City Commission Minutes 03/20/2018


The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were: Mayor Robert Morse, Jr. Commissioners: William Ditto, Thomas Beem, Richard Weixelman and Clifford Baughman.  


Also present were:  City Manager, Merl Page, Deputy City Clerk, Connie McGee and Assistant City Attorney, Jacob Pugh.  


The Deputy City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on March 6, 2018.  After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Ditto and seconded by Commissioner Baughman to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 


The Deputy City Clerk then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1545.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1545.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Public Comments and Communications:


Mayor Morse called for a regular work session on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 4:30 P.M.


Aquatic Facility Bond Offering Resolution 20180320:


The matter of providing for the offering for sale of General Obligation Refunding and Improvement Bonds, Series 2018-A, and General Obligation Temporary Notes, Series 2018, came on for consideration and was discussed.  Resolution No. 20180320 was presented and read as follows:




Commissioner Beem moved that said Resolution be adopted.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Weixelman.  Said Resolution was duly read and considered, and upon being put forth, the motion for the adoption of said Resolution was carried by the vote of the governing body. The vote being as follows: Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Insurance Renewal (Property/Casualty):  


Copeland Insurance presented the only bid for property and casualty insurance for the City.  The premium is $128,493 with EMC Insurance Company.  A suggestion from Jay Copeland was to get separate coverage for the Fire Department, as this may provide more savings for the City.  Commissioner Ditto moved to accept the annual insurance renewal with Copeland Insurance. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Recreation Advisory Recommendation(s):


Since the Recreation Director had been ill, it was suggested to table the discussion.  Commissioner Baughman moved to table the discussion. Commissioner Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 


Central Carnival – Street Closure Request:


A request had been received from the parent teacher organization to close Elm Street between 7th and 8th Street from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM for the annual spring fundraiser for Central Elementary on April 13, 2018. Commissioner Ditto moved to allow the street closure for the spring school fundraiser in April. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.


Change Order - 4th Street Project:


Merl Page advised there was a subgrade stabilization problem that required changes.  The cost was an additional $17,202.28 to put in geo-grid to correct the problem.  Commissioner Baughman moved to approve the changes.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 


City Manager and Other Reports:


Merl reminded the Governing Body of the upcoming joint work session. It is scheduled for April 2, 2018 at 5:30 PM.   


Merl mentioned possibly selling old water meters.  The meters contain brass and have a value.  He also mentioned the scoreboards and controllers from the North and South Diamonds.  He suggested putting these items out for sealed bids.  Commissioner Baughman moved to put the items out for sealed bid.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


The 4th Street Project is on schedule for completion by the April 15th deadline.  One lane has been poured and they will be setting up for the Wicked Marathon this Saturday, March 24th.


The City Manager advised the Kansas Government Journals were distributed prior to the meeting. 


At this time, Commissioner Weixelman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of ten (10) minutes to discuss attorney client privilege regarding potential litigation and the Commission would reconvene at 6:35 PM.  Commissioner Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


The meeting reconvened at 6:35 PM.  No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.



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


/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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