SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on September 19, 2016, with Mayor Matt Childers presiding. Council present were Jason Lowery, Cale Magruder, Jamie Crum, Paul Belt, Tom Leffler, Justin Londagin and Ron Reavis. Councilman Mike Rawlings was absent. Also present: City Manager Josh Shaw, Assistant City Manager Cody Sims, Director of Public Safety Tyler Brewer and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, John Black, Sarah Hoefgen, Connie Thurman, Sergeant Derek Highbarger, Sarah Highbarger, Safety Officer James Hageman, Sergeant Chad McCluskey, Safety Detective Bob Sage, Kathy McClure, Mark Chesney, William Morris, Keith Cross, and Kathy Cross, Denise Loper and Gary Steed.
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Pastor Keith Cross, First Christian Church, gave the invocation.
Minutes: Crum made a motion to approve the minutes from the September 6, 2016 Council meeting. Londagin seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Ordinance 9: Leffler made a motion to approve Ordinance 9 in the amount of $644,273.69. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Gary Steed, Executive Director of the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (KSCPOST), was present to recognize Sergeant Bob Sage for his participation and accomplishments as a commissioner for the KSCPOST.
Director of Public Safety Tyler Brewer was present to recognize and honor Sergeant Derek Highbarger and Officer James B. Hagman with the “Life Saving Award” for their efforts in saving a human life.
Mark Chesney, representing the Kansas Power Pool (KPP), was present to provide an update on KPP operations and to thank Augusta for their membership in KPP.
Kathy McClure was present to request approval for the 3rd Annual “Steaks on the Bricks” to be held downtown October 14, 2016. Belt made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-35 approving a special event allowing the sale and service of alcoholic liquor for consumption on a city property on the 14th day of October. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried with Magruder voting in opposition.
Belt made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-36 approving a special event allowing the sale and service of alcoholic liquor for consumption on a city property on the 21st day of October in the event of rain if postponed on the 14th day of October. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried with Magruder voting in opposition.
Update on Condemnation of Real Property Located at 606 East 12th Avenue: Denise Loper, 219 Wiley Street, addressed the governing body about the property located at 606 East 12th Avenue. She stated the house moving contractor has said that they will be moving the house in the first two weeks of October. Crum made a motion to table this agenda item until October 17, 2016. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried with Leffler and Londagin voting in opposition.
Temporary Commercial Lease Agreement between the City of Augusta and Pray Aviation, Inc.: Reavis made a motion to table this agenda item until October 3, 2016. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Proposal for Downtown Banners and Wayfinding: Council reviewed and discussed a proposal from Downtown Augusta Inc. (DAI) to install decorative banners on street light posts in the downtown area. Londagin made a motion to table this agenda item until October 3, 2016 and requested additional information on alternative proposals and options from DAI. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Policy Statement for Event Planning Requests: Magruder made a motion to approve Policy Statement No. 2016-04 titled Event Planning Approval Process. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Letter of Agreement for the Shryock Park Pedestrian Trail between the City of Augusta and the Sunflower Foundation: Leffler made a motion to approve the Letter of Agreement for the Shryock Park Pedestrian Trail between the City of Augusta and the Sunflower Foundation for a final grant amount of $47,614, authorizing the Mayor and City Manager to execute the agreement and return to the Sunflower Foundation by Friday, September 30, 2016. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Privatization of Grounds Maintenance in the Parks & Recreation Division for the 2017 Mowing Season: Staff requested direction from the Council regarding the privatization of grounds maintenance in the Parks & Recreation Division for the 2017 Mowing Season. Reavis made a motion not to privatize grounds maintenance in the Parks & Recreation Division for the 2017 mowing season. Leffler seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.
Matters From/For Council and Informational Memorandum:
Reminder that the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Public Works Director will be attending the ICMA conference in Kansas City on September 25-28th.
Reminder of the League of Kansas Municipalities Conference in Overland Park October 8-10th.
Reminder of the joint work session with Park Board scheduled for October 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss future plans and vision for Santa Fe Lake. This work session will be hosted on site at Santa Fe Lake.
Belt: Belt thanked the Mayor, Council, and Staff for helping out at the Cannonball Motorcycle Run this past weekend. He also thanked Bill Page, Kelly Modlin, and Terry Richardson for sponsoring the event. Belt stated the event brought a lot of good publicity to Augusta.
Magruder: Magruder reminded everyone of Praise in the Park this Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at Garvin Park. He stated the entire community is invited but there will be a special time for honoring city workers at about 6 p.m. Magruder stated there will be food, music and games for the kids.
Childers: Childers stated that in August of last year the governing body chose to replace two existing park board members with two new members as part of our appointment process. He stated that following that action, the two members that were removed filed a grievance with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office alleging a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Childers stated that after a yearlong process where each Council member and staff were interviewed and a thorough investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, they found no wrongdoing by this governing body. Childers stated that throughout that process he has kept the Times Gazette in the loop about what has been happening and why, and have provided the public documents returned to us by the Attorney General’s Office to the Times Gazette. He stated that he anticipates the Times Gazette will be writing an article about this finding from the Attorney General’s Office. Childers encouraged any members of the council or staff that feel so inclined to contact Belinda Larsen with the Times Gazette with any comments they would like to add to her article on this finding.
Londagin: Londagin stated that he was contacted by a citizen who had a guest over the weekend who stated they were very disappointed in the lack of sidewalks to get to our park system. Lowery stated that we talk about the sidewalks often. He stated that we do a good job of identifying the problem but have not come up with solutions for this problem. Lowery stated that if we are going to keep bringing it up then we need to do something about it. Londagin suggested a work session in the future to discuss options to address it.
Adjourn: At 8:27 p.m. Londagin made a motion to adjourn. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.