Minutes of Meeting- May 15th, 2019
Caldwell City Commission
Minutes of Meeting – May 15th, 2019
The Caldwell City Commission met in regular session at the Caldwell Public Works Building on May 15th, 2019 at 12:06 p.m. Mayor P. Mark Arnold was present. Commissioner Michelle Schiltz was present. Commissioner Kuehny was present by phone. Leah Sommerhoff, Deputy City Clerk, Marc Marcrum, Public Works Foreman, and Rebekah Rickstrew, Police Officer, and Gene Garcia, Police Chief was also present. Guests present were Don Edwards, Galen Lowe, Jennifer Sturm and Velta Glenn.
The minutes of the May 1st, 2019 Regular Meeting were read and approved on a motion from Commissioner Schiltz and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Motion Carried.
The April Treasurer’s Report and Bank Cash Report were reviewed and approved with a motion from Commissioner Schiltz and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Schiltz – yes.
Don Edwards was present to discuss options for the Carnegie Library. Don has an extensive and successful history in remodeling and renovating historic buildings, as well as many successes in bringing housing to rural communities. After introducing himself, he went on to discuss remodeling the building into duplexes. Jennifer Sturm was present on behalf of the School Board and noted the need for the building to be utilized but the hesitance with the issues that may come along with it such as parking, safety of children, and regulating an area so close to a school. Utilizing the building for teacher housing, daycare, or school facilities would be ideal. Financing such a project was also discussed. Mr. Edwards stated that he would do whatever he could within reason to help either party utilize the building. With his extensive history, he also noted that he was aware of several different avenues of grant funding that could be applied for.
Galen Lowe was present as an Airport Board Member to give the Annual Airport Report. He noted that there have been issues with people driving in front of the private hangers and on the runway and leaving ruts in the ground. He asked that the area be fenced off or signage put up to prevent this. It was also noted that there is a leaning power pole that needs attention. Wheatland will be contacted. The runway will also need re-crowning in some areas. This is something that will need to be contracted out. A discussion regarding federal funding and grant programs available for the Airport facilities. Currently, the City does not receive any type of funding for the facilities. Mr. Lowe was authorized to pursue any type of program that he deems beneficial for the airport. He noted that he is also working on a cost-efficient solution to provide new runway lights.
Gene Garcia, Police Chief was present to update the Commission on the Police Department Policy Manual. It has been completed and is currently being reviewed by Troy Dierking, City Attorney. Gene thanked the Commission and the Community for his time as Chief of Police.
The April Collection Bureau of Kansas report was given. It was noted that $448.72 had been collected on delinquent utility accounts from renters that had left town.
Jill Kuehny, Commissioner left the meeting by phone at 1:02 p.m.
A discussion was held concerning the increasing rate of unoccupied homes and buildings throughout the community. A survey was done and noted 23 abandoned or unoccupied structures on North Main alone. There are several programs available to property owners to help with the costs of painting or roofing these structures. Casie Risley will reach out to Stacy Davis with Sumner County Economic Development to see if there are any other programs available to help property owners with blighted structures.
Resolution 5-2019: Setting Wage for Bryan Crownover – Police Officer was presented and approved with a motion from Commissioner Schiltz and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – absent, Schiltz – yes.
Christine Mayo and Patti Sprague were appointed to the Caldwell Public Library Board with a motion from Commissioner Schiltz and a second from Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – absent, Schiltz – yes.
Lary Wolff and Carrie Kutler were appointed to the Zoning Board with a motion from Commissioner Schiltz and a second from Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – absent, Schiltz – yes.
The 2019-2020 Airport Farm Ground Lease with Kyle Dvorak was presented and approved with a motion from Commissioner Schiltz and a second from Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – absent, Schiltz – yes.
Marc Marcrum, Public Works Foreman noted that the Splash Pad would be open next weekend and the pool will be opening Memorial Day weekend. It was also noted that on KRWA will be putting in valves to fix the crack in the Clear Well. The City needs to review a bypass water plan in case of emergencies.
At 1:14 p.m. Commissioner Schiltz made a motion to enter into Executive Session to discuss non-elected personnel for 20 minutes. Her motion was seconded by Mayor Arnold. Executive Session concluded at 1:20. No motions were made.
Mayor Arnold made a motion to hire Rebekah Patterson-Rickstrew as Interim Police Chief. His motion was seconded by Commission Schiltz. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – absent, Schiltz – yes.
Appropriation Ordinance 2171 was approved with a motion from Commissioner Schiltz and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – absent, Schiltz – yes.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:21 p.m.
Kristin Hutsler, City Clerk Mark Arnold, Mayor