Monday night’s Augusta City Council meeting began with a salute to longtime City employee Tim Davis, who has recently retired.

“I can say that Tim has been working with the City as long as I’ve been walking the earth,” City Manager Josh Shaw continued, “Tim has served the city well and is much appreciated for the great job he has done for us. I can’t thank you enough. Congratulations on this next part of your life.”

Mayor Childers agreed, “I appreciate your service to our community and I have to share that seeing Facebook posts by people living in other communities hoping their power would be restored within 24 hours, made me appreciate our city crews. Thank you.”

Proclamation

Mayor Childers read a proclamation stating that Josh Baugher and Dallin Marlnee were selected to be in the The Kansas Masonic Foundation’s 34th Annual All-State High School Marching Band at the Annual All-Star Bowl.

Items approved

Assistant City Manager Cody Sims advised the council that the city now has control of the southwest corner of Fifth and Grove, and two bids were received for the demolition of property located at 331 and 347 E. Fifth Ave., in order to support the development of a new public works facility.

“The bids were for demolishing and clearing the properties and the lowest bid, $6,650 was the lowest bid received from Alan’s Excavating. Staff recommends that bid.”

Council approved 7-0

* Also approved was a purchase agreement between the City and Frederico Trujillo for property located at 1809 N. Meadow Ave.

Sims explained that during the FEMA buyout of Meadowview Acres properties following the 1998 flood, the City acquired properties included in the buyout program, but during a recent effort to develop that area into a functional park for the community, staff discovered one lone property - 1809 N. Meadow - wasn’t acquired in the buyout.

“The property is located in the middle of the park grounds and it makes sense for the city to acquire it in order to have the full use of the surrounding area,” Sims stated.

City Manager Josh Sims also advised that staff had multiple discussions with the property owner and negotiations resulted in the owner agreeing to sell the property for $7,000.

Council approved the purchase of the property in the amount of $7,000 plus closing costs.

* Council approved a grant agreement between the City and the Kansas Department of Transportation for the Kansas Airport Improvement Program in the amount not to exceed $76,500 for full depth crack repair on the south end of Runway 18/36 at the Augusta Municipal Airport.

“We’ve had a lot of concern about that 4-6 inch wide crack. This action will add a couple of years to the runway while we’re trying to finish up our Master Plan,” stated Shaw.

* Ordinance No. 2119 establishing regulations for discharge of fireworks. The Ordinance proposes lengthening the legal time to discharge fireworks, changing it from 10 p.m. to midnight on July 3rd. Council approved 4-3.

Read about the discussion concerning the Garvin Park restroom and concession facility design and concept in the TG Saturday edition.