Minutes 09-21-2015

CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

7:00 P.M.

The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on September 21, 2015, with Mayor Matt Childers presiding.  Council present were Cale Magruder, Jason Lowery, Jamie Crum, Paul Belt, Tom Leffler, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis and Justin Londagin.  Also present:  City Attorney Austin Parker, City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, Public Works Director Jaime Goering, and City Clerk Erica Jones.  Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, John Black, Bill Morris, Sarah Hoefgen, Eric Meyer, Mike Timberlake, Zack Timberlake, Dalton Patterson, Raju Sheth, Keith Cross, Kathy Cross, Kristie Thackery, Judd Thornburn, Kevin Cowan, Jeremy Heckman, Rachel Heckman, Colby Killian, Melody Kuhlmann, James Osborn, Bob Gass, Elmer Simon, Christian Arnn, Leilah Arnn, Jackie Brandenburg, Lo Fernz, and Pamela Smith.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Prayer:  Pastor Keith Cross, First Christian Church, gave the invocation.

 

Minutes: Lowery made a motion to approve the minutes from the September 8, 2015 Council meeting.  Londagin seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

           

Ordinance 9:  Londagin made a motion to approve Ordinance 9 in the amount of $475,940.23.   Crum seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Visitors:

Colby Killian, from the Parks & Recreation Division, was present to recognize several Municipal Swimming Pool lifeguards including Lauren Ferns, Cortlan Williams, Braiden Allen, Jackie Brandenburg, Kylie Westbrooks, Logan Allen, Wright Bosley, Sean Brandenburg, Tristin Finch, Sydni Deason, and Hayden Steiner for their rescue efforts in assisting pool patrons in the 2015 pool season.

 

Kristie Thackery, representing Ewalt Elementary School, was present to request permission to hold a Run for Recess 5K/10K on October 17, 2015 for a fundraiser for Project Jai-Play. Magruder made a motion to approve a Run for Recess 5K/10K on October 17, 2015.  Lowery seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Judd Thornburn, representing Bicycles at the Ballfield, was present to request permission to hold a Vintage/Antique/Custom Bicycle Show and Swap Meet on October 24, 2015 in the Garvin Park stage area for a fundraiser for the Augusta High School Band.  Reavis made a motion to approve use of the Garvin Park stage on October 24, 2015 for a Vintage/Antique/Custom Bicycle Show for a fundraiser for the Augusta High School Band and to not waive the rental fee. Leffler seconded the motion.  Motion carried with Londagin and Lowery voting in opposition.

 

Bill Morris, representing Downtown Augusta, Inc., was present to request use of downtown State Street for the Red Brick Harvest on October 31, 2015.  Rawlings made a motion to approve the request to use downtown State Street for the Red Brick Harvest on October 31, 2015. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Jehramy Heckman was present to request the use of the disc golf course at Garvin Park for Duck’s Flying Discs Glow Doubles tournament on September 26, 2015. Crum made a motion to approve use of the disc golf course at Garvin Park for Duck’s Flying Discs Glow Doubles tournament on September 26, 2015.  Londagin seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Mike Timberlake, representing Boy Scouts of America, was present to request permission to hold a Boy Scout Heritage Day on October 3, 2015 at the Augusta Historical Museum.  Crum made a motion to approve the request to hold a Boy Scout Heritage Day on October 3, 2015 at the Augusta Historical Museum. Lowery seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Business:

Conduct Public Hearing for Condemnation of Property Located at 418 East 15th Street:  A public hearing was conducted regarding the condemnation of property located at 418 East 15th Street pursuant to procedures outlined in K.S.A. 12-1750 et seq.  Pamela Smith, owner of the property, addressed the governing body. Smith stated she felt the structure was worth saving.  She stated she isn’t renting the property out and hopes to get it cleaned up and re-rent it.  Smith stated she would like an opportunity to address the roof and exterior windows.  City Attorney Parker explained K.S.A. 12-1750 and that its intent is to provide a mechanism for compliance to bring structures into compliance with City code, not to board it up. He stated that it sets a time frame for the repairs to be made and if repairs are not made the City a mechanism to move forward to clean it up.  Smith stated she doesn’t know how the structural engineer could determine it is uninhabitable if he didn’t enter the structure.  The Mayor closed the public hearing.

 

            Magruder made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-12 Condemning 418 East 15th Street. Leffler seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Conduct Public Hearing for Condemnation of Property Located at 118 East Main Street:  A public hearing was conducted regarding the condemnation of property located at 118 East Main Street pursuant to procedures outlined in K.S.A. 12-1750 et seq.  Robert Gass, owner of the property, addressed the governing body.  He stated he would have the structure destroyed in the next month or two.  The Mayor closed the public hearing.

 

            Reavis made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-13 Condemning 118 East Main Street. Leffler seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Industrial Revenue Bonds for the Augusta Hotel Project:  Reavis made a motion to approve Ordinance 2087 authorizing the issuance of $2,300,000 Taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds Series 2015A and $1,900,000 Taxable industrial Revenue Bonds Series 2015B for the Augusta Hotel Project for the purpose of the acquisition, construction, furnishing and equipping of a hotel facility; and authorizing certain other documents and actions in connection therewith.  Magruder seconded the motion.  Roll Call:  Reavis Yes, Leffler Yes, Belt Yes, Magruder Yes, Lowery Yes, Crum Yes, Rawlings Yes, and Londagin Yes.  Motion carried.

 

2014 Audited Financials:  Eric Meyer with George, Bowerman, and Noel presented the City’s 2014 Audited Financial Report.  Londagin made a motion to accept the City’s 2014 Audited Financials. Lowery seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition. 

 

Amending City Code Related to Solid Waste.:  Londagin referred to section 15-503 and stated he would like a provision that would allow for damage to private property in the course of picking up their trash.  Parker stated we could include wording that the City would comply with the Kansas Tort Claims Act. Lowery made a motion to approve Ordinance 2088 amending Article 5 of Chapter 15 of the code of the City of Augusta 2010 and repealing all other conflicting ordinances and/or parts thereof subject to review for legal compliance. Londagin seconded the motion.  Roll Call: Reavis Yes, Leffler Yes, Belt Yes, Magruder Yes Lowery Yes, Crum Yes, Rawlings Yes, and Londagin Yes.  Motion carried.

 

Schedule a Public Hearing:  Lowery made a motion to schedule a public hearing for Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the advisability of issuing Industrial Revenue Bonds for the Global Parts expansion at the Augusta Municipal Airport.  Belt seconded the motion.  Motion carried with Reavis voting in opposition.

 

Matters From/For Council:

Staff provided a list of upcoming events. 

 

Staff reminded the Council that the City Manager and Assistant City Manager will be attending ICMA conference in Seattle and will be out of the office September 26th through October 2nd.

 

Staff reminded the Council of the 2015 League of Kansas Municipalities Conference in Topeka, KS at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Kansas Expocenter October 10th through October 12th.

 

 

Informational Memorandum and Final Comments: 

Leffler:  Leffler reminded residents on the north end of town that they can set out recycling bins on this Friday with their regular trash.

 

Belt: Belt stated he has been contacted by citizens complaining about trash carts that are not being set behind the property set back.

 

Magruder: Magruder reminded the citizens of the Praise in the Park event scheduled at Garvin Park this Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and that they will be recognizing local public safety officers.

 

Crum:  Crum stated there is a duplex on the south end of Ohio Street with a couch and other debris in the front yard.

 

Adjourn:  At 9:00 p.m. Reavis made a motion to adjourn. Lowery seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

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