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City Commission Minutes 10/06/2020

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in a Regular Session on Tuesday, October 06, 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 present via zoom.

 

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 September 15, 2020. 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. 1606.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Dugan moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1606.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

The next regular work session will be October 20, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

 

The Governing Body recognized former Assistant Fire Chief, Lyle Markey, for his 22 years of fire service for the City of Wamego.

 

Covid-19 Updates and Restrictions:

 

The City Manager reported that the City is still following all KDHE/CDC guidelines for COVID-19.

 

KDOT Agreement – Balderson Blvd and Hwy 24:

 

Stacie reported the agreement from KDOT had been received to construct a turning lane for Balderson Boulevard and Highway 24 to make the Industrial Commerce Route an official truck route with the State paying for the construction. Commissioner Ditto moved authorize signing the agreement with KDOT contingent upon City Attorney review. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.   

 

Cares funding Update and Approval:

 

The City Manager reminded the Governing Body of the previously approved business reimbursements with the CARES Funds. She reported that the fire department radios would qualify for the CARES funds as well at a cost of $83,390 after a $10,000 credit for the old radios. She also reported the City had opened applications up to the public for the City sponsored grants that will use the CARES Funds. She requested authorization to be able to approve and move forward with the grant reimbursements due to the short time frame understanding that the reimbursements will be seen in the check registers each meeting. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan to authorize the purchase of fire department radios and authorizing the City Manager to approve CARES funds expenditures. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 

 

Halloween Activities:

 

Jason Toll and Kara Holle from the Wamego Chamber were present to discuss downtown trick or treat with extended hours, COVID19 safety precautions and an altered route. After a lengthy discussion, Commissioner Weixelman moved, Commissioner Ditto seconded, to approve downtown trick for treat on October 30th from 4-7 p.m. Motion carried.  Aye: 3, Nay: 2, Commissioners Beem and Dugan voting against. 

 

PTCO Health Department request:

 

Stacie reported the Pottawatomie County Health Department had requested permission to hold a drive thru flu shot clinic in the recreation complex parking lot. Commissioner Ditto moved to allow the health department to hold a drive thru flu shot clinic in the recreation complex parking lot, contingent upon activity at the complex and following all COVID guidelines. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 

 

Cat Creek Concrete Work:

 

The City Manager reported that she had received two proposals to fix an area in the Cat Creek subdivision explaining that the water is going under the street and coming back up further down the street. After having Ken Stein evaluate both proposals it was Stacie and Ken’s recommendation to move forward with the proposal from EBI for $13410. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Dugan to accept the proposal from EBI for $13410. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 

 

KDHE Agreement:

 

Stacie advised an agreement had been received from KDHE regarding the wastewater treatment plant. Jake Pugh, Assistant City Attorney, reported he is still working on a couple of issues with the contract. Commissioner Ditto moved to sign the agreement with KDHE after the assistant city attorney approves. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 

 

Purchase Request – Police Department:

 

The City Manager reminded the Governing Body that at the last meeting they had asked for a second quote for a vehicle camera that needed to replaced. The original cost to replace the camera was quoted as $5295 and the second from a different company is $5215. It is still the recommendation to accept the first quote as it will work with their current equipment. If they were to accept the second quote, they will have to replace several more items to make it work. Commissioner Baughman moved; Commissioner Dugan seconded to approve the original camera at a cost of $5295. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 

 

Department Update – Wastewater:

 

Stacie reported that it had been almost a year that the City had contracted with McMahon Environment and Chris McMahon felt it was time to lessen the contract, he would still hold the certificates and direct the plant but spend less time here. This contract would allow for a 30-day cancellation from either party and have a cost of $4000 per month. At this time, one of the commissioners asked if someone in the audience had a something on this issue. Rory Munn, American State Utility Service, stepped forward to advise that his company does the same thing as McMahon Environmental does and he would like an opportunity to discuss it. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize signing the new contract with McMahon Environmental contingent upon City Attorney review and requesting more research on American State Utility Service. Commissioner Dugan seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay: 0. 

 

The indoor pool is open and hosting water aerobics and hopefully lessons soon.

 

Flag football is underway with the high school football players assisting.

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

The City office renovation is almost complete. The 4th Street drainage project is getting ready to start. The Library is hosting a can drive while 4th Street is under construction. The Industrial Commerce Route will be going out to bid soon.

 

The City sales tax was down 2.39% and the county was up 6.1%

 

Match Day is being held virtually and the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program members will be town on October 8th.

 

At this time, Commission Baughman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of twenty (20) minutes to discuss potential land acquisition and non-elected personnel with the meeting reconvening at 7:10 P.M.  Commissioner Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

The meeting reconvened at 7:10 P.M.

 

At this time, Commission Baughman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of ten (10) minutes to discuss non-elected personnel with the meeting reconvening at 7:20 P.M.  Commissioner Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay: 0.

 

The meeting reconvened at 7:20 P.M.

 

At this time, Commission Baughman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of ten (10) minutes to discuss non-elected personnel with the meeting reconvening at 7:30 P.M.  Commissioner Beem seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, 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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