July 2008

 

CITY COUNCIL METING

July 21, 2008

5:15 P.M.

 

The city council met in adjourned session from the meeting of July 7, 2008 with the following present: Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilmen Gary Baughman, Mike Eshbaugh, Greg Gill, and Kim Harper. Absent: Councilman 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, Tony McBride, and Ruthie Winget.

Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.

ADDITIONS

Stevens County has purchased acreage south of Seventeenth Street and west of Main Street for the location of a new Pioneer Manor. Additional acreage will have to be acquired from the property owners to the east and to the north in order for Seventeenth Street and Main Street to continue on a straight line.

Councilman Gary Baughman arrived at 5:20 p.m.

ADDITIONS

Stevens County does plan to plat the portion of the acreage where Pioneer Manor will be located. The approval of the plat and extension of the street system will have to be approved by the Hugoton City Planning Commission. As well, the property will have to be rezoned (currently agricultural). City officials and planning commission representatives will attend tomorrow’s meeting of the county commissioners to discuss how the plan should proceed.

FINANCE

City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks reviewed the proposed 2009 budget. The budget will be published with a tax levy rate of 31.08 mills, a decrease of 9.15 mills from the 2008 budget. The 2009 budget will require $547,500.00 in property taxes, down from $606,250.00 in 2008.

Motion by Councilman Kim Harper, seconded by Councilman Mike Eshbaugh, that the meeting go into executive session in regard to the acquisition of real estate. Motion carried. Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 6:32 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 6:42 p.m.

The meeting reconvened in open session at 6:40 p.m.

PERSONNEL

Motion by Councilman Gary Baughman, seconded by Councilman Greg Gill, to grant a 50-cent per hour raise to City Inspector Tony Martin to $18.20 per hour, effective July 21, 2008. Motion carried.

Motion by Kim Harper, seconded by Greg Gill, that the meeting be adjourned to August 11, 2008 at 5:15 p.m. Motion carried.

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

July 7, 2008

5:15 P.M.

 

The city council met in adjourned session from the meeting of June 16, 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, Municipal Judge Sherri Leonard, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, City Inspector Tony Martin, Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Carrie Baeza, Alvin Riley, Mark Williams, and Ruthie Winget.

Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.

The minutes of the meetings of June 9, 2008 and June 16, 2008 were approved as mailed.

Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Sherri Leonard’s report for the month of June, showing 18 new cases brought before the court and $2,538.00 remitted to the city.

COURT

Municipal Judge Sherri Leonard presented a delinquent fines report to the governing body and updated the group on her efforts to collect old fines.

Councilman Gary Baughman arrived at 5:24 p.m.

CHARGE OFFS

Motion by Councilman Kim Harper, seconded by Councilman Bob Mason, that uncollectible utility accounts in the amount of $2,037.40 be charged off with every effort made to collect the accounts. Motion carried.

CITY INSPECTOR

City Inspector Tony Martin presented his monthly activities report. Martin also reported an asbestos inspection is not required by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to tear down a single-family dwelling.

STREETS

Discussion turned to the barricades and lights being used by United Prairie Ag. to warn traffic about the unit train. The city council is still not satisfied with the current arrangement. The city attorney will follow up with United Prairie Ag. management.

NUISANCES

Motion by Kim Harper, seconded by Mike Eshbaugh, that the city enter into a written agreement to tear down the abandoned house at 302 S. Harrison for Dave Helget at a cost of $500.00 plus landfill charges for the disposal of concrete. Motion carried.

VEHICLES

Alvin Riley met with the city council to discuss an alternative to bids now that there is only one automobile dealer in town. Mr. Riley proposed dealer profit to be set at three percent over list price. The cost to the city would be the dealer’s cost of the vehicle less any bid assistance or GM rebates, whichever is the most, plus the three percent profit. Riley will provide a wholesale bid and will find at least one other wholesale bidder for trade-ins. The city will be provided copies of factory invoices and any bid assistance and/or rebates.

LIQUOR STORE HOURS

Mark Williams asked the city council to take action to allow his liquor store to be open on holidays and Sundays. The city attorney will research the steps needed to be taken to allow such additional opening times.

Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Kim Harper, seconded by Greg Gill, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 1865 and 1866 be passed. Motion carried.

BIDS

Bids were opened for the sale of a 1981 Ford truck equipped with a sewer cleaning machine and a 1983 Balzer vacuum waste spreader. Floyd Knox bid $400.00 for the truck and $100.00 for the spreader. Motion by Eshbaugh, seconded by Harper, to reject both bids. Additional advertising will be conducted in a wider area.

POLICE

Chief of Police Courtney Leslie suggested options to address a growing dogs-at-large problem. The chief of police would like to see the current fine for a first offense doubled to $50.00 and a change from dog-at-large tickets being a "must appear" in municipal court to an offense that can simply be paid at the city office unless an offender requests an appearance before the judge. Leslie also suggested the city hire a part-time animal control officer to cover evenings and weekends.

Motion by Harper, seconded by Mason, that the meeting go into executive session in regard to personnel matters. Motion carried. Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 6:50 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 6:55 p.m.

The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:02 p.m.

Motion by Eshbaugh, seconded by Mason, that the meeting go into executive session in regard to personnel matters. Motion carried. Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 7:02 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 7:07 p.m.

The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:07 p.m.

Motion by Harper, seconded by Eshbaugh, that the meeting be adjourned to July 21, 2008 at 5:15 p.m. Motion carried.

 

 

 

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