Thursday, September 15, 2016

09/19/2016-City Commission Meeting Agenda

MONDAY
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
PRATT CITY COMMISSION – REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING
COMMISSION ROOM – 5:00 P.M.

1.      CALL TO ORDER (Remind audience that meeting is being recorded and/or taped.)
2.      ROLL CALL
3.      INVOCATION & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
4.        MINUTES  September 06, 2016 Regular Commission Meeting                                  

5.      BUSINESS:

5.1             Consideration and Approval for the Pratt Ministerial Alliance Halloween Event on October 31st in Lemon Park – Pastor Marvin Ewertt, 1st United Methodist Church 

5.2             Consideration and Approval for Street Closures for Old Fashioned Christmas – Kim DeClue, Chamber Director 

5.3             Consideration and Approval of the Capacity Purchase and Sale Agreement with MKEC – Jamie Huber, Dir. of Electric Utilities; Ken Van Blaricum, City Attorney 

5.4             Consideration and Approval of the Agreement Between Pratt Community College and the City – Bruce Pinkall, Recreation Director; Ken Van Blaricum, City Attorney    

6.      OPEN AGENDA (City Matters Only)(3 Minute Time Limit)
7.      REPORTS:

7.1             Interim City Manager
7.2             City Attorney
·        Legislative Updates
7.3             Department Superintendents
7.4             Mayor
7.5             City Commission
8.   ADJOURN

 

 

 

 

 

09/19/2016-City/County Jt. Meeting Agenda

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 

PRATT CITY COMMISSION – JOINT CITY/COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING 

COMMISSION ROOM – 11:00 a.m. 

1.        CALL RECESSED MEETING TO ORDER  

2.     ROLL CALL 

3.     DISCUSSION TOPICS: 

3.1         Discussion on Drug Court – City and County Commission

      3.3         General Discussion          

4.   ADJOURN

 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

08/18/2016-Approved City Commission Special Call Minutes

THURSDAY

AUGUST 18, 2016

The Governing Body of the City of Pratt met in a Special Call session in the Commission Room located at City Hall.
 
PRESENT:                  
 
Bill Hlavachick             Vice-Mayor
Jeff Taylor                    Commissioner
Gary Skaggs                 Commissioner
Doug Meyer                 Commissioner

ALSO PRESENT:        
 
Russell Rambat            Interim City Manager/Public Works Dir.
LuAnn Kramer             City Clerk
Ken Van Blaricum        City Attorney
Diana Garten                Finance Director
Brad Blankenship         Building Inspector
Jamie Huber                 Dir. of Electric Utilities
Bruce Pinkall                Recreation Director
Gary Myers                   Chief of Police                                     
                                
CALL TO ORDER:
 
The Special Call meeting was called to order by Vice-Mayor Hlavachick.  The Vice-Mayor instructed the Clerk to note that all Commissioners were present with the exception of Mayor Kumberg. 

BUSINESS: 

EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS NON-ELECTED PERSONNEL TO LAST SEVEN HOURS: 

Vice-Mayor Hlavachick made a motion to enter into executive session for non-elected personnel to last seven hours.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and carried unanimously. 

Vice-Mayor Hlavachick made a motion to return from executive session with nothing to report.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Skaggs and carried unanimously. 

ADJOURN:

Commissioner Taylor made a motion to adjourn.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Meyer and carried unanimously. 
 
_______________________________________
BILL D. HLAVACHICK, Vice-Mayor
 
ATTEST:

________________________________________
LUANN KRAMER, City Clerk

08/15/2016-Approved City Commission Meeting Minutes

MONDAY
 
August 15, 2016
 
The Governing Body of the City of Pratt met in Regular session in the Commission Room located in City Hall.
 
PRESENT:                  
 
Lucus Kumberg            Mayor
Bill Hlavachick            Commissioner
Jeff Taylor                    Commissioner
Gary Skaggs                 Commissioner
Doug Meyer                 Commissioner
        
ALSO PRESENT:        
 
Russell Rambat            Interim City Manager/Public Works Dir.
LuAnn Kramer             City Clerk
Ken Van Blaricum       City Attorney
Diana Garten                Finance Director
Brad Blankenship         Building Inspector
Jamie Huber                 Dir. of Electric Utilities             
                                                                                                                                                                      
CALL TO ORDER:

The regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Kumberg.  The Mayor instructed the Clerk to note that all Commissioners were present.

