City Commission Minutes 07/17/2018

Regular Meeting:


The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were: Mayor Robert Morse Jr., Commissioners: Thomas Beem, William Ditto, Richard Weixelman and Clifford Baughman.


Also present were:  City Manager, Merl Page, City Clerk, Shanda Jahnke and Assistant City Attorney, Jacob Pugh.  


The City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on July 3, 2018.  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. 1553.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Beem moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1553.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Public Comments and Communications:


Mayor Morse called for a regular work session on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 4:30 P.M., a budget work session and special meeting on July 24, 2018 at 5:30 P.M. and a Public Forum to discuss the Industrial/Commerce Route on July 31, 2018 starting at 6:00 PM.


Industrial Commerce Route Grant:


The City Manager reported Pottawatomie County Commissioners approved partnering with the City up to $750,000 for the proposed Commerce Route.


Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to authorize the Mayor to sign the grant agreement for the proposed Industrial/Commerce Route. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


It was also reported that engineering agreements had been received from Olsson and Associates for the Industrial/Commerce Route. Commissioner Ditto moved to approve the engineering agreements with Olsson and Associates, contingent on City Attorney approval. Commissioner Beem seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Personnel Policy Modification:


Merl Page reported the City Attorney had completed the City Personnel Policy modification regarding sick leave and requirements for the City to continue to pay health insurance benefits to employees unable to work 30 hours per work due to catastrophic illnesses with doctor certification. Commissioner Baughman moved to approve modifications of the City’s personnel policy retroactive back to July 1, 2018.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


Wicked Marathon - Doug Sellers:


Doug Sellers was present to request permission to hold the Wicked Marathon again in March if 2019. Doug apologized to the Governing Body for his behavior at the last meeting he attended. After a lengthy discussion, Commissioner Beem moved to authorize the Wicked Marathon to be held on March 30, 2019. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Proposal Review – Power Plant Building:


Due to lack of informational bid sheets, Commissioner Baughman moved to table this issue until the special meeting on July 24, 2018. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Carnival Renewal:


Merl Page reported Evans Midway had presented the 2019 carnival agreement requesting to run additional nights. Commissioner Weixelman moved to table the 2019 carnival agreement until the August 7th Commission meeting to allow the City Manager time to meet with the owners of the carnival to discuss citizen feedback and dates to run. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Temporary Liquor Licenses:


It was reported that the City will be requiring a $25 permit fee for temporary liquor licenses, this fee structure was already in the City code but will now be enforced.


Communications Update – Police Department:


Paul Schliffke was present to report an issue with a company that the Police Department contracted with for the 911 lines. Since the partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the City, operations with NITEL are no longer necessary, however the contract was auto-renewed and NITEL is requiring $26,000 to terminate the contract. Commissioner Ditto moved to authorize the City Attorney and Paul Schliffke to negotiate the termination of the contract. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.


City Manager and Other Reports:


A revised City monthly calendar was in the meeting packet.


Reminder of the Governor’s visit at Caterpillar on Wednesday at 9:30 in the east parking lot.


At this time, Commissioner Weixelman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of fifteen (15) minutes to discuss confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, individual proprietorships. The Commission would reconvene at 7:00 PM.  Commissioner Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


The meeting reconvened at 7:00 PM.


At this time, Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to adjourn back into executive session for the same originally stated purpose for an additional ten (10) minutes, with the meeting to reconvene at 7:10 PM.


The meeting reconvened at 7:10 PM.


No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.



ATTEST:                                                                    /s/ Robert Morse Jr., Mayor


/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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