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.



2023 MEETING SCHEDULE                                        Utility Hearing Dates

         January 10                                                                    January 25
         February 14                                                                  February 22
           March 14                                                                         March 29
            April 11                                                                          April 26
            May 9                                                                          May 31
           June 13                                                                         June 28
           July 11                                                                           July 26
          August 8                                                                       August 30
        September 12                                                              September 27
         October 10                                                                    October 25                November 14                                                                November 29                December 13                                                                December 27

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This November we will be voting for three council seats currently held by Danea Esslinger, Josh Hartman, and Bradley Stewart.  Only one person, Danea Esslinger, filed for election.  If you would be interested in serving your community, it's not too late!  You can run as a write-in candidate.  Get out there and let your friends and neighbors know that you are interested in being a councilmember and ask them to write you in!

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
AUGUST 8, 2023 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on August 8, 2023 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:02PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger, Josh Hartman (8:08), Amber Kelly, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Amanda Lancaster (Diehl, Banwart, Bolton), Mary Pemberton, Joe George, Betsie Binford (Old Settlers Committee), Mary Pillion (Old Settlers Committee), Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.  

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Amanda Lancaster, Diehl, Banwart, Bolton – Amanda Lancaster gave a presentation of the 2022 financial audit.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Esslinger, Approved 4-0 to accept the 2022 financial audit as presented

CITIZENS REQUEST
Mary Pemberton passed on comments she has heard about the City not having 30AMP or 50AMP receptacles in the park for food trucks/vendors. Clerk will reach out to other cities. She will get a quote for installations of 2 receptacles and put on the agenda to discuss further at the next meeting.

Joe George complained about “dirty”, sandy water, but tastes OK. His filter has been very dark. Superintendent Rich will flush the lines as soon as all of C2’s broken lines have been repaired and flushed.

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger present the July 2023 Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $399,740.95, Receipts $35,731.67, Transfers Out $3,026.00, Expenditures $25,392.09, Checking Account Closing Balance $407,054.53. Bank Statement Balance $407,937.32, including Checking Account Interest of $85.04, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $882.79, Reconciled Balance $407,054.53. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $33,283.27, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $19,889.95, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $33,559.71, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $493,787.46. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $545.35, and Utility CDs $331.95 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $877.30. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of July 2023, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. July Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00; from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00; for Total Transfers of $3,026.00. Net Income for the month of July $7,313.58, Year-to-Date Net Income $63,502.56. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $69,373.71 (56.8%), Expenditures $66,903.65 (41.8%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $21,771.23 (59.1%), Expenditures $17,537.62 (42.6%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $94,208.55 (60.1%), Expenditures $68,835.85 (30.6%); General Fund YTD Revenue $129,221.13 (86.3%), Expenditures $94,088.90 (50.9%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $6,040.03 (81.0%), Expenditures $0 (0%). The August 2023 estimated payables in the amount of $40,651.43 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Kelly, Second by Ervin, Approved 4-0, to approve Consent Agenda as amended:
Minutes of July 11, 2023 Regular Council Meeting and July 18, 2023 Budget Worksession
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

Motion by Ervin, Second by Stewart, Approved 4-0 to enter into executive session pursuant to data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of second parties matters exception, KSA 4319(b)(4), in order to discuss economic development that pertains to private financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships, with the open meeting to resume at 7:53, include Sally Johnson.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0 to extend executive session pursuant to data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of second parties matters exception, KSA 4319(b)(4), in order to continue to discuss economic development that pertains to private financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships, with the open meeting to resume at 8:10, include Mary Pemberton and Sally Johnson.
Mary Pemberton out at 8:09.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0 to extend executive session pursuant to data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of second parties matters exception, KSA 4319(b)(4), in order to continue to discuss economic development that pertains to private financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships, with the open meeting to resume at 8:23, include Sally Johnson.

Open meeting resumed at 8:23, no action from executive session.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
City Superintendent Rich reported that the boards holding the electrical receptacles need replaced. Mayor Jurgensen asked that he continue mosquito fogging – this week, skip a week, then next two weeks in a row.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported that most property owners had cleaned up after the two storms in July. Locations that need his attention this month are 201 Second St-fence; 301 Second St #1-pile of debris on west side; 405 Hill-debris in backyard and shingles; 102 Franklin-dead tree/grass/weeds; 505 Washington has been mowed; 303 Second-grass; and 505 Wall-vehicle is not properly registered/flat tires. Unfit structure hearing for 404 Washington is September 12. Council asked if there were anymore stray dogs in town; seems to be an influx of stray cats and armadillos.

