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
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


CITY OF UNIONTOWN
UNIONTOWN, KS 66779
MAY 10, 2022 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
The Regular Council Meeting on May 10, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:00 PM by Mayor Jurgensen. Council members present were Jess Ervin (8:45), Danea Esslinger (7:05), Josh Hartman, Amber Kelly, and Bradley Stewart. Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Raymond “Skeet” George, Uniontown Ruritan, Mary Pemberton, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, City Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS/PROJECTS
Appointments and official newspaper and bank were recommended.  

Motion by Kelly, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to appoint Sally Johnson as City Clerk/Municipal Court Clerk, Charlene Bolinger as City Treasurer, Patricia Miklos as Municipal Judge, and Jacob Manbeck as Prosecutor

Motion by Kelly, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to designated The Fort Scott Tribune as the official newspaper and Union State Bank, Uniontown location, as official bank

Oath of Office was administered to Johnson and Bolinger by Mayor Jurgensen. Clerk Johnson will administer Oath of Office to Judge and Prosecutor at next court session.

Ruritan Bathroom Project, “Skeet” George – Mr George presented a sketch of the proposed bathroom facilities with the following to deter vandalizim time programmable door knobs, ADA tankless toilets, hands free faucets, push button air hand dryers, stainless steel mirrors, and thermostat heat in ceiling and asked for input from the Council. Projected finish by Labor Day. Estimated cost of project at this time is approximately $50,000. He requested a short recess to view the work in progress at the site.

Motion by Esslinger, Second by Stewart, Approved 4-0 to recess for 15 minutes to view the work in progress

Meeting resumed at 7:30PM. Additional items discussed were floor drains, room for wheelchair up to lavatory, hose hydrants, and ventilation.

CITIZENS REQUEST
None

FINANCIAL REPORT
Treasurer Bolinger presented the April 2022 Treasurer’s Report. Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $364,499.67, Receipts $43,436.47, Transfers Out $8,747.89, Expenditures $24,452.25, Checking Account Closing Balance $34,736.00. Bank Statement Balance $375,260.40, including Checking Account Interest of $30.42, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $524.40, Reconciled Balance $374,736.00. 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 $451,712.27. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $116.03, and Utility CDs $74.84 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $190.87. Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of April 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0. April Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00; from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00; Lease Purchase Fund-Maint Vehicle to General Fund $5,721.89, Total Transfers of $8,747.89. Net Income for the month of April $10,236.33, Year-to-Date Net Income $50,992.89. Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $36,418.14 (34.5%), Expenditures $35,799.34 (27.4%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $11.649.98 (32.6%), Expenditures $14,420.38 (35.2%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $69,449.12 (49.8%), Expenditures $35,533.13 (14.5%); General Fund YTD Revenue $60,129.89 (46.8%), Expenditures $36,345.47 (22.0%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $3,578.39 (52.2%), Expenditures $397.28 (3.7%). The May 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $72,295.21 were presented.

CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Hartman, Second by Kelly, Approved 4-0, to approve Consent Agenda:
Minutes of April 12, 2022 Regular Council Meeting 
Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Superintendent Rich reported that KCC inspection of records and OQ plan for the gas system is scheduled for May 24-26. No liaison meeting was held in 2021, will probably get written up for that.
Mayor Jurgensen had some items that pertained to public works: there was a sewer issue at the Girard Medical Center Clinic. Rich has scheduled an excavator for May 12, there is a disconnected pipe and roots in the main. A possible water leak at 301 Fulton on the east side of ditch on Fulton, north of First Street – asked Rich to check periodically. 207 Chaffin would like a culvert for a new drive north of the current driveway. 308 Union has a large dead tree in the easement. Jurgensen got a quote from D & S of Iola for $650 to remove and grind stump.

Motion by Stewart, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to hire D & S of Iola, KS to remove dead tree in easement and grind stump at 308 Union St

Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported that 301 Second St #1 had cleaned up some, but more there again. 202 Fourth St has partially mowed property, will send a letter reminding them they are responsible for the drainage ditch and easement for Franklin St, 404 Washington is in disrepair, will send letter to current owner. Attorney finally got back with him on Smith Estate. Attorney will contact Estate attorney with a list of items that need to be completed in 90 days or we will proceed with condemnation process. 303 Washington was court ordered to put up a barricade between the deck and fence to keep the dog from jumping over fence and to tighten bottom of fencing to keep the other dog from getting out by May 9. Coyan inspected and it met the court’s order.
Worksession to work on ordinances for shipping/storage containers, accessory/storage buildings/fences, governing body protocols and operating procedures, and solid waste collection and for discussion of how to utilize the American Rescue Plan Act funds was scheduled for May 25, 2022 at 6PM, food will be provided. It was requested that Clerk Johnson send a text reminder to members the day before the meeting.

Clerk Johnson reported that the financial audit has been scheduled for May 24-26.
Councilman Ervin emailed a request for the June 14, 2022 regular council meeting start at 6PM instead of 7PM due to baseball conflict.

Motion by Kelly, Second by Hartman, Approved 4-0 to change start time of June 14, 2022 Regular Council Meeting to 6PM instead of 7PM

Councilman Ervin is planning to submit a public comment on the 2023 CDBG Program proposed changes before the June 7 public hearing. Proposed allocations per category for community facilities and services only includes Early Childhood Centers, Youth Recreation Center and Parks, and Sidewalks and Trails. The rest of the council was urged to go to KS Department of Commerce website and review the proposed changes. 

COUNCIL REPORT
Councilman Ervin – nothing
Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing
Councilman Hartman – mosquito spraying – Rich spoke with chemical sales rep today. Will order this week.
Councilwoman Kelly – the gravel is coming out of the pothole on Fifth Street north of her house, is it going to be patched? She also thinks policy for council pay should be amended. This will be discussed at the worksession.
Councilman Stewart – no
Mayor Jurgensen – he observed the van that picks up/delivers mail to post office was speeding near the park. He spoke with the driver and explained about the children playing in the area and that if he didn’t slow down at letter would be sent to the area postal supervisor. Driver has slowed down.

OLD BUSINESS
Wholesale water supply – Discussion about the disparity between dollar for dollar increase and percentage for percentage increase. It was suggested discussing with the Consolidated RWD #2 board but no definitive action was decided on.

Pond Improvement Project – Clerk Johnson will contact Don George, KDWPT, to review and approve the invitation to bid and to also see if the rock the county has already unloaded is acceptable for the project. It was also asked if the fish food had come in. Clerk Johnson said no that she followed up after last meeting and will follow up again.

American Rescue Plan Act update – Discussion regarding utilization of funds will be included in the May 25 worksession.

Street Repair – Discussion on whether we need cold patch/saturock this year.

Motion by Kelly, Second by Ervin, Approved 5-0 to have Superintendent Rich order a load of saturock when he is ready for pothole repair

NEW BUSINESS
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 evaluations of non-elected personnel, the open meeting to resume at 9:45PM

Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 5-0 to extend executive session pursuant to non-elected personnel matters exception, KSA 4319(b)(1), in order to discuss performance evaluations of non-elected personnel, the open meeting to resume at 9:55PM

Bolinger called in at 9:45, out at 9:50. Meeting resumed at 9:55PM.

Motion by Hartman, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to increase hourly wage of City Clerk and City Superintendent $1/hour and to increase City Treasurer and Codes Enforcement Officer $25/month

Moved by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 10:00PM


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