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 31
        September 13                                                              September 28
         October 11                                                                    October 26    November 8, rescheduled for November 7                    November 30               December 13                                                                 December 28

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CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
OCTOBER 11, 2022 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on October 11, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:00PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger (7:02), Amber Kelly, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Raymond George (Uniontown Ruritan), Kyle Knight (Knight’s Tree Service), City Superintendent Bobby Rich, City Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Ruritan Bathroom Project, Raymond “Skeet” George – Painting is supposed to be finished, electrician should be in next week. He is trying to get LACO to donate the guttering. Hopeful to have it finished by next month. Clerk Johnson asked what times they wanted to have the locks set to unlock/lock - during central standard time, 7am-5pm, during central daylight time, 7am-10pm. Signage for the doors needs to be ordered. Council directed clerk to order blue background with braille.

Kyle Knight, Knight’s Tree Service, suggested trimming tree canopy over Washington Street from First Street to Seventh Street, Sherman Street from Fifth Street to Sixth Street, and the one tree on Sixth Street west of Methodist Church.  

Motion by Kelly, Second by Ervin, Approved 4-0 to get quotes for trimming canopy over Washington Street from First Street to Seventh Street, Sherman Street from Fifth Street to Sixth Street, and the one tree on Sixth Street west of Methodist Church to a height of 18’ and back from street to main trunk and to be able to start within 10 days, not to exceed $3,500.

CITIZENS REQUEST
East Coast Trip Fundraiser – a group of junior high students are raising funds to take a trip to Washington DC, Mount Vernon, and Gettysburg in July 2023. They are asking for donations to defray the cost. The City of Uniontown historically does not donate tax revenue to fundraisers except the Send Off Seniors after graduation party.

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger presented the September 2022 Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $363,858.59, Receipts $42,963.45, Transfers Out $3,026.00, Expenditures $35,368.83, Checking Account Closing Balance $368,427.21. Bank Statement Balance $369,935.26, including Checking Account Interest of $30.37, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $1,508.05, Reconciled Balance $368,427.21. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $30,127.37, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $18,621.26, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $28,406.10, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $445,581.94. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $269.90, and Utility CDs $253.30 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $523.20. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of September 2022, 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 Income for the month of September $4,568.62, Year-to-Date Net Income $44,683.71. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $86,225.64 (81.8%), Expenditures $82,163.60 (62.9%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $26,324.90 (73.7%), Expenditures $28,239.03 (68.9%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $105,077.39 (75.3%), Expenditures $111,413.74 (45.4%); General Fund YTD Revenue $127,710.65 (99.4%), Expenditures $109,019.30 (66.0%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $5625.70 (82.1%), Expenditures $7,768.61 (73.1%). The October 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $33,126.10 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Ervin, Second by Esslinger, Approved 4-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of September 13, 2022, Revenue Neutral Rate Hearing, Budget Hearing and Regular Council Meeting
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Lead and Copper additional sample results have been received. KDHE has invalidated the first sample results from 601 Fifth St and replaced it with the new sample results. They will not accept the two additional samples as they are not on our approved site sampling plan. KDHE is hosting a Public Meeting for Public Water Supply Lead and Copper Rule Implementation. Clerk Johnson asked if Superintendent Rich and she could attend on October 12, 2022 in Chanute from 1-3PM. Council gave permission for both to attend.
The east rollup door at the barn will not raise – one of the overhead springs is broken and both springs need replaced. Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan will forward some recommendations for making repairs.
Rich thanked the Council for the vacation time.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported Smith Estate demolition is progressing and he feels they should have completed by the end of the month.

Clerk Johnson reminded Council that the November regular meeting was rescheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 7PM. Councilmember Ervin and Kelly will be unable to attend.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0 to reschedule November regular meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 7PM due to possible lack of quorum.

Clerk Johnson will post the rescheduled date and put in the newsletter and on the billing cards.
Bourbon County REDI Visioning Session II was rescheduled to October 12, 2022, 5:30PM, at Uniontown High School Commons Area. RSVP by 10/10/22. Jurgensen, Ervin, Stewart, and maybe Esslinger will attend. Johnson will post the possible quorum attending and that no city business will be discussed. She will also RSVP even though date has passed.

