FEBRUARY 2, 2015
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on February 2, 2015, with Mayor Matt Childers presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Cale Magruder, Paul Belt, Jamie Crum, Mike Rawlings, Sue Jones, Matt Malone and Ron Reavis. 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, Tom Leffler, Malissa Nesmith, Justin Londagin, and Sarah Hoefgen.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Councilman Lowery gave the invocation.
Minutes: Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 19, 2015 Council meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 1: Reavis made a motion to approve Ordinance 1 in the amount of $351,050.70. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 1A: Reavis made a motion to approve Ordinance 1A in the amount of $637,307.53. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Annual Review of Global Parts Property Tax Exemption: Malone made a motion to approve continuing the tax exemption as originally authorized by the City. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Emergency Water Supply Plan Update: Jones made a motion to approve the newest version of the Emergency Water Supply Plan as required by KDHE and K.A.R. 28-15-18 (c). Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Matters From/For Council:
Consideration of a Spay, Neuter, and Release Program: Jones passed out information pertaining to a spay, neuter, and release program to the council for their review over the next few weeks. Jones stated she would like Friends of Felines to speak at the next council meeting. Crum stated there are two sides to the story and would like to have a veterinarian and someone from Wildlife and Game to speak to us on this as well. Belt asked how this program would be funded. Jones said the veterinarians are willing to work with us, but don’t know that they will be as inexpensive as the Kansas Humane Society. She stated that there are some people in town that are willing to donate to the program. Shaw stated staff will reach out to the agencies that were mentioned. Magruder suggested we also speak to our own Animal Control folks to get their opinion on this matter.
Sanitation Work Session: Reavis made a motion to schedule a work session for February 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to continue discussions on the Sanitation Utility. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Reavis: Reavis stated his packet didn’t include a page 4 of the Informational Memorandum. Reavis asked for an update on the hotel agreement. Shaw stated he spoke to developer by email and they expect to have it signed and returned to us this week. He stated they are working with the bank and property owner to complete the purchase.
Reavis stated he is getting a lot of calls about pothole and asked if as weather improves if they will be on the street departments radar. Shaw stated they are always on the radar and there are several that are on the list that are being repaired as weather allows. He stated he is not aware of major ones on the asphalt streets throughout town. Childers stated there is a pothole identification place on the city’s website.
Reavis stated he has heard concern about the sensors on the stop light at Belmont and Ohio. He asked if they can be adjusted if not working properly. Shaw stated he would check with staff.
Reavis stated it was brought to his attention that there are several instances of city employees not wearing their seatbelts. Shaw stated it has been communicated to our staff that they are to be ticketed if seen not wearing their seatbelts.
Belt: Belt stated that one side of the clock at roundabout is off.
Magruder: Magruder asked for an update on the discussion at the County about our growth area. Shaw stated council signed a letter of support for our interlocal agreement for growth area at last meeting. Staff attended a work session at County the following Tuesday. He stated there is a lot more support than he expected for the County to take over zoning. Shaw stated Commissioners think the County should handle zoning, which would remove the City’s jurisdiction. He stated there will be a follow up work session on February 17th. Shaw stated that staff will keep the council updated, but he does think there is a real potential that the partnership might be changed. Jones asked if they indicated why there is interest to change the agreement. Shaw stated they say it is coming from the residents stating that they do not have representation at the City level, but we have two members that live in the County on our Planning Commission.
Childers: Childers stated this morning there was a discussion on social media about the Mayor delaying the start of school due to inclement weather. He clarified that delaying school is under the purview of the Superintendent of Schools, not the Mayor.
Rawlings: Rawlings stated the Street Dept has been out patching some pot holes on Kelly.
Malone: Malone asked how far along we are in replacing the old signs and what is being done with the old ones. Shaw said he would check with staff.
Cody Sims: Sims stated he attended a session in Topeka about legislative updates. Sims stated there was a release issued today by KDOT that there is a possibility there will be a delay in rehabilitation projects and maintenance and preservation projects. He stated it was announced that mill and overlay projects for fiscal year 2015 and 2016 are being pushed to 2018 and 2019. Sims stated no new projects or economic development projects will be impacted yet. Sims stated that Secretary King stated there are over $5M in KDOT Aviation requests on his desk, but due to the timing in the legislation session he is waiting to see how the discussion unfolds at the State House over the next couple of months before he makes any determination on those. Sims stated there is a huge hole in the budget due to revenue shortfalls. He stated that from KDOT alone from fiscal year 2015 we are looking at a $158M transfer from KDOT to the State General Fund. In fiscal year 2016 we are looking at a $114M transfer and $115M transfer for fiscal year 2017. Sims stated for fiscal year 2015 the shortfall is being projected to be $278.7M, and for fiscal year 2016 the shortfall was projected to be $435.7M, but that amount has been revised to $648.3M based on revenue projections released last Friday.
Sims stated that US 54/400 is recognized as one of the freight corridors of significance which is something we can market for economic development.
Shaw stated he is most concerned about the KLINK 2014/2015 project which is considered a preservation project. He stated he is also concerned about 7th Street Geometric project, but it is not considered a preservation project. Shaw stated he doesn’t think South Ohio is at risk because it is a completely different type of funding. He stated it is a federal funding source, but that he is watching that very closely as well. Shaw stated he is very concerned about carrying the highway project out another 3 to 4 years because there are sections he doesn’t think will last that long.
Childers: Childers stated the next council meeting will be on Tuesday the 17th due to the Presidents Day holiday.
Adjourn: At 7:42 p.m. Malone made a motion to adjourn. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.