Monday, December 5, 2016

11/30/2016-Approved Special Call Meeting Minutes

WEDNESDAY 

NOVEMBER 30, 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:        
 
Roy Eckert                   City Manager
LuAnn Kramer             City Clerk                                                        

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 TWO HOURS: 

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to enter into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel to last two hours.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hlavachick 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.
 
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LUCUS KUMBERG, Mayor
 
ATTEST: 

________________________________________
LUANN KRAMER, City Clerk

11/21/2016-Approved Commission Meeting Minutes

MONDAY 

NOVEMBER 21, 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:        

Roy Eckert                   City Manager
LuAnn Kramer             City Clerk
Ken Van Blaricum        City Attorney
Diana Garten                Finance Director
Jeff Ward                      Police Detective
Russell Rambat             Public Works Director
Brad Blankenship         Building Inspector
Jamie Huber                 Director of Electric Utilities
Bruce Pinkall               Recreation Director
                                                                                                                                                                           
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. 

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 Taylor made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 07, 2016 regular Commission meeting and the November 16, 2016 Special Call meeting.   The motion was seconded by Commissioner Meyer and carried unanimously. 

BUSINESS: 

PRESENTATION OF SERVICE AWARDS TO CITY EMPLOYEES:

Mayor Kumberg commented that this was his favorite meeting of the year and that the service years for 2016 added up to two hundred fifty years.  The Mayor and Commissioners acknowledged those employees who had been with the City for ten, fifteen, twenty-five, thirty, forty and forty-five years.   

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF BID TO CRUSH CONCRETE: 

Public Works Director Rambat stated that the City had a stock pile of concrete that had accumulated over the last three or four years and it was time to have someone come in and crush some of it.  Mr. Rambat informed the Commission that three bids were sent out and three were returned.  Mr. Rambat explained that he had bids from Heartstone out of Wichita for $27,215, Green River Stone & Crushing from Colorado for $28,000 and Stone Sand Co., Inc. from Great Bend for $31,500.  Mr. Rambat stated that there was approximately 7,000 tons of concrete to be crushed; however, he was going to have half of the pile done now and then budget for the rest in the next couple of years.   

Commissioner Skaggs made a motion to approve the bid from Heartstone to crush half of the concrete pile for $27,215.  Commissioner Meyer seconded the motion.  Mr. Rambat commented that this would probably get done in December.  Commissioner Meyer questioned if this had steel in it.  Mr. Rambat stated that it did not.  With no more discussion, the motion and seconded passed unanimously.

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE 2017 HUMANE SOCIETY AGREEMENT: 

City Attorney Van Blaricum stated that this was part of the annual contract review and this agreement was down to what all parties were satisfied with.  Commissioner Taylor questioned if they had taken cats from us in the past.  Police Detective Ward stated that they had not.  Commissioner Skaggs commented that he had seen cats there in the past.  Commissioner Taylor stated that the animal control officer had told him that they were not accepting cats anymore.  PAHS Treasurer Rexana Prater stated that they would take cats unless they were full or the cats were ferrell.  Commissioner Taylor stated that there were about fifteen or twenty cats at this one place and they were friendly, but made a mess.  Mayor Kumberg commented that we should engage in #6 under Terms and make alternate arrangements.  Commissioner Skaggs commented that this could be a miscommunication between PAHS and animal control.  Mayor Kumberg asked that the City Manager see what he could find out. 

Commissioner Meyer questioned if the animal count on the monthly statement was accurate.  Detective Ward stated that they had been full, but Chief Myers would know more about that.  Detective Ward commented that it was a catch 22 on how to differentiate ferrell cats.  Ms. Prater stated that she would check with the manager, but she was sure they accepted sociable cats.  Commissioner Taylor stated that he had no problem passing the agreement, but encouraged taking care of the confusion with the animal control officer.  Commissioner Hlavachick made a motion to approve the Agreement with PAHS for another year.  Commissioner Taylor seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. 

OPEN AGENDA:

No one in the audience wished to address the Commission.