Clerk Johnson reported on the KMGA Regional Meeting.
She asked to attend CCMFOA Region 7 Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control Training in Olathe on October 6, registration cost is $25.

Motion by Kelly, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to allow Sally Johnson to attend CCMFOA Region 7 Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control Training in Olathe on October 6, registration fee $25

Mayor Jurgensen asked her to contact Bettis Construction for a timeline on starting our street project.

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

OLD BUSINESS
Mural Grant – an update was given. We have received 75% of grant funds and 100% of donations pledged. Mural is finished.

Placemaking Project – One of the suggestions from the community engagement was to add a baby changing station to restroom facilities.

Motion by Kelly, Second by Esslinger, Approved 4-1 (Stewart) to purchase a baby changing station from AmeraProducts, Inc for the women’s restroom

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan will acquire a quote for the concrete slab for the pickleball court. Other amenities for the area were discussed. Clerk Johnson will send an update to Rachel Carpenter, Health Bourbon County Action Team.

NEW BUSINESS
Old Settlers event insurance – 

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to donate $300 in lieu of portapotties to the Old Settlers Committee

Review and update Capital Improvement Plan – after discussion, remove replace/purchase City maintenance vehicle, as it has been purchased, and purchase/install a chlorination system for the water distribution system, as it is not a priority now, and add refurbish the warehouse into Public Works space. Leave the rest as is.

Motion by Kelly, Second by Ervin, Approved 5-0 to transfer the $10,000 in the fund for the chlorinator to refurbish the warehouse

Motion by Hartman, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0 to adopt the Capital Improvement Plan as amended

Moved by Kelly, Second by Ervin, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 10:10PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
JULY 18, 2023 BUDGET WORKSESSION
The Budget Worksession on July 18, 2023 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 5:30PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger, Josh Hartman, Amber Kelly, and Brad Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

Budget worksession

Council was presented with a 2024 proposed budget. It was reviewed and amended to have the same mill rate as last year, which will exceed the revenue neutral rate. It was agreed upon to send notice to County Clerk of intent to exceed revenue neutral rate and set the revenue neutral rate hearing to begin at 6:45PM on September 12, 2023, to be immediately followed by the budget hearing, then the regular council meeting. Session ended at 7:48PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
JULY 11, 2023 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on July 11, 2023 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:00PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Danea Esslinger (7:02), Josh Hartman, Amber Kelly, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Dakota Harris, Tim Nuckolls Agency, Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.  

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Dakota Harris – Tim Nuckolls Agency– Mr Harris gave a presentation of GlobeLife benefits. Consensus was that we would not add any benefits at this time.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 4-0 to make the following appointments/designations:
City Clerk/Municipal Court Clerk – Sally Johnson; City Treasurer – Charlene Bolinger; Municipal Judge – Patricia Miklos-Boyd; Municipal Prosecutor – Chase Vaughn; City Newspaper – The Fort Scott Tribune; and Official Bank – Union State Bank, Uniontown.

Oath of office was administered to Johnson and Bolinger. Johnson will administer oath to judge and prosecutor at next court session.

CITIZENS REQUEST

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger present the June 2023 Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $356,954.32, Receipts $75,670.19, Transfers Out $3,012.77, Expenditures $29,870.79, Checking Account Closing Balance $399,740.95. Bank Statement Balance $402,032.87, including Checking Account Interest of $81.25, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $2,291.92, Reconciled Balance $399,740.95. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $33,283.27, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $19,889.95, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $33,559.71, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $486,473.88. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $460.31, and Utility CDs $331.95 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $792.26. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of June 2023, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. June Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00, to Lease Purchase-Maint Vehicle $(3.31); from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00, to Lease Purchase-Maint Vehicle $(3.31); from Gas Utility Fund to Lease Purchase-Maint Vehicle $(3.31); from General Fund to Lease Purchase-Maint Vehicle $(3.30); for Total Transfers of $3,012.77. Net Income for the month of June $42,786.63, Year-to-Date Net Income $56,188.98. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $58626.68 (48.0%), Expenditures $56,043.66 (35.0%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $18,250.72 (49.5%), Expenditures $16,134.02 (39.2%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $89,262.73 (57.0%), Expenditures $62,070.25 (27.6%); General Fund YTD Revenue $118,401.36 (79.1%), Expenditures $85,279.90 (46.0%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $3,967.49 (53.2%), Expenditures $0 (0%). The July 2023 estimated payables in the amount of $24,426.87were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Kelly, Second by Esslinger, Approved 4-0, to approve Consent Agenda as amended:
Minutes of June 21, 2023 Regular Council Meeting
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
City Superintendent Rich had nothing to report. Mayor Jurgensen asked him to take 4 sets of barricades to 75th street for the baseball tournament this weekend.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan presented the Statement of Enforcing Officer regarding 404 Washington St.  

