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City of Belvue

Belvue KS Regular Council Meeting

January 10th, 2022

 

Attendance: Mayor James Horak, Council Members Kevin Fifer, Jenice Howard, Eric Linnebur, and Matt Barr were present. Council Member John Zapp was absent. City Clerk Denise Howard and City Clerk & Superintendent Joe Peterson were present.

 

The Meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm.

 

The Minutes from the December 13th Regular Meeting were read, and Eric Linnebur made the motion to accept them with slight amendments. Matt Barr seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

 

The City Superintendent Joe Peterson spoke of Onyx’s interest in trading natural stone for the concrete barriers at the Park. The consensus was that as long as the final result was aesthetically pleasing, it was fine. Jenice Howard made the motion to trade the concrete barriers for natural stone for the barriers. Kevin Fifer seconded, the motion passed unanimously. The City Superintendent was asked to look into it as weather permits.

 

City Clerk Joe Peterson informed the Council that Berkshire Hathaway, the underwriter for the City insurance, was leaving the market, and would not renew the insurance in April. The insurance agent is getting quotes for other underwriters.

 

Brandon Channel from Ag Partners Co-op spoke of plans for the property, and submitted plans to obtain a building permit for a new machine shop. The Council reviewed the plans. Matt Barr made a motion to approve the building permit, contingent on a modification to the concrete approach on the east side of the building, and the Co-op adding an alley to the north of the apartments, connecting Noble alley and Broadway St at the time they begin dirt work. Kevin Fifer seconded, and the motion passed unanimously on a show of hands. The Clerk was instructed to compose a letter of understanding for a signature, and the Co-op was asked to submit plans with a modified approach.

 

The bills for the month were read, Kevin Fifer made the motion to pay them, with Eric Linnebur seconding. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Councilman John Zapp submitted a written letter of resignation from the Council, citing personal and family reasons. The Council accepted his resignation. Mayor James Horak nominated Kevin Jones, attending, to succeed John Zapp for the remainder of his term. Matt Barr made the motion to accept the nomination of Kevin Jones, Jenice Howard seconded, and the motion passed unanimously on a show of hands. The Oath of Office was administered by Mayor James Horak.

 

The cost of living adjustment, brought up at the last City Meeting, was spoken of again. Based on two cost of living indices, it was determined that the cost of living rose 4-7% last year. Jenice Howard made a motion to give the City employees a 7% increase in wage to account for inflation. Matt Barr seconded the motion, which passed unanimously on a show of hands.

 

The Regular City Council Meeting for February 14th was moved from 7:00pm to 6:30pm.

At 9:07, Eric Linnebur made the motion to adjourn, which Kevin Fifer seconded, and it passed unanimously.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joe Peterson

City Clerk, Belvue KS

 

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City of Belvue

Belvue KS Regular Council Meeting

December 13th, 2021

 

Attendance: Mayor James Horak, Council Members Kevin Fifer, Jenice Howard, John Zapp, and acting City Superintendent Joe Peterson were present. Council Members Eric Linnebur and Matt Barr were absent. City Clerks Denise Howard and Joe Peterson were present.

 

The Meeting was called to order at 7:13 pm.

 

The Minutes from the November 8th Regular Meeting were read, and Kevin Fifer making the motion to accept them without changes. Jenice Howard seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

 

The City Superintendent, Joe Peterson, gave a brief update on the tool situation at the City Shop. He was encouraged to get the tools he needs for the job. The situation of the leaking water meter at 201 Noble was discussed, and the Superintendent was asked to follow up with Bill’s Plumbing.

 

Moving on to City business, the trash pickup was discussed, with Kevin Fifer making the motion to go with Tri-County as A1 appears defunct. John Zapp seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

 

A proof of the mailer regarding the upcoming hearing related to a former employee taking public funds was shown to the Council. The City Clerk was asked to send it to Mr Jake Pugh as soon as possible, once approved by him, John Zapp made the motion to send out the notice of legal action with Kim Fitzgerald. Jenice Howard seconded, the motion passed unanimously.

 

A proposition was floated to trade the Co-op the part north part of Noble alley for property for a new alley to the north of the apartment between the alley and Broadway. The Clerk was asked to have Pugh & Pugh start drafting paperwork, as well as for the petition for the abandonment of the alley at the end of 6th St. on the northeast side of town. Discussion on both topics was moved to the next City Meeting.

