CITY COUNCIL MEETING
December 8, 2008
The city council met in adjourned session from the meeting of November 17, 2008 with the following present: Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilmen Mike Eshbaugh, Greg Gill, and Kim Harper. Absent: Councilmen Gary Baughman and Bob Mason.
Others present were Outside Utilities Supervisor Dean Banker, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, City Inspector Tony Martin, Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Malinda Hornsby, Tom Robb, Kim Schroeder, Don Trentham, Mark Williams, and Ruthie Winget.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
The minutes of the meetings of November 10, 2008 and November 17, 2008 were approved as mailed.
Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Sherri Leonardís report for the month of November, showing 27 new cases brought before the court and $3,119.00 remitted to the city.
CITY INSPECTOR, RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARKS
City Inspector Tony Martin presented his monthly activities report. He also passed out proposed regulations recommended by the planning commission for travel trailer parks. The city attorney will review the recreational vehicle park regulations and report back to the city council with his recommendations.
Hugoton Rotary Club member Kim Schroeder stated his organization has received a $1,000.00 grant to plant trees in the city parks. Mr. Schroeder asked for the cityís permission to proceed with the community improvement project. Motion by Councilman Kim Harper, seconded by Councilman Greg Gill, to allow the rotary club to plant trees in the city park under the guidance of the cityís supervisors and for the city to contribute $1,000.00 to the project. Motion carried.
Motion by Kim Harper, seconded by Mike Eshbaugh, that cereal malt beverage licenses for calendar year 2009 be approved for Presto Convenience Store #3 at 1000 S. Main and Whiteís King Co., Inc. at 113 West Sixth, both for sale in original and unopened containers and not for consumption on the premises. In favor of the motion: Councilmen Eshbaugh and Harper. Opposed: Councilman Gill. Motion carried.
A proposed ordinance, accepting the planning commissionís recommendation to rezone the property west of town for Abengoa, was presented. City Attorney Wayne R. Tate stated that a change needed to be made for the effective date of the rezoning to be the time the properties are transferred from the Kansas University Endowment Association and Reta June McDonald to Abengoa Bioenergy Hybrid of Kansas, LLC. Motion by Councilman Harper, seconded by Councilman Gill, that Ordinance No. 760, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE "OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP" OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS BY REZONING THE NORTHEAST QUARTER (NE/4) OF SECTION EIGHTEEN (18), TOWNSHIP THIRTY-THREE (33) SOUTH, RANGE THIRTY-SEVEN (37) WEST OF THE 6TH P.M., STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS; THE NORTHWEST QUARTER (NW/4) OF SECTION EIGHTEEN (18), TOWNSHIP THIRTY-THREE (33) SOUTH, RANGE THIRTY-SEVEN (37) WEST OF THE 6TH P.M., STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS; AND ALL THAT PORTION OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER (SW/4) OF SECTION EIGHTEEN (18), TOWNSHIP THIRTY-THREE SOUTH, RANGE THIRTY-SEVEN (37) WEST OF THE 6TH P.M., STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS, LYING NORTH OF THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND SANTA FE RAILWAY COMPANY RAILROAD, be passed. Vote: Councilman Eshbaugh, yes; Councilman Gill, yes; and Councilman Harper, yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Harper, seconded by Eshbaugh, that Resolution No. 2008-7, A RESOLUTION FINDING THAT GAAP-PRESCRIBED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS ARE NOT RELEVENT TO REQUIREMENTS OF THE CASH BASIS AND BUDGET LAWS OF KANSAS AND ARE OF NO SIGNIFICANT VALUE TO THE GOVERNNING BODY OR THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, be passed. Motion carried.
The unit train agreement with United Prairie Ag was brought up for discussion. Requirements for traffic control were specified. Changes were requested. Additional language was suggested. The city attorney will revise the document to incorporate the input of the city council and city staff.
Mark Williams, with Southwest Liquor, expressed his disappointment with the Sunday and holiday liquor sales issue going to a special election instead of appearing on the November general election ballot. He stated he is going to ask the city council to revisit the issue with the intent of timing a vote for the April election.
City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks presented the city groupís 2009 Blue Cross and Blue Shield renewal. Rates are going to increase by 8% for single employees, employee and spouse, employee and children, and employee and dependents and increase by 9% for retirees and their spouses on Medicare. Motion by Eshbaugh, seconded by Harper, to accept the proposal as presented. Motion carried.
The city clerk reported the cost of the retirees continued health insurance coverage is projected to exceed the $100,000.00 limit established by Ordinance No. 750. Each policy holder over age 65 will be required to pay $20.40 per month and each policy holder under age 65 will be required to pay $270.40 per month for the upcoming policy year.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Councilman Eshbaugh, seconded by Councilman Gill, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 1875 and 1876 be passed. Motion carried.
Riley Chevrolet-Pontiac, Inc. of Ulysses has submitted bids of $10,000.00 for a 2006 Chevrolet pickup and $2,500.00 for a flat bed for the pickup. Motion by Greg Gill, to accept the bid of $12,500.00. The motion died for the lack of a second.
Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden reported the Stevens County Engineer has asked if the city would be willing to allow the electric department to install flashing lights at heavily travelled rural intersections. The county will reimburse the city for materials. The consensus was for the two units of government to work together whenever possible.
Motion by Gill, seconded by Eshbaugh, that the meeting go into executive session in regard to personnel matters. Motion carried. Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 7:13 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 7:18 p.m.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:18 p.m.
Motion by Gill, seconded by Eshbaugh, that the meeting be adjourned to December 29, 2008 at 5:15 p.m. Motion carried.
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