NOTE: The following minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled council meeting.
May 21, 2014
The Norton City Council met in regular session Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., with Mayor David Corns presiding. Council members present were Gary Lacy, Ron Briery, Jerry Jones and Roberta Ryan. Chriss McDiffett and Jeff Urban were absent. Others present were Larry Nelson, Dennis Becking, Jeremy Bain, Anthony Chapman, Robert Bowman, Mike Stephens, Karen Griffiths, Pat Morel and Darla Ellis.
Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Gary Lacy to approve the May 7, 2014, council meeting minutes as written. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Roberta Ryan and seconded by Ron Briery to approve the May 14, 2014 special city council meeting minutes as written. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Gary Lacy and seconded by Roberta Ryan to approve the May 19, 2014 special city council meeting minutes as written. Vote taken. Motion carried.
The following building permits were presented:
Don Jones $ 450 – Roof on existing deck at 708 W. Wilton
D.S.N.W.K. $ 2,000 – Handicap ramp replacement at 1115 Eisenhower
Steve Herodsberg $ – Curb cut and street opening at 509 W. Woodsfield
Richard Miller $ 3,000 – Construct patio pergola at 810 Valley Vista
Valley Hope $ 1,000 – Demolish building at 705 W. Holme
Pat Morel $ 4,850 – Reroofing at 511 N. Grant
Tim Sprigg $ 6,300 – Reroofing at 706 N. 2nd Street
Carol Flannigan $ 9,165 – Reroofing at 109 E. Woodsfield
Wilmer Severns $12,389 – Reroofing at 339 W. Lincoln Street
Jay D. Gall $ 2,000 – Reroofing house at 206 W. Woodsfield St.
J.D. Daffer $16,000 – Reroofing at 307 S. Norton
Norton Theater $25,000 – Curb and sidewalk replacement at 215 E. Main
Kyle Jones $ 300 – Curb cut and sidewalk at 608 Sunset Drive
Larry Nelson was present regarding the Chamber of Commerce’s request to allow a fireworks display at the racetrack in Elmwood Park on July 4th. He stated many of the events where fireworks are shot off occur at racetracks. He said the fireworks will need to be ordered soon, but if the City doesn’t get rain, he could store them for a later date. Jerry Jones stated the City is currently under a burn ban, but if it rains enough, the City supports the event. Larry left the meeting at 5:34 p.m.
Dennis Becking from Options, formerly the Northwest Kansas Domestic & Sexual Violence Services, was present to request funding from the City of Norton, to help fund their services to Norton County. They provide 24 hour service within the 18 northwest Kansas Counties. In 2013, they served 15 domestic violence and 8 sexual assault victims in Norton County. They have a shelter in Hays, which costs $483.61/day to run; the cost of crisis line coverage per day is $414.25. Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Gary Lacy to donate $500 to Options, to be paid from the general fund. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Jeremy Bain, owner of JLB Benches, was present to explain their community bench program. They manufacture steel benches and work with the City to locate spots in the community for the benches. Then they approach local businesses and individuals, who purchase the bench and sponsor it, with a plate in the back of the bench that lists their business or memorial. The cost to the business includes everything, including the concrete pad, delivery and installation. He stated if the City wants to participate in the program, they would need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, and then they would begin locating spots for the benches. This was referred to the Parks Committee for consideration. Jeremy and Anthony Chapman left the meeting at 6:02 p.m.
Motion was made by Gary Lacy and seconded by Ron Briery to table the third reading of Ordinance #1656, designating a stop intersection on S. First at W. Washington. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Gary Lacy and seconded by Roberta Ryan to table the third reading of Ordinance #1657, designating yield conditions when approaching N. Graves. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Gary Lacy and seconded by Roberta Ryan to table the third reading of Ordinance #1658, designating yield conditions when approaching N. Second. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Pat Morel will talk to Scott Evans about concrete options north of the parking lot at the pool. Pat will also talk to Prosser Wilbert Construction regarding negotiating the price for the change order approved on May 19. Jerry Jones reminded the council that June 16 is “ride your motorcycle to work day”.
Roberta Ryan reported the Utility Committee discussed concerns that Electric Distribution Supervisor Brian Hickman has regarding Westridge Acres. Motion was made by Roberta Ryan to authorize staff to put the replacement of the electric distribution system in Westridge Acres out for bids, and have it bid with and without material. Motion died for lack of a second. Council will discuss this further after the proposals are received from engineering firms regarding the city’s distribution system.
Roberta Ryan reported the Chamber of Commerce met and discussed the different projects that have taken place recently and upcoming events. She stated if the fireworks event is approved, the events that were done at the lake for the July 4th celebration will be moved to Elmwood Park.
Gary Lacy reported the water line replacement on the 300 block of Kansas Street is done and the crew did a good job. They are currently filling potholes. They will be starting on the water line replacement on N. Jones and Wilton in the near future. Motion was made by Gary Lacy and seconded by Roberta Ryan to authorize the purchase of a 20” walk-behind concrete saw with water tank and blade for a total cost of $6,863.02 with shipping from Northern Tool, to be purchased from the water distribution fund. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Gary Lacy to allow fireworks to be shot off the back straightaway at the racetrack in Elmwood Park for the Chamber of Commerce 4th of July fireworks event, contingent upon the weather and approval of the city and county fire chief. Jerry Jones asked Police Chief Pat Morel to figure out parking options and traffic controls for the fireworks display in Elmwood Park, in case the event is allowed. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Gary Lacy to amend the concrete properties for the pool parking lot which were specified during the special city council meeting on May 19 by changing the cement content minimum from 6.8 sacks per cubic yard to 611 pounds per cubic yard, with all other specifications included in the May 19th motion remaining the same. The general contractor is in agreement with these concrete properties. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Jerry Jones asked if the City should post signs to not allow trucks to park in the pool parking lot overnight. The issue of parking on the 800 block of W. Wilton was also discussed since the traffic will be heavy during June for baseball games at Ward Field. Temporary “no parking” signs will be placed on the north side of the 800 block of W. Wilton until the pool parking lot is opened. Jerry Jones asked if the construction trailers will be removed from the small area west of the pool by next week.
Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Roberta Ryan to approve the special event beer license for the Norton Car Show on July 11 and 12, 2014, in a confined, roped off area by Norton and Main Street. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Roberta Ryan and seconded by Gary Lacy to approve Appropriating Ordinance #10 as a whole. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Ron Briery and seconded by Roberta Ryan to adjourn. Council adjourned at 6:32 p.m.
ATTEST: ___________________________ Mayor: ________________________________
City Clerk David N. Corns