Justin Wood finds no pearls, but plenty of slime

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By Linda Segebrecht

“Our shells clacked on the plates.
My tongue was a filling estuary,
My palate hung with starlight. . . “
~From the poem, Oysters, by Seamus Heaney

 

 

 

 

 

By Charles Segebrecht; Photos by Linda Segebrecht
Some food critics nauseously question Shakespeare’s refined 16th century palate. Just the reading of some of his favorite dish names can cause a 21st-century epicure to question William’s tastes: gallimaufries, umbles, carbonadoes, ambergris* and a favorite of mine, funeral baked meats! Are they comedic or tragic or just plain awful?
If the world is your oyster, as was the case with Pistol in Shakespeare’s, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” why would you eat any of these? Or how about eating an oyster–even if the offering happens in a month with the letter “r” in its name (the proverbial rule). And here’s a stronger query: what would compel someone to eat over a hundred of these raw, slimy, ugly bivalves in one setting? Personally, I would prefer Shakespeare’s corner pie, fig’s end, saddle of mutton– oh, wait–I digress. Is your mouth now watering? Regardless, please read on!
Lake Quivira resident, Justin Wood, was recently compelled to let perhaps too many raw oysters slide across his tongue during a timed, fundraising competition–all for a very good cause. On April 6, he once again (fifth year!) aligned with his sister, Dolly Wood, and two of their friends to form their team: Shuck This.

Justin (center) contemplating his strategy moments prior to his thirty-second binge.
Justin (center) contemplating his strategy moments prior to his thirty-second binge. Photo by Linda Segebrecht

At Jak’s Fish House and Oyster Bar on the Country Club Plaza, this formidable foursome nearly set a Kansas City record of three first places in a row in this annual competition, but missed it by one gruesome morsel.
Jason studied the other contestants prior to the showdown, and he recognized potential tough competition coming to this year’s table. Shuck This went on to eat a respectable and whopping one-hundred-and-thirty-five over the two-minute contest while going against six other four-person teams. In this sport, one contestant from each team mechanically slams down oysters for thirty seconds before the next team member takes over for another thirty seconds. The debauchery continues until each participant has suffered. Judges are nearby, watching for sleight of hand trickery and keeping time for the quick two minutes and then eventually counting empty shells. All the while, cheering friends; e.g. Brian Albers – and loved ones; e.g. Jennifer Wood, Justin’s wife (“can’t stand the grey things!”) are literally yelling and screaming.

Trays of wet, slimy spoils after the good fight. By Linda Segebrecht
Trays of wet, slimy spoils after the good fight. By Linda Segebrecht

The “why” Justin and Dolly do this year after year (and have confirmed they will do it again next year) is because each sees the importance of the cause they are supporting. They have no choice in their participation … their father had non-Hodgkin lymphoma fifteen years ago and is now defined as a survivor. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is very dear to them. Amy Michale, with the Overland Park LLS office, shared how this organization is the voice for all blood cancer patients while advocating for policies to accelerate approval of new treatments and ensuring patient access to quality, affordable and coordinated care. (Please see sidebar on page 13.)
Justin remembers eating these creatures with his father while growing up. He will tell you he loves their flavor, but in the same sentence says he prepares them topped with onion and horseradish. Perhaps he can’t taste the oysters for the accoutrements? Regardless, a startling fact remains: after wrapping up the contest, Justin ate still more oysters to celebrate, and this time, “slammed down some beers!”
Jennifer and Justin had just completed a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon when we talked about their Jak’s eating adventure. The question just had to be asked: with all the oyster-eating postulations, does he prove any of them to be true with these binging contests? He says, “not at all!” Do notice his thickening beard next time you see him. These oysters, all cherrystones by the way, came from a Jak’s parent company-owned oyster farm called Rappanannock River Company.

Team ‘Shuck This’ rinses with beer and wine after the two-minute rush/race. Justin’s sister and teammate, Dolly Wood, is pictured at right. By Linda Segebrecht
Team ‘Shuck This’ rinses with beer and wine after the two-minute rush/race. Justin’s sister and teammate, Dolly Wood, is pictured at right. By Linda Segebrecht

