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City of Ramona

Council Minutes

February 9, 2015

Ramona City Hall

Presiding: Mayor Byron Noeth

Council Present: Art Stroda, Pat Wick, AJ Svoboda

Guests present:  Bill Henricks of Insurance Planning Center of Emporia, Don Matkins

Staff present: Jessica Gilbert and Kathy Matkins

Mayor Noeth delayed in starting the Council meeting, because there was not a quorum at 7pm. The meeting officially started at 7:20pm when Councilor Svoboda arrived.


The Minutes were read by the city clerk.

Motion: Councilor Wick moved to accept the January 2015 meeting minutes as read by Jessica Gilbert.  Seconded by Councilor Stroda.  Motion passed unanimously.

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Kathy Matkins

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

Clerk’s Report

The Clerk reported that Jeannie Goza and Amber Lopez have agreed to chair the annual Easter Egg Hunt for Ramona children. A check for expenses will be issued at the March meeting.

The 2015 budget has a line-item for bringing in a dumpster for Spring clean-up.  The Clerk said council needs to decide if they want one and determine the dates so she can make the necessary arrangements.

Jessica told the Council that Donita Ryff had spoken to her—on behalf of the Trinity Lutheran Church—concerning a park project which might be paid for by an upcoming pancake breakfast, to be held on March 1 at the church.  Councilor Stroda said there was sufficient room to store more collapsable picnic tables if they should use the money for this purpose. Council briefly discussed whether it would be wise to purchase wood (rather than plastic equipment) and have Councilor Stroda build a solid play structure that could withstand the children’s use.  No official recommendations were made.

Gilbert announced that the official city council candidates for the April election were Byron Noeth for Mayor, Amber Lopez, Jim Thompson, AJ Svoboda, Art Stroda and Ben Calvert for Council positions.

Insurance Review

Bill Henricks of Insurance Planning Center (Emporia), reviewed the City’s insurance policy, which is renewed in April.  There were no changes made to the policy presented by Henricks.  Payment for the premium will take place at the March meeting.

Motion: Councilor Wick moved to approve the City’s insurance policy as presented by Bill Henricks of Insurance Planning Center.  Seconded by Councilor Stroda. Motion passed unanimously.

Street Bond

There was brief discussion about whether the Council should pay off the remaining debt owed for the city street bond.  The amount would be around $25,000.  The City Clerk had previously asked the City accountant, Jan Nolde, if this could be done using the accumulated Highway Funds the City now has; she affirmed that it could be done.  This would, however, put the Highway Fund with very little reserves, should Council decide to add chip and seal to main street, or add additional asphalt or do repairs to B Street.  No action was taken.

Motion:  Councilor Wick moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:45pm; seconded by Councilor Stroda.  Motion passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Jessica Gilbert, Clerk


Treasurer’s Report: February 9, 201


Beginning Balance 27,109.45 


State of Ks.-Retail tax821.91

Westar Franchise 238.56

Atmos Franchise107.38

Marion Co. Ad Valorem9,724.69

Total Income10,892.54

Balance prior to Expense38,001.99


Ck 4464  Westar (Street Lights)290.76

Ck 4467  Westar (city hall, park)68.58

Ck 4469  IRS (4th qtr 2014)157.28

Ck 4471  Atmos (city hall)91.70

Ck 4472  No. Agri Mart (fuel)32.58

Ck 4473  Rural Water #146.78

Ck 4474  Marion Co.  (waste assessment)132.00

Ck 4475  Jessica Gilbert (25.75 hrs clerk)190.24

Ck 4476  Jessica Gilbert (postage reimbursed)9.32

Ck 4477 U.S. Post Office (stamps)49.00

Total Expenses1,068.24

Balance as of February 201536,933.75

Investment Funds5,000.00

41,933.75 (available funds)

Funds on Reserve

Reserve Fund: 4th of July1,099.41

Reserve Fund: Park Improvement398.58

Reserve Fund: Memorial Bench repair500.00

Reserve Fund: Youth Council463.32

February 2015


Beginning Balance`5,873.62

Marion County Ad Valorem5,174.98

Sewer Fees536.00

Delinquent fees paid through County: $116

Hare  $58

Stenzel  $58

Sewer Revenue Received this month: $420

California Sisters  $40

Calvert $360

Thompson $10

Thornhill $10

Total income5,710.98

Balance Prior to Expense11,584.60


Ck 4463  Don Beisel75.00

Ck 4465  Dave Staatz138.53

Ck 4466  State of Ks-Sewer Bond661.25

Ck 4468  Westar59.21

Ck 4470  Office Max (supplies)86.49

    California Sisters reimbursed for Ck 3788

Total Expense1,020.48

Balance as of February 201510,564.12

Investment funds:  none


Beginning Balance1,744.10


State of Kansas1,136.57

Total Income1,136.57

Balance Prior to Expense2,880.67



Total Expense-0-

Balance as of February 20152,880.67

Investment Funds:25,000.00

27,880.67 (available funds)


Financial Statement for February 2015

Balance carried forward`$450.00


Total Income0

Balance Prior to Expense450.00



Total Expense-0-

Balance as of February 2015450.00