DECEMBER 2, 2013
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on December 3, 2013, with Mayor Kristey Williams presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Matt Childers, Sue Jones, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis, and Matt Malone. Council member Jamie Crum was absent. Also present: Interim City Attorney Cami Baker, City Manager Gabe Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager Josh Shaw, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Kent Bush, Myrna Rogers, Gary Rogers, Ken Bratton, Paul Belt, and Teresa Wallace.
Prayer: Pastor Paul Andrews, Life Church, gave the invocation.
Minutes: Childers made a motion to approve the minutes from the November 18, 2013 meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
November (11A): Lowery made a motion to approve Ordinance 11A in the amount of $988,527.66. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
The Mayor presented service awards to City of Augusta employees. Lieutenant Tim Follis was presented an award for 25 years of service, Director of Public Safety Tyler Brewer for 10 years of service, and Accounts Payable Clerk Tammy Davis for 10 years of service.
Acceptance of Property: S. Jones made a motion to approve acceptance of the acquisition of Parcel #298-27-0-10-12-010-00-0-0 as a real estate asset of the City. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
2014 Utility Abatements: Council reviewed and discussed the 2014 Utility Abatement applications. The consensus of the Council was that the list of applicants was acceptable, to increase the abatement amount for the Augusta Community Caring Center to $3,400, and that the approval of the abatements would be contingent on receiving the financials for the four that did not provide them with their application.
2013 Utility Write Off’s and Collection: Rawlings made a motion to approve the write off of 25 utility accounts in the amount of $5,801.17. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Schedule a Public Hearing for 2013 Budget Amendments: Lowery made a motion to schedule a public hearing for Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. to take input on 2013 Budget Amendments and to authorize publication of the public hearing notice. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
City Council Appointment: The Council members each placed a name on a written ballot of their preferred candidate for the open council position. The City Clerk read the names aloud. The ballots were: Lowery, Rawlings, Childers, and Jones for Paul Belt and Malone and Reavis for Myrna Rogers. Paul Belt received the majority vote.
Malone: Malone asked if the clean up around the lake is finished. Shaw stated it will be an ongoing process, but the tree removal with the rental equipment is finished.
Reavis: Reavis asked if the delivery of the Wichita East newspaper could be considered littering per our ordinances. He stated they are unsolicited newspapers that are tossed in driveways, curbs, and in the gutters. He asked if there is something that could be done to curtail their delivery. Childers stated if it is littering, the delivery of phone books could fall into that as well. Baker stated she would take a look at the city’s ordinance. She stated this has been brought up in other communities too. Gonzalez stated we may need to send a letter to the newspaper on behalf of the City as a friendly reminder to make sure they are delivered to the porch if that is our desire.
S. Jones: Jones inquired about the status of the new trash truck. Gonzales stated we have received the truck and we are rolling out a plan to implement the automated trash system by April 1st. He stated we need to order additional carts and do some tree trimming.
Williams: Williams stated the open house to welcome Gonzalez was great and thanked all those who attended.
Childers: Childers inquired about the Airport sign and its lighting issues. Shaw stated the ultimate fix will be running electrical wire out to the sign. He stated the solar lights have had ongoing issues.
Executive Session: At 7:43 p.m. Rawlings made a motion to go into executive session for 30 minutes under the attorney-client privilege exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act for consultation with the Interim City Attorney related to a development contract. Rawlings asked that City Manager Gabe Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager Josh Shaw, and Interim City Attorney Cami Baker join the Council in the executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 8:13 p.m. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 8:13 p.m. Rawlings made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Adjourn: At 8:14 PM Malone made a motion to adjourn. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.