February 19, 2019 Commission Minutes

February 19, 2019 Commission Minutes

February 19, 2019 Commission Minutes

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Regular Meeting


February 19, 2019                                                                                                                       5:00 P.M.

Mayor Brian Linin called the meeting to order with Vice-Mayor Jay Dee Brumbaugh, Commissioner Annette Fairbanks, Commissioner John Garcia, and Commissioner Jacque Schields responding to roll call.


Also present were Rich Simon – Director of Public Works, Dustin Bedore – Director of Electric Utilities, Mary Volk – City Clerk, and Andrew Finzen – City Manager.


Mayor Linin led Pledge of Allegiance



  1. Unfit Structure at 811 E. Hwy 24 – Mayor Linin opened public hearing at 5:01 p.m. Andrew stated, this is Motel 7 property, there has been no contact with owner since process started.  Notice provided to all interested parties as required.  Mayor Linin closed public hearing at 5:02 p.m.




  1. GRMC: Introduction of New Hospital Leadership – Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh introduced Dr. Robinson, CEO Goodland and Atwood and Chief Medical Officer of NW Kansas Centura Network Hospitals, Victor Hawkins, Director of Operations and Interim Director of Goodland Family Health Center and Derek Lorentz, CFO Goodland and Atwood and NW Kansas Centura Network. They discussed the hospital and facilities and how using the Centura Network is makes facilities more efficient.  Mayor Linin stated, we are excited to have your team in Goodland.  Dr. Robinson stated, we want to keep communication open with Commission.



  1. 02/04/19 Commission Meeting Minutes
  2. Appropriation Ordinances: 2019-04, 2019-04A, and 2019-P04
  3. Approval of City Manager’s Performance Evaluation

ON A MOTION by Commissioner Garcia to approve Consent Agenda seconded by Commissioner Schields.  MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.



  1. Resolution 1548: Unfit Structure at 811 E. Hwy 24 – Andrew stated, this resolution designates the structure as unfit and gives property owner thirty days to improve property. After this time period the Commission will decide how to proceed with property and demolition process.  All five structures on property are included in resolution so we can prioritize if costs are too high.  As a reminder, this structure has asbestos.  ON A MOTION by Commissioner Garcia to approve Resolution 1548: Unfit Structure at 811 E. Hwy 24 seconded by Commissioner Fairbanks.  MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.





  1. IFB 2019-01: Ossuarium Base and Sidewalk – Andrew stated, we received three bids for concrete base and sidewalk for the Ossuarium.  Low bid is Dan Knitig in the amount of $8,500; Cemetery Board recommends the low bid. Anticipated start date is February 25th, weather permitting.  ON A MOTION by Commissioner Garcia to approve the low bid from Dan Knitig for the Ossuarium Base and Sidewalk in the amount of $8,500 seconded by Commissioner Fairbanks.  MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.



