OCTOBER 19, 2015
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on October 19, 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, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, John Black, Sandy Dewitt, Jackie Jackson, Gabrielle Mitchell, Christina Stebens, Eric Taft, Rusty Moore, Ian Windsor, Ashley Spivey, Scott Toom, Nin George, and Kevin Cowan.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Pastor/Councilman Cale Magruder, First Southern Baptist Church, gave the invocation.
Minutes: Londagin made a motion to approve the minutes from the October 5, 2015 Council meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 10: Reavis made a motion to approve Ordinance 10 in the amount of $415,836.71. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Sandy Dewitt, Executive Director of Journey to Recovery, addressed the governing body. She stated that Journey to Recovery is a peer support center for those with mental health issues and currently serve about fifty people at this time. Dewitt stated they are located at 1402 Ohio and have been in Augusta for three years.
Bid Award for Middle School Sanitary Sewer Main Repair: Reavis made a motion to approve the bid award to Mies Construction in the amount of $26,155 for replacement of the sanitary sewer main from manhole c-142 to manhole c-143 south of the Augusta Middle School. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Proposal for Easement and Right of Way Acquisition Services – Ohio Street Improvements: Crum made a motion to approve the proposal submitted by Right of Way Acquisition from Dennis Keegan in the amount of $33,325 to obtain the necessary permanent easements, temporary easements, and right of way for the Ohio Street Improvements project. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Resolution of Intent Determining Advisability of Industrial Revenue Bonds for Global Parts: Reavis made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-14 amended to include an annual Payment in Lieu of Taxes in the amount of $18,000. Motion died from lack of a second. Magruder made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-14 as presented. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried with Reavis voting in opposition.
Discussion Regarding Park Board Appointment Eligibility Requirements: Crum made a motion to approve Ordinance 2090 amending Park Advisory Board appointment eligibility requirements. Belt seconded the motion. Lowery made a motion to call the vote. Roll Call: Reavis Yes, Leffler Yes, Belt Yes, Magruder Yes, Lowery Yes, Crum Yes, Rawlings Yes, and Londagin Yes. Motion carried.
Londagin made a motion to amend the call of vote procedure to be consistent with prior procedure as identified in the Code of Procedure for Kansas Cities as adopted by the City of Augusta. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Belt: Belt reminded everyone of the Steaks on the Bricks event this Friday and said the event will raise funds for a splash park in Augusta.
Magruder: Magruder inquired about the status of the construction at 5th Avenue & Walnut. Sims stated that the project is moving along quite well. He is reviewing final plat tomorrow and it will go to the Planning Commission on November 9th, then will be presented to the governing body November 16th for final approval.
Rawlings: Rawlings asked if the new recycle truck was broke, down. Goering stated it was one of the older trucks but that it was back up and running that evening; the new truck was not on route yet.
Londagin: Londagin asked if we received direction from Wildlife and Parks about opening the lake to fishing this year. Sims stated they shocked the lake and provided information to staff. He stated that is one of the items to be discussed at the upcoming Park Board meeting.
At 7:47 p.m. Lowery made a motion to go into executive session for 20 minutes under the personnel matters of non-elected personnel and attorney-client relationship exceptions to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss matters deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship and to discuss matters of non-elected personnel. Lowery asked that City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, and City Attorney Austin Parker join the Council in executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 8:07 p.m. Magruder seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 8:07 p.m. Lowery made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Rawlings made a motion to authorize the City Attorney to work with city staff, the airport engineer, and FAA representatives to initiate the condemnation process in accordance with state and federal law for the Wichita RV property located north of Augusta Municipal Airport. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried with Reavis voting in opposition.
Adjourn: At 8:08 p.m. Lowery made a motion to adjourn. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.