City Commission Minutes 05/03/2016


Regular Meeting:


The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were: Mayor Clifford Baughman; Commissioners: Victor Enns, William Ditto, Robert Morse, Jr. and Thomas Beem.   


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


The City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on April 19, 2016.  After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Beem and seconded by Commissioner Morse 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. 1500.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Enns, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1500.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Public Comments and Communications:


Mayor Baughman called for a regular work session on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 4:30 P.M. 


Annual Report – Chamber of Commerce/CVB :


Megan Umscheid was present to give the Governing Body an update on the activities of the Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Board. Megan went over the 2015 highlights.  She also reported the Wamego Chamber has over 200 members and 85% local business membership. She advised the Chamber board would have four (4) openings on the board in the near future.   Megan reported Michelle Johnson was the new tourism coordinator for the CVB.


150th Committee Request:  


Tina Long, Becky Wassom, Jeanette Hupe and Cherlyn Conklin were present to request the Governing Body reconsider their position on applying for the liquor license for the beer garden on June 4th which had been voted on previously. After a lengthy discussion, it was suggested the 150th Committee consider hiring a caterer for the beer garden, which would eliminate the liability and risk for the committee.  It was noted that in the event no options were available by the week of May 9th, the Mayor may call a special meeting to address the issue further.


Wicked Run – Doug Sellers:  


Doug Sellers was present to discuss the proposed new route for the Wicked Run in 2017. City staff and police reviewed the new route and the only modification was to close 5th Street from Lincoln Avenue to Ash Street instead of 5th Street from Lincoln Avenue to Elm Street. Doug’s only concern was runners crossing Lincoln Avenue. Merl reported additional personnel could be added for safety. Commissioner Morse moved to approve the new route for the Wicked Run in 2017. Commissioner Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Architect Services Amendment:     


Bruce McMillan and Dana Williamson reported an additional $8,000 would be required to the original cost of the security project for City Hall for the prequalification and bid process per the City Commission’s request. A final cost estimate will be presented at a later date for consideration. Commissioner Morse moved to approve the $8,000 amendment to the architect cost for the security project for City Hall. Commissioner Enns seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Proclamation – Hospital Week:   


Mayor Baughman proclaimed the week of May 8-14, 2016 as National Hospital Week.


Power Plant Improvement Proposals:


The City Manager advised proposals had been received and reviewed for the advertised fencing and concrete work needed at the power plant. Two (2) proposals were received for the fencing, one from Tri-City Fence for $33,408 and one from Kansas Fencing for $27,286.41. Three (3) proposals were received for the concrete work: Kolde Construction for $79,370, Riley Construction for $81,187 and Construction Inc. for $147,242. It is the City staff’s recommendation to accept proposals from Kansas Fencing and Kolde Construction. Commissioner Beem moved to accept proposals from Kansas Fencing for $27,286.41 and Kolde Construction for $79,370 for the power plant. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Ordinance – Net Metering:


Merl Page requested the ordinance for net metering be tabled for a future meeting. Commissioner Enns moved to table net metering until a future meter. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Brown Chevrolet Alley Improvement Request:  


The City Manager advised Brown Chevrolet had requested sharing the cost for additional asphalt paving in the City’s alleyway.  After some discussion, Commissioner Enns moved, seconded by Commissioner Ditto, to authorize the City Manager and staff to get a cost associated with the request and to negotiate with the contractor if they determine it is in the City’s best interest to do the project as presented.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


City Manager and Other Reports:


The City Manager reported City sales tax was down 2.4% and the County was up 1% for the same time period last year. The City calendar was included in the meeting packets.  No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.




ATTEST:                                                                     /s/ Clifford Baughman, Mayor



/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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