REPORTS: 

City Manager:

·        Visiting various departments:

City Manager Eckert stated that he had met with the police department and several others.  Mr. Eckert commented that he had visited the sewer plant and that project was almost finished.  Mr. Eckert added that it was a great project and would finish under budget.  Mr. Eckert stated that he was looking at several things and ways to do things better; however, the staff was very efficient.  Mr. Eckert reported that he had visited with the airport director and he would be working on a project with them to set up certain areas for light, medium and heavy businesses so that they were not so spread out.  Mr. Eckert stated that the past week had been a good one with the downtown activities and turning on the Lemon Park lights.

Public Works: 

·        Street Department: 

Public Works Director Rambat stated that he wanted to thank the street department for setting up for Christmas in the park.  Mr. Rambat added that the flow of traffic worked well. 

·        Curb work:

Mr. Rambat commented that the curb at Lanterman Motors was done along with the work needed at Haskins School.  Mr. Rambat stated that Arensdorf Construction would be working on the alley behind the Club D’Est when they finish a few of their current jobs. 

Inspections:

·        Park Hills Addition: 

Building Inspector Blankenship stated that they had a Planning and Zoning meeting concerning the Park Hills Addition and it had gone well.  Mr. Blankenship commented that it had been well attended and he was pleased with the way it went.  Mr. Blankenship explained that the preliminary plat was passed and it would proceed to the final plat.  Mr. Blankenship stated that it was rezoned Residential Suburban, which passed also. 

·        Casey’s: 

Mr. Blankenship stated that the tanks were coming out at the Casey’s location by a company from Iowa.  Mr. Blankenship added that things were moving along. 

·        Donut Palace: 

Mr. Blankenship stated that the contractor had started on Donut Palace and they were currently looking at remodeling. 

·        City responsibility: 

Mayor Kumberg commented that he had been asked why we were responsible for the stuff at the Country Club.  Mr. Blankenship stated that Kansas Statute states that the City has the right to zone anything in the three mile radius.  Mr. Blankenship clarified that this protects the City in case it grows; therefore, everything that was being built was built to our design standards.  Mr. Blankenship added that EBH Engineering had done a good job of following the lines and that gives us power to say what can and cannot be built, which was in the best interest of the City.

Recreation: 

·        City Christmas dinner: 

Recreation Director Pinkall stated that the City Christmas dinner was being planned for December 14th starting at 11:00 a.m.  Mr. Pinkall commented that invitations would be going out to Advisory Boards and Commissions soon. 

Police Department: 

·        Coalition meeting: 

Detective Ward stated that the officers had been working very hard.  Detective Ward commented that he had attended the coalition meeting and the people did express their concerns and solutions.  Detective Ward stated that it was a good meeting. 

Mayor and Commission:

·        Executive Session:

Mayor Kumberg requested an executive session regarding non-elected personnel to last thirty minutes after reports. 

·        Coalition meeting: 

Mayor Kumberg stated that he had also attended the coalition meeting and it had been put together very well.  Mayor Kumberg added that he could see good things come out of it.  Mayor Kumberg commented that, with the leadership here and the department heads, we could aid them in their request to help fix the problems. 

·        Christmas in the Park:

Mayor Kumberg stated that he had heard wonderful things about Christmas in the Park event.  Mayor Kumberg commented that that was a huge undertaking and he thanked all the departments for their hard work.

·        Thanksgiving holiday: 

Commissioner Taylor commented that he was glad that we get the day after Thanksgiving off, because we do not get all the national holidays.  Commissioner Taylor added that it was well deserved. 

Executive Session: 

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to enter into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.  Commissioner Hlavachick seconded the motion.  The motion and second passed unanimously. 

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to return from executive session with nothing to report.  Commission Meyer seconded the motion.  The motion and second passed unanimously. 

ADJOURN:

Upon proper motion, the meeting was recessed until Monday, December 05, 2016 for the City/County meeting at 11:00 a.m. at City Hall.

