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
APRIL 12, 2022 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on April 12, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:02 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 were Susan Eldridge, Uniontown Alumni Association, Raymond “Skeet” George, Uniontown Ruritan, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, City Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS

CITIZENS REQUEST
Susan Eldridge, Uniontown Alumni Association asked for permission to hold the all school reunion in the city park the evening of Saturday, September 3, 2022. They will provide insurance certificate. They request that the ban on alcoholic beverages in the park be lifted for that evening and want to know if there are any other limitations.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 3-0 to allow Uniontown Alumni Association to host all school reunion in the city park on September 3, 2022, allow alcohol consumption from 5PM to Midnight, and no glass containers allowed

Raymond “Skeet” George, Ruritan – asked the council to recess to view the location for the proposed public restrooms.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 3-0 to recess for 10 minutes to view 112 Second St

Meeting resumed at 7:19. Mr George asked for action to designate the location for the project.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0 to allow preliminary planning for construction of an ADA public restroom at northeast corner of 112 Second St

Discussion followed regarding funding for the public restroom, pickleball court, and outdoor equipment. This project qualifies for the placemaking pathway we pledged. Contact REDI for best time to submit an application for 2022 funding. ARPA funds could also be used for this.

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger was absent. March written Treasurer’s Report and 1st Quarter Report were presented. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $338,643.12, Receipts $52,765.73, Transfers Out $3,026.00, Expenditures $23,883.18, Checking Account Closing Balance $364,499.67. Bank Statement Balance $364,938.99, including Checking Account Interest of $29.90, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $439.32, Reconciled Balance $364,499.67. 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 $441,475.94. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $85.61, and Utility CDs $74.84 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $160.45. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of March 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. March 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 March $25,856.55, Year-to-Date Net Income $40,756.17. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $27,812.18 (26.4%), Expenditures $25,333.54 (19.5%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $8,633.12 (24.2%), Expenditures $11,942.48 (29.1%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $54,144.38 (38.8%), Expenditures $28,296.04 (11.5%); General Fund YTD Revenue $49,170.41 (38.3%), Expenditures $29,562.90 (17.9%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $1,814.86 (26.5%), Expenditures $397.28 (3.7%). The April 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $29,474.19 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 3-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of March 8, 2022 Regular Council Meeting 
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Superintendent Rich reported that the storage building at 112 Second St has been removed, two gas main valves have been replaced, and the speed bumps/signs have been installed.

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported that 104 Fulton has been cleaned up by new owner. An issue of trash in a trailer and debris in the back yard at 202 Fourth St was addressed and trailer has been removed. 103 Fifth is being cleaned up by new owner. He has contacted our attorney twice in the last two months to get something resolved with the Smith Estate with no response back. 301 Second St #1 has a lot of clutter and debris. Clerk Johnson will contact the attorney to try to speed things up. It was suggested to schedule a worksession to continue discussion on shipping/storage containers, accessory/storage buildings, fences regulations and citywide solid waste. It will be scheduled at next meeting. Councilmember Ervin asked him to go by 301 Second St and address the collection of clutter/debris.

Clerk Johnson presented the financial audit contract with minimal increase in cost but less than anticipated in the budget.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0 to accept the financial audit engagement letter with Diehl, Banwart, Bolton

Loren Korte was here with the insurance renewal and went over changes with Clerk Johnson. Overall increase in premiums is 6.74% but less than anticipated in the budget. He will present to council if needed. Council concurred it was not needed.
Rabies clinic was April 9 with a good turnout. Thirteen dogs and seven cats were registered at the clinic. Clerk Johnson presented a list of animals registered last year that are not yet registered this year, a list of new residents that need a reminder that dogs and cats are required to be registered, and a list of those that have registered but not provided proper rabies documentation. She will go over this list with Animal Control Officer Binford to get citations issued.
Kansas Municipal Utilities conference in April 27-29 in Wichita which also includes the KMGA Board of Directors meeting and an afternoon of sessions on gas.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 3-0 to allow Bobby Rich and/or Sally Johnson to attend the KMU conference in Wichita, April 27-29, if they choose

KMGA will be hosting regional meetings this year. The one for our area will be in Humboldt on July 14. Will put on the agenda again in June. Clerk Johnson also presented a market update from KMGA.
Midwest Assistance Program would like to assist communities in the application process for USDA community facility project grants and/or loans. Clerk Johnson will contact them for more information about what is available and what would be the city’s obligation.

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – nothing
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – absent
Councilman Stewart – absent
Mayor Jurgensen – thanked councilmembers and employees that attended the county commission meeting last month. Asked if fish food has been received. Clerk Johnson has ordered but it has not been shipped yet, she will follow-up. He had a request to change elected officials pay to monthly whether attend regular meeting or not which led to a discussion on protocol for elected officials censure or removal. Clerk Johnson will have the attorney draft an ordinance addressing elected officials pay and protocols. 

