CITY COUNCIL MEETING
November 6, 2006
The city council met in adjourned session from the meeting of October 10, 2006 with the following present: Mayor Neal R. Gillespie; Councilmen Gary Baughman, Greg Gill, Gary Gold, Kim Harper, and Bob Mason.
Others present were Outside Utilities Supervisor Dean Banker, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Chief of Police Steve Lewis, Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, and Sherry Goering.
Mayor Neal R. Gillespie presided.
The minutes of the meeting of October 10, 2006 were approved as mailed.
Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Kay Gill’s report for the month of October, showing 50 new cases brought before the court and $2,610.00 remitted to the city.
Councilman Greg Gill arrived at 5:17 p.m.
Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of City Inspector Vernon Anderson’s monthly activities report.
Motion by Councilman Bob Mason, seconded by Councilman Gary Gold, that RESOLUTION NO. 2006-7, A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS TO SELL ITS SURFACE RIGHTS IN AND TO A TWO AND EIGHT TENTHS (2.8) ACRE TRACT LOCATED IN THE NW/4 OF SECTION 10-33-37, STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS, be passed. Motion carried.
Mayor Gillespie brought up the topic of utilizing a tax abatement attorney to facilitate the process of local businesses seeking tax abatements. Currently, businesses expect the economic development director and city attorney to complete the paper work. It is really the business’s responsibility to do the work. A tax abatement attorney, familiar with the requirements, would speed up the process. The city attorney will review the city’s current policy on tax abatements, to see how to include the services of a tax abatement attorney. The tax abatement attorney’s expenses would be recovered from the business, applying for the tax break.
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation has requested a price adjustment to Section 3 of Service Schedule B to the Electric Interconnection and Power Supply Agreement. The change would reduce the non-summer, on-peak charge from $60.00 to $59.00 per MWh and increase the off-peak and weekend-peak from $31.00 and $40.00 to $32.00 and $41.00 per MWh, respectively. Motion by Councilman Gold, seconded by Councilman Mason, to approve the price adjustment. Motion carried.
City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks reported the average cost for energy purchased from Pioneer Electric during the summer of 2006 was 6.2357 cents per kWh, compared to 3.8539 cents per kWh in the summer of 2005.
The city clerk also presented an expense breakdown on the renovation of the dog pound. Materials totaled $15,023.87. The city crew’s wages amounted to $6,921.58.
Motion by Gold, seconded by Harper, that a cereal malt beverage license for calendar year 2007 be approved for Presto Convenience Store #3 at 1000 S. Main for sale in original and unopened containers and not for consumption on the premises. In favor of the motion: Councilmen Baughman, Gold, Harper, and Mason. Opposed: Councilman Gill. Motion carried.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Mason, seconded by Gold, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 1825 and 1826 be passed. Motion carried.
Bids were opened for sandblasting and painting the inside of the water tower.
Cunningham Sandblasting & Painting Co. $65,326.00
$81,315.00 with zinc primer
Maguire Iron, Inc. $72,710.00
$84,610.00 with zinc primer
Utility Service Co., Inc. $55,000.00
$64,000.00 with zinc primer
Motion by Gold, seconded by Baughman, to table action on the bids until the city engineer can review the bids and check on references for the low bidder. Motion carried.
Motion by Gold, seconded by Mason, that the meeting go into executive session in regard to personnel matters. Motion carried. Gillespie called the meeting into executive session at 6:16 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 6:30 p.m.
Motion by Baughman, seconded by Mason, that the meeting be adjourned to December 11, 2006 at 5:15 p.m. Motion carried.
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