Butler County Times Gazette
  • City Council to tackle replacing Councilor Harper

  • One major item on the City's agenda is finding a replacement for Ward One City Councilor Holly Harper who resigned at the council’s last meeting.
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  • The Augusta City Council is facing a significant agenda for a holiday week meeting.
    One major item on the agenda is finding a replacement for Ward One City Councilor Holly Harper who resigned at the council’s last meeting.
    No names of potential candidates have been released.
    Monday’s meeting will also feature some of the final discussion about the project to replace the dam and spillway at the city lake.
    City officials and engineers completed a substantial completion walkthrough on November 6 and identified areas of concern that will be corrected or completed within 30 days so that the city is able to accept the project as complete.
    The project began in December of 2011 when the city and MKEC started draining the lake.
    The governing body will also consider purchasing a pickup truck for the electric department and a planning a sanitary sewer line television inspection service.
    A measure to increase the sewer rates for Augusta residents.
    Currently, the minimum monthly charge for residential customers is $7. The proposal before the council Monday night would increase that minimum monthly charge to $9.50.
    The memo from City Manager Bill Keefer to the governing body said that the city’s ten-year old water treatment plant is requiring more maintenance than in the past and a second person is needed in the sewer department.
    The proposed increase would cover those costs and others the department incurs.
    The council will also discuss a letter from the Attorney General’s office about a possible Kansas Open Meetings Act violation in July. The Augusta Gazette brought the issue to the Attorney General’s office after an impromptu executive session was called at the governing body’s July 16, 2012 meeting.
    The governing body was not found to be in substantial violation of KOMA, however there were some technical issues that the council and city staff have been asked to address.
    The governing body will also consider planning work sessions for Dec. 10, 2012 and Jan. 14, 2013. The December meeting would be for the purpose of reviewing Main Street Building Codes. The January meeting would be to discuss water system improvements.
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