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                                                                  November 30               December 13                                                                 December 28

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CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
JULY 12, 2022 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on July 12, 2022 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 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
Open Bids for School Pond Improvement Project – no bids received. Clerk Johnson will reach out to Don George, KDWPT, to determine next step.

2022 Financial Audit presentation – auditor is still waiting on an answer from the state for clarification on the budgeting of the gas utility loan repayments. She will present next month.

Ruritan Bathroom Project, Raymond “Skeet” George – Mr George showed the council samples for the stall partitions (his choice navy graphite) and asked about color for the epoxy for the floor (his choice maroon). His choice will be okay for bother, recommended a dark color for the floor. The sidewalk to the facility was poured today and they will put up the rafters tomorrow. Clerk Johnson asked for clarification on the concrete invoices for the sidewalks.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to pay Uniontown Ruritan for half of the concrete invoices, $859.29, for sidewalks

CITIZENS REQUEST
None

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger presented the June 2022 Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $343,297.29, Receipts $68,014.78, Transfers Out $5,026.00, Expenditures $34,520.81, Checking Account Closing Balance $371,765.26. Bank Statement Balance $375,547.36, including Checking Account Interest of $30.03, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $3,782.10, Reconciled Balance $371,765.26. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $30,100.97, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $18,593.23, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $28,381.43, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $448,840.89. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $176.59, and Utility CDs $168.40 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $344.99. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of June 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. June Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00 and to Lease Purchase Fund-Maint Vehicle $500.00; from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00 and to Lease Purchase Fund-Maint Vehicle $500.00; from Gas Utility Fund to Lease Purchase Fund-Maint Vehicle $500.00; from General Fund to Lease Purchase Fund-Maint Vehicle $500.00, Total Transfers of $5,026.00. Net Income for the month of June $28,467.97, Year-to-Date Net Income $48,021.76. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $54,478.97 (51.7%), Expenditures $52,887.27 (40.5%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $17,479.06 (49.0%), Expenditures $21,248.5 (51.8%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $84,275.58 (60.4%), Expenditures $77,231.68 (31.5%); General Fund YTD Revenue $94,259.14 (73.4%), Expenditures $78,216.43 (47.3%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $3,578.39 (52.2%), Expenditures $1,041.18 (9.8%). The July 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $25,923.51 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of June 14, 2022 Regular Council Meeting and June 29, 2022 Budget Worksession
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Superintendent Rich reported KDOT was here for a Safety Inspection. He has corrected all items discussed during the inspection.  
It is time for lead and copper testing of the water system.  
The water and sewer lines for the Ruritan bathroom project was discussed.  
Lightning struck the telemetry at Redfield pump station at 2:37AM, 7/12/2022.
Councilmembers thank him for park looking so nice for the Independence Day Bash. Councilwoman Kelly inquired if Rich was keeping up without help this summer. He has not fogged for mosquitos yet this year and there have been no complaints.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported that demolition has started at 404 Washington. We still have not received a list of planned rehabilitation and timeline. Clerk Johnson will reach out to partners.  
He has not received anything from the attorney regarding the Smith Estate. Clerk Johnson will follow-up.

Clerk Johnson informed the council that KMU will be hosting a water training at Uniontown Community Center on November 1. It is on lead and copper revised rule and surface water treatment. It is free and attendees will receive 5 CEUs.

Motion by Esslinger, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to approve Bobby Rich attending if he so chooses

A letter was received from League of Kansas Municipalities asking the governing body to thank our legislators for supporting local government.
The response to KCC notice of probable noncompliance identified during the KCC inspection in May was reviewed and our response and proposed plan of action was accepted with no recommendation for civil penalty.

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – BBCO REDI is planning a visioning session and asked for which of the three suggested dates (August 23, August 30, or September 13) will work for our governing body. August 23 or 30 will work. Once plans are finalized council members will let Clerk Johnson know if they are attending in order to notify the public of a possible quorum. He also asked Clerk Johnson to send him the KMGA Regional Meeting particulars again. 403 Sherman has a complaint about water readings and usage. Clerk Johnson will send information on the readings and consumption to him to go over with citizen.
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – pothole on Fifth St is getting bigger. Superintendent Rich is adding gravel often until he can get some saturock ordered.  
Councilman Stewart – nothing
Mayor Jurgensen – a thank you note for Union State Bank was passed around for signatures. Clerk Johnson will take to bank tomorrow.  