OLD BUSINESS
Wholesale water supply – table until next month.

Pond Improvement Project – Invitations to bid should be sent/published next month and the liner needs to be ordered due to shipping times.

City Utility Low-Interest Loan update – this does not need to be discussed monthly, put on the agenda quarterly for updates.

American Rescue Plan Act update – The annual report has been submitted. There was some discussion about using the funds for the public restrooms, pickleball court, and outdoor exercise equipment. We will add discussion of the funds to the worksession we schedule next month.

Street Repair – Mayor Jurgensen was thanked for asking county commissioners for a commitment to help us on our streets this year at the March 22 commission meeting. Table further discussion until next month.

NEW BUSINESS
Motion by Ervin, 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 non-elected personnel, the open meeting to resume at 9:00PM

Meeting resumed at 9:00PM. No action was taken.

Moved by Ervin, Second by Esslinger, Approved 3-0, to adjourn at 9:00PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
MARCH 8, 2022 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on March 8, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:00 PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger (7:05), Josh Hartman, Amber Kelly, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Rachel Carpenter, Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, Raymond “Skeet” George, Uniontown Ruritan, Arlie Bess, Mauriel Whisenhunt, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Rachel Carpenter, Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, gave an explanation of the Placemaking Pathway. Adding outdoor exercise equipment, public restrooms, pickleball court, etc would be projects that could be partially funded with a pathway grant; however, in order to qualify for a grant a pledge would have to be signed.

Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 3-2 (Esslinger, Stewart) to sign the Pathways to a Healthy Community Pledge Placemaking Package with Sally Johnson as contact person and submit to Healthy Bourbon County Action Team

CITIZENS REQUEST
Raymond “Skeet” George, Ruritan – asked about the Ruritan funding a public bathroom in or near the park. He presented a sketch and ideas were discussed. He asked that the City apply for a REDI grant for the project. He will work with an engineer to get some cost estimates.

Arlie Bess – had questions about the discussion the Council has been having on storage containers. He has two and wanted to know if he would have to get rid of them. Discussions are preliminary but if an ordinance was passed, his containers would be grandfathered in.

Mauriel Whisenhunt – had questions about the discussion the Council has been having on citywide trash service. She has a house and a business, would she have to pay for two trash service fees? Discussions are preliminary, but that is a good question and will be considered in future discussions.

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger presented the February Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $361,861.00, Receipts $50,364.54, Transfers Out $12,776.00, Expenditures $60,806.42, Checking Account Closing Balance $338,643.12. Bank Statement Balance $353,490.41, including Checking Account Interest of $27.26, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $14,847.29, Reconciled Balance $338,643.12. 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 $415,619.39. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $55.71, and Utility CDs $74.84 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $130.55. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of February 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. February 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 Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $6,250.00; and from General Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $2,500, Total Transfers of $12,776.00. Net Loss for the month of February $23,217.88, Year-to-Date Net Income $14,899.62. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $17,272.29 (16.4%), Expenditures $18,274.04 (14.0%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $5,470.50 (15.3%), Expenditures $8,504.42 (20.7%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $29,400.22 (21.1%), Expenditures $19,466.90 (7.9%); General Fund YTD Revenue $38,577.30 (30.0%), Expenditures $22,785.51 (13.8%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $1,784.86 (26.1%), Expenditures $397.28 (3.7%). The March 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $22,828.49 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Ervin, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of February 8, 2022 Regular Council Meeting 
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Superintendent Rich asked for permission to get a dumpster to remove the storage building at 112 Second St and to clean up those two lots.  

Motion by Kelly, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to allow Bobby Rich to get what is needed to remove the storage building and clean up the lots at 112 Second St

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan was absent so discussion on shipping/storage containers, accessory/storage buildings, fences regulations and citywide solid waste was tabled until next month.

Clerk Johnson informed the Council that KDHE is soliciting for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects to fund.
The legal bills for the transfer of 105 Third St have been received. She asked for clarification of what was to be billed to the buyer and what was the City’s responsibility. The amount to bill to the buyer is $76.
She reminded the Council that League of Kansas Municipalities’ Governing Body Institute & Mayors Conference is April 29-30 at Manhattan

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – nothing
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – asked about spring citywide cleanup. After discussion

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to schedule a spring citywide cleanup for April 25-29 with dumpsters picked up when filled and the number of dumpsters to be determined by current cost

Councilwoman Kelly – was approached about someone wanting to purchase a corner lot to put an RV on to live in until something could be built. They were encouraged to attend a council meeting to present their request. The City does not allow people to live in RVs.
Councilman Stewart – nothing
Mayor Jurgensen – wants another rabies clinic. Clerk Johnson will contact Marmaton Valley Vet Clinic to get one scheduled. If after March 31, those attending will not be charged a late fee for registration.

