City of Ramona
February 11, 2013
Ramona City Hall
Presiding: Mayor Byron Noeth
Council Present: AJ Svoboda, Art Stroda, Billy Alcorn, Jim Thompson
Staff present: Jessica Gilbert, Kathy Matkins
Others in attendance: Terren Thompson, Dallen Thompson, Ronnie Carpenter, Rachel Mealor
The meeting was called to order by the mayor at 7:00pm
The City Clerk read January meeting minutes.
Motion: Billy Alcorn moved to approve the January 2013 minutes. Art Stroda seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Kathy Matkins read the Treasurer’s report and presented the bills for payment.
Motion: Art Stroda moved to accept the treasurer’s report as read; motion seconded by Billy Alcorn, and passed unanimously.
Tornado Siren: Gilbert reported that the activation system has been installed at the Fire Department. She will give all storm spotters and appropriate City representatives a card they carry in their wallet, instructing them on using the system.
Easter Egg Hunt: The clerk reported that Rachel Mealor agreed to chair the easter egg hunt on March 23, in the city park. (Note: it was noticed, after the meeting, that the Saturday before Easter is March 30th, not March 23.)
Lift Station Strobe: Gilbert said that the maintenance man had not yet located a strobe for the lift station. The Council agreed to wait for one more month. They asked the clerk to get an itemized statement from Enviro-Line for the work, rather than a lump sum estimate of $3,000.
Mayer Specialty: Gilbert reported that Mayer Specialty will be in Herington in April and will do the work on 2nd/B at that time. Council discussed whether to schedule another cleaning of city lines (the last and only time it was done was 2006). They decided to wait until Fall and see if any sluggish lines have been reported. They discussed whether to have camera work done on the line servicing the post office and the Ohm household, but no decision was made. They asked the clerk to check with the fire department about regular flushing of the lines and the cost of this procedure.
Mayor Noeth said he received complaints about noisy dirt bikes, go-carts, dune buggies, RV vehicles that were running stops signs, going on personal property, city right of way or city park, and not obeying speed limits, excessively noisy, The Sheriff said that these vehicles are illegal on public roads, except for 4-wheel RV vehicles which are allowed providing the driver has a license. The Sheriff spoke specifically with the Mercers about their vehicles.
Council discussed putting signs in the park saying such recreational vehicles are not allowed, but no action was taken. There was discussion also about whether there was any action that could be taken if people drove these vehicles on their own property. In the end, the Mayor suggested people call the Sheriff or contact him and he will contact the Sheriff if these vehicles become a nuisance.
The mayor reported that a firearm was discharged in the alley between C and B streets, when someone was firing at a dog that was loose. There was discussion about whether firing a weapon is illegal in city limits. Council asked the clerk to contact the Sheriff on this.
Terren Thompson said the youth council has decided to have 2-year terms of office for youth council officials, with elections following the April election of the City Council. The age for participating on the council is minimum of 11 years and maximum of 19 years of age.
Rachel Mealor asked if she and Kirby could install a culvert in the ditch on the north side of their home. Council said they could as long as the water flow is not disturbed and said they should call DIGSAFE first. Rachel asked about the culvert at the alley that is crushed. Council asked the city clerk to contact the county about possibly getting a free culvert that is 8-10” in diameter and 18-20’ long.
Motion: Jim Thompson moved to adjourn at 8pm. Motion passed unanimously.
Jessica Gilbert, clerk
City of Ramona
Treasurer’s Report: February 11, 2013
Beginning Balance 10,545.15
Marion Co. Ad Valorem 10,098.13
State of Ks.-Retail tax 2,653.36
Westar Franchise 152.02
Atmost Franchise 104.54
Knights of Columbus (City Hall rental) 20.00
Total Income 13,028.05
Balance prior to expense 23,573.20
Checks printed 125.45
JE #1 Error in check amount .60
Ck 4052 Westar 92.88
Ck 4053 sewer check
Ck 4054 Reimburse Gilbert: Office Max 11.20
Ck 4055 IRS 119.85
Ck 4056 Westar (street lights) 257.34
Ck 4057 Westar (xmas lights) 99.80
Ck 4058 RWD #1 49.45
Ck 4059 Cash for Easter event 75.00
Ck 4060 Stutler Tech (siren automated) 1,101.12
Ck 4061 Atmos Energy 85.16
Ck 4062 J. Gilbert (clerk) 201.32
Ck 4063 sewer check
Total Expense 2,219.17
Balance as of February 2013 21,354.03
Investment Funds 5,000.00
Reserve Fund: Park Improvement 458.58
Reserve Fund: Siren -0-
Reserve Fund: 4th of July 1,513.74
Reserve Fund: Memorial Bench repair 500.00
Reserve Fund: Youth Council 417.82
Beginning Balance ` 6,639.69
Sewer Fees 60.00
Calif. Sisters $40
Marion Ad Valorem 5,297.92
Total income 5,357.92
Balance Prior to Expense 11,997.61
Ck 4053 Westar 58.77
Ck 4063 Ks. Treasurer (bond) 948.75
Total Expense 1,007.52
Balance as of February 2013 10,990.09
Investment Funds: 30,000.00
Beginning Balance 12,624.27
State of Kansas 1,148.13
Total Income 1,148.13
Balance Prior to Expense 13,772.40
Total Expense -0-
Balance as of February 2013 13,772.40
Investment Funds: 5,000.00