OLD BUSINESS
American Rescue Plan Act update – We have received $40,288.82 and will be used for upgrade to the warehouse and/or bathrooms at City Hall. All funds must be encumbered by December 31, 2024 and expended by December 31, 2026. Coyan developed a drawing and specs for the bathroom upgrade and is soliciting contractors to bid. He is also soliciting contractors to bid on the re-skinning of the warehouse, replacement of east rollup door and addition of rollup door on south.

Street Repair – Mayor Jurgensen had a map of suggested areas to resurface – S Washington St from First St south to Chaffin St, Sherman St from Second St south to Union St, Third St from Sherman St east to Fulton St, Seventh St from Washington St east to Sherman St, a few feet of Sherman St south of Seventh St, Third St from Fulton St east to Clay St. It was suggested to mill and compact gravel certain sections then overlay next year to repair sinking areas. An invitation for bids will be published. Clerk Johnson will contact SEK Regional Planning Commission to see if there are grant funds available for city streets.

NEW BUSINESS
2023 Budget – mil rate last year was 36.899, council intends to exceed revenue neutral rate but lower the mil from last year.  

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to notify County Clerk that the City of Uniontown intends to exceed the Revenue Neutral Rate and will hold a Revenue Neutral Rate Hearing on September 12, 2022 at 6:45PM at the Uniontown Community Center and the proposed mil rate is 35.312

Clerk Johnson will send notice to the county clerk.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 5-0 to enter into executive session pursuant to non-elected personnel matters exception, KSA 4319(b)(1), in order to discuss performance of non-elected personnel, the open meeting to resume at 9:10PM.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to extend executive session pursuant to non-elected personnel matters exception, KSA 4319(b)(1), in order to discuss performance on non-elected personnel, the open meeting to resume at 9:20PM

Open meeting resumed at 9:20PM. There was discussion on the social media posting regarding the impound kennel and the subsequent vandalism at the kennel. Council will gather more information and leave the kennel where it is for now and revisit the issue next month.

Moved by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 9:56PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
JUNE 29, 2022 COUNCIL WORKSESSION
The Council Worksession on June 29, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 6:00 PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger, and Josh Hartman. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting was City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger.

Three proposed options for the general fund budget were discussed – leave the mil the same, lower the mil, or use the revenue neutral rate mil. A proposed budget of all other budgeted funds was discussed. The council will decide at the July 12, 2022 regular council meeting to exceed revenue neutral rate for 2023.

Moved by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 3-0, to adjourn at 7:15PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
JUNE 14, 2022 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on June 14, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 6:00 PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger (6:04), Josh Hartman, Amber Kelly, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Don George, KDWPT, 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, Skeet George – Mr George was unable to attend. The concrete for the bathroom has been poured with floor drains. Anticipate pouring the concrete for the sidewalk on June 17 or 18 depending on help available.

CITIZENS REQUEST
None

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger presented the May 2022 Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $374,736.00, Receipts $44,285.81, Transfers Out $12,776.00, Expenditures $62,948.52, Checking Account Closing Balance $343,297.29. Bank Statement Balance $343,897.73, including Checking Account Interest of $30.53, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $600.44, Reconciled Balance $343,297.29. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $30,063.99, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $18,566.16, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $28,346.12, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $420,273.56. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $146.56, and Utility CDs $74.84 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $221.40. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of May 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. May 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; from General Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $2,500.00, Total Transfers of $12,776.00. Net Loss for the month of May $31,438.71, Year-to-Date Net Income $19,553.79. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $45,047.13 (42.7%), Expenditures $44,930.06 (34.4%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $14,459.23 (40.5%), Expenditures $18,189.7 (44.3%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $79,699.68 (57.1%), Expenditures $63,501.51 (25.9%); General Fund YTD Revenue $69,133.52 (53.8%), Expenditures $64,719.69 (39.2%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $3,578.39 (52.2%), Expenditures $397.28 (3.7%). The June 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $35,545.46 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of May 10, 2022 Regular Council Meeting and May 25, 2022 Ordinance-ARPA Worksession
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Superintendent Rich reported that a freeze proof hydrant was installed at the fire station for the automatic watering system that is to be installed. Fire District #3 wants to know who is paying for that (approximately $140).