 

Mayor James Horak asked for a building permit to add on to his garage for an office, and onto his shop for a compressor lean to. Jenice Howard made the motion to approve, Kevin Fifer seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

The Clerk reported that the City Superintendent position had one applicant, Joe Peterson. Discussion ensued on pay, and whether to salary the City Clerk position. It was decided City Clerk Denise Howard would continue to be paid hourly, but City Clerk and Superintendent Joe Peterson would be salaried for both positions due to job overlap. John Zapp made the motion to pay Joe Peterson $2500 per month for both positions, with a $500 per month bonus once he has his sewer and water operator certifications.

 

The Council spoke briefly about security cameras and lights in the City to improve security, and allow remote checking on sewer and water infrastructure. It was decided to discuss this further at a later date.

 

Kevin Fifer made the motion to pay the bills for the month, Jenice Howard seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

At 9:41pm the Meeting came to an end for lack of a quorum.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joe Peterson

City Clerk, Belvue KS

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City of Belvue

Belvue KS Regular Council Meeting

November 8th, 2021

 

Attendance: Mayor James Horak, Council Members Kevin Fifer, Jenice Howard, John Zapp, and City Superintendent Brad Caudill present. Council Members Eric Linnebur and Matt Barr were absent. City Clerks Denise Howard and Joe Peterson were present.

 

The Meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm.

 

The Minutes from the October 11th Regular Meeting were read, and Kevin Fifer making the motion to accept them without changes. John Zapp seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

 

The City Superintendent, Brad Caudill, then gave a brief update on the Park, which was been winterized, and on the meter situation, of which the problem meters from last year have been checked and insulated. He has not heard from the Co-op’s contractor regarding the sewer line being dug up and capped at the properties that have been torn down. Councilman John Zapp mentioned that his meter may be leaking, the Superintendent will look into it.

 

City Clerk Joe Peterson mentioned that there were six outstandingly delinquent utility accounts that needed attention this month, one of which is known to be someone who moved out of town. Detailed discussion was moved to the executive session.

 

The Council heard from Des Prockish, guardian of Delbert Prockish, who owns the property at 117 Olive St. Due to a computer error in the City utility system, no bills were sent out in over a year, and when the error was caught, the bill was enormously expensive. Mrs. Prockish stated that Delbert was in a nursing home, on a fixed income, and was unable to pay the bill; she was disturbed and upset by the fact that the bill had not been sent, and thought she ought not be responsible for the usage by the evicted tenants whom it took legal action to dislodge. The Council discussed the amount owed and the wherefore of the non-billing, then decided to discuss it at length in executive session.

 

Next, City Clerk Joe Peterson asked if it was possible to move back the proposed addition of speed limit signs and the replacement of certain other signs in town into Fiscal Year 2022, which would not only provide better weather, but ensure the City stays within budget for 2021.

 

The Council then heard from Mr & Mrs Pardue at 602 Broadway, who requested a building permit to replace a porch on the front of the house with an addition roughly the same size. John Zapp made the motion to approve the building permit for the addition at 602 Broadway. Jenice Howard seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

The City Clerk was asked to compose a help wanted advertisement to find a replacement for City Superintendent Brad Caudill, who will be leaving his position November 30th. The Clerk will email it to Councilmembers, and subject to their approval, is authorized to place the advertisement in the Wamego Times. Kevin Fifer made the motion to put the ad in the Times, Jenice Howard seconded, the motion passed unanimously.

 

The City has had some problems recently, due to A-1 Trash Service not picking up in a timely manner. The Clerk was instructed to get quotes from Waste Management and Tri County to pick up the City trash from the Park, the Boat Ramp, and the dumpster behind the Fire Barn, in view that although they might be more expensive, at least they offer a timely service. Kevin Fifer made the motion to switch trash companies, the price not to exceed $1000. John Zapp seconded the motion, the motion passed unanimously.

 

Councilman John Zapp made a motion to enter executive session for 20 minutes, Kevin Fifer seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. At 8:14 pm, the Council exited executive session, whereupon Kevin Fifer made a motion to reenter executive session until 8:30 pm. Jenice Howard seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. At the end of the executive session, John Zapp made the motion to vacate the utilities bill for 117 Olive St, as requested by Des Prockish, guardian of Delbert Prockish, due to a water system error in the computer; the meter will be pulled from the property and will need to be reinstated in accordance with the City of Belvue Utility Policy; and utilities service will not be provided in the City of Belvue for Tina or George Darden without payment on the balance owed. Kevin Fifer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously on a show of hands.

