January 3, 2017 Commission Minutes

January 3, 2017 Commission Minutes

January 3, 2017 Commission Minutes

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Regular Meeting


January 3, 2017                                                                                                                   5:00 P.M.

Meeting was called to order by Mayor Brian Linin with Vice-Mayor Annette Fairbanks, Commissioner Gary Farris, Commissioner Gwen Mai and Commissioner John Garcia responding to roll call.


Also present were Rich Simon – Director of Public Works, Dustin Bedore – Director of Electric Utilities, Joni Showalter-Police Chief, Suzanne McClure – Economic Development Director, Alex Weis – Code Enforcement, LeAnn Taylor – Municipal Court Clerk/Judge, Sami Philbrick – Museum Director, Joshua Jordan – IT Director, Mary Volk – City Clerk, Jake Kling – City Attorney and Andrew Finzen – City Manager.


Mayor Linin led Pledge of Allegiance





  1. Mayor Linin welcomed Andrew new City Manager and stated, it is great to have him here.



  1. 12/19/16 Commission Meeting Minutes
  2. Appropriation Ordinances, 2017-01, 2017-01A, and 2017-P01

Mary stated, the amount of the check to Commercial Sign on appropriation 2017-01 is incorrect.  The check should be in the amount of $11,540 instead of $22,610.  We will correct the check and print a new appropriation ordinance in the total of $314,397.21. ON A MOTION by Commissioner Garcia to approve Consent Agenda as amended seconded by Vice-Mayor Fairbanks.  MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.



  1. Ordinance 1701: Amending Sections 16-512(a) and 16-518(a) of the code of the City of Goodland – Jake stated, the purpose for the ordinance is for placement of the tag on rear and not front of the vehicle. ON A MOTION by Commissioner Garcia to approve Ordinance 1701: Amending Sections 16-512(a) and 16-518(a) of the code of the City of Goodland seconded by Commissioner Mai.  MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.





  1. Farm Lease Agreement – Mary stated, this is the farm lease agreement with Melvin Nemechek. The lease is the same as past leases, except this lease has a five-year renewal instead of a two-year renewal.  ON A MOTION by Commissioner Garcia to approve the farm lease agreement with Melvin Nemechek seconded by Commissioner Farris.  MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.
  2. Granting License Agreement for Rod Cooper – Mayor Linin stated, this is a twenty-year agreement for Rod Cooper to set air condition units for apartment on sidewalk and to maintain area in good condition with fence.  If they are no longer needed, he will have to restore sidewalk and remove units. Commissioner Garcia asked, does it comply with ADA?  Alex stated, the sidewalk is fourteen feet and ADA requires forty-eight inches.  Jake stated, we are doing a license since the City is not renting the property.  We can revoke a lease at any time.  Commissioner Mai asked, can the fence be more solid for aesthetic purposes?  Mayor Linin stated, there has to be some open area for air flow.  Alex stated, the unit he is putting in is smaller.  The fence is only an idea his will not be exactly like this.  Commissioner Farris asked, who is liable if there is an accident?  Jake stated, the agreement states he will indemnify City of liability.  Mayor Linin stated, I feel making the fence a little more enclosed is reasonable.  Vice-Mayor Fairbanks stated, I agree with philosophy but I would like us to talk to him about the look of the fence.  Alex stated, this is only an example he wants an iron fence.  Commissioner Mai stated, I would like the fence taller to prevent children climbing on fence. ON A MOTION by Commissioner Garcia to accept the license and have Alex talk to Rod about the aesthetics of the fence seconded by Commissioner Farris.  MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.





  1. Highway 24/27 Sign Update – Suzanne stated, the signs tie into the existing welcome signs at Pioneer Park and Highway 27 in front of Orscheln’s. The Commission were provided pictures of the signs.  Service organizations can pay to have their logo on bottom panel of sign.  I have also provided an example of directional signs which is a 2017 budget item.  Also in proposal is an update for sign at City Office with the existing sign removed.  Vice-Mayor Fairbanks asked, what is the time line?  Suzanne stated, it is in works.  Commissioner Mai asked, is it vinyl wrap?  Suzanne stated, no the sign is an aluminum panel with paint which is best quality for a number of years.



  1. Commissioner Reports

Commissioner Mai – 1.  The intersection at Eighth and Walnut is rough; I did not know if we could add to the street project.  2.  I would like to schedule work session with Andrew to establish goals and priorities.  Take time to settle in and consider scheduling it in February.
Commissioner Farris – 1.  Pole that blew down by Advanced Auto is about sixty years old.  Dustin stated, that lighting project in the works.  The poles weaken when State gets salt on them.  The new poles are aluminum, but it is a high priced project with ninety poles involved.

Vice-Mayor Fairbanks – 1.  Welcome to Andrew. I would like to thank Staff for doing a good job while we were looking for a manager.

Commissioner Garcia – 1.  Welcome Andrew on board.  2. One of County Commissioner’s talked to me; they are looking forward to formulating a meeting with City Commission on the 17th or 31st.  Hope we can get some cooperation to move forward.

  1. Mayors Report – Echo Vice-Mayor Fairbanks comments.  I appreciate Staff keeping things running smoothly.  2.  Reminder next Commission meeting is January 17th due to holiday.   I will be absent.  3.  Please remember the reception for Andrew Monday January 9th from 3:30-5:30 in the Commission Room.




ADJOURNMENT WAS HAD ON A MOTION Commissioner Garcia seconded by Vice-Mayor Fairbanks.  Motion carried by unanimous VOTE, meeting Adjourned at 5:30 p.m.






ATTEST:                                                                                Brian Linin, Mayor





Mary P. Volk, City Clerk