City Commission Minutes 02/06/2018

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 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: William Ditto, Richard Weixelman and Clifford Baughman.  Absent: Mayor Robert Morse, Jr.


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


The City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on January 16, 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: 4, Nay: 0. 


The City Clerk then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1542.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1542.  Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0.


Public Comments and Communications:


Mayor Pro-Tem Beem called for a regular work session on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 4:30 P.M.


TEFRA Hearing:


In accordance with a notice published on January 18, 2018, Mayor Pro-Tem Beem 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 Baughman moved to approve. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye:  4, Nay:  0.


Columbian Theatre – Promotional Event:


Audrey Schremmer, Clint Stueve, Bobby Sloan and Kelly Dillinger were present to request permission to allow a food truck on the street in front of the Columbian Theatre for the production of Oklahoma. The group advised the Governing Body that the group is trying to attract more patrons while lowering costs. After a lengthy discussion, Commissioner Ditto moved to deny permission for a food truck to be used on public right of way. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.


Equipment Review – Police Department:


The City Manager reported bids had been received for a police vehicle. The recommended bid was from Brown Chevrolet for a 2014 Buick Enclave, for a cost of approximately $22,000 after trade of the 2008 Dodge Charger. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the purchase of a 2014 Buick Enclave from Brown Chevrolet. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.


Aquatic Facility Contract Approval:


Merl Page reported the contract from Crossland Construction for the aquatic facility had been received and approved by the Assistant City Attorney. Commissioner Weixelman moved to authorize Mayor Pro-Tem Beem to sign the contract with Crossland Construction. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0. 


City Park Use Request - Tinkergarten:


The City Manager advised a request was made by Tinkergarten to utilize the City Park for an outdoor class for children. The classes would be held Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings beginning April 17th. He also explained that time frame would conflict with the annual Tulip Festival as well as potential issues with the charging of fees for the participants.  Commissioner Ditto moved to deny use of the park by Tinkergarten.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0. 


Board Appointments:


Mayor Pro-Tem Beem reappointed Leslie Dugan to the Recreation Advisory Board with a term ending February 1, 2022.


Commissioner Baughman moved to reappoint Merl Page to the KMEA Board of Directors for another two-year term. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion.  Motion carried: Aye: 4, Nay: 0.


City Manager and Other Reports:


Merl reminded the Governing Body of the upcoming Employee Appreciation on February 9th and the Ag Appreciation on February 10th.  He also shared the monthly City calendar with the Commission.


The next phase of the 4th Street Project is set to begin at the intersection of Walnut and 4th Street on February 12th.


The Wicked Marathon has been cancelled but they will still hold a half marathon and 5 K run due to the continuing construction on 4th Street.


The City calendar was included in the meeting packets. Sales tax for the City was up 7.5% and sales tax for the County was down 1.8 % from this time last year.


No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.



ATTEST:                                                                     /s/ Robert Morse, Jr., Mayor


/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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