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – his Midwest Fertilizer email is no longer valid as he has changed jobs.
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – absent
Councilwoman Kelly – has anyone claimed the stray black/white collie mix? Animal Control Officer has been trying to catch, but unable to get close enough.  
Councilman Stewart – has some recommendations for outdoor exercise equipment.
Mayor Jurgensen –USD 235 has some surplus chairs that they are giving away. He had Rich get all he could for the Community Center, 54. We will check to see if there is going to be any more available, then decide what to do with the metal folding chairs we currently have.

OLD BUSINESS
School Pond Project – Per Don George, KDWPT, we do not have to send out for bids again. Two quotes were received for the placement of riprap – Eden Landscaping, $20,540, and Mix Contracting, $9,360.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0 to award contract to Mix Contracting, $9,360

Timing of starting will have to be coordinated with Bourbon County Public Works (supplying 4”-6” rock) and Mix Contracting.

Placemaking Survey – Mayor Jurgensen has formed a committee for selecting outdoor exercise equipment and will be meeting soon.  

American Rescue Plan Act update – no other quotes were received for the ADA restroom upgrade at City Hall. Clerk Johnson will reach out to French Plumbing to see if he is still interested in submitting a quote.

Trunk or Treat is scheduled for October 31. Clerk Johnson purchased three bags of mini tootsie pops. Amber Kelly will distribute on behalf of the City. Flu Shot Clinic, Monday, October 17 at Community Center. November 1, KMU will conduct a water training on Lead and Copper Revised Rule and Surface Water Treatment.

NEW BUSINESS
None

Moved by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0, to adjourn at 8:43PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 REVENUE NEUTRAL RATE HEARING, BUDGET HEARING, REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on September 13, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 6:46PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Danea Esslinger, Josh Hartman, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Raymond George (Uniontown Ruritan), City Superintendent Bobby Rich, City Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Revenue Neutral Rate Hearing – no citizens had questions. A roll call vote was taken to approve Resolution No. 2022-0913-1 a resolution of the City of Uniontown, Kansas to levy a property tax rate exceeding the revenue neutral rate.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved - Roll Call Vote: Jess Ervin – absent, no vote; Danea Esslinger – Yea; Josh Hartman – Yea; Amber Kelly – absent, no vote; Bradley Stewart – Yea - to adopt Resolution No. 2022-0913-1 a resolution of the City of Uniontown, Kansas to levy a property tax rate exceeding the revenue neutral rate

2023 Budget Hearing – no citizens had questions.

Motion by Stewart, Second by Hartman, Approved 3-0 to approve the 2023 Budget as presented

Ruritan Bathroom Project, Raymond “Skeet” George – Mr George asked for a recess to view the building.

Motion by Stewart, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0 to recess 5 minutes to view the progress of the project.

Open meeting resumed at 6:55PM. Mr George stated that the locksmith would be here next week to train city staff on the operation of the automated locks and signs for the doors need to be ordered by the City.

CITIZENS REQUEST
None

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger presented the August 2022 Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $369,629.63, Receipts $39,795.82, Transfers Out $12,776.00, Expenditures $32,790.86, Checking Account Closing Balance $363,858.59. Bank Statement Balance $372,642.97, including Checking Account Interest of $31.51, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $8,784.38, Reconciled Balance $363.858.59. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $30,127.37, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $18,621.26, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $28,406.10, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $441,013.32. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $239.53, and Utility CDs $253.30 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $492.83. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of August 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. August Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00 and to Capital Improvement-Streets $250.00; from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00 and to Capital Improvement-Streets $750.00; from Gas Utility Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $6,250.00; and from General Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $1,250.00, Total Transfers of $12,776.00. Net Loss for the month of August $5,771.04, Year-to-Date Net Income $40,115.09. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $75,584.05 (71.7%), Expenditures $72,465.47 (55.5%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $23,398.40 (65.5%), Expenditures $24,984.53 (60.9%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $99,257.20 (71.1%), Expenditures $104,020.67 (42.4%); General Fund YTD Revenue $107,261.48 (83.5%), Expenditures $97,997.60 (59.3%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $5625.70 (82.1%), Expenditures $1,041.18 (9.8%). The September 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $34,228.03 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of August 9, 2022 Regular Council Meeting
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Superintendent Rich informed Council he would be taking vacation and has asked Eddie Tanner to cover for him. 