The winning team of this gastronomical contest receives $1000 from Jak’s home office in Boulder, Colorado. Established protocol suggests the champion team donate their winnings to the LLS. In addition, the LLS receives the $100 each participant uses to buy in to play. The venue and oysters are provided by Jak’s, as they continue to quietly grow a new Kansas City tradition. Quiet is the operative word. By design. Jak’s Fish House and Oyster Bar’s home office in Boulder is called Big Red F (“F” for fun, fish, family, food, etc.). Talking with John-Mark Larter, a senior associate, he described the fine line between “look at what we do!” to just doing the right thing. Thus, they prefer word-of-mouth advertising for the contest in lieu of television or radio spots. Dolly Wood, a Kansas University nurse, initially found out about it because of her connections with lots of KC chefs; Justin through Dolly.
The affiliation with the local LLS proved to be aligned with Big Red F’s core values, along with the fact Kansas City’s Jak’s manager, Ken Roy, had a sister on the board of directors with LLS. The same oyster-eating contest has been held for over twenty years in Boulder and has been affiliated with charities other than the LLS over the years. It, too, is wildly popular and is driven by contestant commitments and word-of-mouth sharing. John-Mark describes how the contest is encouraged to be raucous, ridiculous and ludicrous – this is the how to the contest. The why is raising money for important organizations up to doing good. It is not a contest fun to watch every day, but certainly is fun once a year!
Every graduating college senior should read an introductory letter from Big Red F’s founder at BigRedF.com. It is obviously an amazing place to work where employees don’t take themselves too seriously, but are very serious about providing the best seafood and eating experience out there. John-Mark wisely knows all his cohorts must have fun and laugh along the way, “or what’s the point?” If graduating this spring with whatever degree, do yourself a favor, interview with the Big Red F group and gather a benchmark to judge all other employers by. Should you become employed by Big Red F, you may eventually acquire a taste for oysters like Justin and Dolly, complementing what Shakespeare had observed. . . “The world is your oyster!”
*Ambergris: whale vomit!

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin disease and myeloma. The society exists to discover life-saving therapies and ensure all blood cancer patients have access to these. LLS is the leading source of free blood cancer information, education and patient support in the world. New and effective therapies, once unimaginable, are now saving the lives of these individuals today – not just someday. Hope has systematically been created over years for an improved quality of life for these patients and their families.
These four blood cancers affect bone marrow, blood cells, lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system. Nearly 1.3 million people in the US are living with or are in remission from one of these cancers.
More than $1 billion has been invested nationally in research by the LLS since its inception sixty-eight years ago resulting in innovative, life-saving treatments. The five-year survival rate for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma has raised from forty-percent in the early 1960’s to 88.5 percent in 2012. The five-year survival rate for non-Hodgkin lymphoma has raised from thirty-one percent in the early 1960’s to 72.6 percent in 2012. In addition, $81,000 worth of travel assistance was made available to 162 patients in 2018, and in the same year, 558 patients received needed financial support totaling $1,166,316.
Call Amy Michale, Brenda Sparks or Kristen Johnson with the Mid-America Chapter of LLS at 913-262-1515 for information on how you can participate with their successful and growing mission by eating lots of oysters and/or joining in on one of their fundraising walks, bike rides, marathons, bike rides, etc.

