City Council opts to approve 3.74 mill increase

The Hugoton City Council met August 7, 2017 for the regular monthly meeting at the council meeting room. Attending the meeting were Mayor Jack E. Rowden and councilmen Dean Banker, Shannon Crawford, Jason Teeter and Frankie Thomas. Also present were City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Police Chief Courtney Leslie, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Carrie Baeza, Mary Beth Crawford, Black Hills’ Deana Burkhart, Black Hills’ Ronnie Sumner, and Hugoton Hermes reporter Ruthie Winget. Councilman Dan Corpening, City Inspector Josh Grubbs and Electric Park Systems Supervisor Gary Rowden were absent.

The minutes of last month’s meeting were read and approved.

The July municipal judge’s report was presented, showing 29 new cases brought before the court and $1,120.00 remitted to the city. The council approved this report.

The city inspector’s written report was presented to the council. His report stated KDI’s tanks are done. They are working on the electrical, mechanical and process equipment now. Dirt work has begun for My Father’s House Church located at 408 E. First Street. The Musgrove Insurance remodel has also begun. The city inspector reported a lot of code violation letters have been sent out concerning weeds.

Deanna Burkhart and Ronnie Sumner of Black Hills Energy made the annual public relations appearance on behalf of the local natural gas provider. Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke reported the city had recently experienced a delayed response to an emergency one call by the gas company’s locate provider. The local employees were unavailable to respond. Sumner told Nordyke to call him. Burkhart added the the city could contact Black Hills’ emergency number.

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