CITY COUNCIL MEETING

February 10, 2020

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, Electric and Park Systems Supervisor Logan Frederick, City Inspector Josh Grubbs, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Pete Earles, Gary Gold, Jan Leonard, Brad Niehues, Matt Schonlau and Ruthie Wingett.

 

Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.

 

A letter of resignation for Councilman Shannon Crawford was presented due to moving outside of the city limits.  Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, to accept the resignation of Councilman Shannon Crawford. Motion carried.

 

To fill in the vacant council seat, Mayor Jack Rowden appointed Brad Niehues to fill the vacant seat till the term is up in 2021.  Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening to approve the appointment of Brad Niehues to the vacant council position. Motion carried with a 3-1 vote.

 

City Clerk Carrie Baeza administered the Oath of Office to Councilman Brad Niehues.

 

With the resignation of Shannon Crawford, Mayor Rowden appointed Councilman Dan Corpening as the President of the Council.  Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to approve the appointment of Dan Corpening as the President of the Council.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to approve the minutes of January 6, 2020, 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 11 new cases brought before the court and $7390.88 remitted to the city.  Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter, to accept the report.  Motion carried.

 

CITY INSPECTOR

City Inspector Josh Grubbs provided his monthly activities report.

 

COMMUNITY

Gary Gold with the Hugoton Rotary Club came to inform the council that for one of their community projects, the club has purchased six benches and three picnic tables for the Hugoton Swimming Pool.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Economic Development Director Jan Leonard presented the council expenditures for the Economic Development Board.  Jan requested that the council return to giving the economic development the allotted $20,000 with $10,000 to be paid in January and $10,000 to be paid in July.  Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Brad Niehues to forward the budgeted allotment for Economic Development to be given to the Stevens County Economic Development to be paid $10,000 in January and $10,000 in July.  Motion carried.

                                               

LEASES

Matt Schonlau with Pioneer Communications was present to ask to be released from the lease of land located on city property near the land fill.  The land housed an antennae and satellites, which have been removed.  Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke informed the council that there was still a building and some cement pads on the location.  The city would want to have these removed.  Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker to approve the termination of the lease with City Attorney’s Wayne Tate’s approval.  Motion carried.

 

­APPOINTMENTS

With the city joining the Kansas PRIDE program, Mayor Jack Rowden appointed the following individuals to sit on the PRIDE committee:

                                Jan Leonard to expire in February 2021

                                Diane Crawford and Sue Smith to expire in February 2022

                                Debbie Nordling and Devonna Daharsh to expire in February 2023.

Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter to approve the appointments.  Motion carried.

 

APPOINTMENTS

Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Brad Niehues, to replace Gary Rowden on the KMEA Board with Logan Frederick, to reappoint Charles Wagner to the KMEA Board, and to appoint Thomas Frederick to fill the KMEA alternate position left by Logan Frederick.  Motion carried.

 

WATER

On January 22, 2020, the city held the bid openings for the proposed water line project on Polk Street, Harrison Street, and Monroe Street.  Pete Earles, with Earles Engineering, presented the following proposed bids to the council:

                Company                                             Polk St                  Harrison St.         Monroe St           Total

                Middlecreek Corporation             $750,073.00        $711,549.00        $733,541.00        $2,195,163.00

                King Enterprises, Inc.                      $487,903.90        $471,245.32        $491,609.88        $1,450,759.10

                Lee Construction, Inc.                     $470,969.50        $456,350.00        $455,689.00        $1,383,008.50

 

Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter, to accept the bid of Lee Construction, Inc. for $1,383,008.50.  Motion carried.

 

Claims against the city were presented and audited.  Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, that Appropriation Ordinance No. 2143 and 2144 be passed.  Motion carried.

 

STREETS

Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke asked the council for permission to have sidewalks engineered from Main Street to Washington Street on the north side of Eleventh Street.  There are many people who walk along that route between the two convenience stores and Dollar General.  Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Brad Niehues, to have a sidewalk engineered between Main Street and Washington Street on the north side of Eleventh Street.  Motion carried.

 


 

ELECTRIC

Electric and Parks Systems Supervisor Logan Frederick presented the council with a bid from PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. for a price of $370,000.00 plus tax to bring a pole line from the north substation to the city shops on East 4th Street.  This price also includes work at 6th Street and Washington Street heading east toward the industrial park.  The city would provide the materials for $159,559.07.  Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to approve the bid from PAR Electric for the pole line from the north substation to 4th Street and work from Washington Street east to the industrial park.  Motion carried.

 

PERSONNEL

Electric and Parks Systems Supervisor Logan Frederick asked the council to promote Thomas Frederick in the vacated Head Lineman position.  Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, to approve changing Thomas Frederick from Lineman to Head Lineman.  Motion carried.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Chief of Police Courtney Leslie informed the council that Hugoton is a proposed site for a large-scale emergency functional exercise put on by the Kansas Department of Emergency Management provide.  Leslie asked the council to host this exercise and that the council would participate or observe.  The cost of the exercise is covered by the state.  Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to host the event and that the council participate or observe.  Motion carried.

 

FIREWORKS

City Clerk Carrie Baeza presented the council an amendment to the fireworks ordinance to require a permit and deposit for sale of fireworks.  The Kansas Department of Revenue is requiring cities to report fireworks stands to collect sales tax.  After discussions, the proposed permit would require proof of Kansas Retailer’s Tax Registration Certificate, proof of Commercial General Liability coverage up to $1,000,000, a permit fee of $100 and a deposit fee of $100 to be returned less any clean-up the city undertakes.   Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Brad Niehues, to approve ORDINANCE 855.  AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE REQUIREMENT OF A FIREWORK STAND APPLICATION AND PERMIT FEE FOR THE SALE OF FIREWORKS AMENDING SECTION 7-204 (a) FO THE CODE OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, 2011.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, that the meeting go into executive session for personnel under K.S.A. 75-4319 (1).  Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 6:35 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 6:45 p.m.  Motion carried.

 

The meeting reconvened in open session at 6:45 p.m.

 

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that the meeting go into executive session for trade secrets under K.S.A 75-4319 (4).  Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 6:45 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 7:00 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:00 p.m.

 

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that the meeting go into executive session for trade secrets under K.S.A 75-4319 (4).  Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 7:00 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 7:10 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:10 p.m.

 

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