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City Council Meeting June 2, 2024


The regular meeting of the Tipton City Council was held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday June 2, 2024 at City Hall.   Those present were Mayor Jarrod Shivers, City Clerk Brigit Gasper, City Superintendent Rod Barker and City Council members – Ben Avery, Michael Ohnsat, Jessica Krier and Sara Dilley.  Council member Mark Towner was absent.    Also present were guests Kelli Hake and Christine May from the Tipton Community Foundation, Patsy, Keith and Deb Houghton from the Houghton Family Foundation and Joe Phillips from TREB Construction.

Mayor Jarrod Shivers called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 

Minutes from the Monday May 6, 2024 meeting were reviewed and approved.

The meeting began with reports from the representatives of the Tipton Community Foundation and the Houghton Family Foundation to discuss procedures and give a proposed timeline for the building to be erected where the current concession stand is on the north end of the ball field area.  The facility will be the Tipton Sports and Arts Complex with funds for the new structure generously donated by the Houghton Family Foundation.  Examples of the planned facility were shown to the council on foam boards for understanding how the building will be laid out.  Patsy Houghton explained the background and concept behind the Houghton Family Foundation and the future ideas that they envision. She will also have an article in the upcoming issue of the Tipton Times explaining these processes and concepts.  The Houghton Family Foundation has already donated funds for a new fire truck which will be arriving soon in Tipton. The City council is appreciative of their very generous support for the community.  Kelli Hake of the Tipton Community Foundation further explained the roles in the processes between the Houghton Family Foundation and the Tipton Community Foundation.  She reported that there will be a Community Breakfast on Sunday, June 9 from 8:30 am until 11:00 am with a free will offering. Community members may ask any questions they have on the project.  Members of the Tipton Community Foundation will be available at the breakfast to explain their foundation’s purpose and the new facility’s concept examples will be available for viewing.

Brigit reported on utility bills. There were 8 late fees charged, 5 letters sent, and 4 full payments received. 

The sales tax receipt for May was $6898.18.  Receipts for May were $20,352.91; disbursements were $9753.92.

The General Ledger reports for the month and year-to-date were reviewed in addition to the bills paid for May.  Michael Ohnsat made a motion to pay the bills; Ben Avery seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Brigit did a phone appointment with Cole Jost from KMIT the city’s workmen’s compensation insurance provider.  He went through a list of required procedures and processes for the annual update.  There will be additional signed and notarized forms that will need to be kept in the files due to new Kansas Labor law changes. Cole reported back to Brigit that the City is in the Gold status, the highest status, since the city met and documented the required items.  Because of the gold status, there is a lesser cost for the workmen’s compensation insurance for the city.

Brigit will attend the Kansas Region F Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting on June 12, 2024 via Zoom.  This meeting is a review that is done in the region every 5 years to determine hazards faced by the communities and to identify proposed hazard mitigation projects that will reduce potential impacts from those hazards.

The Consumer Confidence Report for the year 2023 is available and the link to the website where it can be read was included on the City Bills which were sent out May 15.  It was also stated that they could call for a paper copy.  A copy is available at the City Building and the Post Office for viewing. Verification form was sent to the State of Kansas and a copy of the report was sent to the Mitchell County Health Department.

Brigit is currently working on the annual budget.  She will meet with Carolyn Brock to review on July 17 at the Mitchell County Courthouse.

The restaurant is closed and the city will be going over options in the future after inspections and evaluation of the contents are completed.

The bathrooms at the existing concession stand were discussed.  The council and Rod will evaluate and options will be discussed at the city meeting.

Rod said that he got the street oiler ready and it works well.  It will be an improvement in getting the streets done more efficiently when they work on rocking them this summer. 

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm and the next meeting date is Monday July 1, 2024 at 7:30 pm. The time of the meeting may be adjusted because of a home ball game that night.


Brigit Gasper

City Clerk                                                                                               

Last Updated ( July 03, 2024 )