 

The bills for the month were then read. Kevin Fifer made the motion to pay the bills as normal, with the exception of the bill to Mid America Road Builders, which would be paid from the Capital Improvement Fund. John Zapp seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

 

At 8:58 pm, John Zapp made the motion to enter executive session for 5 min. Kevin Fifer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

 

Kevin Fifer made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:21 pm, John Zapp seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joe Peterson

City Clerk, Belvue KS

 

 

City of Belvue

City of Belvue Regular Council Meeting

 

October 11, 2021

 

Attendence: Mayor: James Horak, Council Members: Kevin Fifer, Eric Linnebur, Matthew Barr, Jenice Howard.

Not in Attendence: Council member: John Zapp, City Clerk: Joe Peterson

City Superintendent: Brad Caudill

City Clerk: Denise Howard

Meeting called to order: 7:03 pm

Pledge of Allegiance: All participated.

Previous meeting minutes approval:

Minutes from regular meeting September 13, 2021 and special meeting September 20, 2021 were read and reviewed by mayor and council members. Motion was made by council member Kevin Fifer to accept both sets of minutes as written. Council member Matthew Barr seconded the motion. Motion was passed by council members Kevin Fifer, Matthew Barr, Eric Linnebur and Jenice Howard. Mayor James Horak requested that moving forward the previous month’s minutes be prepared and emailed to himself and council members for review prior to council meeting.

 

Update from City Superintendent:

Brad Caudill requested input as to the appropriate time to close the city park for the season. After discussion, it was determined that the park would be closed the week of Sunday the 17th of October. Mid-America Road Builders workers are completing the chip and seal to the designated streets. Some weather delays have occurred but the work should be completed by the middle of the week ending Saturday, October 16th. Council member Jenice Howard asked question concerning the individual performing the water samples at this time. Mayor James Horak shared that Dennis Ashcraft, licensed professional, is at this time performing that duty for the city. In regard to installing the solar alarm at the post office location Brad suggested that a trencher would be required. This equipment would make the installation more efficient.

 

Update from City Clerk:

City Clerk Denise Howard reported on letters being sent in regard to delinquent water bills ($300.00 or more being owed) and certified letter responses. At this time the city is awaiting responses from both delinquent and certified letters. It was reported that the City of Belvue, KS had received from the State of Kansas Office of Recovery communication in regard to the ARPA funds. These funds will be distributed equally to NEU communities per the City of Belvue opting out of the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act.

 

The City of Belvue received an email from Mary Omodt concerning the high rate of speed vehicles travel down Shortt Road (ignoring the posted 20 miles an hour sign at west side of park). She is concerned for the children and other residents crossing the road going to and from the park and walking etc. Council members discussed this continued action and all agreed it was a valid concern. Council member Jenice Howard suggested that another speed limit sign be located to the east of the park near the intersection of Shortt Rd and Kaycee Ave. Contact will be made with Sheriff Shane Jager again in regard to a show of force by an officer on a regular basis. All council members and mayor feel this would curtail some questionable activity within the community. An additional speed limit sign will be discussed further by the council at a later time.

 

Business:

Council member Kevin Fifer brought to the council’s attention an ongoing issue that he has with a tree on city property that has been growing into his fence for quite sometime. He has trimmed the tree back a number of times but the size of the tree is now making it difficult to do so again. He would like the city to remove the tree. It was discussed and determined that council members would look at the tree to determine a fair bid for removal of the tree. Council member Eric Linnebur made a motion for the tree to be removed at the city’s expense. The motion was seconded by council member Matthew Barr. Motion was approved by council members Matthew Barr, Eric Linnebur and Jenice Howard with council member Kevin Fifer abstaining from the vote.

This action lead to discussion by various council members regarding trees at the park that roots are pushing through the concrete on the basketball court. If this is allowed to continue the concrete court will begin to break up. The action of removing the trees and placing canopies for shading was discussed. Further discussion will follow in the spring of 2022.

