February 7, 2022 Commission Minutes

February 7, 2022 Commission Minutes

February 7, 2022 Commission Minutes

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Regular Meeting

February 7, 2022                                                                                                            5:00 P.M.

Mayor Aaron Thompson called the meeting to order with Vice-Mayor J. J. Howard, Commissioner Jason Showalter, Commissioner Ann Myers and Commissioner Brook Redlin responding to roll call. 

Also present were Dustin Bedore – Director of Electric Utilities, Frank Hayes – Chief of Police, Joshua Jordan – IT Director, Kenton Keith – Director of Streets and Facilities, Neal Thornburg – Director of Water and Wastewater, Danny Krayca – Director of Parks, Shauna Johnson – Deputy City Clerk and Kent Brown – City Manager.

Mayor Thompson led Pledge of Allegiance



  1. GRMC Strategic Plan & Overall Operations Update: Craig Loveless, CEO – Craig provided the City Commission an update of the operations at GRMC. The real focus right now is on Core services and working with the community on issues. Another focus is on their employees, employee training has started with a scholarship awarded to the hospital from the Kansas Leadership Program for around forty spots to attend Leadership training.  The Hospital is currently looking for someone to fill in the position of a patient advocate. Commissioner Showalter asked, is there anything the commission could do to help the hospital.  Mr. Loveless stated, I believe economic development in the community would be very helpful to the hospital.  He wanted to thank the City of Goodland Police Department for some help they provided the hospital recently and also the crews for the snow cleanup.  These are examples of how the City is already helping the hospital.


  1. 01/18/22 Commission Meeting Minutes
  2. 01/24/2022 Special Commission Work Session
  3. 01/31/2022 Joint City/County Commission Meeting Minutes
  4. Appropriation Ordinances: 2022-03, 2022-03A, 2022-03B, 2022-P03 and 2022P-03A

ON A MOTION by Commissioner Showalter to approve Consent Agenda seconded by Vice-Mayor Howard.  MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.


  1. Resolution 1579: Cemetery Caretaker Contract – Kent stated, the contract with Joni Guyer as cemetery caretaker expires February 28, 2022.  This resolution is a renewal of her contract for two years.  The contract increases her annual pay to $47,000 beginning March 1, 2022.  ON A MOTION by Vice-Mayor Howard to approve Resolution 1579: Cemetery Caretaker Contract seconded by Commissioner Redlin.  MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0. 


  1. KMEA Board Appointment – Kent stated, the term for Chris Douglas as KMEA Director 2 Board Appointment expires April 30, 2022.  The Commission is required to approve an appointment to this position.  We recommend the reappointment of Chris Douglas.  ON A MOTION by Commissioner Showalter to approve the reappointment of Chris Douglas as KMEA Director 2 seconded by Commissioner Redlin.  MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0. 


  1. City Manager – 1.  At some point they will be meeting with the county commission on the sales tax issue. Mayor Thompson asked, are there any ideas on streets the City would like to work on and the cost?  Kent provided a few examples of some of the projects the City could work on. 2.  Can the Commission provide guideance forthe next step to the Housing Study that was presented on the 31st.  Commissioner Showalter stated, it would nice to meet with County Commission to get their thoughts.  3. Staff is working on a 75/25 grant application for “Building a Stronger Economy”.  4. Staff working to bring Commission possible water rate changes.  5. Drywall project at the museum is complete.

Commissioner Howard asked, what will change with the new CDL requirement do to the City?  Kent stated, staff is currently looking at options. The cost will go up, but the real cost of getting our employee certified is something we are just learning.  Commissioner Redlin asked, is there a need to talk about a Planning Commission?  Kent stated, there is a need for further discussion to instate a Planning Commission.  There is a need for a building downtown to get a Site Plan that requires approval of Planning Commission. 

  • Director of Streets and Facilities: Kenton Keith – Street Chip Seal Project for 2022; Snow Route Information – Kenton stated, the prices listed are based on previous years, the prices are not in for this year.  Kenton gave a review of the streets that were on the list to be fog sealed in 2022.  Commissioner Showalter asked, when will bids be going out?  Kenton stated, I am reviewing who I will send bids to now, then send out in April or May.  Kenton informed the commission a copy of the primary snow route went out to the public.  This was to inform those who park on the street to be aware we would need these vehicles off the street. 
  • Fourth Quarter Financial Report; January Fund Balance report – Kent informed commission information was in their packet.
  • City Commissioners

Vice-Mayor Howard – 1. Thanked all departments for their work, it is appreciated. 

Commissioner Showalter – 1. Would like to encourage the Grant processfor the industrial park.

Commissioner Myers – Thanked the crew for snow removal.  As a business owner on main this work is appreciated.

Commissioner Redlin – 1.  Reminded the new commission they need to speak into the microphone and face the microphone.  2. Thanked the all the departments.

  • Mayor Thompson– Agreed with all comments made by the other commissioners.

ADJOURNMENT WAS HAD ON A MOTION BY Commissioner Redlin seconded by Vice-Mayor Howard.  Motion carried by unanimous VOTE, meeting adjourned at 5:57 p.m.  Next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 22, 2022 in observance of Presidents Day Holiday.


ATTEST:                                                                                Aaron Thompson, Mayor


Shauna Johnson, Deputy City Clerk