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City Commission Minutes 08/01/2017

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Wednesday, August 1, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were: Mayor William Ditto; Commissioners: Richard Weixelman, Robert Morse Jr., Clifford Baughman and Thomas Beem.

 

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

 

The City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on July 18, 2017 and the special meeting held on July 25, 2017.  After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Baughman and seconded by Commissioner Morse to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 

 

The City Clerk then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1530.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Morse moved, seconded by Commissioner Beem, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1530.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

Mayor Ditto called for a regular work session on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 4:30 P.M.

 

Dog Park Review:

 

Merl Page reminded the Governing Body of concerns about the proposed dog park to be located north of Wamego on Hwy 99 on ground deeded to the City from KDOT. He then reported an offer had been made by an individual to donate the same amount of acreage for the proposed dog park on Hwy 99 close to the current dog pound on Valley Road. It was the staff recommendation to pursue a plan for the alternate location. Commissioner Morse moved to table the issue for plan development at the alternate location until a future commission meeting. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Development Review/Request- Custom Wood Products:

 

Jack Allston, Pottawatomie County Economic Development, was present with several board members as well as Kevin Gray, Custom Wood Products, to advise of potential growth of Custom Wood Products into the Wamego area and request assistance from the City for Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs), a CDBG grant, a tax abatement and a possible deferment of paved parking at the proposed location. Kevin explained he wants to build an approximately 130,000 square foot facility in the industrial park. He explained the benefits this expansion would have on his company, currently located in St Marys, and how it would benefit both communities. After a lengthy discussion, Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the City to move forward with the intent to issue IRBs and a ten year one hundred (100%) percent tax abatement based on the cost benefit analysis and to be the applicant on behalf of Custom Wood Products for CDBG funds. Any potential parking paving deferment will be addresses at a later date. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Food Truck Business Review:

 

At the last regular meeting, Bobby Santacroce’s request for permission to sell out of a food truck on public streets or property was tabled for further research. The City Manager reported five locations similar in size had varying regulations. After a brief discussion, Commissioner Baughman moved to only allow food trucks on private property or participating in festivals and events. Commissioner Morse seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Swimming Pool Fundraising:

 

Jeff Wick with the swimming pool “Ad Hoc Committee” was present to ask the Governing Body for a formal dollar amount that they wanted privately raised for the proposed indoor pool facility. Commissioner Weixelman moved to have the committee privately raise a minimum of $250,000. Commissioner Morse seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Grant Agreement:

 

Merl Page advised the City does not have the ability to complete and file the grant application for the CBDG grant for Custom Wood Products. However, the Flint Hills Regional Council does and the cost would be $5,000. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the Mayor to sign the contract with the Flint Hills Regional Council for $5,000 to prepare the application on the City’s behalf and to submit the application for the CDBG grant for the Custom Wood expansion. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Car Show Parking:

 

Eric Artzer was present to request closing Ash Street from 4th Street to 6th Street, 5th Street from Ash to the alley, the swimming pool parking lot, and the alley behind the City Office from 5th Street to 4th Street for the car show during the Oztoberfest on October 7, 2017. He advised the number of cars has outgrown the area previously designated on Lincoln Avenue. Commissioner Beem moved to allow the closing of Ash Street and the alley behind the City Office for the car show on October 7, 2017. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0, Commissioner Baughman abstained.  

 

Board Appointments:

 

Mayor Ditto reappointed several members to the following boards:

 

Robert Riat to the Airport Board with a term expiring September 3, 2020

Paul Odell to the Board of Construction Appeals with a term expiring September 3, 2020

Rob Adams to the Planning Commission with a term expiring August 31, 2020

Chris Brown to the Planning Commission with a term expiring August 31, 2020

 

Facility Repairs- Old Fire Station:

 

The City Manager reported Construction, Inc. completed an analysis on the old fire station building next to the Police Department. The cost to repair the building and roof will be a cost of approximately $40,000. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the repair of the old fire station at a cost of $40,000 by Construction, Inc. Commissioner Beem seconded the motion. Motion carried Aye: 5, Nay: 0

 

Kansas League of Municipalities Voting Delegates:  

 

Merl Page advised the Governing Body that the City needed to designate voting delegates for the Kansas League of Municipalities Annual Conference in September. Commissioner Baughman moved to have himself, and Commissioner Weixelman be the voting delegates. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0. Commissioner Baughman moved to have Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk and Stacie Eichem, City Treasurer, be the alternate voting delegates. Commissioner Morse seconded the motion.  Motion carried Aye: 5, Nay: 0

 

Infrastructure Review – Water Main Improvement:

 

Merl Page reminded the Governing Body of the school improvements being made at the Sports Complex on Columbian Road which includes a central kitchen. The contractor contacted Merl to inquire if the City would want to upgrade the water line to a 12 inch line with a cost of $23,192 while they are doing the school improvements. This would coincide with the long range water plans. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize upgrading to a 12 inch water line on Columbian Road for a cost of $23,192. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried Aye: 5, Nay: 0

 

Public Hearing Request:

 

The City Manager reported he received a request from Gail McPeak to hold a public hearing at the September 5th commission meeting to consider vacating a drainage easement in the Cedarsprings addition. Commissioner Weixelman moved to hold a public hearing at the September 5, 2017 commission meeting. Mayor Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried Aye: 5, Nay: 0

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

Merl Page reported the 4th Street Project is progressing and appears to be close the proposed schedule. Library Minutes, Finances and Statistics, the Kansas Government Journal, and the City monthly calendar will all included in the meeting packets. Sales tax for the City is up .02% and down for the County by 2.47%.

 

At this time, Commissioner Morse moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of twenty (20) minutes to discuss acquisition of property and for Attorney-Client privilege related to potential litigation and that the Commission would reconvene at 7:32 PM.  Commissioner Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

The meeting reconvened at 7:32 P.M., whereupon Commissioner Beem moved, seconded by Commissioner Morse, to adjourned back into executive session for the same intended purpose for five minutes and to reconvene at 7:37 P.M. 

 

No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.

                                                                                                                

ATTEST:                                                                     /s/ William E. Ditto, Mayor

                                                                               

/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk

 

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