JANUARY 6, 2014
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on January 6, 2014, with Mayor Kristey Williams presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Matt Childers, Paul Belt, Jamie Crum, Sue Jones, Ron Reavis, and Matt Malone. Council member Mike Rawlings was absent. Also present: Interim City Attorney Cami Baker, City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager Josh Shaw, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Russell Still, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Kent Bush, John Black, Myrna Rogers, Gary Rogers, Kenneth Bratton, Ray Jones, Connor Spellman, and Larry Henry.
Prayer: Councilman Lowery gave the invocation.
Minutes: S. Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the December 16, 2013 meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
December (12A): Reavis made a motion to approve Ordinance 12A in the amount of $1,117,611.13. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Guest Tax Charter Ordinance 16: Kenneth Bratton, 1226 State, addressed the Council and stated he agrees with staff’s recommendation not to call a special election based on the input he received from those that signed the petition. Malone made a motion not to call for a special election for Charter Ordinance 16. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
2014 Street Sales Tax Program: Reavis made a motion to approve the street projects for the 2014 Street Sales Tax Program as recommended by the City’s Street Sales Tax Advisory Committee. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Annual Emergency Water Supply Plan Update: Malone made a motion to approve the annual updates to the City’s Emergency Water Supply Plan. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Frisco Depot Restoration Project: Reavis made a motion to approve Agreement No. 275-13, Special Attachment No, 1, and the Contractual Provisions Attachment with KDOT for the Frisco Depot, Project No. 8 TE-0370-01. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
S. Jones made a motion to approve an amendment to the Architectural Services Agreement with William Morris Associates Architects for the Frisco Depot Restoration Project. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Strategic Planning: Gonzalez gave a presentation outlining the long-term strategic plan process. Lowery made a motion to approve the outline for a process for development of the Long-Term Strategic Plan and authorizing the City Manager to execute the Letter of Understanding with the Austin Peters Group, Inc. for professional consultation services to facilitate the development of the Strategic Plan. S. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Reavis: Reavis thanked the Street Department for a continued good job on the streets this winter. Reavis asked if there was a way to measure the nits on an LED sign. Shaw stated there is device that can measure the lumens but that the City does not own one. He stated that staff usually relies on the manufacturer and if we bring it to the attention of the business that the sign is too bright they have generally complied.
Reavis asked if a letter has been sent to the Wichita Eagle about the delivery of the Wichita Eagle East. Baker stated she has not sent a letter yet. Williams stated she made a call to them to make a personal complaint. Childers stated he sent a complaint and a photo of three papers that were delivered to a vacant lot and that he has received no response.
Williams: Williams welcomed Crum back after her maternity leave. She congratulated her on the birth of her baby.
Lowery: Lowery thanked the Street Department for their work on the streets this winter. Lowery stated he likes the Butler County Times newspaper.
Childers: Childers stated the 2013 council packets will be available in Dropbox until February 1st then he will be deleting them. He stated if someone needs them after that they could call him.
Belt: Belt asked where we were with the State taking over the city lake. Shaw stated the direction from the council after that meeting was for the Park Board to meet and discuss it, but that the Park Board has not met yet since that meeting. Williams stated they need to see a comparison of the pros and cons. Belt stated a concern that he had heard was whether we would still be able to enforce laws around the lake. Shaw stated that is a valid concern.
Belt stated he had a lot of people ask him about the Christmas tree and lights. Williams stated that was a long discussion for the council. She stated it would cost more to repair them then to just replace them. S. Jones stated she will be doing research this spring and summer to identify resources for downtown decorations.
Adjourn: At 8:34 PM Malone made a motion to adjourn. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.