City Commission Minutes 01/02/2019

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, January 2, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were; Mayor Robert Morse, Jr., Commissioners; Thomas Beem, Richard Weixelman, William Ditto and Clifford Baughman.


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


The City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on December 18, 2018.  After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Baughman and seconded by Commissioner Ditto 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. 1564.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1564.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Public Comments and Communications:


Mayor Morse called for a regular work session on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.  


Water Tower Contract:


The City Manager reported contracts had been received for the water tower painting project and had been reviewed by the City Attorney. Commissioner Ditto moved to authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the contracts. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Rezoning – R-M to R-3 Graves Road:


Merl Page reported Randy Hupe had presented a request to the Planning Commission to rezone an area on Graves Road from R-M to R-3. The Planning Commission had denied the request. Betty Stauffer, one of the neighbors to the proposed rezoning area, filed a petition against the rezoning as well. Randy Hupe and Betty Stauffer were present to discuss the issue with the Governing Body. After a lengthy discussion, Commissioner Beem moved to table the issue until the next regular meeting for more information from the Planning Commission. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Equipment Review – Patrol Vehicle:


It was reported that two (2) bids were received for a new patrol unit. It was the staff’s recommendation to accept the low bid by Dick Edwards of Junction City for $10,551 after trade in.  Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Beem, to accept Dick Edwards bid for a new patrol unit.  Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.


Personnel Policy Amendment – Drug Free Workplace:  


The City Manager advised that the City Clerk was researching a question related to the Drug Free Workplace Policy, she discovered that the policy was unclear if an employee that is terminated for a positive drug test is eligible for rehire after one (1) year.  It is implied that’s the case because the policy does have language related to pre-employment positive results. Commissioner Baughman moved to clarify that an employee terminated for a positive drug test, can be eligible for rehire after one year.  Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 


Resolution 20190102- GAAP Waiver:


Merl Page presented the Resolution regarding the GAAP Waiver. Commissioner Weixelman moved to approve Resolution 20190102.  Commissioner Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried:  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


City Manager and Other Reports:


The City Manager reminded the Governing Body of upcoming scheduled events.  They were as follows:


The Annual Leader’s Retreat is January 18th & 19th in Olathe, Local Government Day at the Capital – January 23rd, Annual Chamber Dinner – January 26th, Flint Hills Leadership Graduation – February 8th, Ag Appreciation Night – February – 9th, City Employee Appreciation Night – February 15th  


Sales tax for the City was up 7.43% and up 5.88% for the County at year end.


The monthly calendar, Housing Authority minutes and the KS Government Journal were included in the meeting packets.


Union Pacific Railroad has made contact to find out if the City is interested in renewing the lease on the area across from the Mill. The lease is up for renewal in the next couple of years. The Governing Body wants price information, when available.


There will be a scheduled partial power outage at the power plant to test the newly installed reclosers on January 24th from approximately 11 P.M. until 6 A.M.  The outages are planned to be approximately 10 minutes in duration across different areas of town.


Mayor Robert Morse, Jr. was presented a plaque representing his tenure (2002 – 2019) as a Wamego City Commissioner, as well as his service as Mayor with the Governing Body.


No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.





ATTEST:                                    /s/ Thomas Beem, Mayor                                   


/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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