Welcome to the City of Eastborough

Mayor: Thom Rosenberg
Chief of Police: David Bridgewater
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Regular Council Meeting - May 27, 2008 - 5:30pm

Present:
Thom Rosenberg, Mayor
Council:
  • David Anderson, Council President
  • Britt Brown
  • John Mastio
  • John Johnson
City Clerk:
Kay Brada
Assistant City Clerk:
Barbara Kratzer
Chief of Police/Compliance Officer
David Bridgewater

Absent

Doug Pringle, Treasurer

Guests

Chris Owen, #20 Peach Tree; Greg Sevier, Peterson, Peterson & Goss

Minutes

Brown moved to approve the minutes of the April 22, 2008 meeting; Wagle seconded; passed unanimously.

Claims

Anderson moved to approve the Claims as of May 27, 2008; Johnson seconded; passed unanimously. Claims for May totaled $158,688.16.

Citizen's Request

Chris Owen, Hubris Communications, asked Council if it would be possible to put the upcoming Agenda on the Website. Council agreed that this would be a good idea.

Treasurer's Report

Kratzer reported that the revenues for April totaled $59,216 and expenditures totaled $49,904 resulting in a gain for the month of $9,312 and gain year to date of $184,064. Unencumbered cash and investments totaled $863,886 for 2008 as compared to $740,343 ($656,784 less TRF Funds) in 2007.

Out-of-Order

Johnson reported that he had asked Greg Sevier, Peterson, Peterson, & Goss, to attend the meeting and discuss the issue of financing of the Westside street project. Sevier suggested developing a 5 year Long Term Capital Improvement Plan to address the major projects in the City. Council would then be able to levy mills to be used specifically for the Capital Improvement Reserve Fund. Council would then be able to prioritize the projects and allocate the funds.

Sevier told the Council that it would not be feasible to finance the Westside Street Project by adding 10 mills over a 15 year period. General Obligation Bonds are another financing tool, but would require an upfront cost of approximately $30,000. Wagle reported that a number of eastside residents had expressed to her that they were not in favor of paying for the Westside guttering. Wagle suggested that Council should consider a Special Assessment for Westside residents. Sevier asked Council to consider the following: (a) Cities do have a debt limit: (b) Residents do have the right to protest going above the tax limit; (c) City could risk losing TRF Funds. Sevier told the Council that if they plan to include a Capital Improvement Reserve Fund in the 2009 Budget, a 5-year Capital Improvement Plan needs to be completed.

City Clerk's Report

  1. Kratzer reported that the annual clean-up weekend, May 9th thru the 12th went well.
  2. Kratzer reported that some realtors have been leaving their signs on public property throughout the week. “For Sale” signs may be left on the property of the house in question. “Open House” or “Home for Sale” signs can only be placed on public property the day of the open house.

City Attorney's Report

  1. Bogle reported that he had no news to report concerning the boundary issue.
  2. Bogle reported that it was his understanding that the therapy horse at #64 Norfolk would be moved to Oklahoma.
  3. Bogle reported that 2 properties are in violation of the Nuisance Ordinance; #27 Huntington and #5940 E Douglas. The City has been unable to contact the owner of #27 Huntington, therefore, the City contracted to have the property mowed and edged.

Mayor's Report

  1. Mayor reported that he and the clerks would be attending the annual Sedgwick County Commissioner’s Dinner for area Mayors and staff on June 12th .
  2. Mayor reported that he and Mastio would be hosting a Long Range Committee meeting. The following people have expressed interest in serving or been nominated by others: Brian Cunningham, Ann Townsend, Chris Owen, George Jones, and Fred Gorges.

Police Chief's Report

  1. Chief asked if there were questions concerning his monthly report.
  2. Chief reported that a Nuisance Ordinance violation notice has been sent to the owner of #5940 East Douglas. No notice was delivered to the owner of #27 Huntington because we are unable to contact the owner. The Ordinance may need to be amended to include posting the notice on the front door.
  3. Chief reported that a survey has been completed of traffic control signs that need to be replaced and replacements have been ordered.
  4. Chief reported that the new patrol car will be delivered this week. The new black and white car will conform to the recommendations of Homeland Security to promote higher visibility. Chief asked the Council to approve an expenditure of $1,800 to paint the other 2 cars to match the new one. Brown moved to approve the expenditure; Anderson seconded; passed unanimously.

New Business

Stop sign at Hampton and Norfolk.

A request was made to Council, by an Eastborough resident, to consider changing the Stop sign at Hampton and Norfolk to a Yield sign. The Chief was asked for his opinion. The Chief recommended keeping the Stop based on safety issues. Discussion followed, but no action was taken.

Finance; Budget and Accounting; Memorial Gifts Committee Liaison; Newsletter-Website Commissioner’s Report- Britt Brown

Brown reported that the newsletter is out.

City Hall Maintenance; Beautification Committee Liaison; Community Affairs Committee Laison And Municipal Court Liaison Commissioner’s Report-Jennifer Wagle

No report except to say the carpeting project at City Hall is still pending.

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

  1. Johnson reported that a pre-bid meeting for the second phase of the street project was held at City Hall on May 20th. All bids will be contingent on the City receiving TRF Funding.
  2. The resurfacing project includes the following streets: Hampton (North & South of Douglas), Lakeside, Willowbrook, Peach Tree, and Drury

Parks And Street Signs Commissioner’s Report-David Anderson

Anderson reported:

  1. The waterfall pump has been rebuilt and the electricians will begin rewiring soon.
  2. Jason Gish, MKEC, was called out to check on the cracks in the Gazebo.
  3. The plantings behind the waterfall keep dying and will not be replaced. Tree Top will be replacing the dead honeysuckle near the wildlife sign.
  4. Milestone will install a new street pole and sign at the north/east corner of Norfolk and Woodlawn.
  5. Westar will be contacted to straighten the leaning light poles.

Public Relations Report; Long Range Planning-Mayor Thom Rosenberg

No report

Insurance; Personnel Benefits; Zoning & Architectural Review; Long Range Planning Commissioner’s Report-John Mastio

Mastio reported that retired officer, Don Windham, will soon begin receiving monthly payments from an American General Annuity.

Meeting Adjourned 7:20 PM (Next regular meeting is scheduled for June 24, 2008)