AUBURN CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING
November 6, 2017

 The Auburn City Council met in regular session Monday, November 6, 2017 in the council chambers of Auburn City Hall.  Council members present: Tyler Tenbrink, Brenda Schuette, Mike Robinson, and Lee Tibbetts. Michelle Bicknell was absent. Mayor Timothy Cochran presided. Also, present: City Attorney Luckman, City Clerk Carol Erikson, Superintendent Ferlemann, Chief Rees, Deputy Chief Keys, and several citizens.

Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance
Mayor Cochran called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Approval of Minutes- October 16, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes

Council read the minutes.
Councilmember Schuette moved to approve the October 16th regular meeting minutes as written.
Councilmember Tenbrink seconded. The motion passed 4-0.

Payment of Bills, Transfer of Funds
Councilmember Schuette moved to pay the bills and transfer funds totaling $32,786.59.  Councilmember Tibbetts seconded.  The motion passed 4-0.

Citizens Forum
None

Planning Commission Recommendation – Zoning Change

Planning Commission Member Brenda Sidebottom read the recommendations listed below, out loud to the Council and Audience.

  • We have two recommendations to the City Council: The first recommendation is to leave the properties alone and the second recommendation is to add construction and lawn scape business to Central Business District use regulations in City of Auburn Zoning Regulations Ordinance No. 189 Article 16 Section 1603.

Councilmember Schuette moved to leave the zoning as Central Business District and amend the Zoning Ordinance elements to include construction and lawn/land scape businesses into the use regulations in the “CBD” Central Business District.  Motion dies for lack of second.

Councilmember Tibbetts moved to change the zoning from “CBD” Central Business District to “LI” Light Industrial for the properties listed in the Planning Commission Recommendation. Motion dies for lack of second.

Councilmember Tibbetts moved to override Planning Commission recommendation by changing the zoning from “CBD” Central Business District to “LI” Light Industrial for the four properties listed. Motion dies for lack of second.

Councilmember Tibbetts moved to accept the first recommendation from the Planning Commission by adoption of the same by ordinance in the City to be presented at the next meeting. Councilmember Schuette seconded.

The motion passed 4-0.

Attorney Luckman will draft an ordinance.

Chicken Ordinance

Councilmember Tenbrink moved to incorporate the following items into an ordinance Attorney Luckman will draft:

  • Remove under 2-105 (b) the words, which are regulated by Article 2 of this chapter.
  • (g) Chickens (14 or fewer) kept in accordance with section 2-107, 2-108, and 2-109 on property which has a single-family home or duplex provided the property owner has not been found out of compliance with city code in the preceding 12 months.
  • Addition under 2-108 of crowing, which would be a noisy animal restriction.

Councilmember Schuette seconded. The motion carried 4-0.

Kaw Valley Bank CD Renewal
Councilmember Tibbetts moved to move the CD at Kaw Valley Bank to Equity Bank for 12 months at 1.42% APY. Councilmember Tenbrink seconded. The motion carried 4-0.

KDHE Loan Agreement
Attorney Luckman told Council he would not change a thing in the agreement. This is nothing that has to be decided tonight.

New Business
None

Reports of City Officers

Chief Rees:

  • Prellwitz Construction would like to do the dirt and concrete work before it starts snowing. The cost would be $27,500 if the council wants to go ahead with the project.
    • Council will wait until after the first of the year.
  • Chief Rees told Council he will be retiring effective November 19, 2017 after 25 years with the City.

Councilmember Robinson with regrets moved to accept Chief Rees retirement. Councilmember Tenbrink seconded. The motion carried 4-0.

Attorney Luckman:

  • The Planning Commission is in need of two more members. Clerk Erikson asked Attorney Luckman if the City Council can act as the Planning Commission as well. Attorney Luckman said no, The Council cannot be the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals can be combined.
  • Clerk Erikson forwarded email from NMPP to Todd and Council:
    • The impact for the City of Auburn from the Southern Star proposed pipeline modernization project.
      • The Council asked Clerk Erikson to invite NMPP to come to next Council meeting.

       Superintendent Ferlemann:

  • In the last 2 weeks:
    • 1 – Service Installation
    • 2 – Services turned on
    • 4 – Service calls
    • 37 – Emergency calls
    • 5 – Meter replacement
    • 3 – Class 3 gas leaks
    • 4 – New Building Permits
  • Asked for $1,000 to replace high and low-pressure valves.
    • Councilmember Tibbetts moved to approve $1,000 to replace high-pressure and low-pressure valves for the gas system. Councilmember Tenbrink seconded. The motion passed 4-0.

Councilmember Robinson left at 8:57 P.M.

  • Asked for $5,000 for 116- Natural Gas Line Warning signs required by KCC regulations.
    • Councilmember Tibbetts moved to approve up to $5,000 to purchase Natural Gas Line Warning signs to comply with the KCC requirements. Councilmember Tenbrink seconded. The motion passed 3-0.
    • To set the record straight there has never been a fine from the KCC to the City of Auburn.

Councilmember Tibbetts moved to adjourn. Councilmember Schuette seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:01 P.M. The motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully submitted by,
Carol L. Erikson
City Clerk

Approved at: November 20, 2017 Meeting