April 19, 2021 Commission Minutes
GOODLAND CITY COMMISSION
April 19, 2021 5:00 P.M.
Mayor John Garcia called the meeting to order with Vice-Mayor Jay Dee Brumbaugh, Commissioner Aaron Thompson, Commissioner J. J. Howard and Commissioner Gary Farris responding to roll call.
Also present were Frank Hayes – Chief of Police, Joshua Jordan – IT Director, Kenton Keith – Director of Streets and Facilities, Neal Thornburg – Director of Water and Wastewater, Danny Krayca – Director of Parks, Mary Volk – City Clerk and Alan Lanning – City Manager.
Mayor Garcia led Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda – ON A MOTION by Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh to approve Agenda as presented seconded by Commissioner Farris. MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.
- Rob, Cheryl and Jay Cotter residents at 403 Sherman would like to discuss breed specific ordinance. Jay stated, I moved back to Goodland to help my mom. I have two pit bulls and am here to discuss the breed specific ordinance. I had one pit bull before the ordinance went into effect. The other day I was walking by 1st and Main Street when we met a boxer that was off leash that followed us to fair grounds. I called the dog catcher, she picked up my dog which is fully vaccinated and registered. The other dog that belongs to a police officer did not get picked up. I had two officers come to my door giving me a thirty day notice. I do not feel ordinance is fair when other breeds can be vicious. Dog personalities are dog and owner specific. It is similar to gun registration. You can register and use the gun but you can also lose the gun. I feel breed specific ordinance should include more breeds like Doberman and Rottweilers. Commissioner Thompson stated, the issue falls within the pit bull ordinance. I am not a fan of the ordinance as I feel the temperament of a dog is how they are raised and treated. They are not all mean. At the same time this is not just a pit bull issue as other dogs can be mean. It depends if commission would like to review the ordinance. What happened to the other dog is not your business; I assume it is the same as your dog. Commissioner Farris stated, I was on the Commission when ordinance was approved. I was against breed specific ordinance then and I am now. We have a vicious animal ordinance and need to use it. Jay stated, I would rather the Commission be willing to look at an ordinance to address all dogs and how they are contained. Mayor Garcia stated, I recommend the City Manager bring ordinance to Commission for review. I understand there are different temperaments for all dogs. I understand you want to amend the existing ordinance. If we have an ordinance and do not enforce it, that reflects on the Commission for not complying with laws on the books. Commissioner Howard stated, I feel we need to bring ordinance back up for review. It is not the dog but more how owner raises dog. Commissioner Brumbaugh stated, I have no problem discussing the ordinance and would like to know what Jake recommends. Frank stated, this incident involves a dog where the paperwork from the vet shows the dog as a boxer. We can spend lots of money on DNA testing, but it is what the paperwork says. I am not arguing the point of the ordinance because I agree with you. The other dog owner is no longer an officer and we checked his paperwork when he arrived. Jay stated, I am not attacking the officer, I just felt discriminated against. Frank stated, we have to go by paperwork not by what breed we think the dog looks like. Jay stated, the ordinance states pit bull in nature. Mayor Garcia stated, we will review and discuss ordinance. Cheryl asked, how long will a review of ordinance take? Mayor Garcia stated, our next meeting is May 3rd. I feel it is more important to hold the owner responsible for maintaining their dog. There are ways to get the same outcome without requiring someone to get rid of their dog or move out of town. Rob stated, the incident occurred a week ago yesterday then officers came to our door a week ago. When I walk around town I always turn in dogs off leash so neither the dog or individual get hurt. You cannot guarantee how any dog will act. There needs to be accountability with vicious animal ordinance. We just want to be in compliance. Frank stated, until the commission completes review of ordinance, the thirty day requirement will be on hold.
PRESENTATION & PROCLAMATIONS
- Arbor Day Proclamation – Mayor Garcia proclaimed April 30th as Arbor Day in the City of Goodland and encouraged citizens to join in planting trees.
- 04/05/21 Commission Meeting Minutes
- 04/13/21 Special Commission Meeting Minutes
- Appropriation Ordinances: 2021-08, 2021-08A, and 2021-P08
ON A MOTION by Commissioner Thompson to approve Consent Agenda seconded by Commissioner Howard. MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.
- Renewal of Airport Lease – Alan stated, current lease has thirty day notice with auto-renewal clause. This the first of five-year renewals for the airport hangar lease with Hawkeye Spraying. Commissioner Thompson stated, in the future we need to look at the cost to lease land, how does that dollar amount help the City? A tiny storage shed in the City is more expensive than the land for a hangar housing a large airplane. Commissioner Howard stated, we need to change the auto renewal clause in the leases. Commissioner Thompson stated, I would like to discuss with the Airport Board. Alan stated, that is a policy discussion you need to have going forward. Are you trying to increase use of airport or what is your goal? Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh stated, long term leases are a concern as we see by the electric contract. Mayor Garcia stated, we can discuss whether you want to look at economic factor or activity at airport. If we have temporary sprayers that want to use our airport, it is funded with Federal money. Do we have people coming back to live in our community? We need to have a time frame to require them to start building a structure on the land. We have to remember we receive Federal monies to fund airport. ON A MOTION by Commissioner Farris to approve renewal of airport hangar lease with Hawkeye Spraying for five years seconded by Commissioner Thompson. MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.
- IFB 2021-04: Chip Rock Delivery Bid – Alan stated, the City received two qualified bids for delivery of rock. Heartland Carriers was $11.55 per ton or $11,550 and Ihrig, Inc. was $18.00 per ton or $18,000. Staff recommends the bid from Heartland Carriers. ON A MOTION by Commissioner Howard to approve the bid from Heartland Carriers in the amount of $11.55 per ton or $11,550 seconded by Commissioner Farris. MOTION carried on a VOTE of 5-0.
- Review of Board Applicants – Alan stated, we received three new applications and one application for reappointment to the Library Board for the Commission to review.
- City Manager – 1. New sand has been placed in the sand volleyball courts. 2. We will have a Commission work session Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. for strategic planning. 3. There will be two more airport leases presented to the Commission in near future. The Airport Board has been discussing the time frame requirement to build the hangar. They have not discussed the cost to lease the land. 4. We have had interest in the RFP for insurance services. 5. The Commission is invited to the ground breaking for Topside Manor on April 29th. 6. We have received two applications for housing rehabilitation that are being reviewed for approval at the next meeting. Mayor Garcia stated, please invite Airport Board to our next meeting to discuss airport leases. Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh asked, does the housing rehabilitation project include cutting down dead trees? That was a topic at Strategic Doing meeting. Commissioner Thompson stated, that does not qualify under this program. Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh stated, we may want to look into this.
- City Commissioners
Commissioner Thompson – 1. No Report
Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh – 1. Appreciate the work on the sand volleyball courts.
Commissioner Howard – 1. Shorthanded in some departments, hope we replace them soon.
Commissioner Farris – 1. You have been working on Kansas Street, will you continue north? Kenton stated, Kansas is not on sealing list until next year so will finish it then.
- Mayor – 1. All departments are doing well, we need to get employees hired.
ADJOURNMENT WAS HAD ON A MOTION BY Vice-Mayor Brumbaugh seconded by Commissioner Howard. Motion carried by unanimous VOTE, meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m. Next meeting is a Special Work Session on Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for May 3, 2021.
ATTEST: John Garcia, Mayor
Mary P. Volk, City Clerk