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City Commission Minutes 06/02/2020

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in a Regular Session on Tuesday, June 02, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas.  Those present were: Commissioners: Leslie Dugan, Thomas Beem and Clifford Baughman. Mayor: Richard Weixelman.  Commissioner William Ditto was present via phone.

 

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 May 19, 2020. After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Baughman and seconded by Commissioner Dugan 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. 1598.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Dugan moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1598.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

The next regular meeting will be held June 16, 2020 at 6:00 P.M.

 

COVID-19 Update:

 

The City Manager advised that the City is following all County distancing and number guidelines. Currently the outdoor pool is filled in preparation of potentially opening. She is hoping to bring back aquatic staff in June for training to open the pool in July, however the number of people and distancing orders will be a factor. Commissioner Beem advised that he wanted to see the pool open safely. Commissioner Dugan asked if the pool passes from last year would be extended into 2021. The City Manager advised it would be her recommendation not to extend until 2021 if the pool opens in July but it would be reviewed at a later date, depending on the opening.

 

Stacie Eichem reminded the Governing Body that they had unanimously decided to follow the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC), even though the City is not regulated by them, for the cold weather policies a year ago. The KCC recently ordered all utilities regulated by them to not penalize delinquent utility accounts until after December 2020 and to allow payment plans. The Governing Body by general consensus agreed to continue following the KCC guidelines.

 

Ordinance No. 1730:

 

Ordinance No. 1730 was presented and read as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, ANNEXING CERTAIN TRACTS OF LAND OWNED BY THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, EXTENDING THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, KANSAS; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commission Dugan to approve Ordinance No. 1730. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

2019 Year End Transfers:

 

The City Manager reported the regular budgeted year end transfers and audited transfers had been completed and are listed as follows:

 

General Fund to Capital Improvement Reserve Fund for $85,000

General Fund to Equipment Reserve Fund for $35,000

General Fund to Fire Reserve Fund for $10,000

Water Utility Fund to Water Reserve Fund for $45,000

Wastewater Utility Fund to Wastewater Utility Fund for $30,000

Wastewater Utility Fund to General Fund for $60,000

Electric Utility Fund to Electric Reserve Fund for $300,000

Electric Utility Fund to General Fund for $500,000

Recreation Complex Fund to Bond and Interest Fund for $240,000

Special Highway Fund to Special Highway Reserve Fund for $1,000

Water Reserve Fund to Water Tower Project Fund Capital for $8,630

4th Street Project Fund to Improvement Reserve Fund for $254,198

General Fund to Restricted Reserve Fund for $737,034

General Fund to Recreation Complex Fund for $50,000

General Fund to Fire Reserve Fund for $1,200

Capital Improvement Reserve Fund to Recreation Complex Fund for $39,798

General Fund to War Memorial Fund for $1,050

 

She also reported that this a new auditing firm and they had advised that the year end transfers should be done prior to the audit instead of after as had been done in the past. Commissioner Dugan moved, seconded by Commissioner Beem to approve the year end transfers. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Morton Park Usage Request:

 

The City Manager reported a request to use Morton Park for the annual car club on July 3rd. Commissioner Baughman, who is part of the car club, reported that the group would follow all CDC and KDHE requirements at the time and were not going to serve food as they have in the past. Commissioner Ditto moved to allow the car club to use Morton Park on July 3rd. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0 with Commissioner Baughman abstaining.

 

Pottawatomie County Solid Waste Committee:

 

Stacie Eichem reported the Commissioner Ditto had been serving on the solid waste committee for the County and it was time to appoint a representative. Commissioner Ditto advised that he felt this to be part of the Mayor’s annual duties. By general consensus the Governing Body agreed to have the Mayor serve on that committee.

 

State Revolving Loan Opportunity:

 

The City Manager reported that Chris McMahon, McMahon Environmental, had advised that the State of Kansas had opened State Revolving Loans, which are low interest loans with possible partial forgiveness. The City would have qualifying water and wastewater potential projects. The first step in the process is to apply for an application. Stacie requested authorization to move forward with the application process advising the City could stop the process at any time. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Beem to apply for an application for a low interest State loan. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

The City Hall project is a couple of weeks behind due to the weather. After a brief discussion, the Governing Body decided to have City Hall open to the public June 8th, following all KDHE and CDC guidelines and social distancing.

 

Nowak requested an additional 60 days to complete the Valley Street project due to weather and utility issues. Commissioner Dugan moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman to allow the additional 60 days to complete the project.  

 

Stacie reminded the Governing Body that they approved working with KDOT for improvement at Highway 24 and Balderson Boulevard at a previous meeting. The approval was needed in Resolution form which was then presented. Commissioner Baughman moved to approve Resolution No. 20200602. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

The 4th Street drainage project is still set to be completed this year but Mayer Construction was going to come camera a line to locate a manhole first.

 

According to MCM, the burn site should be complete by the middle of the month.

 

City sales tax was down 9% for the year and down 6.2% for the month but the County sales tax was up 1.4% for the year.

 

Commissioner Dugan moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.

                                                                                                              

ATTEST:                                                                     /s/ Richard Weixelman, Mayor                      

/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk

 

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