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City Commission Minutes 09/05/2017

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Wednesday, September 5, 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, Clifford Baughman, Robert Morse, Jr., and Thomas Beem.  

 

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

 

The City Manager presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on August 15, 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 Manager then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1532.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Morse moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1532.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

Mayor Ditto called for a regular work session on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 4:30 P.M.

 

 

TEFRA Hearing:

 

In accordance with a notice published on August 17, 2017, Mayor Ditto opened a public hearing for comments or questions regarding the proposed IRB for Custom Wood Products and regarding an exemption from ad valorem taxation of property constructed or purchased with the bond proceeds.  Hearing no comments or questions, Commissioner Morse moved to approve Resolution No. 20170905. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.

 

 

Vacate Drainage Easement:

 

The Mayor then opened a public hearing to consider vacating a drainage easement on Lot 48, in the Cedarbrook subdivision.  The City Manager recommended the easement be vacated due to the modification on that lot to accommodate for drainage.  After some consideration, Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to vacate the easement as requested.  Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.

 

 

Industrial Park Zoning:

 

The City Manager reported the Planning Commission unanimously voted to allow the Bluestem property in the Industrial Park to be rezoned to I-2. Ordinance No. 1685 (should be 1684) was presented and read as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, ESTABLISHING THE I-2:  HEAVY INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT AS THE INITIAL CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS ZONING DESIGNATION FOR A 27.1 ACRE TRACT OF LAND LOCATED SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 24, STARTING 425 FEET EAST OF SOUTH WIND DRIVE, IN THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Baughman moved to approve Ordinance No. 1684. Commissioner Beem seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

 

INFRA Grant Consultant Agreement:  

 

Merl Page reminded the Governing Body of the special meeting held August 22nd discussing participation and consultancy for a grant application for the designated Industrial/Commerce Route. An agreement had been received from Olsson and Associates for an overall cost of $59,000 for those services, however, the agreement would cover three phases including the feasibility of the project. The City would be charged $20,000 for the first phase of the agreement, if it was a determined to be a viable project the agreement would move forward. There would be no further charges if the project doesn’t move forward. Commissioner Morse moved to authorize City personnel to sign the agreement with Olsson and Associates. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

 

Board Appointments:

 

Mayor Ditto re-appointed the following individuals to several boards:

 

Bryan Newell and Cliff Meyer - Planning Commission

Glen Evins - Airport Board

Dave Karnowski and Devin Timm – Construction Board of Appeals

 

 

Parking Regulations:

 

The City Manager advised the Governing Body they might consider parking regulations for the Industrial Park. It was brought to his attention that the Industrial Park streets have semi-trucks parked on them. The Governing Body agreed and Merl advised he will have a draft at the next meeting.

 

 

Equipment Review – Police Department:

 

Merl Page reported funds are allocated each year for Police Department upgrades. He informed the Governing Body that Chief Baker recommended a lease purchase agreement that would cover all maintenance and repairs on the department Tasers. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the City to enter into a five (5) year lease purchase agreement for Tasers contingent upon City Attorney review. Commissioner Beem seconded the motion. Motion carried Aye: 5, Nay: 0

 

Parking Proposals- City Park:

 

The City Manager advised three proposals were received for concrete work creating parking on the west side of the City Park on Ash Street. The proposals were from Kolde Construction for $54,700, R.M. Baril for $64,920 and Construction, Inc. for $102,409. Commissioner Weixelman moved to accept Kolde Construction’s proposal for $54,700. Commissioner Morse seconded the motion. Motion carried Aye: 5, Nay: 0

 

Airport Fueling Policy Review:

 

The City Manager reminded the Governing Body of the recent card machine and software installed for the airport fuel to be purchased with credit cards on site. He noted a couple of problems had arisen with parameters recommended by the company. One being a ninety (90) second shut off and a $75 limit on purchases. John Hupe with the Airport Board advised cards can only be swiped two times. The City Manager reported it was the City Treasurer’s recommendation to change the time limit on the automatic shut off to three (3) minutes and allow charges for $150 to $200 per transaction, however noting that the City would be liable for fraudulent charges. Commissioner Morse moved to approve changing the automatic shut off at the airport fuel pump to three (3) minutes and allowing charges of $200, noting any liability issues would come out of the airport’s budget. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried Aye: 5, Nay: 0

 

 

City Service Awards:

 

The City Manager and City Clerk discussed service awards for employees with 10, 25 and 40 years of service with the City. After a lengthy discussion, it was decided by general consensus that the City would give employees with those years of service Chamber Bucks and a certificate of recognition, as opposed to purchasing mementoes from the League of Kansas Municipalities.

 

 

Change Order – 4th Street:

 

Merl Page reported more of the old water line had been discovered in the 4th Street Project.  The cost to upgrade the existing line would be $22,500 to change out the additional old line. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize a change order for upgrading additional water line in the amount of $22,500. Commissioner Beem seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.

 

 

Oztoberfest Power Point:

 

A printed power point presentation of the upcoming Oztoberfest plan was presented by the City Manager. After a brief discussion, Commissioner Weixelman moved to accept the presented plan for the 2017 Oztoberfest. Commissioner Morse seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5. Nay: 0.

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

Merl Page reported the 4th Street Project has been delayed but is still progressing, due to the inability to get the storm drainage structures built and delivered by the manufacturer.

 

The City of Wamego has been designated the 2nd safest City in the State of Kansas by Safewise. The monthly city calendar was included in the meeting packets.

 

The Charter Ordinance that was passed in June had passed the 60 day protest period and was officially in the books.

 

The County sales tax was down 2.3% and the City sales tax was up 2% from last year.

 

The City Manager reported that he attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Flint Hills Leadership Program.  The City received a certificate of appreciation for their continued support of the program.

 

No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                

ATTEST:                                                                   /s/  William E. Ditto, Mayor

                                                                               

/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk

 

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