Uniontown City Council Minutes of July 12


Minutes are unapproved.

The Regular Council Meeting on July 12, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 7:00 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 were Raymond George, Uniontown Ruritan, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, City Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.



Open Bids for School Pond Improvement Project – no bids received.  Clerk Johnson will reach out to Don George, KDWPT, to determine next step.


2022 Financial Audit presentation – auditor is still waiting on an answer from the state for clarification on the budgeting of the gas utility loan repayments.  She will present next month.


Ruritan Bathroom Project, Raymond “Skeet” George – Mr George showed the council samples for the stall partitions (his choice navy graphite) and asked about color for the epoxy for the floor (his choice maroon).  His choice will be okay for bother, recommended a dark color for the floor.  The sidewalk to the facility was poured today and they will put up the rafters tomorrow.  Clerk Johnson asked for clarification on the concrete invoices for the sidewalks.


Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to pay Uniontown Ruritan for half of the concrete invoices, $859.29, for sidewalks






Treasurer Bolinger presented the June 2022 Treasurer’s Report.  Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $343,297.29, Receipts $68,014.78, Transfers Out $5,026.00, Expenditures $34,520.81, Checking Account Closing Balance $371,765.26. Bank Statement Balance $375,547.36, including Checking Account Interest of $30.03, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $3,782.10, Reconciled Balance $371,765.26.  Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $30,100.97, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $18,593.23, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $28,381.43, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $448,840.89. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $176.59, and Utility CDs $168.40 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $344.99.  Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of June 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0.  June Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00 and to Lease Purchase Fund-Maint Vehicle $500.00; from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00 and to Lease Purchase Fund-Maint Vehicle $500.00; from Gas Utility Fund to Lease Purchase Fund-Maint Vehicle $500.00; from General Fund to Lease Purchase Fund-Maint Vehicle $500.00, Total Transfers of $5,026.00.  Net Income for the month of June $28,467.97, Year-to-Date Net Income $48,021.76.  Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $54,478.97 (51.7%), Expenditures $52,887.27 (40.5%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $17,479.06 (49.0%), Expenditures $21,248.5 (51.8%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $84,275.58 (60.4%), Expenditures $77,231.68 (31.5%); General Fund YTD Revenue $94,259.14 (73.4%), Expenditures $78,216.43 (47.3%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $3,578.39 (52.2%), Expenditures $1,041.18 (9.8%).  The July 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $25,923.51 were presented.



Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0, to approve Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of June 14, 2022 Regular Council Meeting and June 29, 2022 Budget Worksession
  • Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables



Superintendent Rich reported KDOT was here for a Safety Inspection.  He has corrected all items discussed during the inspection.

It is time for lead and copper testing of the water system.

The water and sewer lines for the Ruritan bathroom project was discussed.

Lightning struck the telemetry at Redfield pump station at 2:37AM, 7/12/2022.

Councilmembers thank him for park looking so nice for the Independence Day Bash.  Councilwoman Kelly inquired if Rich was keeping up without help this summer.  He has not fogged for mosquitos yet this year and there have been no complaints.


Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported that demolition has started at 404 Washington.  We still have not received a list of planned rehabilitation and timeline.  Clerk Johnson will reach out to partners.

He has not received anything from the attorney regarding the Smith Estate.  Clerk Johnson will follow-up.


Clerk Johnson informed the council that KMU will be hosting a water training at Uniontown Community Center on November 1.  It is on lead and copper revised rule and surface water treatment.  It is free and attendees will receive 5 CEUs.


Motion by Esslinger, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to approve Bobby Rich attending if he so chooses


A letter was received from League of Kansas Municipalities asking the governing body to thank our legislators for supporting local government.

The response to KCC notice of probable noncompliance identified during the KCC inspection in May was reviewed and our response and proposed plan of action was accepted with no recommendation for civil penalty.



Councilman Ervin – BBCO REDI is planning a visioning session and asked for which of the three suggested dates (August 23, August 30, or September 13) will work for our governing body.  August 23 or 30 will work.  Once plans are finalized council members will let Clerk Johnson know if they are attending in order to notify the public of a possible quorum.  He also asked Clerk Johnson to send him the KMGA Regional Meeting particulars again.  403 Sherman has a complaint about water readings and usage.  Clerk Johnson will send information on the readings and consumption to him to go over with citizen.

Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing

Councilman Hartman – nothing

Councilwoman Kelly – pothole on Fifth St is getting bigger.  Superintendent Rich is adding gravel often until he can get some saturock ordered.

Councilman Stewart – nothing

Mayor Jurgensen – a thank you note for Union State Bank was passed around for signatures.  Clerk Johnson will take to bank tomorrow.



American Rescue Plan Act update – We have received $40,288.82 and will be used for upgrade to the warehouse and/or bathrooms at City Hall.  All funds must be encumbered by December 31, 2024 and expended by December 31, 2026.  Coyan developed a drawing and specs for the bathroom upgrade and is soliciting contractors to bid.  He is also soliciting contractors to bid on the re-skinning of the warehouse, replacement of east rollup door and addition of rollup door on south.


Street Repair – Mayor Jurgensen had a map of suggested areas to resurface – S Washington St from First St south to Chaffin St, Sherman St from Second St south to Union St, Third St from Sherman St east to Fulton St, Seventh St from Washington St east to Sherman St, a few feet of Sherman St south of Seventh St, Third St from Fulton St east to Clay St.  It was suggested to mill and compact gravel certain sections then overlay next year to repair sinking areas.  An invitation for bids will be published.  Clerk Johnson will contact SEK Regional Planning Commission to see if there are grant funds available for city streets.



2023 Budget – mil rate last year was 36.899, council intends to exceed revenue neutral rate but lower the mil from last year.


Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to notify County Clerk that the City of Uniontown intends to exceed the Revenue Neutral Rate and will hold a Revenue Neutral Rate Hearing on September 12, 2022 at 6:45PM at the Uniontown Community Center and the proposed mil rate is 35.312


Clerk Johnson will send notice to the county clerk.


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 of non-elected personnel, the open meeting to resume at 9:10PM.


Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to extend executive session pursuant to non-elected personnel matters exception, KSA 4319(b)(1), in order to discuss performance on non-elected personnel, the open meeting to resume at 9:20PM


Open meeting resumed at 9:20PM.  There was discussion on the social media posting regarding the impound kennel and the subsequent vandalism at the kennel.  Council will gather more information and leave the kennel where it is for now and revisit the issue next month.


Moved by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 9:56PM

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