CITY OF
 UNIONTOWN
Est. 1858



Ph: 620-756-4742
Fax: 620-756-4681
P.O. BOX 51
206 SHERMAN STREET
UNIONTOWN, KANSAS 66779
ELECTED OFFICIALS

Mayor
Larry Jurgensen, term expires December 2025

Council Members
Jess Ervin, President of Council, term expires December 2025

Amber Kelly, term expires 
December 2025

Bradley Stewart, term expires December 2023

Danea Esslinger, term expires December 2023

Josh Hartman, term expires December 2023

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE HELD ON THE SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 7:00 PM IN THE COMMUNITY CENTER.  COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.
MINUTES WILL BE POSTED AFTER APPROVAL BY COUNCIL.

Utility Hearings are held the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM.  You MUST call the City Clerk to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT with the Utility Hearing Officers.



2022 MEETING SCHEDULE                                        Utility Hearing Dates

  January 10 (MONDAY)                                                        January 26
         February 8                                                                    February 23
           March 8                                                                         March 30
            April 12                                                                          April 27
            May 10                                                                          May 25
           June 14                                                                         June 29
           July 12                                                                           July 27
          August 9                                                                        August 24
        September 13                                                              September 28
         October 11                                                                    October 26
        November 8                                                                  November 30               December 13                                                                 December 28

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CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
NOVEMBER 9, 2021 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on November 9, 2021 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:00 PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger, Josh Hartman, Amber Kelly, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Gabby Gire, CHCSEK, Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Gabby Gire, Tobacco Program Manager– here to introduce herself and the tobacco program. She is conducting a survey of the county on tobacco issues and starting a coalition to address those issues.

CITIZENS REQUEST
None

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger was absent. October written Treasurer report presented. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $339,187.45, Receipts $71,384.70, Transfers Out $19,026.00, Expenditures $41,331.47, Checking Account Closing Balance $350,214.68. Bank Statement Balance $351,061.91, including Checking Account Interest of $29.58, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $847.23, Reconciled Balance $350,214.68. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $27,009.90, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $17,467.30, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $23,298.34, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $417,990.22. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $312.18 and Utility CDs $242.63 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $554.81. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of October 2021, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $3,523.50, Expenditures $3,327.75, Ending Balance $195.75. October Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00, from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00, from Gas Utility Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $12,500.00, from Sewer Utility Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $250.00, from Water Utility Fund $750.00, from General Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $2,500.00, Total Transfers of $19,026.00. Net Income for the month of October $11,027.23, Year-to-Date Net Loss $50,883.79. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $93,904.59 (94.1%), Expenditures $93,148.69 (75.3%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $31,022.57 (89.3%), Expenditures $30,413.06 (69.7%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $127,500.65 (98.7%), Expenditures $235,478.85 (71.2%); General Fund YTD Revenue $126,203.02 (110.2%), Expenditures $125,758.08 (76.6%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $9,287.36 (155.3%), Expenditures $11,678.90 (78.2%). The November 2021 estimated payables in the amount of $27,107.72 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of October 12, 2021 Regular Council Meeting 
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Superintendent Rich informed the council that he picked up the culverts today and they are stored in the warehouse.  
The repairs of the bulletin board are almost finished.  
Only one quote was received for the shop insulation. He requested quotes from Gage Chiartano, Murphy Roofing, Abernathy Roofing, and Restoration and Waterproofing Contractors Inc. Quote from Gage Chiartano is for $5,000, Abernathy chose not to submit a quote due to travel distance.

Motion by Esslinger, Second by Ervin, Approved 5-0 to accept quote of $5,000 from Gage Chiartano to insulate the shop ceiling

