By Nancy D. Borst, TSnews
HAYSVILLE – The Haysville city council got a good audit report for 2021 as part of Monday’s regular monthly meeting.
Teresa Seymour with Forvis, LLP certified public accountants told the council that the audit process again ran “really smooth” and all city funds were at or under budget for 2021. She termed the city’s audit “clean” with no adjustments.
“That’s the best you can get,” she told council members and city staff.
The Haysville Community Library had approximately $9,000 more than the $250,000 insured by the FDIC, she noted. Library director Ken Bell was on hand for another agenda item and told the council this was a temporary issue that has been secured. He said the library will embark on some major capital outlays this year that will reduce the funds on hand.
Bell was at the meeting to ask the city to approve a citywide garage sale to benefit the Friends of the Library. The council approved this year’s sale – the 42nd consecutive one – for Aug. 13 and 14. The council also agreed not to issue any garage sale permits for Aug. 12 to further enhance fundraising for the library, which receives the proceeds from permit sales.
The city also got good news on its Community Development Block Grant for the Sunset Fields Addition paving project during a required public hearing. Bill Mullen reported that the grant project was completed early and the closeout has been done. The final grant reimbursement is down to just $2,000, which had been withheld for administrative costs. That amount now will be paid to the city. Total cost of the project was approximately $1.6 million. Public works director Tony Martinez reported that all the new paving held up even with all the recent heavy rains, so the city is happy with the work.
The meeting began with a pair of proclamations from Mayor Russ Kessler. He proclaimed June as Business Appreciation Month and July as Park and Recreation Month. The council approved both proclamations.
The council approved several expenditures as follows: $12,400 to gWorks for data conversion to new financial software with Tyler Technologies; $1,253.26 per month for a copier lease agreement with ImageQuest, which will save the city $658 per month over its current lease; $23,823.68 for engineered wood fiber from Cunningham Recreation to be installed at the following city parks: Riggs, Fred Cohlmia Memorial, Pear tree, Whisler, Orchard and Kirby.
The council also approved two purchases for public works: $69,768 to buy a vacuum trailer for the water department from Vermeer Great Plains, and $48,779.98 to buy a pump trailer for use by the wastewater department from Power Equipment Direct. The current pump trailer is undersized and does not meet the requirements of the new infrastructure.
Several major improvement projects are ready for engineering design. The council approved three agreements with Professional Engineering Consultants as follows: $111,050 for the River Forest 2nd Addition infrastructure; $130,500 for Copper Tail Addition infrastructure; and $125,000 for the Seneca and 63rd Street multi-use path. The multi-use path will receive 70 percent federal funding through the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization but the city must pay 100 percent of the design cost.
In other business, the council:
• Heard a presentation about an event in Riggs Park July 24 from 4 to 10 p.m. called “ICT Loves Dutch’s Greenhouse.” The event is for plant lovers and vendors and also will include makers, food, family fun and a live band. It is being put on by a Facebook-based group of plant enthusiasts in the Wichita area.
• Approved an ordinance vacating a portion of the platted utility easement at 550 N. Caleb so the property owner can add an in-ground swimming pool.
• Approved a refuse hauler’s license for Best Value Services, LLC, Wichita. This item has been on the agenda for three meetings but council members were told the company had resolved its service issues.
• Decided that no fishing will be allowed in Riggs Park from June 27 to the annual fishing derby on July 4. The pond will be stocked during that week.
• Approved the appointments of the following to the Senior Planning Committee for one-year terms: David Straub, Geri Straub, Kim Cooley, Ruth Miller, Bill McCary, Mary Helen Jordan.
• Approved the appointments of Luetta Yoder and Ken Bell to the Park Board for two-year terms.
City offices will be closed June 20 for Juneteenth and July 4 for Independence Day.