JANUARY 19, 2015
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on January 19, 2015, with Mayor Matt Childers presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Cale Magruder, Paul Belt, Jamie Crum, Mike Rawlings, Sue Jones, and Ron Reavis. Councilman Malone was absent. Also present: City Attorney Austin Parker, City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, John Black, Leah Ford, Julie Reams, Michelle Eastman, Jay Anglemyer, Steve Frank, Tom Leffler, and Larry Henry.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Councilman Magruder gave the invocation.
Minutes: Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 5, 2015 Council meeting. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 12C: Lowery made a motion to approve Ordinance 12C in the amount of $969,561.87. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Councilwoman Jones, board member of the ARC of Butler County, discussed the services offered by the ARC.
Julie Reams and Michele Eastman, representing Rainbows United, were present to request permission to host a 5K/1 mile Glow Run/Walk on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
South Ohio Street Project: Rawlings made a motion to approve the realignment of Frisco Street as part of the South Ohio Street Project. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Supplemental Engineering Services Agreement: Jones made a motion to approve a Supplemental Engineering Services Agreement in the amount of $5,000 for additional construction administration services related to repairs to the Santa Fe Lake raw waterline crossing under the Whitewater River. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Municipal Court Fees: Lowery made a motion to approve Ordinance 2075 establishing court costs and fees and mileage for witnesses for the Municipal Court. Belt seconded motion. Roll Call: Reavis Yea, Jones Yea, Belt Yea, Magruder Yea, Lowery Yea, Crum Yea, and Rawlings Yea. Motion carried without opposition.
Zoning Authority In Growth Area: Lowery made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign a letter of support in favor of the City’s Interlocal Agreement with Butler County, dated July 17, 2006 granting the City of Augusta zoning authority within the designated growth area outside the corporate limits of the City. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Cereal Malt Beverage License: Reavis made a motion to approve a Cereal Malt Beverage License for Beijing Chinese Restaurant located at 301 W 7th Avenue for Sale for Consumption on Premises. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried with Rawlings and Magruder voting in opposition.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Jones: Jones asked if the Safety Department has the authority to ticket on private property. Parker stated it depends on the type of ticket. He stated they can issue tickets for fire lane violations and handicapped parking. Jones stated it would be better if the specific type of ticket issued was listed in the monthly report. Shaw stated he would ask the Chief to provide that info.
Jones stated that some time ago there was discussion about working on improving our code enforcement in blighted areas but it seems that discussion has gone away. Shaw said did not go away. He stated the first step was getting Sims on board. Shaw stated that code enforcement is the next big issue on the list after the sanitation issues. He stated it certainly is not off staff’s radar and is a priority issue for Sims and the Inspection department. Shaw acknowledged code enforcement is a high order strategic priority for the council.
Jones asked if any council members were included on the interview panel for the architectural services for the Public Works building. Shaw said that Rawlings was on that panel. He stated the firms are preparing a scope of services with a fee schedule for the panel to review and then the information will be provided to the council for approval.
Jones stated under the City Manager activities it states Shaw met with a developer. Shaw said right now it is just a discussion, but if there is an action item he will bring it to council.
Jones stated she was appalled that fuel adjustment of more than 30% of my utility bill. She stated she spoke to another business and it was only 28% of their bill. Shaw explained that the EFA is a fixed rate that is multiplied by the usage and that the overall amount of the bill is not included in that calculation. Jones told E. Jones that she would visit with her about her utility bill further.
Magruder: Magruder asked for an update on Hotel Agreement signings. Shaw stated they have been presented but we do not have signed copies back yet. He stated he would check to see what the delay is.
Childers: Childers stated he visited St James Catholic School and presented a Proclamation on behalf of the City for National Catholic Schools week.
Lowery: Lowery stated there is a section in the 200 Block of E Broadway where work was done prior to Christmas and the bricks have not been replaced. Shaw stated he would check on that.
Crum: Crum stated that there is dead stuff hanging on a utility pole located at Santa Fe and 5th Avenue on NW corner and that it is gross. Shaw stated he was not aware of that, but would have it taken care of.
Adjourn: At 8:23 p.m. Rawlings made a motion to adjourn. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried with Lowery voting in opposition.