A Summary of the May 28 Board Meeting

Submitted by Quivira, Inc.
In President Sestak’s absence, Vice President Bowker opened the meeting and invited attending members to share comments and questions. Members stated they were interested in clarifications on the proposed Community Center property transfer into Quivira Community Center, Inc. 501(c)(3) and its proposed bylaws. The Strategic Planning Projects were passed in November of 2017, the Board made a commitment to continuously review ideas to keep our amenities as fiscally prudent as possible. Members had suggested a 501(c)(3) for the Community Center and a team researched the idea. Due diligence was completed, and a legal entity was created within the State, which was required before an IRS 501(c)(3) application could be submitted. A separate board consisting of Q, Inc. members was required and named for the new entity Quivira Community Center, Inc. (Q2). As stated in the town hall meetings, Q2 cannot apply for property tax exemption without the identified property being in Q2’s name. For this reason, no application has been filed. To transfer property, the Foundation Members of Q, Inc. would need to approve a vote allowing the transfer.
The 501(c)(3) can serve as a charitable entity and Quivira Community Center, Inc. (Q2) can take advantage of tax-deductible donations. However, we can only apply for property tax exemption if the 501(c)(3) owns the property.
Attending members had reviewed the Quivira Community Center, Inc. proposed by-laws, as requested, and shared suggestions they would like the Q2 Board to consider in the refinement process. They requested revisions be made available to membership before a vote to transfer property into the Quivira Community Center, Inc. 501(c)(3). Members Nancy Borberg and Vicky Fullen provided written and verbal suggestions for consideration.
Four Town Hall Meetings were held to solicit Community input for the Community Center Operations. Vice President Bowker stated feedback is being considered and member suggestions are welcome. If members were not able to attend the Town Hall Meetings, Vice President Bowker encouraged members to contact anyone on the Board with suggestions or questions. Vice President Bowker will work with the Board to provide continued information to members.
President’s Report
Vice President Bowker reported this is an exciting week for Lake Quivira. Over the past year, the community has worked hard to deliver several projects that grew out of the Strategic Plan the membership voted to approve. The first projects completed were the tennis complex and beach pavilion. This week there will be events to celebrate the Golf Practice Range, the Nature Center, the Equestrian Center and the improved Front Entry. The Community Center and infrastructure improvements continue to evolve. Vice President Bowker welcomed Bruce Allen as a new Member to the Board and the Board filled committee vacancies.
New/Unfinished Business
The Board discussed a ballot item to transfer the Community Center property into Q2. Tim Wilson stated the verbiage needed to be approved by the Board. A motion was made to table the ballot of transferring the property; unanimously approved.
Special Committee Reports
Quivira Community Center, Inc. (“Q2“). Russ French announced his resignation from the Q2 Board. Mr. French announced Mark Kistler will serve as President. Mr. Kistler stated that Derrick Wilde will serve as the Community Center Manager.
Marketing Committee
Ed Markley presented revised membership categories, which were developed by the Marketing and Membership Committee. He also made membership recruitment promotion recommendations for Fall 2019. A motion was made for a Fall promotion; approved. A motion was made to rename the Social membership as Fitness and Social; and rename the Dining membership as Clubhouse; unanimously approved. An amended motion was made to remove the Clubhouse membership category from the Corporate membership; unanimously approved.
Finance Committee
Mr. Wilson reviewed the March financials. The April financials are in draft form and will be presented after the committee reviews them. Staff is working on detailed schedules for capital projects around the community.
Lake & Residential Committee
Mr. Nelson presented the Equestrian Center policy guidelines, which were approved by the Committee. A handout included usage guidelines of boarding, medical attention, horse quarantine, facility reservations and insurance. Mr. Goss stated the barn will still be used for incoming horses and sick horses. A motion was made to approve the new policy guidelines; unanimously approved. Water testing has been sampled at three different locations and was completed with positive results. Tests will be conducted monthly. The Sailing Center has been cleaned up and provided new gravel in the parking lot. Parking of vehicles in the sailing center will be prohibited as boats and trailers have been hit and damaged.
Restrictions Committee
Vice President Bowker is working with the Committee to have all construction rules posted on the public side of the Q Inc. website for potential members in case they are interested in moving to the community and have not become a member yet.
Safety & Security Committee
Leslie Treas requested the Board to consider a proposal to no longer require contractors to provide their car insurance to enter the front gate. This will decrease wait times for our residents and their guest when entering the gate. A motion was made to approve this new rule; unanimously approved.
House Committee
Jennifer Wood is working with the Committee on consistent reporting of sales, reservation policies and staffing procedures.
Golf Committee
Eric Vossman reported the opening of the new driving range has been delayed until May 31 due to poor weather conditions. The Pro Shop should be opening within ten days and the Catfish Café opening shortly after.
Community Center Committee
Vice President Bowker reported construction is progressing and glass will be installed on the exterior. The pool has been poured and then tile will be placed.

President’s Report – June 2019

By Steve Sestak, President, Q Inc. Board of Directors

Thanks to everyone who took the time to attend one of our Town Hall Meetings over the past few months. The questions raised and input provided are very important as we work to finalize the operating plans for the Community Center. Only through your constructive feedback can we know what is important to you and how this new facility can meet those needs. The presentation given at these meetings is now posted on the Lake Quivira website under Member Center (Community Center) for those who were not able to attend.
Now that school is out and summer is upon us, it is time that we all take special care to keep our community safe. Please keep an eye out for the kids and follow our rules, especially the ones pertaining to the lake, golf carts and guest policies. If you have a construction project going on, notify your contractors of the rules and remind them they are not here to use our amenities. Let’s also do our jobs to make our community look as amazing as possible. Through your prompt attention to the little things, such as keeping your dock site in order and being considerate of your neighbors, other members and our staff, we can all enjoy another successful busy season at Lake Quivira.
We are very fortunate to have a great team working in each of our departments. They come to work every day to take care of our community, provide services to our members and respond to your individual requests. Unfortunately, many of them only hear from members when they have something to complain about. Think if you or your employees were treated this way. I recognize there are some members who will always find something to complain about. I find it ironic that many of these same people do not volunteer for anything.
For the rest of you, it is time to show your appreciation for the many great things happening at Lake Quivira and the outstanding efforts of our staff who make them happen. The next time you drive through the front gate, thank the person working for helping to keep our community safe. Offer a personal thanks to the chef and servers for the meal they prepared and served. Stop by and thank our grounds crew for the beautiful common areas and landscaping, despite the difficult winter and large amount of rain they have had to endure. You might think they know they have your appreciation, but it is sure nice to hear it.
Inevitably, there will be some issues this year. . . there always are. When you have something needing attention, consider starting the conversation by mentioning something you are happy about. Can anything at Lake Quivira really be that bad? Also, recognize that asking our staff to address your specific concern takes time away from their other responsibilities. Is it really that important? Finally, when your problem is solved, make an effort to say “thanks.” I cannot promise future incidents will not occur, but I can assure you each is taken seriously and will be promptly addressed.

Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

By Whitney Sojka

We all want to keep our children safe and secure and help them live to their full potential. Knowing how to prevent leading causes of child injury, like drowning, is a step toward this goal.
When most of us are enjoying time at the pool or beach, injuries aren’t the first thing on our minds. Yet, drownings are a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 14, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. In fact, drowning kills more children 1-4 than anything else except birth defects.
Thankfully, parents can play a key role in protecting the children they love from drowning.
* Life jackets can reduce risk and are STRONGLY recommended in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean, even if they know how to swim. Life jackets can be used in and around pools for weaker swimmers too.
* Supervise when in or around water. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children playing in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision”; be close enough to reach the child at all times. Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, talking on the phone, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs) while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.
* Use the Buddy System. Always swim with a buddy. Select swimming sites that have lifeguards when possible.
* Learn to Swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. However, even when children have had formal swimming lessons, constant, careful supervision when children are in the water, and barriers, such as pool fencing to prevent unsupervised access, are still important.
* Feet first. The first descent into any body of water should be a jump — feet first. Before the jump, check water depth and temperature and look for underwater hazards.
* Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning strikes are dangerous.
* Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Parents and child care providers should know CPR.
We all want to have a fun and safe summer at Lake Quivira! Take these extra steps to keep our loved ones safe as we enjoy what is our greatest asset, THE LAKE!

Boating 101: Personal Safety

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A sure sign of spring at Lake Quivira is the sight of people fishing out on the water early in the morning and pontoon boats finding their way back to their dock along our shoreline. At the same time, our days are getting longer, the sun brighter in the sky, and our desire to spend more time outside increases. Therefore, besides talking about how to equip your boat and safely handle it on the water, an important subject relating to boating safety is personal safety.
Personal boating safety should start with protecting yourself and your guests against the sun while on the water. Over the years, numerous articles have been written about the hazards associated with over exposure to the sun. Therefore, before heading out on the water, it is always a good idea to bring along a wide brim hat, a good pair of sun glasses, wear light colored clothing, and use a high spf sun screen to protect exposed skin from the UV rays of the sun and the reflection off of the water. Additionally, as our days get warmer, the effects of dehydration from the heat can be a real concern. Contrary to popular belief, carbonated soft drinks and cold beer are not very effective for preventing dehydration. For this reason, keep plenty of water on your boat, and make sure all of your guests are drinking it. Finally, always wear shoes on the boat and, more importantly, while getting on and off the dock. Today, there are many boaters on the water who adhere to Jimmy Buffet’s lifestyle of “barefoot in paradise.” I also know many of these individuals who have experienced broken toes, having splinters surgically removed from their feet, and sprained ankles or torn ligaments from slipping on wet docks.
While on the water, another aspect of personal boating safety is your ability to protect your guests and yourself from one of the greatest potential hazards on the water, other boaters. For this reason, in order to have the ability to react in a timely manner to avoid a collision, it is important for the boat operator to always remain at the wheel while the boat is moving and have a lookout on the boat while swimmers are in the water. According to our lake rules, swimming from a boat is only permitted on the lake between the buoys and the shoreline and never while a boat is moving or the engine running. While in the water, swimmers should remain close to the boat and never try to swim to shore or another boat unless they are wearing a life jacket. On the water, distances appear much closer than reality, and fatigue can set in quickly before reaching your destination. The lookout on the boat should pay close attention to other boat traffic in the area, the location and condition of swimmers in the water and never let anyone swim under or between the pontoons on the boat. While in the water, it is always a good idea to wear some type of flotation device because of potential fatigue from just treading water for extended periods of time. It is also a prudent practice to have some type of throwable flotation device available on the boat for the lookout to deploy if the need arises.
Due to the many activities available to us as members, summer is by far one of the busiest times of the year at Lake Quivira. With everyone’s help and support, it can also be one of the safest. Hope to see you on the water.

