FEBRUARY 17, 2015
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on February 17, 2015, with Mayor Matt Childers presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Cale Magruder, Paul Belt, Jamie Crum, Mike Rawlings, Sue Jones, and Matt Malone. Councilman Ron Reavis was absent. Also present: City Attorney Austin Parker, City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, Airport Manager Lloyd Partin, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, Brad Waller, Keith Ayotte, Larry Henry, Tom Leffler, Eric Birk, and Traevor MacPherson.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Pastor Steve Spencer, First United Methodist Church, gave the invocation.
Minutes: Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 2, 2015 Council meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 2: Lowery made a motion to approve Ordinance 2 in the amount of $883,388.65. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Staff presented a request from Downtown Augusta Inc. for permission to host the annual April Fools Run around the City Lake on March 28, 2015. Jones made a motion to approve Downtown Augusta Inc.’s request to host the annual April Fools Run on March 28th, 2015 at the City Lake. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Supplemental Design Engineering Services Agreement for Frisco Street Realignment: Rawlings made a motion to approve a supplemental engineering services agreement with MKEC in the amount of $14,994 for design engineering costs associated with the realignment of Frisco Street as part of the South Ohio Project. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Santa Fe Lake Dam Safety Inspection: Malone made a motion to approve an engineering services agreement with MKEC in the amount of $5,195 to perform a Dam Safety inspection as required by K.S.A. 82A-301 to 305A and K.A.R. 5-40-90. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
2015 Street Sales Tax Program Recommendations: Jones made a motion to approve the Sales Tax Advisory Committee’s recommendations for the 2015 Street Sales Tax Program and authorize staff to proceed with drafting an engineering services agreement with MKEC for presentation at the March 2, 2015 meeting. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Annual Request to Exchange Federal Funds for South Ohio Project: Rawlings made a motion to approve the annual Request to Exchange Federal Funds for 2015 and authorize the Mayor to sign. Magruder seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Resolution 2015-01 Opposing the Kansas State Legislature’s Proposed Municipal Election Changes: Jones made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-01 opposing the Kansas State Legislature’s consideration of making municipal elections partisan and moving to the fall of even numbered years. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Matters From/For Council:
Sanitation Work Session: Staff reminded the Council of the work session scheduled for February 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to continue discussions on the Sanitation Utility. Staff would also like to add a city financial update from Dustin Avey and Kevin Cowan as a discussion topic for the work session agenda.
Airport Drainage Projects: Shaw provided an update on airport drainage projects reimbursement from KDOT. Shaw stated that KDOT has denied the reimbursement request for funding for the t-hangar roof coating portion of the drainage projects at the Airport. He stated that action will result in $47,000 in additional cost to the City that wasn’t planned for. Shaw stated the KDOT staff that we worked with when selecting the projects is no longer with KDOT and that their new staff does not believe the roof coatings are eligible and will not reimburse the City. Shaw stated staff and the engineer have reached out to KDOT and that staff contacted our legislators but the decision to not reimburse stands.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Jones: Jones stated in the Informational Memorandum indicated there were comments back from KDOT on the field check plans for the Depot Project. She asked how that meeting went and how was it resolved. Shaw stated staff met with KDOT for over three hours last Friday and are currently preparing the third - and what staff hopes to be final - field check plans. He stated there are some discrepancies in the amount of detail they expect. He stated there are a lot of comments about not sole sourcing vendors. Shaw stated we are getting really close to getting our final paperwork submitted and out to bid before the June deadline.
Jones stated staff has indicated that Raju Sheth is working with the bank and Patel to close on the hotel property, but asked if we have received the signed paperwork yet. Shaw stated he hasn’t, but has had communication with Sheth that the project is going to happen.
Jones inquired about how the negotiation process for the planned acquisition north of the airport is going. Shaw stated he will provide a formal update to the Council at the second meeting in March.
Jones stated that a representative from Friends of Felines will be at the March 2nd meeting to discuss the feral cat program and potential funding sources.
Belt: Belt stated he was contacted about recycle bins at old Wal-Mart always being full. Childers stated a couple weekends ago with the warm weekend it was very full but that he saw them empty them on Saturday and it was full again on Sunday. Shaw stated he will reach out to staff to see what we can do to address the overflow on the weekend until the curbside piece is settled. Malone inquired about who the City has an agreement with to have those dumpsters there. Shaw stated it would have been with the property owners, not Wal-Mart but that he would check on that.
Belt stated the Wichita East weekly flyers are still being strewn about our streets and yards. He stated he would like to move forward with eliminating that issue in some way. Parker stated a few months back we discussed this and that he prepared an ordinance that would allow the city to regulate this and require them to register and allow for individuals to be on a “no-deliver” list. He stated if they were caught delivering to those on the do not deliver list then they could be brought before municipal court. Shaw stated that since the ordinance is drafted, we don’t necessarily have to wait for the code enforcement discussions if council is ready to move on this to take formal action. Jones stated she would prefer it to be considered in its totality with addressing blight. Malone agreed.
Magruder: Magruder stated he understands that the discussion on feral cats is an emotional issue. He stated he has received a lot of emotional comments about it from citizens, and the comments he has received from citizens in Ward 1 is that they are adamant that we move on in the discussion. Magruder stated they are not in favor of a trap and release program at all, and from his personal preference he would like to see us move on from the discussion too and not spend any council time or resources on this issue.
Adjourn: At 8:08 p.m. Malone made a motion to adjourn. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.