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City of Ramona
Council Minutes
September 9, 2013
Ramona City Hall

Presiding: Mayor Byron Noeth

Council Present: Art Stroda, Billy Alcorn, Rachel Mealor, Pat Wick

Staff present: Jessica Gilbert, Kathy Matkins

Others in attendance: Jim Thompson and Cassy, Terren and Cj, Rohani Alcorn, Ida Saadon, Jay Plank

Clerk Gilbert read the minutes for the August meeting.
Motion: Councilor Stroda moved to approve the August 2013 minutes as read.  Seconded by Councilor Wick.  Passed unanimously.

Treasurer Kathy Matkins presented the financial report and the bills for payment in September.
Motion: Councilor Alcorn moved to approve the bills for payment; Councilor Mealor seconded the motion. Passed unanimously.

Complaints Received
Mayor Noeth reported that a complaint had been filed regarding Amanda Radke’s dogs, which were out and neighbors reported feeling threatened by the dogs.  

The Mayor mentioned that situations concerning dogs can be challenging if the owners or neighbors are not around and the dogs are large and threatening.  In the case of Radkes animals, Jeannie Goza lured them into the Radke home with a piece of meat.  However, if no one is available that is familiar with the dogs, it’s a problem that needs a solution.

Regarding noise issues, the Council suggested residents call the Sheriff.

Another complaint was received regarding the unmowed lawn at the Bell residence 210 Fourth street. Robert Hare reported an increase in rats and snakes due to the high grass at his neighbor’s property. The Council discussed whether to pass a nuisance ordinance requiring that lawn and grass areas be kept maintained at a certain level.  After discussion, Councilor Alcorn suggested he or other members of Council speak to the homeowner and perhaps offer assistance, rather than pass a new ordinance at this time.

The Council did not want to pass any additional ordinance at this time.
The question was raised whether maintenance Dave Staatz had been notified of the Council’s decision to drain the south sewer pond.  No one was sure, but Councilor Alcorn thinks there’s no pipe for diverting the water from one pond to another.  

Jim Thompson asked if the park restrooms were locked except for events.  Councilor Stroda said this was the policy, and added that if someone called him, he’d open them.

Youth Council
Cassy Thompson reported that they’d like to put up a plastic fencing material along the east edge of the creek bed, where the volleyball court is location, to stop balls from going into the creek.  The netting/fence would be taken down in winter.  The Council approved this action.

Councilor Mealor resigned from City Council, effective October 1, 2013.

Motion: Councilor Wick moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:40pm.  Motion passed unanimously.

Jessica Gilbert
City Clerk

City of Ramona
Treasurer’s Report: September 9, 2013

Beginning Balance             15,679.02

    State of Ks.-Retail tax    879.16
    Westar Franchise     265.10
Total Income        1,144.26

Balance prior to expense            16,823.28

Ck 4182  4th: Herington Times    97.20
Ck 4183  Westar (park, cty bldg, etc)    86.29
Ck 4185  Westar (street lights)    252.65
Ck 4187  RWD #1    49.75
Ck 4188  Atmos Energy    42.02
Ck 4189  Cardie Oil (24 gal fuel)    80.94
Ck 4191  Jessica Gilbert (clerk)    158.85
Ck 4193  J. Gilbert (reimbursement)    32.85
         Postage 6.94
         Supply (ink for printer) 25.91
Total Expense            800.55

Balance as of September 2013            16,022.73
Investment Funds    5,000.00

September  2013

Beginning Balance        `    7,263.74
    Sewer Fees    360.00
         2012-2013     $360.00
    Hathaway, J $20
    Bailey, Nate $20
    Calif. Sisters $40
    Gilbert, J. $10
    Thompson $10
    Thornhill $10            
    Kasten, J. $10
    Gehrke, C $120
    Beames $120        
Total income        360.00    
Balance Prior to Expense            7,623.74

Ck 4184  Westar    86.77
Ck 4186  US Post Office (sewer cert)    73.32
Ck 4192  Don Beisel    75.00
Total Expense        235.09
Balance as of September 2013            7,388.65
Investment Funds:     30,000.00

Beginning Balance            15,874.74

Total Income        -0-
Balance Prior to Expense            15,874.74

Total Expense        -0-
Balance as of September 2013            15,874.74
Investment Funds:    5,000.00

Reserve Funds
Reserve Fund: 4th of July    1818.13
Reserve Fund:  Park Improvement    398.58
Reserve Fund: Memorial Bench repair    500.00
Reserve Fund: Youth Council    490.64