He reported that KDHE was here last week to inspect the water system. No deficiencies were found and they will be back for the next inspection in three years.
The cost of the gas valves to be replaced have doubled since this time last year. He would like to also remove a service line at 405 Washington, a vacant lot. It has a low cathodic protection reading. Clerk Johnson will contact property owner to see if they want to retain service to that lot.
He reported that CDL Electric did the fall inspection of the storm siren and two batteries and two chargers are bad. CDL has ordered chargers. Rich will get the batteries locally.
He contacted Traveling Trees to price new trees for the park and/or pond. Most of the trees except for oak are $250 to plant a 12’ tree with ball, stake and mulch. Clerk Johnson will contact the school and Park Committee to see if they will contribute either funds or people to water the new trees. Placement of new trees was discussed, leading to a discussion concerning the proposed splashpad.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan gave an update. 201 Washington said they no longer had pets but still receiving sporadic complaints about dogs; 306 Union moved to 104 Washington but dog still running at large; 303 Washington dogs running at large, but no reports of aggressive; Animal Control Officer Binford is relocating stray cats out of town; 202 Third have registered three adult dogs, but haven’t supplied rabies certification; owner of 401 Sherman has moved back in, renter moved to 301 Second #2; 202 Fourth, 201 Fulton, and 204 Fulton are no longer vacant; 306 Washington ditches have been mowed/trimmed; 505 Washington has been mowed.

Clerk Johnson updated Council on the response from insurance agent regarding the Building Code Effectiveness Grading.
A letter requesting a donation to the Send Off Seniors after graduation party was received.

Motion by Esslinger, Second by Ervin, Approved 5-0 to donate $100 to 2022 Send Off Seniors after graduation party

Collection Bureau of Kansas is requesting a client authorization addendum in order to be compliant with new federal Regulation F, requiring a specific date for the final bill and track payments/adjustments from that date. Option 1 is to allow CBK to send final statement once they receive the file from us. Option 2 we would send final statement and have to notify CBK of the date of the final statement and any payments/adjustments to the final statement balance to date and in the future.

Motion by Kelly, Second by Stewart, Approved 5-0 to adopt option 1 of the client authorization addendum for implementation of Regulation F with Collection Bureau of Kansas

She visited with Mr Kite regarding the legal description of the property he is donating to the City – Lot 58 less east 22’, Lot 59, Block 11, Original Town, Uniontown, commonly known as 112 Second St. She will contact the attorney to get the warranty deed drawn up and the title insurance company.
The realtor for HB Salon inquired as to whether that building could be residential. Clerk Johnson sent minimum housing standards ordinance to realtor and to her knowledge there is not an ordinance that does not allow a commercial building to become a residential building.

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – nothing
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – nothing
Councilman Stewart - nothing
Mayor Jurgensen – nothing

OLD BUSINESS
HBCAT – Health in All Policies Partner Pledge – after discussion, no action was taken.
Pond Improvement Project – The contractor for the walkway turned in a timeline for getting it fabricated and installed. Should be installed by end of November.
City Utility Low-Interest Loan update – As of October 31, City has collected $50,527.25 principal and interest and has paid $43,335.51 principal and interest. Unpaid principal is $36,740.36. 57.6% of gas customers have paid their gas surcharge in full.
American Rescue Plan Act update – Some cities chose not to accept ARPA funds. Those funds were then divided up among the cities that did accept funds. We received an additional $119.14. The second payment will go up by that amount also.
FEMA project update – We have received 75% reimbursement from FEMA and 10% reimbursement from KDEM for approved repairs. We have also received $195.75 from FEMA for approved management costs.

NEW BUSINESS
Motion by Hartman, Second by Ervin, Approved 5-0 to recess into executive session pursuant to the nonelected personnel matters exception, KSA 75-4319(b)(1) in order to discuss performance of nonelected personnel, the open meeting to resume at 9:37PM

Open meeting resumed at 9:37, no action taken

Moved by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 9:38PM


CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
OCTOBER 12, 2021 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on October 12, 2021 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:00 PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger, Josh Hartman, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were John Leahy and John Costello, Thrive Allen County; Jody Hoener, HBCAT; Raymond “Skeet” George, Ruritan; Rob Harrington, BBCO REDI; Mary Pemberton, Bandera Properties, LLC; City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Prairie Pathways Bike Route Presentation – Jody Hoener, HBCAT, John Leahy and John Costello, Thrive Allen County -  The tri-county bike route was presented. Phase I will follow old 54, Maple Road (Bourbon County) from Fort Scott and Nebraska Road (Allen County) to Iola. Phase II will have a route from Pittsburg to Iola. Uniontown is the center of both routes. A request to erect bike route signs on both sides of K3 was made.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 4-0 to allow Prairie Pathways Bike Route signs to be placed east and west of K3 on Maple Rd/Fifth St