The Mayor reminded the audience that this meeting may be taped and/or recorded.z 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: 

Commissioner Taylor led the staff and audience in the invocation and Mayor Kumberg led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

MINUTES: 

Commissioner Hlavachick made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 26, 2016 budget work session, July 27, 2016 budget work session, August 01, 2016 special call meeting, August 01, 2016 regular Commission meeting and the August 08, 2016 special call meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Meyer and carried unanimously.   

BUSINESS: 

PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED 2017 CITY OF PRATT BUDGET: 

a)     Open Public Hearing:

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to open the public hearing on the proposed 2017 City of Pratt budget.  Commissioner Skaggs seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. 

b)     Discussion:

Finance Director Garten stated that the 2017 budget was $22,397,621 which would generate taxes of $2,039,986.  Ms. Garten commented that this generates a mill levy of 49.27, which was a third of a mill increase from last year.  Ms. Garten explained that the valuation was flat and was about a $14 per mill increase.  Ms. Garten stated that this budget did include a cost of living raise and a 17% increase in health insurance as well as an increase in workman’s comp.  Ms. Garten reminded the Commission that she had also incorporated the donation increases that had been discussed.

c)      Close the Public Hearing: 

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to close the public hearing and Commissioner Skaggs seconded the motion.  The motion and second passed unanimously.

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE 2017 CITY OF PRATT BUDGET: 

Mayor Kumberg stated that they had only increased the budget for 2017 by a third of a mill or $14,000.  Mayor Kumberg commented that this shows that we were living within our means and there were no excessive increases.  Commissioner Hlavachick made a motion to approve the 2017 City of Pratt budget as presented.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Skaggs and carried unanimously. 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF JACK’S HALF MARATHON RELAY ROUTE ON SEPTEMBER 03, 2017 AT 7:30 A.M.:

Blythe Family Fitness Director Kristina Kaufman and Ms. Sarah Schmidt informed the Commission that they would like to have a 5K relay that would start in Jack Ewing Park and go down to Parklane and then on to Sixth Street through the park and on to Lemon Park.  Ms. Kaufman stated that they would end up back at Jack Ewing Park and the route would be equal to 5.28 miles.  Ms. Kaufman commented that there would also be a two mile fun walk that would start at Jack Ewing Park and go thru Sixth Street Park and Lemon Park on the sidewalks and end up back at Jack’s Park.  

Mayor Kumberg stated that he had no objections to doing this, but Ms. Kaufman should get with Police Chief Myers to work on any street closures.  Public Works Director Rambat encouraged them to be aware of their surroundings and watch for traffic.  Ms. Kaufman stated that they would not be crossing the highway and everyone would be using the same route.  Mr. Rambat explained that they needed to use sidewalk chalk or something that would wash away to mark their route.  Ms. Kaufman commented that they had nine volunteers to help keep everybody on track.

Ms. Kaufman stated that they would need barricades on Thompson Street between Third and Fourth Streets for the kid’s races, which would be around noon.  Mr. Rambat stated that they could set up one large barricade saying the street was closed.  Mr. Rambat added that we could stop the through traffic, but needed to be considerate of the people living in that block.  Mr. Rambat stated that they had cones that they could use that could point out the directions the runners were to go.  After no more discussion, the Commission was in agreement that it was okay for the event to proceed as discussed.
 
CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE 1606 AMENDING WATER RATES:

(Commissioner Taylor arrived at 5:14 p.m.)

City Attorney Ken Van Blaricum stated that this ordinance follows the discussion concerning water rates during the budget work session.  Mayor Kumberg stated that the increase was a $1.00 added to the current minimum charge and an additional $.15 per unit.  Mayor Kumberg added that one unit of water was equal to 748 gallons.  Mayor Kumberg explained that the increase would help rebuild funds for future water projects.
 
With no further discussion, the following Ordinance 1606 was then presented to the Commission for their approval:  AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 13.04.100 OF THE PRATT MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF PRATT, KANSAS: WATER RATES – ESTABLISHED.  Commissioner Meyer made a motion to approve Ordinance 1606 as presented.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hlavachick.  City Clerk Kramer stated that Ordinance 1606 would take effect on October 01, 2016.  The motion and second then passed unanimously.

