AUGUST 1, 2016
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on August 1, 2016, with Mayor Matt Childers presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Cale Magruder, Jamie Crum, Paul Belt, Tom Leffler, Mike Rawlings, Justin Londagin and Ron Reavis. Also present: City Manager Josh Shaw, City Attorney Austin Parker, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, Public Works Director Jaime Goering and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, John Black, Dustin Avey, Connie Thurman, Kathy Keeton, Terry Keeton, Dana Rogers, Connie Weide and Kay McCollom.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Pastor Cale Magruder, First Southern Baptist Church, gave the invocation.
Minutes: Leffler made a motion to approve the minutes from the July 18, 2016 Council meeting and the July 25, 2016 Budget Work Session. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 7A: Rawlings made a motion to approve Ordinance 7 in the amount of $321,458.67. Crum seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
The winners of the 2016 Adopt-A-Pot Contest were presented with certificates and prizes. The 1st Place Winners were a team including Dana Rogers, Connie Weide, and Mark McCollom. The 2nd Place Winner was Kay McCollom. The 3rd Place Winner was Kathy Keeton.
Kelly Modlin, representing Twisted Oz Motorcycle Museum, addressed the governing body regarding a tax and utility abatement. Modlin stated he had spoken to Shaw and understands that the abatements are usually handled in November but asked that the governing body consider granting him one now. Mayor Childers asked Modlin to provide information required under the resolution and then it could be added to the next council meeting as an agenda item for consideration.
Acceptance of the Bid with Lowest Net Interest Cost for GO Bonds, Series 2016-A and Approval of Ordinance 2101 and Resolution 2016-30 Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of Bonds and Levying of Annual Tax for Repayment: Magruder made a motion to approve the bid from Northland Securities, Inc. with the lowest net interest cost of 1.53%. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Magruder made a motion to approve Ordinance 2101 authorizing the issuance of bonds and levying annual tax for the repayment of the bonds. Lowery seconded the motion. Roll Call: Reavis Yes, Leffler, Yes, Belt Yes, Magruder Yes, Lowery Yes, Crum Yes, Rawlings Yes, Londagin Yes. Motion carried.
Magruder made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-30 authorizing the issuance and sale of the bonds. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Resolution 2016-31 Requesting that the State Director of Accounts and Reports Waive the Requirements of K.S.A. 75-1120a(a) for the City’s 2016 Financial Statements and Reports: Reavis made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-31 requesting the State Director of Accounts and Reports waive the requirements of K.S.A. 75-1120a(a) with regard to the City’s 2016 financial statements and reports. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Kansas Municipal Gas Agency Director Reappointment: Rawlings made a motion to reappoint Director of Electric Utility Bill Webster to serve as Director representing the City of Augusta on the Kansas Municipal Gas Agency (KMGA) Board of Directors. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Schedule Public Hearing to Take Input and Comment on the Proposed 2017 Budget: Leffler made a motion to schedule a public hearing on Monday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall to take input and comment on the Proposed 2017 Budget. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Matters From/For Council and Informational Memorandum:
Leffler: Leffler inquired about the July 2nd flood and asked if there has been a follow up meeting by those involved and what is being changed or handled differently. Shaw stated there was a staff meeting at the Safety Department for those involved and there were recommended changes that were suggested in terms of equipment needs and procedural changes. Shaw stated that for the larger projects there will be recommendations coming back to the governing body for approval. Shaw stated this wasn’t a typical flood event in that the water was coming from the spillway instead of the river which had not happened in many years and since the new structure was built.
Belt: Belt stated he stopped out at Santa Fe Lake and that it was a wonderful facility and well kept. He encouraged people to go out and visit the lake.
Magruder: Magruder thanked staff for their efforts with regard to the Splash Park and in meeting the proposed completion deadline.
At 7:21 p.m. Lowery made a motion to go into executive session for 20 minutes under the attorney-client relationship exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss matters deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship and for preliminary discussion relating to acquisition of real property for the City park system. Lowery asked that City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, and City Attorney Austin Parker join the Council in the executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 7:41 p.m. Magruder seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 7:42 p.m. Lowery made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Adjourn: At 7:42 p.m. Londagin made a motion to adjourn. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.