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City Commission Minutes 11/06/2018

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in Regular Session on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas. Those present were; Mayor Pro-Tem Thomas Beem, Commissioners; Thomas Beem, William Ditto, Richard Weixelman and Clifford Baughman. Mayor Robert Morse Jr. was absent.

 

Also present were:  City Manager, Merl Page, City Clerk, Shanda Jahnke, City Treasurer, Stacie Eichem and Assistant City Attorney, Jake Pugh.

 

The City Clerk presented the minutes of the regular meeting of the Governing Body held on October 16, 2018.  After a careful reading and discussion thereof, it was moved by Commissioner Ditto and seconded by Commissioner Baughman to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0. 

 

The City Clerk then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1560.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1560.  Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay:  0.

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

Mayor Pro-Tem called for a regular work session on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 4:30 P.M.

 

Old Business – Change Order – Aquatic Facility:

 

The City Manager reported that there would be a change order for reduction in the amount of $14,120.51 due to a change in the filtration system for the new aquatic spray park facility.  A motion was made by Commissioner Baughman authorizing the City Manager to sign the change order.  Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0

 

Ordinance No. 1702 – Cold Weather Rule:

 

Ordinance No. 1702 was presented and reads as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, AMENDING PARAGRAPH 15-108 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF WAMEGO, KANSAS, REFERENCING THE “COLD WEATHER RULE” AS REGULATING TERMINATION OF A RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER’S ELECTRIC SERVICE AND PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS WITH RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS, FOR THE PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 1ST THROUGH MARCH 31ST; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

 

Commissioner Baughman moved to approve Ordinance No. 1702. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

Parking Review – Industrial Park:

 

The City Manager reported a request by Concordia Tractor and Bluestem Electric to not allow semi parking on Kansa Cutoff and Southwind Drive, as both businesses need use of those streets for deliveries and to move their large vehicles. Commissioner Weixelman moved to table this issue until the December 4, 2018 regular meeting to allow time for citizens to voice solutions or complaints.  Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

Health Insurance Renewal:

 

The City Clerk and City Treasurer advised the Blue Cross Blue Shield premium renewals had been received for 2019, with approximately a 10-12% increase depending on the plan. Commissioner Baughman moved to accept the Blue Cross Blue Shield renewal for 2019. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

Temporary Utility Service (MS Biotech):

 

Merl Page reported MS Biotech had requested a credit back on a single-phase transformer, as they will have to purchase a single-phase transformer prior to converting over to a three-phase transformer at a later date. Commissioner Ditto moved to authorize the credit back provided everything was converted within the next 24 months. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

Sidewalk Repairs- Parks Facilities:

 

The City Manager reported that the Parks Department Supervisor had been contacted by Pro Concrete Cutting to evaluate our park sidewalks. They found approximately 60 trip hazards, the company proposed patching and milling the problem areas at a cost of $3,505. Commissioner Weixelman moved to authorize patching and milling park sidewalks for $3,505. Commissioner Ditto seconded the motion. 

 

Commissioner Weixelman then asked about all sidewalks. The City Manager reminded the Governing Body of the sidewalk master plan. Commissioner Ditto then requested an amendment to include sending letters to homeowners with bad sidewalks. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  The motion on the amendment carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

The City Commission then voted on the original motion with the approved amendment.  Motion carried.  Aye:  4, Nay:  0.

 

Utility Sales (KMEA – Renewable Energy Certificates):

 

Merl Page advised that the City has Buckeye Wind Renewable Energy Certificates. The certificates can be sold on the open market if the City chooses, which would allow KMEA to manage the sales. This could earn the City $2,000-$3,000 annually. Commissioner Baughman moved to authorize the sales of the City’s Renewable Energy Certificates by KMEA. Commissioner Weixelman seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

Columbian Theatre Murals:

 

The City Manager reported that air pockets had been discovered on the murals at the Columbian Theatre. The company that had previously worked on the murals could condition and restore them for $6,500-$7,000. Commissioner Baughman authorized the restoration of the murals contingent upon City Attorney review of the agreements. Commissioner Ditto seconded.  Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

The City Manager reported the Aquatic Facility is approximately 20-25% completed. The bid deadline on the water tower painting is November 15th.

 

Due to an excess of old (unused) equipment the Governing Body may want to consider an auction/sale in the near future.

 

A thank you had been received from the car/motorcycle show.

 

The monthly calendar, Library minutes, Housing Authority minutes and the monthly sales tax report was disseminated for Commission perusal. 

 

No further business appearing, meeting was adjourned.

                                                                                                              

ATTEST:                                                              /s/ Thomas W. Beem, Mayor Pro-Tem                                               

/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk

 

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