OLD BUSINESS
Wholesale water supply – Rate ordinances were acquired from City of Fort Scott for 2013 to present. Rate ordinances for the same period were requested from Bourbon County Consolidated Rural Water District #2 but not received yet. Councilman Ervin has worked up some figures but forgot to bring them. The discussion will continue next month.

Pond Improvement Project – USD 235 asked if we were still planning to use the rock piled north of the pond and were told yes. The rest of the project will be completed in the summer. Clerk Johnson was reminded to order fish food. 

City Utility Low-Interest Loan update – A couple more have paid in full. We may be able to pay an additional $10,000 back in a couple more months.

American Rescue Plan Act update – Clerk Johnson stated that the first report required by Treasury is due April 30, 2022. She is attending webinars on compliance and how to complete required documentation.

Street Repair – Increases in oil prices may increase the cost of asphalt. We may not be able to complete as much as we initially thought. Discussion will continue next month. The Bourbon County Commission will hold their March 22, 2022 commission meeting at Uniontown Community Center. If the councilmembers plan to attend a notice will have to be posted, that they may be there but not to conduct city business. Public Works Director Bailey has contacted Councilmember Kelly to attend the next commission meeting to discuss the resurfacing of Maple Road from Uniontown to Bronson.

NEW BUSINESS
Special Event CMB License-Union Station – they are the weigh-in location for the fishing tournament and would like to be able to allow anglers to consume on premises during the tournament, May 28, from 6AM to 11:59PM.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Ervin, Approved 5-0 to approve the Special Event CMB License for Union Station for May 28, 2022, 6AM to 11:59PM

City Sewer at Union Station – they asked if it was a possibility. After discussion, the Council consensus is not at this time.

Motion by Ervin, 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 and applicants of non-elected personnel positions, the open meeting to resume at 8:45

Johnson called in at 8:43, out at 8:44. Meeting resumed at 8:45.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0-1 (Ervin abstain) to hire Ginger Ervin for cleaning/water sampling position, cleaning will be $10/hour, water sampling will be $3/sample

Moved by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 8:49PM

CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
FEBRUARY 8, 2022 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on February 8, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:02 PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin (via Zoom), Danea Esslinger, Josh Hartman, Amber Kelly, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Nancy Holt, Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
None

CITIZENS REQUEST
Nancy Holt, Park Improvement Committee – asked for permission to a drip irrigation system installed at the landscape beds at the fire station for $1,200. Installation would be paid out of the Park Improvement Fund account.

Motion by Stewart, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to allow Nancy Holt to proceed with the installation of a drip irrigation system at the landscape beds at the fire station to be paid out of the Park Improvement Fund account.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Kelly, 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 7:40

Sally Johnson called in at 7:20, exited at 7:35. Open meeting resumed at 7:40.

Motion by Stewart, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0 to extend 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 8:05, include Sally Johnson

Johnson exited at 7:55. Open meeting resumed at 8:05.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to amend, effective January 1, 2022, Employee Policy Manual, Section 2.3.1 to remove “These days do not carry-over to the next year” and replace with “May annually carry-over up to 40 hours of sick leave until March 31st, at that time sick leave will be reduced to what has been accrued to date.”

Motion by Stewart, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0 to amend, effective immediately, Employee Policy Manual, Section 2.5.0 to remove first two sentences and replace with “When a death occurs in an employee’s immediate family, all regular full-time employees may take up to five (5) days off with pay to attend funeral or make funeral arrangements for a spouse, domestic partner, parent, step-parent, parent-in-law, child, step-child, or child-in-law and up to three (3) days for sibling, step-sibling, sibling-in-law, grandparent, step-grandparent, grandparent-in-law, grandchild, step-grandchild, grandchild-in-law.”

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to send a donation to the Sandy Rich designated memorial fund

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger presented the January Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $323,743.50, Receipts $63,179.82, Transfers Out $5,026.00, Expenditures $20,036.32, Checking Account Closing Balance $361,861.00. Bank Statement Balance $361,996.81, including Checking Account Interest of $28.45, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $135.81, Reconciled Balance $361,861.00. Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $30,038.92, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $18,538.88, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $28,323.63, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $438,762.43. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $28.45, and Utility CDs $0 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $28.45. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of January 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. January Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00, to Lease Purchase-Maint Vehicle $500.00; from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00, Lease Purchase-Maint Vehicle $500.00; from Gas Fund to Lease Purchase-Maint Vehicle $500.00; and from General Fund to Lease Purchase-Maint Vehicle $500, Total Transfers of $5,026.00. Net Income for the month of January $38,117.50, Year-to-Date Net Income $38,117.50. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $8,788.48 (8.3%), Expenditures $6,750.67 (5.2%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $2,914.13 (8.2%), Expenditures $1,902.00 (4.6%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $11,756.74 (8.4%), Expenditures $6,752.19 (2.8%); General Fund YTD Revenue $32,313.67 (25.2%), Expenditures $8,600.19 (5.2%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $1,784.86 (26.1%), Expenditures $397.28 (3.7%). The February 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $68,751.37 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Esslinger, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of January 10, 2022 Regular Council Meeting 
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Superintendent Rich was absent due to death in family. KRWA Conference is March 29-31 in Wichita.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to allow Bobby Rich to attend KRWA Conference if he so chooses

