CITY COUNCIL MEETING
July 10, 2017
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 Inspector Josh Grubbs, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, Electric and Park Systems Supervisor Gary Rowden, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Marie Austin, Carrie Baeza, Jan Leonard, Alvin Riley, Rick Schroeder, and Paul Stoner.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
Motion by Dan Corpening, seconded by Jason Teeter, to approve the minutes of June 5, 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 June, showing 15 new cases brought before the court and $3,533.50 remitted to the city. Motion by Dean Banker, seconded by Dan Corpening, to accept the report. Motion carried.
City Inspector Josh Grubbs presented his monthly activities report.
Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that uncollectible utility accounts in the amount of $4,202.86 be charged off with every effort made to collect the accounts. Motion carried.
Chairman of the Golf Course Board Alvin Riley notified the city council the Forewinds Municipal Golf Course has been recognized by the Kansas Golf Magazine as one of two gems out of 150 nine-hole golf courses in the State of Kansas. Riley expressed his appreciation for the work Rick Schroeder and Brent Betsworth devote to the local course.
Motion by Councilman Banker, seconded by Councilman Teeter, that Ordinance No. 841, AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE LOCATION OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF HUGOTON, KANSAS BY AMENDING SECTION 16-205 TO DEFINE A SHIPPING CONTAINER; BY AMENDING SECTION 4-105 TO SPECIFICALLY PROHIBIT SHIPPING CONTAINERS IN THE FIRE LIMITS; BY AMENDING SECTIONS 16-211(15), 16-232(9), 16-239(17), 16-245(2), AND 16-253(5) TO SPECIFICALLY PROHIBIT SHIPPING CONTAINERS AS A CUSTOMARY ACCESSORY USE IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS, AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS, AND MOBILE HOME PARK DISTRICTS; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH, be passed. Vote: Councilman Banker, yes; Councilman Corpening, yes; Councilman Teeter, yes; and Councilman Thomas, yes. Motion carried.
Documents were presented for council approval to proceed with the application with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks for the extension of the Raydene Park Trail to connect to the Stevens County Museum’s walking path. Motion by Dan Corpening, seconded by Dean Banker, to authorize the mayor and/or city clerk to execute the application form, the local funding statement ($47,751.00), the civil rights compliance form, the affirmative action policy, and the five-year recreational trails master plan. Motion carried.
City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks presented his proposal to pay off the city’s loan with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at a cost of $822,818.68. By retiring the debt nine years early, the city will save $102,259.79 in interest and service fees. Motion by Councilman Corpening, seconded by Councilman Thomas, to pay off the loan. Motion carried.
The city clerk reviewed the proposed 2018 budget. The city’s valuation has inexplicably dropped 3.7% from $20,924,823.00 to $20,157,677.00. The 2018 budget will be published with a tax levy rate of 48.74 mills, an increase of 3.74 mills from the 2017 budget.
The city clerk reviewed the 2016 breakdown for the electric department and target balances for the operating and reserve funds.
Motion by Banker, seconded by Thomas, to authorize the chief of police to take bids on a new police vehicle. Motion carried.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Teeter, seconded by Corpening, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 2081 and 2082 be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Corpening, seconded by Banker, that the meeting adjourn. Motion carried.