Motion by Hartman, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0 to adopt Resolution 2023-0711-1 a Resolution fixing a time and place and providing for notice of a hearing before the Governing Body of the City of Uniontown, Kansas, at which the owner, his or her agent, lienholders of record, occupants and other parties in interest of structures located within said city and described herein may appear and show cause why such structure should not be condemned and ordered repaired or demolished as an unsafe or dangerous structure.

The sewer issue at 305 Clay has been resolved and the dead tree at 505 Wall will be removed as soon as contractor can remove it. Councilmember Kelly asked about household items being stored in a carport. Clerk Johnson has already spoken with the party.

Clerk Johnson asked for voting delegate/alternate voting delegate for League of Kansas Municipalities.

Motion by Kelly, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to designate Jess Ervin as voting delegate and Amber Kelly as alternate voting delegate

Johnson reminded governing body to let her know if any wished to attend the League of Kansas Municipalities Conference in October or the Regional Meeting on July 27 in Pittsburg.  
She also reminded them of the Budget Worksession scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, 5:30PM.

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – absent
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – asked if the stone post on her property has any historical significance and if it can be removed. It was suggested she take a picture of the stone and contact the Bourbon County Historical Society to see if there is any historical significance and whether it can be removed.
Councilman Stewart – nothing
Mayor Jurgensen – nothing  

OLD BUSINESS
KMGA Supply Management – we received an email about the executive directors’ decision to partner with WoodRiver Energy. Dixie Riedel called on July 6 to explain that the default purchasing method would be a blend of fixed and first-of-month pricing but each member could tailor their portfolio with all fixed, all first-of-month, or a blend.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 4-0 to use the default purchasing method for our portfolio

Johnson will contact Dixie tomorrow with this decision.

Mural Grant – an update was given.

Placemaking Project – an update on the success of the booth at Independence Day Bash was given.

NEW BUSINESS
Fall Cleanup – 

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 4-0 to provide three dumpsters August 28-31, 8am-8pm, until filled. When full, dumpsters will be removed.

Moved by Kelly, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0, to adjourn at 8:24PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
JUNE 21, 2023 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on June 21, 2023 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:09PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger, Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson. Agenda was amended to add June 11, 20223 Regular Council Meeting Lack of Quorum Minutes to Consent Agenda and add executive session for non-elected personnel to New Business.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS

CITIZENS REQUEST

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger present the May 2023 Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $355,428.10, Receipts $43.095.32, Transfers Out $12,776.00, Expenditures $28,793.74, Checking Account Closing Balance $356,954.32. Bank Statement Balance $358,676.30, including Checking Account Interest of $76.74, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $1,721.98, Reconciled Balance $356,954.32. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $33,277.43, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $19,889.95, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $33,553.87, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $443,675.57. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $379.06, and Utility CDs $320.27 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $699.33. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of May 2023, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. May Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00, to Capital Improvement-Streets $250.00; from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00, 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; for Total Transfers of $12,776.00. Net Income for the month of May $1,526.22, Year-to-Date Net Income $13,402.35. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $47,363.38 (38.8%), Expenditures $47,039.79 (29.4%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $15,020.06 (40.7%), Expenditures $13,875.83 (33.7%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $83,458.17 (53.3%), Expenditures $54,146.88 (24.1%); General Fund YTD Revenue $66,560.78 (44.4%), Expenditures $72,081.77 (38.9%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $3,937.49 (52.8%), Expenditures $0 (0%). The June 2023 estimated payables in the amount of $29,959.34 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Ervin, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0, to approve Consent Agenda as amended:
Minutes of May 9, 2023 Regular Council Meeting, June 11, 2023 Regular Council Meeting Lack of Quorum Minutes
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
City Superintendent Rich asked if the Council wanted a load of saturock ordered to repair potholes not covered by street project. After discussion, consensus was yes, a full load. He also informed the Council that the batteries for the DeWalt tools no longer hold a charge. He will check and compare prices for replacement batteries and purchasing a new kit of tools.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported that we are not getting a response from owner of 404 Washington. A discussion of the minimum housing standards and dangerous and unfit structures ordinances and the process for removing dangerous and unfit structures ensued. Clerk Johnson will communicate with attorney on process and start gathering property data.   

