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City Commission Minutes 12/15/2020

Regular Meeting:

 

The Governing Body of the City of Wamego, Kansas, met in a Regular Session on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers at 430 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Kansas.  Those present were: Commissioners: William Ditto, Clifford Baughman and Thomas Beem. Mayor: Richard Weixelman.

 

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 December 01, 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 City Clerk then submitted to the Governing Body for their consideration and approval Appropriation Ordinance No. 1611.  After a careful review and discussion thereof, Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve and adopt Appropriation Ordinance Number 1611.  Motion carried.   Aye: 4, Nay: 0. 

 

Public Comments and Communications:

 

The next regular work session will be January 05, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

 

Commission Update:

 

After a brief discussion, Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commission Beem to appoint Michele Jacobs to the City Commission to fill position four (4), vacated by Leslie Dugan. Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0. 

 

Covid-19 Updates and Restrictions:

 

The City Manager reported that several emails had been received regarding the mask ordinance, those emails were printed and given to the Governing Body. She also reported that it was still the recommendation of the CDC, KDHE, Wamego Health Center and Pottawatomie County Health Department’s to wear masks while in public areas. The City is still following all Pottawatomie County, CDC and KDHE guidelines for COVID-19.

 

Credit Card Fees 2021:

 

Stacie Eichem advised this issue had been tabled from the previous meeting for more information. She advised it was no longer the industry standard to charge customers the credit card fees and she estimated the annual cost of waiving credit card fees to be approximately $20,000. Commissioner Ditto moved to waive all credit card fees for all types of City payments. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0. 

 

Safe Routes to School Report:

 

Jared Trembly, Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), presented the Safe Routes to School report via zoom. He advised if the City decided to adopt the Safe Routes to School Program via a resolution, the City would have several grant opportunities that the MPO would assist with. After the Zoom presentation, Commissioner Ditto moved to adopt the Safe Routes to School program by Resolution No. 20201215A. Commissioner Baughman seconded the motion. Motion carried.  Aye: 4, Nay: 0.

 

Street Projects 2021:

 

The City Manager advised that the street committee had multiple recommendations for street repair. The City would be researching available grants to assist with some of those projects. She expected street projects to begin in 2021.

 

Recreation Complex Walking Trail:

 

Stacie Eichem reported that she had been approached by a citizen concerned about bicyclists on the walking trail at the Recreation Complex. She advised it would be her recommendation to add additional signage for authorized vehicles only, bicycle safety, and right-of-way signs. After a brief discussion, the Governing Body agreed by general consensus to additional signage.

 

Cereal Malt Beverage Licenses 2021:

 

The City Manager reported that Gene’s Heartland, Last Stop, Leiszler Oil/Short Stop, PH of Wamego/Pizza Hut and La Hacienda had applied for 2021 CMB licensing, all establishments had passed inspection by the Chief of Police and Fire Chief.  Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve the 2021 CMB applications as listed above. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0. 

 

Resolution No. 20201215– Territorial Limits of the City:

 

Resolution No. 20201215 was presented to redefine the territorial city limits. Commissioner Baughman moved that said Resolution be adopted. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ditto.  Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0. 

 

Bank Signature Cards:

 

The City Manager advised the bank signature cards needed to be changed to add Leslie Dugan as City Treasurer. The authorized signers would be Stacie Eichem, City Manager, Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk and Leslie Dugan, City Treasurer with Carol McCullough being removed. Commissioner Baughman moved, Commissioner Beem seconded, to the bank signature card changes. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.   

 

Board Appointments:

 

Mayor Weixelman re-appointed Dwight Faulkner and Jaimee Hoobler to the Hospital Board.

 

Purchase Requests:

 

The City Manager reported that due to Covid-19, several purchases had been moved to the end of the year to evaluate the budget. 

 

The Airport Board has an estimate $11076.92 to build a portable office at the airport. This was a budgeted item. Commissioner Beem moved, seconded by Commissioner Baughman, to approve $11076.92 for materials to build a portable office. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.   

 

The electric department had two proposals for a trailer to haul transformers, the low proposal was for $9569.60 and the other was $10,468.08. It was the staff recommendation to accept the higher proposal from Diamond C Trailer because it doesn’t have wheel wells, which gives it more usable space. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Beem, to accept the Diamond C Trailer proposal for $10,468.08. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.   

 

Proposals were received from Brown Chevrolet for the cab and chassis from Reed Company for the dump bed, hitch and a plow for the street truck.  The total cost for the truck for the parks department was $41917.00 and the total cost for the truck for the street department was $53207.00. These were budgeted items. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Weixelman to approve the purchase of both trucks. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.   

 

It is time for the annual skid steer rollover with Foley Financial. The City maintains the machine and can use up to 500 hours for $8750. This is a budgeted expense. Commissioner Baughman moved, seconded by Commissioner Beem, to approve the annual skid steer rollover. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.   

 

The fire department breathable air compressor had been tabled from a previous meeting. After researching the requested compressor, one proposal was for NPP for $20805, Weis Fire $22306 and Conrad Fire for $20027.14. It was the staff recommendation to accept the Conrad proposal for $20027.14. Commissioner Ditto moved, seconded Commissioner Baughman, to accept the Conrad Fire proposal. Motion carried. Aye: 4, Nay: 0.   

 

Department Updates:

 

No updates at this time.

 

City Manager and Other Reports:

 

Stacie reported that the City Hall project was complete and there will be a final change order coming due to the extra time the project took.  

 

                                                                                   

ATTEST:                                                         /s/ Richard Weixelman, Mayor                           

 

 

/s/ Shanda Jahnke, City Clerk

 

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