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LUCUS KUMBERG, Mayor

ATTEST:

________________________________________
LUANN KRAMER, City Clerk

11/21/2016-Approved Special Call Meeting Minutes

MONDAY

NOVEMBER 21, 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:        
 
Roy Eckert                   City Manager
LuAnn Kramer             City Clerk
Diana Garten                Finance Director
Jamie Huber                 Dir. of Electric Utilities
Kenny Kreutzer            Energy Agent
Gary Schmidt               Commissioner-elect
Don Peters                    Commissioner-elect
                                                                                           
                               
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 CONFIDENTIAL DATA RELATING TO FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OR TRADE SECRETS OF SECOND PARTIES TO LAST TWO HOURS: 

Vice-Mayor Hlavachick made a motion to enter into executive session to discuss confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of second parties to last two hours.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Meyer and carried unanimously. 

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

ADJOURN:

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

ATTEST:

_____________________________________
LUANN KRAMER, City Clerk

Friday, December 2, 2016

12/05/16-City Commission Meeting Agenda

MONDAY 
DECEMBER 05, 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 –        November 21, 2016 Special Call Meeting
November 21, 2016 Regular Commission Meeting
November 30, 2016 Special Call Meeting
                               
5.      BUSINESS:

5.1             Consideration and Approval on Putting Up Flags on Main Street to Promote Town Spirit for Sporting Events – Lori Myers, PHS Counselor 

5.2             Consideration and Approval of the 2017 Cereal Malt Beverage Applications – Gary Myers, Chief of Police 

5.3             Consideration and Approval of the Purchase of a Used Backhoe from Morgan Diesel – Russell Rambat, Public Works Director

5.4             Consideration and Approval of the 2017 Lease Agreement with the American Legion – Ken Van Blaricum, City Attorney 

5.5             Consideration and Approval of the Option Agreement with ATC Sequoia LLC to Purchase Communications Easement at 201 S. Jackson – Ken Van Blaricum, City Attorney; Rick Eckert, City Manager; Diana Garten, Finance Director 

6.      OPEN AGENDA (City Matters Only)(3 Minute Time Limit)
7.      REPORTS: 
7.1             City Manager
7.2             City Attorney
7.3             Department Superintendents
7.4             Mayor
7.5             City Commission

8.   ADJOURN

12/05/16-Joint City/County Meeting Agenda

MONDAY

DECEMBER 05, 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         General Discussion on City/County Issues    

4.   ADJOURN

Monday, November 21, 2016

11/17/2016-Approved City Commission Special Call Meeting Minutes

WEDNESDAY

NOVEMBER 16, 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:  

Roy Eckert                   City Manager
LuAnn Kramer             City Clerk
Diana Garten                Finance Director
Jamie Huber                 Dir. of Electric Utilities
Kenny Kreutzer            Energy Agent
Gary Schmidt               Commissioner-elect
Don Peters                    Commissioner-elect                                                                                      
                                
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 CONFIDENTIAL DATA RELATING TO FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OR TRADE SECRETS OF SECOND PARTIES TO LAST TWO HOURS: 

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to enter into executive session confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of second parties to last two hours.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hlavachick 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.
 
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LUCUS KUMBERG, Mayor

ATTEST:
______________________________________
LUANN KRAMER, City Clerk

11/07/216-Approved City Commission Meeting Minutes

MONDAY

NOVEMBER 07, 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
Jeff Taylor                    Commissioner
Gary Skaggs                 Commissioner
Doug Meyer                 Commissioner        

ALSO PRESENT:       
 
Roy Eckert                    City Manager
LuAnn Kramer              City Clerk
Ken Van Blaricum        City Attorney
Diana Garten                 Finance Director
Gary Myers                   Chief of Police
Russell Rambat             Public Works Director
Brad Blankenship          Building Inspector
Jamie Huber                  Director of Electric Utilities
Bruce Pinkall                        Recreation Director       
 

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 with the exception of Commissioner Hlavachick. 

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

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 Meyer made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 17, 2016 regular Commission meeting, the October 26, 2016 Special Call meeting #1 and the October 26, 2016 Special Call meeting #2.   The motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and carried unanimously.