Council member Jenice Howard brought to the council’s attention that the freezer and refrigerator at the park are not working. The freezer will not maintain a freezing temperature and the refrigerator does not cool properly. There was some discussion involving replacing these items in the future. Mayor James Horak recommended the city look into purchasing a good used freezer and refrigerator. This issue will be addressed again in the spring of 2022.

Mayor James Horak made an announcement the City Superintendent Brad Caudill had submitted his resignation to be effective November 30, 2021. All council members and clerk present thanked Brad for the time and attention that he has given to the superintendent position. Brad shared that he would be willing to train another individual. The mayor and council members will now actively proceed in acquiring a replacement.

 

Bill Approval:

Bills were read by Mayor James Horak. Council member Kevin Fifer made motion to pay the bills as read and council member Eric Linnebur seconded the motion. Council members Matthew Barr, Eric Linnebur, Kevin Fifer and Jenice Howard all voted to pay the bills as read.

 

Adjournment of Meeting: 7:47 pm

Motion was made by council member Eric Linnebur and seconded by council member Kevin Fifer to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed unanimously with council members Matthew Barr, Eric Linnebur, Kevin Fifer and Jenice Howard voting.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Denise G. Howard

City Clerk

City of Belvue, KS

 

 

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City of Belvue

Belvue KS Special Council Meeting

September 20th, 2021

 

Attendance: Mayor James Horak, Council Members Kevin Fifer, Jenice Howard, John Zapp, and Matt Barr were present. Council Member Eric Linnebur and City Superintendent Brad Caudill were absent. City Clerks Denise Howard and Joe Peterson were present.

 

The Meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm.

 

City Clerk Joe Peterson spoke about the letter from KDHE requiring the City to have a KDHE certified water and wastewater operator on file by September 30th. City Superintendent Brad Caudill will need to take the test at the next opportunity. Dennis Ashcraft, from Mayetta, who has helped the City in the past, was willing to fill in for $200 per license/month plus his $40/hr pay and $0.57/mi. travel pay as per State of Kansas rate. He would visit onsite once per month. Several Council Members suggested contacting other local cities to see what the cost of having an operator on file was. Kevin Fifer made the motion that Mayor James Horak would find a certified operator before the deadline, Matt Barr seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

 

Councilor Matt Barr, heading the Consecration Committee, updated the Council on progress toward the Consecration. The Committee has reviewed various forms and statements, and has reached out to Fr. Rutledge to request his attendance, but has not heard back to date. The Council spoke of getting Sacred and Immaculate Heart Pictures for the event, and decided that City funding will not be used in this event.

 

The Council then moved to the 150th Anniversary Celebration Picnic in Belvue. Councilor Jenice Howard, in charge of the Planning Committee, laid out her vision of the most reasonable and efficient way of coordinating the event. She spoke of a banner, posters, streamers, and meat and cheese trays, as well as coordinating side dishes and desserts. Councilor John Zapp highly recommended having a pinata, and offered to donate Polish hot dogs from a sausage maker in Wisconsin for the event. A quick estimate of the number of people attending ensued. The time of the event was fixed on October 10th, from 12:00 – 5:00 pm, with the food starting to be served around 2:00 pm. John Zapp made a motion to allow $1500 to the Planning Committee for the event, Matt Barr seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

At 8:18, Kevin Fifer made the motion to enter executive session for one hour, or until business finished. John Zapp seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

At 8:47, the meeting came to a close for lack of a quorum.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joe Peterson

City Clerk, Belvue KS

 

 

City of Belvue

Belvue KS Regular Council Meeting

September 13th, 2021

 

Attendance: Mayor James Horak, Council Members Kevin Fifer, Jenice Howard, John Zapp, and Matt Barr were present. Council Member Eric Linnebur and City Superintendent Brad Caudill were absent. City Clerks Denise Howard and Joe Peterson were present.

 

The Meeting was called to order at 7:09 pm.

 

The Minutes for the August 9th Regular Meeting were read. Jenice Howard made a motion to approve the August Minutes. The motion was seconded by Kevin Fifer, and passed unanimously.

