CITY COUNCIL MEETING
September 22, 2008
The city council met in special session with the following present: Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilmen Gary Baughman, Mike Eshbaugh, Greg Gill, Kim Harper, and Bob Mason.
Others present were City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Municipal Judge Sherri Leonard, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Kyrie Esarey, Francisco Fedelin, Dorothy Hagman, Rodney Kelling, Travis Knight, David Madsen, Mona Marquardt, Bobby Moss, Robert Pierce, Stephanie Smith, Monica Springer, Ed Stevenson, Betty Willis, and Ruthie Winget.
The purposes of the special meeting were to act on a cereal malt beverage license for Dominoes, Inc., to consider the purchase of a pickup for the electric system supervisor, and to discuss whether there is sufficient interest to begin discussions with Stevens County to assume the responsibilities of police protection for the City of Hugoton.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
Motion by Councilmen Kim Harper, seconded by Councilman Mike Eshbaugh, that the meeting go into executive session in regard to personnel matters. Motion carried. Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 5:18 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 5:33 p.m.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 5:33 p.m.
Motion by Harper, seconded by Eshbaugh, to continue with the current police department as is. Motion carried.
Mayor Rowden presented a bid from Riley Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. for a 2009 Chevrolet pickup and utility box for the electric system supervisor. No action was taken.
Motion by Mason, seconded by Baughman, that a cereal malt beverage license for the remainder of the calendar year be approved for Dominoe’s, Inc. at 506 South Main for consumption on the premises. In favor of the motion: Councilmen Baughman, Eshbaugh, Harper, and Mason. Opposed: Councilman Gill. Motion carried.
Motion by Baughman, seconded by Harper, that the meeting be adjourned to October 6, 2008 at 5:15 p.m. Motion carried.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
September 8, 2008
The city council met in adjourned from the meeting of August 11, 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, Municipal Judge Sherri Leonard, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, City Inspector Tony Martin, Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Francisco Fedelin, Dora Foster, David Goetzinger, Chris Hagman, Dorothy Hagman, Nathan Holman, Gene Johnson, Rodney Kelling, Marc Kliewer, Travis Knight, Jan Leonard, Angie Moore, Bobby Moss, Jeremy Reeder, Sylvia Romo, Stephanie Smith, Monica Springer, Betty Willis, and Ruthie Winget.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
Bids were opened for $425,000.00 in general obligation bonds for the permanent financing of the water main replacement project along Main Street.
Commerce Bank 3.688662%
Dewaay Financial 3.817053%
UMB Bank with Citizens State Bank 3.647275%
Motion by Councilman Bob Mason, seconded by Councilman Mike Eshbaugh, to accept the bid of UMB Bank. Motion carried.
Motion by Councilman Kim Harper, seconded by Councilman Bob Mason, that Ordinance No. 754, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, AUTHORIZING ISSUANCE OF THE CITY’S GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2008, IN THE AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $425,000, TO FINANCE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY; PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY AND COLLECTION OF AN ANNUAL TAX TO PAY PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON THE BONDS; AUTHORIZING OTHER DOCUMENTS, COVENANTS AND ACTIONS WITH RESPECT THERETO, be passed. Vote: Councilman Baughman, yes; Councilman Eshbaugh, yes; Councilman Gill, yes; Councilman Harper, yes; and Councilman Mason, yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Harper, seconded by Mason, that Resolution No. 2008-5, A RESOLUTION PRESCRIBING THE FORM AND DETAILS OF AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SALE AND DELIVERY OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2008, IN THE TOTAL AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $425,000, OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED BY ORDINANCE NO. 754 OF THE CITY; MAKING CERTAIN COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT AND SECURITY THEREOF; AND AUTHORIZING OTHER DOCUMENTS AND ACTIONS RELATED THERETO, be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Harper, seconded by Eshbaugh, that the minutes of the meeting of August 11, 2008 be approved with a change, adding the stipulation that the ministerial alliance sign a release absolving the city from any damages from the placement of the nativity scene at Smith Pioneer Park. Motion carried.
Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Sherri Leonard’s report for the month of August, showing 64 new cases brought before the court and $3,957.00 remitted to the city.
City Inspector Tony martin presented his monthly activities report.
Jan Leonard and Jeremy Reeder, representing the Hugoton Recreation Commission, presented plans to add a water slide to the swimming pool. Motion by Harper, seconded by Mason, to allow the recreation commission to set the slide and to relocate the fencing to go around the new structure. City crews will provide manpower and equipment for dirt work, if necessary. Motion carried.
Marc Kliewer, attorney for United Prairie Ag, reported to the city council UPA has concerns over the cost of commercial grade railroad crossing arms. Mr. Kliewer suggested the council form a committee to work with UPA officials and legal staffs to come up with an acceptable solution for both parties. He also asked the city council to provide specifications on the barricades currently being used to block the streets for the unit train. Mr. Kliewer was informed, that once UPA has firm costs for the crossing arms, the full city council will address the matter.
Dora Foster, who resides at 415 W. Fourth, asked the city council to authorize the placement of an additional stop sign or a "children playing" sign in her neighborhood due to the Dillco truck traffic. Motion by Harper, seconded by Eshbaugh, to install two "children playing" signs in the 400 block of West Fourth Street. Motion carried.
Dorothy Hagman reappeared before the governing body to address the rumor of Stevens County possibly taking over the duties of the Hugoton police department. Mrs. Hagman point-blank asked each councilman their position on the issue. Councilmen Baughman, Eshbaugh, and Harper stated they are in favor of considering letting the county assume police protection duties because of the current cost per capita of police protection to the residents of the City of Hugoton. Councilmen Gill and Mason stated they are not in favor of disbanding the city police force. A lengthy discussion was held on the possible negative consequences of such an action.
Outside Utilities Supervisor Dean Banker presented an engineer’s estimate for the construction of a sewer line from the northwest corner of the property at 731 S. Lincoln to the manhole in the south end of Washington Place Street. For a city main, the estimated cost is $38,923.33. For a private line, the cost is $30,480.00. Each property owner would also be out the expense of connecting their residence to the main or private line. The cost information will be provided to the property owner pushing for the project to see if he can get enough interest to petition for the improvement.
Banker also reported on the findings on the loss of production from water well #9. The column pipe is badly deteriorated. Also, there is 80-feet of tailpipe still in the bottom of the well, from a 1995 problem, blocking all but 20 feet of the screen. An accumulation of sediment is also an impediment. The estimated cost of repairing the well to "as was" is $52,935.00. An alternative would be to insert a submersible pump at a cost of $44,792.59. To drill a new well would cost $175,000.00. Trying to fish out the tailpipe is estimated at approximately $1,400.00 per day. After the well is cleaned out and test pumped, a representative of the drilling company will meet with the council.
Motion by Harper, seconded by Mason, to employ Kyrie Esarey as a part-time animal control officer to cover when the full-time officer is off duty. Compensation shall be at the rate of $25.00 per animal picked up. Motion carried.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Baughman, seconded by Eshbaugh, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 1869 and 1870 be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Harper, 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 7:20 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 7:22 p.m.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:22 p.m.
Motion by Gill, seconded by Mason, that the meeting be adjourned to October 6, 2008 at 5:15 p.m. Motion carried.
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