BUSINESS: 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF PELICAN AGREEMENT WITH THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 

City Attorney Van Blaricum stated that this Pelican Agreement had the accessories added that were not on the one at the last meeting.  Mr. Van Blaricum pointed out that the only changes made were to add the limestone and the fish.  Commissioner Skaggs made a motion to approve the Pelican Agreement with the Pratt County Historical Society.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Meyer.  Commissioner Taylor questioned if we had to have it insured.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that we did and he had gotten the name of an appraiser from the Art Museum; however, he also got the last appraisal from Library Director Westerhaus.  Mr. Van Blaricum commented that the last appraisal was in the amount of $16,500 in 2011.  Commissioner Skaggs questioned how much it would cost to have it appraised again.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that it was pretty pricey if you were only having one item appraised.  Commissioner Skaggs suggested that we get some good pictures so that we had current ones on file.  With no more discussion, the motion and second passed unanimously. 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF PERPETUAL EASEMENT PROPOSAL WITH AMERICAN TOWER AT 201 S. JACKSON: 

Finance Director Garten stated that American Tower had called her and they were the company that had been hired by Verizon to manage their towers.  Ms. Garten commented that they had been reviewing the original agreement with Alltel and there were no easements in that original, which they needed to work on the tower.  Ms. Garten stated that they would pay the City $20,000 and there would be no repayment involved if the agreement was broken before the term was up.  Ms. Garten added that we would continue to have the right to get to any utilities. 

Mayor Kumberg asked if we had easements with other tower companies.  Mr. Van Blaricum commented that this would have been negotiated through Alltel if it were really important.  Ms. Garten clarified that this was American Tower that was requiring it and they were hired by Verizon to do the maintenance.  Building Inspector Blankenship stated that we do have another tower built by the college that had an easement going into their tower.  Mr. Blankenship added that we did not do a plat for that.  Commissioner Meyer made a motion to approve the perpetual easement proposal with American Tower at 201 South Jackson as presented.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and carried unanimously. 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF BID FOR A 750 KVA PAD MOUNT TRANSFORMER AT NEW KANZA COOP STORAGE: 

Director of Electric Utilities Huber informed the Commission that he had gone out for bids for a transformer for the Iuka Coop.  Mr. Huber explained that the Coop was expanding to the south and the transformer bid was going to be over $10,000.  Mr. Huber stated that he sent out two bids and one was returned on time and the other was not.  Mr. Huber recommended the bid from Stanion Wholesale Electric Company in the amount of $12,807.51.  Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve the purchase of a 750 KVA pad mount transformer from Stanion Wholesale Electric Company in the amount of $12,807.51.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Skaggs and carried unanimously. 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE 1614 AUTHORIZING SPECIAL EVENT CATERING OF FOOD ON PUBLIC PROPERTY: 

Mr. Van Blaricum stated that this ordinance had been considered at the last meeting, but he had added Section 4 so that this would not apply to City sponsored events.  Mr. Van Blaricum reminded the Commission that there would be a $25 event fee per day for private caterers.  Commissioner Taylor commented that we assume that whoever pulls in on Dollar General’s parking lot had permission to be there.  Commissioner Taylor asked if we had checked to see that they do.  Mr. Blankenship stated that we had not since that was private property.   

Commissioner Skaggs asked what was considered City sponsored.  Public Works Director Rambat stated that Christmas in the Park and Miss Kansas events would qualify.  Recreation Director Pinkall added that the Teen Center had a street dance and the high school tennis tournament had a BBQ place come in.  Commissioner Skaggs asked if they would be able to come in and ask for a waiver of the permit fee.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that they would not if it was a City sponsored event.  Mr. Rambat stated that they would still have to have a permit and not interrupt local businesses.  Commissioner Meyer asked how we would enforce this.  Mr. Rambat stated that they would have to display the permit where it could easily be seen.  Mr. Van Blaricum explained that the athletic banquet caterer, for example, would have to have a permit since it was not a City sponsored event.  Commissioner Meyer asked if there were any other Cities that have something similar.  City Manager Eckert stated that Branson had a lot of this and it was doing quite well.  Commissioner Skaggs stated that they would have to come to the City and get the permit and the police would approach them if they did not have a sign.  Mayor Kumberg questioned if the sign would have on it that it had to be visible by the public.  Mr. Rambat stated that we had not designed it yet. 

