November 20, 2017


The Auburn City Council met in regular session Monday, November 20, 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, Deputy Chief Keys, and few 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.

Councilmember Tibbetts arrived at 7:01 P.M.

Approval of Minutes- November 6, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes

Council read the minutes.

Councilmember Robinson moved to approve the November 6th regular meeting minutes as written.

Councilmember Schuette seconded. The motion passed 4-0.

Payment of Bills, Transfer of Funds

Councilmember Schuette moved to pay the bills and transfer funds totaling $60,762.60.  Councilmember Robinson seconded.  The motion passed 4-0.

Citizens Forum


Auburn Fire Department – Civic Center

Tyler Tenbrink told Council the Auburn Fire Department is having a Christmas party December 9th at Auburn Civic Center and asked if Council would waive the $150. rental fee.

  • Councilmember Robinson moved to waive the rental fee for Auburn Fire Department use of Civic Center on December 9, 2017. Councilmember Tibbetts seconded. The motion passed 3-0. Tenbrink abstained.

Jim Underberg – Planning Commission

Mayor Cochran told Council he would like to appoint James Underberg to Planning Commission with approval from City Council.

Councilmember Robinson moved to approve James Underberg’s request to serve as member of Auburn Planning Commission. Councilmember Schuette seconded. The motion passed 4-0.

Paul Wagner – Sunflower Striders

Paul thanked the City for supporting the 36th year for Sunflower Strider race. It is scheduled for January 20, 2018. There will be several people coming into town. Racers will park their vehicles in Auburn and busses will start showing up between 7:30 and 8 am to pick them up and transport to Topeka where race begins.  Clerk Erikson reminded Paul to call before January 20th to make sure the parking will be available at the Civic Center. Paul stated they also have parking at the Church just in case Civic Center parking lot is not available. Mayor Cochran said he is glad Auburn is able to help out and let us know if there is anything else they need.

NMPP-Beth Ackland and Jamie Barrett

Beth presented a slide show to Council. Auburn has been a member of NPGA (gas supplier) since 1995.

Beth and Jamie are here tonight to discuss the transportation costs. The transportation costs come from Southern Star and are simply passed on to Auburn. Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline is the company used to get the gas to Auburn.

Southern Star is planning a surcharge plan in leu of a rate case. Southern Star is looking at significant replacements in the pipeline. Beth and Jamie shared the surcharge plan with the Council and answered questions.

Ordinance #325 – Amendment to Zoning District

Council reviewed Ordinance #325. Councilmember Robinson moved to approve Ordinance #325. Councilmember Schuette seconded. The motion passed 4-0.

New Business


Reports of City Officers        

Superintendent Ferlemann:

  • In the last 2 weeks:
    • 18 – Locates
    • 2 – Gas Service Installations
    • 1 – Service call, no leak
    • 2 – Meter replacement
    • 2 – Building Permits, no letters sent
  • Lagoons are out of balance according to Pace Analytical test results.
    • Ferlemann requested $3,400 to purchase Bacto-Dose and Citrifloat

Councilmember Tenbrink moved to approve $3,400 for Bacto-Dose and Citrifloat to get lagoons back in balance.

Councilmember Robinson seconded. The motion passed 4-0.

  • The 11th Street pump Station is constantly losing vacuum.

Mayor Cochran told Ferlemann to find a company who specializes in lift stations.

  • Ferlemann found a company in Pennsylvania that will make the 116 Natural Gas Line Warning signs that were approved November 6th meeting for $5,000 will now cost $1,600.
  • Ferlemann would like to purchase a mini backhoe for $35,000 to $40,000 for a used excavator with low hours.
    • Council discussed and feels it should be budgeted.

Todd Luckman:

  • He is preparing the Chicken Ordinance for next meeting.
  • He is going to prepare a new contract for Prellwitz Construction project for next year.

Scott Chew, Building & Code Compliance Officer:

  • Issued a new building permit for a patio deck.

Councilmember Tenbrink moved to adjourn. Councilmember Tibbetts seconded. The meeting adjourned at

8:06 P.M. The motion passed 4-0.

Respectfully submitted by,
Carol L. Erikson
City Clerk