City Commission Minutes 09/01/2020

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in a Regular Session on Tuesday, September 1, 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 and Clifford Baughman. Mayor: Richard Weixelman.  Leslie Dugan was absent.


Also present were:  City Manager, Stacie Eichem, Assistant City Attorney Jake Pugh and Deputy City Clerk, Connie McGee.


The Deputy City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on August 18, 2020. 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: 4, Nay: 0.   


The Deputy City Clerk then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1604.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Beem moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1604.  Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0. 


Public Comments and Communications:


The next regular work session will be Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 4:30 P.M.


Covid-19 Updates and Restrictions:


The City Manager reported that we are still following KDHE and CDC guidelines but had nothing new to report since the last meeting.




Kara Holle and Clint Stueve were present to request permission to hold OztoberFest 2020 Corona Style on October 3rd.  They presented their plan to allow vendors extra space so visitors and exhibitors have more room for social distancing.  They would not have any indoor vendors and there would be no activities inside the Museum or Columbian as well as not having inflatables or beer garden.  After some discussion and concerns that were voiced, Commissioner Beem moved to cancel Oztoberfest this year.  Commissioner Baughman seconded.  Motion died.  Aye: 2, Nay: 2, with Mayor Weixelman and Commissioner Ditto voting against cancelling. 


Homecoming Parade:


Dwight Faulkner requested permission to hold a homecoming parade on September 25th from 2:00 PM-3:30 PM.  The parade would be a student activity on Lincoln Avenue to allow for more room for social distancing than they have at the school.   KDOT requires City approval to host such an event on a State Highway.  The school is asking for help from the City in blocking off Lincoln Avenue.  Commissioner Baughman moved approve the request.  Mayor Weixelman seconded.  Motion carried.  Aye: 3, Nay: 1 with Commissioner Beem opposing the request.    


Utility Review Request:


Josh Martin would like to see a commercial rate structure for landlords with multi-resident units instead of the current setup of a separate meter for each unit.  Josh met with the City Manager previously to talk about the way the current ordinance is worded and what the intention is of the ordinance.  The City Manager spoke with our consultant and it was suggested that we come up with a multi-unit rate structure.  After some discussion it was decided that we need to do some work on our current ordinance since the wording is a little “hazy” as to the intent.


Ordinance No. 1734 - Replat of Lots 361 and 362:


Ordinance No. 1734 was presented and read as follows:




Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Beem to approve Ordinance No. 1734. Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0. 


4th Street Parking Review:


The City Manager has had some calls of concern from citizens asking the City to review parking along 4th Street.  With school starting up, the concern is that with vehicles parking on both sides of 4th Street, vehicles and buses have to maneuver around the parked vehicles.  They feel that this may create a safety concern.  The Commissioners asked the City Manager to contact homeowners along 4th Street to get feedback from them.  It will be on a future agenda.


Board Appointment(s):


Mayor Weixelman re-appointed the following individuals to several boards:


Rob Adams and Cory Lindsley - Planning Commission 3-year terms expiring 08-31-2023.

Robert Riat – Airport Board 3-year term expiring 09-03-2023.

Paul Odell – Board of Construction Appeals 3-year term expiring 09-03-2023.

Jim Odgers – Library Board 4-year term expiring 04-30-2024.


Columbian Road Maintenance:


The City Manager reported that there is a problem with ditch erosion on Columbian Road.  She is waiting on proposals to remedy the problem.  She will have more information at a later date.


Department Updates:


The outdoor pool will close on September 7th.  The indoor pool is expected to open on September 8th.  There will be a limit of 45 people in addition to staff members.


City Manager and Other Reports:


The City Manager reported the work on City Hall façade is close to being finished.  They will be moving the scaffolding to the front of the building soon but the public will still have access to the front door.


They will be finishing up the water sewer punch list.              


The 4th Street drainage project will be starting soon.


The County sales tax was up 5.3% and the City sales tax was down 1.45% from last year.  However, City sales tax was up 1.44% from 2018.


Commissioner Ditto requested a progress report on the house located at 711 Ash Street and the abatement resolution.  The City Manager said that the only contact that has been made with the City was through family members but we have heard nothing from the owners.  The deadline is September 8th.


Mayor Weixelman asked about the City policy on unregistered vehicles that are parked on the street.  Police Chief Mike Baker and Code Enforcement Officer Shane Geddry advised the policy is 72 hours for removal after notification.


The question also came up regarding young people driving UTV’s/golf carts around town.  Police Chief Mike Baker advised that the driver has to have a valid driver’s license to be lawful to operate a UTV/golf cart on City streets.


At this time, Commissioner Ditto moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of twenty (20) minutes to discuss personnel matters of nonelected personnel and invited Chief Michael Baker into the session with the meeting reconvening at 7:30 P.M.  Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0.


The meeting reconvened at 7:30 P.M.


No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.



ATTEST:                                                        /s/ Richard Weixelman, Mayor                           


/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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