Letters to the Editor

The Folsoms are heading south
Hey, Lake Quivira,
After 33 years we are off to Texas. Since we are from the 1940s, a time and place long long ago and far, far away, we would like to express our feelings with a movie and song from that time.
It has truly been a “Wonderful Life” & “Thanks for the Memories.”
Cheers,
~Jim & Karen Folsom
Quivirans, April 1986-June 2019

Retiring employee expresses appreciation to community
Like Quivira,
Please know that after thirty years of service to you all, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity. I have always been treated with great respect and friendship. The relationships we all nurtured over the years will stay in my memory forever.
I really appreciated the cards and donations to my slush fund. It touched my heart big time. Actually, I lost it, emotionally. Seriously, what a wimp, and I’m old too–right!?
Anyway, know that I love you all and couldn’t be happier to have spent those years working with and for you. You need to know that I couldn’t have done it alone. I had a strong, cohesive, supporting team of technicians who always remained positive and productive. But alas, old-age and health caught up with them.
I wish the best for the community and won’t stay gone too long. I plan on coming back as a seasonal part-timer, working with the turf team, now led by the ever-deserving Brad Lackey, in a couple of months. I’m also probably going to work a little with a marine vendor well associated with the lake in the late fall. We’ll see.
See you all in a couple of months–gone fishin’ and relaxing.
Sincerely,
~Gary Anderson

Member expresses concerns concerning By-Laws for Q2

I have met with Steve Sestak and Margaret Bowker concerning the By-Laws for Q2, and we identified several sections that are inconsistent with the By-Laws for Q Inc.
In order for the community to be regulated equally by both Boards and for Foundation Members to be represented equally as well, we discussed the following changes to the Q2 By-Laws for the regulation of the Community Center:

Article III Board of Directors, Section 3.3 Appointment Class and Term

Insert identical phrasing from the Q Inc. By-Laws:

“Each Director shall be a Foundation Member, or shall be the spouse of a Foundation Member, and a bona fide resident of Lake Quivira.”

Article III Board of Directors, Section 3.1 Removal; Vacancies

Insert identical phrasing from the Q Inc. By-Laws for recall of a Director:

“A majority of a quorum of Foundation Members may vote to remove any member of the Board of Directors at an Annual or Special meeting of the Foundation Members. In order to seek removal of a Director, a Foundation Member must submit a petition to the Board of Directors containing the signatures of at least twenty percent (20%) of the Foundation Members,
which shall request that the Director be considered for removal. Such action to consider removal of a Director must be listed as a subject on the notice of the meeting, and the Director being considered for removal must have a reasonable opportunity to speak at the meeting before the vote.”

Article III Board of Directors, Section 3:13 Compensation

Revise to read as identical in the Q Inc. By-Laws:

“Directors as such will not receive any compensation for their services.”

Article IV, Committees of the Board, Section 4.2 Executive Committee

Remove

Article V Officers, Section 5.8 Compensation

Remove

Article VI General Provisions Section 6.2 Loans

Revise to read identical to Q Inc. By-Laws:

“Quivira, Inc. is not authorized to incur any kind of indebtedness
exceeding $200,000.00 in the aggregate without approval of a majority of the Foundation Members by ballot at a Foundation Membership meeting called for that purpose.”

Article IX Amendments

Revise to read identical to Q Inc. By-Laws:

“Amendments to these Bylaws shall be made in accordance with the Statutes of the State of Kansas. Such amendments may be proposed by the Board of Directors and shall be voted on by the Foundation Members at an Annual or Special Meeting of the Foundation Members. Notice of any such proposed amendment to the Bylaws shall be given to Foundation Members at least ten (10) days prior to the vote on the proposed amendment.”

I would like to request that these revisions be made available to the community for review and comment before the vote to transfer the building and land into the 501c3 for property tax exemption purposes.

~Nancy Borberg
May 25, 2019

 

 

FEMA to the rescue (Fierce, Energetic McAnany Association)

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Trail #3 is now open for all hikers and LQ trail lovers!  Photo (1) was taken May 1 and shows the bridge being washed out.  Photo (2) taken May 30 – Thanks to the efforts of John Nelson, Mike Cooper, Leo DeSpain, Phil McAnany, and special thanks to the McAnany young men – Max, Sam, Tom and Jack – for providing the needed extra muscle to get the bridge back in place!

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NARRATIVE FROM COUNCIL MEETING ON MAY 6, 2019

