December 01, 2014
The Governing Body of the City of Pratt met in Regular session in the Commission Room located in City Hall.
Jeff Taylor MayorBill Hlavachick Commissioner
Gary Skaggs Commissioner
Lucus Kumberg Commissioner
Doug Meyer Commissioner
Dave Howard City ManagerKen Van Blaricum City Attorney
Diana Garten Finance Director
Gary Myers Police Chief
Russell Rambat Public Works Director
Brad Blankenship Building Inspector
Bruce Pinkall Recreation Director
CALL TO ORDER:
The regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Taylor. The Mayor instructed the Clerk to note that all Commissioners were present.
Mayor Taylor reminded the audience and staff that this meeting was being recorded and/or taped.
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
Mayor Taylor led the staff and audience in the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.
Commissioner Hlavachick made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2014 regular Commission meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Skaggs and passed unanimously.
CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF RE-APPOINTMENTS TO THE PRATT AREA CONVENTION & VISITOR’S BUREAU BOARD:
Chamber Director Kim DeClue thanked the City for the help and assistance with the Christmas in the Park. Ms. DeClue stated that the terms for Ms. Deb Goyen, Ms. Lisa Miller and Mr. Bruce Pinkall were up on the Pratt Area Convention and Visitor’s Board and she recommended the renewal of all three members. Commissioner Kumberg made a motion to approve Ms. Deb Goyen, Ms. Lisa Miller and Mr. Bruce Pinkall for another three year term on the Pratt Area Convention and Visitor’s Board. Commissioner Hlavachick seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AMENDED 2015 AGREEMENT WITH THE PRATT AREA HUMANE SOCIETY:
City Attorney Ken Van Blaricum informed the Commission that Ms. Pam Howell, representing the Pratt Area Humane Society, had contacted him with a couple of suggestions to the contract. Mr. Van Blaricum commented that there was a change to add that animals shall be in medically stable condition at the time of delivery under ‘Terms’ on page one paragraph 4. Commissioner Skaggs asked what the process would be if the animal was not medically stable. Chief Meyers stated that the animal would be taken to Dr. Clinton Skaggs and, under his professional judgment, would most likely be euthanized or treated. Chief Myers added that the City was responsible for those expenses. Commissioner Kumberg questioned what the definition of medically stable was. Mr. Van Blaricum stated that the officer picking up the animal and the person receiving it at the Humane Society would have to make that determination. City Manager Howard stated that it would follow the protocol of vicious animals. Chief Meyers stated that the officers did not have the ability to make a decision regarding euthanizing, but that would be the veterinarian’s professional call.
Mr. Howard stated that Ms. Howell was the president of the Pratt Area Humane Society and she was just cleaning up the contract from their prospective. Chief Meyers reviewed the protocol of picking up an animal that was injured or unhealthy with the Commission. Commissioner Skaggs asked if Dr. Howell would assess the animal if she were at the Humane Society. Mr. Howard and Chief Myers stated that they felt she would. Mr. Van Blaricum also noted a change on page two #9 to read ‘rabies vaccination’ rather than other vaccinations. Mr. Van Blaricum commented that Ms. Howell was not aware of any other vaccinations that were required.
After little more discussion, Commissioner Meyer made a motion to approve the amended Pratt Area Humane Society agreement. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hlavachick and carried unanimously.
CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE 2015 CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE APPLICATIONS:
Police Chief Myers stated that all the listed businesses had met the requirements and background checks. Chief Myers recommended that the Commission approve the 2015 Cereal Malt Beverage applications for the businesses listed on his memo. Commissioner Skaggs made a motion to approve the Cereal Malt Beverages licenses for 2015. Commissioner Kumberg seconded the motion and the motion and second carried unanimously.
CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE PURCHASE OF PUBLIC POOL FILTER REPLACEMENTS:
Public Works Director Rambat stated that the filter tanks at the pool were thirty years old and they had a few holes that had to be welded a couple of times last year. Mr. Rambat added that they had made it through the summer, but needed to be replaced before next summer. Mr. Rambat commented that there was a quote from United Industries in the packet and the filter tanks were budgeted for 2015 for $25,000. Mr. Rambat stated that, due to the lead time, they needed to be ordered early so that they could be built and sent prior to the opening next summer.
