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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CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
DECEMBER 13, 2022 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on December 13, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:00PM by President of Council Ervin. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger, Josh Hartman, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Joshua Bales and Jason Thompson-Green Environmental Services, Linda and Danny Nation-4 States Sanitation, Raymond “Skeet” George, Joe George, Mary Pemberton, City Attorney Jacob Manbeck, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Public Hearing for city trash service – Attorney Manbeck opened the hearing. There was discussion with the vendor representatives about services they can offer and current private residential rates. There were no comments from the citizens in attendance. Over the next three months the City will finalize the planning of the proposed trash service.

Ruritan Bathroom Project, Raymond “Skeet” George – Mr George requested a recess for the Council to walk to the restroom to view progress.

Motion by Stewart, Second by Esslinger, Approved 4-0 to recess for 5 minutes to view the progress

Open meeting resumed at 7:26PM.

Mr George would like to have guttering put on the building, LACO will donate if there is a sign acknowledging the donation. A list of entities/individuals that donated time and service to the construction will be given to Clerk Johnson to send thank you notes. Clerk Johnson will research a sign for the building that acknowledges the building provided by Uniontown Ruritan and those who donated time/service to the project. Total cost of the facility is upwards of $50,000.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 4-0 to allow signs acknowledging those responsible for the construction of the restroom building

Councilman Ervin asked to have the custodial job description amended to include the cleaning of the new restroom facilities.

CITIZENS REQUEST
None

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 4-0 to enter into executive session pursuant to non-elected personnel matters exception, KSA 4319(b)(1) in order to discuss performance on non-elected personnel, open meeting to resume at 7:30PM

Open meeting resumed at 7:30PM. Council presented bonuses to staff.

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger present the November 2022 Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $363,706.17, Receipts $37,281.81, Transfers Out $12,776.00, Expenditures $33,573.47, Checking Account Closing Balance $354,638.51. Bank Statement Balance $356,257.28, including Checking Account Interest of $49.96, Outstanding Deposits $216.27, Outstanding Checks $1,835.04, Reconciled Balance $354,638.51. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $30,159.60, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $18,668.01, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $28,436.60, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $431,902.72. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $361.40, and Utility CDs $362.78 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $724.18. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of November 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. November 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 November $9,067.66, Year-to-Date Net Income $30,895.01. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $108,458.97 (102.9%), Expenditures $100,869.46 (77.2%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $32,090.30 (89.9%), Expenditures $32,458.78 (79.1%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $113,457.96 (81.3%), Expenditures $144,157.30 (58.8%); General Fund YTD Revenue $140,825.06 (109.6%), Expenditures $133,508.49 (80.8%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $7,661.33 (111.8%), Expenditures $10,620.81 (99.9%). The December 2022 estimated payables, including end of year transfers, in the amount of $51,747.08 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Esslinger, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of November 7, 2022, Regular Council Meeting
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
City Superintendent Rich reported the KDHE inspected the wastewater and water systems.  
Black Hills was here last week for leak survey, no leaks found.  
He spoke to someone about the tree limbs overhanging on Second Street between Hill and Clay Streets. They were supposed to trim but haven’t. He will talk to them again.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported Smith Estate demolition is about 80% complete.  
There was a complaint about the possibility of someone living in a RV at 401 Sherman. A letter was sent and owner responded that no one is living in it, he is working on it at night. He will remove from the property in the near future. Clerk Johnson also reported on a noise complaint. She spoke with the person being complained about and has since been informed that the issue has been resolved.

Clerk Johnson and Councilman Ervin reported on the KMGA Prepay Gas Supply Project. After discussion, Council asked to have KMGA representative give a presentation with more details about the project. Clerk Johnson will contact them to set up a meeting. The December KMGA member update was discussed.
She reminded Council of upcoming League of Kansas Municipalities events and trainings.
Kansas Municipal Utilities has scheduled a Special Meeting of the KMU Membership to consider amendments to the bylaws to change status from 501(c)4, for profit, to 501(c)3, non-profit. A voting delegate had not been named since 2014.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to designate Amber Kelly as KMU voting delegate
Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 4-0 to designate Larry Jurgensen as KMU alternate delegate

This is the last year she and her husband will be decorating the park. She asked that the holiday decorations not be stored in the shop attic area any longer. It is too difficult to put them up and take them down from there. It was agreed they could be stored in the warehouse. It was suggested to put on the October 2023 agenda to solicit volunteers or set a workday to put the decorations out.


COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – thanked Frankie & Sally Johnson for their years of volunteering to decorate the park for Christmas.
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – absent  
Councilman Stewart – nothing
Mayor Jurgensen – absent

OLD BUSINESS
Due to Mayor Jurgensen not in attendance, 

Motion by Hartman, Second be Esslinger, Approved 4-0 to table discussion on the School Pond Project and Placemaking Project until January 2023 meeting.

American Rescue Plan Act update – three sealed bids for remodel of existing City Hall restrooms into one ADA compliant unisex restroom. Bid 1 – Terry Nading, $26,130.56; Bid 2 – French’s Plumbing, $26,575.00; Bid 3 – Karlskint & Marsh Const, $27,630.00.  

