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City Commission Minutes 03/05/2019

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were; Mayor Thomas Beem, Commissioners; Leslie Dugan, William Ditto, Richard Weixelman and Clifford Baughman.  

 

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

 

The City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on February 19, 2019.  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. 1568.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1568.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

Mayor Beem called for a regular work session on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.  Merl reported a joint work session with the Pottawatomie County Commission on March 18th at 5:30 P.M. at City Hall.  Mayor Beem requested to change the June 4, 2019 regular meeting to June 3, 2019 due to a scheduling conflict.  Commissioner Baughman moved to approve the date change from June 4th to June 3rd.  Mayor Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Street Maintenance – Hazel Douglas:

 

Ms. Hazel Douglas did not attend the meeting.

 

Annual Report – Airport Board:

 

John Hupe and Glen Evins were present to report on the activities of the Airport Board. John reported the credit card machine for airport fuel was working very well. The Board changed a couple of hanger doors and had more projects for the upcoming year. The City Commission thanked them for their dedication and hard work.

 

Wamego Housing Authority Annual Report:

 

Joni Chrest and Leo Tauer were present to give the Housing Authority’s annual report. Joni Chrest advised that they currently have sixteen (16) applicants on the waitlist for apartments.  Joni also advised that the Housing Authority is still under contract with the Atchison Housing Authority. The Governing Body thanked Joni Chrest and the Wamego Housing Authority Board for their time and dedication.

 

Annual Report – Recreation Advisory/Staff:

 

The Recreation Director requested the report be tabled until the next regular meeting.

 

Concession Agreement- Recreation Complex:

 

Merl Page reminded the Governing Body of the concessions agreement for the Recreation Complex had been tabled at the previous meeting for Merl to meet with Mike Pray and Jacob Trummer of Pray Inc. (Friendship House) to clarify the agreement. After the meeting, it was the City staff’s recommendation to accept the amended agreement. Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to authorize the execution of the agreement with Pray Inc. for providing concessions for the Recreation Complex. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Parking Lot Use – Lincoln Avenue:

 

The City Manager reported Jim Meinhardt had requested this issue be tabled until the next regular meeting. Commissioner Weixelman moved to table this issue until the March 19th regular meeting. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Ordinance No. 1706 – Extraterritorial Rezoning:

 

Merl Page advised a request to change the zoning from R-M to C-S in an extraterritorial area had been heard by the Planning Commission at their last regular meeting with a unanimous approval. Ordinance No. 1706 was presented and read as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, REZONING A 2.06 ACRE TRACT OF LAND, LOCATED AT 15610 CLARY CIRCLE, IN THE CITY OF WAMEGO EXTRATERRITORIAL ZONING JURISDICTION, FROM R-M: RESIDENTIAL MEDIUM DENSITY DISTRICT, TO C-S: HIGHWAY SERVICE DISTRICT; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Weixelman moved, seconded by Commissioner Ditto, to approve Ordinance No. 1706.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Architect Agreement – City Building:

 

Merl Page requested this issue be tabled until the next regular meeting for additional information. Commissioner Baughman moved to table this issue. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Truck Parking Review:

 

The City Manager reported a large number of tractor trailers parking in the lot that the City leases from UPRR, since parking was no longer permitted in the Industrial Park. The City Attorney will review the lease with UPRR to identify if this would be permissible.

 

Aquatic Facility Change Order:

 

Merl Page reported that he was submitting a change order in the amount of $13,466.63 for conduit to be installed for the camera security for the aquatic facility.  Commissioner Baughman moved to accept the change order for $13,466.63. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion.   Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Postage Machine Renewal:

 

The City Clerk and City Treasurer reported that the current postage machine lease had expired and that the City received a new lease at a lower cost.  After some discussion, Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to authorize the appropriate City officials to sign a renewal lease for the postage machine contingent on legal review.  Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

Merl Page reported the aquatic facility is still underway. The water tower painting will begin when it gets warmer.

 

He announced that a SPA (Hydro contract) extension would be coming up in the next couple of months.

 

The City calendar was in the meeting packet.   

 

The City Treasurer reported an anonymous donor was going to pay up to $25,000 for funds donated at the Community Foundation Match Day being held at Iron Clad on June 7th to various Community Foundation Funds. She requested the Governing Body approve setting up the Veteran’s Memorial, the Indoor Aquatic Facility and the children’s train in the City Park for Match Day.  Commissioner Baughman moved to approve the request. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

A pamphlet for Pawnee Mental Health was passed out.

 

City sales tax and compensating use tax was up 23.7% and the County was up 7%.

 

Merl Page reported the intended long-range vision for the 5 acres purchased on Valley Road was to possibly allocate one (1) acre to the dog park and to centralize most of the City shops into one location. Commissioner Weixelman moved to allocate one (1) acre to the dog park.  Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion.  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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