Motion by Ervin, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0 to adopt Ordinance No. 201 and Ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 146, relating to the amendment of Ordinance No. 130 establishing minimum standards for housing and premises in the City of Uniontown, Kansas and restoring all of Ordinance No. 130 as originally written and Ordinance No. 202 an Ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 148, relating to the amendment of Ordinance No. 138 pertaining to dangerous and unfit structures within the City of Uniontown, Kansas and restoring all of Ordinance 138 as originally written.

A backed up sewer issue at 305 Clay and a dead tree that is dropping branches on the street at 505 Wall was discussed. Council was also updated on grass/week letter compliance at 102 Franklin and 201 Fulton. A grass/weed letter was sent to owner of 505 Washington today.

Clerk Johnson asked for a budget worksession to be scheduled, July 18, 5:30PM was agreed upon. Pizza will be provided.
The 2022 financial audit was conducted on June 19,20. Draft audit should be received by end of next week.
KMGA Gas Supply Alternatives were presented to KMGA Executive Board on June 12, have heard nothing since but will probably be discussed at KMGA Regional Meetings. Our Regional Meeting will be at Humboldt on July 13, Sally Johnson will attend.
KMGA Director/Alternate designations will expire 8/31/2023, new designations need made through 8/31/2025. Current director is Sally Johnson and Alternate is Bobby Rich. Johnson did inform the council that she is planning to retire in December 2024.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0 to designate Sally Johnson as Director and Bobby Rich as Alternate through 8/31/2025

Annual copier maintenance agreement renewal was received with no increase in cost this year.

Motion by Esslinger, Second by Ervin, Approved 3-0 to renew annual copier maintenance agreement

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – asked what was next for the placemaking project. Johnson said the City would have a booth at the Independence Day Bash to generate community engagement and asked that councilmembers help man it. She showed them a copy of the flyer that would be handed out and the banner for the table. Healthy Bourbon County Action Team will provide ten $40 gift cards for a drawing of those that engage. The flyer will also be mailed out with the billings.
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – absent
Councilwoman Kelly – absent
Councilman Stewart – nothing
Mayor Jurgensen – nothing  

OLD BUSINESS
Mural Grant – painting has started. All paperwork to date has been submitted. We are waiting on a file from Office of Rural Prosperity for the rest of the grant documents that will need to be submitted.

Street repairs/resurfacing – Mayor Jurgensen has asked Rich to do some ditch work on Third Street prior to the resurfacing. We will need to contract some of the digging/smoothing. Jurgensen is also going to meet with Commissioner Nelson regarding Maple Rd/Fifth St.

NEW BUSINESS
Motion by Ervin, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0 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 9:13.

Open meeting resumed at 9:13. Clerk Johnson had gone to check the locks on the public restroom and didn’t return until 9:14. No action from executive session.

Moved by Ervin, Second by Stewart, Approved 3-0, to adjourn at 9:15PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
JUNE 13, 2023 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on June 1, 2023 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:00PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Danea Esslinger and Josh Hartman. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Mary Pemberton, Sherri Hartman, Jody Hoener (HBCAT), and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Community Conversation regarding placemaking project – While waiting to see if a quorum would be met, Jody Hoener, Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, informed those present of the findings of the community perception survey that was conducted in February. Also discussed were possible ways to get community engagement in the planning and implementation of the placemaking project to add a pickleball court to park facilities. An information booth will be manned at the Independence Day Bash to facilitate community engagement. No governing body action was required for this conversation.

No quorum, council meeting will be rescheduled. Meeting ended at 7:45PM.