Jody also discussed the other HBCAT projects. This Pathways Grant cycle, HBCAT is working on placemaking, farm to school, smoke free multi housing, food insecurity, and health in all policies for the Uniontown area. At this time, they are conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment survey and asked for each person there to fill out the survey and encourage others to fill it out. The goal is to have 3200 households in the county to complete the survey and they are very short of the goal at this time. She encouraged the Council to sign the pledge to participate in health in all policies training and to attend the HBCAT sponsored training on January 19, 2022. She also gave us an update on the water bottle filling stations that were granted. Mayor Jurgensen asked about grants available to repair/replace the walking trail.
Bourbon County REDI, Inc – Rob Harrington – Mr Harrington awarded their first Quality of Life Grant of $10,000 to the City for the School Pond Improvement Project. He also talked about what they were doing in the county: the push to get a hospital back in the county, the Quality of Life Grants, town hall meetings in the county, exploring other economic development avenues, hiring a grant writer to assist county entities.  
Ruritan – Raymond “Skeet” George – Mr George visited with the Council on the estimate, $31,180, received from Playscapes for a splashpad that would drain to the ditch. A recirculating system would add $70,000 plus labor. Clerk Johnson felt the cost of the water loss would pay for the recirculating system. Adding a bathroom to the park at the same time was discussed. Clerk Johnson will contact Playscapes for an estimate of the above design with recirculating system.

CITIZENS REQUEST
Bandera Properties, LLC – Mary Pemberton – Bandera Properties, LLC is interested in purchasing 105 Third St, a city owned lot east of their proposed office. After discussion

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 that the lot is not considered public use property

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to sell 105 Third St to Bandera Properties, LLC for $1 plus legal and closing costs associated with the transfer of deed for the purposes of economic development with business operating within one year from October 12, 2021

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger presented the September Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $341,354.09, Receipts $33,893.49, Transfers Out $3,026.00, Expenditures $33,034.13, Checking Account Closing Balance $339,187.45. Bank Statement Balance $339,194.63, including Checking Account Interest of $29.07, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $7.18, Reconciled Balance $339,187.45. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $27,009.90, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $17,467.30, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $23,298.34, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $406,962.99. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $282.60 and Utility CDs $242.63 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $525.23. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of September 2021, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. September Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00, from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00, Total Transfers of $3,026.00. Net Loss for the month of September $2,166.64, Year-to-Date Net Loss $61,911.02. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $83,119.36 (83.3%), Expenditures $80,354.12 (64.9%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $25,994.59 (74.8%), Expenditures $28,319.38 (64.9%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $115,829.66 (89.6%), Expenditures $215,945.40 (65.3%); General Fund YTD Revenue $109,752.19 (95.9%), Expenditures $109,506.50 (66.7%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $6,072.60 (100.5%), Expenditures $3,686.47 (24.7%). The October 2021 estimated payables in the amount of $46,660.94 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Esslinger, Second by Ervin, Approved 4-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of September 14, 2021 Revenue Neutral Rate Hearing, Budget Hearing, and Regular Council Meeting 
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Superintendent Rich informed the council that our fuel tank was empty and now was the time to move it. Eric Bailey, BB CO Public Works, didn’t have a bid for a tank pad. It was suggested to place them on the east end of the scales at the warehouse. Bourbon county will move their tank to the same location.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to move the fuel tank to the east end of the scales at warehouse

He asked the council to designate a specific amount and sizes of culverts to purchase.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Ervin, Approved 4-0 to spend up to $3,500 for culverts 

It was decided to purchase HDPE double wall culverts: four 18”X20’, four 15”X20’, five 12”X20’, and five 8”X20’. Couplers can be purchased as needed.
We have received one bid for the bulletin board for $1,700. Council previously approved $1,200. Council directed Superintendent Rich to replace the 4x4 posts to repair and not replace at this time.
He called a couple contractors about getting a quote for insulation for the roof. Mayor Jurgensen will contact someone he knows for a quote and Rich has another contractor to contact. Mr George also recommended another contractor to contact.
Councilman Hartman thanked him for his work on potholes.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan was absent due to COVID quarantine. Clerk Johnson informed the Council that three letters were sent, two for grass/weeds, one for noise nuisance. As of meeting, only one letter had been received. She will follow-up with the post office on the others. Mayor Jurgensen also noted that Coyan needs to visit with 204 Second Street about their dogs.

