Other items of discussion included:
The council discussed the contract with Central Plains High School concerning a cap on utilities. No action was taken and the discussion was tabled until the Jan. 9 meeting.
The council approved a five percent raise for City Superintendent Richard Hayes, City Maintenance Darin Martin and City Clerk Patty Schmidt, to start the first pay period in January, 2017.
The council approved cereal malt beverage application for Bailey’s Food Bin and Squeegy’s Bar and Grill. This is an approval which must be granted each year.
The council approved Charter Ordinance #6, moving the timing of the election of council members and the mayor from April to November. Representatives whose terms were set to expire in April, 2017, will now serve until the second Monday of January, 2018. Representatives whose terms were set to expire in April, 2019, will now serve until the second Monday of January, 2020.
Council approved end-of-the-year transfers from the General Fund to the following funds:
$10,000 to the Street Fund
$10,000 to the Capital Improvement Fund
$10,000 to the Equipment Reserve Fund
Council approved two other end-of-the-year transfers:
$5,000 from the Sewer Fund to the Sewer Reserve Fund
$5,000 from the Water Fund to the Water Reserve Fund.
CLAFLIN - The Claflin City Council made provisions to have a council chamber table built at its Monday, Dec. 12, meeting. The table will be built by Larry Heckle, owner of S&H Lumber, at a cost of $2,900. According to Mayor Mike Urban the L-shaped 8-by-12-foot table will be more fitting for the council’s needs. Funds to pay for the project will be divided between the water, sewer and general funds.
A patron, Shane Suchy, asked the council for permission to bring in five storage units and place them on the property at NE 130 Ave. and K-4. The council discussed some of their concerns, and agreed to have the city attorney check zoning codes and ordinances. He will report back at the Jan. 9 meeting and the council will discuss the request further.
During department head reports, Police Chief Gary Vaughn informed the council that new graphics have been placed on the police department’s Chevy truck. A notice was served to the residents of 205 8th Street concerning the dog ordinance, and parents of youth involved in vandalism at the city park shelter have been contacted. Superintendent Richard Hayes reported that the KDHE water inspection on Nov. 30 went well.
Councilman Casey Hubbard requested an executive session for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel for 12 minutes. In addition to the council, the mayor, city clerk, city attorney and police chief were asked to stay. No action was taken. The regular meeting was then adjourned.
The next Claflin City Council meeting will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at the Claflin city office.
The preceding report is made possible thanks to minutes provided by Claflin City Clerk Patricia Schmidt, and subject for approval at the next council meeting.