Wellington City Council to discuss code enforcement; replaces oil pump at turbine

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Early next week will be busy for the Wellington City Council with meetings set for Monday and Tuesday.On Monday there is a work session set to start at 5:30 p.m. at the council chambers. A representative will be there to discuss that city’s involvement with code enforcement that Wellington is considering. In a previous version of the story, it stated CDBG grant will also be discussed. This is not correct. That will be discussed at a later time, according to Stacy Davis, Sumner County Economic Development Commission Director.They will also be talking about code enforcement and want to get public input in this area. They may tweak the system some. That will be at a later date.On Tuesday of next week Mayor Shelley Hansel will host her monthly town hall meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at city hall. Streets director Jeremy Jones will be there to talk about the recycling program, and the public can raise other issues as well.She said no more than one or two city council members would be there in light of the recent state attorney general’s ruling that they had violated an open meetings act rule in a previous town hall meeting where several members showed up and talked about city business.In other matters:•The city approved a resolution to buy an oil pump from Pro Energy of Sedalia, Mo. at a cost of $24,000. City Manager Roy Eckert said they requested bids from three companies and got only two back. It was not in the 2016 budget, but there are reserve funds available, he said.The pump is leaking oil, city officials said, and that could put the gas turbine at the electric plant in danger, and that could cost a tremendous amount if that were damaged.The pump is 30 years old and parts are not available to repair the one that is leaking, so they are getting a new one.Eckert said in the past the city has deferred maintenance on several things to save money. Letting things go like that is going to catch up with the city eventually.“Now it is happening more. It is coming home to roost,” he said.•The council also approved a three-year agreement with Davis Tree Service of Arkansas City for up to $90,000 over three years at $93 per hour. They trim trees from electrical lines which is dangerous work. Eckert said they only got one bid back, and a company they previously dealt with did not bid this time.Councilman Bill Butts expressed concern about the company and wondered if there had been any complaints. He said they had done work for him in the past that was not very good.“I would rather have hired some beavers,” he said.They all still voted for approving the measure since there were no other bids.•Mayor Shelley Hansel said the organization, Public Square Communities, will hold a meeting at the United Way office, 314 W. Washington, at 6 p.m. Thursday. The meeting has to do with community services.•A legislative coffee will be held at 10 a..m. Saturday, March 12 at the donut shop in Wellington.•The council also appointed Kelly Green to the Alcohol and Drug Committee.•Lois Hutchison was approved to the Housing Authority Board. This is a member voted on by Wheatland residents, and the city approved their choice.•The council also held a 30 minute executive session for business and trade secrets, which is one of the three reasons they can have them. There was no statement or decision after the session.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 232 weeks ago “Eckert said in the past the city has deferred maintenance on several things to save money. Letting things go like that is going to catch up with the city eventually. “Now it is happening more. It is coming home to roost,” he said.” Get used to hearing this message. You can only kick the can for so long, and I’m afraid that Wellington is already on borrowed time for so many maintenance projects. This isn’t a problem unique to Wellington, but it’s also not going to fix itself. 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