Archive for Thursday, July 17, 2008

City supports continuation of county funding program

July 17, 2008

Monday's Edwardsville City Council included discussions of several topics in addition to changes in city government with the reclassification to a city of the second class.

In other business, the Council:

¢ Approved, 5-0, the minutes from the June 23 meeting.

¢ Approved, 5-0, the payment of bills totaling $121,369.42.

¢ Approved, 5-0, a resolution to add an amendment to the Edwardsville Personnel Manual that was adopted June 23. The amendment added the fire department to the vacation accrual rate chart, which was left out originally because it is a different rate than administrative and police department personnel.

¢ Approved, 5-0, a resolution supporting the continuation of the Countywide Initiative for Funding Infrastructure, of CIFI. The program, which was adopted by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kan., gives the cities of Edwardsville, Bonner Springs, Lake Quivira and Kansas City an annual tax levy in addition to existing county tax assessment.

Webb said that in a recently proposed budget, the Unified Government has suggested stopping the program, which he said would hurt the city's future road improvement and infrastructure projects.

Adams agreed, saying he thought the Council should show strong support of the CIFI program because it is the "only benefit we have by being a part of the Unified Government."

Representatives from Edwardsville plan to attend an upcoming Unified Government budget meeting to further express the city's support for CIFI.

¢ Approved, 5-0, a resolution regarding the issuance of industrial revenue bonds and tax abatement for the OK Edwardsville Warehouse Limited Partnership Project in the Mid-Point Corporate Centre.

¢ Approved, 5-0, an ordinance regarding amendments to the city's animal-control code of ordinances. The new ordinance establishes guidelines for livestock operations for private and commercial lots.

The ordinance will allow a maximum of two animals per acre. The ordinance also requires a minimum of 2.5 acres for private operations and five acres for commercial operations and establishes standards for animal shelters and the location of stables, corrals, piles of manure and bedding.

¢ Discussed whether residents should be allowed to opt out of the city's trash removal service with Deffenbaugh for those residents who dump their trash elsewhere than a Edwardsville residence.

Webb said he wasn't sure how the city could do this because Deffenbaugh charges the city based on the number of residential water meters. Webb said if a few residents opt out, the remaining residents would be left making up for that amount because the city is still responsible.

Council members decided to do more research and take up the subject again at the July 28 meeting.

¢ Heard a report from Webb to prepare the Council for the "not-so good news" that would be coming forward in the budget presentation in two weeks. He said his preliminary estimate shows that the city will have to make adjustments in the 2009 budget of about $350,000 to $400,000 to make up for losses in 2008. He will highlight those losses in detail in the budget presentation and discuss solutions such as reductions in staff and mill rate increases to help with the problem.

¢ Heard a report from City Attorney Reed Walker regarding his appointment of Amy Mitchell to the position of assistant city attorney and city prosecutor. Walker said Mitchell had worked in De Soto since 2001 and had other experience in law firms.

¢ Heard a report from City Engineer John Bayless regarding the 110th Street/Edwardsville Drive improvement project. Bayless suggested the Council begin working on a plan for the project so that stages and funds can be finalized.

Bayless said the city has had funds available from KDOT for the past six years that need to be used or will be lost. He said council members and the city engineer would need to interact on the project because of the proximity of residences along the road.

The council will look over a suggested scope of improvements presented by Bayless and will discuss exact plans at a later date.

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