Welcome to the City of Eastborough

Mayor: Thom Rosenberg
Chief of Police: Daniel Bardezbain
Photo of sign at entrance to City of Eastborough

Regular Council Meeting - July 24, 2012 - 5:30 pm

PRESENT

Mayor:
Thom Rosenberg
Council President:
David Anderson
Council:
  • Chris Owen
  • John Johnson
Treasurer:
Norman Farha
City Attorney:
Jerry Bogle
City Clerk:
Ann Townsend
Assistant City Clerk:
Barbara Kratzer
Police Chief:
Danny Bardezbain

ABSENT:

Greg Shelton, Councilmen; Debra Gann, Assistant City Clerk;

GUESTS:

Erin Fulghum, #44 Stratford; Ed Watson, Foulston Siefkin Law firm; Dr. Lucynda Raben, "Wichitans for Healthy Teeth"; Rick and Katie Lynn, #42 Stratford; Michael and Christine Ostroski, #40 Stratford

PUBLIC HEARING FOR 2013 BUDGET

Mayor asked if anyone in the audience wanted to comment on the 2013 Budget. Mayor then asked the Council if anyone wanted to comment on the proposed budget. Johnson moved to approve the Budget as presented; Brown seconded; passed unanimously.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

MINUTES

Brown moved to approve the minutes of the Special Budget Meeting on July 5, 2012; Johnson sconded; passed unanimously.
Mayor announced the minutes of the June meeting stand as printed.

CLAIMS

Anderson moved to approve the Claims of as of July 24, 2012 totaling $92,228.03; Johnson seconded; passed unanimously. Included with the claims is a check for $44,376.43 to Kansas Dept. of Transportation (principal payments for two KDOT Loans). Claims for July totaled $121,523.

PUBLIC AGENDA

  1. Erin Fulghum, Community Affairs Chairman, reported on the 4th of July Parade and asked for questions concerning her Budget Report (included in the Agenda). Council complimented Erin on the work she is doing planning the special events. Erin announced that in place of the Halloween Party a Fall Festival will be held in conjunction with the National Night Out Event scheduled for October. Mayor brought up the fact that Eastborough would be celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. He asked Fulghum if she could include something special to commemorate the 75th at the Fall Festival. She agreed to explore the idea.
  2. Ed Watson and Dr. Lucynda Raben appeared before Council to generate support for the water fluoridation issue. Watson distributed literature supporting the issue and asked the Eastborough Council to consider adopting a Resolution in support of Fluoridation. He pointed out that Wichita is one of only three cities of its size not fluoridating its water. The issue is relevant to Eastborough because residents purchase their water from the City of Wichita. Following the discussion Anderson moved to approve a resolution in support; Owen seconded; passed unanimously.
  3. Michael Ostroski, #40 Stratford, appeared before Council to discuss the Petition in support of holding an election to allow all citizens to vote on Charter Ordinance SP1-01. Ostroski disagreed with the county counselor and Secretary of State on their opinion that the Petition was not submitted properly. He stated that it was not necessary to include the date when signing the petition and in his opinion the question at the top was valid. Ostroski also believes that the ordinance itself will not stand up to a court challenge. Ostroski complained that the residents are not kept informed of the actions taken by the council and if allowed to stand the new Charter Ordinance will allow Council to make zoning changes without resident input. Ostroski also expressed his displeasure with the way his wife was treated when she submitted the petition to the Clerk at City Hall.
    Christine Ostroski observed that while she was circulating the petition only a few people were aware of the Charter Ordinance. She suggested better communication between the council and residents. Following discussion Bogle advised Mr. and Mrs. Ostroski that Council would go into executive session to discuss the Charter Ordinance and Petition. A letter will be sent to their attorney as to the action the city plans to pursue.

TREASURER'S REPORT-Norman Farha

Farha reported that revenues for June totaled $286,984 as compared with $281,424 for 2011. Expenditures totaled $70,985 as compared to $77,052 for 2011. 89% of the Revenues have been collected to date; 24% of the Total Budget expended to date; and 40% of the General Fund Budget has been expended to date. Unencumbered cash/investments as of June 30, 2012 total $1,750,435.

