City Commission Minutes 01/15/2019

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were; Mayor Pro-Tem Thomas Beem, Commissioners; Leslie Dugan, 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.


Sine Die – City Commission Reorganization:


Commissioner Baughman moved to recess into Sine Die for the purpose of reorganization of the Governing Body for the ensuing year.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


Commissioner Weixelman moved to elect Mayor Pro-Tem Thomas Beem as Mayor for the next year.  Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


Commissioner Ditto moved to elect Commissioner Richard Weixelman as the Mayor Pro-Tem for the next year.  Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.  Mayor Beem called the meeting back to order by calling for new business.


The City Manager reported Commissioner Leslie Dugan took her oath of office prior to the meeting of January 15, 2019 and is in good standing as a member the Wamego City Commission. 


The City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on January 2, 2018.  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: 5, Nay: 0. 


The City Clerk then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1565.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1565.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Public Comments and Communications:


Mayor Beem called for a regular work session on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.  


Wicked Marathon – Doug Sellers:


Merl Page reported he had met with Doug Sellers to finalize plans for a corridor lane for the runners participating in the Wicked Marathon. Doug Sellers gave a brief update on the participation level which has a reported 500 runners, which is the cap. He is expecting more runners in the future.


Rezoning R-M to R-3 Graves Road:   


This issue had been tabled from the previous meeting for more information. After a lengthy discussion, Commissioner Baughman moved to uphold the Planning Commission’s decision to deny the rezoning. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay:  1, with Commissioner Weixelman voting against the motion.


Board Appointment- Recreation Advisory Board:


Mayor Beem appointed Chris Jones to the Recreation Advisory Board with a term ending February 1, 2022.


Building Restoration Review:


The City Manager asked that this issue be tabled until the next meeting, as a second cost estimate had not been received to repair the City Office building.


Joint Work Session – USD 320:


Merl Page reported Tim Winter had contacted him in regards to potential ball field renovations to create a school/city committee.  Commissioners Baughman and Dugan volunteered to be on the committee.


Recreation Advisory Recommendation:


The City Manager advised the Governing Body that the Recreation Advisory Board had held a special meeting to vote on the baseball/softball program leaving the Big 6 League and moving to the Tri-County League. The Recreation Advisory Board had a tied vote, so it was the recreation staff’s recommendation to change leagues if the Big 6 League would not update rules and use of pitching machines that had been approved the previous year. He gave a deadline of Friday, January 18th to agree to change the rules or it was his recommendation to switch to the Tri-County League. Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan, to authorize the move to Tri-County unless the Big 6 League agreed to matching Tri-County’s rules, age groups and the use of pitching machines as recommended by the recreation department. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


Grant Opportunity – Police Department:


Merl Page asked for authorization to sign grant paperwork for a $2,000 seatbelt safety grant. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the City Manager to sign paperwork for a $2,000 safety grant. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 


Fire Department Grant:


The City Manager requested permission to apply for a 50/50 basis grant for a smaller holding tank for the fire department. Commissioner Weixelman moved, seconded by Commissioner Ditto to approve the purchase.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 


City Manager and Other Reports:


Merl Page reported the pool project is underway, the water tower contracts have been signed, the Industrial Route design will be in soon, the new playground equipment has arrived, he will be meeting with an engineer in reference to storm water enhancements, and there will be a meeting later in the week to finalize plans for the dog park.


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  


The City Manager provided the updated Floodplain Management plan.  It reflects that the City would need to provide a safe room, but the staff is seeing if the basement of City Hall will qualify as a safe room in the event of emergencies.  In addition, he distributed the schedule for annual Board reports for 2019.


At this time, Commissioner Baughman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of twenty (20) minutes to discuss confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, individual proprietorships and the potential acquisition of property and that the meeting would reconvene at 7:15 P.M.  Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


The meeting reconvened at 7:15 P.M. 


Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Ditto, to authorize the City Attorney and the City Manager to negotiate to potentially purchase approximately 5 acres directly north of the donated dog park area. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.




ATTEST:                                                         /s/ Thomas Beem, Mayor                                   


/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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