Mayor Ben Kalny and the following Councilmembers were present: Gayle Best, John Christy, Brady Lilja.
Also Present: City Administrator/Treasurer – Erin Leckey, Police Chief – Fred Grenier.
Visitors: Betsy Vossman, Kim Ansari, John Nelson, Betsy Stewart.
Call to Order: Mayor Kalny called the meeting order at 6:30 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance: All were welcomed to participate.
Recognize Visitors: Betsy Vossman stated that she had seen Mayor Kalny mention upcoming City Elections in his last letter in the Quiviran and wanted to know if it had been mentioned prior to that. Mayor Kalny reminded the Council he had also discussed it there in January because he wanted to make sure the information was distributed after the election offices’ change in rules. He reminded the Council that city elections were coming in November, but citizens interested in running needed to file with the Johnson County Election office by June 1, 2019. Ms. Vossman asked if any other advertising was planned and stated she had three ideas to help. Her first idea is a flyer that is distributed to the black boxes, describing the positions available and how to file. Her second idea was to list the information in the Q News and to have the information added to the information board as well. Her third idea was to host a City Hall Open House for people to visit and discuss jobs with Councilmembers and the Mayor. Mayor Kalny stated that he loved the idea and wanted to move forward with it. The Council discussed and agreed to host an Open House on Sunday, May 1p, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Ms. Vossman volunteered to work with Leanna Walters to get the flyer completed and to advertise for the Open House. City Administrator Leckey stated she would contact Lisa Smith at Q Inc to get the information added to Q News and the information board. Mayor Kalny reiterated he was available any time to discuss elections and answer questions for anyone interested in running, even if they could not make it to the Open House. Mayor Kalny also thanked Ms. Vossman for offering ideas and offering her assistance as well.
Kim Ansari stated that was at the meeting to ask two questions. She first stated she had attended the Town Hall meeting regarding the new Community Center and heard Board President Steve Sestak say Board Members for Q2 had been elected by the Q Inc Board and the City Council during their meetings. Mayor Kalny stated to his knowledge a formal vote by the City had not occurred. He stated he was asked to be an ex-officio member of the Q2 Board and nominated Ms. Leckey to be a Board Member as well. Ms. Leckey reminded those present the City had done research a while ago to see if they could fund and build a Community Center, but had discovered it would use up the city’s bonding capacity which could put the City at risk and be an irresponsible decision on the City’s behalf. They had also discussed if the City funded it, the building could potentially need a public access entrance outside of the gates, which added a layer of complexity. Because of the City’s work previous to Q Inc building the center, the City was asked to be involved on the Board. Ms. Ansari asked if the Q2 Board had bylaws and how she could obtain those, and Mr. Kalny directed her to Q Inc.
Ms. Ansari also asked for clarification on the driveway into the Q Inc driving range and if it serves an emergency purpose. Mayor Kalny stated the City has an agreement with the City of Shawnee Fire to provide emergency services to all locations within the City. It was stated there are technically five entrances into the gated area: the main gate, the west gate, the emergency exit off of Renner, the golf practice facility and the gate that exists by the old Siler Property. Ms. Ansari asked if the golf practice facility was considered an emergency entrance. Councilmember Lilja reminded the Council that before the emergency exit off Renner was constructed, a study was done to see where the best location was to build an exit. The point of the study was to find the location that would be the most beneficial to the community as a whole in an emergency situation. The location off Renner where it was built was deemed the best location due to the proximity to the fire station, and it was deemed that no further entrances needed to be built. Ms. Ansari asked if it was in the community’s best interest to add another emergency location off Quivira Lane. Councilmember Lilja stated he didn’t believe the Shawnee Fire Department currently had access to that location. Ms. Leckey asked Chief Grenier if Q Inc had listed the golf practice facility as an emergency location in their initial BZA meeting and Chief Grenier said no. Mayor Kalny stated he believed the City would be happy to work with Q Inc if they felt another emergency entrance was needed closer to the golf course if it assisted residents in any way. Ms. Leckey stated Mr. Sestak had asked her for Shawnee Fire Chief Mattox’s contact information so he could contact him to see if the entrance off Quivira Lane would be beneficial to Shawnee in the case of an emergency. Ms. Ansari stated she had submitted an official request with the City to obtain the plans submitted for the golf practice facility.
Old Business
Mayor Kalny reminded the Council they needed to discuss adding a Massage Therapy ordinance since the upcoming community center would offer Massage services and it was up to City to regulate those. The ordinance would provide a mechanism for a massage therapy offering to be licensed in the State of Kansas. He stated we have used the language from a Shawnee ordinance as a springboard for ours. He said he was amazed at all of the nuances that go into this ordinance and he feels like more information is required from Q2 as to what their intentions are for their treatment room. He wants to avoid adopting an ordinance inconsistent with the plans for the Massage therapy room. After feedback is given from Q2, more discussion will occur regarding this topic next meeting. Councilmember Best asked if we needed the ordinance passed early, and Mayor Kalny told her we had time to make sure we covered all of our bases.
