CITY COUNCIL MEETING
February 11, 2019
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 R. Tate, Alfredo Don Juan, Jan Leonard, Amanda Randle, and Jesus Zubia.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, to approve the minutes of January 7, 2019, 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 January, showing 30 new cases brought before the court and $4,117.00 remitted to the city. Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to accept the report. Motion carried.
City Inspector Josh Grubbs provided his monthly activities report.
Economic Development Director Jan Leonard presented the council expenditures for the Economic Development Board.
wKREDA dues $850.00
Musgrove Insurance $1,467.00
Travel Reimbursements $2,026.80
Matching SS for Employees $2,603.92
Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening to reimburse Economic Development out of the Economic Development Fund. Motion Carried.
Major Jack Rowden appointed Ron Honig to serve on the Economic Development Board. Motion by Councilman Dan Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to approve the appointment. Motion carried.
CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE
With the new legislation coming into effect on April 1 allowing Cereal Malt Beverage (CMB) license holders to sell 6% alcohol by volume, the City needed to pass an ordinance to reflect this change. Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that Ordinance 849, AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE SALE OF CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE AND BEER CONTAINING NOT MORE THAN 6% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME WITHIN THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 544, be passed. Motion carried. Vote: Banker, yes; Corpening, yes; Teeter, yes; Thomas, yes.
Mayor Jack Rowden had been approached by a local business to have the council consider passing an ordinance to allow Holiday Liquor Sales only on the following holidays-Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that Ordinance 850, AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR AND CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE IN THE ORIGINAL PACKAGE WITHING THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, ON MEMORIAL DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY AND LABOR DAY be passed. Motion carried. Vote: Banker, yes; Corpening, yes; Teeter, yes; Thomas, yes.
Amanda Randle addressed the council on continuing to receive letters to have her property cleaned up and brought within city ordinance. Ms. Randle feels as if she is being singled out and harassed over her property. City Attorney Wayne Tate assured her that was not the case and that the City has several properties that they are working with the homeowners on.
Alfredo Don Juan and Jesus Zubia came before the council to ask the council to approve of a construction addition Don Juan is wanting to make to his place of business, Don Juan Bar. Don Juan is wanting to add a kitchen to the east end of the bar; however, the kitchen would lie on current utilities to neighboring businesses and over any utility easement established. Because of this, City Inspector Josh Grubbs had denied the request for the addition. After council discussion, the council would like to see where the existing utilities lie and how it will affect the businesses in the area in allowing access to the utilities.
The Hugoton Recreation Commission has reached out to Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke to inform of their plans to extend the off-street parking on Third Street west to Monroe Street, to add off-street parking on the 200 Block of Madison Street, and to tie the parking spaces from the Bob Sosa Building at 304 East 3rd to the main building at 215 S Madison. The council agreed that parking is an issue in the area.
Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke presented the council with an engineer’s estimate from Earles Engineering to replace the water lines on Polk Street, Harrison Street and Monroe Street. The estimated cost of the project is $1,888,543.39. Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Council Dan Corpening, to have Earles Engineering begin the engineering phase of the project. Motion carried.
Discussion moved to the City’s finance and moneys in the Investment of Idle Funds. City Clerk Carrie Baeza explained to the council that any funds not used in the operation of the City’s business is placed in the Investment of Idle funds. Within this fund, the money is split into the different operating, reserve, revenue, and taxing funds that the city holds. A fund is a separate accounting entity and records of any receipts and liabilities within that entity are paid from that fund. Each fund has a specific purpose. Moneys from one fund cannot pay for a project or expenses incurred in a different fund. Moneys that are placed in the Investment of Idle Funds, is moneys that are marked for future use in the funds they are assigned to. Placing these funds into a Certificate of Deposit allows the City to earn interest on moneys that would otherwise be sitting in a non-interest bearing account.
The City of Hugoton has been approached by Kansas Department of Health and Environment to install monitoring wells at the old Halliburton facility located at 210 South Polk Street. The council, supervisors and City Attorney Wayne Tate did not see any issues with allowing the monitoring wells to be placed. Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, to allow the City Attorney Wayne Tate to enter into a contract with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Motion carried.
Gene Johnson is retiring with the City of Hugoton Police Department effective March 1. Chief of Police Courtney Leslie is in the process of advertising and seeking an individual to replace him.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that Appropriation Ordinance No. 2119 and 2120 be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that the meeting go into executive session for attorney client privilege under K.S.A 75-4319 (2) with the present council, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, and City Attorney Wayne Tate. Motion carried. Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 7:10 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 7:20 p.m.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:20 p.m.
Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that the meeting adjourn. Motion carried.