City Commission Minutes 04/03/2018

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, April 3, 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, 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 March 20, 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. 1546.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Beem, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1546.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Public Comments and Communications:


Mayor Morse called for a regular work session on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 4:30 P.M.


Wamego Hospital Board Annual Report:  


Lanny Bosse 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 was nearing completion. The Governing Body was invited to the ribbon cutting for the Heritage Building on Thursday, April 5th at 8 A.M. The Governing Body thanked the Wamego City Hospital Board and staff for their time and dedication


Library Board Annual Report:


Bryan McBride was present with several members of the Friends of the Library to give the annual Wamego Library Board update. The Library will be repurposing space within the library to accommodate the changing programs. With the monetary donation from the Kirkpatrick estate, the Library will be reviewing more renovation and possibly expansion.  The Governing Body thanked Bryan, the Board and Friends of the Library for their time and dedication.


Recreation Advisory Recommendations:


Merl Page reported the Recreation Advisory Board had two recommendations from their last meeting. The first recommendation was to purchase pitching machines for use during a portion of this ball season. Staff recommended integrating pitching machines in 2019 for use all season. There was also an issue relating to the fee structure of two programs. After reviewing the programs, staff feels that the two are not comparable and therefore does not recommend issuing refunds. Commissioner Ditto moved to approve both staff recommendations. Commission Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


School Resource Officer Discussion:


Merl Page reported Chief Baker had been in discussion with Tim Winter, USD 320 Superintendent, to share the cost of a full-time school resource officer.  Merl advised he would contact Tim Winter to schedule a joint work session with USD 320 to work out the logistics.


Fiscal Agreement - MPO:


Stephanie Pederson with the Metropolitan Planning Organization was present to explain the amendment to the new agreement with the MPO, which would allow the MPO to have a carryover of 10% of overpayments in the next fiscal year. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the Mayor to sign the new fiscal agreement with the MPO. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.


Proclamation - Fair Housing Month: 


Mayor Morse proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in the City of Wamego.


Insurance Claim Review:


Jake Pugh advised the Governing Body that he had been in communication with a home owner on 8th Street that had property damage during the officer involved shooting in February. The home owner had turned in a claim with the City for damages which was denied due to the immunity granted in those types of situations. He advised the Governing Body could, as a gesture of goodwill, offer to pay her homeowners’ insurance deductible. Commissioner Beem moved to pay the homeowners’ insurance deductible up to an amount of $1,500. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.


Change Order – 4th Street:


Merl Page reported he had been contacted by the crew leader for Kolde Construction requesting a 6-week extension on the 4th Street Project due to the delays early in the project. It was Merl’s recommendation to only allow an extension until approximately May 3rd, which would be an extension of approximately 2 weeks. Commissioner Weixelman moved to allow an extension of the 4th Street Project until May 3rd. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.


City Manager and Other Reports:


Merl reminded the Governing Body of the Tulip Festival and the upcoming joint work session. The bids for the painting of the water tower will be in by the end of the month with painting potentially beginning in the fall. The CVB sent a thank you letter for the City’s support with the Toto project.


At this time, Commissioner Weixelman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of twenty-five (25) minutes to discuss confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, individual proprietorships and attorney-client privilege and possible litigation, the Commission would reconvene at 7:10 PM.  Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0. The meeting reconvened at 7:10 PM.  No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.



ATTEST:                                                                     /s/ Tom Beem, Mayor Pro-Tem


/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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