NOVEMBER 16, 2015
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on November 16, 2015, with Mayor Matt Childers presiding. Council present were Cale Magruder, Jason Lowery, Paul Belt, Tom Leffler, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis and Justin Londagin. Council member Jamie Crum was absent. Also present: City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, Public Works Director Jaime Goering, Parks Foreman Brian Alfaro and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, Sarah Hoefgen, Pastor Steve Spencer, Aaron Wells, Traevor McPherson, Eric Birk, Holly Evans, Monica Guilliams, Stan Lawrence, Allan Milbradt, and April Harter.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Pastor Steve Spencer, First United Methodist Church, gave the invocation.
Minutes: Leffler made a motion to approve the minutes from the November 2, 2015 Council meeting. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 11: Londagin made a motion to approve Ordinance 11 in the amount of $351,316.66. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Sarah Hoefgen, Executive Director of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, was present to request street closures for the annual Christmas parade scheduled for November 28, 2015. Reavis made a motion to approve the request for street closures for the annual Christmas parade on November 28, 2015. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Traevor McPherson, 620 Osage, addressed the governing body. McPherson stated that the sound quality of the meetings has been difficult to hear, maybe due to older technology. He stated he would like to see the microphones used for the work sessions so they can be recorded and posted on the city’s website.
McPherson stated that in the beginning he was not sure about the City spending money on the disc golf course, but that he as seen many people at Wal-Mart buying the discs including people from out of town. He stated that now that he has seen a lot of interest from those visiting he is more appreciative of the council providing the funds for the disc golf course.
City Manager Josh Shaw and Aaron Wells with USI Midwest, LLC. gave a presentation regarding the 2016 health insurance program for city employees. Rawlings made a motion to approve the bid from Meritain for a partially self funded insurance plan for 2016. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Change Order for Middle School Sanitary Sewer Main: Reavis made a motion to approve Change Order 1 to Mies Construction in the amount of $16,258.75 for additional excavation and protective fill associated with the replacement of the sanitary sewer main from manhole C-142 to manhole C-143 south of the Augusta Middle School. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Final Plat for D-J Engineering’s Site Located at 219 West 6th Avenue: Magruder made a motion to approve the Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve the Final Plat prepared by Schwab-Eaton for D-J Engineering’s site located at 219 West 6th Avenue. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Approval of the Community Garden Layout: Lowery made a motion to approve the layout of the Community Garden located in the green space north of the Parks Division facility at 1301 N. Ohio. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Transfer of Funds Designated for Garvin Park Restroom Renovation: Lowery made a motion to authorize staff to transfer $20,000 designated for remodeling the Garvin Park Restroom facility to a project fund to be used on a concession stand/restroom project in 2016. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Scheduling Public Hearing for 2015 Budget Amendments: Reavis made a motion to schedule a public hearing for 7:00 p.m. on December 7, 2015 at City Hall to take input on 2015 Budget Amendments. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Mayoral Appointment to Insurance Committee: Rawlings made a motion to approve the mayor’s recommended appointment of Justin Londagin to fill the vacant seat on the Insurance Committee previously held by Matt Malone. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 8:48 Rawlings made a motion to recess for 10 minutes. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance No. 2091 Providing for the Condemnation of Certain Real Property and Providing for Publication in the Official City Newspaper: Rawlings made a motion to approve Ordinance 2091 providing for the condemnation of certain real property owned by Wichita RV, located at 12828 Southwest Highway 54, to acquire land for the FAA-mandated runway approach and safety area north of the existing runway for Augusta Municipal Airport. Leffler seconded the motion. Roll Call: Reavis No, Leffler Yes, Belt Yes, Magruder Yes, Lowery Yes, Rawlings Yes, Londagin Yes. Motion carried.
Matters From/For Council:
The next meeting of the Street Sales Tax Advisory Committee is scheduled for November 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:
Belt: Belt asked if the City has a Green River Ordinance. Belt stated he received complaint that there were multiple people going door to door at various times trying to sell him stuff. Jones stated that Chapter 2 of the City’s Code of Ordinances allows for door to door sales. She stated that there is no limit to the number of businesses that can be in town going door to door and that there have been occasions when there are two groups in town selling the same products for two different companies.
Belt reminded everyone of the fourth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner and stated that if anyone would like to be involved to contact Dana at McCollom Construction or Kelly Modlin at Augusta Rental.
Magruder: Magruder stated he has received complaints from a couple citizens about truck traffic on Ohio, and stated that if you see a truck that doesn’t belong on Ohio to get specific information about the vehicle and let us know. Magruder also stated that if people are experiencing specific issues with sound of the meetings let us know.
Childers: Childers reminded everyone of the Augusta Historical Society’s annual chili dinner and pie auction at the Senior Center on November 19th.
Lowery: Lowery stated there have been a few home owners that have suffered a fire recently. He commended the Augusta Department of Public Safety, Andover Fire Department, and volunteers that came out to help. Belt agreed and stated how quickly the city’s Electric Department got there to get their power back on.
Rawlings: Rawlings stated he has received calls about where to take recycling now that dumpsters have been moved from Wal-Mart. He stated the website still shows that the recycle dumpsters are at Wal-Mart.
At 9:16 p.m. Lowery made a motion to go into executive session for 60 minutes under the personnel matters of non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel and discuss the City Manager’s annual performance evaluation. Lowery asked that City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, City Clerk Erica Jones, and Public Works Director Jaime Goering join the Council in executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 10:16 p.m. Magruder seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
At 10:17 p.m. Lowery made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Adjourn: At 10:17 p.m. Londagin made a motion to adjourn. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.