05-15-2017 Agenda and Minutes - Standard




MAY 15, 2017

5:30 P.M.


Pledge of Allegiance

Public Comments


Appropriation Ordinance

Business Item:

Contract for Professional Legal Services

****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 May 15, 2017 with Mayor Mack Smith conducting the meeting and the following Councilmembers present: Nancy Bryant, Tim Kampsen, Tom Noble, Heath Robinson, Larry Ross (5) Absent: None.

Motion was made by Councilman Ross and seconded by Councilman Noble that the minutes from the last regular session held on May 1, 2017 be approved.

Claim vouchers in the amount of $10,747.87 were submitted to 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 Councilmember Bryant that said ordinance be accepted as read and was then placed on final passage by roll call of the following vote: Nancy Bryant, Tim Kampsen, Tom Noble, Heath Robinson, Larry Ross (5) NAY: None. Ordinance was declared passed and was given no. 2363.

City Attorney Luckman presented for council review, a draft Contract for Professional Legal Services. This contract would allow individuals that are facing jail time due to multiple/repeat violations and are indigent, the opportunity to meet with a lawyer. After discussion, motion was made by Councilman Noble, seconded by Councilmember Bryant and approved that this contract be accepted as presented.

Public Works Superintendent Taylor told council that there is some type of blockage in cell #1 at the lagoon. When Mayer Specialty Services, L.L.C. is here next week to clean a portion of the sanitary sewer line, he will have them assist with trying to alleviate this blockage. Council told Taylor to proceed as needed to correct this problem.

Motion was made by Councilmember Bryant that the city donate $275.00 to the Silver Lake Library so they can rent a movie for the movie night they will be sponsoring this summer. Motion was seconded by Councilman Ross and approved. Council agreed that maybe with additional advertising, the attendance at this movie will exceed last year’s attendance.

Council reviewed an agreement to retain BG Consultants, Inc. as the City Engineer for the City of Silver Lake. This matter was tabled until the next meeting to allow time for council to review this agreement.

Public Works Superintendent Taylor reported that they have started putting mulch down under the playground equipment at Little Lake Park. He is hoping to have this project done soon.

Councilman Kampsen noted that he has seen an increase in residents that continually blow grass clipping in the street when they are mowing their yards. Chief Call will be asked to talk to residents and advise them that this is a violation of city code.

Councilman Noble questioned when in the past did the city remove sludge from the lagoon and allow it to be placed on a nearby farm field? He was informed that the only time this has been done was when the lagoon was under construction.

Councilman Noble also suggested that council read the article in the latest issue of Kansas Government Journal relating to the Greensburg tornado that occurred ten (10) years ago. He noted how an emergency contingency plan would assist during disasters like this.

Councilman Robinson inquired about the status of the project to repair the ditch at the intersection of Lake and Rice. Public Works Superintendent Taylor reported that RDR Excavating, Inc. is planning on starting this project as soon as school is out.

Regular session May 15, 2017 cont’d.

Mayor Smith reported that the Agreement and Notice of Award have been issued for 2017 Street Repair Project. The city is now waiting for Hamm, Inc. to provide the required documents.

The filing deadline for the 2017 City Elections is 12:00 Noon on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Mayor Smith noted that all candidates must file at the election office in Topeka.

Public Works Superintendent Taylor reported that the manual transfer switches for the wells have been ordered.

At the last meeting council accepted the bid from Inland Potable Service, Inc. to visually inspect the interior and exterior of the water tower. Public Works Superintendent Taylor has contacted them regarding the bid acceptance and the city will be put on their schedule.

Mayor Smith mentioned that the DARE Graduation went well and noted that he received a nice compliment on the speech he gave.

The Silver Lake High School Graduation will be held on May 21, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. There will be an officer on duty patrolling during this event.

Public Works Superintendent Taylor reported on the status of the drainage problem the property owner is experiencing at 104 Center.

At the last meeting Councilman Ross reported that some property in Silver Lake may be in violation of the high weed ordinance. Public Works Superintendent Taylor advised that this property has been mowed since the last meeting.

The Silver Lake Planning Commission will meet at 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Silver Lake City Hall. Purpose of the hearing is to consider the approval of a Special Use Permit Application for a Greenhouse and Park Shelter on property owned by Silver Lake U.S.D. #372. This property is located in the 200 Block of Rice Road.

The Silver Lake Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Silver Lake City Hall. Purpose of the hearing is to hear a request for a variance to the fence height requirements on property located at 205 Theresa St.

Mayor Smith announced that the city has received a dividend check from EMC Insurance in the amount of $7,603.68.

City Attorney Luckman explained a letter received from the League of Kansas Municipalities in regards to a national debate taking place concerning the assessment and collection of fines and fees on all levels of the courts throughout the country.

Mayor Smith suggested that council read the article in the latest issue of Kansas Government Journal relating to executive sessions and what is required under the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

Mayor Smith reminded council that the next meeting is scheduled for June 5, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. The following meeting will be held on June 19, 2017 at 5:30 P.M.

With no further business to come before council, Councilman Noble moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:05 P.M.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Robinson and approved.

Darlene M. Stadler, City Clerk