The following Ordinance 1614 was then presented to the Commission for their approval:  AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING SPECIAL EVENT CATERING OF FOOD ON PUBLIC PROPERTY.  Commissioner Skaggs made a motion to approve Ordinance 1614 authorizing special event catering of food on public property.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Meyer and carried unanimously. 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE 1615 PROVIDING FOR REGULATION OF PUBLIC OFFENSES WITHIN THE CORPORATE CITY LIMITS, INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE THE 2016 UNIFORM PUBLIC OFFENSE CODE FOR KANSAS CITIES: 

Mr. Van Blaricum stated that this was a publication put out every year by the League and was parallel to State laws.  Mr. Van Blaricum commented that the adoption of this ordinance opts the City out of certain things that we do not want to include in our criminal code.  Commissioner Skaggs questioned why we want to omit and delete worthless checks.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that State law takes care of that and was more law than we needed, so it was a duplication.  Mr. Van Blaricum reviewed the other deletions, such as criminal use of a financial card and selling motor vehicles without a license, which were both nicely covered by State law.  Mr. Van Blaricum continued stating that barbed wire was something that we did not want to outlaw totally and medicine in vending machines was totally regulated by law, as was cruelty to animals.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that loitering by minor children had been adopted by our own ordinance. 

The following Ordinance 1615 was then presented to the Commission for their approval:  AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 9.04 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF PRATT, KANSAS; PROVIDING FOR THE REGULATION OF PUBLIC OFFENSES WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF PRATT, KANSAS; INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE THE "UNIFORM PUBLIC OFFENSE CODE FOR KANSAS CITIES," EDITION OF 2016, WITH CERTAIN OMISSIONS.  Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve Ordinance 1615 providing for the regulation of public offenses within the corporate limits of the City by reference of the Uniform Public Offense Code for Kansas Cities-Edition of 2016.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Skaggs and carried unanimously. 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE 1616 PROVIDING FOR REGULATION OF TRAFFIC WITHIN THE CORPORATE CITY LIMITS, INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE THE 2016 STANDARD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE FOR KANSAS CITIES: 

Mr. Van Blaricum stated that the new County Attorney had requested the update to the 2016 version when she had noticed that the old traffic handbook had a DUI law that was unconstitutional.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that she felt that we should adopt the 2016 version and he did not disagree with that.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that the old ordinance was three years old and this was also put out yearly by the League.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that we adopt this pretty much the way it is.  Mr. Van Blaricum added that this talks about speed limits and such.  Commissioner Meyer questioned if we enforce the parking within 10’ of a cross walk at an intersection.  Chief Myers stated that they do.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that a past police chief and Commission had made provisions previously. 

The following Ordinance 1616 was then presented to the Commission for their approval:  AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 10.04 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF PRATT, KANSAS PROVIDING FOR THE REGULATION OF TRAFFIC WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF PRATT; INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE THE “STANDARD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE FOR KANSAS CITIES,” 2016 EDITION, WITH CERTAIN OMISSIONS, CHANGES, AND ADDITIONS; PRESCRIBING ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS; PROVIDING CERTAIN PENALTIES; AND REPEALING CHAPTER 10.4.  Commissioner Meyer made a motion to approve Ordinance 1616 adopting the Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities, 2016 Edition with certain omissions, changes and additions.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Skaggs and carried unanimously.

OPEN AGENDA:

·       Michael Florez:

Mr. Michael Florez stated that he had been to the Commission in September requesting an investigation of an officer and he wanted a status update or to know if it had been sent to the KBI.  City Attorney Van Blaricum stated that his request had been submitted to the Police Chief and he had done an internal investigation.  Mr. Van Blaricum commented that that investigation had come back that there was no negligence.  Mr. Florez stated that there was to him and he had talked to Chief Myers and he had agreed to an internal investigation if it was fair.  Mr. Florez commented that it was not fair and no one interviewed his son or neighbor.  Mr. Florez stated that there was a problem in Pratt and he added that Mr. Van Blaricum could deal with it or he would.  Mr. Van Blaricum commented that this was where it stood, but the City was at the end of the road.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that Mr. Florez and his son had been treated fairly and we were not prepared to take any other action at this point.  Mr. Florez requested to have something in writing.  Mr. Van Blaricum stated that he would do that. 

REPORTS: 

City Manager: 

·       KMEA Conference: 

City Manager Eckert stated that he had attended the KEMA conference in Wichita and it was a very good conference. 

