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City Commission Minutes 04/17/2018

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, April 17, 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, Thomas Beem, Richard Weixelman and Clifford Baughman.

 

Mayor Morse was absent from the meeting.

 

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

 

The City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on April 3, 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. 1547.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1547.  Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Beem called for a regular work session on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 4:30 P.M., The City Manager advised USD 320 requested to reschedule a joint work session for Monday, April 30th at 7:00 P.M. at the USD Board meeting room.

 

 

Arbor Day Poster Contest:

 

Merl Page reported local 5th grader, Dylan Zeit’s Arbor Day poster had been chosen to go to the district level of the Annual Arbor Day Poster Contest.  Dylan was present to be recognized for his achievement.

 

 

Annual Report – Board of Zoning Appeals:

 

Linda Mackey, Board of Zoning Appeals Chair, reported the board had met nine (9) times in 2017 to evaluate approximately twelve (12) zoning issues. The board has one extraterritorial seat available. The Governing Body thanked the Board of Zoning Appeals for their time and dedication.

 

 

Annual Report – Planning Commission: 

 

Robert Owens was present to give the Governing Body an annual report regarding the Wamego City Planning Commission. He gave a brief summary of the issues that came before the Planning Commission in 2017 including the final plat for Custom Woods. At this time, the Planning Commission has two (2) openings, one extraterritorial and one resident representative. The Governing Body thanked the Planning Commission for their time and dedication

 

Resolution No. 20180417 – Power Supply Agreement:

 

Resolution No. 20180417 was presented and read as follows:

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS, EFFECTIVE AS OF JUNE 1, 2018, BETWEEN THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, AND THE KANSAS MUNICIPAL ENERGY AGENCY RELATING TO THE PURCHASE OF ELECTRICITY BY THE CITY FROM THE KANSAS MUNICIPAL ENERGY AGENCY FOR SALE OR USE BY THE CITY; AND MAKING CERTAIN COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT AND SECURITY THEREOF AND AUTHORIZING CERTAIN OTHER DOCUMENTS AND ACTIONS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Baughman moved to approve Resolution No. 20180417. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Summer Theatre Academy:

 

The City Manager reported a request for the City to sponsor the Summer Theatre Academy in the same amount as in previous years. Commissioner Ditto moved to sponsor the Columbian Summer Theatre Academy in the amount of $2,400.  Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Equipment Review – Power Plant:

 

Merl Page advised the Governing Body of a staff recommendation to purchase equipment from Harold K Scholz that would help reduce outages due to small faults in the lines.  It would also isolate the problem area at a cost of $18,750 for five (5) circuits. Commissioner Baughman moved to approve the purchase of equipment from Harold K Scholz in the amount of $18,750. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Equipment Review – Electric Distribution:

 

The City Manager reported it was staff’s recommendation to purchase a new fault locator that would locate through a transformer which could minimize outages. The cost of the locator would be $16,000. Commissioner Ditto moved to approve the purchase of a new fault locator in the amount of $16,000. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Merl also advised a new bucket truck had been scheduled for 2019, however during routine truck certifications it was discovered that one of the existing trucks could no longer be certified to be used.  Merl requested authorization to go out for bids for a new bucket truck and move funds out of the electric reserve for the purchase. Commissioner Weixelman moved to authorize going out for bids on a new bucket truck and moving funds from the electric reserve. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Arbor Day Proclamation:

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Beem proclaimed April 27, 2018 as Arbor Day recognition in the City of Wamego.

 

Pool Funding Review:

 

The issue of using some of the proceeds from the Kirkpatrick Memorial was had.  After some discussion, Commissioner Baughman moved to table this issue for a future meeting to allow time for the Governing Body to meet with the Pool Committee and Pool Fundraising Committee. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Library Board – Update:

 

The City Manager reported a resignation letter had been received from Roshelle Moore, resigning her position on the Library Board. Commissioner Ditto moved, and seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to accept Roshelle Moore’s resignation from the Library Board.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Beem appointed Brad Ross to Library Board to fill the vacancy created by Roshelle Moore’s resignation.

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

County sales tax was up 3.1 % and the City sales tax was up 12.3% from this time last year.

 

Merl reported the 4th Street Project is almost complete with the street being opened by the middle of next week. Pottawatomie County’s milling and overlaying project of 4th Street from Walnut to Lincoln was complete. 

 

Library minutes, finances and statistics were included in the meeting packet.

 

He reminded the Governing Body that the “Wall that Heals” will be in the city park June 14th through June 17th with someone present 24 hours a day. He did request the Governing Body officially make an exception to the park hours for that time frame as the display will be open 24/7. Commissioner Baughman moved to allow activity in the park after regular park hours while the “Wall that Heals” is on display in the park. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Merl advised the KDOT grant application for funding assistance for the Industrial/Commerce Route had been submitted.

 

He also advised of the upcoming retirement reception on April 27th from 2-4 P.M. for Willie Liming of the Parks Department after 26 years of City service.

 

                                                                                                              

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

                                                                              

/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk

 

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