CITY COUNCIL MEETING
December 5, 2016
The city council met in regular session with the following present: Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilmen Dean Banker, Shannon Crawford, Jason Teeter, and Frankie Thomas. Absent: Councilman Dan Corpening.
Others present were City Inspector Josh Grubbs, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden, Carrie Baeza, Mary Farmer, Neal Gillespie, Georgina Lochrie, and Alisha Owens.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
Motion by Jason Teeter, seconded by Shannon Crawford, that the minutes of the meeting of November 7, 2016 be approved as mailed. Motion carried.
Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Paula Sosa’s report for the month of November, showing 19 new cases brought before the court and $5,265.00 remitted to the city. Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to accept the report. Motion carried.
City Inspector Josh Grubbs presented his monthly activities report.
Stevens County Economic Development Director Neal Gillespie reported to the city council that the Neighborhood Revitalization Program will expire in June, 2017. The county commissioners can reenact the program by passing a resolution. The other taxing entities would have to opt out.
Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden presented a list of electric customers at the 75KvA transformer level that initiates the demand charge. Motion by Councilman Thomas, seconded by Councilman Banker, to leave the level for demand charges at 75 KvA and to deny the Stevens County Gas and Historical Museum’s request for relief from the demand charge. Motion carried.
Motion by Dean Banker, seconded by Shannon Crawford, that Resolution No. 2016-6, A RESOLUTION FINDING THAT GAAP-PRESCRIBED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS ARE NOT RELEVANT TO REQUIREMENTS OF THE CASH BASIS AND BUDGET LAWS OF KANSAS AND ARE OF NO SIGNIFICANT VALUE TO THE GOVERNING BODY OR THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Frankie Thomas, seconded by Dean Banker, that cereal malt beverage licenses for calendar year 2017 be approved for Toot’n Totum #124 at 520 East 11th Street for sale in original and unopened containers and not for consumption on the premises and for Don Juan Bar at 608 S. Monroe Street for consumption on the premises. Motion carried.
Motion by Thomas, seconded by Crawford, to accept the resignation of Coltlyn Hale as lineman, effective November 14, 2016. Motion carried. Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden asked for the minutes to show Mr. Hale provided no notice to the city.
City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks presented the group’s 2017 Blue Cross and Blue Shield renewal. Rates are going to decrease by .56% for single employees and for employee/spouse, by 1.25% for employee/children, and by 1.0% for employee/dependents. Motion by Shannon Crawford, seconded by Jason Teeter, to accept the renewal rates. In favor of the motion: Councilmen Crawford, Teeter, and Thomas. Abstained: Councilman Banker. Motion carried.
In order to retain its grandfathered status from the Affordable Care Act, the city cannot decrease the percent of the premiums paid by the city for the members of the group by more than five percentage points from the 2010 amounts paid by the city. “Section 1-619A of the Code of City of Hugoton, Kansas” sets an annual cap of $100,000.00 the city will contribute towards retired employees’ and eligible spouses’ health insurance premiums. According to “Section 1-619A of the Code of the City of Hugoton, Kansas”, the amounts necessary to be paid by the 2017 non-employee participants in the group will exceed the five percent limitation. Motion by Councilman Thomas, seconded by Councilman Crawford, that in accordance with the review portion of “Section 1-619A(e) of the Code of the City of Hugoton, Kansas”, the city will increase its share of the participation costs for 2017 by an additional $12,127.40 for the retirees and eligible spouses, so the city can retain grandfathered status. In favor of the motion: Crawford, Teeter, and Thomas. Abstained: Banker. Motion carried.
Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke notified the city council of problems with water well #8. The wells pumping rate has declined significantly and the engine has been overheating. The Cat engine needs to be overhauled. Nordyke is debating replacing the gas engine with an electric engine, so the well can be used year round and can have automatic controls placed on it. Past thinking was to have one water well not dependent on electricity, so if a devastating storm took out the electric system, the city would still have one water well operable. The down side of that thinking is the gas engine has to be winterized and is only operated manually in the warmer months. Before a decision is made on the engine, Nordyke will have the pump pulled and a camera inserted into the well to see what is going on.
Councilman Dean Banker departed the meeting at 6:04 p.m.
Motion by Frankie Thomas, seconded by Shannon Crawford, to grant permission to Gary Rowden to offer $19.00 per hour to the lineman applicant from the Northwest Lineman College in Denton, Texas. Motion carried.
