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City Commission Minutes 07/21/2020

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in a Regular Session on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas.  Those present were: Commissioners: Thomas Beem, William Ditto, Leslie Dugan and Clifford Baughman. Mayor: Richard Weixelman.

 

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 July 07, 2020 and special meeting held on July 20, 2020. After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Baughman and seconded by Commissioner Dugan to approve the July 07, 2020 minutes as presented and Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan to approve the special meeting minutes from July 20, 2020. Both motions carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.   

 

The City Clerk then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1601.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Dugan moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1601.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

The next regular work session will be Monday, August 03, 2020 at 4:30 P.M., due Commissioner Dugan not being able to attend August 04, 2020 which is election day.

 

Recreation Complex Dog Issue:

 

The City Manager reported a call had been received regarding dogs being locked into the tennis courts while the owners were running. City staff has ordered signs indicating no dogs allowed on the courts. The City Manager also advised the City would order signs indicating the leash law if signs were not already there.

 

Chamber Signage Request:

 

Stacie Eichem reported the Chamber had requested signage and completed an application to be eligible to become an official Kansas Travel Information Center, which had been approved at a previous meeting. The Chamber reported they will need 2 (two) additional directional signs for Hwy 24 & K-99 intersection. Commissioner Beem moved, seconded by Commission Dugan to approve the purchase of additional signage. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.    

 

4th Street Drainage Bid:

 

The City Manager advised that four bids had been received for the 4th Street Drainage Project with Olsson being the consultant that estimated the project at $400,000. After reviewing the bids, it would be the City Manager and Olsson’s recommendation to accept the low bid from J & K Contractors out of Junction City at a cost of $246,237.50. Commissioner Baughman moved to accept the bid from J & K Contractors in the amount of $246,237.50. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Utility Penalties & Disconnections:

 

The City Manager reminded the Governing Body that previously they agreed to follow the KCC cold weather utility rules even though the City of Wamego is not KCC regulated. Due to COVID-19 and some of the new non-cold weather rules being issued by the KCC, it was the City Manager’s recommendation to start penalizing late utility accounts and start disconnections for non-payment in August, however she was also recommending allow payment plans to continue. Commissioner Ditto moved to start penalizing and disconnecting delinquent utility accounts in August 2020. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Ordinance No. 1732:

 

Ordinance No. 1732 was presented and read as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, AMENDING PARAGRAPH 4-1301, ARTICLE 13. DEMOLITION OF STRUCTURES, CHAPTER IV. BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, TO REQUIRE A DEMOLITION PERMIT FOR ON-SITE DEMOLITION OF MANUFACTURED HOMES; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Beem to approve Ordinance No. 1732 contingent upon City Attorney review. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Recreation Advisory Board Recommendation:

 

The City Manager reported that Crossroads Soccer had contacted the City approximately a year ago indicating that they would like the City to take on soccer as a City recreation activity. More recently Wymetta Newell, Crossroads Soccer, had contact the City Manager again for the City to take soccer as the organization that Crossroads is under is going more competitive and will have more requirements that will be much more costly. After taking the issue to the Park and Recreation Advisory Board, it was their recommendation for the City to take on soccer as a City recreation activity. Commissioner Beem moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman to accept the recommendation to have a City soccer program, they also hoped a soccer parent or someone from Crossroads would be interested in being on the Recreation Advisory Board. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Celebrate Freedom Request:

 

Stacie Eichem reported Ottaway Amusement had requested having their funnel cake trailer on the parade route for Celebrate Freedom. Ottaway Amusement usually handles the food trailers during the carnival. Commissioner Baughman moved to allow Ottaway Amusement to have their funnel cake trailer on the parade route during Celebrate Freedom, contingent upon having the event.  Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Purchase Request:

 

The City Manager reported a transmission went out in a truck for the water department. Due to budget constraints, she found a 2012 extended cab pickup truck that would get them through the remainder of this year and possibly be passed to another department at a later date at Brown Chevrolet for $15,974, this would not include a trade in. Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner to purchase the 2012 Chevy extended cab truck for $15,974 from Brown Chevrolet. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

Department Update:

 

Stacie Eichem reported that the aquatic center was still open with limited numbers and social distancing.

 

City Coronavirus Relief Fund Resolution:

 

The City Manager reported the County was receiving funds for local businesses effected by COVID-19, however the funds would not cover loss of revenue. The County would have to have the City Coronavirus Relief Fund Resolution passed authorizing the City to accept and administer the funds. Commissioner Dugan moved to approve the City Coronavirus Relief Fund Resolution No. 20200721. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0. 

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

The water/sewer project is almost complete. The City building construction is still in progress and the contingency funds are still available but might be needed at the end of the project for some items not covered in the original plan.  

 

At this time, Commissioner Baughman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of five (5) minutes to discuss Attorney-Client privilege, five (5) minutes to discuss potential land acquisition, and ten (10) minutes to discuss personnel matters of nonelected personnel with the meeting reconvening at 6:45 P.M.  Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0.

 

The meeting reconvened at 6:45 P.M.

 

Commissioner Baughman moved to adjourn the meeting, Commissioner Beem seconded the motion. 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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