Archive for Monday, December 15, 2008

Tonganoxie City Council briefs

December 15, 2008

The Tonganoxie City Council:

• Opened with a moment of silence in recognition of the death of Diana Marie Flower, wife of Commissioner-elect John Flower, who died in a vehicle accident Dec. 18.

• Unanimously approved to pay $2,102.09 to pay the dues for the League of Kansas Municipalities.

• Unanimously approved the renewal of cereal malt beverage licenses for B&J Thriftway Inc., B&J BP and B&J Country Mart.

•Approved appropriation of $13,306 to Knapheide Truck Equipment Center for the purchase of a Henderson salt and sand spreader.

• Approved appropriation of $38,365 to the Kansas Municipal Insurance Trust for workers compensation premium deposit.

• Approved appropriation of $6,165.73 to First State Bank and Trust for the lease purchase payment on a quick attack fire truck.

• Voted, 4-1, to increase the fee for the Tonganoxie Fire Department Capital Improvement Program in residents’ water bills. The fee increased $1 to $3 for residential customers and up $1 to $4 for commercial customers. Kathy Bard, assistant city administrator, said last year the fee was not increased because of the increase to residents’ trash services. The original $2 fee brought in $34,800. The city’s annual debt service for fire department equipment is now $48,266. The fee increase will collect $52,000 annually. Councilmember Paula Crook voted against the fee increase.

• Voted, 4-1, with Crook dissenting, to increase the water rates to Tonganoxie residents. The new rates are now $7.26 for 1,000 gallons and $4.38 for each 1,000 gallons after that. This new fee is up $.80 for the first 1,000 gallons and $.20 for each subsequent 1,000 gallons. The fee will also apply to anyone outside of the city connected to the city mains. Those outside customers will be charged an additional $1 or 25 percent, whichever is larger, for reading a meter outside of the city limits.

• Met in executive session for 20 minutes with Mike Kelly, city attorney, and Bard to discuss the acquisition of real estate property and non-elected personnel.

• Discussed which council members and city employees would represent the city during negotiations of an interlocal agreement for the development of County Road 1. Councilmembers Crook and Jason Ward along with Mike Yanez, city administrator, and Kelly will negotiate with members of the Board of County Commissioners. The date and time of the meeting is still pending.

• Listened to Yanez’s report, which included thanking Bard for the work she did getting a $250,000 grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation for the Safe Routes to School Program.

• Amended the 2008 budget after a public hearing. The bond and interest fund budget was increased by $190, 609 to $588,000. The library fund was increased by $23,050 to $245,482. The library employee benefits fund was increased by $4,626 to $37,971. The water fund was increased by $159,975 to $982,685. The sanitation fund was increased by $60,000 to $274,819. The special parks fund was increased by $3,400 to $16,000.

• Adopted the 2009 pay plan for city employees.

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