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City of Ramona
Council Minutes
August 11, 2014
Ramona City Hall

Presiding: Mayor Byron Noeth
Council Present: Billy Alcorn, Art Stroda, AJ Svoboda, Jay Plank, Pat Wick
Staff present: Jessica Gilbert, Kathy Matkins
Others in attendance: Rohani Alcorn, Commissioner Holub, Don Matkins, CJ Thompson

Budget Hearing
The 2015 Budget Hearing was called to order by Mayor Noeth. The Council reviewed the budget.

Motion: Councilor Alcorn moved to approve the 2015 City Budget as presented. Seconded by Councilor Plank. Motion passed unanimously.


The Minutes were read by the city clerk.

Motion: Councilor Stroda moved to accept the July 2014 meeting minutes as read by Jessica Gilbert. Seconded by Councilor Plank. Motion passed unanimously.

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Kathy Matkins.

Motion: Councilor Wick moved to accept the bills presented for payment. Seconded by Councilor Plank. Motion passed unanimouisly.

Clerk Gilbert reported on the recent US Postal community meeting; she mentioned how the 34+ people in attendance expressed gratitude for the service of Kathy Matkins as Postmaster and many said their attendance at the meeting was to show support for Kathy. The reduced hours at the post office—from 8-noon— will go into effect at the first of the year; the Post Office will also be open 24 hours a day when this happens.

Gilbert reported that Brad Fleckinger’s dogs will be removed from Ramona by a Sheriff’s Deputy and Dr. Jessica Lauren. The paperwork has been signed by Judge Collett.

Complaint report
Sheila Mercer received a letter regarding the car that was parked in the city right-of-way; it has been removed. Andrew Brown has been issued a citation because of his pit bull being loose; the ticket was due August 11 and has not been paid. Andrew has also received a letter concerning bags of trash collecting at the back of his residence.


Youth Council
CJ Thompson reported that the Ramona Junior Council will be hosting a barbecue on August 16 at the City Park. The Council approved the use of the park for extended hours on that occasion and expressed thanks to the Junior Council for planning this community event.

Lagoon Renovation
Councilor Alcorn said he had spoken to the references for all 3 top candidates for the sewer lagoon renovation project. Blixt Construction, the lowest bidder, does a lot of work at the military base and their clients gave high marks for doing an excellent job in a timely manner.

Motion: Councilor Svoboda moved that Blixt Construction, with the lowest bid of $43,850, be approved for the Sewer Lagoon Renovation project. Seconded by Councilor Plank. Motion passed unanimously.

Councilor Alcorn said he may ask Blixt to hold 50% of their billing until the job is done. However, Blixt is predicting they’ll have the job finished before the next Council meeting.

Motion: Councilor Plank moved to adjourn at 7:45pm; motion seconded by Councilor Wick. Passed unanimously.



Jessica Gilbert, Clerk

City of Ramona
Treasurer’s Report: August 11, 2014

Beginning Balance 24,298.55
State of Ks.-Retail tax 941.63
Westar Franchise 177.43
Atmos Franchise 69.40
Agri Producers (mowing) 84.00
Youth Council 38.48
4th July: Redneck Run 859.00
Total Income 2,169.94

Balance prior to expense 26,468.49

Ck 4366 Dave Staatz (Maintenance June-July) 147.76
Ck 4367 Westar (shop, park etc) 75.95
Ck 4370 Office Max 117.09
Setting up muni court files $41.07
Ink for printer $76.02
Ck 4372 Rural Water #1 22.29
Ck 4373 Atmos (city building) 44.80
Ck 4374 Westar (Street lights) 290.05
Ck 4375 Karstetter & Bina (Fleckinger case) 26.00
Ck 4376 G&R Auto (tractor battery) 113.60
Ck 4377 Void
Ck 4378 No. Agri-Mart (fuel) 263.51
Ck 4379 Jeannie Goza (mowing) 118.20
Ck 4380 Jessica Gilbert (clerk) 371.66
Clerk Hours July: 49.5
Donated hours for 4th: 30
Reimburse postage: 5.95
Ck 4381 US Post Office (postal box) 48.00
Ck 4382 Hoch Pub (budget publication) 149.00
Ck 4383 Mike’s Mower (mower parts) 60.30
Ck 4385 4th: Baker Bros (signage) 179.35
Ck 4386 4th: Western Graphics (shirts) 110.00

Total Expense 2,137.56
Balance as of August 2014 24,330.93
Investment Funds 5,000.00



August 2014

Beginning Balance ` 44,838.68

Sewer Fees 1,740.00
Agri Producers $120
Alcorn $180
Bailey, Nate $60
Bird/Wright $120
California Sisters $40
Gilbert $20
Hathaway $100
Herrman $90
Kutzle $90
Matkins $420
Moody $120
Ohm $90
Stroda, M $180
Thompson $10
Thornhill $10
US Post Office $90

Total income 1,740.00
Balance Prior to Expense 46,578.68

Ck 4368 Westar 74.66
Ck 4369 Schwab-Eaton (lagoon project) 80.00
Ck 4371 Copy Co (lagoon bids) 14.52
Ck 4384 Baker Bros (lagoon signs) 96.54
Total Expense 265.72
Balance as of August 2014 46,312.96*
*Note: $44,000 on reserve for lagoon project

Beginning Balance 19,428.94
State of Kansas 1,144.46
Total Income 1,144.46
Balance Prior to Expense 20,573.40
Total Expense -0-
Balance as of August 2014 20,573.40
Investment Funds: 5,000.00

Funds on Reserve
Reserve Fund: 4th of July 1,532.27
Reserve Fund: Park Improvement 398.58
Reserve Fund: Memorial Bench repair 500.00
Reserve Fund: Youth Council 621.12
August 2014



Account opened August 2014.
Note: any fines received from ordinance violations, prior to August 2014, were deposited into the General Fund. Per the City Attorney, Brian Bina, money received from fines should be deposited into the Municipal Court checking account and moved into the General Fund by action of the City Council.


Marion County Bench Warrants $300.00
Brad Fleckinger $150
Brad Fleckinger $150

Total Income 300.00

Balance Prior to Expense 300.00

Total Expense -0-


Balance as of August 2014 300.00