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to see if Park Committee will pay and if not pay out of Parks and Recreation line of the General Fund

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported that a certified letter has been sent to owner of 404 Washington. Clerk Johnson reported that the letter has not been picked up yet and is on its way back. She will send another to owner in care of partner in rehabbing property. 202 Fourth St had a “Mow Your Yard” sign posted. Tenant came in angry and stated he wouldn’t mow the ditch. A certified letter was sent to property owner. They refused to pick up. Bobby mowed/trimmed, an invoice was sent with the original certified letter enclosed.
Coyan will draw up specs for the ADA bathroom at City Hall and try to find a contractor. He will also gather some quotes for reskinning the warehouse and putting in the rollup door on the south end.
Draft ordinances for fence regulations, accessory buildings regulations, and establishing trash and physical waste service were presented for first reading.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 5-0 to pass and approved Ordinance No. 197 An Ordinance Establishing Regulations for Fences within the City Limits of Uniontown, Kansas; Exceptions, Ordinance No. 198 An Ordinance Establishing Regulations for Accessory Buildings within the City Limits of Uniontown, Kansas; Exceptions, and Ordinance No. 199 An Ordinance Establishing Trash and Physical Waste Service within City Limits of Uniontown, Kansas; Exceptions.

Council asked for an invitation for bids or request for proposals be drafted for the trash service by next meeting.

Clerk Johnson presented a Memorandum of Understanding with Healthy Bourbon County Action Team for the Placemaking grant for the pickleball court and/or outdoor exercise equipment.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0 to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between Healthy Bourbon County Action Team and City of Uniontown for Placemaking grant for the pickleball court and/or outdoor exercise equipment.

Resolution No. 2022-0614-1 Adopting the Kansas Homeland Security Region H Hazard Mitigation Plan was presented.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0 to adopt Resolution No. 2022-0614-1 Adopting the Kansas Homeland Security Region H Hazard Mitigation Plan

Copier maintenance agreement annual renewal was presented; $25 increase this year.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to accept the annual renewal of copier maintenance agreement with Modern Copy Systems for $325

Budget worksession was scheduled for June 29, 6PM, food will be provided. Clerk Johnson will send out text reminder.
Independence Day Bash, sponsored by Union State Bank, will be held on July 1 this year instead of July 3. Portapotties have been ordered. Clerk Johnson said she ordered them for Old Settlers also, just in case the new restrooms are not finished.
Citywide yard sales date was set for Saturday, August 20. Clerk Johnson will put flyer in with billings.
Collection Bureau of Kansas is requesting authorization for legal action for collection of utility account 1017005.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to authorize Collection Bureau of Kansas to pursue legal action for collection of utility account 1017005

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – nothing
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – nothing
Councilman Stewart – four-wheelers are speeding and tearing up the railroad right-of-way.
Mayor Jurgensen – Gas Liaison meeting is scheduled for June 22, 2022, 5PM, at community center.

OLD BUSINESS
Pond Improvement Project – Invitations for bids were mailed to seven contractors on May 25 and published on May 28 to be received by noon, June 14. No bids were received. Some of the contractors wanted some clarification of specifications in the bid. Don George, KDWPT, advised us on some more specific specifications for the project – 4”-6” riprap, 1’ deep, 8’ wide with 2-3’ below waterline, riprap and weed barrier will be provided on site, designated area to haul excess dirt will be railroad right-of-way at First and Clay Streets, and remove broken part of splashblock and riprap below tube instead of concrete repair of splashblock. Pond level can be pumped or siphoned down, if needed. A new invitation for bids will be written and sent out. The rock the county had already delivered is too large for riprap; although, some could be used to build a shelf for the riprap. There is plenty of time. We can ask for an extension, if necessary. There is some moss on the pond. Mr George will check if there are any grass carp available to put in the pond.

American Rescue Plan Act update – The second tranche of $20,144.41 was received on June 13, making the total received $40,288.82. This will be used to upgrade the warehouse or an ADA compliant restroom at City Hall.

Street Repair – Mayor Jurgensen spoke with the county June 14; per the county counselor, they cannot asphalt our streets as they are not allowed to compete with private industry. Killough will be working in the area in the fall. We will contact them, Bailey’s Asphalt (did school parking lots), and Bettis for quotes.

NEW BUSINESS
None

Moved by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 7:47PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
MAY 25, 2022 COUNCIL WORKSESSION
The Council Worksession on May 25, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 6:00 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 was City Clerk Sally Johnson.

Several samples of ordinances, invitation for bids, and requests for proposals for citywide trash service were reviewed. The draft ordinance received from City Attorney was discussed and tweaked to fit the city’s needs.
Regulations for storage/accessory buildings including carports, storage containers, and fences was discussed.
Clerk Johnson will draft ordinances for all of the above for first reading at the June 14 regular meeting.

America Rescue Plan Act funds were discussed. Funds can be used for any government services or water/sewer. Use of these funds for different items were discussed and prioritized – warehouse upgrades, streets, sewer infiltration.

Moved by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 8:45PM