Uniontown City Council Minutes of June 14

Minutes are unapproved until the next council meeting.

The Regular Council Meeting on June 14, 2022 at Uniontown City Hall, was called to order at 6:00 PM by Mayor Jurgensen.  Council members present were Jess Ervin, Danea Esslinger (6:04), Josh Hartman, Amber Kelly, and Bradley Stewart.  Also in attendance for all or part of the meeting were Don George, KDWPT, City Superintendent Bobby Rich, City Codes Enforcement Officer Doug Coyan, City Treasurer Charlene Bolinger, and City Clerk Sally Johnson.



Ruritan Bathroom Project, Skeet George – Mr. George was unable to attend.  The concrete for the bathroom has been poured with floor drains.  Anticipate pouring the concrete for the sidewalk on June 17 or 18 depending on help available.






Treasurer Bolinger presented the May 2022 Treasurer’s Report.  Beginning Checking Account Balance for all funds was $374,736.00, Receipts $44,285.81, Transfers Out $12,776.00, Expenditures $62,948.52, Checking Account Closing Balance $343,297.29. Bank Statement Balance $343,897.73, including Checking Account Interest of $30.53, Outstanding Deposits $0, Outstanding Checks $600.44, Reconciled Balance $343,297.29.  Water Utilities Certificates of Deposit $30,063.99, Sewer Utilities Certificate of Deposit $18,566.16, Gas Utilities Certificates of Deposit $28,346.12, Total All Funds, including Certificates of Deposit $420,273.56. Year-to-Date Interest in Checking Acct is $146.56, and Utility CDs $74.84 for a Total Year-to-Date Interest of $221.40.  Also included the status of the Projects Checking Account for the month of May 2022, Beginning Balance $0, Receipts $0, Expenditures $0, Ending Balance $0.  May Transfers from Sewer Utility Fund to Sewer Revolving Loan $1,402.00 and to Capital Improvement-Streets $250.00; from Water Utility Fund to GO Water Bond & Interest $1,624.00 and to Capital Improvement-Streets $750.00; from Gas Utility Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $6,250.00; from General Fund to Capital Improvement-Streets $2,500.00, Total Transfers of $12,776.00.  Net Loss for the month of May $31,438.71, Year-to-Date Net Income $19,553.79.  Budget vs Actual Water Fund YTD Revenue $45,047.13 (42.7%), Expenditures $44,930.06 (34.4%); Sewer Fund YTD Revenue $14,459.23 (40.5%), Expenditures $18,189.7 (44.3%); Gas Fund YTD Revenue $79,699.68 (57.1%), Expenditures $63,501.51 (25.9%); General Fund YTD Revenue $69,133.52 (53.8%), Expenditures $64,719.69 (39.2%); and Special Highway YTD Revenue $3,578.39 (52.2%), Expenditures $397.28 (3.7%).  The June 2022 estimated payables in the amount of $35,545.46 were presented.



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

  • Minutes of May 10, 2022 Regular Council Meeting and May 25, 2022 Ordinance-ARPA Worksession
  • Treasurer’s Report, Monthly Transaction Report & Accounts Payables



Superintendent Rich reported that a freeze proof hydrant was installed at the fire station for the automatic watering system that is to be installed.  Fire District #3 wants to know who is paying for that (approximately $140).


Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to see if Park Committee will pay and if not pay out of Parks and Recreation line of the General Fund


Codes Enforcement Officer Coyan reported that a certified letter has been sent to owner of 404 Washington.  Clerk Johnson reported that the letter has not been picked up yet and is on its way back. She will send another to owner in care of partner in rehabbing property.  202 Fourth St. had a “Mow Your Yard” sign posted. Tenant came in angry and stated he wouldn’t mow the ditch.  A certified letter was sent to property owner.  They refused to pick up.  Bobby mowed/trimmed, an invoice was sent with the original certified letter enclosed.

Coyan will draw up specs for the ADA bathroom at City Hall and try to find a contractor.  He will also gather some quotes for reskinning the warehouse and putting in the rollup door on the south end.

