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8r~sii Town P~i:,e~s t..-:..-;- W Cots St City Oka B Main et, Bid Meeting twice Monday evening in back-to-back meet- ings, Members of the Coldwater City Council first held a budget heating on the 20017 city bud- get. With no public present to question or comment on the budget, the council quickly ap- proved the budget. The motion to adopt the budget came on a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Daniel Hess dissenting. "I just think we should only raise the levy five mils instead of 10 mils," he said. Next the council moved on to its regular meeting, taking the next step in solving the drain- age problem in the 100 block of East Main Street with which they have wrestled for some time As a result, construction has been scheduled to begin on the project next spring. Tuesday night the council accepted the bid of Bryant and Bryant Construction of Halstead. That firm's bid was the lowest of four bids submitted on the project. Bryant and Bryant's bid was $135,555. The four bids were opened and reviewed near the end of July, and Bryant and Bryant's bid was recommended by engi- neer Joel Krosschel of EBH con- sulting engineers. Other bids ranged from $139.946 to $159,332.60. The council had anticipated the project would cost around $150,000. Some additional cost may be incurred when the project is com- pleted. Since the project itself will be basically done in the east half of the block, they may run into some expense in "matching up" the rest of the street in that block. Next the council met with Rick Ensz, vice president of Cooper Malone McCa'm, Inc., financing company of Wichita and Over- land Park. Ensz discussed refinancing the city's 2009 general obligation bonds which were issued at that time to refinance bonds issued in 2002 to finance a number of new water mains around the city and construct a new water tower. He explained that the city could possibly save around $16,000 over the next six years by refinancing them at the cur- rent interest rates. After Ensz explained the con- tract to the council, council- members voted to enter the con- tract with his firm at a cost of three per cent of the bonds -- but the cost would come only if the council approves the refi- nancing. Ensz said that his firm would perform a study of the bonds and interest to determine whether or not an actual savings couldbe made. If not, the coun- cil would be under no obligation tohis firm. Council members voted to contract with the firm to look into the matter. Ensz then presented the pre- liminary figures on the new bonds which would pay off the old bonds. He proposed $700,000 in refinancing. The bonds would be paid out at the same time the old bonds would have been -- in 2022. He said that the $700,000 would cost the city $739,543.33, compared to the current bonds which would cost $756,090 over the term of the bond. That would mean that the city would be able to save $16,547 over the dura- tion of the bond. The council also voted to contract with Gilmore & Bell of Wichita as bond attorneys on the new bond series. In other business, the coun- cil: --Approved payment of the monthly bills in the amount of $128,881.37. --Received a report that the city's oil and gas income for the month of July had amounted to $1,249.64. --Heard Councilman Hess relay a request from South Cen- tral High School for permission to take physical education classes to the city pool on Mon- days and Tuesdays, and hold the annual Cardboard Boat compe- tition and all school swim at the pool in the near future. The coun- cil approved the request. --Heard Kris Moore voice a concern from about a blind cor- ner at the intersection of First and Jefferson, asking that the trees either be trimmed up or stop signs be placed there. The council agreed to get in touch with land owner Dave Sturm to see if there was any problem with the city trimming back the large cedar tree next to the inter- section. --Discussed the proposal from Steve Broussard about the irrigation well Broussard had drilled closer to a city well than allowed by state water regula- tions. After reading a proposal from Broussard, the council de- cided not to accept the terms Broussard proposed, and in- stead instruct City Attorney to draft a letter proposing the city's terms to Broussard. --Heard Public Works Direc- tor Danny Shaw report that he didn't feel that all who should have applied for permits for farm animals in the city have done so. --Talked with Dave Gerstner and Shaw about financing the demolition of a house in the (continued on page 7) Weather as recorded by .lohn Lehman Date High Low Precip. 