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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down guest · 290 weeks ago Curious, what are our City Council members paid, or is it voluntary? Report Reply 1 reply · active 290 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 290 weeks ago Oh wow…lots of things here…. SMRS utility bill…sm’F’h. Get with it! The golf course…..but it’s supposed to DRAW people to wellington! Highway 81 – not sure I’ve paid much attention to 81 north of the roundabout. How far are they talking about repaving? 81 south from Harvey to Botkin, definitely needs it in spots. Painting of lines….did they try spray paint from Wal-Mart or something? Pretty sure they’ve been painting lines on roadways for a while. Is the science of what paint works best not quite settled yet? Sewer on South Sellers park. If the the other ball fields are booked and games HAVE to be scheduled there, then there needs to be restrooms. And the basketball courts NEED REPLACED. The cemetery – are they losing money? If not, then it’s just a scam to bolster other areas that are losing money. Where’s the numbers? Recycling box….GREAT IDEA! High efficiency shower heads…..how is the city going to recover the “revenue stream” (aka taxes and fees) associated with lower usage? I’m sure they have a plan. A city engineer IS needed! Someone to keep AHEAD of what’s going wrong and breaking down in town. The “economic development” position, not so much. It hasn’t brought us anything in the past, has it? OK, I’m now off to watch the SOTU to see how the FEDERAL government want to screw us. Report Reply 2 replies · active 290 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down faganlover · 290 weeks ago Sometimes you just have to shake your head and walk away from the drama. So many things that need attention and so few brains to work on the problems, Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 290 weeks ago If I get two months behind on my utility bill, almost three now, and use the excuse that I started a new job (starting from scratch in my collection process), will I still have electricity?.?.?.? Or will I see that city truck out back taking my meter?.? Report Reply 2 replies · active 290 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Reality Check · 290 weeks ago I probably wouldn’t have admitted to the painting of lines on 4th St. because some things need kept to yourself. Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Tin Cup · 290 weeks ago “Just me” seems you have all the answers. Put up or shut up,..plenty of postions to run for on the council. The golf course had issues that were not budgeted or foreseen. The equipment that they use to keep the course looking great is old. I know the machine that they use for the bunkers finally died, that was an expense. Plus the people that broke into the building twice caused damages that were not budgeted. When you have an ancient security system parts are hard to find. Golf Course is a great asset to Wellington and is far less of a burden than lets say the pool. But by no means do I think Wellington does not need a pool. Somethings just have to paid for. Is this the first time the golf course has lost money? Give the new manager a chance. That is what we pay him for. We complain when they spend money now some are complaining because they are trying to save money. Imagaine that. OK done….Just me let me know when you pay your filing fee. Report Reply 4 replies · active 290 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Caped Crusader · 290 weeks ago Run for Council or shut up. Report Reply 1 reply · active 290 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Concerned Tax Payer · 290 weeks ago I am thoroughly alarmed by the fact the hospital hasn’t paid their bill in almost two months. Here the city helps them out for a few months and this is how they are treated in return? That is poor poor management on the part of Mr. Hernandez. Who operates like that? Maybe it’s time L.H. is shown the door. This is flat out taking advantage of a situation and no one should run a business like that. Hell I think we all would like to skip out on our utility payments for a few months, but we don’t because most of us are RESPONSIBLE! Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Odoylerules · 290 weeks ago Complaining about everything and not doing something about it helps no one. Well, except giving Tracy something to giggle about during the day. Life’s a garden people, dig it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Tim Klein · 290 weeks ago Hey caped crusader and tin cup, Justme has a constitutional right to voice their opinion without running for council or office. Why don’t you quit calling people out on the internet while hiding behind a fake name? Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington City Council will be dealing with four resolutions at its regular meeting tonight at 6:3o p.m. at the council chambers (see agenda here). Â One resolution includes a proposal for the city to sign an agreement with the Wellington Recreation Commission and the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention Visitor Bureau for management services of the Memorial Auditorium.This meeting is likely to be much shorter than the two-hour Jan. 13 work session the council held. The following is an abridged version of the minutes from that meeting:SRMC payment statusShields said Sumner Regional Medical Center has not made November and December utility payments to the city of Wellington. The City had abated utilities through Sept. 2014, but billing was to begin in November, 2014. However, the hospital is now $221,452 behind. Shields said no SRMC representative has contacted the city about the late payments.Â Mayor Roger Stallbaumer said one issue is the current revenue stream at SRMC. The hospital had to change collection agencies and is starting from scratch with its collection process.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Business is down.The Wellington Golf Club ended with a negative balance in 2014, Shields said. Revenue was $26,154 less than expected and expenses were $9,284 more than expected. Shields said green fees and golf cart rentals were down and two burglaries led to the unexpected expense of installing security cameras.Shields said the City subsidized the golf course $57,500 in 2014.The transient guest tax from the city is also down. The city received $18,909 in 2014, which is the lowest total since 2001 when record keeping on this matter started. Subsequently, the tourism and convention fund distribution to various organizations in the trade may be in jeopardy. Last year, $14,000 was appropriated by the city.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Health insurance ratesCity employees on average will see an increase of $20 a month in the 2015 policy year. The increase is due to having more claims from the 2014 policy year and cost increases from the Affordable Care Act. The last healthcare rate increase was 2009, Shields said.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Spring project updatesâ€¢The city rejected bids for the North A Street project in 2014, which would repave U.S. 81 north of the roundabout. A KDOT engineer recommended the the city should submit for rebids within the next 20 days. The same engineer said a consultant should be hired for supervising the south U.S. 81 project from Harvey to Botkins within the next three months.â€¢Painting lines and turn lanes on 4th Street was a positive move, said Public Works Director Jeremy Jones. However, the paint didnâ€™t last a month. He said the staff is looking into other paint products.â€¢The sewer project on South Sellers Park will be bid tonight. The Wellington City Park Board discussed whether or not to put in a new basketball court to replace the old one. Park Board members were leaning against it, Stallbaumer said.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢In other topics of discussion:â€¢Since Stallbaumer is leaving the council, and a new city representative will need to represent the board of the Kansas Star Scholarship Board.â€¢Eckert said city staff has attempted to call Van Sickle, who is proposing development of apartments on the east side of town. Van Sickle has not returned phone calls.â€¢Jones said the cemetery fees should go up to cover expenses. Fees have not been raised since 1993.â€¢Jones proposed that the city should consider switching to a recycling box through Waste Connections instead of paying $100 per Saturday to volunteer organizations to curb recycling expenses.â€¢The city has exchanged 75 high efficiency shower heads, exhausting one third of the initial order.â€¢Eckert said he has no plans of filling the city engineer and economic development positions vacated. He said he did not believe the city is at the stage right now to warrant a full-time economic development director. As far as the engineer position is concerned, which was vacated a couple years ago by Larry Mangan, Eckert said it is cheaper to have a consulting engineer contracted out on a short-term basis.â€¢Shields said $40,000 has been budgeted for 2015 for demolishing old buildings.Follow us on Twitter.