Mayor Kalny reminded the Council of what has occurred so far in our Dog Ordinance discussion. He reiterated we have an existing ordinance which has evolved over the years and needs to reflect who we are as a community. He reminded everyone of the two surveys that have been distributed and that the information gathered from the surveys and their comments have been very helpful. He applauded Councilmember Lilja for his work in making sure information was gathered from a broad range of the community. Ms. Ansari stated she remembered taking two surveys and wondered if they were the same, and Mayor Kalny stated that they were different. Councilmember Lilja said that information was gathered from surveys, phone calls, interviews, emails and many discussions with residents, in addition to the three previous council meetings involving comments from the public. He thanked Betsy Stewart for her help with the surveys and the process as a whole. He said one piece of information that kept coming up was citizens’ unwillingness to file a formal complaint against their neighbor, and their wish to be able to do so anonymously. Mr. Lilja said he has discussed the anonymous complaint idea with Mr. Sestak and Leslie Treas, both on the Board at Q Inc. to see if they would be able to take that on, since we as a City cannot accept anonymous complaints. Mayor Kalny stated he believes most neighbors would change their dog behavior if they received one of those letters. Councilmember Best asked for a reminder of why the City cannot do that and Chief Grenier stated that we cannot accept anonymous complaints. Ms. Stewart commented even when neighbors talk to neighbors, sometime no changes occur. She stated the top findings from the survey show that most people do not want a leash law and that most people are looking for a way to ensure action is taken after a dog incident has occurred and the neighbor to neighbor discussion has not lead to any changes in negative behavior. Mayor Kalny stated he was well aware that sometimes neighbor-to-neighbor discussions do not result in actions taken but he also believes some behaviors will change after receiving a letter. Ms. Stewart apologized for the problems with Survey #2 and stated Survey Monkey is not the easiest company to work with. Mr. Nelson urged Councilmember Lilja to contact Leslie Treas with Safety & Security, and Councilmember Lilja said he had already talked to her today and should be on the agenda next Monday evening at their meeting. Mr. Nelson also stated Q Inc had rules regarding dogs and that citizens have a common misconception on Chief Grenier’s role. Some citizens believe the city’s Police Officers are here to follow Q Inc’s rules, but they are really required to follow City Ordinances only. Mr. Nelson stated that the does not believe the anonymous letter will work and may not stay anonymous.
Ms. Ansari reminded the Council that social media pages with pictures of dogs breaking the rules has been a great way for people to take ownership and often apologize for their dog’s behaviors. Mr. Nelson stated the social media pages can also become very vicious. He told the Council his dog has been attacked twice, and he has not pressed charges. He is hoping something can be done soon to remedy this situation. Mayor Kalny believes much progress can be made on both the City’s side and Q Inc’s to better understand the administrative limitations each organization has. He expressed a willingness to sit down together to see what will work well enough for each to be able to solve the problem. Councilmember Lilja stated people’s pets are like their family, and most people probably want to know if their dog is behaving badly so they can fix it. He stated he and Councilmember White are suggesting some changes to wording and fines in the existing ordinance. Attorney Rainey stated he would like to get the changes down on the ordinance and be able to have time to send it out to the council to review before the next meeting.
Councilmember Lilja said the first thing people had requested were more poles and dog clean-up bags to be located around the lake. He made a motion to purchase four more poles with bags, not to exceed $1,000. Councilmember Christy asked where they would be located, and Councilmember Lilja said he was going to drive around and see where the best place to put them would be. Councilmember Best asked how many we already have and Councilmember Lilja said we have only five currently. Councilmember Christy seconded the motion. Discussion ensued over where to charge the bags against the budget, and it was decided to take it out of the trash budget. Motion was declared carried.
Councilmember Lilja stated he and Councilmember White wanted to also suggest some changes to language and fines within the ordinance. The changes are as follows:
Councilmember Lilja first wants to add “causing harm to another domestic animal” to the section related to harm. He also wanted the fines in Section Two, letter M (Actual or Threatened Injury). to move from $100-500 to $500, and from $500 to $1,000. Councilmember Best asked clarification on the difference between aggressive and vicious. Chief Grenier stated that aggressive is when a dog runs up to you and you feel threatened by the dogs’ actions. and vicious is when the dog actually causes harm to you. Mayor Kalny asked for clarifications regarding different situations and the fine that would be imposed and suggested offering a range of fines instead. Chief Grenier stated that most courts do offer a range. After discussion it was decided to move the range from $100-500 to $250-500. The $500 fine was moved to $1,000 and the $1,000 fines were moved to $1,500 each. Councilmember Lilja stated these amounts are in line with fine amounts listed in the City of Lenexa’s dog ordinance.
In Letter N – (Injury to a Domestic Animal), the $100 and $250 fines need to be moved to $500 and $1,000. John Nelson inquired about if the increase of fines would be a deterrent to filing a complaint. Chief Grenier stated that typically victims do not inquire what fines/penalties are when filing reports. Mayor Kalny commented in a situation where dogs have a lot more freedom, it’s a higher burden on owners and with that comes responsibility.
