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City Commission Minutes 11/05/2019

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas.  Those present were; Mayor Thomas Beem, Commissioners; Richard Weixelman, Clifford Baughman and William Ditto.  

 

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

 

The Deputy City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on October 15, 2019. Special meetings Oct 29, 30 and November 3 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: 4, Nay: 0.   

 

The Deputy City Clerk then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1584.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1584.  Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0. 

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

The next regular work session will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.

 

Mr. Kershaw Utility Billing Penalties:

 

Mr. Hunter Kershaw did not show for the meeting.

 

Prairie Ridge Lot 15:

 

Michael Petermann is a representative of the Prairie Ridge Homeowner’s Association.  He was there to voice his concerns about the City annexing the lot without communication to the HOA. Commissioner Ditto moved to table the issue until a later date so that more information could be gathered and suggested that Mr. Petermann meet with the City Attorney.  Commissioner Baughman seconded.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

Library Renovation Update:

 

Eric Benson presented the library renovation update for $4.4 million.  The renovation increases the current space by 80%; it triples the amount of reading space and doubles the amount of meeting room space.  They have $800,000 in saved funds with an estimated $200,000 in donations.  $3.4 million needed in remaining funds.  The City Manager will research the effect on the mill levy per Commissioner Ditto’s request. 

 

One Way Proposal for Alley:

 

The City Manager reported safety concerns had been raised regarding the “yellow brick road” crossing the alley between Lincoln Avenue and Ash Street between 5th and 6th Street.  The City Attorney suggested making contact with the local businesses and residences it would affect. Contact was made with businesses and residences and all were okay with the change. Commissioner Ditto moved to approve the traffic change. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

2018 Audit Presentation – Reese & Novelly:   

 

Nick Novelly was present to give the City of Wamego’s annual audit report. The City of Wamego had a clean audit without any major problems for 2018. The following recommendations were made:  Recommended that outstanding checks be reviewed at least once a year; Recommended that the bank reconciliations be reviewed by a second employee; Recommended that all Library funds be secured with pledges or remain under the FDIC level.  Commissioner Baughman moved to approve the audit as presented. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0.   

 

Reese & Novelly will be outsourcing the audit work for 2020 to Gordon & Associates.  Commissioner Ditto moved to accept the engagement letter.  It was seconded by Commissioner Baughman with Gordon & Associates going through 12/31/2020. Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0.   

 

Health Insurance Renewal:

 

The City Manager advised the Blue Cross Blue Shield premium renewals had been received for 2020, with less than 1% increase depending on the plan. Commissioner Baughman moved to accept the Blue Cross Blue Shield renewal for 2020. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

Recreation Advisory Board Date Change:

 

The Recreation Advisory Board has changed their meeting night from Thursday night to Wednesday night. 

 

Medical Claims Contract:

 

The City Manager presented a contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare.  They will assist in re-pricing medical claims for people who are in police custody.  Commissioner Ditto moved to authorize contracting with Advanced Correctional Healthcare. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Alley Maintenance Proposal:

 

The alley entrance is being redone between Poplar & Vine from 5th to 6th Street.

 

Cedarbrook Development Request:

 

The developer is asking if the City wants to pay the difference to put in a 12” water line instead of the 2” and 6” lines to allow for future expansion to this area.  Commissioner Ditto moved to table the discussion until there is more information. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Ordinance No. 1722:

 

Ordinance No. 1722 was read and presented as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, REZONING CITY OWNED PROPERTY ADJOINING AND WEST AND SOUTHWEST OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT PROPERTY, LOCATED AT 18200 VALLEY ROAD IN THE CITY OF WAMEGO EXTRATERRITORIAL ZONING JURISDICTION, FROM A-L:  AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT,  TO P-I:  PUBLIC AND INSTITUTIONAL DISTRICT; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve Ordinance No. 1722. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

Ordinance No. 1723:

 

Ordinance No. 1723 was read and presented as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, AMENDING SECTION 4, ARTICLE II OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, CLARIFYING THE SCOPE OF CITY OF WAMEGO NUISANCE ABATEMENT AUTHORITY WITHIN THE WAMEGO EXTRATERRITORIAL ZONING JURISDICTION; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to approve Ordinance No. 1723. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

 

Equipment Requests:

 

The City Manager advised that the Power Plant Department was in need of a new welder.  The cost would be $5460.05.  Commissioner Baughman moved to approve the purchase.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

The City Manager advised that the Public Works Department was in need of a new salt spreader.  The cost would be $13,795.   Commissioner Ditto moved to approve the purchase.  Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

The City Manager advised that the Police Department was in need of 4 new tasers.  The cost would be $7,704.31.  Commissioner Baughman moved to approve the purchase.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

The City Manager advised that the Police Department was requested to participate in an active laser equipment training.  The cost would be $6237.77.  Commissioner Ditto moved to approve the training.  Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay:0.

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

The Kansas Government Journal was included in the meeting packet.

 

Housing Authority minutes were handed out. 

 

City sales tax was up 3.12% and the County sales tax was up 1.75% from this time last year.

 

Three fire hydrants in Mansfield along 16th Street are to be replaced by PK Mechanical.

 

Mr. Don Bennett came to voice his concerns about the condition of City streets and the lack of maintenance. 

 

At this time, Commissioner Baughman moved to adjourn into executive session for a period of fifteen (15) minutes to discuss attorney-client privilege with the meeting reconvening at 7:30 P.M.  Commissioner Weixelman 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/ Thomas Beem, Mayor                                   

/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk

 

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