Local News — 04 September 2012

The Cunningham City Council met Monday, August 27, 2012 at City Hall, 119 N. Main.
Present were Mayor Roberta Kobbe; Council Members Alan Albers, Frank Strohl, Chris Schaller, and Aaron Murphy.  Council member Jason Osner was absent.
Also present were City Attorney, Curtis Watkins; City Clerk, David Steffen; and guests: Mike Younger, EBH; Scott Mullen, KDOT; John Haas, Ranson Financial; Tamara Simpson, Scott Morgan, Mike McGovney, and Monte Rose.
Mayor Kobbe stated that a quorum was present and called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
The Council approved the agenda with no additions.
Minutes of the July 30th and August 13th meetings were approved as written.
Mike McGovney visited with the governing body on behalf of the Cunningham Historical Society board.  The museum board is requesting the council consider placing the museum buildings under the city’s insurance policy.  Consensus of the council was for the clerk to check with Strong’s Insurance regarding the request and bring a quote to the September council meeting.
Scott Mullen, KDOT Area Engineer, visited with the council regarding the transfer of 0.684 miles of old US 54 (from the west city limits to the east city limits) from KDOT to the City of Cunningham.  The Council approved and  Mayor Kobbe signed the agreement.
David Uphoff, 315 N. Lincoln, presented the governing body with a petition requesting improvements be made to N. Lincoln Street between 3rd and 4th Streets.  The city attorney will review the petition to see if it meets state statutory requirements.
The city clerk presented three requests for reductions in water bills to the council for consideration.  The council approved a partial reduction in two water bills that were due to leaks which have been repaired.  The council declined a request to reduce the late fees on a delinquent account.
Mike Younger, EBH & Associates, gave an update on the water system improvement project.  Younger presented the current plan, which has been sent to KDHE for review.   John Haas, Ranson Financial, also visited with the council regarding setting a date for the sale of bonds and the date for opening construction bids.  It was agreed to set the sale date for the bonds on October 29, 2012, contingent upon construction bids being received by October 25, 2012.
Mr. Younger visited with the council regarding the installation of a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) on the pump at Well No. 2, as this would be of benefit in maintaining water pressure within the system when the water tower is take off line for repairs and for connecting to the new water main.  The cost of the VFD installed is $4,500.00.  The council approved a motion to purchase the VFD using revenue from the water utility fund.
Younger presented information regarding the drilling of test wells for the new well. Consensus of the council was to visit with Ned Marks, Terrane Resources Co., to suggest sites and to have Clarke Well proceed with drilling the test wells as authorized at the July 30th meeting.
John Haas, Ranson Financial Consultants, presented information on issuing General Obligation Bonds in the amount of $665,000 with a 20-year amortization and with a 15-year amortization.
Mr. Hass discussed a water rate analysis for the City with the governing body.  The tables showed options for debt service to pay for the water system improvement project.  The matter of providing for the sale of General Obligation Bonds, Series 2012, was discussed.
Council member Schaller moved the adoption of a Resolution entitled : RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE OFFERING FOR SALE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES, 2012, OF THE CITY OF CUNNINGHAM, KANSAS. Council member Strohl seconded the motion to adopt the Resolution.  The motion carried, 4/0.  The council approved a motion to use the option of 15-year amortization using a mill levy and setting a sale date of October 29, 2012.
The council approved the lease agreement with USD No. 332 for the football field in the City Park for 2012 and 2013 football seasons at $1,500 per year.  The council approved a motion to donate $1,500.00 to the Cunningham Recreation Commission.
The governing body discussed the adoption of an ordinance entitled: AN ORDINANCE CREATING SECTIONS 2-401, 2-402, 2-403, 2-404, 2-405, 2-406, 2-407, AND 2-408 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CUNNINGHAM, KANSAS, RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF CATS.  Motion by Albers to adopt the ordinance.  No second.
City attorney left the meeting at 8:10 p.m.
The Mayor, members of the Council, David Steffen, and Scott Morgan met in executive session to discuss matters pertaining to nonelected personnel, for three minutes, from 8:12 to 8:15 p.m., at which time Mayor Kobbe stated that no action had taken place during the executive session and the governing body returned to regular session.
Repairs have been made to several fire trucks, including #333, the IHC Tanker.  The department has a set of connections that should make it easier to receive water from farm trailers when needed.
The governing body received a financial report on the swimming pool for the year to date.  Revenue totaled $6,349.61.  Expenses, including payroll, totaled $37,466.27.  The year-end report will include some chemical expenses and utility bills for the remaining months of the year.
There were no building permits issued during the past month; however, several properties with building activity were discussed, including one room addition, a fence, and a car port.
Councilman Albers will visit with landowners near Cunningham to discuss the options of establishing extraterritorial jurisdiction for the city or annexation.  The next meeting of the City Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals is 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 13, at City Hall.
The council added cleaning gutters, removing weeds from streets, sidewalks, and gutters, and removing the dead ash tree east of the water tower to the maintenance work list.
The clerk reviewed the monthly and year-to-date financial reports with the Council.   The Council approved the report and authorize payment of bills as presented.
Mayor Kobbe adjourned the meeting at 8:33 p.m.

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