MAYOR'S REPORT

No Report

CITY CLERK/ASSISTANT CITY CLERKS--Ann Townsend/Barbara Kratzer, Asst/Debra Gann, Asst.

Townsend expressed her concern over the increasing fox population in the City. She has contacted Ks. Wildlife and Parks as well as Critter Control to discuss options. To date there is no workable solution.

CITY ATTORNEY'S REPORT-Jerry Bogle

Bogle reported that he had been advised by The Wichita Eagle that the eastside ads would only be delivered to those residents requesting them.

POLICE CHIEF'S REPORT-Chief Bardezbain

  1. Apologized for missing the June Council meeting.
  2. Reported on the damage to the patrol car as a result of an incident on Central east of Woodlawn. An Eastborough officer was assisting a Wichita Officer when shots were fired, several damaging the vehicle, in the process of apprehending a suspect. The officers were provided counseling and debriefing through the Crisis Intervention Team.
  3. Reported on the major expenditures on the following vehicles. Car #1--replaced the wiring harness; Car #2--repairs to the air conditioning unit plus extra issues.
  4. Reported that an ad was placed on HRE partners and so far received 40-50 responses to the vacancy.
  5. Reported that Captain Cox is attending the weeklong Kansas Police Administrators Seminar in Hutchinson.
  6. Asked Mr. Bogle about the question, he asked in a previous e-mail, regarding concealed carry of firearms within Eastborough city limits. Bogle stated that he would need to research the issue but thought this issue was covered in the Uniform Public Offense Code.
  7. Reported that he and Bogle participated in a phone interview with a mediator to establish whether or not Officer Brungardt was eligible to receive unemployment. The ruling found in the City's favor and Brungardt was ordered to repay all payments received since April 4, 2012.

FINANCE; BUDGET AND ACCOUNTING; MEMORIAL GIFTS COMMITTEE LIAISON; LONG-RANGE PLANNING COMMISSIONER'S REPORT- Britt Brown

No report

PARKS AND STREET SIGNS COMMISSIONER'S REPORT-David Anderson

Anderson reported:

  1. MKEC has proposed a resolution to the drainage problem at #15 Peach Tree. They recommend constructing a shallow swale to pick up water outside the fence and divert it south, under the sidewalk, toward the wall and west to the present sump pump. The cost will be $3000-$3500. Anderson asked council to approve the improvements. Brown moved to approve; Owen seconded; passed unanimously.
  2. Eastborough lost its natural source of water in the park as a result of the Kellogg Project. As part of the agreement with Wichita, they agreed to provide a source of water if pond levels should become low. MKEC has been asked to assist Eastborough in locating the water source. Larry Henry will act on behalf of Eastborough in negotiations with Wichita.
  3. The geese are gone.
  4. That he is also looking into ways to reduce the fox population in the City.
  5. Milestone Construction made the needed repairs to the playground equipment.

CITY HALL MAINTENANCE; NEWSLETTER-WEBSITE; COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE LAISON AND MUNICIPAL COURT LIAISON COMMISSIONER'S REPORT-Chris Owen

Owen reported that he would be meeting with a general contractor to discuss repairs needed at City Hall and obtain bids for the projects. Repairs include foundation work under the structure and replacing the west police door.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

No report.

UTILITIES; STREET MAINTENANCE; FIRE PROTECTION COMMISSIONER'S REPORT-John Johnson

Johnson reported:

  1. That cracks have appeared in two locations Norfolk and Parkwood. Larry Henry will work with Kansas Paving to resolve the issue and report back. Eastborough has a 2-year warranty on the new streets.

INSURANCE; PERSONNEL BENEFITS; ZONING & ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW; CODE ENFORCEMENT COMMISSIONER'S REPORT-Greg Shelton

Wade Vickery, Code Enforcement, reviewed his report to the Council.

EXECUTIVE SESSION-7:00pm

Brown moved to go into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss a legal issue; Johnson seconded; passed unanimously. Council returned to the regular session.

MEETING ADJOURNED 7:20pm --- (NEXT REGULAR MEETING-AUGUST 28, 2012)