Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sept. 02, 2008 Approved minutes

SEPTEMBER 02, 2008

The Governing Body of the City of Pratt met in Regular session in the Commission Room located in City Hall.

PRESENT: Eric Nystrom Mayor
Glenna Borho Commissioner
Jeff Taylor Commissioner
Bill Hlavachick Commissioner
Willy Peltier Commissioner

ALSO PRESENT: Dave Howard City Manager
LuAnn Kramer City Clerk
Ken Van Blaricum City Attorney
Diana Garten Finance Director
Russell Rambat Public Works Director
Steve Holmes Chief of Police
Kelly Hemphill Dir. of Electric Utilities
Bruce Pinkall Recreation Director


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


No one in the audience wished to address the Commission.



City Attorney Ken Van Blaricum explained to the Commission that if you got ticketed for a minor traffic violation five hundred miles away from home and you ignore it, the Clerk can give you a notice for failure to comply. Mr. Van Blaricum added that if you then fail to comply, your license can be suspended, in which the Clerk would notify the state and they could suspend your license. Mr. Van Blaricum stated that the legislature has provided for the Clerk to collect a fee through court costs to cover no more than $5.00 in mailing fees.

The following Ordinance 0805 was then presented to the Commission for their approval: AN ORDINANCE ENACTING SECTION 2.60.130 OF THE PRATT MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING FEE FOR MAILING NOTICE OF FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH A TRAFFIC CITATION. A motion by Commissioner Borho to pass Ordinance 0805 enacting Section 2.60.130 of the Pratt Municipal Code. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor. Commissioner Peltier asked if you can charge more than $5.00. Mr. Van Blaricum stated that you cannot. The motion passed unanimously.


Mayor Nystrom acknowledged the proclamation for ‘Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day’ as suggested by the League.


PCC Rodeo:

City Manager Dave Howard reminded the Commission that the college would be having their rodeo October 10th through October 12th. Mr. Howard stated that they would again be using parts of the Industrial Park.

Industrial Park Sign:

Mr. Howard stated that he had talked to the ED board and they are willing to go 50/50 on the development of a sign for the Industrial Park. Mr. Howard commented that he did not know how fast it would get done. Commissioner Borho questioned an extension of the road into the college by SEC-SCK. Mr. Howard answered that the City was looking into extending Bluestem Boulevard and dividing the lot to continue the road into the Industrial Park. Mr. Howard commented that there was someone interested in the six acres by Hospice. Commissioner Borho asked if the Park was full. Mr. Howard stated that there were two lots left. Commissioner Taylor asked if that was for what was platted. Mr. Howard stated that was correct. Mayor Nystrom asked if the east was what was not plated. Mr. Howard stated that it was, but in one big lot and that there would be a lot split going to the Planning & Zoning board soon and then it would be brought before the Commission sometime in October.

Building Lots:

Mr. Howard reminded the Commission that during budget they had talked about the shortage of lots to build on in Pratt and should the City do something about it. Mr. Howard stated that he would be putting something together on a housing development by the City in the next meeting or the first meeting in October.

Municipal Court:

City Attorney Ken Van Blaricum commented that he had been working on procedures in Municipal Court, but that everything was running smooth.

City auction:

Public Works Director Russell Rambat stated that there would be an auction on September 20th of used City equipment, vehicles and forfeiture vehicles from the Police department. Mr. Rambat explained that the auction was for equipment and vehicles that are tough to store and past their worth. Commissioner Peltier questioned if there were some nice forfeiture vehicles. Chief Holmes commented that there were some and a motorcycle. Mr. Howard added that we were going to keep a few and one would be used for a trade-in. Chief Holmes stated that there was an RV and an old u-haul truck that could be used as a disaster response vehicle. Chief Holmes commented that with the price of gas, we would not get much for them and that the u-haul truck was large enough to hold transformers if needed.

Street department employment:

Mr. Rambat commented that the number of employees in the street department continue to dwindle down, but that he had gotten a good application today. Mr. Rambat commented that other departments were not having much turnover.

