At the beginning of the Nov. 5 meeting of the Wellington City Council, Mayor Shelley Hansel read a Veteran’s Day proclamation. She then presented it to local veteran Dave Carroll invited the public to a Veteran’s Day celebration at 10 a.m. Nov.11 at Wellington High School.
Next Jan Grace, campus operations officer for the Cowley College-Sumner campus, talked about how the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Cowley College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
Grace also quashed rumors that have gone around and been repeated on social media that nobody working at the campus restaurant lived in Wellington. Employees working at the Eatery include two life-long Wellington residents and the restaurant manager used to live in Ponca City, Oklahoma, but moved here after taking the job. “Everyone working at the Eatery lives in Wellington,” she said.
Council member Jennifer Heersche said she thought the barricades along a section of Plum Street on Halloween night “was an excellent idea” and kept children safe.
Hansel said, “People say, ‘Well nothing’s ever happened before.’ We don’t want to wait until a tragedy prompts an act. We want to prevent tragedy.”
She also announced that the new Wellington Humane Society will have an open house for the public from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17.
It was an election night and Hansel expressed her admiration for everybody running for office. Hansel, who is not running for re-election as mayor, said, “It’s been a crazy four-and-a-half years. I’ve learned and I’ve grown. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
In other business, the council approved:
a cereal malt beverage application from Travelin Smoke BBQ.
a street closing on Washington Avenue between Harvey and Lincoln for a video shoot between 3 and 5 p.m.
a street closing from Third Street and Washington to Eighth and Washington from 8 a.m. to noon for the Wellington Christmas Parade, Dec. 7.
Authorizing City Manager Shane Shields to purchase a replacement for a circulating water pump from JCI Industries of Wichita at $59,524.20. Jason Newberry, assistant city manager for utilities, said $80,000 had been budgeted for the part.
Authorizing the purchase of transformers for electric distribution in developing areas of the city, for $56,940. Newberry said they had budgeted for $65,000 in the department’s general operating budget.
Authorizing the purchase of software at $17,621 from Legacy Mark of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania for keeping a GIS (General Information System) mapping and records on lots at the city’s two cemeteries.
Authorizing the mayor and city clerk to sign the final plat of Church Ignited, located at 715 N. Woodlawn. Wendell Skinner, pastor of Church Ignited, said the church might want to put a lot there and at some time sell it and use the money to develop the church building.
Authorizing Shields to sign an agreement with Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A. of Wichita for Phase 1 of an evaluation of the Woods Park Dam in the amount of $19,500.
Jeremy Jones, director of public works for the city, said $55,000 has been budgeted for a total evaluation of the dam.
“It seems there’s more and more flooding,” Jones said. “Woods Park gets the brunt. Ultimately we need to do something or Slate Creek will eventually dry up. It’s an amenity where we need to take the first step.”