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City Commission Minutes 04/02/2019

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, April 2, 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, 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 March 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. 1570.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Weixelman moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1570.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

Mayor Beem called for a regular work session on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.  

 

Library Board Annual Report:

 

Darci Hildebrand was present with several members of the Friends of the Library and the Library Board to give the annual Wamego Library Board update. The Library had 39,000 visitors in 2018 with 3,086 card holders. They have partnered with high school students to create a Memorial Tree to recognize donations over $500. The Governing Body thanked Darci, the Board and Friends of the Library for their time and dedication.

 

Wamego Hospital Board Annual Report:  

 

Jake Pugh was present to give the Governing Body an annual report regarding the Wamego City Hospital Board. He advised the hospital renovation and construction of the Heritage Building has been completed. The board has been building reserves in preparation for the upcoming payments for the 2018 renovations. The Governing Body thanked the Wamego City Hospital Board and staff for their time and dedication.

 

Banner Request – Community Foundation:

 

Mike McCall, Community Foundation, was present to request a banner be hung across Lincoln Avenue for Match Day in June at Iron Clad. He also reported that the Community Foundation has 23 non-for-profit organizations signed up for match day. Commissioner Baughman moved to approve hanging a banner for Match Day across Lincoln Avenue. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Truck Parking Review:

 

The Assistant City Attorney reported that after reviewing the lease between Union Pacific Railroad and the City, he felt that there were several issues that could potentially violate the lease agreement.  Commissioner Baughman moved to not allow tractor trailer, excluding the recycling trailers, parking in the area across from the mill on 4th Street after April 26, 2019. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Ordinance No. 1708:

 

Ordinance No. 1708 was read and presented as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, ANNEXING RIGHT-OF-WAY ADJOINING THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, PURSUANT TO KSA 12-520(f), ANNEXING VALLEY STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY NORTH OF 403 VALLEY STREET, PURSUANT TO KSA 12-520(a)(5), EXTENDING THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, KANSAS; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to approve Ordinance No. 1708. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Tax Abatement Renewal – Homestead Housing and Caterpillar Work Tools Inc.:

 

The City Manager advised the Governing Body that Homestead Senior Housing and Caterpillar Work Tools Inc. had requested, and been granted a tax abatement. In order to stay in compliance with the tax abatement regulations, an Annual Claim for Exemption must be completed by both companies that verifies the property is still being used for the intended purpose related to the tax abatement.  At this time both parties have completed and returned the Annual Claim for Exemption for submittal. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan, to authorize the City staff to submit and certify the Annual Claim for Exemption to the Pottawatomie County Appraiser.  Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.

 

Ordinance No. 1709:

 

Ordinance No. 1709 was read and presented as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS AMENDING CHAPTER XVI, ZONING AND PLANNING, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE SECTIONS 1 THROUGH 8 AND APPENDIXES A AND B OF THE DOCUMENT KNOWN AS “THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY PLAN – 2018 EDITION,” PURSUANT TO KSA-12-747; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Mayor Beem, to approve Ordinance No. 1709. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Ordinance No. 1710:

 

Ordinance No. 1710 was read and presented as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, AMENDING PARAGRAPH 15-306 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, ESTABLISHING NEW CHARGES FOR WATER OBTAINED FROM THE CITY OF WAMEGO MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEM; AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 1515 AND ALL OTHER ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Baughman moved to approve Ordinance No. 1710. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Ordinance No. 1711:

 

Ordinance No. 1711 was read and presented as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, AMENDING SUB-PARAGRAPHS (a) AND (b) OF PARAGRAPH 15-438 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, ESTABLISHING NEW MINIMUM CHARGES FOR RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL USE OF THE WASTEWATER FACILITIES OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Weixelman moved to approve Ordinance No. 1711.  Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Emergency Storm Siren Proposal:

 

The City Manager reported more emergency storm sirens were needed to cover the new additions to Wamego. After reviewing different options, it was the City Manager and Police Chief’s recommendation to purchase two large sirens for an approximate cost of $38,000. This would allow more coverage by relocated several smaller units as well as add the additional units. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan, to purchase two large emergency sirens for approximately $38,000.  Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

City Park Utilization Requests:

 

Merl Page reported the United Methodist Church had requested use of the park for a day of worship on June 16, 2019 and Central Elementary had requested a bounce house in the park for Central’s annual play day. Commissioner Weixelman moved to approve use of the park for the Methodist Church, as well as the bounce house for Central Elementary. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion.  Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay:  0, with Commissioner Ditto abstaining.

 

Uniform Renewal Agreement:

 

Stacie Eichem advised she had received a renewal from Cintas for staff uniforms. The agreement was the same as in the past and did not have an increase. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to approve the presented agreement with Cintas. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Resolution and SWPA Agreement:

 

Resolution No. 20190402 was presented and reads as follows:

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF THE SWPA PROJECT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE KANSAS MUNICIPAL ENERGY AGENCY; AND AUTHORIZING ANY OTHER ACTIONS OF THE CITY RELATED THERETO.

 

An agreement for the KMEA renewal with an extension of an additional fifteen (15) years for hydro power. The Assistant City Attorney advised he had reviewed the documents and approved of the content. Commissioner Ditto moved to approve Resolution No. 20190402 and authorize the appropriate parties to sign the proposed agreement. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Fundraiser Request – Pool Party Donation:

 

The City Treasurer reported a request to donate a pool party to Gridiron. She advised that due to the limited days available for pool parties and make up days, punch passes which are good for ten (10) entries into the pool were a better option for donations. Commissioner Ditto moved to donate five (5) punch pass certificates to Gridiron. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Renewable Energy Certificates:

 

The City Manager reported that the City needed to recertify the Governing Body’s wish to continue to sell renewable energy certificates through KMEA. This program started in the summer of 2018 when the City signed on with Buckeye for wind energy. Commissioner Weixelman moved to authorize KMEA to continue to sell renewable energy certificates on the behalf of the City of Wamego until further notice.  Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

Department Credit Card:

 

The City Treasurer requested the Governing Body authorize the use of department credit cards instead of general cards with low limits. Due to the amount of one-time only specific purchases that may not be available locally and staff travel, she requested 10 department cards with higher limits that would be “checked out” for use. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan, to authorize department cards at higher limits.  Motion carried. Aye: 5,  Nay:  0.

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

Merl Page reported a pool progress meeting will be held April 8th.

 

The City has the Tree City USA Designation.

 

There is a local burn ban including Pottawatomie County.

  

The City’s annual insurance renewal was up 10.5% – 11%.

 

The monthly calendar was included in the meeting packet.

 

Sales tax for the City was up 16.8% and up 4.85% for the County

 

No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.

 

 

                                                                                                               

                                                              /s/ Thomas Beem, Mayor                                   

 

ATTEST:   

/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk

 

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