City Commission Minutes 06/20/2017

Regular Meeting:


The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were: Mayor William Ditto; Commissioners: Richard Weixelman, Robert Morse Jr., Clifford Baughman 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 June 6, 2017.  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. 


The City Clerk then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1527.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Morse moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1527.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Public Comments and Communications:


Due to the 4th of July holiday, Mayor Ditto called for a regular work session on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 4:30 P.M.


Bid Review- Heritage Building:


Steve Land, Wamego Health Center Senior Administrator, was present to request permission to build on City owned land west of the Wamego Health Center for the Heritage Building. Steve advised the Wamego Hospital Board voted earlier in the day to accept the qualifying bid for BHS Construction for the project. Commissioner Morse move to approve building on City owned property for the Heritage Building. Commissioner Beem seconded the motion. Bryan Newell, Riley Construction, asked for clarification of the wording in the bid process as Riley’s bid had been rejected due to a lack of required paperwork. After a lengthy discussion, it was reiterated that this request was to approve or reject the Heritage Building being built on City property. The bid acceptance was the Hospital Board’s decision. It was stated by all parties that the rejection of Riley Construction’s bid was not a reflection of the quality of their work. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


Riley Construction Expansion Review:


Bryan Newell, Riley Construction, was present to request the City consider selling two (2) lots to the south of his current building at 6th and Plum so Riley Construction can expand. Currently, the lots have storage and an empty house. Merl Page reported a commercial appraiser was coming to appraise other City property and he would add the lots to the list. Commissioner Weixelman moved to authorize the City Manager to get appraisal information for the two (2) lots south of Riley Construction at 6th and Plum and negotiate the sale of the lots. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Annexation Request- USD 320:


Merl Page reported Tim Winter, USD 320 Superintendent, requested for the school property on the west side of Columbian Road (Wamego Sports Complex) be annexed into the City. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the City Attorney to draft Ordinance No. 1680, annexing the Sports Complex property located on the west side of Columbian Rd, upon USD 320 providing proof of ownership and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the Ordinance upon completion. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Beem. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.    


Swim Pass Discussion:


The City Manager reported that he had received questions regarding the intended definition of a family for a family pool pass. Commissioner Baughman moved that the original intention was to include family members residing in the same residence. Commissioner Morse seconded the motion.  Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0, Abstention – Commissioner Weixelman      


Run Back to School- Central Elementary:


Merl Page advised that he received a request from for the annual back to school run to be held on August 19, 2016 from 7:00 -10:00 A.M.. Mayor Ditto moved to approve the 4th Annual Back to School Run. Commissioner Morse seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Charter Ordinance No. 23:


Charter Ordinance No. 23 was presented and read as follows:




Commissioner Morse moved to approve Charter Ordinance No. 23. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Firemen’s Auxiliary – Dunk Tank Insurance:


Merl Page reported a request had been made by the Firemen’s Auxiliary for the City to help fund the insurance premium for the dunk tank fundraiser at the annual 4th of July carnival. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the City to fund the insurance premium for the Firemen’s dunk tank. Mayor Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 


Recreation Advisory Board Recommendation:


The City Manager reported the Recreation Advisory Board was approached by an individual to teach a dance exercise program.  It was the Board’s recommendation to allow the Recreation Department to host a dance exercise program. Commissioner Morse moved to allow dance exercise through the Recreation Department. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Weixelman. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


Alcohol and Drug Testing Annual Renewal:


The City Manager reported that the annual drug testing contract would be expiring.  Commissioner Weixelman moved to renew the contract. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


City Manager and Other Reports:


At this time the City Manager reported that a budget work session, followed by a special meeting to approve the publication notice for the 2018 budget, on July 25, 2017 at 5:30 PM. 


Library minutes, finances and statistics were included in the meeting packet as well as the KS Government Journal.


The City valuations were up 1.3% from last year.


Reminder that the first meeting in July will be held on Wednesday, July 5th due to the 4th of July holiday.


The City Manager reported that the City staff had been discussing some recent power outages on the West and Northwest circuits.  It was consensus of the staff to seek outside consultancy to assist in identifying the issues related to those circuits.  The Governing Body agreed and suggested the City begin proposal requests for future consideration.


At this time, Commissioner Baughman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of thirty (30) minutes to discuss confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, individual proprietorships and non-elected personnel, the Commission would reconvene at 7:40 PM.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


The meeting reconvened at 7:40 PM.  Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to increase the City Manager’s annual salary by 2.75 % and make it effective on the City Manager’s employment anniversary date.  Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.


No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.


ATTEST:                                                                     /s/ William E. Ditto, Mayor


/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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