Minutes 02-03-2014

CITY COUNCIL

FEBRUARY 3, 2014

7:00 P.M.

 

The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on February 3, 2014, with Mayor Kristey Williams presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Paul Belt, Matt Childers, Jamie Crum, Sue Jones, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis, and Matt Malone. 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, Ken Bratton, Malissa Nesmith, Larry Henry, Gary Rogers, Myrna Rogers, and Susan Estes.

 

Prayer: Councilman Lowery gave the invocation.

 

Minutes: S. Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 20, 2014 meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

           

Appropriations:                                   

January (1): S. Jones made a motion to approve Ordinance 1 in the amount of $508,870.77. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

January (1A):   Reavis made a motion to approve Ordinance 1A in the amount of $710,945.80.   Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Presentation:

Staff gave a presentation entitled “2013 Year End Financials” summarizing the year end financials and a comparison, by fund, of the budgeted revenues/expenditures with actual revenues/expenditures.

 

Old Business:

Rainbows United 5K Glow Run/Walk: Rawlings made a motion to approve the request submitted by Rainbows United for their proposed 5K and 1 mile routes and schedule of events for Saturday, April 12th, 2014. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

New Business:

Global Parts Property Tax Exemption: Malone made a motion to continue the tax exemption as originally authorized by the City and to authorize staff to send a letter to the County appraiser verifying Global Parts’ compliance with the provisions of its tax incentive agreement. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

           

Police Vehicle Bids: Reavis made a motion to approve the bids from Mel Hambelton Ford in the amount of $21,590 for the unmarked police vehicle. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Bleacher Purchase for Garvin Park: Rawlings made a motion to approve the purchase of eight low-rise aluminum bleachers from BSN Sports in the amount of $8,311.92. S. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Engineering Agreement for 2014 Street Sales Tax Projects: Malone made a motion to approve an engineering services agreement with MKEC for design and construction engineering services related to the 2014 Street Sales Tax Projects. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Park Board Appointment: S. Jones made a motion to appoint Paul Belt to the City’s Park Board to fill the vacant seat of former City Councilmember Mike Wallace. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Memorandum of Understanding Between City of Augusta and Augusta Hotel, LLC.: Susan Estes, Field Director for Americans for Prosperity, 151 S Whittier, Wichita addressed the governing body. Estes stated they have 360 members in Augusta and that the members have concerns about the length of notice they received about the memorandum of understanding. She asked what this document obligates the City to and stated that it makes the hearings moot. Estes asked who is the official borrow and lender with regard to the IRB’s. She stated some people would like the agreement to include that if you have make a change to the guest tax ordinance the developer will pay for the special election.

 

S. Jones made a motion to approve a memorandum of understanding between the City of Augusta and Augusta Hotel, LLC. amended to remove “and obligations” from the third “Whereas” statement, remove “and obligations” from Section I. Purpose and Scope, and change Section III (2) from “…and City Governing Body passage…” to “…and City Governing Body consideration to create…”.  Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried with Malone voting in opposition.

 

Communications:

Rawlings: Rawlings stated that Kelly Avenue is developing soft spots west of State Street that will turn into pot holes in the next couple of days.

 

S. Jones: S. Jones stated there have been comments in the paper about the quality of the audio during the council meetings.

 

Belt: Belt stated he is still receiving the East Side Eagle newspaper in the street. Williams encouraged citizens to contact the Eagle directly with their complaints. Baker stated the City can enforce the littering laws if the papers are in the street or right of way, but that citizens need to file a littering complaint.

 

Executive Session: At 8:35 p.m. Rawlings made a motion to recess to executive session for 20 minutes under the personnel matters of non-elected personnel exemption to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss the City Manager’s evaluation. Rawlings asked that City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez join the Council in the executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 8:55 p.m. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

            At 8:55 p.m. Malone made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Adjourn: At 8:56 PM Malone made a motion to adjourn. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

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