Slurry Seal:

Mr. Rambat reported to the Commission that the slurry seal project should start next week.

Line Department busy:

Director of Electric Utilities Kelly Hemphill stated that the line crew had been doing tree trimming so that they are better prepared for the winter storms. Mr. Hemphill added that they are also getting power to the park for Christmas lights.

Bicycle and Horse parade:

Police Chief Steve Holmes reminded the Commission of the bicycle and horse parade on September 6th in Lemon’s Park. Chief Holmes added that the park would be shut down to vehicle traffic from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, but walkers would be allowed in.

‘Doggy’ gloves:

Mr. Rambat stated that there were posts in Lemon’s Park that furnished dog owners rubber gloves to dispose of any waste left in the park. Mr. Howard commented that he had heard positive comments about them, but that we need to put trash cans nearby also. Commissioner Taylor stated that he felt this was a good idea.

Sales tax up:

Finance Director Diana Garten commented that sales tax for August was up about $15,860 and up about $78,000 for the year.

City website:

Ms. Garten informed the Commission that the City of Pratt website was now live.

Roof damage at Sports Complex:

Recreation Director Bruce Pinkall explained to the Commission that there were roof repairs being done at the Sports Complex due to damage from the May storm. Mr. Pinkall commented that the shingles had been blown up and water had gotten under them, but that there was no damage inside. Mr. Pinkall stated that the adjuster had been out and that Becker Roofing would do the work. Commissioner Borho asked if they had checked the rest of the roof. Mr. Pinkall stated that they were roofing the whole building.

Playground equipment:

Commissioner Borho asked how the playground equipment was working out. Mr. Pinkall stated that it was being used regularly even during the day and that Ms. Linda Lanterman had been out to look at it. Commissioner Borho questioned if the space net had to be taken down in the winter. Mr. Pinkall stated that it was weather resistant, but that routine maintenance was needed.

Inspector’s job:

Mayor Nystrom asked if Friday was Mr. McCollum’s last day. Mr. Howard stated that it was and that we were collecting applications. Mr. Howard commented that we had had no luck yet.

Housing development:

Mayor Nystrom commented that he had been around town visiting about the proposed housing development and would continue to do so through September to see what their thoughts are on such a project.

League voters:

Commissioner Borho asked if they should appoint voters for the League meeting next month. A motion by Mayor Nystrom to appoint Commissioner Peltier and himself as representatives for the City of Pratt at the League meeting in October. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Borho and carried unanimously.

Brick streets:

Commissioner Taylor mentioned that there was another letter in the packet concerning the brick streets. Commissioner Taylor commented that Main Street was as rough as some dirt streets.


Upon proper motion, the meeting adjourned.





September 15, 2008 agenda


SEPTEMBER 15, 2008



1. CALL TO ORDER (Remind audience that meeting is being recorded and/or taped)


3. MINUTES – September 02, 2008 Regular Commission Meeting



5.1 Consideration and Approval of Pratt Area Humane Society to use Lemon’s Park on October 4, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Fay Miller, Pratt Area Humane Society

5.2 Complaint on Property at 212 S. Iuka (Pictures & Info will be provided by Mr. Korth at meeting) – William Korth, 202 S. Iuka

5.3 Consideration and Approval of Power Purchase Agreement between the City of Pratt and Kansas Municipal Energy Agency – Kenny Kreutzer, Energy Agent; Kelly Hemphill, Dir. of Electric Utilities; Dave Howard, City Manager

5.4 Consideration and Approval of Resolution Authorizing the Execution of Power Purchase Agreement with KMEA – Kenny Kreutzer, Energy Agent; Kelly Hemphill, Dir. of Electric Utilities; Dave Howard, City Manager


6.1 City Manager
6.2 City Attorney
6.3 Department Heads
6.4 Mayor
6.5 City Commission

7. RECESS-Monday, October 6, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. for City/County meeting in City Hall.