CITY COUNCIL MEETING
July 8, 2019
The city council met in regular session with the following present: Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilman Dean Banker, Dan Corpening, Shannon Crawford, Jason Teeter, and Frankie Thomas.
Others present were City Clerk Carrie Baeza, City Inspector Josh Grubbs, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Electric & Parks Supervisor Gary Rowden, City Attorney Wayne Tate, Jonathan Harold, Debbie Nordling, Jonathan and Ashley Pearcy, and Ruthie Winget.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
Motion by Councilman Shannon Crawford, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, to approve the minutes of the meeting of June 20, 2019 as e-mailed. Motion carried.
Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Paula Sosa’s report for the month of May, showing 22 new cases brought before the court and $2,706.00 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.
Jonathan Herold with Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, WKCAC, came in to inform the council of their ongoing support in Stevens County and Hugoton. Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker to again contribute $1500.00 to WKCAC. Motion carried.
Jonathan Pearcy informed the council that the Economic Development Board had received two grant requests, one for 3LG, LLC for the remodel and opening of a new establishment, and for Sonic Drive-In for remodel work to be completed. Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to approve the expenditure of $2500.00 grant to 3LG, LLC. Motion carried. No action was taken on the grant for Sonic Drive-In.
During the past holiday season, damage was sustained to the awning at the business owned by Debbie Nordling at 617 S. Main Street. After speaking with the supervisors and employees, no-one remembers damaging the awning. As there was no other explanation as to the damage, motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Shannon Crawford, to cover the cost of the repairs for the work to be done. Motion carried.
Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that uncollectible utility accounts in the amount of $2,551.41 be charged off with every effort made to collect the accounts. Motion carried.
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Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Shannon Crawford, to give a $1000.00 contribution for the 4th of July fireworks display. Motion carried.
The city clerk review the proposed 2020 budget. The city’s valuation has risen from $20,095,800 to $20,137,587. The budget will be published with a tax levy rate of 47.786 mils, a decrease in 1.848 mills from the 2019 budget.
The city clerk reviewed the 2018 breakdown for the electric department and target balances for the operating and reserve funds.
Electric & Parks Systems Supervisor Gary Rowden asked the council to consider bringing in a special council for consultation on the new electric contracts to look out for the City’s interest. After much discussion, motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to have City Clerk Carrie Baeza contact Sawvel and Associates, Inc to represent the City during contract negotiations. Motion carried.
Gary Rowden asked the council to hire one of the City’s part-time summer help as full-time to replace the position left open by Trevor Crane. Motion by Councilman Shannon Crawford, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, to hire Nicholas Garcia at $15.00 per hour. Motion carried.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 2129 and 2130 be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Shannon Crawford, that the meeting go into executive session in regard to non-elected personnel K.S.A. 75-4319 (1), with the meeting to reconvene at 6:45 p.m. Motion carried.
The meeting reconvened at 6:45 p.m.
Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Shannon Crawford, to promote Francisco Fedelin to Sargent with a $0.25 raise. Motion carried.
Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Shannon Crawford, that the meeting adjourn. Motion carried.