07-19-2021 Agenda and Minutes - Standard




JULY 19, 2021

5:30 P.M.


Pledge of Allegiance

Public Comments-


Appropriation Ordinance

Business Items:

Swear in Councilmember
Neptune Auto-Read Installation Completion Presentation
Varney Audit Presentation
RNR Hearing Update
UTV Discussion
Mason Lodge Deed
Blacksmith Hall Liquor License

****PLEASE NOTE: This agenda is subject to additions or changes as may
be necessary.



The Governing Body of the City of Silver Lake met in regular session at City Hall on Monday evening July 19, 2021, at 5:30 PM with Mayor Mack Smith conducting the meeting and the following Councilmembers present: Tom Noble, Brad Bryant, Heath Robinson and Larry Ross. Mayor Smith administered the Oath of Office to George Lambert, at which point Council sat at full membership (5). Also present were City Attorney Todd Luckman, Police Chief Marc McCune, Public Works Utility Superintendent Willie Smith, City Clerk Liz Steckel, and Assistant Clerk Marie Beam.

A motion by Councilmember Ross to approve minutes of the July 8, 2021 meeting as written, was seconded by Councilmember Noble and carried.

Claim vouchers in the amount of 82,268.70 dollars were submitted to the Council for appropriation. An Ordinance entitled "An Ordinance Appropriating Money to Pay Certain Claims" was introduced and read at length. A motion was made by Councilmember Ross and seconded by Councilmember Noble that said Ordinance be accepted as read and was then placed on final passage by a roll call of the following vote: AYE: Brad Bryant, George Lambert, Tom Noble, Heath Robinson and Larry Ross (5) NAY: None. With no further discussion, Ordinance was passed and was given No. 2496.

Representatives from Neptune Technology Group were present to discuss the progress with the newly installed auto-read meters. They reported that all but six (6) meters have been installed. They proposed a completion date of August 5, 2021. They spoke with Council about making a protection plan available to the City’s customers. Council agreed to discuss and get in contact if we are interested.

April Swartz from Varney & Associates presented the 2020 Audit Report.

Councilmember Noble motioned to approve the Revenue Neutral Rate (RNR) Intention Notice with the proposed RNR Hearing to precede the Budget Hearing on September 8, 2021, at 5:30 PM. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Robinson, and with no further discussion, the motion carried.

Police Chief McCune reported that he is compiling data from other cities in regards to enforceable Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) laws. City Attorney Luckman asked the Council to focus particularly on All-Terrain Vehicles(ATVs),Utility Task Vehicles(UTVs),Work-Site Utility Vehicles(WSUVs), Micro Utility Vehicles(MUTs), Low-Speed Vehicles(LSVs), and Golf Carts. The council requested that Police Chief Marc McCune present to them examples of UTV policies in comparable cities, including specific requirements regarding ages and licenses, etc. In an effort to ensure that whatever Council decides is enforceable by our Police, Council decided to table the conversation until we have Chief McCune’s data to consider.

A representative from the Mason Lodge, Mark Reeder, informed The Council that The City using The Lodge for law enforcement purposes is not a condition of the gift of The Lodge to The City. The Council directed City Clerk to send the proposed Mason Lodge Deed (to be revised by City Attorney Luckman) to the Masons for their consideration.

Councilmember Noble motioned to approve Blacksmith Hall’s liquor license, conditional upon submission of valid state liquor license. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Robinson, and with no further discussion, was passed.

Public Works Utility Superintendent Smith reported that Bettis did a very good job on the street project. He reported that there have been more water leaks than usual, and that it was expected because we’ve been moving very old hardware. Smith asked Council for permission to purchase an additional barrel of mosquito spray.

Councilmember Noble motioned to approve Smith’s purchase of mosquito spray, not to exceed 3,000 dollars. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Ross, and was approved, with no further discussion.

Police Chief McCune presented a fee schedule to be used when he receives public requests for police reports. McCune said that Digiticket was supposed to go live today, but he is missing one required piece of hardware from his order, before being able to go live.

Chief McCune formally requested funding for an additional 2020 Dodge Durango that he would like to purchase from Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP), for the amount of 37,000 dollars, with 29,000 dollars estimated for the actual vehicle, and the additional dollars to go towards necessary equipment. City Attorney Luckman advised Council that we need a Capital Improvement Plan before we spend Capital Improvement Funds. Council planned to discuss department lists for the Capital Improvement Plan at the next meeting.

Chief McCune reported that the City is on the list for the new vehicle, and he expects it to be available in early October.

The library asked for Shelter House rental fee to be waived for their upcoming two (2)-hour volunteer meeting, on Saturday, August 7, 2021. Councilmember Noble motioned to waive the fes for the Shelter House to the library for their event, and was seconded by Councilmember Robinson, and with no further discussion, motion was carried.

Council directed City Clerk to move the past due water bill for William Bennet to the unpaid file.

Council directed City Clerk to allow Community Center use, on a trial basis until December 1, 2021, at no cost, for the purpose of offering inexpensive Tai Chi classes to citizens.

City Clerk Steckel announced that The City’s Non-Entitlement Units for Local Governments (NEU) Rescue Funds should be deposited within 3 days.

Council directed City Clerk to look into correcting a situation involving City phone lines.

Councilmember Ross voiced concern about a house across from Casey’s. Police Chief McCune and Public Works Utility Superintendent Smith agreed to speak to homeowner together.

Mayor Mack Smith appointed George Lambert as Park Commissioner.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 2, 2021, at 5:30 PM. The following meetings are scheduled for Monday August 16, 2021, at 5:30 PM, and Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 5:30 PM.

With no further business to come before Council, Councilmember Noble moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 PM. Councilmember Ross seconded the motion, and with no further discussion, the motion carried.

Liz Steckel,
City Clerk