  1. Review of Board Applicants – Andrew stated, Crystal Ragels and Richard Hayden have applied for appointment on Cemetery Board. Crystal is a new appointment while Richard is a reappointment.  Cemetery Board recommends both appointments to the board.  We have multiple openings on other boards.
  2. WorkforceOne Lease Agreement – Andrew stated, this agreement is for WorkforceOne, currently utilizing office space in City building. The existing agreement is outdated and they requested a new lease.  Most terms are same, they have reviewed and approved agreement.  Rent is $250 per month for the space and new agreement is effective until December 2021 with option to renew.  Mayor Linin asked, do you think rent amount is enough to cover utilities and space?  Andrew stated, it is probably low but we have the office space and they are in Goodland office part time.
  3. NRP – Andrew stated, with the NRP there is the Plan then the Interlocal Agreement.  The Interlocal Agreement expires April 30, 2019 so I discussed with the City and County Attorney’s about extending. When the plan was approved it states we can extend with written approval by all parties.  We are proposing and extension through December, 2020 in draft resolution to coincide with the expiration date on the Plan.  The School and County Commission have a copy of the resolution for them to discuss and approve.  The County met today and appear to be open to extension.  Mayor Linin asked, do you anticipate any issues with school and county?  Andrew stated, the School is in favor and County appeared to be in favor; I will follow up tomorrow as unable to attend today’s meeting.  We just need to keep on top of it so it does not lapse again.
  4. Sales Tax – Andrew stated, we need to get this topic back in front of Commission.  I am looking for direction; does the Commission want a proposal or a City/County discussion item again?  We have discussed options for when tax sunsets.  Commission Fairbanks stated, we need to put our priorities together then make a presentation to discuss with County.  I would like a reasonable priority list.  Mayor Linin stated, whatever happens it has to be voted on by the voters.  Commissioner Fairbanks stated, I would like to come up with a plan to benefit everyone.  Commissioner Garcia stated, it is imperative whatever we structure we get the County on board as it will be easier to sell to public.  Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh asked, what is time line?  Andrew stated, if we want as fall election question, information has to be submitted to County in April.  Commissioner Fairbanks stated, we have been discussing infrastructure, unfit structures and Economic Development; we just need a document to review.  Mayor Linin stated, tax expires when money is raised for project, either way it has to go to voters.  Commissioner Fairbanks stated, I agree with Commissioner Garcia, we need to sell as a package to benefit everyone.  Andrew stated, Kansas is looking to follow policy to collect sales tax on online purchases.  At the current time, the City gets just 47% of one cent which generates about $600,000.  One cent sales tax raises $1,200,000 to $1,300,000.  Mayor Linin stated, the County wants tax for Highway 24 but I agree and would like to see some things done in City limits like the first project.  Mayor Linin stated, so our priorities are infrastructure, unfit structure and Economic Development. Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh stated, if GAC goes to Hansen Foundation to help upgrade for a wellness center, I do not know if can do with sales tax or through budget.  We have mentioned Economic Development but it is still my belief that from a tax payer perspective, we need to combine the purchase of fire equipment and other entities that perform same function.  Same idea with CVB and Economic Development.  We need to look at saving money and being more efficient with operations.  Andrew stated, I will reach out to County to schedule next meeting and put together information for Commission to begin a discussion.



  1. City Managers Report- 1. CABT board is meeting monthly, priority is to update codes in trade areas.  2. Been going through interview process for an intern on the downtown master plan and extended an offer today.  We are not only looking at the look and feel but also landscape.  Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh asked, can we get opinions from businesses to incentivize open space utilization.  Andrew stated, part of the plan is to inventory all buildings that businesses have or would like to have.  We need public involvement.  Intern is paid by Hansen Foundation but have to find them housing, which we are partnering with the college on.    Dispatch remodel project is out for bid and will be reviewed at March 18th meeting.  4.  We have a couple trucks and Austin Park out for bids; these will also be addressed at March 18th meeting.  5.  They are in process of replacing pews in cemetery chapel, then I will have pictures to show the Commission.  6.  We sold old transportation van on Purple Wave.  7. Contractor will not be back this week for street project with weather.  Will keep Commission updated.  8.  Airport Master plan is almost done, waiting for final review by FAA planner.  9.  We were awarded a grant from KDHE and Sherman County Community Foundation for benches and tables in park.  The waste grant will fund 50% and Community Foundation will fund 50%.  We are also including stations for a Little Free Library Program.  The Art Center and Library are involved in this project.  Plans are for a Girl Scout to then expand the project.  10.  Tess and I submitted a grant for infield conditioner on varsity softball and baseball fields which was awarded.
  2. Public Works Director – Rich gave the Commission an update on projects his departments are working on. In addition, he informed Commission wells three and seven were pulled because bowls were bad and they had to replace a check valve at the water treatment plant.  Our water loss for last year came in at 7.73%, best we have seen in a long time.
  3. Commissioners

Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh – 1.  No Report

Commissioner Fairbanks – 1.  No Report

Commissioner Garcia – 1.  What is status of Doug Irvin’s project?  Andrew stated, bids for the project came in high so he is evaluating bids.  Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh stated, he can use some encouragement for what he is doing for Goodland.

Commissioner Schields – 1.  No Report

  1. Mayors Report No Report




ADJOURNMENT WAS HAD ON A MOTION Commissioner Garcia seconded by Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh.  Motion carried by unanimous VOTE, meeting adjourned at 6:05 p.m.  Next meeting is scheduled for March 4th.   




ATTEST:                                                                               Brian Linin, Mayor





Mary P. Volk, City Clerk