NOVEMBER 2, 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, Public Works Director Jaime Goering, Airport Manager Lloyd Partin and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, John Black, Sarah Hoefgen, Lynn Smith, Rusty Moore, and Michael Snow.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Councilman Lowery gave the invocation.
Minutes: Londagin made a motion to approve the minutes from the October 19, 2015 Council meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 10A: Londagin made a motion to approve Ordinance 10A in the amount of $1,401,870.39. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
City Clerk/Finance Director Erica Jones gave a presentation regarding new full page utility bills implemented in November 2015.
Dangerous Dog Ordinance: Council discussed the City of Augusta’s dangerous dog ordinance, specifically Chapter 2, Article 1, Section 2-114 of the City Code of Ordinances 2010 prohibiting dangerous dogs within the city limits. Magruder made a motion to uphold the current ordinance and to permanently table discussion of overturning the breed ban until brought up for consideration by the majority of the City Council. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Bid Award for Frisco Depot Restoration Project: Rawlings abstained from the discussion and vote due to possible conflict of interest. Lowery made a motion to approve a bid award to Sutherland Builders, Inc. in the amount of $746,900 for the restoration of the Historic Frisco Depot contingent on review and approval of the bids by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Magruder seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Federal Aid Construction Engineering Inspection Agreement with KDOT and William Morris Associates (WMA) Architects: Magruder made a motion to approve a Federal Aid Construction Engineering Inspection Agreement with KDOT and WMA Architects with an upper limit of compensation of $10,228.60 for the Frisco Depot Restoration Project. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Update on Condemnations for 118 East Main Street and 418 East 15th Street: Sims updated that as of today 118 East Main was demolished via private contractor. He stated that the utilities for 418th East 15th have been disconnected and he was contacted by a private contractor that has a contract to demolish the property. Sims stated he notified the contractor that he has until November 16, 2015 to demolish the property. Rawlings made a motion to approve staff recommendation to take necessary action to remove condemned structures at 118 East Main and 418 East 15th Street if no action is taken by the property owner before November 16, 2015. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Augusta Municipal Airport Board Mayoral Appointments: Leffler made a motion to approve the mayoral reappointments of Willie Sinsel and Rob Kuhns to the Augusta Municipal Airport Advisory Board for terms ending April 2017. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Resolution 2015-15 Declaring the Necessity of Condemning Certain Real Property; Authorizing a Survey of Said Real Property; and Providing for Publication in the Official City Newspaper: Leffler made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-15 declaring the necessity of condemning certain real property owned by Wichita RV and located at 12828 Southwest Highway 54; and authorizing a survey of said real property; and providing for publication in the official city newspaper. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Matters From/For Council:
Shaw initiated a discussion of the Code of Procedure for Kansas Cities and clarification of the process regarding motions to call the previous question. Shaw stated the Code of Procedure aligns with the Council’s recommendation of requiring a vote for the question to be called and to terminate discussion.
Update on Park Board meeting discussion related to reopening fishing activities at Augusta City Lake. Sims stated that the Park Board met on October 28th and one of the discussion points was reopening fishing activities at Augusta City Lake. The Park Advisory Board recommendation was to revisit fishing activities in February 2016 to give the fish more time to grow. He stated that the lake was shocked by a fish biologist in September and there was not a high population of larger fish, so that was another reason for allowing the fish more time to grow.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Reavis: Reavis inquired about a policy on adjustment of water bills for leaks. Jones stated the current policy is that we do not refund any portion of a bill for leaks, but that we will work with people to allow more time for that bill to be paid. Reavis stated would like to see assistance for citizens for when it is not their fault. The Council provided consensus to direct staff to see what other communities are doing, but that they do not want the other citizens pick up the cost.
Reavis thanked DAI and everyone else involved in Trick or Treat Street. He said the event was really good for Augusta. Reavis also thanked all of those who brought their kids down town to trick or treat and to try the chili. Childers thanked Reavis for his donated DJ services for the event.
Crum: Crum inquired as to what was going on with the water tonight around the Euclid area. Goering stated there was a valve that was found to be leaking during the 2015 Street Maintenance project and that the repair work was to begin at 8 p.m. tonight and hopefully take 2-3 hours.
At 7:54 p.m. Lowery made a motion to go into executive session for 60 minutes under the personnel matters of non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss the City Manager’s annual performance evaluation. Lowery asked that City Manager Josh Shaw join the Council in executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 8:54 p.m. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 8:54 p.m. Lowery made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Adjourn: At 8:55 p.m. Londagin made a motion to adjourn. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.