Clerk Johnson reported an email was received from ISO, BCEGS with a letter attached to Mayor Jurgensen regarding our building code effectiveness grading schedule. The letter states Mr Finkle spoke with Mayor Jurgensen about our building codes, but Mayor Jurgensen never spoke with anyone. Clerk Johnson will contact our insurance agent to see if this a legitimate entity and then contact Mr Finkle to see who he talked to regarding building codes.
Council had more discussion regarding the health in all policies pledge that HBCAT is asking for.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to table decision on pledge until next meeting

Johnson gave a report on the KMGA Board of Directors Meeting and virtual conference. Natural gas wholesale prices are projected to be higher this winter season ($5.00-$6.00 range) due to increased demand from exports and weather and decreased production due to the pandemic and Hurricane Ida. However, temperatures for our area are being forecasted to be above normal. A new purchasing policy is that no more than 20% of monthly projected usage will be purchased on the daily index.
There was some discussion about empty houses being occupied and businesses in town.
Collection Bureau of Kansas is requesting permission to pursue legal action on two recently submitted accounts.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to allow Clerk Johnson to sign request to pursue legal action on submitted accounts as presented

An email was received from Nancy Holt that it had been quite a few years since she and Kenny had power washed and stained the gazebo. She has talked to Mr Sutton about FFA doing it as a community project. It was also mentioned that the storm shelters are needing power washed. Council directed to have Rich power wash the gazebo and the storm shelters in the spring, before the school Community Service Day.
The May 2022 through April 2023 Projected Gas Supply Schedule was received today.  

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 4-0 to approve 3 year average and allow Clerk Johnson to sign

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – suggested wayfinding signage for the park, City Hall, etc on Fifth Street for the bike route and other visitors. Also thanked Johnson for writing and submitting for the REDI grant. Thanked Rich for hours and effort on filling pot holes.
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – absent
Councilman Stewart - nothing
Mayor Jurgensen – Park looks good where trees and stumps were removed. Reminded all that election is next month.

OLD BUSINESS
Oak trees donation – Mr Headley said the trees were approximately a foot tall and they are in tubs. After discussion, Council decided to accept donation and put trees on south side of park.
Pond Improvement Project – Rich has asked for a bid on the walkway from Neal Manufacturing three times this past month and hasn’t received. We did receive a bid from Robinson Welding and Fabrication to build and install the walkway in the amount of $7,059.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to accept bid from Robinson Welding and Fabrication to build and install the walkway for $7,059

City Utility Low-Interest Loan update – several customers received another LIEAP payment. All but one of them that was on monthly payments, chose to pay off with this LIEAP payment. Seventy-two of 126 accounts have been paid in full.
American Rescue Plan Act update – The Project and Expenditure Report is now due on April 30, 2022, instead of October 31, 2021 and covers reporting period between award date and March 31, 2022. The portal for submitting reports is not available at this time.
FEMA project update – bids requested last month were submitted. Clerk Johnson reviewed and signed the Damage Description and Dimensions/Scope/Cost on Project 188943 Drainage Ditch today.

NEW BUSINESS
112A Second Street – Last month Mr Kite offered to donate this property to the City. Clerk Johnson looked up legal description, Lot 58 less E 22’ and Lot 59, Block 11, Uniontown. Mayor Jurgensen will verify with Mr Kite.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to accept the donation contingent upon verification of lots and clean title search

Moved by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0, to adjourn at 10:33PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 REVENUE NEUTRAL RATE HEARING, BUDGET HEARING, AND REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Revenue Neutral Rate Hearing on September 14, 2021 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 6:39 PM by Mayor Jurgensen, immediately followed by the Budget Hearing, then the Regular Council Meeting. Council members present were Danea Esslinger, Josh Hartman, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Amanda Lancaster, Diehl, Banwart, Bolton, CPA, City Treasurer, Charlene Bolinger, Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

