CITY COUNCIL MEETING

April 8, 2019

5:15 P.M.

 

The city council met in regular session with the following present:  Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilmen Dean Banker, Dan Corpening, Jason Teeter, and Frankie Thomas.  Absent: Councilman Shannon Crawford.  Others present were City Clerk Carrie L. Baeza, City Inspector Josh Grubbs, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Electric and Park Systems Supervisor Gary Rowden, City Attorney Wayne Tate, Yesenia Estrada, Robert Floyd, Makenzie Hagman, Luz Romo and Dakota Vaughn.

 

Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.

 

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter, to approve amended minutes of March 11, 2019 to include the action taken on the lease agreement with American Tower.  Motion carried.

 

Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Paula Sosa’s report for the month of March, showing 12 new cases brought before the court and $2,756.00 remitted to the city.  Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to accept the report.  Motion carried.

 

CITY INSPECTOR

City Inspector Josh Grubbs presented his monthly activities report.

 

STREETS

Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to close Sixth Street from the alley between Main and Monroe Streets to Monroe Street from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 for the annual poker run.  Motion carried.

 

CHARGE OFFS

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter, that uncollectible utility accounts in the amount of $826.61 be charged off with every effort made to collect the accounts.  Motion carried.

 

WATER

Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to approve the 2019 Water Conservation Plan.  Motion carried.

 

WATER

Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman, to approve the 2019 Water Emergency Plan.  Motion carried.

 

APPOINTMENTS

Mayor Rowden announced the following appointments to the Convention and Tourism Board, Bennie Cabrera and Laura Hull to expire in 2023.  Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to confirm the appointments.  Motion carried.

 

Mayor Rowden announced the following appointment to the Hugoton Recreation Board, Stetson Honig to expire in 2023.  Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening to confirm the appointment.  Motion carried.

 

Mayor Rowden announced the following appointments to the Golf Course Board, John Akers and Tony Hall to expire in 2023.  Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening to confirm the appointments.  Motion carried.

 

Mayor Rowden announced the following appointments to the Planning Commission, Tommy Romero, Richard Rome and Tony Stegman to expire in 2022.  Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker to confirm the appointments.  Motion carried.

 

Mayor Rowden announced the following appointments to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Dennis Hageman and Tony Stegman to expire in 2022.  Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker to confirm the appointments.  Motion carried.

 

LEASE

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to allow the mayor to sign the contract and amendment with American Tower.  Motion carried.

 

TRANSIENT GUEST TAX

Councilman Jason Teeter, who is also a member of the Board of Convention & Tourism Activities, Board, reported that the board is recommending the following expenditures from the Transient Guest Tax Fund:

                                Wild West Country Advertising                                  $50.00

                                Reimburse meal expense to Alisha Owens           $46.86

                                W-H Rendezvous                                                             $1,000.00

                                4th of July Park Day                                                          $1,000.00

                                Gas Capital Triathlon                                                       $250.00

                                Enduro Race                                                                       $750.00

                                Stevens County Fair                                                        $1,000.00

                                High Plains Bar B Ques Bash                                         $750.00

                                High Plains Music Festival                                             $1,000.00

                                Great American Kites                                                     $500.00

Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to accept the total expenditures of $6346.86.  Motion carried.

 

FIREWORKS

City Clerk Carrie Baeza presented the Council with a sample permit to be used for vendors selling fireworks.  The form would require vendors to provide their business, individual, or group information, a copy of insurance, their state sales tax certificate, as well as having their location approved by the Chief of Police, Fire Chief and Zoning Administrator before they can set-up and sell.  As a permit fee would be charged, there is not enough time to approve the changes to the ordinance needed before this firework season.  However, the council feels that the information should be collected for this year and a new ordinance will be in place for the 2020 firework season.  Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to have current vendors fill out a fireworks permit without a fee for the 2019 season to allow time to amend the current ordinance.  Motion carried.

 

 

STREETS

Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke asked the council for permission to secure bids for cement work on Third Street and to secure bids to replace the skid steer.

 

ELECTRIC

Electric and Parks System Supervisor Gary Rowden informed the council that Operator Trevor Crane has resigned and wanted to gain council approval to hire a replacement.

 

ATTORNEY

City Attorney Wayne Tate has been contacted to have the city join in an opioid class action suit that many other cities and counties have joined.  There is no cost to the city if there is no settlement or ruling in favor of the plaintiffs.  It is the recommendation of the council to have Wayne draw up a resolution to be passed at the May council meeting.  Motion carried.

 

City Attorney Wayne Tate instructed the council that they can sell the old police station in a way that will best benefit the city.  Wayne was instructed to put an advertisement together to run in the Hugoton Hermes for the sale of the building.

 

Claims against the city were presented and audited.  Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 2123 & 2124 be passed.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that the meeting go into executive session with Attorney Wayne Tate, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie and City Clerk Carrie Baeza, K.S.A. 75-4319(2), with the meeting to reconvene at 6:25 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

The meeting reconvened at 6:25 p.m.

 

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that the meeting go into executive session with City Clerk Carrie Baeza, K.S.A. 75-4319(1), with the meeting to reconvene at 6:30 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening to give Stacey Wood $1.00 raise effective April 8, 2019.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that the meeting adjourn.  Motion carried.