The Cunningham City Council met at 6:30 p.m., Monday, September 24, 2012, at City Hall, 119 N. Main. Present were Mayor Roberta Kobbe; Council Members: Alan Albers, Aaron Murphy, Jason Osner, and Frank Strohl; City Attorney Curtis Watkins; City Clerk David Steffen; and six guests.
The council received an update on property insurance costs for the museum and will consider more information at the October meeting before making a decision on the possibility of adding the museum building at First and Main to the city’s policy.
The Advertisement for Bids for the water system improvement project has been published, with bids due at City Hall by 2:00 p.m., October 25.
Ned Marks, Terrane Resources, will be in Cunningham on Tuesday, Sept. 25, to look at the city’s wells and begin work on providing options for the council to consider, including possible locations for a third water well.
The city zoning administrator and governing body held a general discussion of possible changes in the city’s zoning regulations. City Zoning Consultant, C. Bickley Foster, will prepare revisions for the Planning Commission to review prior to the City Council’s consideration of any changes. General discussion also included areas to provide for temporary housing by permitting the parking of RVs or campers, which currently cannot be parked and connected to utilities within the city limits except within the mobile home park on the west side of town. Consensus of the council was for the City Zoning Administrator to compare regulations with the Kingman County Zoning Administrator to determine how the county addresses this and to compare penalties assessed for violations.
The council was presented information on water tower upgrades to be considered at the October meeting.
Fire Chief Stark reported to the council regarding mutual aid given and received by the fire department within the past month. Since Zenda’s tanker is out of service due to an accident, Cunningham’s large tanker/tender truck will be on automatic mutual aid for any fire in the western part of the county.
The fire department radios will be modified by Kingman County to meet the narrow bandwidths to be used.
The Fire Chief suggested the City Council consider finding a place to build a fire station as the department has outgrown the current building.
Council member Albers suggested the City sponsor a Firefighters Appreciation event again this year. The City will sponsor a Chili Cookoff or Chili Feed, possibly in conjunction with K-West for Growth, at the Community Center. Firefighters and EMS personnel from the surrounding area will be invited as well as the public. If the Center is available, the event will be held Sunday, October 28.
Planning Commission Chairman Mike McGovney visited with the governing body regarding the Planning Commission’s Sept. 20, 2012 meeting. The next meeting of the City Planning Commission is Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Center.
The Council approved a motion for the City to donate $200 to K-West for Growth and $200 to the Wildcat Booster Club.
The City will remain in the State of Kansas Health Plan for Non-State Groups in 2013.
The clerk reviewed the monthly and year-to-date financial reports. The Council approved the reports and payment of bills as presented.
The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.