Minutes 08-21-2017

CITY COUNCIL

AUGUST 21, 2017

7:00 P.M.

The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on August 21, 2017, with Mayor Matt C. Childers presiding.  Council present were Jason Lowery, Cale Magruder, Jamie Crum, Paul Belt, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis and Justin Londagin.  Council member Leffler was absent. Also present:  City Manager Josh Shaw, City Attorney Austin Parker, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims and City Clerk Erica Jones.  Visitors present were: Electric Production Superintendent Jim Sutton, Construction Inspector Anthony Craft, Belinda Larsen, Connie Thurman, Kelly Modlin, Lisa Daniels, Kriste Goodman, Bill Morris, Larry Holloway, Chuck May, Kathy McClure and Bryant Parker.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Prayer:   Councilman Lowery gave the invocation.

 

Minutes: Reavis made a motion to approve the minutes from the August 7, 2017 City Council meeting.  Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

           

Ordinance 8:   Belt made a motion to approve Ordinance #8 dated 8/9/2017.  Crum seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Visitors:

Candace Kunkel, representing Re/Max on the Move, was present to request use of the stage area at Garvin Park for a “Customer Appreciation Event” on October 21, 2017.  Rawlings made a motion to approve the request from Re/Max on the Move to use Garvin Park for a “Customer Appreciation Event” on October 21, 2017.  Belt seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Lowery made a motion to approve the request from the Augusta High School Booster Club for a bon fire at the front of the Peninsula on August 30, 2017 for a Pep Rally.  Reavis seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Kelly Modlin was present to make a request to the City Council regarding a utility abatement for his Twisted Oz Motorcycle Museum.  Modlin asked the governing body to consider combining the billing for both of his buildings and allowing the abatement to be applied to both.  He stated he is not asking for any additional abatement dollars. Londagin made a motion to apply the original abatement to both accounts under the original amount. Crum seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Presentations:

Follow-up Presentation from Public Hearing Regarding the 2018 Budget:  Council received and filed a presentation from City Manager Josh Shaw responding to questions and comments raised by citizens during the public hearing on the 2018 Budget.

 

At 8:10 p.m., Magruder made a motion to recess for 5 minutes.  Belt seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

 

 

Business:

Proposed Ordinance No. 2121 Authorizing Waiver of Must-Purchase Requirements Under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA):  Rawlings made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 2121 authorizing the filing of application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by the Kansas Power Pool (“KPP”), a Municipal Energy Agency, on behalf of the City of Augusta (CITY), a member city of KPP, for a waiver of city’s must-purchase requirement under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) and adopting rules for compliance with FERC’s PURPA Regulations. Belt seconded the motion.  Roll Call:  Reavis Yes, Belt Yes, Magruder Yes, Lowery Yes, Crum Yes, Rawlings, Yes and Londagin Yes.  Motion carried.

           

Proposal From William Morris Associates to Prepare Part 3 of the Submittal to the State of Kansas Historic Tax Credit Program for the Frisco Depot:  Londagin made a motion to approve the proposal from William Morris Associates in the amount of $1,940 to prepare Part 3 of the submittal to the State of Kansas Historic Tax Credit Program for the Frisco Depot rehabilitation project. Rawlings seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Accept Electric Utility Easement at 1302 North Ohio Street in Support of Infrastructure Enhancements:   Lowery made a motion to approve an electric utility easement at 1302 North Ohio Street needed to support electric infrastructure enhancements. Belt seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Discussion Regarding South Ohio Project Force Account Plan for Completing Sanitary Sewer Service Line Improvements within Road Right of Way; Consider Authorizing Force Account Change Order of $110,250:  Belt made a motion authorizing staff to proceed with the “force account” process with the utility contractor and KDOT in the amount of $110,250 and implement the funding plan to complete improvements to sewer utilities and service lines. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Matters From/For Council and Informational Memorandum:

Rawlings:  Rawlings requested a discussion regarding the proposed closure date for the splash pad at Shryock Park.  Park Board previously discussed a season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. He stated he was contacted by a couple people that would like to see it remain open through September, weather permitting.  Maybe not every day, but on weekends.  Rawlings made a motion to leave it open as is until the end of September.  Londagin seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

Magruder:  Magruder asked if before shutting the pool down when the school is finished with it, could we consider having a doggy dip.  Staff stated they would have that discussion with the Park Board.  Magruder stated there are some drainage issues at the splash pad that need to be addressed.

 

Londagin:  Londagin asked what is being done with the crosswalk-warning signal that was going to be used at North Ohio but was switched out for a different type of warning lights.  He stated there had been thoughts of using those in school zones or at Willowbrook.  Shaw stated that using them in a school zone was discussed and he would check with staff to see where they are being used.

 

Executive Session:

At 9:20 p.m. Lowery made a motion to go into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss matters related to potential legal liability related to the performance of a contract pursuant to the “consultation with an attorney for the public body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship” justification for executive sessions under the Kansas Open Meetings Act, K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(2), and to invite in City Manager Josh Shaw and City Attorney Austin Parker. The open meeting will resume in the Council Chambers at 9:30 p.m.  Magruder seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

At 9:30 p.m., Lowery made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken.  Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

At 9:32 p.m. Lowery made a motion to go into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss matters related to the performance of a nonelected City employee pursuant to the “discuss personnel matters of nonelected personnel” justification for executive meetings under the Kansas Open Meetings Act, K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(1), and to invite in City Manager Josh Shaw and City Attorney Austin Parker.  The open meeting will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 9:42 p.m.  Magruder seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

 

At 9:42 p.m., Lowery made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken.  Magruder seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

 

Adjourn:  At 9:42 p.m., Londagin made a motion to adjourn.  Rawlings seconded the motion.  Motion carried without opposition.

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