Minutes 12-16-2013

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CITY COUNCIL

DECEMBER 16, 2013

7:00 P.M. 

 

The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on December 16, 2013, with Mayor Kristey Williams presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Matt Childers, Paul Belt, Sue Jones, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis, and Matt Malone. Council member Jamie Crum was absent. Also present: Interim City Attorney Cami Baker, City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager Josh Shaw, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Kent Bush, Linda Archer, Frank Dewitt, Angel Dewitt, John Black, Mark McCollom, Connie Thurman, Myrna Rogers, Gary Rogers, Holly Ross, and Brad Reynolds. 

 

Prayer: Associate Pastor Brad Reynolds, Life Church, gave the invocation. 

 

Minutes: S. Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the December 2, 2013 meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.          

 

Appropriations:                           

December (12): Rawlings made a motion to approve Ordinance 12 in the amount of $466,500.80. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Oath of Office: E. Jones administered the Oath of Office to Paul Belt as Ward 2 Council member. 

 

Presentations:

City Employee Retirements: Mayor Williams recognized Linda Archer for her retirement after 28 years of service with the City of Augusta and Frank Dewitt on his retirement after 33 years of service with the City of Augusta.  

 

Old Business:

2014 Utility Abatements: Malone made a motion to approve 2014 Utility Abatements for Augusta Arts Council (Theatre) $8,500; Augusta Arts Council (Gallery) $1,500; Augusta Chamber of Commerce $1,700; Augusta Community Caring Center $3,400; Augusta Historical Society $5,000; Augusta Public Library $22,000; Augusta Senior Center $3,500; Kansas Museum of Military History $5,000; Mid-Kansas CAP $8,000; Augusta Youth Soccer free service; and Augusta Girls Softball free service; for a total of $58,600. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition. 

 

Downtown Augusta, Inc. 2014 Funding Request: S. Jones made a motion to table Downtown Augusta, Inc’s 2014 funding request until the City has had an opportunity to develop a strategic plan for economic development. Malone seconded the motion. Motion failed with Belt, Childers, Lowery, and Rawlings voting in opposition.  

 

            Childers made a motion to approve Downtown Augusta, Inc.’s funding for the first quarter of 2014 while a strategic plan for economic development is developed. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried with S. Jones and Malone voting in opposition. 

 

New Business:

2013 Budget Amendments: A Public Hearing was conducted to take input on proposed 2013 Budget Amendments. The public hearing was closed with no comments being made by the public. 

 

Rawlings made a motion to approve the 2013 Budget Amendments. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.           

 

Lease Purchase Agreement for Sewer/Vac Truck: Malone made a motion to approve a lease purchase agreement with Community Leasing Partners in the amount of $194,884 for a combination vac/sewer truck for the Wastewater Collections department. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition. 

 

2014 Special Alcohol Grant: Rawlings made a motion to approve 2014 Special Alcohol Grants for The Family Life Center Safehouse $5,000; Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) $5,000; Tri-County CASA $5,000; and Youth Leadership Butler $500; for a total of $15,500. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.           

 

2014 Cereal Malt Beverage License Renewals: Childers made a motion to approve 2014 Cereal Malt Beverage License Renewals for Pizza Hut of SE KS, Inc., Zorros Tacos, Presto #1632, Dillons Store, Wal-Mart Store #346, Casey’s General Store, and Jumpstart. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried with Rawlings voting in opposition. 

 

Other Business:

Municipal Leadership Seminars: Staff provided information about upcoming Municipal Leadership Seminars offered by Wichita State. Gonzalez stated that he and other staff members will be attending some of the seminars and if the governing body members were interested in attending any of the seminars to contact staff. 

 

Other Comments:

S. Jones – Jones thanked the Street and Electric Departments for getting the Christmas lights up and going.

 

Ron Reavis arrived at 7:45 p.m.

 

Executive Session: At 7:45 p.m. Childers made a motion to go into executive session for 40 minutes under the attorney-client privilege exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act for consultation with the Interim City Attorney related to a development contract. Childers asked that City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager Josh Shaw, and Interim City Attorney Cami Baker join the Council in executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 8:25 p.m. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition. 

 

            At 8:25 p.m. Childers made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition. 

 

Adjourn: At 8:26 PM Malone made a motion to adjourn.   Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

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