Minutes 03-03-2014

CITY COUNCIL

MARCH 3, 2014

7:00 P.M.

 

The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on March 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, Anthony Craft, Jeremy Drake, Bill Webster, Brian Alfaro, Tyler Brewer, Russell Still, Gary Rogers, Myrna Rogers, Sarah Hoefgen, Willis Wilson, Ken Bratton, Susan Estes, Kelly Modlin, Larry Henry, and Keith Ayotte.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Prayer: Councilman Lowery gave the invocation.

 

Presentation:

Automated Trash Collection Rollout: Staff gave a presentation on the automated trash collection rollout process and implementation.

 

2014 City Project List: Staff gave a presentation outlining planned projects for the 2014 calendar year.

 

Walnut River Diversion Project Update: Staff and Willis Wilson of Aqua Tech Engineering gave a presentation of the status of the Walnut River Diversion Project.

 

Consent Calendar: S. Jones made a motion set aside the consent calendar and revert back to looking at each item individually. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried with Rawlings voting in opposition.

 

Minutes: Reavis made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 18, 2014 council meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Ordinance 2A: Reavis made a motion to approve Ordinance 2A in the amount of $864,489.11. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Golf Street Water Tower Bid: Reavis made a motion to approve the bid from Utility Service Company, Inc. in the amount of $265,000 for the Golf Street Water Tower Repairs and Painting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

City Lake Flow Meter: Malone made a motion to approve the bid from Alan’s Excavating in the amount of $24,827.79 for construction of the City Lake Flow Metering Facility Project No. 12-20-03-02-02. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Jai Play Walk/Run: Childers made a motion to approve the request from Project Jai Play for a Walk/Run around Augusta City Lake starting at 10:00 a.m. on April 26, 2014. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Visitors: Myrna Rogers addressed the Council about attending Strategic Planning Session. She stated the session was very informative and showed if our current issues are not addressed our future will be difficult. Rogers stated there were two areas that were not discussed that should be considered top priority by the council and city staff, the senior citizen population and water supply issues.

 

Business:

Zoning Reclassification and Final Plat for D.M. Taylor Addition: Rawlings made a motion to approve Ordinance 2054 reclassifying the zoning district for Lots 1, 2, and 3 of D.M. Taylor Addition. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

            Malone made a motion to approve the Final Plat for D.M. Taylor Addition. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Neighborhood Revitalization Plan: A public hearing was conducted to take input on the City’s proposed Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Public hearing closed with no comments from the public.

 

            Malone made a motion to approve Ordinance 2055 adopting the new Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and designating the area south of Belmont Avenue as a Neighborhood Revitalization Area. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

            Malone made a motion to approve Resolution 14-02 authorizing the Mayor to execute interlocal agreements with Butler County, Butler Community College, and USD 402. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

City Code Related to Collection and Disposal of Garbage: Council reviewed and discussed an ordinance amending sections 501, 504, 505, and 508 of Article 5, Chapter 15 of the Code of the City of Augusta, Kansas 2010 and repealing Ordinance 2042: establishing a standard container, charges, and procedures for the collection and disposal of garbage and refuse within the City of Augusta, Kansas. Council gave consensus with the recommended changes to the Code and the recommended fees.

 

El Dorado Water Line: Council considered a preferred route for the new El Dorado raw water line. Willis Wilson with Aqua Tech Engineering presented three route options and a recommendation from staff. Council consensus was to pursue Option C with the waterline running south along Highway 77 out of El Dorado and West along Highway 400 to Augusta.

 

Proposed 7th Avenue Water Line Improvements: Keith Ayotte with MKEC Engineering presented a conceptual layout of a new 12” water line along 7th Avenue. The Council reached a general consensus to proceed with a conceptual layout of a new 12” or 14” water line along 7th Avenue

 

At 9:24 p.m. Childers made a motion to recess for 10 minutes. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

At 9:34 p.m. Reavis made a motion to reconvene from recess. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Utility Abatement Resolution: Council discussed revisions to the City’s annual Utility Abatement Program Resolution requiring local non-profits to submit financial statements along with their applications for utility abatement. S. Jones made a motion to approve Resolution 2014-03 recognizing current utility abatements and credits and establishing guidelines to evaluate future requests for the same. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

 

 

Executive Session: At 9:35 Reavis made a motion to enter into Executive Session for 40 minutes under the personnel matters of non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss the City Manager’s performance evaluation. Reavis asked that Interim City Attorney Cami Baker join the Council in the executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 10:15 p.m. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

            At 10:15 p.m. Malone made a motion to exit Executive Session with no action being taken. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

            At 10:16 p.m. Reavis made a motion to enter into Executive Session for 15 minutes under the personnel matters of non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss the City Manager’s performance evaluation. Reavis asked that Interim City Attorney Cami Baker and City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez join the Council in the executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 10:31 p.m. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

            At 10:31 p.m. Childers made a motion to exit Executive Session with no action being taken. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

            At 10:31 Malone made a motion to go into Executive Session for 20 minutes under the personnel matters of non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Malone asked that Assistant City Manager Josh Shaw join the Council in the executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 10:51 p.m. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

            At 10:51 p.m. Childers made a motion to exit Executive Session with no action being taken. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Communications:

Malone: Malone stated that there is a terrible pot hole in the westbound lane of Kelly at Dearborn. Shaw stated a lot of the pot holes in that area were caused by snow removal activities. Shaw stated he isn’t sure if it is warm enough for a permanent fix at this time, but that it is on the list to be repaired.

 

Lowery: Lowery asked who helped the city with the tree pruning in preparation of the new sanitation system. Shaw stated we received a few proposals, but that local company American Pride was the one selected to assist with the pruning.

 

            Lowery stated that he wanted to point out that there is nothing evil about having a consent agenda. Shaw stated that if the council is agreeable to a consent agenda, you can set a policy for what you want to put on it. Shaw stated it is a tool to streamline the agenda and is recommended by the League of Kansas Municipalities.

 

At 11:00 p.m. Childers made a motion to recess for 15 minutes. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

At 11:10 p.m. S. Jones made a motion to reconvene from recess. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

City Manager Resignation: Reavis made a motion to accept the resignation of City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez, effective immediately, to pay three months’ severance, and to approve the termination agreement. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Adjourn: At 11:12 PM Childers made a motion to adjourn. S. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

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