APRIL 3, 2017
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on April 3, 2017, 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, Public Works Director Jaime Goering and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Code Enforcement Officer Travis Combes, Belinda Larsen, John Black, Olivia Haselwood, Dustin Avey, Charles Greenwell, Jill Greenwell, Calvin Hilt, Susan Harsh, Blair Miller, Michelle Eastman, Mike Stump, Rick Neubauer and Connie Thurman.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Pastor Cale Magruder, First Southern Baptist Church, gave the invocation.
Minutes: Crum made a motion to approve the minutes from the March 20, 2017 City Council meeting. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 3A: Londagin made a motion to approve Ordinance #3A in the amount of $2,254,545.66. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Proclamation proclaiming April 2017 as “National Child Abuse Prevention Month”.
Proclamation proclaiming May 20, 2017 as “Kids to Parks Day”.
Michelle Eastman, representing Rainbows United, addressed the governing body to thank the City of Augusta for their support and gave information about the services provided by Rainbows United. Calvin Hilt shared his personal story with Rainbows United. Blair Miller shared information about the 2017 Rainbows Run Walk on May 20th. She said that they anticipate 800 participants and 100 volunteers.
Review Plan of Finance and Resolution No. 2017-17 Authorizing the Issuance of General Obligation Temporary Notes, Series 2017-1: Dustin Avey, the City’s financial advisor addressed the governing body. Belt made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-17 authorizing the offering for sale of General Obligation Temporary Notes, Series 2017-1, of the City of Augusta, Kansas in the amount of $1,430,000. Magruder seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Nuisance Abatement Resolutions for Various Properties Throughout the City of Augusta: Leffler made a motion to approve Resolution No. 2017-18 determining that a nuisance exists and ordering the removal and abatement of said nuisance within ten days as specified by K.S.A. 12-1617e on the property located at 33 Killarney Court. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Leffler made a motion to approve Resolution No. 2017-19 determining that a nuisance exists and ordering the removal and abatement of said nuisance within ten days as specified by K.S.A. 12-1617e on the property located at 602 North Santa Fe Street. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Leffler made a motion to approve Resolution No. 2017-20 determining that a nuisance exists and ordering the removal and abatement of said nuisance within ten days as specified by K.S.A. 12-1617e on the property located at 3022 North Rocky Ridge Street. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Engineering Services Agreement for Santa Fe Lake Dam Inspection: Leffler made a motion to approve an agreement for Engineering Services with Schwab Eaton for the Safety Inspection of Santa Fe Lake Dam in the amount $4,200. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance No. 2114 Amending Section 30.2 (D) Preliminary Breath Test Contained in the 2016 Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities as Adopted in City Code by the City of Augusta, Kansas: Magruder made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 2114 amending Section 30.2 (D) Preliminary Breath Test contained in the 2016 Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas cities as adopted in the City Code by the City of Augusta, Kansas. Belt seconded the motion. Roll Call: Reavis Yes, Leffler Yes, Belt Yes, Magruder Yes, Lowery Yes, Crum Yes, Rawlings Yes, and Londagin Yes. Motion carried without opposition.
Lawn Maintenance Services Agreement Between the City of Augusta and Rowland Custom Lawn Care: Leffler made a motion to approve a Lawn Maintenance Services Agreement between the City of Augusta and Rowland Custom Lawn Care. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Discussion of Draft Ordinance Implementing Business Regulations for Horse and Carriage Businesses Within the City of Augusta, Kansas: Council reviewed and discussed a draft ordinance adding a new article to City Code regulating horse and carriage businesses within the city limits and provided direction to staff regarding proposed regulations, fees, routing, etc. to be finalized for Council consideration at the April 17th meeting.
Consensus was given to approve routes as proposed with checking with the County about 6th Avenue, attorney review of K.S.A. 60-4001, and to include the general background check as done with General Business License applicants.
Matters From/For Council and Informational Memorandum:
Park Board Appointments: Childers stated that Londagin, Rawlings and Birk have all shown interest in continuing on the board. Shaw stated that Roy expressed interest in the last Park Board meeting in continuing serving on the board. Childers reiterated that he wants the applications coming directly to him and not funneled through the other council members.
Camera System Option for Shryock Park: Shaw stated he identified a cloud camera system for security and monitoring, designed to address the challenging set up, finding power, and internet access. He stated these have built in Wi-Fi and cellular signal, operates off of solar panels and can run five days without sunshine. He stated it offers flexibility, as it can mount to any pole and can be moved to other locations. He stated it is web browser based and can be streamed live and stores 10-14 days of video recording and that you can also purchase an infrared camera to operate at night. Shaw stated they provided a quote of roughly $3500 and approximately $5500 to include the night vision camera. He stated you can also rent the cameras. Shaw stated there would be monthly costs for the cellular plan. He also stated that there may be interest by a local group to pay for a system like this to do a demo project. Council consensus was to continue to look into options, but to not stream it publically on the internet.
Municipal Swimming Pool: Sims updated the council on the swimming pool. He stated that we are five weeks out from the pool opening and have only filled 10 of the 25 lifeguard positions. He made a public call for applicants. Sims stated that if we are unable to fill those positions, we will have to have a difficult conversation about what can we do with that scenario and whether we will be able to open the pool with limited hours or at all.
Leffler: Leffler reminded everyone we are in mowing season and not to put grass into the streets. He stated that it is against the law and gets into the drainage system and can clog it up.
Belt: Belt thanked everyone who assisted with and attended the 1st Annual Bike Show and Swap Meet at the Twisted Oz Motorcycle Museum.
Crum: Crum stated she was contacted by a landlord about not being able to get landfill cards to clean up after a tenant leaves. Jones stated that the landfill coupons are available to all customers who pay for residential trash service, but that in most cases the tenants are paying not the landlords. She stated that the tenants can obtain the cards and give them to their landlords. Shaw stated that the cards are to be distributed to utility customers, but that how they use them is up to them. He stated they can give them to someone else or get together with their neighbors and combine resources or help their parents or elderly neighbors.
Londagin: Londagin stated that May 18th thru May 21st there will be a need for 100-150 volunteers a day to help with the Castle Park rehab and encouraged the community to sign up to volunteer.
At 8:45 p.m. Lowery made a motion to go into executive session for 10 minutes under the attorney-client privilege and preliminary discussions of real property acquisition exceptions to the Kansas Open Meetings Act for preliminary discussions relating to acquisition of real property for future expansion of city facilities. 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 at 8:55 p.m. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 8:55 p.m. Lowery made a motion to exit executive session where no action was taken. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Adjourn: At 8:55 p.m. Londagin made a motion to adjourn. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.