Welcome to the City of Eastborough

Mayor: Thom Rosenberg
Chief of Police: David Bridgewater
Photo of sign at entrance to City of Eastborough

Regular Council Meeting - May 22, 2007 - 5:30pm

Present:
Thom Rosenberg, Mayor
Council:
  • David Anderson
  • Britt Brown
  • Marc Gorges
  • John Johnson
Assistant City Clerk
Barbara Kratzer
City Attorney
Jerry Bogle
Absent:
Kay Brada, City Attorney; Doug Pringle, Treasurer; John Mastio, Council member;
Guests:

Minutes

Brown moved to approve the amended minutes of the April 24, 2007 meeting; Anderson seconded; passed unanimously.

Claims

Anderson moved to approve the Claims as of May 22, 2007; Johnson seconded; passed unanimously. Claims for May totaled $56,985.80.

Citizen Requests

None

Treasurer's Report

Kratzer reported that the revenues for April totaled $31,433 and expenditures totaled $49,742 resulting in a loss for the month of $18,309 but gain year to date of $305,988 (222,429). Unencumbered cash and investments totaled $740,343 ($656,784) for 2007 as compared to $506,204 for 2006. ($83,558.77 received from the State TRF Funds, for the street project, was subtracted from the total revenue received)

City Clerk's Report

  1. Kratzer reminded new Council members that they need to submit the name of the person they plan to appoint to the Beautification Committee.
  2. Kratzer asked the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the 3 Proclamations for the outgoing Council members.
  3. Kratzer handed out copies of Charles White's duties around the City.
  4. Kratzer handed out copies of the 2006 Court Activity Summary.
  5. Kratzer reported that the annual audit would begin May 29th.
  6. Kratzer reported that the water damage on the ceiling, in the kitchen, had be repaired and painted.

City Attorney's Report

  1. Bogle reported that he along with the Mayor met with the Municipal Judge to resolve some issues relating to the newly approved absentee policy for the Judge.
  2. Bogle reported that a new prosecutor would be in place in early September.
  3. Bogle reported that the District Court ruled Mr. Shinwari not guilty on the Nuisance Ordinance violations after he was assured by the Police Chief and Lieutenant that the violations had been corrected.

Mayor's Report

  1. Mayor reported that he had attended the annual Mayor's Conference in Topeka. The focus of the conference was on how to handle emergencies.
  2. Mayor explained that Eastborough's designation as a third class city is based on the fact that the population is under 2000 residents. Home Rule entitles cities to establish laws, as long as they do not conflict with state law.
  3. Mayor explained to the new Council members that the previous Council voted to opt out of the county fire protection contract and contract fire service with the City of Wichita. This will result in no change to the residential service.
  4. Mayor reported that he had met with Dan Conrad, Insurance Offices Inc. to discuss the insurance rating number for Eastborough. Mr. Conrad's company has established a rating system, by measuring the flow from the hydrants, which is used by insurance companies to calculate annual premiums. The scale will be between 1-10 (1 best/10 worst). Currently Eastborough has a rating of 3, but with the new contract with the City of Wichita the rating should drop to 1 or 2.

Police Chief's Report

  1. Chief asked Council if there were questions concerning his monthly report.
  2. Chief reported that the department is participating in the state "CLICK IT OR TICKET IT" program. The officers work outside their regular hours and are paid overtime. At the end of the program the state will reimburse the department for the overtime hours. If the department meets its goal, they are eligible to receive a portion of the grant. In 2006 the department received $3,800 which was used to purchase radars. The officer needs a primary offense to stop a motorist before issuing a seat belt violation. Child restraint violation is considered a primary offense.

Finance; Budget & Accounting; Community Affairs & Municipal Court Liaison Commissioner's Report-Marc Gorges

  1. Marc reported that he had met with Greg Sevier, Kory Parkhurst, and Barbara Kratzer to gather information about his council responsibilities.
  2. Marc reported that Greg Sevier is gathering figures to be included in the 2008 Budget. The draft budget will be presented at the June council meeting.

Utilities; Street Maintenance; Fire Protection Commissioner's Report-John Johnson

Johnson reported that he would be meeting with Lisa Decker to review progress of the street project. Johnson also said he would follow up on the reason why Cornejo continues to bill the City for street work not completed.

Parks And City Hall Maintenance Commissioner's Report-David Anderson

  1. Anderson responded to a letter from John Mastio concerning the proposed cart barn at the park. Following discussion Anderson moved to approve the proposed cart barn project. Further discussion led to the issue being tabled.
  2. Anderson reported that he had met with Mark Matney to discuss ways to stop the erosion around the pond. Anderson asked the Council for the authority to spend up to $7,500 to solve the erosion problem; Johnson seconded; passed unanimously.
  3. Anderson reported that Matney recommended planting honeysuckle bushes in the area north of the gazebo at a cost of $7,500. People feeding the ducks at the edge of the pond have killed out all the grass. Anderson moved to accept Tree Tops bid to plant the bushes; Gorges seconded. Following discussion the motion was withdrawn.
  4. Anderson reported that he had spoken with Elmer from A-1 Tree Service concerning a large tree at the east end of the playground. The roots on the eastside of the tree are dead. Action on the issue was tabled.
  5. Anderson reported that the annual Spring Clean-up was well received by the residents. The dumpsters were replaced twice over the weekend.
  6. Anderson reported that Tree Top had submitted a bid to hydro seed three areas around the city. The areas include: common area between Brookfield and High Drive--$3,500; common area at Lynnwood and Lakeside--$1,100 and area in front of City Hall north of driveway--$610; Anderson asked Council to accept Tree Tops Bid.

Public Relations Report; Long Range Planning-Mayor Thom Rosenberg

No report.

Insurance; Personnel Benefits; City Hall Maintenance; Zoning & Architectural Review Commissioner's Report-John Johnson

No report.

Newsletter; Beautification And Memorial/Gifts Committee Liaison Commissioner's Report - Britt Brown

Brown asked Council members if they had checked to see if their Eastborough website worked. Brown also asked for member's phone numbers.

Special Issue

Rosenberg explained that currently police officers receive 6 hours of sick time each two week pay period. Currently an officer off on sick time can also receive sick hours. Should changes be made to the policy? Following discussion, Johnson moved to change the policy to state that sick time hours can only be earned on time worked; Anderson seconded; passed unanimously.

Meeting Adjourned (Next meeting is scheduled for June 26, 2007)