CITY COUNCIL MEETING
January 5, 2009
The city council met in adjourned session from the meeting of December 29, 2008 with the following present: Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilmen Gary Baughman, Mike Eshbaugh, Greg Gill, Kim Harper, 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, Mark Crawford, Malinda Hornsby, Roger James, Scott Schechter, Will Schnittker, and Ruthie Winget.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
The minutes of the meeting of December 29, 2008 were approved as mailed.
City Inspector Tony Martin presented his monthly activities report.
USD 210 Superintendent Mark Crawford talked to the city council about ramifications of the schoolís building projects. Once the early childhood development center is built on the west side of Madison Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets, the school is going to ask the city to make Madison a one-way street to the north for that one block. Zoning and parking issues for the early childhood development center were also discussed. The property is going to have to be rezoned from B-2, General Business District. The school district plans do not include off-street parking. Off-street parking of one space per teacher plus a satisfactory off-street loading area will be required. At the high school, the school plans to add parking to the east side of the practice football field. That will require the city to move the transformer station and storm siren. The middle school addition will require relocation of a transformer station and pole line. A water line will also be an issue.
Councilman Greg Gill arrived at 5:50 p.m.
Crawford also stated the extension of Twelfth Street behind the middle school gymnasiums will be covered by the building project. The school district would like to close the gravel road on the south side of the junior varsity baseball field and for the city to provide an east-and-west street further south to enable traffic flow in and out of the back of the middle school. Acquiring additional property and dealing with restrictions on existing gas lines are potential obstacles to the sitting of another road.
Motion by Councilman Gary Baughman, seconded by Councilman Kim Harper, that the city provide the materials and labor to relocate the transformer station for the high school from the northeast corner of the practice football field to the southeast corner of the practice football field. Motion carried. The storm siren will be relocated to the north side of Eleventh Street.
Will Schnittker, groundskeeper for the Catholic Church, asked for the city councilís help in correcting a drainage problem on the south side of the church property. Water constantly standing in the ditch makes it impossible to mow. The maintenance of the ditch is the Kansas Department of Transportationís responsibility. Schnittker has attempted to work with KDOT officials, but the State has no money for the type of improvement needed to correct the problem. The sidewalk drainage box that goes north along the east side of the church property is higher than the ditch, so it is impossible for the open ditch to drain to the east into the covered box. In the short term, Schnittker would like to have the ditch cleaned out and graded. In the long term, Schnittker feels the city should work towards covering the ditch. Outside Utilities Supervisor Dean Banker will contact State highway department officials about cleaning out the ditch.
Discussion returned to Stevens Countyís intent to deed the swimming pool property to either the city or the recreation commission. City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks will research the paper trail on the original swimming pool grant and get copies to the city attorney for his review.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Kim Harper, seconded by Greg Gill, that Appropriation Ordinance No. 1878 be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Kim Harper, seconded by Bob Mason, to grant city employees a 4.0% increase in salaries and wages, effective January 5, 2009 and that Resolution No. 2009-1, A RESOLUTION FIXING MONTHLY SALARIES AND HOURLY WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES AND OFFICERS OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, be passed. In favor of the motion: Councilmen Eshbaugh, Gill, Harper, and Mason. Opposed: Councilman Baughman. Motion carried.
The outside utilities supervisor presented projected replacement time frames for vehicles and equipment.
Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden reported he may need to get a private contractorís help with all the projects coming up for this three-man crew.
The mayor stated the city needs an ordinance, prohibiting the slaughtering of animals and the outside curing of meat within the city limits.
Motion by Councilman Mason, seconded by Councilman Eshbaugh, that the meeting go into executive session in regard to personnel matters. Motion carried. Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 6:58 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 7:08 p.m.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:06 p.m.
Motion by Harper, seconded by Gill, that the meeting be adjourned to February 9, 2009 at 5:15 p.m. Motion carried.
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