City Commission Minutes 07/16/2019

Regular Meeting:


The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were; Mayor Thomas Beem, Commissioners; William Ditto, Richard Weixelman, Leslie Dugan 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 July 2, 2019.  After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Baughman 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. 1577 in the amount of $232,268.44.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Weixelman moved, seconded by Commissioner Ditto, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1577.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 


Public Comments and Communications:


Mayor Beem called for a regular work session on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.


Tobacco Use Regulation Request:


Richard and Lorraine Shermoen were present to request the Governing Body consider passing an ordinance changing the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 within the City. After a brief discussion, Commissioner Baughman moved to table this issue until the next meeting. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 


Bank Signature Cards Update:


The City Manager reported that due to his upcoming retirement the City would need to update signature cards at the bank for dual check signatures. The staff recommendation would be to authorize Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk, Stacie Eichem, Assistant City Manager and Merl Page, City Manager to sign checks as needed. Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to authorize the above listed staff members to be authorized signers for City checks. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 


Equipment Review – Police Department:


Merl Page reported the Police Department body cameras were outdated and no longer supported or able to be repaired. Chief Baker tried several different cameras and the ones that would best fit the needs for our department would be at a cost of $16,012, this amount had been budgeted for 2020 but a low bid on a patrol unit would allow for the purchase in 2019. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the purchase of new body cameras at a cost of $16,012. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 


Carnival Agreement Renewal:


Merl Page reported Evans Midway had presented the 2020 carnival agreement requesting to sign an agreement for three (3) years. After a brief discussion, Commissioner Dugan moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to sign a three (3) year agreement with Evan Midway with an amendment to written by the Assistant City Attorney to be able to cancel within 30 days of the carnival closing each year if the show becomes substandard compared to the 2019 show.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Document Security Review:


The City Manager advised that in light of the most recent debit card breaches and issues with identity theft, he wondered if the Governing Body would allow employees to utilize the shred service already used by the City for their personal information in effort to help with their personnel information security.  Commissioner Weixelman moved to allow employees to use the City’s shred service and if necessary, for the City to rent an additional container. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Mayor Beem requested that the City research the costs associated with hosting a City-wide shred day or two per year. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 


Gas Line Reroute – Valley Street:


The City Manager advised due to the upcoming industrial commerce route project a gas line would need to be rerouted at an approximate cost of $81,000, this move would also be more convenient for the upcoming City shop buildings in the same area. Commissioner Ditto moved to authorize the rerouting of the gas line on Valley Street at an approximate cost of $81,000. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 


Board Appointment – Planning Commission:


Mayor Beem re-appointed Dorothy McNinch to the Planning Commission with a term ending August 31, 2022.


City Manager and Other Reports:


The City would be receiving a credit of $11,535 with the KMEA buy and sell transmissions congestion rights agreement.


The Wamego Library minutes, finances and statistics and the League of Kansas Municipalities legislative update were included in the meeting packet


The League of Municipalities recruitment survey was completed and would be sent in.  


Pollution Control Permit Notifications have been posted.


Merl Page reminded the Governing Body of the budget work session on July 25, 2019 at 5:15 P.M. with a special meeting following at 6:00 P.M.


At this time, Commissioner Ditto moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of ten (10) minutes to discuss confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, individual proprietorships and fifteen (15) minutes for non-elected personnel and that the meeting would reconvene at 7:00 P.M.  Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


The meeting reconvened at 7:00 P.M. 


No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.



  /s/ Thomas Beem, Mayor                                   




/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk





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