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 - September 25, 2007 - 5:30pm

Present:
Thom Rosenberg, Mayor
Council:
  • David Anderson
  • Britt Brown
  • John Mastio
Treasurer
Doug Pringle
City Clerk
Kay Brada
Assistant City Clerk
Barbara Kratzer
City Attorney
Jerry Bogle
Police Chief
David Bridgewater
Absent:
John Johnson, Council Member
Guests:

Holly Friend, #38 Mission; Kiki Cohlmia, #15 Hampton; Kathy Devlin, #2 Lynnwood; Cindy Carl, #7 Huntington; Larry Reynolds, Architectural Review

Minutes

Mastio moved to approve the minutes of the August 28, 2007 meeting; Brown seconded; passed unanimously.

Claims

Anderson moved to approve the Claims as of September 25, 2007; Brown seconded; passed unanimously. Claims for September totaled $49,788.43.

Treasurer's Report

Pringles reported that the revenues for August totaled $47,471 and expenditures totaled $60,451 resulting in a loss for the month of $12,980 and gain year to date of $265,443. Unencumbered cash and investments totaled $784,518 for 2007 as compared to $604,061.

City Clerk's Report

No report

New Business

  1. Holly Friend, Beautification Committee Chairman, addressed the Council concerning the Beautification Committee's report submitted to members. The committee urged Council to implement a plan of removing and replacing the dead trees throughout the parks. The report included the committee's wish list for the park areas. After touring the parks and common areas, they made a list of maintenance issues. The committee encouraged the use of the newsletter to discuss issues with the residents. The suggestion was made to ask residents to adopt an island and help with the maintenance. The issue of watering also came up in the discussion. Friend asked the Council to approve some funds to purchase fall flowers for the entrance signs. Mastio moved to approve up to $300 to be used to purchase flowers; Anderson seconded; passed unanimously. Friend also asked the Council to consider hiring an arborist by the hour to walk the City and make recommendations. Friend reported that the Beautification Committee would be meeting at City Hall at noon on the first Tuesday of the month.
  2. Larry Reynolds spoke to the Council about his duties relating to Architectural Review. Reynolds described his job as being a buffer between the City and the resident wishing to make structural changes to the home or construct a garage or out building on the property. Reynolds reported that he reviews construction plans and notifies residents if there is an easement issue. In such a case, the resident must come to the Council to request a variance. The City charges $300 for a Building Permit. Out of that money, Reynolds is paid $200.

Variance request: Reynolds reported that he had reviewed the plans to construct a carport at #10 Hillcrest. Reynolds informed Britt Brown that he would need to request a 10' variance on the north side of his property and obtain a letter from his neighbor stating that he had no objections to the construction. Brown asked the Council to approve his variance request. A vote could not be taken due to the lack of a quorum. Therefore, Council members will be given time to review the request and then phone in their vote.

City Attorney's Report

  1. Bogle reported that Al Joseph, #22 Willowbrook, had contacted him concerning the new boundary lines following the construction of the park. Bogle is waiting for action from the Wichita legal staff.
  2. Bogle reported that Becky Mann has taken over the responsibilities of City Prosecutor.
  3. Bogle reported that he had spoken with Betty Fissel, owner of #60 Norfolk, concerning the proposed circle driveway.
  4. Bogle asked the Council to consider an ordinance relating to the number of curb cuts allowed on a property. Council asked Bogle to submit a draft.
  5. Bogle handed out copies of a draft ordinance banning the placement of grass, leaves and other rubbish into the street. Following review Brown moved to approve Ordinance #1271; Anderson seconded; passed unanimously.

Mayor's Report

  1. Rosenberg read Marc Gorges' resignation letter to the Council. As a third class city the Mayor is responsible for appointing a replacement. Rosenberg asked members to give him the names of people who they think might consider being a replacement. Rosenberg will consult with the City Attorney as to the length of the term.

Police Chief's Report

  1. Chief asked if there were questions concerning his monthly report.
  2. Chief reported that Wade Vickery had been hired to replace Charles White. He has already begun cleaning upWoodlawn in the right of way area.
  3. Chief reported that Officer Phammarath has been meeting weekly with the resident at #14 Douglas concerning compliance issues.

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

No report

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

No report

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

  1. Anderson reported that Tree Top would soon begin planting the area next to the gazebo.
  2. Anderson reported that the signs for the park will soon be installed
  3. Anderson reported that Tree Top has replaced the pump in the area near Peachtree.
  4. Anderson reported that he is anxious to get the go ahead on the "Street Sign Project".

Public Relations Report; Long Range Planning-Mayor Thom Rosenberg

No report

Insurance; Personnel Benefits; Zoning & Architectural Review Commissioner's Report-John Mastio

  1. Mastio reported that he would be meeting with Bob Howse in October to review the City's insurance policies.
  2. Mastio reported that Travelers has rejected our claim for water damage in the basement. The claim for the damage to the entrance sign is being processed.
  3. Mastio reported that he is still working on getting a mail drop box installed in Eastborough. Handouts regarding mail issues were distributed to Council members.

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

  1. Brown reported that the newsletter had been mailed out. Future newsletters will include information concerning the Eastborough website.
  2. Brown reported that the website has been updated

Meeting Adjourned 7:05 PM (Next regular meeting is scheduled for October 23, 2007)