The cleanup deadline, for the Andy and Mary Farmer property at 516 W. Ninth, has passed. Mary Farmer was present to find out what else the city wants removed. The city inspector will meet with the Farmer’s in an effort to complete the process without the city crew’s intervention.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Crawford, seconded by Teeter, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 2067 and 2068 be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Crawford, seconded by Thomas, that the meeting be adjourned to December 27, 2016 at 5:15 p.m. Motion carried.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
December 27, 2016
The city council met in adjourned session from the meeting of December 5, 2016 with the following present: Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilmen Dean Banker, Dan Corpening, Shannon Crawford, Jason Teeter, and Frankie Thomas.
Others present were City Inspector Josh Grubbs, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Electric and Park Systems Supervisor Gary Rowden, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Carrie Baeza, and Ruthie Winget.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, that uncollectible utility accounts in the amount of $4,809.13 be charged off with every effort made to collect the accounts. Motion carried.
Motion by Frankie Thomas, seconded by Jason Teeter, that cereal malt beverage licenses for calendar year 2017 be approved for Domino’s Mexican Grill at 506 S. Main Street and Ranchito Tex-Mex Café at 611 South Main Street, both for consumption on the premises. Motion carried.
City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks presented figures provided by the recreation commission on the operation of the swimming pool for the 2016 season. At the May 9, 2016 city council meeting, the city agreed to split the loss on the operation of the swimming pool based on the recreation commission’s expenses less revenue and the city’s expenses for maintenance of the pool. Motion by Councilman Corpening, seconded by Councilman Banker, to issue a check for $552.15 to the recreation commission. Motion carried.
Due to changes in state law, municipal elections will now be held in November of odd-numbered years rather than April of odd-numbered years. Motion by Shannon Crawford, seconded by Dan Corpening, that Charter Ordinance No. 11, A CHARTER ORDINANCE EXEMPTING THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, FROM THE PROVISIONS OF (K.S.A. 14-103) AND/OR (K.S.A. 14-201) AND/OR (K.S.A. 14-204), RELATING TO THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS, THEIR TERMS OF OFFICE, TRANSITIONS TO NOVEMBER ELECTIONS, THE APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS, AND NOMINATION PETITIONS; AND, PROVIDING SUBSTITUTE AND ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS ON THE SAME SUBJECT; AND REPEALING CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 2, be passed. Vote: Councilman Banker, yes; Councilman Corpening, yes; Councilman Crawford, yes; Councilman Teeter, yes; and Councilman Thomas, yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Banker, seconded by Thomas, that Ordinance No. 835, AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING REGULATIONS TO CONTROL STORM WATER RUNOFF FROM ALL AREAS IMPACTING THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH, be passed. Vote: Banker, yes; Corpening, yes; Crawford, yes; Teeter, yes; and Thomas, yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Corpening, seconded by Crawford, that Ordinance No. 836, AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING ELECTRICAL SERVICE CLASSIFICATIONS AND RATES AND CONDITIONS FOR SERVICE WITHIN THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS AND REPEALING, ARTICLE 1, ELECTRIC SERVICE, OF CHAPTER XV, UTILITIES SECTIONS 15-112 THRU 15-129 INCLUSIVE, CODE OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, 2011, REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 820 AND REPEALING ALL OTHER ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH, be passed. Vote: Banker, yes; Corpening, yes; Crawford, yes; Teeter, yes; and Thomas, yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Dean Banker, seconded by Frankie Thomas, to grant a 3% increase in salaries and wages, effective January 1, 2017 and that Resolution No. 2016-7, A RESOLUTION FIXING MONTHLY SALARIES AND HOURLY WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES AND OFFICERS OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Thomas, seconded by Crawford, to raise the hourly wage of Trevor Crane to $17.62 per hour, effective December 26, 2016. Motion carried.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Jason Teeter, seconded by Dan Corpening, that Appropriation Ordinance No. 2069 be passed. Motion carried.
The city’s Industrial Wastewater Treatment Agreement with Kansas Dairy Ingredients expires December 31, 2016. KDI has made a request to raise the allowable chloride level. Since KDI’s other contaminant levels above allowable have been fluctuating again, the city council was not inclined to change the chloride level until more stability was seen in the other contaminants. The city attorney will contact KDI’s attorney to renew the existing agreement with the same terms.
Motion by Banker, seconded by Thomas, to authorize the city clerk to issue a check to Walmart in the amount of $3,639.83 for the police department’s “shop with a cop” program for Christmas presents for underprivileged youth. Motion carried.
Councilman Frankie Thomas asked about job descriptions for city supervisors. Detailed job descriptions do not exist but the city code does specify duties for appointed officials. Mr. Thomas will be provided a copy of that information for his review.
Motion by Corpening, seconded by Thomas, that the meeting adjourn. Motion carried.
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