10-21-2013 Agenda and Minutes - Standard




OCTOBER 21, 2013

5:30 P.M.


Pledge of Allegiance

Public Comments


Appropriation Ordinance

Business Items:

Water/Sewer Rates

Monthly Public Works Report

*****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 October 21, 2013 with Mayor Mack Smith conducting the meeting and the following Councilmembers present: Tim Kampsen, David Linderman, Tom Noble, Nancy Bryant (4) Absent: Larry Ross (1).

A property owner was present to discuss drainage problems in front of a vacant building that he is trying to rent. He updated council on the problem that was created when KDOT did some work to the intersection at that location. He outlined the steps he has taken to try and get the problem resolved and requested assistance from the city to request KDOT to remedy these drainage problems. The property owner was requested to provide the city with detailed information on his attempts to get the problem solved and the Mayor will write a letter to KDOT requesting their assistance.

Motion was made by Councilman Noble and seconded by Councilman Linderman that the minutes from the last regular session held on October 7, 2013 be approved as presented.

Claim voucher was submitted to the council for appropriation. An ordinance entitled "An ordinance appropriating money to pay certain claims" was introduced and read at length. Motion was made by Councilman Noble and seconded by Councilman Linderman that said ordinance be accepted as read and was then placed on final passage by roll call of the following vote: AYE: Nancy Bryant, Tim Kampsen, Dave Linderman, Tom Noble, (4) NAY: None. Ordinance was declared passed and was given No. 2249.

Mayor Mack Smith informed council that water/sewer rates will be discussed at the next council meeting, November 4, 2013. Assistant City Clerk informed council that City Accountant Annette Fiedler will be present at that meeting with information needed to determine what those rates should be.

Utility Superintendent Kalcik presented the monthly public works report, with no issues for the month.

On October 15, 2013 a resident was served a notice of nuisances that exist on his property located at 603 Center. Because of procedures called for in the new city code for handling nuisances, city employees were instructed to coordinate abatement efforts through City Attorney Gary Hanson in the event the resident does not take care of the violations within the required time limit. Building/Grounds Superintendent Taylor was requested to get bids on having dead trees removed from the residence should the city have to proceed to remove the trees.

Utility Superintendent Russell Kalcik informed council that a building permit was issued to a resident which resulted in encroachment on a city easement. It does not materially impact/impair city utilities and, since the structure is almost completed, City Attorney Hanson informed council that a form is available through a Title Company and he will obtain and complete the form to handle this matter. The form will be kept on file for future reference.

Utility Superintendent Kalcik asked council if they would like to try and sell the generators from the two lift stations that are being upgraded. Council directed Utility Superintendent Kalcik to provide the City Clerk with information on the generators. A notice, including a deadline for bidding on the generators, will be posted at: City Hall, the Library, Post Office and on the City Web Site.

Utility Superintendent Kalcik questioned the city’s position to participate in the Community Rating System (CRS) for flood insurance. Participation requires the city to contact residents in the current flood zone who don’t meet certain requirements, requesting them to make the necessary repairs to bring their properties into compliance. Obtaining 100% compliance of all residents would result in a reduction in flood insurance rates to Silver Lake residences in the flood zone. While some requirements are minor, others are likely to be major. After discussion, it was determined that, since there is apparently no downside to not participating, the city would not elect to take part in this project.

Regular session October 21, 2013 cont’d.

Police Chief Randy Call reported on homecoming activities, with few problems encountered.

Police Chief Call announced the D.A.R.E. Hotdog Cookout will be held on Halloween, October 31, 2013. There is also a home football game that night that will require police personnel. He asked for volunteers to help with the cookout and announced they should report at 3:00 P.M. to the police department.

Assistant City Clerk outlined optional dates for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. After discussion, it was determined that Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. is the best date for this event. A brief discussion was held about refreshments.

Mayor Mack Smith requested an update on the Lift Station Project.

Mayor Smith informed council that Zito Media has successfully reconnected USD #372 to their cable network.

Mayor Smith updated council on personnel changes at the League of Municipalities.

Mayor Smith reminded council that the next meeting is scheduled for November 4, 2013. Councilman Ross and Councilman Noble will not be present. The following meeting is scheduled for November 18, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. Anyone not able to attend these meetings, particularly the November 4th meeting, should let city hall know so we may be assured we have a quorum.

With no further business to come before council, Councilman Noble moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:35 P.M. The motion was seconded by Councilman Linderman and approved.

Janie Kay Gowin,
Assistant City Clerk