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Council Met using Zoom

The Cunningham City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 27, 2020 using the computer application “Zoom”.  Notice of the meeting was posted on the city website (, as well as in the April 23, 2020 edition of The Cunningham Courier.   

Present were Council Members Jason Ruckle, Karl Vierthaler, Bart Ricke, and Matt Westerhaus; City Attorney Greg Graffman; and City Clerk David Steffen.  

Guests included Todd Shelman and Molly Morgan.

President of the Council Ruckle called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and welcomed guests.

The Council approved the agenda with one addition: Streets – Circle C Paving proposal.  

The Council approved the minutes of the March 30, 2020 meeting as written. 

The governing body discussed the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on current economic conditions on this year’s budget and the challenges ahead when drafting next year’s budget. 

The Fire Department had a run north of town involving four semi-trucks on fire last week.  Chief Stark was unable to make the Council meeting, but wanted the Council to know that Hooray Ranch had included the Cunningham Fire Department volunteers in their gift of smoked ribs, which the ranch staff had prepared and given to health care workers and other first responders in Kingman County and that the volunteers appreciated this very much.

The 1983 Ford brush truck has been taken out of fire service and will be used by city maintenance.  The City transferred $4,500.00 in the General Fund to the Fire Department for equipment in addition to the annual $7,500.00 transfer.

Water Well No. 3 – Todd Shelman gave a brief update on the progress of the Well No. 3 project.  The masonry work on the chemical buildings is nearly complete.  Painters are scheduled to come this week.  That work will include sandblasting the pipe in the existing wellhouses and painting the walls and pipe.  Electrical work will commence this week.  Clarke Well is scheduled to begin drilling the new well next week, depending on the arrival of the casing.  The governing body considered bids for vinyl 2 or 3-rail fence to enclose the 200 ft. diameter circle around the new well from vehicle traffic and parking as required by KDHE.  The consensus of the Council was to consider a 2-rail fence made of 2 3/8” pipe instead.  The Clerk will get bids to be considered at the May meeting. 

Truck Parking – The governing body discussed a semi-tractor parking in a yard in a residential neighborhood.  The truck is backed over the curb and sidewalk to park.  Consensus of the Council was to issue a notice of violation to the resident as this is a violation of Section 116 of the Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities, which was is incorporated into the City Code. 

The governing body also discussed a semi-tractor trailer parking on the street in a residential neighborhood.  Consensus of the Council was to issue a notice of violation to the resident as this is a violation of Article 14-207(a) of the Cunningham City Code which states: No semi-tractor and/or trailer shall be parked at any time on any street within the city limits, except for loading and unloading. 

Pigeons – The governing body discussed the keeping of pigeons in a coop within the city limits.  Consensus of the Council was to issue a notice of violation to the resident as this is a violation of 2-109 of the City Code prohibiting the keeping of fowl within the city limits and pigeons (along with chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, and guineas) are included in the definition of fowl in 2-101 of the Code. 

Livestock – The governing body discussed the keeping of a pony within the city limits.  Consensus of the Council was to issue a notice of violation of 2-109 of the City Code to the resident.

Kingman County Economic Development – Small Business Relief proposal – The City Attorney and City Council discussed a program adopted by the City of Kingman to provide some relief for businesses with a temporary reduction in utility bills in June and July.  The Council approved a motion to adopt a similar program for residents of the City of Cunningham with a $25 per month credit in June and July for those water and sewer utility customers who apply and qualify for the credit.  Kingman County Economic Development director Leslie Schrag will assist with writing the program and a form for the application. Details about the program and the application form will be mailed to all water customers when the annual Consumer Confidence Report is mailed in early May.

Spring Clean-Up – Consensus of the Council was to sponsor a Spring Clean Up this year.  Discussion included the location of the dumpster, setting a schedule of times when the dumpster is accessible, and regulating the type of refuse, trash, and debris that can be put in the dumpster.  The Clerk was instructed to work with city maintenance personnel to set a schedule, and to advertise the schedule and location of the dumpster, and to specify what items may be placed in the dumpster.   

Sidewalks – Consensus of the Council was reconsider sidewalk replacements at a later date due to budget considerations.  

