CITY COUNCIL MEETING

October 7, 2019

5:15 P.M.

 

The city council met in regular session with the following present: Mayor: Jack 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 Tate, and Ruthie Wingett.

 

Mayor Jack Rowden presided.

 

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to approve the minutes of September 9, 2019 as mailed.  Motion carried.

 

Councilman Jason Teeter arrived at 5:17 p.m.

 

Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Paula Sosa’s report for the month of September, showing 35 new cases brought before the court and $5,059.50 remitted to the city.  Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to accept the report.  Motion carried.

 

CITY INSPECTOR

City Inspector Josh Grubbs presented his monthly activities report.

 

CHARGE OFFS

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, that uncollectible utility accounts in the amount of $4,429.62 be charged off with every effort made to collect the accounts.  Motion carried.

 

CITIZEN CONCERN

City Clerk Carrie Baeza presented the council a letter from Linda Myers requesting that charges incurred for mowing her unkempt property be reduced.  Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, to leave the billing as is as the City has met its burden in notifying the landowner of the violation.  Motion carried.

 

MILL LEVY

City Clerk Carrie Baeza presented the council a break down of the mill levies for 2nd class cities and how the City of Hugoton compares.  Taking the city’s mill of 49.634 by the total mills assessed by all taxing units to the residents of the city of 212.806, the city’s share only accounts for 23% of the total mills assessed.  Comparing the City of Hugoton to the other 97 2nd class cities, the city is sitting at 13th for percentage of total mills assessed by the city, 43rd in assessed valuation, 85th in total mills levied by all taxing units, 39th in City mill levies, and 51st in 2018 population.  Carrie also presented the council a breakdown comparing the City of Hugoton with other cities in the same school classification.

 

 

 

 

TRAFFIC

Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke has been approached by Milk River at 1100 S Commercial St to investigate removing the first stop sign heading north on Commercial at the access road.  There is another stop sign to turn onto Highway 51.  The traffic on the access road is stopped going east and west.  It was a consensus to remove the sign.

 

TRAFFIC

Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke relayed a concern about the parking at the apartments located at 520 West 11th and hindering sightlines.  Since this is a state highway, he has contacted the state.

 

PERSONEL

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker to increase the wages of Head Lineman Logan Frederick and Lineman Thomas Frederick $2.00 per hour and Water Operator Robert Smith $1.00 per hour.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter to increase the wages of City Clerk Carrie Baeza $300.00 per month.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter to increase the wages of the Outside Utility Supervisor Paul Nordyke $300.00 per month.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to increase the wages of the Electric and Parks Systems Supervisor Gary Rowden $300.00 per month.  Motion carried.

 

POLICE

With the Stevens County Sheriff and Dispatchers going to digital radios, the police department does not have the ability to hear any of the calls on the digital radios.  This change has also affected the Stevens County Emergency Services, Stevens County Hospital, and Pioneer Manor.  Because of this, the later organizations are looking to purchase new digital radios as a group to take advantage of a bulk discount.  The council instructed Chief Courtney Leslie to look for outside funding as this is an expense the city was not prepared to absorb.

 

PERSONEL

Motion by Council Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to increase the wages of the Chief of Police Courtney Leslie $300.00 per month.  Motion carried.

 

Claims against the city were presented and audited.  Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 2135 and 2136 be passed.  Motion carried.

 

UTILITIES

Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke informed the council that there has been an increase in landlords wanting utilities on for only a day or two and then wanting them turned off.  Historically, the City has not charged for these services.  Motion by councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to charge $50.00 a non-refundable reconnect fee for utilities that have been disconnected.  Motion carried.

 

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