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City Commission Minutes 05/21/2019

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, May 21, 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 May 21, 2019.  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. 1573.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1573.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

Mayor Beem called for a regular work session on Monday, June 03, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. and a facility tour on May 28, 2019 at 5:30 P.M.  The City Manager also reminded the Governing Body of the Public Forum on May 22nd at City Hall to discuss the Industrial/Commerce Route.  

 

Annual Report – Chamber & CVB:

 

Daryn Soldan and Kara Holle were present to five the Governing Body an update on the activities of the Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Board.  Daryn went over the 2018 highlights.  He reported the Wall that Heals had over 8,000 visitors.  He reported that the Peer Chamber had over 70 members and volunteered 500 hours in 2018.  Kara report in 2018 that Wamego had news coverage in multiple publications.  That also now have a traveling Toto that was printed by Kelly Dillinger.  The CVB will be at Match Day, June 7th, at Ironclad to raise funds for a sign for the Yellow Brick Road entrance.  Daryn and Kara thanked the Governing Body for their continued support.

 

Annual Report – Flint Hills Regional Council (FHRC):

 

Gary Stith was present to update the Governing Body on the Flint Hills Regional Council and request a letter of support.  Currently there are 27 members in the FHRC.  The MPO and the FHRC are no longer afflicted as one entity.  The Governing Body thanked Gary for his efforts and attending the meeting.   

 

Parking Lot Use – Lincoln Avenue:

 

Merl Page advised he had received a request to table this issue until the June 18, 2019 regular commission meeting.  Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to table this issue until the second regular meeting in June.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

Carnival Street Closure Request:

 

The City Manager reported Evans Midland Carnival had requested closing the streets on June 26th instead of June 27th as previously authorized by the Governing Body, sitting safety concerns.  The Governing Body agreed the carnival could close the streets June 26th after 5pm to allow additional carnival set up.

 

Resolution of Intent (Bonds):

 

Merl requested this issue to be tabled until the June 3rd regular meeting.  Commissioner Baughman moved to table the issue until the next regular meeting.  Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

Ordinance No.1712:

 

Ordinance No. 1712 was read and presented as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, AMENDING ARTICLE I. UNIFORM OFFENSE CODE, OF CHAPTER XI. PUBLIC OFFENSES, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, ESTABLISHING A NEW PARAGRAPH 11-102 ENUMERATING AMENDMENTS TO THE UNIFORM PUBLIC OFFENSE CODE AS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE UNDER PARAGRAPH 11-101 OF SAID ARTICLE, AND EXTENDING REGULATIONS GOVERNING SMOKING WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF WAMEGO, KANSAS TO THE PRACTICE OF VAPING; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Ditto moved to approve Ordinance No. 1712 Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

Personnel and Internal Policies:

 

The City Clerk and City Treasurer requested the Governing Body approve policies regarding City social media and employee smoking in City owned buildings and vehicles.  These policies would be included in the City personnel policy as well as internal policies for maintain a City social media site.  Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan, to approve the presented policies.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

Recreation Complex Request – Library:

 

Darci Hildebrand was presented to discuss the possibility of putting 18-20 podiums around the walking trail for a program called the walking story.  Each podium would contain a part of a book for children to walk the trail and read at each location finishing the book at the end of the trail.  The Governing Body agreed it would be a great project but they were uncertain about the area.  The City and Library agreed to work together for appropriate location.  Darci advised they will be fundraising at Match Day for project.

 

City Park Activity – Crosspoint Church:

 

The City Manager informed the Governing Body that Jol Klein has requested the use of City Park again this year for the Community events he has held the past several years.  Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan, to approve the use of the City Park by Crosspoint Church contingent upon approval from the Parks Supervisor.

 

Banner Request – Caring Neighbors:

 

Merl reported a request had been made by the Caring Neighbors organization, which raises funds for local families stricken with a cancer diagnosis. They would like to put a banner on the corner of Hwy 24 and Hwy 99 for their fundraising event June 14th.  Commissioner Baughman moved to authorizing the banner, but not until June 1, and as long as it doesn’t cause visual issues for traffic.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

The painting of the water tower has begun.

 

Library and Housing Authority minutes were included in the packet.

 

Due to inclement weather, the pool completion date is potentially going to be delayed although an official extension has not been requested.  There will another update meeting between the City and the contractors prior to the next regular meeting.

 

At this time, Commissioner Weixelman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of thirty-five (35) minutes to discuss confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, individual proprietorships, potential acquisition of property and non-elected personnel and that the meeting would reconvene at 7:35 P.M.  Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

The meeting reconvened at 7:35 P.M. 

 

No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.

 

                                                                                                                                                                   /s/ Thomas Beem, Mayor                                   

 

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