 

City Clerk Joe Peterson gave a brief update on the sewer alarms, which have arrived. The chip and seal project was noted to still be missing a timeline, the Clerks will continue to communicate with Mid America Road Builders. City Clerk Joe Peterson mentioned trying to update the Duns & Bradstreet number, as well as the Sam.gov and CAGE numbers. The Council was informed of Adam Yell’s request for a building permit at 104 & 106 Jeannette. After discussions about the proposed floodplain, Matt Barr made the motion to approve the building permit, contingent on Mr Yell signing a paper for the City files that the City had informed him about the proposed flood plain changes and the repercussions of that. John Zapp seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

 

The meeting of State Trooper Moses and Officer Ynacio Bautista with Mayor James Horak and City Clerk Joe Peterson was summarized, pointing out that most of the drug and crime problems were brought into the area by people passing through. A few suggestions were made of how the City could help prevent property crimes related to this, but it was agreed to talk about this at more length later on.

 

The Council then moved on to the City of Belvue Utility Policy. After discussion, it was agreed that it had been proof read and that the clarifications recommended by an attorney, Mr. Jake Pugh, had been put in place, making it ready to be voted on. John Zapp made a motion to accept the Utility Policy as it stood, Kevin Fifer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously on a show of hands.

 

The Council was updated by the Consecration Committee, which would tentatively like the Consecration to occur October 7th at 5pm. The consensus was that the prayers, a statement, a picture, and coordination with a priest were needed, but would be worked on.

 

The Belvue 150th Anniversary Celebration was discussed, and the date tentatively set for October 10th, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the City Park. The idea was to supply some food and drink, and ask citizens to bring drinks and sides. Jenice and Denise Howard will refine the idea, and spearhead the effort.

 

The Council then entered executive session from 9:04 pm to 9:25 pm. Motion was made by John Zapp, seconded by Kevin Fifer, and passed unanimously. At 9:25, Jenice Howard made the motion to continue in executive session until 9:40, or until business was finished. Kevin Fifer seconded, motion passed unanimously.

 

The bills for the month were then read, and Matt Barr made a motion to pay the bills. Kevin Fifer seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

 

At 9:49 pm, Matt Barr made the motion to end the regular meeting. John Zapp seconded, the vote was unanimous.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joe Peterson

City Clerk, Belvue KS

City of Belvue

Belvue KS Regular Council Meeting & Budget Hearing

August 16th, 2021

 

Attendance: Mayor James Horak, Council Members Kevin Fifer, Jenice Howard, Eric Linnebur, and John Zapp, and Matt Barr were present. City Superintendent Brad Caudill, and City Clerks Denise Howard and Joe Peterson were present.

 

The Meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm.

 

The Minutes for the July 12th Regular Meeting were read. A brief, but spirited discussion ensued on whether or not names should be redacted in the City Minutes of the Meeting. Jenice Howard made a motion to amend the July Minutes to include a copy in the City files that contained names and actions of citizens attending the Meeting, and to redact those names in the copy that is published on the City website. She also added as part of the motion as a policy for the Minutes that names and sentiments expressed at the Meetings will be put in the Minutes on the City file, but redacted when put published on the City website. The motion was seconded by Kevin Fifer, and passed unanimously.

 

City Superintendent Brad Caudill gave an update on the flagpole installation at the Park, which is complete. He mentioned the August 24th inspection on the Rural Water shutoff, which will be rebuilt before the inspection. He mentioned that the City now has an account with Smith & Loveless, and can order parts for the water and sewer infrastructure. He floated the idea of having a 150 yr Anniversary celebration at the Park in October, Jenice & Denise Howard, as having expertise in the area, are going to review what is needed for that.

 

The City Clerk gave a brief update on the situation at 409 Broadway, detailing the excellent progress the owner has made on cleanup. The general time frame of the chip and seal project was discussed, and the consensus was to put calcium on the streets that had new gravel. The Clerk was asked to compose a flyer to be handed out, asking for names and contact information for people in town who would be interested in having their driveways chip and sealed when the roads are done in town.

 

The Council then moved on to the City Budget for FY 2022. After some questions and answers, Eric Linnebur made the motion to pass the Budget as it stood. Kevin Fifer seconded the motion, which passed unanimously on a show of hands.

 

The Council discussed creating a Consecration Committee to pursue information on what it would take to get the town consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Matt Barr and John Zapp will spearhead the effort.

