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first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council decided against naming an interim city manager for the present at its meeting Tuesday night at the council chambers. The group will instead take up the issue again at 5:30 p.m. next Monday in a special meeting.After a 30-minute executive session to discuss the issue, councilman Kip Etter motioned to go back into executive session to continue the discussion. That motion resulted in a 3-3 tie. Mayor Shelley Hansel broke the tie by voting against continuing the executive session.Hansel said she agreed with Jim Valentine who had suggested letting the dust settle a bit, before moving forward.The council terminated Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert last month and was considering naming an interim manager while they begin another search.“We need to do this in a purposeful and thoughtful way,” Hansel said. “We want to make the right decisions and we want the public to be proud of that decision.”The city will continue with Jason Newberry handling day-to-day duties, and Shane Shields continuing to be in charge of the finances. Hansel also said she appreciated the work of Carol Mericle and Jeremy Jones, who are also department heads.She said she feels confident the city is in good hands with the staff that is in place.She also welcomed the public to give her and the council feedback on the direction it should take in finding a new city manager, and even what to do in the interim.••••••SRMC bringing in more:The Council heard from Terry Deschaine, a board member from the Sumner County Medical Center.  He said the hospital is doing much better, but would be even better if the state expanded Medicaid.He said the new interim director hired last year has made a lot of improvements, and he said the study and plan the city paid for is also showing some dividends.Over the last few months the hospital has brought in about $100,000 more per month than it has spent, but it still has some old debts that are being paid down. That is a lot better than a year ago, when it was losing money each month.Deschaine said the hospital would be getting about $800,000 more per year of the state expanded Medicaid. The state has refused to do that under the Affordable Care Act, as have other states with Republican governors.The hospital lost its surgeon last year, but has since entered agreements with two from Wichita, who come down weekly to do surgical procedures. That is saving the hospital $350,000 each year, and has resulted in more doctors encouraging people to have procedures done here instead of going to Wichita.•••••KDHE representative pays visit:The council also heard from a KDHE representative concerning the raw water issue near Mayfield. There was an issue recently when the city was told it had to disconnect people that were hooked to a line that brought untreated water into the city, even though that water was coming from their land.The city was ordered to provide bottled water to those customers, some of which had already dug their own wells and would not have been inconvenienced by being cut off. Jason Newberry told the council the city is close to being in compliance, and is giving bottled water to eight residents now. Some of them are getting their own wells and don’t need the line anymore.It was a year old agreement that the city would get water from under their land and they would get to hook to the city line for free.  The Feds have since ruled that a city may not allow people to use untreated water, and KDHE was passing that regulation along.Kathy Tucker Voegel of KDHE gave a report on how the situation had evolved.She said KDHE first contacted the city in 2005 and told them they would have to disconnect those customers. The city asked for more time and was given more time. This went on through 2009, with KDHE telling the city to shut them off, and the city asking for more time. From there the issue was not raised again until late last year when KDHE sent another letter to the city.She said she did not know why communication broke down there.There may still be an issue on a cross connection at the water plant, where untreated water is close to treated water. That issue is being addressed, Newberry told the council.•••••Replacing gas turbine:The council voted to purchase a gas turbine for the electric plant from Air New Zealand for about $30,000. That bid was a lot less than the others, and that was a concern, but Newberry said the city has worked with this company before and has been happy with the results.The turbine had been malfunctioning. It has been there 29 years and this is the second time it has had problems.The item was not budgeted but there may be enough in equipment repair funds to cover the costs.•••••In other business, the council passed:•renewing a cable TV franchise contract with Sumner Communications;•setting new court costs and fees getting them in line with state guidelines.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Larry · 218 weeks ago Take it from one that now lives in a state where they expanded Medicare under Obamacare and it has been a disaster. Even with the extra money they received, the cost almost double over that. Two hospitals here that were counting on the money to save them, has only put them in even worst shape. Report Reply 2 replies · active 218 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Gocrusaders · 218 weeks ago The City Council has clearly known for sometime that Mr. Eckert was going to be replaced based upon your prior reporting as to his evaluations, etc. It is a continuing pattern of lack leadership / utter dysfunction by the Mayor and Council that it had / has no plan as to an interim replacement. Leadership, and lack thereof, which was cited repeatedly by the Mayor in her reasoning / quotes for the termination of Mr. Eckert does not begin and end with the City Manager, it should begin with the Mayor and Council, until that is figured out and acted upon by those elected officials, there is little hope of good governance. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Friend of a friend · 218 weeks ago The mayor thinks she runs the city and that is an issue. They should appoint an interim. How about the one they originally wanted to hire, Shane Shields. Give him a chance and proceed slowly. What is the hurry. He is a level head that knows Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Jeremy Davis · 218 weeks ago Here’s some input. Let’s set goals of thing wed like to see in 1 year, then 2 years, 5 years. Things that will not only bring in money but also bring wellington more up to date. Our wheat festival could possibly be expanded to generate more attraction. Once the goals are set for the things/changes we’d like to see happen. Then find a manager who can by track record accomplish them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 218 weeks ago Shane Shields would make a great City Manager. He knows everything there is about all departments and finances. He is a true leader that can lead this City forward. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Oh boy · 218 weeks ago Why does it seem that anything of importance in always held in an executive session? We elected these council members to represent us and when anything important/interesting comes up they deal with it behind closed doors so that we don’t know what’s being discussed! Report Reply 3 replies · active 217 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 218 weeks ago What is the difference between appointing an interim City Manager, and simply asking your existing employees and department heads to continue executing the functions that they have been tasked with? Beyond Shane Shields, is there anyone else within City Hall who is qualified to serve as the interim manager? When you appoint an interim manager, you pay them a City Manager salary, so there is additional cost involved with that as well. There’s no easy solution to this mess, and it only stresses more the importance of getting this roll filled with a high quality applicant. The problem Wellington will run in to is that a high quality applicant will always be looking for greener pastures. They prove their salt here, and they move on to a larger city with a larger salary. This is a position where the individual is almost always looking for upward mobility, unless you can find home grown talent that is content to do his best work in the town he grew up and raised a family (hint, hint). Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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 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. 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