WaKeeney 2014 Budget Public Hearing is August 20


The Governing Body of the City of WaKeeney, Kansas met in a regular session at City Hall 408 Russell Ave at 7:00 PM with the Mayor presiding and the following members present:

Mayor Kenneth Roy and Council Members Irene Dirks, Troy Leiker, Lynelle Shubert, and Allen Weigel

BEING ABSENT: Mary Jo Clevenger

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as written, printed and distributed.

GUESTS: Terry Eberle, Mary Ruth Hendricks, and Janelle Miller

CHIEF OF POLICE: Terry Eberle provided his monthly departmental report. Chief Eberle discussed with the Governing Body a letter(s) from the United States Postal Service concerning the placement of curbside mailboxes. Due to USPS requirements, some residents are blocking sidewalks by placing the mailboxes at the curb. It was the consensus of the City Council to require the postal service to direct residents how best to handle these situations since it was their regulations that required the change.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR: City Administrator Hardy Howard presented an ordinance vacating the 100 Block of South Ninth Street (street right-of-way between Blocks 52 and 53, Original City). After reviewing Ordinance #1430, Irene Dirks motioned to approve the street vacating. Lynelle Shubert seconded. Motion carried.

The City Administrator reviewed a final draft of the 2014 city budget. A public hearing for the budget has been set for August 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

The Governing Body was informed that some delays in trash service may be experienced over the next week due to truck repairs for Dan’s Sanitation Service.

MAYOR: Kenneth Roy reminded the City Council of the upcoming League of Kansas Municipalities conference in October.

In new business, Council Member Dirks presented the idea of partnering with the Trego Recreation Commission in moving the north baseball field to city owned property adjacent to the south ball fields and then utilizing the north ball field as a new residential subdivision. A 1964 deed restriction on the north ball field will require a legal ruling to allow the change of use to residential. The city attorney will be consulted. In addition, costs for constructing a new field and the required street, water and sewer infrastructure will be obtained prior to moving forward.

Also discussed at length were allowing ATV’s, golf carts, and other non-tagged vehicles to be driven in WaKeeney. Currently these vehicles are prohibited on city streets and alleys. Chief Eberle will provide some additional information on this issue at a future meeting.

City building and environmental codes were debated at length.

Council Member Weigel discussed the water meter at Council Member Shubert’s house serving both an in town and out of city limits property. A follow up discussion will be taken up at the next city council meeting.

A motion was made by Irene Dirks and seconded by Lynelle Shubert to adjourn into executive session for a period of 10 minutes for the discussion of non-elected personnel. Those remaining in the executive session included Mayor Roy and City Council.

The session ended within the allotted time period

No further business appearing, the meeting was adjourned.