Fairview City Council 5.2.2024

Submitted by Christine Rosenberger, City Clerk

Mayor Vonderschmidt called the May 2 meeting of the Fairview City Council to order. The full council — Charlie Kramer, Bridget Harvey, Sierra Goering, Doug Bletscher and Steve Holthaus — was present as well as Community Center Manager Joann Keim, City Treasurer Kim Rettele, City Maintenance George Blanton and City Clerk Christine Rosenberger. Guests present included Lois Kramer, Ron Rettele, Lindsay Shaw and Shane Spangler.

Councilman Holthaus made a motion to go into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss the Code Enforcement/Animal Control position. The motion was seconded by Councilman Kramer and approved.

The meeting was called out of executive session after 15 minutes with no action from the session.

Under correspondence, the oiling rates from Brown County were received and reviewed. An appointment notice was received from Carolyn Brock for the 2025 Budget preparation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Brown County Courthouse.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Harvey, seconded by Councilman Bletscher and approved, to accept the minutes of April 4 meeting with corrections.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Harvey, seconded by Councilman Kramer and approved, to accept the Treasurer’s Report as balanced and verified.

Spangler presented a “thank you” note from the Fairview Church of Christ for assistance with demolition of the house west of the church.

Under Old Business, Mayor Vonderschmidt brought the council up to date on the mural project. Al Armstrong will help measure for replacement of metal on the sign. The metal will be primed and powder coated for painting of the mural. The pieces will be painted at ground level and then installed to replace the aged metal currently on the sign. This allows the sign to be disassembled and assembled at the same time. The council discussed the original and current mural mock-up designs. Councilman Kramer inquired about an article in the Fairview Enterprise, which stated the selected design was a representation of Fairview, and discussion between the Council and Committee was had to indicate the progression of the mock-ups and their focus in representing the City of Fairview. The general input for consideration is that the final design should prioritize focus on the fields, farms, creek and highway signage, as well as the wildlife from the State of Kansas. It was determined by Council and Committee that the design will also include additional artwork to ensure the Fairview junction, date of establishment and font suggestions, as well as historical landmarks such as Red Bridge.

A motion was made by Councilman Holthaus, seconded and approved, to support the committee’s design choice with the additional artwork discussed, ensuring the design updates include the Red Bridge, Highway signs, date Fairview was established. Chairperson Sierra Goering thanked the committee for their work on the project. Spangler also thanked the committee and Chairperson Goering.

Under New Business, Mayor Vonderschmidt spoke in regard to a request from Casey Votruba to use the city lot referred to as “Butch’s pasture” for a 3D bow shoot. Any mowing and clean up would be done by Votruba and he would request waivers from participants. The council questioned how long the property would be in use and when. The mayor advised he would pass the questions to Votruba and invite him to the next meeting for discussion.

A building permit was received from Armstrong for block 24, lot 3 of Ash Street for a 50 feet x 34 feet garage. The location is within his property lines. A motion was made by Councilwoman Harvey, seconded by Councilman Holthaus and approved, to approve the permit application.

City Wide Clean-up was confirmed as May 3, 4 and 5. Dumpsters on Commercial Street will be available to city residents for clean-up.

Community Manager Joann Keim advised the council of the estimate for replacement of the air conditioner in the community center large room at a cost of $6,455.10 from Edelmans. After discussion, it was requested the estimate be expanded to include two furnaces and a second air conditioner. She also advised Deb Blanton has agreed to clean the park restrooms this season.

It was reported there would be no city court in April or May. The ball field will be in use for a local group every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. during the months of May through July. The park would be in use May 13 for the local home school group.

City Maintenance George Blanton advised the burn pile will be burned as weather allows.

At the recommendation of Kim Rettele, the application for the Wolf Grant this year will be for an ADA accessible picnic table for the park at an estimated cost of $1,300.

Mayor Vonderschmidt advised three grant applications have been submitted to Grain Belt Express for $500 each for the community center, fire department and park.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Harvey, seconded by Councilwoman Goering and approved, to pay the bills.

Guest Ron Rettele spoke about the manhole risers purchased for replacement. He voiced concern over people exiting the park at the W end by cutting through the ditch and the TA truck parking. He also spoke to the council in regard to noise at Fairview Mills.

The next meeting of the council was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Fairview Community Center.

A motion was made, seconded and approved, to adjourn.

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