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 - August 26, 2008 - 5:30pm

Present:
Thom Rosenberg, Mayor
Council:
  • Britt Brown
  • John Mastio
  • John Johnson
  • Jennifer Wagle
Treasurer
Doug Pringle
City Attorney
Jerry Bogle
Assistant City Clerk:
Barbara Kratzer
Chief of Police/Compliance Officer
David Bridgewater

Absent

Kay Brada, City Clerk; David Anderson, Councilman

Guests

Chris Owen, #20 Peach Tree; Debra Wadman, #16 Hampton; Les Depperschmidt, AT&T;

Minutes

Johnson pointed out that the word “ERISA” was misspelled under the Insurance Commissioner’s Report. Johnson moved to approve the corrected minutes of the July 22, 2008 meeting; Wagle seconded; passed unanimously.

Claims

Brown moved to approve the Claims as of August 26, 2008; Mastio seconded; passed unanimously. Claims for August totaled $52,822.75.

Citizen's Request

  1. Debra Wadman, #16 Hampton addressed the council concerning the sale of her property and placement of signs. She asked council to permit her to place a “For Sale” sign on her neighbor’s property. She stated that she had spoken with the Police Chief concerning the issue and was told that signs may only be placed off the resident property on open house days. The Chief reported that this has been a long standing policy. Bogle requested a copy of the Ordinance for review and the Mayor told Ms. Wadman he would be in contact with her soon.

Treasurer's Report

Pringle reported that revenues for July totaled $58,479 and expenditures totaled $81,273 resulting in a loss for the month of $22,794 but gain year to date of $269,956. Unencumbered cash and investments totaled $970,943 for 2008 as compared to $796,197 for 2007.

Out-of-Order

Les Depperschmidt, Community Relations for AT&T, handed out literature on the new AT&T U-verse service which will compete with Cox Communications for cable/satellite TV service. The service will launch soon and eligible Eastborough residents will be contacted and offered the service. While in Eastborough the representatives will conform to the Door-to-Door Solicitation Ordinance. Mastio made a motion to approve the City entering into a franchise agreement with AT&T; Wagle seconded; passed unanimously.

City Clerk's Report

Kratzer reported:

  1. Included in your agenda packet is a letter from the 2008 Wichita Race for the Cure Committee requesting the use of the Eastborough streets for the annual RACE FOR THE CURE on September 27, 2008. Mastio moved to approve their request; Johnson seconded; passed unanimously.
  2. Mike Scheidt, #38 Norfolk, was unable to attend the council meeting and asked me to present his variance request. Mr. Scheidt wants to build a new garage that will be positioned 1ft into the backyard setback of 10feet. Larry Reynolds has reviewed the plans and sees no problems. Council asked if Mr. Scheidts had notified his neighbors and received their signed notification of pending variance request. The neighbors have been notified and have no objections, but Mr. Scheidt reported he will not ask them to sign anything. Council expressed no problem in granting the request, but feel strongly that the signed notification forms be included with the plans. Brown moved to approve the variance subject to receiving the signed forms; Johnson seconded; passed unanimously.
  3. Council approval is needed for Ordinance G08-3(Uniform Public Offense Code for Kansas Cities, edition 2008) and Ordinance G08-04(Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities, edition 2008 repealing Ordinance #1266 and #1267. Brown moved to approved both ordinances; Mastio seconded; passed unanimously.

MAYOR'S REPORT

  1. Mayor asked council members to comment on the draft of the new letterhead. Comment included: move the list of names to the left side; remove the Sedgwick County logo; consider using the Eastborough sunflower pen design.
  2. Mayor reported that he would be attending the Cities Summit and Solid Waste Summit scheduled for September 13, 2008.
  3. Mayor asked council members to review the Waste Connections of Kansas Inc. letter included in the Agenda packet. Effective July 1, 2008 Waste Connection will pass on to residents a 2.09%CPI increase.
  4. Mayor read the resignation letter from Doug Pringle, Treasurer and thanked him for his service to the council and the community. Business commitments keep Pringle from attending meetings on a regular basis. The mayor will be searching for a replacement.
  5. Mayor, as a member of the Airport Authority, updated members on airport issues.

City Attorney's Report

Bogle reported that he had received a call from Jim Behring Investments concerning the purchase of #16 Douglas, demolishing the current structure and building 2 houses. The current house sits on two lots. Mr. Behring is requesting something in writing granting him the right to build two structures. Council instructed Bogle to draft such a document.

Council began discussing whether or not minimum standards should be in place for the increasing number of home makeovers. Larry Reynolds will be asked to participate in the discussions.

Police Chief's Report

  1. Chief asked if there were any questions concerning his monthly report.
  2. Chief reported that Kevin Lackey will join the Police Department on September 8th. Kevin is currently employed by Sedgwick County 911 and previously worked 11 years for the Wichita Police Department.
  3. Chief reported that Mike Brungardt is still out on paid leave.
  4. Chief was asked about the number of inoperable vehicles within the City. Chief reported that the officers are aware of the issue and in contact with the homeowners.
  5. Chief reported that the City Hall basement is a designated Storm Shelter. Mayor asked if the basement is equipped with the necessary provisions. An inventory will be taken.

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

  1. Brown reported that he has begun gathering information for a newsletter and asked council members to submit articles.
  2. Brown handed out a list of council accomplishments that he would like to include in the newsletter and asked for comments from the council.

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

  1. Wagle reported that the new carpet has been installed in the basement of City Hall.
  2. Wagle reported that she had no report from the Community Affairs Committee. Kratzer reported that Jamee Ross has scheduled a committee meeting at City Hall on September 9th.

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

  1. Ferguson Paving Inc. is in the process of repairing the pothole throughout the City.
  2. KDOT is still reviewing the city’s application for TRF funds. The original repayment schedule of 15 years was reduced to 10 years. Johnson told the Council that it might be necessary to rebid the contract.
  3. Doug Dagg, our Street Consultant, has resigned to accept another position with Cornejo.

Parks And Street Signs Commissioner's Report-David Anderson

Anderson reported: No report

Public Relations Report; Long Range Planning-Mayor Thom Rosenberg

Mayor reported that he and Mastio would meet and organize a Long Range Planning Committee meeting.

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

  1. Mastio asked Kratzer if she had notified Principal to begin redrafting the plan document. The answer is no, but a notice will be sent immediately.

Meeting adjourned 7:20 PM (NEXT MEETING SCHEDULED FOR September 23, 2008)