REVENUE NEUTRAL RATE HEARING
No citizens were present for the hearing.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0 to adopt Resolution No. 2021-0914-1 to levy a property tax rate exceeding the revenue neutral rate

2022 BUDGET HEARING
Clerk Johnson asked for an amendment to a couple line items in the general fund that would not change the total expenditures for that fund – Expenditures - Current Year Estimate for 2021 column, change Library to $900 and Remove Unsafe Structures to $7,250; Proposed Budget Year for 2022 column, change Operating Expenses to $15,300 and Library to $900. The software licensing and support for the library was not considered during the worksession. No citizens were present for the hearing.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0 to adopt the 2022 Budget as amended

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Audit Review – Amanda Lancaster, Diehl, Banwart, Bolton, CPA, presented the 2020 financial audit findings. There were no statutory violations or irregularities.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0 to accept the 2020 financial audit as presented.

CITIZENS REQUEST
None

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger presented the August Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $347,763.13, Receipts $46,926.80, Transfers Out $21,026.00, Expenditures $32,309.84, Checking Account Closing Balance $341,354.09. Bank Statement Balance $343,309.95, including Checking Account Interest of $29.07, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $1,955.86, Reconciled Balance $341,354.09. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $27,004.12, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $17,467.30, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $23,292.56, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $409,118.07. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $254.64 and Utility CDs $231.07 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $485.71. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of August 2021, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. August Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00, from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00, from Water Utility to Capital Improvement-Streets $750.00, from Gas Utility to Capital Improvement-Streets $12,500.00, from Sewer Utility to Capital Improvement-Streets $250.00, from General Fund to Capital Improvement-Street $2,500.00, from General Fund to Lease Purchase Fund-Maintenance Vehicle $500.00, from Water Utility to Lease Purchase Fund-Maintenance Vehicle $500.00, from Gas Utility to Lease Purchase Fund-Maintenance Vehicle $500.00, and from Sewer Utility to Lease Purchase Fund-Maintenance Vehicle $500.00 for Total Transfers of $21,026.00. Net Loss for the month of August $6,409.04, Year-to-Date Net Loss $59,744.38. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $75,567.16 (75.7%), Expenditures $67,355.64 (54.4%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $23,308.69 (67.1%), Expenditures $24,884.15 (57.0%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $113,180.96 (87.6%), Expenditures $209,244.83 (63.3%); General Fund YTD Revenue $93,037.70 (81.3%), Expenditures $97,240.64 (59.2%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $6,012.60 (100.5%), Expenditures $3,686.47 (24.7%). The September 2021 estimated payables in the amount of $28,393.81 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of August 10, 2021 Regular Council Meeting 
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Council was informed that KDHE is asking for water systems to volunteer to quarterly test for PFAS. There was discussion about PFAS and whether to volunteer; however, the deadline to let them know was August 31.  
The solenoid valve had to be replaced again at the master meter. This is the third replacement since 2014. Superintendent Rich would like to stock another one in case of a future failure.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0 to purchase a solenoid valve as a stock part

He received one quote, from Roberts Tree Service, to remove the trees discussed last month. He would remove seven trees, trim one in the easement and remove eight stumps for $5,725.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0 to accept the quote from Roberts Tree Service to remove seven trees, trim one in the easement and remove eight stumps for $5,725

Rich asked if the Council still wanted him to replace two of the gas main shut-off valves. It is budgeted to replace 2-4 this year. He would like to replace the two valves near 201 Hill St. Council gave approval to replace.
He has not ordered culverts for Second and Fulton area. Shipping is costly. Councilman Stewart offered the use of his 16’ trailer to go pick up the culverts instead of shipping them. Council instructed Rich to order several culverts of different sizes.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan updated the Council on ongoing issues. 104 Washington – complaints about backyard, he has been unable to speak with them, a letter will be sent. There were several complaints about dogs the past month; he has not observed them out. 505 Washington – needs grass/weeds letter sent. 307 Sherman – one tree has been removed, the other has been trimmed; complainant has been told that they have complied with our request. 301 Second #1 – the camper has been moved. 202 Fourth – needs mowed by City. 103 Sherman – City mowed, property is in the process of being sold; prospective owners have covered broken window and will keep mowed. 306 Sherman – not mowing their ditches, needs letter sent.  

