JULY 6, 2015
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on July 6, 2015, with Mayor Matt Childers presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Cale Magruder, Jamie Crum, Paul Belt, Tom Leffler, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis and Justin Londagin. Also present: City Attorney Austin Parker, City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, Public Works Director Jaime Goering, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Myrna Rogers, Gary Rogers, Traevor McPherson, David Pate, Gerald Snyder, Priscilla All, Reta Orisdahl, John Black, David Crum, Robert Griffith, Larry Wilson, John Stewart, Dale Lee, Jason Filbeck, Chaydon Carter, and Cristina Janney.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Councilman Magruder gave the invocation.
Minutes: Leffler made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 15, 2015 Council meeting. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 6A and 7: Lowery made a motion to approve Ordinance 6A in the amount of $1,024,345.23 and Ordinance 7 in the amount of $576,754.38. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Mayor Childers read a proclamation declaring July 25, 2015 as “Kansas All-Star Football Shrine Bowl Day” and recognizing Augustan Chaydon Carter for being chosen to represent Augusta in the 42nd Annual Shrine Bowl Football Game.
Maximum Property Tax For the Library Funds: Council reviewed, discussed and provided direction to staff regarding a proposed ordinance establishing the maximum property tax dollar amount for the Library fund pursuant to K.S.A. 12-1220, and establishing a maximum property tax dollar amount for the Library Employee Benefit Fund in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 12-16, 102(d).
Gerald Snyder, 134 Main, addressed the governing body regarding the Library. He stated he would leave the decision up to the Council because he knows they will do the right thing.
Lisa Daniels, Executive Director of the Library, stated the Library Board of Directors feel the cap should be tied to the mill levy not the tax dollar amount because if valuations go down the amount they receive will go down but they would share in the benefits if the valuation goes up. Daniels stated Shaw also wants to turn over the maintenance of the building to the Library which has never been their responsibility before. Daniels stated they appreciate the utility abatement, snow removal and mowing that City has agreed to continue.
Childers stated the Council will take the information and comments provided under advisement and will discuss it further during the work session next week.
Meter Reader Vehicle: Reavis made a motion to approve the quote for a 2014 Toyota Tacoma from National Auto Fleet Group through the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in the amount of $22,121.19 including sales tax. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Cereal Malt Beverage License: Leffler made a motion to approve the application from Pegasus 200, LLC DBA Taco Tico located at 205 W 7th Avenue for a Cereal Malt Beverage (CMB) License for Sale for Consumption on Premises. Reavis seconded the motion. Londagin inquired about the new BYOB legislation recently passed. Parker stated he would like an opportunity to review the new legislation more in depth and report back in a few weeks. Londagin said it would be good to post that information online so citizens know what they can do. Motion carried with Rawlings and Magruder voting in opposition.
Matters From/For Council:
Rawlings made a motion to schedule a budget work session for July 13, 2015 at 6 P.M. at City Hall. Leffler seconded the motion. Lowery stated he will not be able to attend. Motion carried without opposition.
Review Council appointments to the Street Sales Tax Committee for upcoming hearings in the fall. Shaw stated the committee meets 3-4 times and we would like to start the meetings in August or September for 2-3 meetings. Londagin asked when staff needed to know. Shaw said by next meeting.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Reavis: Reavis stated he would like to start a discussion about the Rails to Trails initiative. He stated he thinks it is important that the Council as a group decide our involvement and financial commitment to this project so the group knows how to proceed. Childers stated this has been identified as a project through our Capital Improvement Plan. Reavis stated a discussion during a council meeting would work for him as opposed to a work session. Shaw asked if the Council meeting would like staff to prepare a presentation and then it will move to a discussion item. Childers asked that it wait until our budget is complete.
Magruder: Magruder asked Shaw for an update on his meeting with Aqua Tech. Shaw stated as a result of the discussion with Aqua Tech, we have started looking at intake screens for both lakes due to sedimentation. He stated we have reached our vested number for Santa Fe Lake already, but because of the sediment we are unable to increase our rights any further now. Shaw stated that the City is still in conversations with KDOT regarding using the highway right of way for the line. He stated there will be a lot of easements that will need to be acquired.
Magruder stated he would like Little League to present their interest in purchasing a metal building for a concessions facility for Garvin Park to the Park Board so the Council could get their input before making a decision. Shaw stated the Little League board members want to wait until they get through this year to see where they are with funding.
Childers: Childers thanked the Arts Council for the Back to the Future trilogy event. He stated he interacted with several citizens very concerned about re-naming of our community. He stated it was just for 24 hours, no tax dollars were spent, and no signs were changed. Childers stated it was a great event and was very well attended.
Lowery: Lowery stated Gregg Street has been patched and asked if it will be overlaid. Shaw said yes.
Rawlings: Rawlings stated he has had a couple encounters with people curious if we could put a date on the cemetery signs stating when the cemetery was established. Rawlings stated he has also been asked by some people about the Mayor writing articles for the Gazette.
Londagin: Londagin thanked the Public Safety Department for keeping the community safe this past July 4th weekend.
At 7:52 p.m. Lowery made a motion to go into executive session for 40 minutes under the attorney-client relationship exceptions to the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Lowery asked that City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, Public Works Director Jaime Goering and City Attorney Austin Parker join the Council in executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 8:32 p.m. Magruder seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 8:32 p.m. Lowery made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Adjourn: At 8:33 p.m. Londagin made a motion to adjourn. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.