COUNCIL MEETING By
Council meeting was held last Monday evening, September 19 and
continuing questions over the natural gas company and a report
on the swap meet were heard. The meeting was called to order by
Mayor Mike Hueston with all city council members present.
The council approved
the minutes from previous meetings and approved Treasurer Jan
Laughlin’s report. There were no issues from the public and the
council moved on to old business.
The first agenda item
was the update on the Mapleton pipeline. Mike Blevins stated
that he was interested in purchasing the gas company, and had
been in communication with the current owner and her attorney.
According to Blevins, the holdup at the present time was getting
Running Fox Oil Company to commit to an agreement to tie into
the Mapleton line.
The transfer of
responsibility of the gas company from the city to the state was
brought up by City Clerk Brenda Boehm, but Linda Metcalf stated
that it’s too early to deal with that topic, so it was put on
hold for the time being.
The agenda covered a
multitude of topics including the Community Swap meet, the team
roping, the auction and horse pull, streetlight repairs and
The council then
discussed electrical service to the Post Office, the old
firehouse and the New2U store. For many in the audience, this
was the first they had heard of the problem.
The building that
these businesses are located in is old, allegedly with the
original electrical wiring in them.
A problem occurred
about six weeks ago and KCPL was called in. They told Mike
Blevins that the electrical boxes needed to be replaced. When
the electrical work came up for discussion, Ron Burton, Jr., an
electrician, stated that he could do the work for $2200 or less,
but nothing in writing was presented.
Linda Metcalf brought
up the fact that bids should be taken, and Mike Blevins agreed.
(Mayor/Fire Chief) said this was an “emergency” situation, so
they didn’t have to get bids, and then stated, “We either pay
$2200 now and have the work done, or pay $2200 for a bull dozer
to knock the buildings down after they burn.”
This statement seemed
to motivate the City Council to have Mr. Burton start the work.
In a later discussion
with Postmaster Mary Lalman, the “emergency situation” the
council discussed originated approximately the fourth week of
August. Lalman said she had been having trouble with the
electrical service in the Post Office for a while.
Her computer had
burnt out, as well as the AC, and a surge protector cord had
also burnt out, prompting a call to KCPL. Lalman said that
there was a short on the pole, and they fixed the problem
temporarily, but would be back at a later time to put up a new
pole and transformer. Lalman said that KCPL recommended that
the breaker boxes on the buildings be replaced, since they were
outdated, and that it would be easier on their part if the boxes
were installed before the new transformer and pole were
installed. Mary said she relayed this information to Hueston
when she saw him.
The situation has not
been resolved as of press time.
During the next order
of business, the council heard from Clerk Boehm that Roger
Ericsson (correct name is Roger Brazier) who helps with the city
budget suggested the city hire someone to show the treasurer an
easier bookkeeping system.
Laughlin stated that she is resigning and that the council
needed to find someone to take over the job. She tried earlier
to resign, but no one would take the job. As the activities in
Mapleton grew, Laughlin’s workload as treasurer also grew, and
she was reportedly tired.
Linda Metcalf and
Mike Blevins both agreed that paying someone around $3000 to
show the treasurer a simpler method could be tabled until a new
treasurer was in place, and the rest of the city council
Boehm submitted a
letter of resignation as City Clerk, and it was accepted. Mandi
Rhue was sworn in as new City Clerk. The meeting was adjourned.