JUNE 2, 2014
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on June 2, 2014, with Mayor Kristey Williams presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Matt Childers, Paul Belt, Jamie Crum, Sue Jones, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis, and Matt Malone. Also present: City Attorney Austin Parker, City Manager Josh Shaw, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, Sarah Hoefgen, John Black, Myrna Rogers, Gary Rogers, Willis Wilson, and Ken Bratton.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Councilmember Jason Lowery gave the invocation.
Minutes: S. Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 2, 2014 Council meeting. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 5A: Malone made a motion to approve Ordinance 5A in the amount of $855,323.19. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Park Board Term Limits: Council discussed an ordinance establishing term limits and an official membership size for the Park Advisory Board. Council recommended a Park Advisory Board consisting of seven members, with staggered three year term limits, a maximum of two terms with eligibility to be reappointed after being off the board for one term, and two council members as voting members serving one term only.
Convention & Tourism Grant: Childers made a motion to approve a $500 CTB grant to Kansas Museum of Military History for Open House and Book Signing as recommended by the City’s Convention and Tourism Committee. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried with S. Jones voting in opposition.
Skid Steer Attachment Purchase: Rawlings made a motion to approve the low quote from White Star Machinery & Supply in the amount of $14,517.60 for a cold planer skid steer attachment. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Water Rate Ordinance: S. Jones would like to see the annual escalator begin July 1st, 2015. S. Jones made a motion to approve Ordinance 2059 establishing water rates with section C to be changed from January 1st to July 1st 2015. Malone seconded the motion. Roll Call: Malone Yea, Reavis Yea, Rawlings Yea, Jones Yea, Lowery Yea, Crum Yea, Childers Yea, and Belt Yea. Motion carried.
Utility Easement & Right of Way Vacation: Malone made a motion to approve the grant and conveyance of a perpetual utility easement of right of way for the construction, maintenance and operation of public utilities, over, along, and under 5th Avenue between Oak Street and Walnut Street. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Malone made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2060 declaring it to be in the interest of the public welfare and safety to vacate and discontinue a portion of previously dedicated public street right of way on Fifth Avenue between Oak Street and Walnut Street contingent on an executed developer’s agreement. Rawlings seconded the motion. Roll Call: Malone Yea, Reavis Yea, Rawlings Yea, Jones Yea, Lowery Yea, Crum Yea, Childers Yea, Belt Yea. Motion carried.
Malone made a motion to approve the draft of a Developers Agreement subject to approval of any revisions. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Supplement Engineering Agreement with Aqua Tech Engineering: Childers made a motion to approve a supplemental engineering services agreement with Aqua Tech Engineering for engineering services associated with new pipeline routing for El Dorado water pipeline. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Matters From/For Council:
Transient Guest Tax Funds: S. Jones made a motion to approve a recommendation from Augusta Convention and Tourism Committee to authorize an expenditure of up to $2,000 of Transient Guest Tax funds for the 2014 4th of July fireworks show, raising the total cost of the show to $7,500. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
ICMA Conference: There was Council consensus to approve the City Manager’s attendance at the annual ICMA Conference in Charlotte, NC September 14th thru September 17th.
Dearborn Street Project: Shaw stated that he has been working with the City Engineer and Superintendent of Schools to have the work along Dearborn completed prior to the start of the school year. Shaw stated the 2014 Street Sales Tax projects will go out to bid tomorrow with the bid opening June 13th. Shaw stated that the bid information may not be available in advance of the packet going out for the next meeting.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Jones: Jones stated that the storm drain at the cemetery was repaired, but now things are hanging off of the grate due to the rain. Jones stated she has continued to receive complaints about vehicles parked in yards and that this is something that will have to be addressed in the near future. She stated there are obvious signs of people driving their vehicles off road and causing large ruts around the City Lake. Williams recommended people call the Safety department with a tag number and vehicle description if they see someone doing that. Shaw stated it is very hard to repair and keep up with the damage. Williams stated we need to better help the Safety Department address it.
Crum: Crum asked what people think about items in the pot such as flags and signs. S. Jones stated she thinks it is fabulous. Shaw stated the only thing staff asked to be removed is advertising.
Childers: Childers stated someone that attended the Mobil Refinery reunion contacted him because he heard a rumor that the Mayor had a secret agreement with Senator Ty Masterson to provide him with the fencing and bleachers removed from the parks. Childers stated it is frustrating to have citizens engage in these sorts of discussions without consulting with any of the members of the Governing Body or staff regarding the veracity of the comments. He stated that more disgusting is that this Governing Body has been working very hard over the last several months to be one of the most open governments in this state, and to have this rumor floating about is a slap in the face. Shaw stated that some of the bleachers were provided to the Youth Soccer League per the Council’s approval and that the rest will be sold at auction. Shaw stated the fence removed from the baseball fields was hauled off by the contractor.
Adjourn: At 8:22 PM Belt made a motion to adjourn. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.