Minutes 10-07-2013

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CITY COUNCIL

OCTOBER 7, 2013

7:00 P.M.

 

The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on October 7, 2013, with Mayor Kristey Williams presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Matt Childers, Jamie Crum, Sue Jones, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis, and Matt Malone. Councilman Michael Wallace was absent. Also present: Interim City Manager Josh Shaw and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Kent Bush, Myrna Rogers, Gary Rogers, Ray Jones, John Black, Larry Novak, Stan Taylor, Mike Galbraith, Steve Frank, Larry Henry, Tim Johnson, Bob King, Kevin Cowan, Bill Morris, Craig Johnson, Jaime Simpson, Steve Compton, and Bryan Sowards.

 

Prayer: Councilman Lowery gave the invocation.

 

Minutes: Reavis made a motion to approve the minutes from the September 16, 2013 meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

            Malone made a motion to approve the minutes from the September 19, 2013 special meeting.   Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.     

 

Appropriations:                 

September (9A): Rawlings made a motion to approve Ordinance 9A in the amount of $1,001,901.19. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Visitors:

Kent Bush, representing the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, presented a request to use the City Lake road for the annual Loop the Lake Run on October 12, 2013. Reavis made a motion to approve the request from the Augusta Chamber of Commerce to use the City Lake road for the annual Loop the Lake Run on October 12, 2013. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Jaime Simpson, representing Project Jai Play, presented a request for use of the walking path and road around Garvin Park for a 5K walk/run fundraising event on November 16, 2013. Malone made a motion to approve the request from Project Jai Play to use the walking path and road around Garvin Park for a 5K walk/run fundraising event on November 16, 2013. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Bryan Sowards, representing KS Wildlife and Parks, was present to provide information and answer Council questions about the “Community Fisheries Assistance Program” and fish restocking. Larry Novak, 18 Woodland Drive, asked questions regarding handling algae control and restocking under the program. Craig Johnson, also with KS Wildlife and Parks, answered Novak’s questions.

 

Steve Compton, utility customer at 419 State, presented a request for an extension of his August 15th utility bill for 15 days. Reavis made a motion to extend the utility payment for 419 State’s August 15th bill until October 22nd and the September 15th bill to October 31st and the bills after the September 15th billing to be paid within the arrangement policy. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Old Business:

City’s Watering Restrictions and related issues: Shaw stated staff has reduced the amount of water purchased from El Dorado to 500,000 gallons per day and that we are starting to use the city lake more to get us on track to meet our take-or-pay amount in the contract with El Dorado. Shaw stated water usage is up, but not significantly.

 

City Council Chambers:   Council reviewed and discussed options for painting the city council chambers. Crum made a motion to approve the bid from P & G painting in the amount of $2,820 to paint the walls in Gray Huskie and the ceiling white, and to remove the blinds. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

School Street Project: Larry Henry, City Engineer, provided an update on the School Street project. The general consensus from the governing body was to wait until 2014 to complete the School Street project. Shaw stated he would prepare a letter for the residents in that area to notify them of the delay.

 

New Business:

Charter Ordinance for Transient Guest Tax: Rawlings made a motion to approve Charter Ordinance 16 exempting the City from state provisions for transient guest tax, providing authority to increase the transient guest tax up to a not to exceed rate of 6%, and authorizing the use of transient guest tax for economic development purposes, with Section 5 referring to an audit to be changed from “may” to “shall”. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried with Lowery, Childers, Crum, Rawlings, Reavis, and Williams voting in favor and S. Jones and Malone voting in opposition.      

 

Architectural Services Agreement: Lowery made a motion to approve an architectural services agreement with William Morris Associates Architects for the Frisco Depot restoration project. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried with Malone voting in opposition.

 

Dike Road Relocation Bids: Reavis made a motion to approve the low bid from Mies Construction in the amount of $321,279.90 for the Dike Road relocation project. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried with S. Jones and Malone voting in opposition.

 

Utility Dump Truck Bids: S. Jones made a motion to approve the low bid from Mel Hamilton Ford in the amount of $50,630 (including trade) for the Utility Dump Truck for the Parks Department. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Airport Advisory Board: Malone made a motion to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Dane Mulligan to the Airport Advisory Board to fill a vacant position. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Informational Memorandum & Final Comments:

Childers: Childers stated he noticed the new radar trailer at the west end of town and that it is very nice looking. He stated his radar picked it up and Santa Fe Lake Road.

 

Lowery: Lowery asked if staff needed a consensus from the governing body requesting that they bring back a bid policy including a local preference option. Williams stated that it was pretty clear from tonight’s discussion that there is a consensus from the governing body for staff to bring back options, which would then be subject to a vote by the council.

 

S. Jones: S. Jones stated that American Municipal Services was hired last spring to assist in the collection of unpaid court fees and fines and asked how that was coming along. E. Jones stated she is aware that they have collected some funds but that she would prepare a report on those collections to provide to the governing body with the report she prepares annually in December regarding the utility billing collections. S. Jones stated the Adopt-A-Pot winners have been selected. They are 1st Place – VFW (Ladies Auxiliary) , 2nd Place – Shirley Suther, 3rd Place – ACT3 (Linda Archer, Sandi Casey, and Jo Tillman).

 

Crum: Crum inquired about who was responsible for the flags on the poles by the High School. E. Jones stated the school district is responsible for those. Crum stated there were a couple that were coming loose and with the Homecoming Festival this week it would be good for those to be taken care of.

 

Adjourn: At 9:30 PM Malone made a motion to adjourn.   Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

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