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE 1607 TO VACATE PROPERTY IN THE WILLIAMS ADDITION (HOME LUMBER):

Building Inspector Blankenship stated that this ordinance reflects the property to be vacated that he had discussed with the Commission at the last meeting and would accommodate Home Lumber in their remodel.  Home Lumber employees Mr. Myron Bartel and Mr. Gary Roberts explained that they would be replacing the out building on the south and west sides of the property, but they would be going back in a similar place about 20’ in the air.  Commissioner Taylor questioned if we would still own the property.  Mr. Blankenship stated that we would not.  Mr. Blankenship added that the property had been this way since 1962.  Commissioner Meyer questioned if there was any interference with utilities.  Mr. Blankenship stated that Director of Electric Utilities Huber had visited with Mr. Bartel and some of the electric would be moved and put underground.  Mr. Blankenship stated that this was land that had been used and not taxed, but now it would be.  Mr. Rambat explained that the sewer was already in place also.  

With no further discussion, the following Ordinance 1607 was then presented to the Commission for their approval:  AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE VACATION OF RIGHT-OF-WAY ON SIMPSON STREET AND JACKSON STREET IN THE WILLIAMS ADDITION IN THE CITY OF PRATT, KANSAS.  Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve Ordinance 1607 to vacate the right-of-way on Simpson Street and Jackson Street in the Williams Addition.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Meyer and carried unanimously.

DISCUSSISON ON CHANGING SPEED LIMITS ON SOUTH MAIN STREET AND EAST HIGHWAY 54:

·        South Main Street:

Public Works Director Rambat stated that increasing the speed limit from 20 mph to 30 mph on South Main Street had been discussed before.  Mr. Rambat commented that he had been looking at that with Mr. Scott Mullin, KDOT Engineer, and there had always been questions as to why it was different than North Main Street.  Mr. Rambat explained that they felt that one difference was that North Main Street had parallel parking and South Main Street had angle parking.  Mr. Rambat explained that a lot of people take Eighth Street to go to school and they had to creep out to cross or get out onto the street now.  Commissioner Taylor questioned if the portable radar gun had shown if people were going 20 mph.  Mr. Rambat stated that he had visited with Chief Myers and he did not feel stronger one way or another on which speed was on South Main Street.  

Commissioner Skaggs commented that you were going downhill and had to ride your brakes to stay around the 20 mph.  Commissioner Skaggs suggested increasing the speed limit to 30 mph up to Sixth Street and then revert back down to the 20 mph.  Commissioner Meyer questioned if this was a KDOT deal.  Mr. Rambat stated that he would have to get their blessing, so he would check with Mr. Mullin if this was the direction the Commission wanted to go.  Mayor Kumberg asked if we could have the signs telling drivers that the speed limit ahead was 30 mph.  Mayor Kumberg added that people would not know about the change without some type of pre-warning.  Commissioner Taylor stated that they had changed the top of the hill to 50 mph going north.  Mr. Rambat stated that the 30 mph starts at the City limits and goes to 20 mph at the railroad tracks.  Mr. Rambat commented that we would make an extra effort with signage that jumps out at you until people get used to the speed limit.  

Commissioner Skaggs questioned if an increase in the speed limit would encourage people to go faster.  Mr. Rambat commented that people were going to challenge the speed limit whether it was 20 mph or 30 mph and that was just human nature. Commissioner Skaggs stated that he did not want to do anything that was not safe and questioned how Mr. Mullin felt about it.  Mr. Rambat stated that he did not think that Mr. Mullin had a strong feeling one way or another.  Mr. Rambat added that the last thing they wanted to do was cause problems.  With no further discussion, Commissioner Skaggs made a motion to increase the speed limit on South Main Street to 30 mph from Sixth Street south to the current 30 mph zone.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and carried unanimously.

·        Highway 54 & Highway 61 east:

Mr. Rambat stated that the second area he wanted to discuss was at the intersection of Highway 54 and Highway 61 and heading east.  Mr. Rambat explained that, after going through the intersection heading east, the speed limit increases to 40 mph and he would ask the Commission to consider carrying the 30 mph past Fincham Street.  Mr. Rambat commented that the intersection improvements had helped when there was a vehicle in the turn lane and there was a vehicle heading east at 40 mph.  Commissioner Skaggs suggested going further past Straub International since all the commercial businesses had turn offs to get into their business.  Mr. Rambat stated that the City limits were at Fincham Street going north, but he would have to confer with KDOT.  