Commissioner Kumberg questioned what would be done with the old tanks. Mr. Rambat stated that they would probably be scrapped and hopefully be sold to a scrap metal dealer. Commissioner Skaggs questioned how often the sand was changed. Mr. Rambat stated that it was two to three times in the life of a normal filter. Mr. Howard added that the sand was backwashed so changing it was not needed too often.
Commissioner Skaggs asked about the uniflex material. Mr. Rambat explained that it was the coating system on the inside.
Commissioner Hlavachick made a motion to accept the pool filter tank replacement proposal from United Industries Inc. of Sterling, Kansas for $22,281.84. Commissioner Skaggs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE 2015 PRATT CITY ATTORNEY AGREEMENT:
City Attorney Van Blaricum stated that this contract was just an update of the Pratt City Attorney Agreement and the only change from last year’s were dates. Commissioner Skaggs made a motion to accept the 2015 City Attorney Agreement. Commissioner Kumberg seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE 2015 PRATT MUNICIPAL JUDGE AGREEMENT:
City Attorney Van Blaricum stated that there were minor modifications made last year to the Municipal Judge agreement, but dates were all that had been changed this year. Mr. Van Blaricum recommended the approval of the agreement. Commissioner Meyer made a motion to approve the Municipal Judge agreement as stated. Commissioner Hlavachick seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF ORD. 1414 AMENDING CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION OF HOURLY EMPLOYEES AND SALARIES OF ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY:
City Attorney Van Blaricum stated that this was the updated salary ordinance for 2015. The following Ordinance 1414 was then presented to the Commission for their approval: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 1309; CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION OF HOURLY EMPLOYEES AND SALARIES OF ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF PRATT, KANSAS. Commissioner Hlavachick made a motion to approve the Ordinance 1414 as provided. Commissioner Kumberg seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
· Case dismissed:
Mr. Luca Matei stated that he had received a letter saying that his case had been dismissed and he wanted to know why it had not been dismissed last year. City Attorney Van Blaricum stated that it was up to the City Attorney and he had opted to not dismiss it then. Mr. Matei stated that he had a family in distress and wanted to know what to do. Mayor Taylor stated that they should go to the Hope Center or SRS. Mr. Matei stated that they could get food, but he could not continue to give them shelter and pay for heat. Mr. Matei commented that Mr. Eisenhauer was not a fair judge when he convicted him.
· Christmas in the park:
City Manager Howard stated that Christmas in the Park was well attended, but there were some traffic and parking issues. Mr. Howard added that he had observed and analyzed the issues with Public Works Director Rambat and they would address those issues if done again next year.
· Street Department:
Public Works Director Rambat stated that the street department had crack filled areas on west Highway 54 and were cutting foliage in the ditches.
· Wastewater Plant:
Mr. Rambat stated that the new plant was working well and making sludge.
· Water Department:
Mr. Rambat stated that the water department had been keeping on top of leaks with the weather change. Commissioner Skaggs asked about the leak on North Main. Mr. Rambat stated that a cement company had hit a valve box and broke some of our new lines. Mr. Rambat added that Water Superintendent Clay was billing the company for the expense. Commissioner Skaggs questioned calling dig safe. Mr. Rambat explained that sometimes the valve boxes were not marked.
· Overhaul update:
Power Plant Superintendent Smith stated that the rudder was received today for the overhaul project. Mr. Smith added that the boiler pump basin was set and was curing, so they were starting to come back together with the engine. Mr. Smith commented that they had December 11th as the target date.
Mayor and Commission:
· Leak at 8th & Pine:
Mayor Taylor questioned the leak by the Epp’s residence at 8th Street and Pine Street. Mr. Rambat stated that it had been worked on this weekend.
Mayor Taylor asked about lights in certain areas in Lemon Park during the Christmas in the Park event. Mr. Howard stated that we normally wait to see if the event continues every year and, if it was, then the guys would address those issues and assess what was needed.
· Commend everyone:
Commissioner Kumberg stated that he wanted to commend everyone who helped make the Christmas event happen. Commissioner Kumberg added that it was fantastic that there were so many that attended. Commissioner Hlavachick also commented that he thought that it was a wonderful event.
· City Clerk’s granddaughter:
Commissioner Hlavachick asked that we all keep City Clerk Kramer and her granddaughter in our thoughts.
Upon proper motion, the meeting was adjourned.
____________________________________JEFF A. TAYLOR, Mayor
LUANN KRAMER, City Clerk