The Board of Lyon County Commissioners met in Action Session at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers with the following people in attendance:
Rollie Martin, Chairman Scott A. Briggs, Vice Chairman
Dan Slater, Commissioner *absent Tammy Vopat, County Clerk
Marc Goodman, County Counselor Dan Williams, Co. Controller*absent
Michael Halleran, Asst. Co. Counselor
Others attending the meeting:
Phill Mott, resident Harley Heskett, resident
Viola Heskett, resident Angel Cushing, resident
Tom Cushing, resident Lillian Spellman, resident
Melissa McAllister, resident Hope McAllister, resident
Aiden Shieles, resident Tagan Trahoon, KVOE reporter
Gary Watts, resident Mary Shephard, resident
Sam Seeley, Zoning Joe Foster, City Zoning
Lynn McAllister, resident Rhnae Blackburn, resident
Linda Forbes, resident Adam Blake, Gazette reporter
Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance
Motion: To Approve the Agenda as amended. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Motion: To Approve the Minutes of the 8-20-2020 meeting as corrected.
Motion: To Approve Warrants Payable 8-28-2020 in the amount of $118,592.80. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Appointments: no action taken.
Motion: To Approve signing the 2020 Abstract of Votes cast in the Primary Election held on August 4, 2020. Briggs/Martin 2-0
Personnel changes: no action taken.
Permits: no applications received.
Sam Seeley presented Commissioners with information on Zoning Application #2020013, a recommendation for the adoption of the new regulations. Sam reported the comments from the public and the board is to continue working on the regulations for more clarity. Counselor Goodman instructed Commissioners on the options allowed, accept, reject or return to planning board for further action. Discussion followed on procedures and information was exchanged.
Motion: To Return to Planning Board for further study the Application #2020013, adopting the new Joint Emporia and Lyon County Zoning Regulations (ELC-Z). Martin/Briggs 2-0
Note: Commissioner Martin asked for the document to be split between City and County. Commissioner Briggs stated his information from the public and they understand zoning needs and clarification of issues. Splitting the document as mentioned will hopefully make the plan clearer. Language needs to be precise.
Commissioners thanked the planning board for their work.
Public comment: Mary Shephard commented on the hearing related to the zoning meeting. She was unclear on the rule of law. Viola Heskett commented on an email sent earlier. Viola appreciated returning the zoning application to the board for further review. She stated that Mr. Seeley may be misunderstanding that the general public is not supporting no zoning. Viola commented another misunderstanding was that the pandemic did impact the public input. Angel Cushing commented on her work done on the zoning and appreciated the Commission decision. Lynn McAllister stated that zoning regulations are acceptable, but it should be separate from the comprehensive plan. Harley Heskett commented on the bureaucracy. Phill Mott commented on the zoning regulations and that zoning is for land use. He also commented that the zoning administrator holds no power and decisions may be appealed. Melissa McAllister commented on the zoning administrator’s power. Melissa commented on researching government processes. She commented that the people are not being listened to. She thanked the Commissioners.
Motion: To move to Non-Elected Personnel Executive Session with Commissioners, Janice Huffman and Chip Woods, to return at 10:25 a.m.
Meeting reconvened at 10:25 a.m. with information and direction.
• Attended the Council on Aging meeting.
• Next week is the JEDAC meeting.
• Sales tax numbers are in and are a record high.
• I attended a zoom meeting on Tuesday for the EOC.
• No report.
• JEDAC is Tuesday.
• Drug court was yesterday.
Motion: To move to Legal Executive Session with Commissioners, Sam Seeley, Counselor Halleran and Counselor Goodman, to return at 11:00 a.m.
Meeting reconvened at 10:50 a.m. with information and direction.
Motion: To move to Non-Elected Personnel Executive Session with Commissioners and Janice Huffman, to return at 11:10 a.m. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Meeting reconvened at 11:10 a.m.
Motion: To move to Legal Executive Session for Attorney/Client Privilege with Commissioners, Counselor Halleran and Counselor Goodman, to return at 12:00 p.m. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Meeting reconvened at 12:00 p.m. with information and direction.
Motion: To Adjourn. Martin/Briggs 2-0
There being no further business before the Board, the next Action Session will take place on September 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Tammy Vopat Rollie Martin, Chairman
Lyon County Master Clerk Lyon County Commission