Motion by Esslinger, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0 to have Eddie Tanner cover for Bobby Rich while on vacation and start on September 22, to review duties with Rich

Lead and Copper results have been received. One had a high copper level. Jeff Lamfers, KRWA, has been working with us on what is needed to correct this. He has suggested a letter to KDHE to invalidate the sample as it was not taken from a source commonly used for human consumption.  

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approve 3-0 to send letter to KDHE requesting invalidation of the sample that included the high copper reading

John George, Ag Engineering, would like to purchase bulk cold patch from us for his drive. After discussion, it was determined that we wouldn’t have any to sell.
Superintendent Rich was thanked for all hard work this summer.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported Smith Estate is in the process of demolition by the family. 103 Third Street has poured their ADA sidewalk. Noticed the dog pen was gone from 204 Second St. Dog owner moved out of town in June. He will try again to connect with tenant at 301 Second #1 about yard debris. Most yards looked good for Old Settlers weekend.  

Clerk Johnson reported that the BBCO Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic on October 17, 2022, 9:30-10:30AM at the community center, flyer will be included with newsletter. She reminded Council that the November regular council meeting has been rescheduled for November 15, 7PM due to election day on November 8.
Randy Rathbun and Mary Pemberton powerwashed the rock posts, shelters, and gazebo in the park before Old Settlers. Randy said there were 12 rock posts that were not engraved and would like to sponsor three if not more than $225 each. Mayor Jurgensen thought that the engraving was for “Old Settler” families and suggested we contact someone involved in the park improvement project to find out before checking into current cost of engraving.
Collection Bureau of Kansas is requesting permission to pursue legal action on our account 1078003.

Motion by Esslinger, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0 to allow Collection Bureau of Kansas to pursue legal action on our account 1078003

Bourbon County REDI is pursuing a Rural Champions grant for planning and technical assistance to improve affordable housing in the County. They are requesting a letter of support from the City.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0 to send letter of support of Bourbon County REDI’s application for a Rural Champion grant to improve affordable housing in the County

Bourbon County REDI is hosting a Visioning Session II on September 29, 2022, 6PM, at Uniontown High School Commons Area. RSVP by 9/26/22. Jurgensen, Ervin, Esslinger, Stewart, and Johnson attended the first session. Ervin and Johnson will be out of town for this one. If any of the others plan to attend, they are to let Clerk Johnson know before 9/26 and she will RSVP.
Reminded all that League of Kansas Municipalities Annual Conference is coming up.

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – absent
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – absent  
Councilman Stewart – asked to have First Missionary Baptist Church revival information put in the next newsletter. Starts October 9, three evenings.
Mayor Jurgensen – asked for a quote from Knight’s Tree Service (a new business in town) to take down and remove debris from tree in easement at Second and Fulton Sts. The quote was for $1,000. He has insurance and if hired his insurance requires a copy of the contract for services before releasing certificate of insurance.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0 to hire Knight’s Tree Service to remove tree and clean up debris from tree in easement at Second and Fulton Sts, stump will not be ground, for $1,000

Bus drivers are also complaining about the number of limbs hanging low over street, predominantly Washington Street. We will request quotes to have trees trimmed.

OLD BUSINESS
Placemaking Survey – only three responses to the survey. Mayor Jurgensen had two responses given to him. All three stated they wanted both, a pickleball court and outdoor exercise equipment, but none of them specified specific equipment. Mayor Jurgensen asked why the students never completed the cornhole area. We were never informed as to why the project based learning project wasn’t completed. Mayor Jurgensen will convene a committee of 5-6 community members to determine which exercise equipment to get quotes. There was discussion as to whether to concrete the whole area or just the pickleball court.  

American Rescue Plan Act update – one quote has been received for the ADA upgrade of city hall bathrooms. Another plumber has viewed the site and taken information to prepare a quote. Another contractor has indicated to Coyan that they will be in to view and prepare a quote. We may have to request sealed bids for this project.

NEW BUSINESS
None

Moved by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0, to adjourn at 8:28PM