Minutes of Meeting- December 7th, 2016

Caldwell City Commission 

Minutes of Meeting - December 7th, 2016 

The Caldwell City Commission met in regular session at the Caldwell Public Works Building on December 7th at 12:10 p.m. Mayor P. Mark Arnold presided.  Commsioner present was Colin Wood.  Casie Risley, city administrator,  Police Chief Gene Garcia, and Public Works Foreman Marc Marcrum were present. 

The minutes of the November 16th, 2016 Unsafe Structure Hearing regarding 118 N Chisholm were read and approved with a motion from Commissioner Wood, seconded by Mayor Arnold.  Motion Carried. 

Marc Marcrum, Public Works Foreman was present to discuss the recent water tower inspection report.  The inspection went well but it was noted that the interior of tower is due for repair.  A bid was presented for $36,000 to complete the necessary maintenance and re-epoxying of the interior.  The scope of the required work and ecpense were discussed at length.  Although on-going maintenance for our water system is budgeted, expenses of this magnitude and nature are additional.  Debt service for this necessary repair was also discussed.  It was decided to request a second big before moving forward. 

Police Chief Gene Garcia was present to propose a designation of City Marshal and Assistant Marshal to the Chief of Police and Assistant Chief of Police for the upcoming year of the 150th Celebration of the Chisholm Trail.  It was noted that the approval of these titles are for historical preservation purposes only and will not change the duties or responsibilities of our law enforcement.  The Commission has directed Troy Dierking to compose a proclamation regarding the titles.  Chief Garcia was also present to propose the design of new badges.  After reviewing his proposal, the Commission approved of the historic design and gave him the authority to purchase the badges as he chooses. 

Information regarding joining the Rural Opportunity Zones provided by the Kansas Depoartment of Commerce was presented.  Kansas has 77 counties in the Rural Opportunity Zone. The program is designed to offer incentive to qualified individuals in the form of tax waivers and student lone repayment assistance for families who line and work in these areas.  It was noted they also offer no cost energy audits and assessments to small businesses and ag producers.  This program looks to be a great benegit for employers and employees both.  More information will be gathered. 

A discussion was held regarding the future uses for the present Visitor's Center. Several options were discussed but no decisions were made. 

Resolution No 21-2016: GAAP Waiver was presented and approved with a motion from Commissioner Wood and a second by Mayor Arnold.  Arnold-yes, Kuehny-absent, Wood-yes. 

A 2017 Staff COLA increase was discussed.  Other local entities will be polled on their 2017 COLA's.

It was noted that the KPERS Employer rate is scheduled to be increased in January 2019.  The rates were reviewed. 

The Lease Agreement documents for the 2016 Bobcat Mini-Ex was presented for approval and signatures.  The documents included the annual lease, the municipa lease schedule, the lease acceptance certificate, and insurance converage.  Motion for approcal came from Commissioner Wood and was seconded by Mayor Arnold. Arnold-yes, Kuehny-absent, Wood-yes. 

Appropriation Ordinance 2112 was approved with a motion from Commissioner Wood and seconded by Mayor Arnold.  Arnold-yes, Kuehny-absent, Wood-yes. 

A motion was made by Commissioner Wood and seconded by Mayor Arnold to proceed with the Caldwell Bucks Employee Christmas Gifts as last year.  Arnold-yes, Kuehny-absent, Wood-yes. 

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:23 p.m.


Kristin Hutsler, City Clerk

Mark Arnold, Mayor