CITY COUNCIL MEETING

December 9, 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, Shannon Crawford, Jason Teeter, and Frankie Thomas.

 

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 R. Tate, Davonna Daharsh, Gary Gold, Jamee Gold, Rafael Guereque, Leslee Hoggatt, Effie Kolb, Economic Development Director Jan Leonard, Debbie Nordling, Earl D Peterson, Sue Smith, Miranda Williams, and Ruthie Winget.

 

Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.

 

Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, to approve the minutes of November 12, 2019 with corrections 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 11 new cases brought before the court and $7,065.25 remitted to the city.  Motion by Councilman Shannon Crawford, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to accept the report.  Motion carried.

 

CITY INSPECTOR

City Inspector Josh Grubbs presented his monthly activities report.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Economic Development Director Jan Leonard came before the council to present an updated business plan for the old movie theater.  He was joined by board of the High Plains Theater & Music Hall Davonna Daharsh, Leslie Hoggatt, Debbie Nordling and Sue Smith.  As well as local high school students Rafael Guereque, Effie Kolb, and Miranda Williams.  The board asked the council if they would be in favor of removing the property from the tax rolls as it will be operated as a 501(c)(3) under the High Plains Music Fest.  The board also requested a pledge of $7500.00 for operating expenses.  Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Shannon Crawford, to pledge $7500.00 for operating expenses and to approve the removal of the property from the tax rolls.  Motion carried.

 

LICENSES

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that cereal malt beverage license renewals for calendar year 2020 be approved for the Stumpy’s & Co. LLC at 839 E. 11th Street, and Best Western Plus at 1004 E 11th Street for license to sell cereal malt beverage for consumption on premises.  Motion carried.

 

ZONING

The Planning Commission met on November 19, 2019, to approve the change in zoning for the old Treco property from “I-2” Heavy Industrial District to “A-L” Agriculture district.  Motion by Councilman Shannon Crawford, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter to approve Ordinance No. 853, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE “OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP” OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS BY REZONING A TRACT OF LAND LOCATED IN THE SW/4 OF SECTION FIFTEEN (15), TOWNSHIP THIRTY=THREE (33) SOUTH, RANGE THIRTY-SEVEN (37) WEST OF THE SIXTH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A POINT 1635 FEET EAST OF THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID QUARTER-SECTION (BEING 1595 FEET EAST OF THE EAST LINE OF THE PUBLIC HIGHWAY RUNNING ALONG THE WEST SID EOF SAID QUARTER-SECTION) AND 1575 FEET SOUTH OF THE NORTH LINE OF SAID QUARTER-SECTION, THENCE EAST A DISTANCE OF 188 FEET, THENCE NORTH A DISTANCE OF 416 FEET, THENCE WEST A DISTANCE OF 188 FEET, THENCE SOUTH A DISTANCE OF 416 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS.  Vote: Banker, yes; Corpening, yes; Crawford, yes; Teeter, yes; Thomas, yes.  Motion carried.

 

ZONING

The Planning Commission met on November 19, 2019, to approve the change in zoning for the lots located between West City Limits and Polk Street form 3rd Street to 5th Street from “I-1” Light Industrial District to “I-2” Heavy Industrial District.  Motion by Councilman Shannon Crawford, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to approve Ordinance No. 854, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE “OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP” OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS BY REZONING LOTS ONE (1) AND TWO(2) BOCK THIRTY (30), AND LOTS ONE (1) AND FOUR (4), BLOCK THIRTY-ONE (31), CITY OF HUGOTON, STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS, ACCORDING TO THE DULY FILED AND RECORDED PLAT THEREOF.  Vote: Banker, yes; Corpening, yes; Crawford, yes; Teeter, yes; Thomas, yes.  Motion carried.

 

FINANCE

Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter, that Resolution No. 2019-2, 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.

 

PERSONNEL

The city clerk presented the group’s 2020 Blue Cross and Blue Shield renewal.  Rates are going to increase by 11.94% for single employees, 11.99% for employee/spouse, by 11.95% for employee/children, and by 11.98% for family.  Based on the current group census, the overall increase is 11.96%.  Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Shannon Crawford, to accept the renewal rates.  In favor of the motion:  Councilmen Corpening, Crawford, Teeter, and Thomas.  Abstained:  Councilman Banker.  Motion carried.