·       Bike crowd: 

Mr. Eckert stated that he had numerous calls regarding the bike crowd issues and he had personally witnessed about seven of them riding down the middle of Highway 54 circling in front of cars and trucks.   Mr. Eckert commented that there were more reports of cars being vandalized and he actually had someone try to get into his house earlier this morning.  Mr. Eckert stated that this was getting bigger and bigger and we needed to get aggressive.  Mr. Eckert informed the Commission that there were groups forming to determine how to deal with it.  Mr. Eckert stated that we need to work with City and County departments to get a handle on it, because this was not Pratt. 

·       Staff:

Mr. Eckert stated that City staff were doing a tremendous job.  Mr. Eckert commented that he was waiting for something to help on, but they just take care of it.  Mr. Eckert stated that he had gotten things done in the office and he was proud of what the staff does on a daily basis.  Mr. Eckert added that Pratt has a lot to be proud of. 

·       Newly elected officials: 

Mr. Eckert stated that he would like to get the newly elected officials the 2016 handbook for Government officials.  Mr. Eckert commented that this was required reading for the local winners.

Public Works: 

·       South Main alley:

Public Works Director Rambat stated that he had been doing some work in the alley in the 200 block of South Main Street.  Mr. Rambat stated that he was looking at resurfacing the whole alley since his budgeted money had been spent on the streets and highways the last several years.  Mr. Rambat added that the businesses would appreciate the City looking at the alleys and he had the funds to finish out this alley and then could do an alley per year.  Commissioner Skaggs agreed that this was way past due. 

·       Curb at Lanterman’s:

Mr. Rambat stated that a contractor would be replacing the curb at Lanterman Motors later this week.  Mr. Rambat explained that this takes a special saw and there would be one lane closed Friday and then they would open it back up on Saturday and Sunday, then close it again next week.  Mr. Rambat stated that they were also looking at doing the sidewalk and curb at Haskins, but jobs were taking more time and the rain had slowed them down. 

·       WWTP project: 

Mr. Rambat stated that the wastewater treatment plant project was close to completion.  Mr. Rambat commented that EBH, Mr. Eckert, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Angood and he would go through the checklist the first of next week.  Mr. Rambat added that the plant was running very well and he was glad to see the project coming to an end. 

·       Santa House: 

Mr. Rambat stated that the street department had taken the Santa house to the high school so they could do some improvements.  Mr. Rambat commented that they would take it down to Lemon Park when it was done since the Christmas in the Park event was coming up.  Mr. Rambat added that he was working with Mr. Pinkall on the proper notification for traffic control for that event, but it would probably be the same as last year. 

·       Water valves: 

Mr. Rambat commented that the water department were replacing the last two valves in the City mains.  Mr. Rambat stated that this would help control breaks better.  Mr. Rambat explained that any City installs a utility until it fails; however, they usually get replaced every six to ten years. 

·       Close public restrooms:

Mr. Rambat informed the Commission that Park Superintendent Eckhoff would be closing down the public restrooms next week, but we did get a few extra weeks with them open this year.  Mr. Rambat added that there would still be the porta-potties. 

·       Compost carts: 

Commissioner Taylor asked when the last pick-up for compost would be.  Mr. Rambat stated that it would be Thanksgiving week. 

·       Bricks on Ninnescah Street: 

Commissioner Taylor asked if Mr. Rambat could look at the first house south of the Counseling Center because the driveway was busted out and the bricks were falling into a hole.  Mr. Rambat stated that he would look into that. 

Inspection Department: 

·       Casey’s:

Building Inspector Blankenship stated that Casey’s had finished everything and the bids had been sent out.  Mr. Blankenship commented that he had a local contractor get the grading bid and he had taken calls from other contractors about licensing and permits. 

Electric Department:

·       Update on outage:

Director of Electric Utilities Huber informed the Commission that the power outage last week was due to outdated equipment.  Mr. Huber explained that an independent contractor from Kingman was working at the plant at the time and wiggling fifty year old wires caused the outage.  Mr. Huber commented that this was only the beginning and they would be needing to spend some money to get the wires replaced. 

