DECEMBER 21, 2015
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on December 21, 2015, with Mayor Matt Childers presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Cale Magruder, Paul Belt, Tom Leffler, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis and Justin Londagin. Councilwoman Crum was absent. Also present: City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, Public Works Director Jaime Goering, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, Melody Kuhlman, Jane Mathis, Rick Blue, Priscilla Temple, Diane Briggs, Karen Laubhan, and Nancy Chavez.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Councilman Lowery gave the invocation.
Minutes: Leffler made a motion to approve the minutes from the December 7, 2015 Council meeting and December 14, 2015 work session. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 12A: Rawlings made a motion to approve Ordinance 12A in the amount of $766,767.72. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Final Plat of the Cottonwood Professional Park 2nd Addition: Rawlings made a motion to approve the Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve the Final Plat prepared by Goedecke Surveying, LLC of the Cottonwood Professional Park 2nd Addition located at the southeast corner of David Avenue and Ohio Street. Leffler seconded the motion. Reavis abstained due to a conflict of interest. Motion carried without opposition.
2016 Special Alcohol Grant Applications: Diane Briggs with Addition Recovery Counseling Services located at 120 East 5th Avenue addressed the governing body stating that she was disappointed they were not awarded any of the grant money. Londagin asked if they could provide a 2016 Budget and Briggs stated they could. Magruder made a motion to accept the Insurance Committee’s recommendations and approve the 2016 Special Alcohol Grant Applications for Family Life Center for $5,000; Tri-County CASA for $5,000; Students Against Destructive Decisions for $5,000; Youth Leadership Butler for $700; conditionally approve The Addiction Recovery Counseling Services for $5,000 contingent on a 2016 Budget being provided; and conditionally approve Journey to Recovery for $3,000 contingent on them becoming in good standing with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office totaling $23,700. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
2016 Cereal Malt Beverage License Renewals: Leffler made a motion to approve the applications for 2016 Cereal Malt Beverage License Renewals. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried with Rawlings and Magruder voting in opposition.
Designate the Butler County Times-Gazette as the Official City Newspaper: Magruder made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-16 designating The Butler County Times-Gazette as the official city newspaper. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Establish a Job Classification and Salary Schedule and Policies for Implementation and Management: Reavis made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-17 Establishing a Job Classification and Salary Schedule and Policies for its implementation and Management. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Matters From/For Council:
Augusta Historical Museum Utility Donation Request: Melody Kuhlman and Jane Mathis addressed the governing body. Council gave staff direction to provide research related to what other municipalities in Kansas have implemented and report back to the governing body during the first meeting in February.
Reavis made a motion to schedule a work session for January 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss code enforcement in Augusta. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Jaime Goering provided a progress report on the El Dorado Waterline/Walnut River Diversion Projects. Goering stated the El Dorado Waterline plans and specifications are 80% complete and will be sent to the City for review mid February or early March. She stated design for the Walnut River Diversion is approximately 90% complete and will be sent to the City for review around the same time as the El Dorado Waterline plans and specifications.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Belt: Belt stated there is a lot of trash around where the Frye building was removed. Sims stated he and his staff are already working with the property owner on that.
Magruder: Magruder stated the last League of Kansas Municipalities journal had an article stating that the City of Lawrence Parks & Recreation Division is working to ban tobacco use on their property. He stated there has been a lot of smoking on the disc golf course. Magruder stated it would be a difficult policy to enforce but would be a good statement from the City. Childers stated it could run parallel to the School District policy on the use of tobacco on the school’s properties. Childers asked Magruder to bring this back to the council in a few months.
Childers: Childers stated that the City was priviledged on Friday to welcome Rod Stevenson and the Kansas Cannon’s baseball team to Augusta. He stated that they will be playing at Rodney Wheeler Stadium at the Augusta Senior High School. Sim’s stated he was contacted by Stevenson about wanting to relocate their team to Augusta. Sims stated the School Board has approved their use of the field. He stated it will be a fun and exciting partnership.
At 7:48 p.m. Lowery made a motion to go into executive session for 30 minutes under the attorney client relationship exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss matters deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship. 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 in the Council Chambers at 8:18 p.m. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 8:18 p.m. Lowery made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Adjourn: At 8:19 p.m. Londagin made a motion to adjourn. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.