11-15-2021 Agenda and Minutes - Standard

Agenda

CITY OF SILVER LAKE COUNCIL MEETING

CITY HALL

NOVEMBER 15, 2021

5:30 P.M.


ORDER OF BUSINESS MEETING

Pledge of Allegiance

Public Comments

Minutes

Appropriation Ordinance

Business Items:

American Legal Codification Contract Approval

2022 Water Rate Ordinance

Salary Ordinance

City Hall Report



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








Minutes

Draft
REGULAR SESSION
MONDAY EVENING November 15, 2021

The Governing Body of the City of Silver Lake met in regular session at City Hall on Monday evening November 15, 2021, at 5:30 PM with Council President Robinson conducting the meeting and the following Councilmembers present: Brad Bryant, Tom Noble, Larry Ross, and George Lambert, Absent (0). Mayor Mack Smith was unable to attend the meeting. Also present were City Attorney Todd Luckman, Public Works Utility Superintendent Willie Smith, Police Chief Marc McCune, City Clerk Liz Steckel, and Assistant Clerk Marie Beam.  

For Public Comment, John Terry with Kwikom was present to discuss a proposal to the City of Silver Lake to install Gigabit fiber-optic service to every home and business in town. The total cost of the project would be approximately 383,000 dollars. The cost to the City would be approximately 83,000 dollars. Mr. Terry recommended using the American Rescue Plan Funds received by the City to accomplish the project. Councilmembers plan to review the proposal and Mr. Terry will check in at a later date to further discuss Council’s decision.

Also present was Senior Vice President, Ken Kirsop, of Stockgrowers Bank. He was present to introduce himself and stated that Stockgrowers Bank is happy to be in our small community.

Local business owner, Jeff Wooster was present to further discuss potential code and zoning violations in town. He thanked Public Works Utility Superintendent Smith for handling an issue that was previously brought to his attention by Mr. Wooster.

A motion was made by Councilmember Ross and seconded by Councilmember Noble that the minutes from the last regular session on November 1, 2021, be approved as written.  The motion carried.
 
Claim vouchers in the amount of 5.900.81 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 Noble and seconded by Councilmember Bryant 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, Larry Ross, and Heath Robinson(5). NAY: None. With no further discussion, Ordinance was declared passed and was given No. 2509.

The proposed American Legal Publishing Codification contract was presented to Council. The Codification process involves American Legal Publishing working with the League of Kansas Municipalities and the City of Silver Lake to update the City’s Code Book with all of the new Ordinances since the last update. American Legal Publishing would also provide a legal review. In addition, the contract includes ten hard copies of the new Code Book, a USB copy of the Code, and a three-year supplemental service plan. Councilmember Ross made a motion to accept the contract from American Legal Publishing. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Lambert and passed.

An Ordinance to Amend the Water Rates for 2022 was reviewed by Council. A motion was made by Councilmember Noble and seconded by Councilmember Ross 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, Larry Ross and Heath Robinson (5) NAY: None. With no further discussion, Ordinance was declared passed and was given No. 2510.

An Ordinance relating to the salaries of new City Employees was presented and then reviewed by Council. 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, Larry Ross and Heath Robinson (5) NAY: None. With no further discussion, Ordinance was declared passed and was given No. 2511.

City Clerk Steckel presented the monthly City Hall Report. Steckel discussed the possible liability issue of a live Christmas tree being donated and placed on City property. City Attorney Luckman outlined the possible issues. Council directed Steckel to contact the City’s Insurance Company to see if any possible issues would be covered under the current policy. If the City is covered, Ms. Steckel is to give notice that the donation can be accepted. If the City is not covered, Public Works Utility Superintendent Smith will put up the City’s tree that has been used in years past. City Clerk Steckel also presented Council with a request for the Senior Citizens to have the floor at the Community Center professionally cleaned. Council directed Steckel to book the cleaning for the end of the year and to proceed with the cleaning if there is money in the budget at the end of the year.

Assistant Clerk Beam presented a request for a refund for a Community Center Rental due to a death. Council directed Assistant Clerk Beam to refund the money.

City Attorney Luckman received a response to a letter he had sent to a local landowner in regards to a zoning violation. Attorney Luckman will proceed with plans to enforce the City of Silver Lake’s Zoning Code.

Public Works Utility Superintendent Smith is ready to start the Police Station Remodeling project. The Public Works Department has been busy repairing alleys in town.

Police Chief McCune let Council know he plans to start the process of trying to increase Part-Time Police Officer’s Salaries after the first of the year as he believes the City of Silver Lake is not paying a comparable wage.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 6, 2021, at 5:30 PM. The following meetings are scheduled for December 20, 2021, at 5:30 PM, and January 3, 2022, at 5:30 PM.

With no further business to come before Council, Councilmember Noble moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:23 PM. Councilmember Ross seconded the motion, and with no further discussion, the motion carried.
 
Marie Beam, Assistant Clerk