SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on September 22, 2014, with Council President Matt Childers presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Paul Belt, Jamie Crum, Mike Rawlings, Sue Jones, Ron Reavis, and Matt Malone. Mayor Kristey Williams was absent. Also present: City Attorney Austin Parker, City Manager Josh Shaw, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Kent Bush, Sarah Hoefgen, Cindy Hicks, Gary Rogers, Myrna Rogers, Russell Still, John Black, Larry Henry, Willis Wilson, Tian Wang, Denise Lange, Traevor McPherson, Keith Cross, and Kathy Cross.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Pastor Keith Cross, First Christian Church, gave the invocation.
Minutes: Reavis made a motion to approve the minutes from the September 8, 2014 Special Council meeting amended to remove Rawlings voting in opposition of the Continuing Disclosure Agreement with Gilmore & Bell. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 9: Rawlings made a motion to approve Ordinance 9 in the amount of $706,950.94. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Traevor McPherson, 620 Osage, addressed the Council regarding the lane striping on 7th Avenue. McPherson stated they are so eroded that you cannot see them at night. He stated he is concerned about an accident occurring as a result.
Willis Wilson with Aqua Tech Engineering provided a status update on the El Dorado Waterline and Walnut River Diversion Projects.
Erica Jones presented a review of the utility ordinances. There was Council consensus to hold a work session to review the ordinances.
Flag Memorial: Lowery made a motion to approve the recommendations from the Park Board related to the construction of a Veteran’s Flag Memorial in Docking Park contingent on Council approval of the final plans. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Request to Purchase 100 LL Fuel Farm: Rawlings made a motion to approve the request from Augusta Progress Inc. for the City to purchase the 100 LL Fuel Farm from Aviation Fuel Depot utilizing City Economic Development Funds; authorize staff to proceed with drafting the appropriate documentation to purchase the self-serve fuel farm and terminate the lease agreement with Aviation Fuel Depot for consideration at a future Council meeting. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried with Reavis voting in opposition.
Convention and Tourism Grants: Reavis made a motion to approve Convention and Tourism Grants to Homecoming Fest in the amount of $750, Red Brick Harvest in the amount of $750, Christmas Light Campaign in the amount of $750, and Witches Night Out in the amount of $750. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Frisco Depot Project Agreements: Malone made a motion to approve a Cancellation Agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) for Agreement No. 275-13 previously approved by the Council and dated February 3, 2014 for Project No. 8 TE-0370-01. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Malone made a motion to approve Agreement 482-14 with KDOT. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Zoning Classification Changes: Malone made a motion to approve Ordinance 2067 reclassifying the zoning district for two tracts of land located within the City’s growth area at 3521 N Ohio from Agriculture-2 to Residential-6C and Residential-6D and amending the official zoning map of the City of Augusta. S. Jones seconded the motion. Roll Call: Malone Yea, Reavis Yea, Rawlings Yea, Jones Yea, Childers Yea, Lowery Yea, Crum Yea, Belt Yea. Motion carried without opposition.
Malone made a motion to approve Ordinance 2068 reclassifying the zoning district for a tract of land located within the City’s growth area at 0 SW 85th from Agriculture-1 to Residential-1 and amending the official zoning map of the City of Augusta. S. Jones seconded the motion. Roll Call: Malone Yea, Reavis Yea, Rawlings Yea, Jones Yea, Childers Yea, Lowery Yea, Crum Yea, Belt Yea. Motion carried without opposition.
Malone made a motion to approve Ordinance 2069 reclassifying the zoning district for a tract of land located within the City’s growth area at 8415 SW 60th from Residential-6D to Residential-6C and amending the official zoning map of the City of Augusta. S. Jones seconded the motion. Roll Call: Malone Yea, Reavis Yea, Rawlings Yea, Jones Yea, Childers Yea, Lowery Yea, Crum Yea, Belt Yea. Motion carried without opposition.
2014-2015 KLINK Projects: Rawlings made a motion to approve an engineering services agreement with MKEC for design engineering services for 2014-15 KLINK resurfacing HWY US-54 from the west city limits to 280 ft west of Walnut St. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
ARTDG Airport Lease Agreement: Reavis made a motion to approve a lease agreement with Advanced Research and Technology Development Group (ARTDG) for a one (1) year term for the midfield hanger facilities at the Augusta Municipal Airport commonly referred to as the “Quonset Hut” and “Guernsey Hangar” with a provision added that all payments and notices will be made to the City Clerk’s office. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried with Jones voting in opposition.
KMGA Board Appointment: Malone made a motion to reappoint Bill Webster to the Kansas Municipal Gas Agency (KMGA) Board of Directors for a two-year term expiring in August 2016. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Malone: Malone inquired about scheduling a work session to review the utility ordinances presented earlier in the morning. Shaw stated he would speak to staff, but that he thought one could be scheduled in October.
Reavis: Reavis stated that in the City Manager’s activities he mentioned providing a response to the Attorney General regarding questions about the Interlocal Agreement for the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP). Shaw stated the Attorney General’s Office has always raised the same two or three questions every year, but that they had always signed it. He stated the Attorney General’s Office wanted to see different wording and they wrote back that they were okay with the changes Shaw included in his response. Shaw stated that State Statute requires the NRP be budgeted a certain way and Shaw told them we have it included in the budget and they were okay with that. Parker stated Augusta is not the only community dealing with this. He stated that a number of County Officials have stated on a listserv that they have received similar letters. Reavis said there is at least one landlord or property owner that is on the delinquent tax list. He asked who notifies the County so they will be dropped from the NRP. Shaw stated the City can report that, but it depends on if they are delinquent on a NRP property. Malone said if it is a first time offense it is up to the City, not the County, whether or not to let them back in to the program.
Jones: Jones stated that Shaw mentioned that he contacted MKEC about erosion on splash berm and asked if he has heard anything back on that. Shaw stated he has not yet heard back. Shaw stated we are at the point where we need to do something with it. He stated he has asked MKEC to look into possible solutions on how to address the erosion.
Jones inquired about the request for Statement of Qualifications for the Frisco Depot Project. She asked if the contract is to be awarded on October 20th if the committee should review the request soon. Shaw stated it has not been put out to bid yet. He stated we have only requested the Statement of Qualifications and once those are received the committee will review those in order to award the bid.
Jones inquired about a detour for the closure of 5th Avenue at the railroad tracks. Shaw stated he wasn’t aware when they started the project, but that he was told it would only be closed for one day. Jones asked if information could be provided for the public on how to access the compost and limb site while the road is closed. Shaw stated he would post that information on the City website.
Jones stated she would like to see departmental reports from departments other than Inspection and Safety.
Childers: Childers stated he welcomed the Youth Leadership Butler members to our community prior to tonight’s meeting. He stated that they are great kids and that Youth Leadership Butler is a great program.
Crum: Crum stated a citizen contacted her about how beautiful the trees at Santa Fe Lake look, and asked if there is a way to work with an arborist or Rod Davis on the trees around the city lake. She stated they would be able to help give advice on what ones need to be removed and/or left and suggest some kind of beautification program.
Crum asked if there is a way to move the engineers to earlier on the agenda so they do not have to wait so long to speak.
Belt: Belt echoed the complaint about the striping on 7th Avenue. He also stated there is a growing hump on the east bound lanes in front of Frye Chevrolet.
Adjourn: At 9:33 PM Belt made a motion to adjourn. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.