign at the clinic.  Brady Schoen could replace it for $160.00. Evan moved, seconded by Jane, to purchase a sign from Brady Schoen for the clinic at $160.00.  Carried.

Jane moved to approve city licenses #19-17 through $19-23.  Evan seconded. Carried.

Jane moved, seconded by Charlie, to approve CMB licenses #19-02 through #19-05.  Carried.

Charlie asked about adding a question on the ballot concerning fluoridation.  Bruce will check on a time limit.

Evan asked Bruce to get a price to survey the land for the road extension, so council can move forward.

Vouchers were reviewed and signed.  Jane left the meeting. Evan moved, seconded by Tonya, to approve the vouchers and payrolls.  Carried.

At 6:05 p.m., Tonya moved to adjourn the meeting.  Evan seconded. Carried. Meeting adjourned.


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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