City Commission Minutes 07/05/2016


Regular Meeting:


The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, July 5, 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, Thomas Beem, and Robert Morse Jr.


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


The City Manager presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on June 21, 2016.  After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Enns and seconded by Commissioner Ditto 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. 1504.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Morse moved, seconded by Commissioner Ditto, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1504.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

Public Comments and Communications:


Mayor Baughman called for a regular work session on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 4:30 P.M.   At this time Commissioner Enns moved, seconded by Commissioner Morse, to hold a budget work session, followed by a special meeting to approve the publication notice for the 2017 budget, on July 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM.  Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.


Bid Review/Approval – 4th Street Project:   


Merl Page advised bids were received for the 4th Street sidewalk project with the lowest bid being from Josh Connet Excavation for $449,477.10. This item was tabled from the previous meeting by the Commission.  After brief discussion, and comment by the Chair of the Street Advisory Committee to allow some members to further review the project, Commissioner Beem moved to table this issue again until the next meeting.  Commissioner Enns seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

Contract Approval – City Office Security Project:


The City Manager reported that Bruce McMillan’s office had not yet received the signed contracts back from Riley Construction and that this issue needed to be addressed at the next meeting.  Based on that information Commissioner Ditto moved to table the contract approval until the next regular meeting.  Commissioner Beem seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.                     

Dog Pound Improvements – Humane Society:    


The City Manager reported that the Humane Society under contact with the City would like permission to construction a permanent structure in lieu of the car port type structure currently at the impound facility.  The Governing Body was receptive to the general concept, but requested that a more detailed plan be presented by the group for Commission consideration.  No formal action was taken at this time.


Equipment Review – Fire Department:       


Merl Page, City Manager, reported that he and Phil Stultz, Fire Chief, had been discussing the need to replace the aerial unit for the fire department.  He reported that based on the information provided by Phil, the current aerial latter truck will become obsolete from the Insurance services Office’s (ISO) perspective and the City would not get accredited points towards their ISO rating of the community.  Since the City would be looking for used units, it would be nearly impossible to create a specification to get competitive pricing from various vendors.   Therefore, the City Manager and the Fire Chief are requesting the authority to act on aerial units that may become available on the used market, provided they meet the minimum needs of the community.  After some discussion, Commissioner Ditto moved to allow the City to purchase a used unit in an amount not to exceed $550,000 contingent on unanimous approval by the City Manager, the Fire Chief and Commissioner Morse, who would be the designated Commission representative on team approving the purchase.  Commissioner Enns seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.


City Manager and Other Reports:


The City Manager referenced the monthly City calendar sent in the Commission packets.


He then updated the Commission on the most recent sales tax receipts.  He reported that the City sales tax was up slightly (0.5%) and the County sales tax portion was up 3.4%, compared to the same time frame as last year.


He then reported on the assessed valuation for the City and that it reflected a 3.47% increase over last year.


At this time, Commissioner Enns 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 the Commission would reconvene at 6:56 PM.  Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye:  5, Nay:  0.


The Mayor called the meeting back to order at 6:56 PM.


No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.



ATTEST:                                                                     /s/ Clifford Baughman, Mayor



/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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