 

PERSONNEL

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 the 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 2018 non-employee participants in the group will exceed the five percent limitation.  Motion by Councilman Shannon Crawford, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, 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 2020 by an additional $53,306.36 for the retirees and eligible spouses, so the city can retain grandfathered status.  In favor of the motion:  Corpening, Crawford, Teeter, and Thomas.  Abstained:  Banker.  Motion carried.

 

TOURISM

At the Convention and Tourism Board meeting, a grant was given to “Annie Get Your Gun” for $1000.00.  Motion to approve the expense out of the Convention and Tourism fund by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Shannon Crawford.  Motion carried.

 

POLICE

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, Seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to approve the purchase of digital radios for the Hugoton Police Department from Snyder Radio for $7,498.00.  Motion carried.

 

FINANCE

There has been a discussion between City Clerk Carrie Baeza and Chief of Police Courtney Leslie to establish a Diversion Fund to deposit the funds from a diversion through the Municipal Court to be used by the Police Department for unexpected expenses, such as the purchase of new radios.  Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman by Dean Banker, to allow a Diversion Fund to be set up for the use of unexpected expenses of the Police Department.  Motion carried.

 

Claims against the city were presented and audited.  Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Council Frankie Thomas, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 2139 and 2140 be passed.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that the meeting be adjourned to December 30, 2019 at 5:15 p.m..  Motion carried.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

December 30, 2019

5:15 P.M.

 

 

The city council met in adjourned session from the meeting of December 9, 2019 with the following present:  Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilmen Dean Banker, Dan Corpening, Shannon Crawford, Jason Teeter and Frankie Thomas

 

Others present were City Clerk Carrie Baeza, City Inspector Josh Grubbs, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Electric and Park Systems Supervisor Gary Rowden, Kristen Koehn-Pioneer Electric, George Bushnell-Pioneer Electric, Steve Epperson-Pioneer Electric, Lindsay Campbell-Pioneer Electric, Larissa Hoopingarner-Pioneer Electric, Corey Linville-Sunflower Electric, and Ruthie Winget.

 

Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.

 

LICENSES

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that cereal malt beverage licenses for calendar year 2020 be approved for Carter’s Country Supercenter at 910 East 11th Street for purchase in original and unopened container and not for consumption on the premises.  Motion carried.

 

LICENSES

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening to approve the new cereal malt beverage for calendar year 2020 for Pizza Hut #035916 at 600 East 11th Street for consumption on the premises.  Motion carried.

 

CHARGE OFFS

Motion by Councilman Shannon Crawford, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that uncollectible utility accounts in the amount of $4,123.44 be charged off with every effort made to collect the accounts.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, that the meeting go into executive session for contract negotiations and trade secrets, K.S.A. 75-4319(4).  Motion carried. 

 

Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at to reconvene in open session at 5:50 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened in open session at 5:50 p.m.

 

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that the meeting go into executive session for contract negotiations and trade secrets, K.S.A. 75-4319(4).  Motion carried. 

 

Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at to reconvene in open session at 6:05 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened in open session at 6:05 p.m.

 

 

Claims against the city were presented and audited.  Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that Appropriation Ordinance No. 2141m & 2141c be passed.  Motion carried.

 

PERSONNEL

Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Shannon Crawford, to accept the retirement of Electric and Park Systems Supervisor Gary Rowden.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, that the meeting go into executive session for personnel matters of nonelected personal, K.S.A. 75-4319(1).  Motion carried. 

 

Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at to reconvene in open session at 6:30 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened in open session at 5:50 p.m.

 

PERSONNEL

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to grant a 2% increase in salaries and wages, effective January 1, 2020 and that Resolution No. 2019-3, A RESOLUTION FIXING MONTHLY SALARIES AND HOURLY WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES AND OFFICERS OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, be passed.  Motion carried.

 

PERSONNEL

Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, Seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to approve a $200.00 per month merit raise for City Inspector Josh Grubbs.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Shannon Crawford, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that the meeting adjourn.  Motion carried.