 

John Zapp mentioned the opportunity of meeting with a counter narcotics officer to discuss what the City and Council could do to help make Belvue as drug free as possible. The Council expressed great interest, and the Mayor, James Horak, the City Clerk, Joe Peterson, and City Councilor John Zapp made plans to meet with the officer at lunch.

 

The bills for the month were then read, and John Zapp made a motion to pay the bills. Matt Barr seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

 

At 8:56 pm, Matt Barr made the motion to end the regular meeting. John Zapp seconded, the vote was unanimous.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joe Peterson

City Clerk, Belvue KS

 

NOTICE

 

Dear Belvue Citizens,

 

The City of Belvue will be having the remaining streets in town chip & sealed this Fall. If you are interested in having a driveway, or an area at least 10’ wide, chip & sealed at the same time, please provide your name, the address you would like the work done at, and a phone number that you can be reached at to the City office, either by mail at PO Box 27, email at cityofbelvue@gmail.com, by phone at 456-1597, or even by dropping a note off in the Water Payments box outside of the Fire Barn.

 

We will provide the information to the company who is doing the chip & seal, and they will be able to quote the work for you when they come to town for the Street project. The price may be lower as they will have their equipment in town already. We would like to have this information by the 15th of September if possible, as the City is not sure of the exact date the company will be in town.

 

Sincerely,

The Belvue City Council

 

 

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City of Belvue

Belvue KS Regular Council Meeting

July 12th, 2021

 

Attendance: Mayor James Horak, Council Members Kevin Fifer, Jenice Howard, Eric Linnebur, and John Zapp, and Matt Barr were present. City Superintendent Brad Caudill, and City Clerks Denise Howard and Joe Peterson were present.

 

The Meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm.

 

The Minutes for the June 14thth meeting were read, and accepted, the motion made by John Zapp, Jenice Howard seconding, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

City Superintendent Brad Caudill gave an update on the status of the manhole riser installation, which has finished on 5th Street. Gravel has been laid on Noble Ave. The preparations for the flagpole install at the City Park are almost complete, and the netting for the ball diamond backstop could be installed at the same time.

 

A few citizens came to express their frustration and concern with the neighbors at 409 Broadway. The chief areas of concern were the mounds of wood, pallets, and other stuff in the yard and outside the fence, the RV that was being used as living quarters without proper sanitary measures, the dogs in the back yard, and the unsightliness of the property. It was brought to the Council’s attention that the property was a health and fire hazard. The City’s water meter is inside of the fence, which the City is unable to access. After discussion, the Clerk was asked to write a stern letter, detailing the current issues and asking for a cleanup in a timely manner.

 

The Council then moved on to the Utility Policy. After a cursory glance at the highlights, Kevin Fifer made a motion that the Policy be sent to Pugh & Pugh for review from a legal standpoint, then be brought back to be voted on at the August meeting, contingent on any changes that would be necessary. Matt Barr seconded, the vote was unanimous.

 

The Region I Hazard Mitigation Plan, which the City has participated in for the last 10 years, and which allows the City to access FEMA grants for disaster planning and cleanup, was expiring. The Council adopted resolution 07-2021, which renewed participation in the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Eric Linnebur made the motion to accept, Matt Barr seconded, and it passed unanimously.

 

Loretta Lopez came to the meeting to ask if the town could be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. After discussion, it was decided to try to coordinate with a local business, in view of consecrating the town at the same time that the business renews their consecration, and to have a town party at the Park, if possible, in conjunction with them.

 

The Ag Partners Co-op filed paperwork for two building permits to tear down the houses at 307 Broadway and 302 Noble, in view of later expansion. Kevin Fifer made the motion to grant the permits, Matt Barr seconded. The vote was unanimous.

 

The City Superintendent then told the Council about the sewer situation at the Onyx Office. There was an oversight when the plumbing was run, resulting in a buildup of toilet paper at the junction. Onyx maintenance is now aware off it, and is correcting the problem.

 

At 9:06 pm, Matt Barr made the motion to end the regular meeting. John Zapp seconded, the vote was unanimous.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joe Peterson

City Clerk, Belvue KS

 

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City of Belvue

Belvue KS Regular Council Meeting

June 14th, 2021

 

Attendance: Mayor James Horak, Council Members Kevin Fifer, Jenice Howard, Eric Linnebur, and John Zapp were present, Council Member Matt Barr was absent. City Superintendent Brad Caudill, and City Clerks Denise Howard and Joe Peterson were present.

