FEBRUARY 18, 2014
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on February 18, 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, Director of Public Safety Tyler Brewer, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Russell Still, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Kent Bush, Chad McCluskey, Lance Hilton, Derek Highbarger, Mike Windholz, Marcus Windholz, Ray Marbut, Mat Meckel, Kim Galgon, Jeremy Johnston, Tim Weber, Gary Rogers, Myrna Rogers, Neil Wilcox, Ken Bratton, Kelly Modlin, and Sarah Nield.
Prayer: Pastor Steve Spencer, First United Methodist Church, gave the invocation.
Consent Calendar: S. Jones made a motion to approve the consent calendar. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried with Reavis and Belt voting in opposition.
Marcus Windholz was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for displaying outstanding services by achieving success in a difficult police or fire project, program, or situation.
Schedule Public Hearing for Neighborhood Revitalization Plan: Childers made a motion to approve Resolution 2014-01 scheduling a public hearing for March 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to seek input on the proposed Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Matters From/For Council:
Special Meeting: Malone made a motion to schedule a special meeting for Saturday March 1, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. at The Point Event Center for the purpose of conducting a strategic plan retreat. S. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Executive Session: At 7:28 p.m. Rawlings made a motion to recess to executive session for 12 minutes under the personnel matters of non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss the City Manager’s evaluation. Rawlings asked that City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez and Interim City Attorney Cami Baker join the Council in the executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 7:40 p.m. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 7:42 p.m. Malone made a motion to exit executive session and reconvene in the council chambers with no action being taken. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Reavis: Reavis stated there is a large dip at 4th and School where the bricks meet the asphalt.
Rawlings: Rawlings warned citizens to be careful driving because the weather has damaged our streets.
Williams: Williams stated that staff has been working on the sound issues and believes most of the issues have been resolved. Shaw stated the feedback in the council chambers has been resolved and the issues at home have to do with the volume of our microphones and that should be adjusted tomorrow.
Lowery: Lowery referred to pot holes located on Dearborn, Kelly and Belmont.
Crum: Crum stated there are large pot holes in front of the Armory and Lincoln School.
Belt: Belt stated there has been considerable overgrowth in the city easements and that city staff is addressing some of that now, but that we need to look at a plan or summer program to clear the easements.
Adjourn: At 7:48 PM Malone made a motion to adjourn. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.