Recreation Department: 

·       Parking at Christmas event: 

Recreation Director Pinkall stated that he would be getting a mailing out to the residents on Santa Fe Road and Pine Street concerning parking during the Christmas in the Park event. 

·       Soccer field: 

Mr. Pinkall stated that he would be meeting with Dr. Calvert concerning the planning stages for the soccer field.  Mr. Pinkall commented that they would be discussing who would be responsible for what and the steps needed to get started.  Mr. Pinkall stated that City Manager Eckert would also be involved.  Mr. Pinkall added that he would meet with the Commissioners before they go to the college since we needed to protect our side of the project.  Mr. Pinkall explained that he would need to get initial costs of infrastructure from Mr. Rambat and Mr. Huber, so there was a lot of things to discuss. 

Police Department: 

·       Bike issue: 

Chief Myers stated that there continued to be break-ins in the community and they had also expanded out into the County.  Chief Myers commented that they needed the help of the citizens by calling in when they see suspicious activity or persons.  Chief Myers stated that these thefts take place in the darkness and the bike riders disperse and hide when the officers get into the area; therefore, it was difficult to capture them.  Chief Myers commented that residents and businesses need to lock the doors of their homes, businesses and vehicles and turn on their security systems if they have them.  Chief Myers added that they had submitted some fingerprints to the KBI; however they were very busy and thefts and burglaries were low priority.  Chief Myers explained that the KBI was overwhelmed with more serious crimes.  Chief Myers informed the Commission that they were not recovering property and they were more than likely taking it to pawnshops in Hutchinson or Wichita or sharing the goods amongst themselves.  Chief Myers stated that they were continuing to try to put a stop to it.  Commissioner Meyer thanked him and the other officers for what they were doing. 

Finance Department: 

·       Sales Tax:

Finance Director Garten stated that there was sales tax information in the packet and there was not a lot of changes.  Ms. Garten commented that last month had looked better.  Commissioner Meyer commented that he thought we would be up in June with that being Miss Kansas month.  Ms. Garten explained that it was hard to say that that was just that month since it depends on the cutoff dates, so this may not be a clear picture.  Ms. Garten stated that some people pay monthly, some semi-monthly and some prepay.  Ms. Garten commented that she does not get too concerned on the per month figures.

Mayor and Commission:

·       Bill Cain family: 

Mayor Kumberg expressed the Commission’s condolences to the Bill Cain family.  Mayor Kumberg stated that he was a part of the City staff family and the fire family and was also behind every set-up at the Municipal Building.  Mayor Kumberg added that Mr. Cain was a member of the fire department and he was always there to keep the firemen safe.  Mayor Kumberg commented that Mr. Cain’s death was very unexpected and he would certainly be missed. 

·       Vote: 

Mayor Kumberg reminded everyone to get out and vote tomorrow.

·       Drug Court: 

Mayor Kumberg stated that a group had gotten together last Friday to discuss the drug court that had been brought up at the last joint meeting.  Mayor Kumberg commented that there was a representative from the police department, sheriff’s office, County and City Commissions, City Manager, the incoming County Attorney and Judge Meisenheimer.  Mayor Kumberg stated that they had come to the conclusion that they needed to think about this a little more.  Mayor Kumberg explained that there was a total of three people that would qualify for the program according to the Senate bill.  Mayor Kumberg stated that, looking at the other opportunities that we had, we could use the group as a multiple disciplinary group to come up with ideas to better utilize the services that we have that were going through the court system.  Mayor Kumberg commented that no action came out of the meeting, but there was an issue with crime and they were very eager to try to find ways to help with that issue.  Mayor Kumberg stated that he was very impressed with the group’s knowledge and he looked for good things to come. 

·       Candidates: 

Commissioner Meyer commended the City Commission candidates for making a commitment to run for office.  Commissioner Meyer stated that they had all run a clean campaign and were all represented well at the forum. 

Executive Session: 

Mayor Kumberg made a motion to enter into executive session to discuss contract negotiations to last thirty 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 Taylor and carried unanimously.

ADJOURN:
 
Commissioner Skaggs made a motion to adjourn.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Meyer and carried unanimously.
 
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LUCUS KUMBERG, Mayor

ATTEST:
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LUANN KRAMER, City Clerk