 

The Meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm.

 

The Minutes for the May 10th meeting were read, and accepted, the motion made by Jenice Howard, John Zapp seconding, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

Jim Jackson of Suez gave a short presentation on the water tower inspection, answered questions, and explained bids and options for continuing upkeep.

 

The City Superintendent Brad Caudill gave an update on the on the park water heater, which is installed and working, the sewer lagoon situation, which is still well below capacity, and which should be having the sludge depth checked shortly. He also mentioned that a letter had been sent to the KDHE to change the City’s sewer treatment to a non-discharging designation.

 

City Clerk Joe Peterson presented a bid from TG Rankin for a solar powered sewer backup alarm for $434 per unit, with freight not included. After discussion, Eric Linnebur made the motion to procure 3 units to be placed strategically to prevent potential blockage from flooding anyone’s house. Kevin Fifer seconded, the motion passed unanimously.

 

The Council discussed graveling certain roads and putting down a calcium layer to prevent dust. It was decided that the manhole risers should be installed before the gravel, and that the Council could wait until the June 28th budget meeting to make a motion if the cost of the work would make it necessary.

 

The bills were read for May. Eric Linnebur made the motion to pay the bills, Kevin Fifer seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

At 8:35 pm, Kevin Fifer made a motion to enter an executive session. Eric Linnebur seconded, the Mayor and Council members entered executive session until 9:00 pm. At 9:00 pm, Kevin Fifer made a motion to enter a second executive session for 20 minutes, or until discussion finished. Eric Linnebur seconded, and the Mayor and Councilors reentered executive session. Executive session finished at 9:15 pm.

 

Eric Linnebur mentioned that the City’s insurance had denied his claim for sewage backing up into his basement. The Clerk was asked to express to the insurance company the dissatisfaction of the Council with their non-coverage. Kevin Fifer made a motion to pay Eric $1,500 to cover the cost of clean up and loss of personal goods. Jenice Howard seconded, the motion passed unanimously.

 

Concerned citizen Norman Stutzman asked questions about the City of Belvue receiving money from the County through the American Rescue Plan. The Mayor and Clerk denied that the City was receiving money, pointing out that certain steps and guarantees were required to take the money, and that the City was not interested in pursuing it.

 

At 9:33 pm, Kevin Fifer made the motion to end the meeting. John Zapp seconded, the vote was unanimous.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joe Peterson

City Clerk, Belvue KS  

 

 

 

 

City of Belvue

Consumer Confidence Report – 2021

Covering Calendar Year – 2020

 

This brochure is a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided last year. Included are the details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies. If you would like to observe the decision-making process that affect drinking water quality, please call Norman Stutzman at 785-456-1597.

Our drinking water is supplied from another water system through a Consecutive Connection (CC).Your water comes from :

 

Buyer Name

Seller Name

City of Belvue

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

 

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as those with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) included rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in sources water before we treat it include:

Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, livestock operations and wildlife.

Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.

Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as storm water run-off, agriculture, and residential users.

Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or the result of mining activity.

Organic contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and also come from gas stations, urban storm water run-off, and septic systems.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulation which limits the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. We treat our water according to EPA’s regulations. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.

Our water system is required to test a minimum of 2 samples per month in accordance with the Total Coliform Rule for microbiological contaminants. Coliform bacteria are usually harmless, but their presence in water can be an indication of disease-causing bacteria. When coliform bacteria are found, special follow-up tests are done to determine if harmful bacteria are present in the water supply. If this limit is exceeded, the water supplier must notify the public.

Water Quality Data

The following tables list all of the drinking water contaminants which were detected during the 2020 calendar year. The presence of these contaminants does not necessarily indicate the water poses a health risk. Unless noted, the data presented in this table is from the testing done January 1- December 31, 2020. The state requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. Some of the data, though representative of the water quality, is more than one year old. The bottom line is that the water that is provided to you is safe.

 

Terms & Abbreviations

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): the “Goal” is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to human health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): the “Maximum Allowed” MCL is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level (SMCL): recommended level for a contaminant that is not regulated and has no MCL.

Action Level (AL): the concentration of a contaminant that, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements.

Treatment Technique (TT): a required process intended to reduce levels of a contaminant in drinking water.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL): the highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

Non-Detects (ND): lab analysis indicates that the contaminant is not present.