Clerk Johnson went over recently released 2020 Census Data. Uniontown census increase 21 to 293.
Uniontown High School is having a homecoming parade on September 17. They would like to have First, Second, and Third Streets barricaded for the parade at Clay Street and Fifth Street barricaded just west of the high school parking lot entrance. The parade line up begins at 1:30 and the parade at 2:00

Motion by Esslinger, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0 to barricade First, Second, and Third Streets at Clay Street and Fifth Street just west of the high school parking lot entrance for the homecoming parade

Steve Headley has two oak trees he started from acorns to donate for the pond or the park. Clerk Johnson will ask Mr Headley how big they are. Consensus of council was to put them in the park since we are removing seven; but make sure placement would not interfere with the possibility of the splashpad. Council also asked Superintendent Rich to look into the purchase of 4” trees.

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – absent
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – absent
Councilman Stewart - nothing
Mayor Jurgensen – J Kite would like to donate his vacant lot on Second Street to the City. Clerk Johnson will check on size of lot and legal description and bring back to Council next month when more members are present. Mayor Jurgensen would also like to send a Thank You to Bourbon County Fire District #3 for their participation in the Old Settlers Picnic parade.

OLD BUSINESS
City Building Roof update – the opening for the stove pipe has been cut and the pipe installed. Project is completed. A puddle of water was found on the north side of community building near the furnace room. It was determined that the water wicked in from under the metal siding, not from the roof.
City Utility Low-Interest Loan update – two more accounts have paid in full, another account sold their property and will be billed the balance with the final bill, one account that was billed the balance on their final bill in July has not paid yet. If not paid by October 10 Clerk Johnson will submit to collection agency. Clerk Johnson played a recording of Erik Sartorius, LKM, informed cities of the progress in the investigation of price gouging. Attorney General’s office feels there may have been some violation and merits hiring outside counsel further investigate. He cautioned that even with further investigation cities may not receive any reimbursement.
American Rescue Plan Act update – Clerk Johnson spoke with Jason Solomon from KRWA about smoking/lining the sewer lines. The cost to smoke the lines is just the cost of the oil to create the smoke, approximately $200, because we are members of KRWA. He will put us on their list for some time next year, probably summer as it needs to be dry. He said once we smoke and see where the problems are we can discuss options for stopping the infiltration and that there are less expensive options than lining. He also conducted a sludge profile on the lagoons and reviewed our wastewater testing results. He said our influent biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) was 477 and the total suspended solids (TSS) was 600 in March. The effluent BOD was 24.9 and TSS was 43.2, which is in compliance. He reviewed our sewer system Ordinance No. 33 and Section 506 states “. . .admission into the public sewers of any waters or wastes have (a) a five-day BOD greater than 300 parts per million by weight or (b) containing more than 350 parts per million by weight of suspended solids. . .shall be subject to the review and approval of the Superintendent.” He suggested a conversation with the locker about the amount of blood entering our system on butchering days. He also said that overall our lagoon system is working well and no compliance issues have been identified.
She also asked Kansas Office of Recovery if the purchase/installation of culverts to improve stormwater drainage was an allowed use of ARPA funds. She was referred to the most recent FAQ Section 6 which referred to EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund or Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. She is still researching.
FEMA project update – they are now requesting a bid to restore to pre-disaster condition (without adding riprap, that is considered mitigation). A bid has been requested from the contractor for both the ditch and the corners. As soon as it is received Clerk Johnson is to email to Ms Mitchell and call her to discuss.

NEW BUSINESS
Home Rule Day Proclamation – this year is the 60th anniversary of the implementation of Home Rule in Kansas. Home Rule gives local government, specifically cities, the power to make decisions at the local level based on the unique needs and values of their residents. LKM is encouraging all cities to proclaim October 11, 2021 as Home Rule Day and share the importance of Home Rule with our citizens.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0 to proclaim October 11, 2021 as Home Rule Day

Moved by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0, to adjourn at 8:27PM