09-17-2012 Agenda and Minutes - Standard




SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

5:30 P.M.


Pledge of Allegiance

Public Comments


Appropriation Ordinance

Business Items:

Water Rates

Public Hearing for Upgrade to Pump Stations – 6:00 P.M.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony

*****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 September 17, 2012 with Mayor Mack Smith conducting the meeting and the following Councilmembers present: Nancy Bryant, Tim Kampsen, David Linderman, Tom Noble, Larry Ross (5) Absent: None.

Mr. Bill Hentzler, a Silver Lake resident was present to inquire about the status of adding additional signage at the crosswalks at Chestnut and both Pottawatomie and Lake Street. Chief Call reported that he is still researching a possible grant available through the Kansas Department of Transportation for pedestrian crossing lights. Also, City Attorney Hanson has written a letter to the state addressing this issue. Mayor Smith stated that the city is doing everything possible to improve the signage near these crosswalks.

Motion was made by Councilman Linderman, seconded by Councilman Ross and approved that the minutes from the last regular session held on September 5, 2012 be approved.

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 Councilmember Bryant 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: Nancy Bryant, Tim Kampsen, David Linderman, Tom Noble, Larry Ross (5) NAY: None. Ordinance was declared passed and was given no. 2212.

Councilman Noble entered the meeting at 5:45 P.M.

Discussion was held concerning a possible water rate increase for 2013. Council reviewed a water rate increase summary for the last five (5) years. Several increase options were discussed along with consideration being given to the current age of the wells and the uncertainty of when they will need to be replaced. Council agreed that the city needs to have consistent higher net revenues from the operation of the water/sewer system in order to meet the continuing increase in operating expenses. This matter was tabled until the next meeting to allow council additional time to consider an appropriate increase amount.

Council entered into a public meeting at 6:00 P.M to discuss a facilities project plan for the upgrade of the Silver Lake Wastewater Pump Stations #1 and #2. There was no one from the public present to discuss this project. Mr. Alex Darby with Professional Engineering Consultants, Inc., the engineer on this project presented an informational fact sheet that included the project costs estimates of $697,400.00.

This public meeting closed at 6:05 P.M.

At this time, council proceeded with the public hearing to discuss a facilities project plan for the upgrade of the Silver Lake Wastewater Pump Stations #1 and #2. Engineer Darby further explained some specifics of this project that has a tentative bid date in mid-December with project completion scheduled for the middle of summer of 2013. He has prepared loan documents for this project and explained that this loan will be administered by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment. These documents will be forwarded to City Attorney Hanson for review.

This public hearing closed at 6:10 P.M.

An Application for Approval of Plans for Construction or Maintenance of Levees or Floodway Fills will be submitted to the state for the Silver Lake Wastewater Pump Stations #1 and #2 Project.

Regular session September 17, 2012 cont’d.

The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony was scheduled for December 11, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. This lighting ceremony will be held at the Silver Lake Community Building. It was noted that the Silver Lake Elementary Music teacher has graciously agree to provide the singers for this ceremony.

Motion was made by Councilman Linderman that Building/Grounds Superintendent Taylor purchase the materials needed for the shade/shelter area at Little Lake Park from Roberson Lumber Company. Motion was seconded by Councilman Noble and approved.

Chief Call mentioned that the citywide garage sales went well this year. The city provided lunch to the extra police officers that patrolled during these sales. Council thanked those responsible for providing this lunch.

The Ride for the Red, benefiting the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross made a stop in Silver Lake on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Councilmember Bryant mentioned that she would like the city to consider purchasing additional holiday lighting decorations. This matter was tabled until the next meeting to allow time for Bryant to look through magazines to see what is available. It was suggested that wreaths be placed on the “Welcome to Silver Lake” monuments as was done in recent years.

A brief update was given on the visibility issue at the intersection at US 24/Railroad Street and Thomas Rd.

Councilmember Bryant noted that she will not be able to attend the meeting on October 1, 2012.

Council reviewed a letter that City Attorney Hanson sent to Verizon Wireless concerning a Verizon Wireless Water Tower Installation Modification. They would like an amendment to the current Verizon Lease with the City of Silver Lake for additional equipment to be located on the water tower.

Mayor Smith will be attending an upcoming local consultation meeting that has been scheduled by the Kansas Department of Transportation. At this meeting they will get a T-Works update and will discuss KDOT’s Goal and Challenges as well as future projects.

The city has received a letter from the Kansas Department of Agriculture advising that Silver Lake U.S.D. #372 has filed an application for a well permit.

At the last meeting Chief Call expressed his concern about the need of a restroom facility near the practice football field. Councilman Linderman has made contact with Superintendent Hallacy regarding this issue and he said that the school district will leave the south entrance to the grade school open every evening until 8:00 P.M. so the kids have access to a restroom.

Mayor Smith reminded council that the next meeting is scheduled for October 1, 2012 at 5:30 P.M. The following meeting will be held on October 15, 2012 at 5:30 P.M.

With no further business to come before council it was moved by Councilman Noble, seconded by Councilman Linderman and approved to adjourn at 6:30 P.M.

Darlene M. Stadler,
City Clerk