CITY COUNCIL MEETING

December 10, 2018

5:15 P.M.

 

The city council met in regular session with the following present:  Councilmen Dean Banker, Dan Corpening, Jason Teeter, and Frankie Thomas.  Absent: Mayor Jack E. Rowden, 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 R. Tate, Economic Development Director Jan Leonard, and Ruthie Winget.

 

In the absence of the Mayor and President of the Council, Councilman Dan Corpening called the meeting to order.

 

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to approve the minutes of November 5, 2018 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, showing24 new cases brought before the court and $3,999.00 remitted to the city.  Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, 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 to update the City on different projects that are in the works for Stevens County and the City of Hugoton.  Economic Development has a Small Business Grant of $2,500.00 for new businesses that open in Stevens County.  Blain Stump with Stumpy’s and Co., a new restaurant, has submitted an application.  The Economic Development Board is requesting that the City of Hugoton provide the funds for the grant being awarded to Stumpy’s and Co. from the Economic Development fund set up by the City of Hugoton.  Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to approve the use of Economic Development funds for the Stevens County Economic Development Small Business Grant of $2,500.00 for Stumpy’s and Co.  Motion carried.

 

LICENSES

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that cereal malt beverage licenses for calendar year 2018 be approved for the Toot’N Totum 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.

 


 

FINANCE

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas , that Resolution No. 2018-4, 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 2019 Blue Cross and Blue Shield renewal.  Rates are going to decrease by 0.499% for single employees and for employee/spouse, by 2.13% for employee/children, and by 1.54% for employee/dependents. Based on the current group census, the overall decrease is 1.06%.  Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter, to accept the renewal rates.  In favor of the motion:  Councilmen Corpening, 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 Jason Teeter, 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 2018 by an additional $21,874.76 for the retirees and eligible spouses, so the city can retain grandfathered status.  In favor of the motion:  Corpening, Teeter, and Thomas.  Abstained:  Banker.  Motion carried.

CONVENTION & TOUISM

The Convention and Tourism board submitted expenditures approved at their last meeting to be paid out of the Convention and Tourism Fund.

                Reimbursement of Economic Development $497.20 (Travel expenses for Jan Leonard-$233.20, and Neal Gillespie-$264.00)

                Stevens County Brochure Distribution - $400.00

                Blue and Red Classic Basketball Tournament - $1,000.00

                Alisha Owens for reimbursement of meal - $62.91

                Wax figuring of Buddy Heaton - $3,000.00

After discussion was held on the expense for the Blue and Red Classic payment of $1,000.00, more information need to be presented as a payment of the same amount had been previously paid in July of 2018.  Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker to approve all the expenditures presented with the exception of the Blue and Red Classic of $1,000.00 to ensure this request has not already been paid.  Motion carried.

 

Claims against the city were presented and audited.  Motion by Motion by Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 2115 and 2116 be passed.  Motion carried.

CITIZENS CONCERN

Alfredo Don Juan, owner of Don Juan Bar, submitted a letter and signatures pertaining to his customers and his business.  After council read the letter and entered into a discussion, no action was taken.

 

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter, that the meeting be adjourned to December 26, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.  Motion carried.


CITY COUNCIL MEETING

December 26, 2018

5:15 P.M.

  

The city council met in adjourned session from the meeting of December 10, 2018 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 and Ruthie Winget.

 

Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.

 

FINANCE

At 5:15 p.m., the city council held a public hearing on amending the 2018 budget for the general fund.  No one appeared in connection with the budget hearing. The general fund budget is being increased from $2,610,000.00 to $2,953,000.00.  The budgets for the general government, police department, parks department and golf course are being increased $313,690.00, $19,000.00, $4,740.00 and $15,000.00, respectively.  The increase in budget is to account for the increased in tax revenue from the city share of sales tax that is transferred to Stevens County based on the inter-local agreement as well as other unexpected increases in revenues.  Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that the budget amendment be approved as published.  Motion carried.

CHARGE OFFS

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that uncollectible utility accounts in the amount of $5,414.37 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 personnel matters of non-elected personnel, K.S.A. 75-4319(1).  Motion carried. 

 

Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 5:46 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 5:56 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened in open session at 6:57 p.m.

 

PERSONNEL

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to grant a 2.2% increase in salaries and wages, effective January 1, 2019 and that Resolution No. 2018-5, A RESOLUTION FIXING MONTHLY SALARIES AND HOURLY WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES AND OFFICERS OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, be passed.  Motion carried.

 

LICENSES

Motion by Councilman Shannon Crawford, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, that cereal malt beverage licenses for calendar year 2019 be approved for Sunrise Hospitality at 1004 East 11th Street for  consumption on the premises.  Motion carried.

 

Claims against the city were presented and audited.  Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that Appropriation Ordinance No. 2117 be passed.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that the meeting adjourn.  Motion carried.