Commissioner Taylor made a motion to move the 30 mph speed limit out to at least Fincham Street or the City limits.  Commissioner Skaggs stated that we should ask KDOT to go out further past the commercial businesses.  Commissioner Taylor stated that he would add that to his motion.  City Attorney Van Blaricum stated that that sounded wise; however, there was a lot of confusion when you come into town and leave town.  Mr. Van Blaricum commented that we would need to have signage that everybody could see.  Commissioner Meyer seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

OPEN AGENDA:

No one in the audience wished to address the Commission.

REPORTS:

Public Works:

·        KLINK Project Complete:

Public Works Director Rambat informed the Commission that the South Main Street KLINK project was complete.  Mr. Rambat stated that KDOT would have to look at it before signing off.  Mr. Rambat commented that there would be a one year warranty on the striping to be sure it holds.  Commissioner Skaggs questioned why they had to cut out a chuck after it had already been overlaid.  Mr. Rambat explained that they had an 8’ long area where the new pavement had not held, so they milled it down and shot it with new oil and patched it back in.  Mr. Rambat assured the Commission that it was not a base failure.  

·        Sixth Street project:

Mr. Rambat stated that the Sixth Street overlay was complete; however, the manholes between Oak Street and Pine Street needed to have concrete poured around them.

·        Arby’s parking lot:

Mr. Rambat stated that APAC would be back in town to do the Arby’s parking lot.  Mr. Rambat commented that they were going to finish the entrance and the two utility cuts that were done for the electric, water and sewer.  Commissioner Skaggs questioned if it was the City crews digging a deep hole coming off the drive by the ice cream shop.  Building Inspector Blankenship stated that that was the Arby’s crew.  Mr. Blankenship explained that Water Superintendent Clay had done a good job compacting that back in there and they could not get it with their backhoe.  Mr. Blankenship added that they had to use a power auger to dig it out.  Commissioner Skaggs asked what they were putting in there.  Mr. Blankenship stated that it would be concrete, which was what was in there when they started.

·        Street Department:

Mr. Rambat stated that the street department had been busy painting cross walks around the school zones and they were also hauling bricks to the new Main Street Park project.  Mr. Rambat commented that they were working on the last area to have bricks put in and it looks good.

Inspection Department:

·        Arby’s:

Building Inspector Blankenship stated that the permanent sign for Arby’s went up today, but they still had some interior things to put in.  Mr. Blankenship added that they should make their deadline. 

·        Casey’s: 

Mr. Blankenship informed the Commission that he had not heard anymore from Casey’s, but he was sure they would be notifying him soon.

·        Weeds, etc.: 

Mr. Blankenship commented that he still had a few weed letters going out and houses that he was watching. 

Electric Department: 

·        Untied from the grid: 

Director of Electric Utilities Huber stated that we had been untied from the grid as of midnight last night and would be for another two or three days.  Mr. Huber commented that Sunflower was changing out the breaker that went bad a couple of months ago in their substation.  Mr. Huber commented that the line crew had been doing maintenance on that substation while it was dead.  Mr. Huber explained that the production guys were really busy firing up Thursday and Sega Company was out doing their testing on the boiler controls.  Mr. Huber added that everything was going well.  Commissioner Skaggs asked how many generators we were running.  Mr. Huber stated that we were at the point where we would have to fire up the third one and we were also running the steam engines.  Mr. Huber explained that they would probably be running all of them tomorrow, but that gave the guys an opportunity to run the equipment.

Finance Department:

·        Humane Society:

Finance Director Garten pointed out that the financials had been received from the Humane Society and were in the packet for the Commission to look over. 

