City Commission Minutes 10/17/2017


Regular Meeting:


The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were: Mayor William Ditto; Commissioners: Richard Weixelman, Clifford Baughman, Robert Morse Jr. and Thomas Beem.  


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


The City Manager presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on October 3, 2017.  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: 5, Nay: 0. 


The City Manager then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1535.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Morse moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1535.  Motion carried.   Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


Public Comments and Communications:


Mayor Ditto called for a regular work session on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 4:30 P.M.


Kevin McElyea with Aquatic Design, was present with members of the pool ad hoc committee to request authorization to go out for bids on the pool renovation and construction project. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the City of Wamego to seek bids for the City pool renovation and construction project. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


Construction Plan Modification – 4th Street:


Merl Page reported drainage issues were discovered in front of the Johnson property on the 4th Street, due to the ongoing 4th Street resurfacing project. After meeting with the contractors the proposed resolution would correct the drainage coming off of the 4th Street unto the Johnson property at a cost of $17,128.16 for an offsite improvement. Commissioner Morse moved to accept the plan modification to address drainage issues at a cost of $17,128.16. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


 Service Territory – Rescind Request:  


Due to the change of proposed location for Custom Wood Products from east of the industrial park to the corner of Balderson Blvd and Valley Street, it was Merl Page and Jack Allston’s recommendation to rescind the City’s application to extend the service territory to the area east of the industrial park. Commissioner Baugh moved to rescind the service territory change request. Commissioner Beem seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


Equipment Review – Street Department:


Merl Page reported a proposal had been received to trade a’97 dump truck for a 2011 Peterbilt dump truck for the street department. The new unit would cost approximately $64,955, the budget allotted for this type of trade was $75,000. Commissioner Baughman moved to trade a 1997 dump truck for a 2011 dump truck with attachments for a cost of $64,955. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


Equipment Review – Dispatch Department:  


The City Manager reported due to the age and inability to repair the current console, it was recommended to purchase a new dispatch console from Ka-Comm at a cost of $37,000. Equipment reserve and 911 funds would be used to fund this purchase. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the purchase of a new dispatch console for a cost of $37,000.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried. Aye: 5, Nay: 0.


Equipment Review – Recreation Department:  


Merl Page reported he received a request from Doug Springer with the WBA for the City to share the cost of a new wireless scoreboard controller for use at West Elementary for a cost of approximately $750.  After a lengthy discussion, Commissioner Morse moved to authorize the City to pay the full cost of a wireless scoreboard controller for use at West Elementary.  Mayor Ditto seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 3, Nay: 2, Commissioners Weixelman and Beem voting nay.


State Mapping Assistance – Flood Plains:


The City Manager advised that the Planning Commission is recommending that a separate set of fold plain maps be considered showing the fully developed flood plain line.  This could be used as a tool for future development.  After some discussion, Commissioner Weixelman moved to authorize the City to seek proposals for a consulting firm to draft current flood maps delineating the fully developed flood lines for future use. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried:   Aye:  5, Nay:  0.


City Manager and Other Reports:


Merl Page reported concrete was begin being poured Friday on 4th Street from Columbian to Parkview. After various delays it was decided if the project could not be completed before “winter” a section of 4th Street that doesn’t have any driveways or intersections will be closed per emergency personnel, City staff and the construction company.


The Oz (Toto) project is scheduled to be completed by mid-June.


Merl signed the tax exempt financing letter for the Kanas Municipal Utility in hopes of keeping municipalities tax exempt.


City calendars for October and November were included in the meeting packets as well as Library minutes, finances and statistics. Commissioner Weixelman requested the Library information be emailed to conserve paper. Merl advised he would let the library director know.


At this time, Commissioner Baughman 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 the Commission would reconvene at 7:02 PM.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 5, Nay:  0.


The meeting reconvened at 7:02 PM, whereupon Commissioner Weixelman moved to adjourn back into executive session for the same stated purpose for an additional five (5) minutes and to reconvene at 7:07 PM.


The meeting reconvened at 7:07 PM.


No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.


ATTEST:                                                                     /s/ William E. Ditto, Mayor                                                                            

/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk


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