8-3 98 69 0.00 8-4 97 76 0.03 8-5 92 69 0.00 8-6 91 69 0.10 8-7 85 68 0.02 8-8 89 69 0.00 8-9 89 75 0.00 $1.00 (USPS No. 679-660) Vol. 132 No. 2, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 Official Newspaper for City of Coldwater and Comanche County Box 518 Coldwater, Kansas 67029-0518 (620) 582-2101 mml II With the primary election tak- ing place here last Tuesday, the Comanche County Commission- ers rescheduled their first-Tues- day-of-the-month meeting to last Friday. The meeting also served as the annual meeting of the Comanche County Solid Waste Committee, fulfilling the state re- quirement of an annual meeting for that group. Members of that committee include all three county commis- sioners, Justin York of Red Hills Waste Management, Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Her- nandez, and the mayor of each city (though Protection and Wil- more mayors were not present at the meeting). Hernandez reported on a trip to Kinsley to look at the recy- cling center there. As a result, he recommended that the com- missioners consider having re- cycling bins inside the building with external doors for use by the public when dropping off recyclables there. They also discussed the fact that -- for a fee -- household trash, furniture, and mattresses could be dumped at the county landfill, with a fee of $18 per pickup load (or partial load). York pointed out that while mattresses can be put in the dumpster at the landfill, they can also be picked up at the curb on his residential pickup routes. Hours and days open at the landfill were also discussed. The landfill is now open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Satur- days, as well as on other days by arrangement which can be made by calling the road and bridge department office. After discussing the possi- bility of opening the landfill an additional day each week, the commissioners voted to add Mondays to the schedule, mak- ing the landfill open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each of those days. White goods, stoves, refrig- erators, washers, and dryers, dishwashers, etc., or other iron and steel items, they noted, can be dropped off at the landfill at not be made. She said that the no cost, and the same with trees regulations apply to all counties and yard waste. Trees and yard with a population of 300,000 or waste can also be dumped at no less, noting that all the smaller cost at the tree dump just north- counties had received the same west of Wilmore. letter for the same reason. The commissioners and York --Met in a third executive also discussed the trash pickup session of the day to discuss schedule on the dumpsters at the personnel matters with Mrs. countylandfill, agreeing to con- Bruckner at the deputy t'mue the policy of allowing trash appraiser's request. to be dumped in those --Met with Pat Klecker of dumpsters for a fee. Santa Fe Trail Community Cor- In other business, the com- rections based in Dodge City missioners: who presented the commission- --Approved payment of bills ers with that organization's an- inthe amount of $141,769.71. nual report of activities for July --Met in a short executive 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. session to discuss personnel The commissioners approved matters, and signed the report. He ex- --Met in another executive plained that there are currently session to discuss personnel three adults in Comanche matters with Comanche County County being supervised by his Attorney Skip Herd. office. Two others were in the --Met with Deputy County program during the past year, Appraiser Penny Bruckner who but have since moved to other discussed a letter from the state areas. Though there are cur- stating that Comanche County rently no juveniles being served is out of compliance with state by the organization, he explained regulations in its real estate valu- the programs available. County ation process. However, she ex- Attorney Herd and the commis- plained that the number of real sioners talked with Klecker estate sales in the county within about working more closely with the past year had been so low the school district, and specifi- that accurate comparisons could (continued on page 3) Two County Meetings Monday, Approve Budget During First Monday morning, the Co- manche County Commissioners held a "doubleheader." Starting at 9 a.m., the commis- sioners held their annual public budget hearing on the proposed 2017 county budget. With no "public" present to question or object to the bud- get, the commissioners ap- proved the 2017 budget as pro- posed and published recently. It calls for an 18 mil increase in the county tax levy. Next, they met as the Board of Canvassers for the primary election held here on Tuesday of last week. In addition to checking the tallies turned in by the precinct election workers, the commis- sioners had to review and rule on 15 "provisional" ballots. Those were ballots which were cast Tuesday, but were questioned for any of a number of reasons by the election work- ers. Of the 15, the commissioners deemed six of them to be valid ballots, and those were added to the totals compiled the night of the election. The other eight were deemed not valid because the individual casting the ballot was not regis- tered, had moved or lived out- side the county.