Swimming Pool – Pool Manager Molly Morgan visited with the governing body regarding lifeguard positions, Red Cross training, and condition of the pool house.  Morgan will meet with Mayor Murphy to discuss personnel this week.  Consensus of the Council was for pool employees to go ahead with plans to repaint the pool house and for maintenance employees to continue with plans to clean and paint the pool itself.  Opening date is contingent on county, state, and federal regulations and the weather.    

Parks –  The Council approved a motion to open all areas of the city parks for public use at the end of the Governor’s Executive Order establishing a statewide “stay home” order, unless additional restrictions are put in place by Kingman County.

City Hall – The Council considered options for remodeling the City Hall building to improve office space and the meeting area.  Consensus of the Council was to get a bid for an ADA compliant restroom and to postpone other improvements due to budget considerations.

With no additional items on the agenda requiring legal advice, the City Attorney left the meeting at 7:58 p.m.

Reports –

Property Officer report – No report.  The Clerk will send weed and mowing notices in May.    

Maintenance report – No report.  The Council considered a proposal from Circle C Paving for chip sealing this summer and approved a motion to accept the proposal. 

Planning & Zoning – The City Planning Commission did not meet in April.  The Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 7:00 p.m., May 14, 2020 using the Zoom conferencing computer application for two Conditional Use hearings.

Animal Control – No report.

Westerhaus left the meeting at 8:20 p.m. to respond to a fire call.

Financial Report and Payment of Bills – The Council reviewed the month’s bills and financial report.  Motion by Ruckle, second by Vierthaler, to approve the financial report, including transfers, and pay the bills as presented.  Motion carried, 3/0.

Adjournment –Motion by Ricke, second by Vierthaler to adjourn.  Motion carried, 3/0.   Mr. Ruckle adjourned the meeting at 8:27 p.m.



Kingman County Public Health is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and is working in concert with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Local Law Enforcement agencies, Kingman School Officials, Kingman Emergency Management, Kingman Community Hospital and local Health Care providers to help keep our residents healthy and safe.  For the latest information and resources go to:

The Kingman County Health Department is available and ready to address individual concerns. For immediate questions and concerns call:

  • Kingman Health Department: 620-532-2221
  • Kingman Community Hospital: 620-532-3147
  • More questions? Call Kingman County Health Department at 620-532-2221 or email

For More Information:

CDC – For updates and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit the CDC website

KDHE – For the latest updates and information related to COVID-19, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s COVID-19 Resource Center

Kingman County – For updates and information related to COVID-19 from the Kingman County Health Department, visit the Kingman County webpage

Pratt County – For updates and information from the Pratt County Health Department, visit

Kansas Governor’s Executive Orders – Governor Kelly has issued several executive orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the March 28th Executive Order No. 20-16, establishing a statewide “stay home” order in conjunction with the Kansas Essential Function Framework for COVID-19 response efforts.  To read the full text of any of Governor Kelly’s executive orders, visit



Public Works Operator

City of Cunningham (pop. 454) is accepting applications for a Public Works Operator.  This position will work with the City Superintendent and is responsible for all aspects of city maintenance including water, wastewater, streets, parks, city-owned vehicles, buildings, and other property.

This is a full-time position.  Benefits include family health insurance, KPERS retirement, sick leave, vacation, and seven paid holidays.  Starting wage is based on qualifications and experience.

Applicant must have or be able to obtain Kansas Water Supply Small System Operator certification and Kansas Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Class I certification. A high school diploma or GED is required. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate tractor, backhoe, skid steer and other equipment as needed.  Must be able to read, understand, and maintain maps and records of water and sewer system. Computer skills are required. Successful candidate will possess good written and verbal communication skills, as well as good organizational and interpersonal skills.  Residency within five miles of the City of Cunningham is required within six months of employment, unless waiver granted by City Council. Employment is subject to background check, drug screen and physical exam.

Application is available at City Hall, 119 N. Main Street in Cunningham or email or on city website at

 Send completed application to the City of Cunningham, PO Box 188, Cunningham, Kansas 67035.  The City of Cunningham is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Position remains open until filled.