Minutes of Meeting- February 22, 2018

Caldwell City Commission

 Minutes of Meeting – February 22th, 2018


The Caldwell City Commission met in regular session at the Caldwell Public Works Building on February 22th, 2018 at 12:09 p.m.  Mayor P.  Mark Arnold presided. Commissioner Jill Kuehny was present. Commissioner Michelle Schiltz was absent. Casie Risley, City Administrator was present. Gene Garcia, Marshall and Marc Marcrum, Public Works Foreman were also present. Paul & Beth Falkenburg were present, as well as Velta Glenn.


The minutes of the February 7th, 2018 Regular Meeting were read and approved on a motion from Commissioner Kuehny, and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Motion Carried.


Paul & Beth Falkenburg were present on behalf of Friendship Village to discuss the new reporting requirements required by USDA. Paul and Beth have managed the apartments and noted that over the years, the reporting requirement have become substantially more involved. Recently, USDA has instated new rulings that Paul and Beth will be required to become certified to be eligible to continue their work at the apartments or pay an offsite firm to complete the reporting and management of the firm. Paul and Beth have been a wonderful asset to the Village and the City recognizes that moving the management off site would never be in the best interest of Friendship Village and the Housing Authority. It was noted that Friendship Village has the funds available to pay off the USDA Loan. That being said, Casie Risley, City Administrator will reach out to her contacts at USDA to inquire about other options, such as paying off the USDA Loan that holds these reporting requirements.


The January Treasurers Report and Bank Cash Report were read and reviewed.


Gene Garcia, City Marshall was present to report on the success of the Border Queen Gun Show and the concert at Joe B’s. Both events were highly successful and the funds were donated to help with the back wall project at the Opera House and to the Chamber to help support the marathon for the Cherokee Strip Land Run in September.


It was noted that Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 5th – 9th. The Storm Siren (Tornado) warning siren test will be on Tuesday March 6th 2018 at 10:00 am.


Resolution No.02-2018: Wages – Michael Roths, Officer was presented and approved with a motion from Commissioner Kuehny and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Schiltz – yes.


It was noted that the Safe Route’s to School Project has begun. The project will have 45 days from start to finish weather permitting.


And update was given on the splash pad project. The Public Works crew will begin demolition on the baby pool within the coming weeks. That area will make way for the new splash pad.


A Short discussion was held regarding the unsafe structure at 22 W. Central. It was noted that since the structure contains asbestos, it must go through the KDHE Brownfields abatement program. The program funding will match up to $15,000. The building abatement estimate was around $8000.


A discussion was held concerning the firefighting service agreement with fire district number five. Although the signed contract has been received, if payment is not received by March 1, the contract will be void. The contract was approved with a motion by commissioner Kuehny and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Schiltz – absent.


It was noted that Cathy sheets, real estate agent, has distributed three new purchase applications for 304 S. Main and also held a showing at 11 S. St. Mary’s. A motion was made to extend her listing agreement until June 2018 by Commissioner Kuehny and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Schiltz – absent.


It was noted that Casie Risley, city administrator is working with EMC insurance and Troy Dierking, City Attorney in regards to the police departments patrol car damage.


Leah Sommerhoff, Deputy City Clerk, made a presentation on behalf of the city park board Proposing an outdoor workout center at the city park. Equipment at the park would include a rowing machine, recumbent bike, a multi function gym, and an air Walker. After reviewing the proposal, the commission agreed it would be a wonderful asset to the park. With the new splash pad being installed soon, the commission requested information on new public restrooms for the park.


Casie Risley, city administrator, informed the commission that she will be pursuing a USDA – rural development grant for the opera house renovation project.


At 1:19 p.m. Commissioner Kuehny made a motion to enter into Executive Session to discuss non-elected personnel for 20 minutes. Those asked to be present for the session were Casie Risley, City Administrator. Her motion was seconded by Mayor Arnold. Executive Session concluded at 1:39. No motions were made. 


Appropriation Ordinance 2141 was approved with a motion from Commissioner Schiltz and seconded by Commission Kuehny. Arnold – yes, Kuehny –yes, Schiltz – absent.  


There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at  1:40 p.m.





Kristin Hutsler, City Clerk                                                                                                                                 

Mark Arnold, Mayor