CITY COUNCIL MEETING
January 8, 2018
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 Assistant City Clerk Carrie Baeza, City Inspector Josh Grubbs, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Electric and Park Systems Supervisor Gary Rowden, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, and Ruthie Winget.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks administered the oaths of office to newly reelected Councilmen Dean Banker, Dan Corpening, and Shannon Crawford.
Councilman Jason Teeter arrived at 5:16 p.m.
Motion by Councilman Shannon Crawford, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to approve the minutes of December 11, 2017 and December 26, 2017 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 December, showing seven new cases brought before the court and $2,117.00 remitted to the city. Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to accept the report. Motion carried.
City Inspector Josh Grubbs provided his monthly activities report.
The city inspector reported he had been approached about the city’s requirements for an indoor shooting range. The city’s zoning codes do not address such an activity. The requestor will be asked to come before the city council with detailed plans for an indoor shooting range.
Motion by Frankie Thomas, seconded by Dean Banker, that a cereal malt beverage license for the remainder of calendar year 2018 be approved for Los Agaves Bar and Grill at 518 S. Main for consumption on the premises. Motion carried.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden announced the appointment of Lucy Santillan as city treasurer. Motion by Banker, seconded by Crawford to confirm the appointment, effective February 1, 2018 with a wage increase of $1.00 per hour, effective February 1, 2018. Motion carried.
Discussion was held on increasing water rates to build up additional funds to be used to replace the city’s deteriorated water mains. The city clerk suggested the same increase considered at the March 6, 2017 city council meeting: increasing the unit charge by 35 cents per thousand gallons from $1.05 to $1.40 per thousand gallons, increasing the minimum charge by $1.00 from $11.50 to $12.50 per month per customer, and increasing the water improvement charge from $10.00 to $12.50 per month per water user. The bulk water charge would increase from $2.50 per thousand gallons to $3.50 per thousand gallons. After debate on other ways to find funds to replace water mains and consideration of the impact of such a rate increase on the city’s customers, motion by Councilman Crawford, seconded by Councilman Corpening, that Ordinance No. 845, AN ORDINANCE REGULATING WATER SERVICE, METERS, UNDERGROUND WATER PIPES, BILLING AND PENALTIES, AND ESTABLISHING WATER SERVICE CLASSIFICATIONS AND RATES UNDER CONTROL OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, ESTABLISHING RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SUCH WATER SERVICE AND RATES, AND REPEALING, ARTICLE 2, WATER SERVICE, OF CHAPTER XV, UTILITIES SECTION 15-201 TO 15-214 INCLUSIVE, CODE OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS, 2011, REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 836 AND REPEALING ALL OTHER ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH, be passed. Vote: Councilman Banker, no; Councilman Corpening, yes; Councilman Crawford, yes; Councilman Teeter, yes; and Councilman Thomas, no. Motion carried.
City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks emphasized the importance of retaining the integrity of each individual funds financial position. While it is tempting to raid other funds for badly needed improvements in another fund, such action would eventually cause irreparable harm to the more well-off funds. The city’s codes also charge the city clerk with keeping separate accounts of each fund and prohibiting the shuffling of money from one fund to another.
Since an interlocal agreement has not been developed between the city and county for the city’s share of the dispatchers’ expenses for 2018, motion by Dean Banker, seconded by Frankie Thomas, that the city contribute $75,000.00 in 12 equal installments for 2018. That share will increase on an annual basis by the cost-of-living adjustment allowed by the State of Kansas for that year’s budget. Motion carried. The city clerk was instructed to notify the county commissioners of the city’s decision.
Motion by Crawford, seconded by Corpening, to take bids on a new mower for the park department. Motion carried.
Motion by Banker, seconded by Thomas, to take bids on a new bucket truck. Motion carried.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Banker, seconded by Corpening, that Appropriation Ordinance No. 2094 be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Crawford, seconded by Corpening, that the meeting adjourn. Motion carried.