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to award to Terry Nading in the amount of $26,130.56

Clerk Johnson will call Nading in the morning to inform of the award. She will mail a formal notice of award and set up contract signing and notice to proceed before the first of the year.

NEW BUSINESS
CMB License Renewal for 2023 – Union Station

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 4-0 to approve 2023 CMB License for Union Station

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 4-0 to enter into executive session pursuant to confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trust, and individual proprietorships exception, KSA 75-4319(b)(4), in order to discuss confidential financial information and include Sally Johnson, the open meeting to resume at 8:55PM

Open meeting resumed at 8:55PM with no action from session.  

Moved by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 8:57PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
NOVEMBER 7, 2022 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on November 7, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:00PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger (7:01), Josh Hartman, Amber Kelly, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were City Superintendent Bobby Rich and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Ruritan Bathroom Project, Raymond “Skeet” George – Mr George was unable to attend but gave an update to Mayor Jurgensen and Clerk Johnson. Heaters should be installed soon, if not already; waiting on part for one toilet and screws for the partition panels.

CITIZENS REQUEST
None

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger was absent. October 2022 Treasurer’s Report was presented on paper with no questions from Council. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $368,427.21, Receipts $32,640.05, Transfers Out $5,026.00, Expenditures $32,335.09, Checking Account Closing Balance $363,706.17. Bank Statement Balance $364,335.65, including Checking Account Interest of $41.54, Outstanding Deposits $21.54, Outstanding Checks $651.02, Reconciled Balance $363,706.17. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $30,133.18, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $18,621.26, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $28,411.91, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $440,872.52. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $311.44, and Utility CDs $264.92 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $576.36. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of October 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. October Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00 and to Lease Purchase-Maintenance Vehicle $500.00; from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00 and to Lease Purchase-Maintenance Vehicle $500.00; from Gas Utility Fund to Lease Purchased-Maintenance Vehicle $500.00; from General Fund to Lease Purchase-Maintenance Vehicle $500.00, Total Transfers of $5,026.00. Net Loss for the month of October $4,721.04, Year-to-Date Net Income $39,962.67. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $98,498.80 (93.4%), Expenditures $92,104.18 (70.5%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $29,253.15 (81.9%), Expenditures $30,141.03 (73.5%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $109,306.66 (78.3%), Expenditures $122,843.57 (50.1%); General Fund YTD Revenue $133670.01 (104.0%), Expenditures $120,426.86 (72.9%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $7,6614.33 (111.8%), Expenditures $10,049.736 (94.6%). The November 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $42,463.90 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of October 11, 2022, Regular Council Meeting
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
City Superintendent Rich reported the KDHE will be here to inspect the wastewater lagoons on November 16.
The springs on the rollup door at the barn have been replaced and has ordered two hinges with rollers and weatherstrip for the door.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan was absent but Clerk Johnson reported a building permit for an addition was approved.

Clerk Johnson reported that a request for donation for SOS was received.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to donate $100 to SOS for the after graduation party

She presented a letter from KDHE and a copy of a survey by another city regarding the Lead and Copper Rule Revision. She asked if the Council wanted her to adapt the survey and send the letter and survey out with November bills or wait until after the first of the year. Council consensus was to wait until after first of year.
The public hearing for citywide trash service will be December 13. She has been in contact with the attorney to make sure the wording of the notice is correct and will publish by the end of the week.
Our burn site was inspected in October and everything was in order.
KMEA is conducting a survey of cities on whether they would be interested in pursuing a grant to install electric vehicle charging station(s). Council said no.
KMGA is wanting an assigned primary contact that will be available 24/7. Mayor Jurgensen was appointed that contact.

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – nothing
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – Clerk Johnson gave her an update on the black/white collie she asked about last month. It was picked up and redeemed and has been properly registered along with another dog in the household.  
Councilman Stewart – asked for a follow-up on the canopy trimming. It was completed while Bobby was gone to seminar. Clerk Johnson inspected and approved. Rich and Jurgensen reported that complaint had been received about branches over Second Street between Hill and Clay Streets. Rich will contact property owner about trimming.
Mayor Jurgensen – nothing

OLD BUSINESS
School Pond Project – Mix Contracting has completed the dirt work and waiting for the rock to be delivered by the County. They will not deliver until they are finished with asphalt.

Placemaking Survey – Mayor Jurgensen has been working out of town and has not yet scheduled the committee meeting to review exercise equipment but will continue to work on getting it scheduled.

American Rescue Plan Act update – two sealed bids were received last week and another contractor will be here tomorrow with his sub-contractors to view the site and prepare a bid for the ADA unisex bathroom at City Hall. All bids will be opened at the December 13 meeting.

NEW BUSINESS
Motion by Hartman, Second by Ervin, 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 7:42PM

Open meeting resumed at 7:42PM with no action from session. Councilman Ervin asked Clerk Johnson what she found out about SB24 which will require the city to allow propane tanks in city limits. According to League of Kansas Municipalities and our attorney, SB24 supersedes our ordinance banning propane tanks. Kansas Corporation Commission recommends an ordinance that regulates propane tanks with the same safety requirements as the gas system. Johnson will consult with the attorney to get an ordinance drafted.

Moved by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 7:50PM

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