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  • Council approves demolition of 310 E. Main

  • The Augusta City Council continued action on the property located at 310 E. Main Monday night.
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  • The Augusta City Council continued action on the property located at 310 E. Main Monday night.
    The property was condemned and will be demolished soon.
    City staff was asked to notify adjacent property owners before the demolition takes place because neighbors have expressed concerns about where “vermin” believed to be in the residence will go when the house is knocked down.
    City Manager Bill Keefer is also pursuing a potential savings for the city.
    Councilor Mike Huddleston said he had recently read a statute that said the Kansas Department of Transportation would haul off demolished homes for cities like Augusta.
    Keefer is checking to see if the city can benefit from the information Huddleston discovered.
    The council also approved a one-year contract with the accounting firm that handles the city’s annual audit. Normally the city signs a two-year contract for this service but the council had concerns about how this year’s audit was done and wanted to keep its options open in the future.
    “I have a hard time approving this one because of the job they did last year,” said Councilor Sue Jones.
    Others on the governing body agreed. Mike Wallace said it this year’s audit by Edward B. Stephenson and Co. was “not stupendous and Matt Malone called it “pretty shoddy.”
    Using a one-year contract allows the council to make a change sooner and costs about $250 more than a two-year deal.
    The council also approved two percent pay increases for city employees that were included in this year’s annual budget. However, they tabled action on the city’s salary schedule until they have had more time to look into the effects the schedule has on long-term employee pay.
    Wallace also reiterated a request for information about total compensation levels that would include salary and benefits packages.
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