Councilmember Lilja suggested the following changes as well: Letter O (Noise, Disturbance of Peace Prohibited). First offense warning – second offense a fine up to $250. Letter P (Removal of Excrement) a first offense of warning and second offense a fine up to $250. Letter Q (Destruction of Property) first offense warning – second offense up to $250. Letter R (Scattering of Garbage or Trash) first offense warning – second offense up to $250. Letter S (Prohibited Areas) first time warning, second up to $250 and third $500. Councilmember Best asked for clarification on who is supposed to call whom on this type of violation. Chief Grenier confirmed that the police can be called by anyone who observes the act. Councilmember Christy asked for clarification on the golf course as a prohibited area, to which it was explained that the entire golf course was included – including winter. Section Y (Penalty) to be revised in accordance with the above revisions. Chief Grenier inquired if in sections M and N, a permanent removal of the animal – if there needed to be verbiage of mandatory microchipping and/or DNA collection or if that should be controlled through the court. It was concluded to let that be a condition of any court agreement should that occur.
Mayor Kalny thanked Councilmember Lilja for his work and concluded the ordinance revisions would be incorporated into new ordinance language for vote consideration at the next council meeting.
Approval of Minutes: Councilmember Lilja moved to approve the Minutes dated April 15, 2019. Councilmember Best seconded the motion. Motion was declared carried.
Councilmember Best inquired how long it took to complete the minutes. City Administrator Leckey informed the Council that they were completed within 24 hours. Councilmember Lilja inquired if both City Administrator Leckey and Chief Grenier worked on the minutes, and it was explained that Chief Grenier prepared the draft from his notes immediately after the council meeting due to being off the rest of that week, while City Administrator Leckey completed the review of audio recordings and provided the detailed narrative. The Council thanked both for their efforts.
City Clerk’s Report: City Administrator Leckey updated the council on approximately 39 dog registrations pending, and Chief Grenier passed on the intent to send a courtesy reminder via email mid-month, as well as the progress in improvements to the dog registration process.
Mayor Kalny informed the council the City is active in our pursuit to fill the City Clerk’s roll, and discussion would continue in the evening’s executive session.
Treasurer’s Report: Councilmember Christy moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Councilmember Lilja seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Police Chief’s Report: Chief Grenier reviewed the monthly report with no additional items to report. Mayor Kalny encouraged additional and increased patrols on the side-by-side.
Councilmembers’ Reports
Councilmember Best discussed Fred Braun day and stated a total of 17.3 tons were picked up. Mayor Kalny provided feedback on how positive the Fred Braun Day was and the sentiment was reiterated by other councilmembers and visitors.
City Marker construction is now complete, including the final selection of the solar lights.
Councilmember Best discussed a Ground Maintenance Contract with Q Inc. regarding the care of City grounds, and she will be meeting with Q Inc. staff to work towards a resolution. She added that the City has recently requested improvements to landscaping around City Hall, and some of that work has begun.
Councilmember Christy stated the fireworks are ready to go. The tree clearing at the spillway was completed. John Nelson commented about the remaining tree debris and that SMAC Representative-Bill Cole was informed of his concern. John Nelson also inquired about the high-water notification system. City Administrator Leckey informed Mr. Nelson she would follow up on that issue.
Councilmember Lilja briefed the council that Leslie Treas and Tim Arnold, who are on Q Inc’s Safety and Security Committee, provided information on the ABDI notification system, and the City’s future App for notification. It was concluded that the City needs to be responsible for their own communication for emergency type notifications.
Councilmember Lilja provided updates regarding logos, mottos and narratives. Regarding logos, the version of LQ sailboat logo with “City of” included were displayed to the council. The Council approved the Logo with the “City of” addition. Councilmember Best provided feedback on the motto “Lake Life Happens Here,” including concerns that the City encompasses more than just a lake, and that the motto is possibly a little narrow. Councilmembers voiced their opinions to not focus on “Lake” but on “Lake Life” as a lifestyle. The Council agreed that logos or motto that could be viewed as elitist should be avoided. Mayor Kalny suggested a revision of motto “…..all the amenities including having a lake in your back yard.” Chief Grenier reminded the council that the City’s motto would be on our city’s website, where examples (photographs/video) of all the amenities would be displayed throughout.
New Business
Updates / Adoption of 2018 Building Codes will be revisited on June’s Council Meeting.
Chief Grenier briefed the council that the Updated Zoning Regulations may be available to adopt by ordinance in the June meeting as well.
Executive Session
Mayor Kalny requested a motion for an Executive Session with invitation for Erin Leckey and Fred Grenier’s participation for the purpose of confidential employment/personnel matters for the duration of 15 minutes.
Councilmember Christy moved to enter Executive Session as requested. Councilmember Lilja seconded the motion. Entered into executive Session at approximately 8:59 pm.
Adjournment
Councilmember Lilja moved to adjourn the meeting. Councilmember Christy seconded the motion. Motion was declared carried and the meeting was adjourned at 9:18 p.m.