Parts per Million (ppm) or milligrams per liter (mg/l)

Parts per Billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter (µg/l)

Picocuries per Liter (pCi/L): a measure of the radioactivity in water.

Millirems per Year (mrem/yr): measure of radiation absorbed by the body.

Monitoring Period Average (MPA): An average of sample results obtained during a defined time frame, common examples of monitoring periods are monthly, quarterly and yearly.

Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU): a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person. Turbidity is not regulated for groundwater systems.

Running Annual Average (RAA): an average of sample results obtained over the most current 12 months and used to determine compliance with MCLs.

Locational Running Annual Average (LRAA): Average of sample analytical results for samples taken at a particular monitoring location during the previous four calendar quarters.

 

Testing Results for: City of Belvue

 

Disinfection Byproducts

Monitoring Period

Highest RAA

Range

(low/high)

Unit

MCL

MCLG

Typical Source

TOTAL HALOACETIC ACIDS (HAA5)

2019

2

2.3

ppb

60

0

By-product of drinking water disinfection

TOTAL TRIHALOMETHANES (TTHMs)

2019

5

5.3

ppb

80

0

By-product of drinking water chlorination

 

Lead and Copper

Monitoring Period

90th Percentile

Range

(low/high)

Unit

AL

Sites Over AL

Typical Source

COPPER, FREE

2018 - 2020

0.0625

0.0083 - 0.067

ppm

1.3

0

Corrosion of household plumbing

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Your water system is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Chlorine/Chloramines

Maximum Disinfection Level

MPA

MPA Units

RAA

RAA Units

 

 

 

 

 

10/01/2020 - 10/31/2020

1.3

MG/L

0.9

MG/L

 

During the 2020 calendar year, we had no violation(s) of drinking water regulations.

There are no additional required health effects notices.

There are no additional required health effects violation notices.


Some or all of our drinking water is supplied from another water system. The table below lists all of the drinking water contaminants, which were detected during the 2020 calendar year from the water systems that we purchase drinking water from.

 

Regulated Contaminants

Collection Date

Water System

Highest Value

Range

(low/high)

Unit

MCL

MCLG

Typical Source

BARIUM

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

0.19

0.19

ppm

2

2

Discharge from metal refineries

CHROMIUM

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

2.9

2.9

ppb

100

100

Discharge from steel and pulp mills

FLUORIDE

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

0.21

0.21

ppm

4

4

Natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth.

NITRATE

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

1.3

1.3

ppm

10

10

Runoff from fertilizer use

SELENIUM

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

3.5

3.5

ppb

50

50

Erosion of natural deposits

 

Secondary Contaminants

Collection Date

Water System

Highest Value

Range

(low/high)

Unit

SMCL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALKALINITY, TOTAL

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

410

410

MG/L

300

CALCIUM

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

120

120

MG/L

200

CHLORIDE

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

8.6

8.6

MG/L

250

CONDUCTIVITY @ 25 C UMHOS/CM

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

800

800

UMHO/CM

1500

CORROSIVITY

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

0.31

0.31

LANG

0

HARDNESS, TOTAL (AS CACO3)

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

410

410

MG/L

400

IRON

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

0.29

0.29

MG/L

0.3

MAGNESIUM

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

28

28

MG/L

150

MANGANESE

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

0.029

0.029

MG/L

0.05

NICKEL

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

0.001

0.001

MG/L

0.1

PH

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

7.2

7.2

PH

8.5

PHOSPHORUS, TOTAL

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

0.13

0.13

MG/L

5

POTASSIUM

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

1.7

1.7

MG/L

100

SILICA

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

20

20

MG/L

50

SODIUM

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

21

21

MG/L

100

SULFATE

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

48

48

MG/L

250

TDS

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

500

500

MG/L

500

ZINC

1/6/2020

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

0.023

0.023

MG/L

5



Please Note: Because of sampling schedules, results may be older than 1 year.

During the 2020 calendar year, the water systems that we purchase water from had the below noted violation(s) of drinking water regulations.

Water System

Type

Category

Analyte

Compliance Period

Pottawatomie County RWD 4

MONITORING, ROUTINE (DBP), MAJOR

MON

CDS_DBP_TOTALS

01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020