OCTOBER 6, 2014
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on October 6, 2014, with Mayor Kristey Williams presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Paul Belt, Matt Childers, Jamie Crum, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis, and Matt Malone. Councilwoman Sue Jones was absent. Also present: City Attorney Austin Parker, City Manager Josh Shaw, City Clerk Erica Jones, and Airport Manager Lloyd Partin. Visitors present were: Kent Bush, Sarah Hoefgen, John Black, Caitlin Cox, Kyle Linck, Ashley Goines, Cale Magruder, and Cindy Hicks.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Pastor Cale Magruder, First Southern Baptist Church, gave the invocation.
Minutes: Childers made a motion to approve the minutes from the September 22, 2014 Council meeting. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 9A: Reavis made a motion to approve Ordinance 9A in the amount of $1,349,227.69. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Caitlin Cox, 319 Main, was present to inquire about the status of 325 Main. Cox stated the owner recently passed away and house is in unlivable conditions with pests and feral cats. She asked what can be done to move forward with cleaning it up. Shaw stated a discussion has started with code enforcement and the city attorney on how to proceed. He stated we are aware of it and feel that there is some action that needs to be taken. Williams asked staff to inform the Cox’s on the timeline when it is known.
Ashley Goines, 1413 Parkridge Drive, was present to discuss the Dangerous Dog Ordinance. Goines stated she has a pit bull in her home for almost five years and has four children and he has never harmed anyone. She asked what can be done to change the ordinance. Williams stated she was not here when the ordinance was established but that she did read the paper and saw that it was a very controversial issue that a lot of people had an opportunity to provide an opinion and data. She stated she didn’t know if the Council wanted to re-hash what was done in 2004. Childers stated when animal control removed the Goines’ pit bull he started researching pit bulls, dog bites, and breed specific information. He stated he thinks there might be an opportunity to revisit this and find a better way to manage problem animals. Childers stated the City of El Dorado has recently explored this situation and it may be that we can share in their research. He stated he didn’t think it would hurt this Council to review the nature of this ordinance and see if there are tweaks that can be made to accommodate caring pet owners who have good pets. Childers stated he would appreciate the opportunity to learn more about it. He stated that we have several work sessions that are important to the entirety of the community and that those should be our priority first. Williams stated she would ask that we look to El Dorado if they have done nine months of research. She stated that as a citizen and a runner I am afraid of these dogs as I have been chased several times. Reavis stated that if we gather facts we should also seek input from the Safety Department. Rawlings stated the Council should be prepared for a long lengthy battle.
Cindy Hicks, Executive Director of Downtown Augusta Inc., requested a street closure of the 300, 400, and 500 blocks of State Street for the Red Brick Harvest festival from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th. Malone made a motion to approve the closure of the 300, 400, and 500 blocks of State Street from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Childers inquired about the Christmas light campaign. Hicks stated they have raised $10,320, so the goal was made. She stated the DAI board will meet on Wednesday to discuss what will be purchased. She stated they are in line to have them in November.
Williams asked Hicks about the markers downtown. She stated they were supposed to have been painted, but that she saw some that did not appear to have been painted. Shaw stated he would have to check on it because he was provided pictures of ones that had been painted and was kept updated on the process. He stated they may have faded quicker than we thought they would.
Hicks stated there are two trees in 500 block that are dead and need replaced and there is one in 700 block that is partially dead. Shaw stated that he would check with staff about their removal and replacement.
2013 Audited Financials: Eric Meyer, representing George, Bowerman, and Noel presented the City’s 2013 Audited Financials. Malone made a motion to accept the City’s 2013 audited financial statements. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Municipal Airport Identifier: Rawlings made a motion to approve Resolution 2014–14 changing the airport’s current identifier to “KFLI”. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Annexation: Rawlings made a motion to approve Ordinance 2070 annexing and incorporating land at the intersection of Lulu Street and 6th Avenue into the city limits of Augusta. Childers seconded the motion. Roll Call: Malone Yea, Reavis Yea, Rawlings Yea, Lowery Yea, Crum Yea, Childers Yea, Belt Yea. Motion carried without opposition. Motion carried without opposition.
Matters From/For Council:
Malone made a motion to schedule a work session for 6:30 p.m. on October 27, 2014 at City Hall for the purpose of reviewing utility ordinances. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Malone: Malone asked when the CORP of Engineers turns levee over to us, do we have plans in place for the mowing and maintenance of the borrow areas. Shaw stated the CORP has provided a brief letter stating the construction is complete and they have turned the levee over to us for maintenance. He stated he doesn’t know that we have a plan for the mitigation area, but it is city-owned land and we will be responsible for maintaining. Shaw stated he is not sure what level of maintenance or how often it will need to be maintained, but the equipment budgeted for next year will be helpful in that maintenance. He stated we will have time to work some of those details out.
Malone stated that anyone interested in attending the Steak on the Bricks on the 18th of this month, can purchase tickets at DAI, Augusta Rental, and at my office.
Rawlings: Rawlings inquired about a house on Main Street that neighbors concerned about drug traffic.
Childers: Childers thanked Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Hoefgen, and all the others who helped with a great Homecoming Week and Parade.
Belt: Belt stated he was contacted about a house at 12th and School regarding the number of vehicles parked in the yard. Belt stated the number of cars have grown since the last inquiry about this property.
At 8:07 p.m. Childers made a motion to go into executive session for 45 minutes under the attorney-client privilege exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act. He asked that City Manager Josh Shaw and City Attorney Austin Parker join the Council in the executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 8:52 p.m. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 8:53 p.m. Malone made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Adjourn: At 8:54 PM Malone made a motion to adjourn. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.