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The Linn Valley City Council held its bi-monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2023, with Mayor Cindy Smith presiding and all council members present. 
Following approval of the July 24th, 2023, meeting minutes, Smith opened the floor for citizen participation, however, there were no citizens seeking to make comments or to share information with the council. Smith then signed a proclamation to commemorate Constitution Week and the two hundred thirty-sixth anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.
Codes Enforcement Officer Don Hastings reported that 23 building permits were issued in July, including two for new residences. This compares with 42 building permits issued, including two for new residences last year at this time. 
Public Safety Director Corey Murrison reported on Police Department activity in the city during the past month, including one DUI arrest and one Domestic Violence complaint. Officers responded to two non-injury vehicle accidents, two vehicle lockouts and three stray dog complaints. 
The Fire Department responded to one motor vehicle accident and one smoke investigation, as well as seven medical calls in Linn Valley. The department also responded to two vehicle fires in Miami County. 
City Clerk Karen Siffring presented the July 2023 Financial Report which included General Fund income of $31,721 and total expenses of $66,395. The council voted to approve the payment of expense vouchers totaling $161,853 for the month of July. 
On a motion by Council Member Robert Suppenbach, the council voted to pass Ordinance #250 which incorporates by reference the “Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities” into the city’s code. This ordinance cancels and repeals Ordinance #241. Also, on a motion by Suppenbach, the council voted to pass Ordinance #251 which adopts by reference the “Uniform Public Offense Code” published by the League of Kansas Municipalities. In a unanimous vote, the council approved a motion by Council President Lou Donelson to approve Ordinance #248 which increases the city’s court cost for the Municipal Court from $55 to $78.50. Donelson noted that the city’s costs have gone up significantly and that the $55 court cost has been in effect since 2015.
In her report, Smith addressed several personnel matters before the council, including her intention to hire an Assistant City Clerk in 2024. Smith cited City Clerk Karen Siffring’s current workload, the critical nature of her duties and the amount of overtime she has had to work just to keep up. Smith expects to post the position and interview prospective candidates by the end of this year. Smith also made a recommendation to the council to consider merit raises for two employees. Council President Lou Donelson followed up with motions to approve a 6 percent salary increase for Public Safety Director Corey Murrison and to increase Siffring’s pay rate from $24.59/hr. to $26.59/hr. Both motions passed with a unanimous vote.


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