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City Commission Minutes 06/06/2017

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were: Mayor Pro-Tem Robert Morse Jr.; Commissioners: Richard Weixelman, Clifford Baughman and Thomas Beem. Commissioner William Ditto was absent.   

 

Also present were:  City Manager, Merl Page, and Assistant City Attorney, Jake Pugh.  

 

The City Manager presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on May 16, 2017.  After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Baughman and seconded by Commissioner Weixelman to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0. 

 

The City Manager then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1526.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Beem moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1526.  Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Morse called for a regular work session on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 4:30 P.M.

 

The City Manager reported that Donna Hobbs had called and was unable to attend the meeting as previously planned and would be attending the July 5th meeting instead.

 

Recreation Advisory Recommendation:

 

The City Manager reported that the Recreation Advisory Board had recommended the adoption of the proposed site plan for the new aquatic facility.  After brief discussion, Commissioner Baughman moved to approve the recommendation as stated.  Commissioner Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye:  4, Nay:  0.

 

Pool Design Review:

 

Jeff Wick, Chair of the Pool Ad Hoc Committee, and Kevin McElyea, Pool Consultant, presented to the Governing Body the finals results of the public survey.  In addition they went over the various elements of the pool site design recommended by the Recreation Advisory Board.   After considerable detailed conversation, Commissioner Beem moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to exercise the design portion of the contract with Aquatic Design to develop plans and specifications to prepare for competitive bidding on a new aquatic facility later this fall. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.    

 

Easement Vacation Request – 1409 Poplar St.:

 

Richie Chrest had sent a letter to the City Manager formally requesting a hearing in order to vacate a portion of an easement located at 1409 Poplar Street.  After some discussion, Commissioner Beem moved to authorize a public notice calling for a hearing to be held in July to consider the vacation of said easement.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye:  4, Nay:  0.

 

Temporary Parking Request – Hospital Construction Project:

 

Merl Page reported that Steve Land had submitted a letter requesting a temporary variance related to paving of a parking lot in order to accommodate temporary alternative parking in conjunction with the Hospital construction.  After some review, Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Beem, to grant the temporary variance during construction including sixty days after substantial completion of the project had been achieved.   Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.    

 

Drainage Improvements – 6th and Parkview:

 

The City Manager reported that he had received comparable pricing to make improvements to an area commonly known as “Morton Park”.  Mayor Pro-Tem Morse requested this item be tabled in order to review it further.  At this time, Commissioner Baughman moved to table the item until the July 5th meeting. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.    

 

MPO – Governing Body Representative:

 

The City Manager reported that the MPO had requested that the City designate their representatives for the Policy Committee and the Technical Committee.  The City Manager reported that staff members Ken Stein and Rick Asbury would be serving on the Technical Committee, leaving a need for the Policy Committee.  At this time, Commissioner Weixelman moved to elect Commissioner Baughman as the City Representative.  Commissioner Beem seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 3, Nay: 0, with Commissioner Baughman abstaining.

 

Flint Hills Leadership (FHLP) Annual Support:

 

 The City Manager reported it was time to review the annual allocation to the FHLP.  It was decided by general consensus to allocate the same amount as last year.

 

Equipment Review – Parks Department:

 

Merl Page, City Manager, reported that the replacement for one of the Cuties had been located at a cost of $6,500.  The equipment was a Gator.  Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to authorize the purchase.  Motion carried.  Aye:  4, Nay:  0.

 

4th Street Bid Review:

 

The City Manager reported that bids had been received for the 4th Street Project.  He reported that eight (8) bids had been received on June 2nd for the project.  The apparent low bidder was Kolde Construction in the amount of $866,746.44.  He then shared a letter from the City’s engineering consultant recommending the bid be awarded to Kolde Construction.  At this time, Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to award the bid to Kolde Construction in the amount of $866,746.44.  Motion carried.  Aye:  4, Nay:  0.

 

City Park Activity – Jol Klein:

 

The City Manager informed the Governing Body that Jol Klein had requested the use of City Park again this year for the Community events he has held the past several years.  This year the events are scheduled for June 28th and July 10th – 13th.

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

Merl Page, City Manager, reported that the Annual League Conference was approaching and the City needed to know who was planning to attend.

 

The monthly City calendar was included in the Commission packets.  He also shared a thank you from the local Honor Flight for the City’s participation in the project.

 

He also reported on the sales tax and it was virtually the same as last year for the same time period.

 

He then shared the news that the City had received a dividend check from EMC in the amount of $26,227.18.

 

He then gave a quick report related to the mill and overlay project the County would be doing on 4th Street starting on June 7th.

 

At this time, Commissioner Weixelman moved to adjourn into executive session to discuss acquisition of property for five (5) minutes and the meeting would reconvene at 7:12 PM.  Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye:  4, Nay:  0.

 

The meeting reconvened at 7:12 PM.  No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.

 

                                                                                                              

ATTEST:                                                                     /s/ William E. Ditto, Mayor

                                                                               

/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk

 

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