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REGULAR MEETING

Monday, December 10, 2012


The governing body of the City of Coldwater met in regular session with the following present: Mayor Tony Smith, presiding, Council members Justin Bailey, Penny Bruckner, Joe Ceballos,  Daniel Hess and Chuck Salisbury, Public Works Director Danny Shaw, City Attorney Skip Herd, and City Clerk, Kristal Sherman.
Visitors included Donna Mier-Pheifer and Allen Myers.
Mayor Smith called the regular meeting to order and led the flag salute.
Minutes from the November meetings were approved as written, motion by Penny Bruckner, seconded by Justin Bailey.  Motion carried.
Donna Mier-Pheifer told the council she was the executive director of the Cannonball Trail chapter of the American Red Cross and is visiting all the city councils in her region to tell what services the Red Cross provides which includes homeland security, first aid/CPR training, blood drives, and aid after devastating storms.  She noted that the south central region of Kansas has more storms per capita than any other area of the region.  She also noted that the Red Cross is 100% donor funded, they do not receive any federal funding.  She told the council she is putting together a business plan, and is asking the council to donate $500.00 per year to help with expenses and services.  The council thanked Donna for coming to the council meeting and said they would consider her donation later in the meeting.
Allen Myers explained he recently took over his grandmother’s trust and is trying to figure out the city’s railroad right-of-way, he asked the council for permission to use the city’s railroad right-of-way on some pasture land.  Danny Shaw told the council the city does not use it and he thought it would work for the Myers family to use it.    Daniel Hess made a motion to allow Allen Myers to use the city’s railroad right-of-way connected to his property as long as the City has access to it, seconded by Joe Ceballos and the motion carried.
City Attorney Skip Herd reported the latest proposed lease agreement for a “mancamp” had been withdrawn, he also asked that the City not enter into those contracts in the future.  The Mayor and Council asked Skip about the possibility of implementing an ordinance so no future mancamps can be located inside the city limits.  Skip also discussed the building at 115 E. Main between Main Street Pharmacy and Hatfield-Prusa Furniture Store, he said the City has some sort of obligation according to Kansas State statute 12-1756 stating they should at least barricade around the building to let the public know it is unsafe.  After a lengthy discussion, the council agreed to have Danny Shaw fence off the back side and front sidewalk of the building with “snow fence” for safety purposes.
Public Works Director Danny Shaw reported he has started on the electric project at the west park and the water line project at the Comanche Estates is finished.  Danny then asked the council to go into executive session and asked that City Clerk, Kristal Sherman stay.  Daniel Hess made a motion the council go into executive session for personnel reasons with Danny Shaw and City Clerk Kristal Sherman for 30 minutes, seconded by Justin Bailey and the motion carried.  After returning to open session, no action was taken. 
Council member Penny Bruckner wanted to bring to the council’s attention the downtown trees were being watered, but the council did discuss the way they were being watered and suggested different ways to keep them watered. 
Discussion was held on the upcoming Christmas holiday and New Year’s holiday.  Daniel Hess made a motion to give city employees Monday, December 24th  and at noon on December 31st off as extra paid holidays, seconded by Joe Ceballos and the motion carried.
City Clerk Kristal Sherman asked the council to set a special meeting to pay year-end bills.  The council set Friday, December 28th at 5:00 p.m. as a special meeting to pay year-end bills.
Council member Penny Bruckner asked Danny if he wanted to keep the maintenance employees hours the same 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the winter months, she said it was brought up at the November meeting, but nothing for sure was ever decided on.  Danny said he would think about it, but he may change the hours back to 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the council said they would leave it up to his discretion whether to change the hours or not, but they did mention it would be good for them to be around an extra hour once in a while to take care of matters that come up in the afternoons.
Dennis Andersen, on behalf of the Coldwater Chamber of Commerce, asked the city for a donation of $850.00 to help with expenses of Santa Day.  Mayor Smith reminded the council it had been decided the diversion fund would be used to buy the candy for Santa Day since the Lions Club has disbanded and if there was extra, they could vote to donate more.  Justin Bailey made a motion to donate $850.00 to the Chamber for Santa Day, seconded by Daniel Hess and the motion carried.
Bills in the amount of $380,090.53 were presented for payment.  Chuck Salisbury made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Joe Ceballos and the motion carried.
Under unfinished business, discussion was held regarding the electric bids for the pool concession area.  Daniel Hess said he would talk to Kelsey Thompson about doing the electric work there since he is going to be doing the work at the pool concession area and bath house.  Penny Bruckner asked where the council was with the shooting range and Danny told her the sheriff’s office was not doing what was asked of them in finding out who was behind cutting the locks out there.  After discussion, the council instructed Danny to get a night vision trail camera out there to see if they can catch who is vandalizing the shooting range. 
Under new business, the council discussed the donation for the American Red Cross.  They all agreed to table it to the January, 2013 meeting.
With no further business being presented, Chuck Salisbury moved the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m., seconded by Joe Ceballos and the motion carried. 

 

COLDWATER CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING
Monday, December 17, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.

     The governing body of the City of Coldwater met in special session for the purpose of discussing with Allen Myers the railroad right-of-way, with the following present: Mayor Tony Smith, Council members Justin Bailey, Penny Bruckner, Joe Ceballos, and Daniel Hess, Public Works Director Danny Shaw and City Clerk Kristal Sherman.
Visitors included Allen Myers, LeRoy Zielke, Gwen Thompson and Dalen Thompson.
Mayor Smith called the special meeting to order.
The City Council expressed to Allen Myers they didn’t know all the details regarding the railroad right-of-way the night of the regular meeting when they agreed to let him use it.   Since the regular meeting, they discovered Raymond Affeldt has horses grazing on the right-of-way.   Danny Shaw said he knew Raymond had horses on the right-of-way and has been “trading” work to keep them there.  After discussion, Daniel Hess made a motion to let Raymond use the right-of-way on the condition he uses it under the lease and moves the fence, seconded by Justin Bailey and the motion carried.  Allen, LeRoy Zielke and Gwen Thompson all said they would like to use the right-of-way as an access road, the council agreed.  Danny will mark where Raymond needs to put the fence.
With no other business presented, Joe Ceballos made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Penny Bruckner and the motion carried.

 

COLDWATER CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING
Friday, December 28, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.

     The governing body of the City of Coldwater met in special session for the purpose of paying year-end bills, with the following present: Mayor Tony Smith, Council members Penny Bruckner, Joe Ceballos, and Chuck Salisbury and City Clerk Kristal Sherman.
Mayor Smith called the special meeting to order and since there wasn’t a quorum, Daniel Hess was called and put on “speaker phone” during the meeting.  After the council reviewed the year-end bills to be paid, Chuck Salisbury made a motion to pay the year-end bills in the amount of $46,182.04, seconded by Penny Bruckner and the motion carried.     
With no other business presented, Joe Ceballos made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Penny Bruckner and the motion carried.