Mayor and Commission: 

·        Editorial in the paper: 

Commissioner Taylor stated that there was an editorial in the paper from Mr. Leo Kitch and it stated that the City was not running appropriately.  Commissioner Taylor reminded everyone that Mr. Dave Howard was still here when we had the first outage; however, he was not responsible for that and it was just something that happens.  Commissioner Taylor commented that Mr. Kitch relates the City of Pratt with houses not selling because of the leadership of Pratt.  Commissioner Taylor stated that there were very capable Commissioners and very good department heads on board that were running the City in a great way and we could continue to run it for months or years without a City Manager.  Commissioner Taylor stated that he had that much confidence in the City staff; however, we did need one to be in charge of the whole thing.  Commissioner Taylor commented that Mr. Kitch could say what he wants about real estate in the City of Pratt, but leave the City alone.  Commissioner Taylor stated that he personally took offense to that and takes it for City staff also.  Commissioner Taylor added that he had faith in the staff clear down to the last man hired.  Commissioner Taylor stated that the economy was going well and this was a wonderful community and it was only going to get better.

Commissioner Hlavachick agreed with what Commissioner Taylor had said and he added that the Commissioners were down to the last step in finding a new City Manager.  Commissioner Hlavachick commented that they were down to the top four candidates and they were amazed at the viability of the downtown compared to other small Cities. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: 

EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS NON-ELECTED PERSONNEL TO LAST FORTY-FIVE MINUTES: 

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to enter into executive session for non-elected personnel to last forty-five minutes.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and carried unanimously. 

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to return from executive session with nothing to report.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hlavachick and carried unanimously. 

ADJOURN: 

Commissioner Hlavachick made a motion to adjourn.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Meyer and carried unanimously.
 
_______________________________________
LUCUS KUMBERG, Mayor 

ATTEST:

________________________________________
LUANN KRAMER, City Clerk

Thursday, September 1, 2016

09/06/2016-City Commission Meeting Agenda

TUESDAY
SEPTEMBER 06, 2016
PRATT CITY COMMISSION – REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING
COMMISSION ROOM – 5:00 P.M.
1.      CALL TO ORDER (Remind audience that meeting is being recorded and/or taped.)
2.      ROLL CALL
3.      INVOCATION & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

4.        MINUTES  August 15, 2016 Regular Commission Meeting
                              August 18, 2016 Special Call Commission Meeting  
5.      BUSINESS:

5.1             Presentation by GridLiance on an Alternate Feed to the City – Jamie Huber, Dir. of Electric Utilities; Brett Hooton & Kevin Hooper, GridLiance 

5.2             Consideration and Approval of Selling the City’s Excess Capacity – Jamie Huber, Dir. of Electric Utilities 

5.3             Consideration and Approval of a Street Dance on October 1st from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. for the Teen Center – Pratt Teen Center Representative 

5.4             Discussion on Disc Golf at Lemon Park – Jason Winkel (No info for packet) 

5.5             Consideration and Approval of Resolution 090616 Providing for a Hearing on an Unsafe or Dangerous Structure at 911 South Mound – Ken Van Blaricum, City Attorney; Brad Blankenship, Building Inspector

6.      OPEN AGENDA (City Matters Only)(3 Minute Time Limit)
7.      REPORTS:
7.1             Interim City Manager
7.2             City Attorney
·        Legislative Updates
7.3             Department Superintendents
7.4             Mayor
7.5             City Commission
 
8.   RECESS until Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. for City/County Joint Meeting

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

08/08/2016-Special Call Approved Minutes

MONDAY 

AUGUST 08, 2016 

The Governing Body of the City of Pratt met in a Special Call session in the Commission Room located at City Hall. 

PRESENT:                  
 
Lucus Kumberg             Mayor                                                          
Bill Hlavachick             Commissioner                                                           
Jeff Taylor                    Commissioner                                                          
Gary Skaggs                 Commissioner                                                          
Doug Meyer                 Commissioner 

ALSO PRESENT:        
 
LuAnn Kramer             City Clerk                                                         
Ken Van Blaricum        City Attorney                                      
                                 
CALL TO ORDER:

The Special Call meeting was called to order by Mayor Kumberg.  The Mayor instructed the Clerk to note that all Commissioners were present. 

BUSINESS: 

EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS NON-ELECTED PERSONNEL TO LAST SEVEN HOURS:

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to enter into executive session for non-elected personnel to last seven hours.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and carried unanimously. 

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to return from executive session with nothing to report.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and carried unanimously. 

ADJOURN:

Commissioner Hlavachick made a motion to adjourn.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Meyer and carried unanimously.
 
_______________________________________
LUCUS KUMBERG, Mayor

ATTEST:
________________________________________
LUANN KRAMER, City Clerk