Draft ordinances for fence regulations, accessory buildings regulations, and establishing trash and physical waste service were presented for first reading.


Motion by Hartman, Second by Stewart, Approved 5-0 to pass and approved Ordinance No. 197 An Ordinance Establishing Regulations for Fences within the City Limits of Uniontown, Kansas; Exceptions, Ordinance No. 198 An Ordinance Establishing Regulations for Accessory Buildings within the City Limits of Uniontown, Kansas; Exceptions, and Ordinance No. 199 An Ordinance Establishing Trash and Physical Waste Service within City Limits of Uniontown, Kansas; Exceptions.


Council asked for an invitation for bids or request for proposals be drafted for the trash service by next meeting.


Clerk Johnson presented a Memorandum of Understanding with Healthy Bourbon County Action Team for the Placemaking grant for the pickleball court and/or outdoor exercise equipment.


Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0 to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between Healthy Bourbon County Action Team and City of Uniontown for Placemaking grant for the pickleball court and/or outdoor exercise equipment.


Resolution No. 2022-0614-1 Adopting the Kansas Homeland Security Region H Hazard Mitigation Plan was presented.


Motion by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0 to adopt Resolution No. 2022-0614-1 Adopting the Kansas Homeland Security Region H Hazard Mitigation Plan


Copier maintenance agreement annual renewal was presented; $25 increase this year.


Motion by Ervin, Second by Hartman, Approved 5-0 to accept the annual renewal of copier maintenance agreement with Modern Copy Systems for $325


Budget worksession was scheduled for June 29, 6PM, food will be provided.  Clerk Johnson will send out text reminder.

Independence Day Bash, sponsored by Union State Bank, will be held on July 1 this year instead of July 3.  Portapotties have been ordered.  Clerk Johnson said she ordered them for Old Settlers also, just in case the new restrooms are not finished.

Citywide yard sales date was set for Saturday, August 20.  Clerk Johnson will put flyer in with billings.

Collection Bureau of Kansas is requesting authorization for legal action for collection of utility account 1017005.


Motion by Ervin, Second by Esslinger, Approved 5-0 to authorize Collection Bureau of Kansas to pursue legal action for collection of utility account 1017005



Councilman Ervin – nothing

Councilwoman Esslinger – nothing

Councilman Hartman – nothing

Councilwoman Kelly – nothing

Councilman Stewart – four-wheelers are speeding and tearing up the railroad right-of-way.

Mayor Jurgensen – Gas Liaison meeting is scheduled for June 22, 2022, 5PM, at community center.



Pond Improvement Project – Invitations for bids were mailed to seven contractors on May 25 and published on May 28 to be received by noon, June 14.  No bids were received.  Some of the contractors wanted some clarification of specifications in the bid.  Don George, KDWPT, advised us on some more specific specifications for the project – 4”-6” riprap, 1’ deep, 8’ wide with 2-3’ below waterline, riprap and weed barrier will be provided on site, designated area to haul excess dirt will be railroad right-of-way at First and Clay Streets, and remove broken part of splashblock and riprap below tube instead of concrete repair of splashblock.  Pond level can be pumped or siphoned down, if needed.  A new invitation for bids will be written and sent out.  The rock the county had already delivered is too large for riprap; although, some could be used to build a shelf for the riprap.  There is plenty of time.  We can ask for an extension, if necessary.  There is some moss on the pond.  Mr George will check if there are any grass carp available to put in the pond.


American Rescue Plan Act update – The second tranche of $20,144.41 was received on June 13, making the total received $40,288.82.  This will be used to upgrade the warehouse or an ADA compliant restroom at City Hall.


Street Repair – Mayor Jurgensen spoke with the county June 14; per the county counselor, they cannot asphalt our streets as they are not allowed to compete with private industry.  Killough will be working in the area in the fall.  We will contact them, Bailey’s Asphalt (did school parking lots), and Bettis for quotes.





Moved by Ervin, Second by Kelly, Approved 5-0, to adjourn at 7:47PM

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