04-18-2016 Agenda and Minutes - Standard




APRIL 18, 2016

5:30 P.M.


Pledge of Allegiance

Public Comments


Appropriation Ordinance

Business Items:

2016 Ball Diamond Donations

Request to Sale Fireworks in Silver Lake

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



The Governing Body of the City of Silver Lake met in regular session at city hall on Monday evening April 18, 2016 with Mayor Smith conducting the meeting and the following Councilmembers present: Tim Kampsen, Tom Noble, Heath Robinson, Larry Ross (4) Absent: Nancy Bryant (1).

Motion was made by Councilman Noble, seconded by Councilman Robinson and approved that the minutes from the last regular session held on April 4, 2016 be accepted.

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 Ross that said ordinance be accepted as read and was then placed on final passage by roll call of the following vote: AYE: Tim Kampsen, Tom Noble, Heath Robinson, Larry Ross (4) NAY: None. Ordinance was declared passed and was given no. 2327.

Mike Burton, a representative from the American Legion was present to discuss 2016 ball diamond donations. The team this year will consist of 13 players and he noted that the donation received last year from the city was used to purchase bases and signs. Danny Madere, the representative from the Silver Lake Ball Association was unable to attend tonight due to a scheduling conflict but did call and say that any donation would be appreciated. After consideration by council, motion was made by Councilman Robinson that $2,250.00 each be donated to the Silver Lake Ball Association and the American Legion. Motion was seconded by Councilman Kampsen and approved.

Representatives from Garrett’s Fireworks were present to ask council to consider amending the ordinance that prohibits the sale of fireworks in Silver Lake. They are interested in renting property in Silver Lake and working with a non-profit organization to operate a fireworks stand from June 27, 2016 to July 5, 2016. After discussing issues relating to location, parking and safety, council decided to table this issue until the next meeting. Prior to the next meeting, Mayor Smith and council will ask for the public opinion on allowing fireworks to be sold within the city limits of Silver Lake. In the meantime, council will also review the insurance policy issued to Garrett’s Fireworks.

Motion was made by Councilman Noble that Public Works Superintendent Taylor order a semi load of mulch to be used under the playground equipment at the parks with the price not to exceed $1,700.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Kampsen and approved.

Public Works Superintendent Taylor reported that the winch portion of the crane that pulls the pump on Lift Station #3 is not working properly. He has received a quote from Haynes Equipment to replace this winch at a cost of $3,333.00. After discussion, motion was made by Councilman Robinson that up to $3,500 be spent to replace this winch but asked that they exercise due diligence in looking for a less expensive repair option prior to ordering this new winch. Motion was seconded by Councilman Noble and approved.

Public Works Superintendent Taylor has received a quote of $1,200.00 each to replace the meters on both wells. He indicated that they have until December of 2016 to make this change and that prior to purchasing the meters, he would like to confirm that the Division of Water Resources approves of this specific meter.

Public Works Superintendent Taylor reported that the mosquito sprayer is ready for the upcoming spraying season. Council agreed that once mosquitos are active and spraying starts, they should spray once a week until further notice.

Public Works Assistant Smith will be attending the Water Treatment Operator Workshop being held in Kansas City on April 26 – 27, 2016.
Regular session April 18, 2016 cont’d.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Chief Call will be available at Silver Lake City Hall from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. to collect these drugs.

Chief Call announced that D.A.R.E. Graduation will be on May 4, 2016 at the Silver Lake Grade School.

Chief Call reported that for safety reasons, he is recommending that council consider making eastbound traffic between the 100 and 300 block of E. Pottawatomie a “no parking zone”. He explained that when there are vehicles parked on both sides of the street, the street is impassable for emergency vehicles. Council instructed Public Works Superintendent Taylor to post signs accordingly on the south side of the road to make this enforceable. Chief Call will make personal contact with the residents in the area and make them aware of this change.

At the last meeting Councilman Robinson reported that a local resident has asked if the city would consider removing the stop sign located at the intersection of Lakeland Drive and Lakewood Terrace. Since Lakewood Terrace is not a thru street, this resident feels that the stop sign is not needed. This matter was tabled until tonight to allow time for further research. Both Councilman Robinson and Chief Call visited with residents in this area with mixed emotions being received. After a lengthy and thoughtful discussion, no action was deemed necessary at this time.

City Attorney Luckman presented a draft ordinance relating to the installation costs for city water meters. No action was taken at this time.

Public Works Superintendent Taylor has followed up on a report that a residence in town may be in violation of several sections of city code including building without a permit. Taylor indicated that at this time, he does not see any violations.

In regards to the discussion held earlier in the meeting about the sale of fireworks in Silver Lake, City Attorney Luckman said it would be a simple process to change the current ordinance. He indicated that he would obtain a sample form from another city for council to reference.

Councilman Kampsen inquired about an illuminated sign in town that seems to be very bright at night. Public Works Superintendent Taylor indicated that this sign is not in violation and was approved prior to being installed.

The city has been provided a copy of the minutes from the meeting that Silver Lake PRIDE had with Heartland Visioning on March 30, 2016. Mayor Smith noted that the next PRIDE meeting is scheduled for May 9, 2016 at the Silver Lake Community Building.

The city has received a thank you note for the contribution that was made to the 2016 Silver Lake Easter Egg Hunt.

Mayor Smith participated in the March for Meals on Wheels. He delivered meals to local seniors on April 5, 2016.

On May 4, 2016 a committee selected by the Silver Lake Scholarship Foundation will review and choose the recipients of the scholarships for 2016. Councilman Ross will represent the city on this committee.

Mayor Smith reminded council that the next meeting is scheduled for May 2, 2016 at 5:30 P.M. The following meeting will be held on May 16, 2016.

Regular session April 18, 2016 cont’d.

Mayor Smith signed the agreement with the Storm Softball Club of Topeka and the Silver Lake Lions Club. This lease agreement allows Storm Softball to use the park ball diamonds for their ball club.

Mayor Smith discussed several proposed legislative bills.

With no further business to come before council, Councilman Noble moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:05 P.M.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Ross and approved.

Darlene M. Stadler,
City Clerk