JULY 1, 2013
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on July 1, 2013, with Mayor Kristey Williams presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Matt Childers, Jamie Crum, Sue Jones, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis, and Matt Malone. Also present: Interim City Attorney Cami Baker, Interim City Manager Josh Shaw, Public Works Superintendent Anthony Craft, City Inspector Dan Allen, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Kent Bush, Mary Vogt, Shelly Martin, Lori Shryock, Kent Overaker, Bill Morris, Kristina Cartmell, and Fred Brewster.
Prayer: Pastor John Einem, Christ Lutheran Church, gave the invocation.
Minutes: Childers made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 17, 2013 meeting. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
June (6A): Reavis made a motion to approve Ordinance 6A in the amount of $1,206,009.90. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Bill Morris, representing Downtown Augusta Inc., presented a proposal to paint the lettering on the historical markers along the downtown streetscape. S. Jones made a motion authorizing the Downtown Design Committee to paint the lettering on the historical markers along the downtown streetscape using litho chrome for an amount not to exceed $100. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Shelly Martin, representing the Dusty Boot Saloon and White Knuckle Off Road Jeep Club, presented a request to barricade a portion of State Street on July 19th for a Jeep Night. Martin stated they will have Jeeps on display and several vendors. Martin confirmed that they will have event liability insurance. After discussion regarding what portion of the street(s) should be barricaded, Malone made a motion approving the street closure on July 19th for the Jeep night and authorizing the organizers to work with Public Works Superintendent Anthony Craft to determine what portion(s) of the street(s) should be barricaded. S. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried with Rawlings voting in opposition.
Fred Brewster presented a request to waive the watering restrictions for a benefit car wash for the youth of the First Southern Baptist Church. Reavis made a motion to approve waiving watering restrictions for a benefit car wash for up to three hours. Malone seconded the motion. Motion failed with Reavis and Malone voting in favor of the motion and Childers, Lowery, Crum, S. Jones, and Rawlings voting in opposition.
Convention and Tourism Agreement: Reavis made a motion to approve a one year extension to the Convention and Tourism Agreement with the Augusta Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $3,000. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Spillway Landscaping: Larry Henry with MKEC presented landscaping design alternatives developed for land adjacent to the spillway in Garvin Park. There was a consensus from the governing body for S. Jones to meet Henry at the site to review the issue.
City’s Watering Restrictions and related issues: Shaw stated the One Million Gallon Tank project is complete. Shaw stated he has asked Willis Wilson with Aqua Tech Engineering to provide an estimate of how much water there is in the City Lake.
Augusta City Lake: Rawlings made a motion authorizing the expenditure of $20,000 out of the fish restocking funds to purchase several thousand largemouth bass and an additional 300 lbs of fathead minnow to address the mature carp problem in the Augusta City Lake. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Public Hearing 1201 Money Lot 39: Council conducted a public hearing to take input on the determination of whether a mobile home at 1201 Money Lot 39 should be considered an unsafe and dangerous structure and ordered to be cleaned up. Dan Allen stated he has documents related to this property going back as far as 2002 and as recent as 12/31/2011 regarding the trash and blight at this property. Williams inquired about the cost to clean up the property. Allen stated he received an estimate not to exceed $2,500. Cami Baker suggested the resolution being presented this evening be amended to mirror the previous resolution.
Kristina Cartmell, owner on record for the mobile home located at 1201 Money Lot 39 addressed the governing body. Cartmell stated she has a nephew that is willing to help her haul it off. Williams stated the resolution, if approved tonight, would give Cartmell 30 days from its publication to clean up the property and encouraged her to do so. Mary Vogt addressed the governing body and stated the trailer does not have an axle or tires so it cannot be hauled off. She stated it will have to be removed piece by piece. Williams closed the public hearing.
Rawlings made a motion to approve Resolution 2013-15 amended to mirror the previous resolution and declaring the mobile home at 1201 Money Lot 39 as an unsafe and dangerous structure and ordering it to be cleaned up. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Sale of Antique Street Pavers Policy: Malone made a motion to approve lowering the price of the Antique Street Pavers to $1.50 per paver and opening it up to anyone for a period of one month at which point the remaining pavers will be auctioned off. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Trash Truck Bid: Rawlings made a motion to approve the bid from Elliot Equipment Company for a New Way Sidewinder Body and Peterbilt 320 Chassis in the amount of $215,961 including trade-in. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
CMB License: Reavis made a motion to approve a CMB license for Uncle Henry’s Steakhouse. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Frisco Depot Restoration Project: Childers made a motion to approve a KDOT Request for Construction Project form for the Frisco Depot Restoration Project. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
South Ohio Street Project: Larry Henry with MKEC presented conceptual designs for the South Ohio Street project.
Visitor: A visitor was overlooked at the beginning of the meeting so the Mayor recognized him at this point allowing him to address the governing body.
George McCoy, 1408 Kelly Ct., addressed the governing body regarding concerns about traffic concerns on Kelly Ct. McCoy stated there are approximately 16 kids who live on that block and play and ride bikes in the street. He stated there is a problem with vehicles driving 30 plus miles per hour on the very narrow street. McCoy requested speed bumps be installed and/or the speed limit reduced from 30 MPH. He stated he has voiced his concerns to the Safety Department and officers have been out there but they haven’t done anything to address the issue. Williams stated the speed limit concern in residential areas is an issue city wide. Shaw stated there have been multiple requests over time for speed control all over town. Shaw stated there needs to be a consensus from the governing body on how they want to address this and that staff needs specific direction. Williams asked that staff and the Director of Public Safety review the issue and provide information to the governing body.
Work Sessions: Malone made a motion to schedule a budget work session for July 8th at 7 p.m., a budget work session for July 22nd at 7 p.m., and a joint work session with the Street Sales Tax Committee to review the South Ohio Street Concept Design and Pavement Management Plan with the City Engineer for July 29th at 7 p.m. all at City Hall. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Informational Memorandum & Final Comments:
S. Jones: Jones stated that there are two gates going in and out of the compost area and asked why the gate going out is sometimes locked. Craft stated he would address the issue.
Rawlings: Rawlings stated the second coat of paving is done on Highland Drive and it may possibly be opened in the next couple of days.
Williams: Williams stated the new mural is not quite complete as it still needs to be grouted and the trim painted. Williams thanked Johnna Smith, Audra Shelite, and DeAnn Triboulet for their work and the students for their work on the mural. Williams stated the Augusta High School Football team will be sealing the Play Park at 6 a.m. tomorrow.
Reavis: Reavis stated in Item #3 it should read Lakeside not Lakepoint. Reavis thanked the staff in the Electric Department for addressing the outages in the Arnold/Huntington area and for their responsiveness. Reavis stated the Library minutes mentioned a $3,000 donation for the furniture in the adult room and noted that should be recognized.
Adjourn: At 9: 18PM Reavis made a motion to adjourn. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.