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan started discussion on ordinances for storage containers, storage/accessory buildings. It was decided to gather more information and continue the discussion next month.
Sewer at 204 Second St seems to be working since having the roots removed from the main. Councilwoman Kelly has received more complaints about 103 Fifth St. A letter will be sent after the March meeting.

Clerk Johnson asked the Council about signing a Placemaking Pledge. They decided not to pursue a splashpad but are looking at outdoor exercise equipment and a pickleball court. Clerk Johnson will check with Healthy Bourbon County Action Team to see if those still meet the criteria. She will also contact Mr George with the Ruritan to let them know we are not going to pursue a splashpad.
OJA Court Clerk’s conference is March 4 in Wichita. This is the conference that if clerk pays own way it is reimbursed by Office of Judicial Administration.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to allow Sally Johnson to attend OJA Court Clerks Conference on March 4 in Wichita

CCMFOA Spring Conference is March 16-18 in Manhattan. Clerk Johnson said that she had not attended any conferences for City Clerks or Court Clerks since 2020. She has attended a few virtual professional development sessions.

Motion by Esslinger, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0 to allow Sally Johnson to attend CCMFOA Spring Conference on March 16-18 in Manhattan

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline’s rate case has been determined and is less than requested. Upon final certification by FERC refunds will be issued. Ours will come through KMGA.
The contract and owner’s affidavit have been given to Beerbowers for our purchase of 112B Second St. As soon as those documents have been signed they will be sent to Security First to complete title insurance and deed preparation.
She reminded those present that Sandy Rich’s funeral is Saturday at 11 at First Missionary Baptist Church, burial at Hatch Cemetery, visitation at 10 until service time.

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – Bourbon County REDI, Inc announced Noble Health will be reopening a hospital in Fort Scott.
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – nothing
Councilwoman Kelly – She asked Clerk Johnson if she had any information about citywide trash service. Clerk Johnson hasn’t gotten any information yet but will by the next meeting.
Councilman Stewart – nothing
Mayor Jurgensen – nothing

OLD BUSINESS
Dog/Cat Ordinance and amendments review – Ordinance No. 196 amending Ordinance No. 174 adding fees for not complying with number of dogs allowed.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to adopt Ordinance No. 196 amending ordinance No. 174 relating to the keeping of dogs and cats within the City of Uniontown adding Section 2 which adds a fee and abatement period for owning or harboring more than three adult dogs or cats

Wholesale water supply – Mayor Jurgensen spoke with Frank Young and Josh Mitchell about cost of connecting to RWD #4. Both indicated that RWD #4 couldn’t handle the volume we would require. Councilman Ervin met with Rob Harrington, Josh Jones, Kelly Zellner, and Mike Mix on January 25 to discuss water rates and to see if there was anything that could be done. City of Fort Scott sells to Consolidated RWD #2 at an 8.75% discount and they have no control over Consolidated RWD #2’s rate setting. We would need to renegotiate our contract. Clerk Johnson was asked to get a copy of Fort Scott’s water rate ordinances from 2013 through present.

Pond Improvement Project – no update, too cold to do anything at this time. 

City Utility Low-Interest Loan update – Customer statements were sent with the January billing. Another customer has paid in full.

American Rescue Plan Act update – Clerk Johnson informed the Council that the Final Rule changed revenue loss and there is now a Standard Revenue Loss of up to $1,000,000. We can designate our entire amount as standard revenue loss and use can be for sewer, streets, ditches, etc. It that is the Council’s choice, she will still leave the funds separate from the General Fund to better track how it is spent.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0 to designate Standard Revenue Loss as the use for the ARPA funds

Street Repair – Mayor Jurgensen has spoken with County Commissioner Oharah again and told him we would have about $90,000 for streets this year. Oharah indicated we could probably get a mile of street done, but they haven’t started talking about asphalt yet. There was some discussion about what streets or areas to do. Discussion will continue next month.

NEW BUSINESS
None

Moved by Kelly, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0, to adjourn at 10:06PM