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City Commission Minutes 04/28/2020

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in a Regular Session on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas.  Those present via Zoom were: Commissioners: Leslie Dugan, Thomas Beem, Clifford Baughman and William Ditto. Mayor: Richard Weixelman  

 

Also present were:  City Manager, Stacie Eichem, Assistant City Attorney Jake Pugh and City Clerk, Shanda Jahnke.

 

The City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on April 21, 2020. After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Baughman and seconded by Commissioner Beem to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.   

 

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

There were no public comments received. The next regular meeting will be held via Zoom, May 05, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. with no work session.

 

Purple PAWS follow-up:

 

The City Manager reminded the Governing Body that Purple PAWS, the organization that runs the pound, had requested additional funding at a previous meeting. After receiving the requested financials from Susan Classen, PAWS director, and having a conversation in which Susan advised they would like an increase in the monthly stipend from $800 to $1400. According to the records only three (3) of the animals brought into the pound in March were City dogs. The City staff had contacted T. Russell Reitz and they would take dogs at $80 per dog. Citing the estimated loss of revenue due to COVID-19, it would be the City Managers recommendation to terminate the existing contract with PAWS effective May 31, 2020. Commissioner Ditto moved to terminate the contract with Purple PAWS to maintain the dog pound acknowledging that the building erected by the former organization for the pound is City property. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.   

 

Industrial Commerce Route Update:

 

Stacie Eichem reported that she had been advised by Olsson to complete an application for a grant to complete the Industrial Commerce Route at the intersection of Hwy 24 and Balderson Boulevard for up to $2,000,000. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan to authorize the City Manager to complete a grant application. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.   

 

Summer Changes Due to COVID-19/Budget Cuts:

 

The City Manager advised with the still changing executive orders and expected revenue short falls it would be her recommendation to plan to open the pool later in the season and temporarily furlough aquatic staff until the plans to reopen the State have been announced and an possible opening date can be made. Commissioner Ditto moved to temporarily furlough aquatic employee’s contingent upon the City paying the employees portion of the health insurance. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.   

 

Stacie Eichem also advised more information would be available regarding the summer recreation programs as more orders are released. If the summer ball program is a short season or cancelled the City will need to issue refunds. She requested the Governing Body authorize her to make any decisions to furlough recreation employees and set a refund policy if necessary. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan to authorize the City Manager to make furloughing and refunding decisions for the summer recreation programs. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.   

 

The City Manager reported she had reached out to Jennifer Merrow (PT Co Emergency Management), Chris Hupe, Kara Holle and Chief Mike Baker regarding the 4th of July celebration. It is the pyro crews hope to wait to make a decision regarding the 4th of July and if the event needs to be cancelled maybe authorize another day to shoot the fireworks. Kara with the Chamber wanted to note that the City of Wamego’s parade is one of the longest running parades in the nation. It would be the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief’s recommendation to cancel the event due to most celebrations around our community being cancelled. Commissioner Dugan moved to wait on a decision for the 4th of July celebration until more information is available from the State and County regarding COVID-19. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.   

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

The water portion of the sewer project on Valley Street is in progress this project is going to close the wastewater plant road from May 1st until possible May 14th.  The City Hall repair project has begun, this contract was signed in January before the COVID-19, and is expected to be completed with 2-3 months. The re-opening of the City Hall will be made at a later date.  

 

At this time, Commissioner Baughman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of fifteen (15) minutes to discuss potential land acquisition with the meeting reconvening at 7:07 P.M.  Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

The meeting reconvened at 7:07 P.M.  Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.

                                                                                                              

                                                              /s/  Richard Weixelman, Mayor                           

 

 

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