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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 216 weeks ago Any insight into why Valentine was not in favor of partnering with the League of Municipalities for the hiring process? I can’t think of a logical reason to be against it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 216 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 216 weeks ago My guess is its a waste of $5,000.00 when Shane Shields should be the one appointed. Report Reply 0 replies · active 216 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Richard Rayl · 215 weeks ago Gezz, get it together people! Shane Shields should be the new city manager why waste more money on looking for someone else who will just screw things up like the last manager did? Wellington ciy council and mayor get it together you have a good man in front of you named Shane, so stop wasting our money and hire our home town person who is well qualified to take over as our next City Manager! Report Reply 1 reply · active 215 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down ??? · 215 weeks ago What are the qualifications of a typical City Manager? Report Reply 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 James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington City Council appointed Shane Shields as its interim city manager at its meeting Tuesday night. Shields is the city’s finance director and served as the interim a couple of years ago when the city was searching for a city manager.After 45 minutes in executive session the unanimous vote was taken. The city has had a couple of executive sessions to discuss its directionÂ after deciding to dismiss Roy Eckert about a month ago.Shane ShieldsAlso Tuesday the city decided to hire the Kansas League of Municipalities to do its search for a city manager at a cost of just over $5,000.At the last meeting a representative of the league met with the council and told them how they could run the campaign for them. The league will advertise for applications, and then narrow that down for the city. The city will still set the parameters as far as how many to narrow it down to and how long the process will take.Most likely it will be narrowed to a dozen or so before a few finalists are named.Â Shields was appointed Interim City Manager â€œuntil further notice,â€ with no timetable set.He was a candidate last time, but withdrew during the process. He may be a candidate this time.Mayor Shelley Hansel said she thought it was a good idea to take advantage of the services being offered by the league of municipalities.She said since there may be one or more internal candidates, it might be better for an outside entity to run the process.After a motion by Kip Etter to hire the league, the matter passed 5-1, with Jim Valentine voting against the measure.In other matters Tuesday:â€¢Plans for the Kansas Wheat Festival continues. The Picnic in the Park event is going to be put on by city employees after the Lions Club was unable to do it this year. The employees decided to do this on their own, and will do it as a fundraiser. They have not yet decided what the cost will be.Button sales are continuing, and 2,300 of them were sold as of Tuesday. The buttons are used for admission for most festival events and are $3.The first clue in the medallion hunt will be released at 6:30 a.m., Monday, in front of the auditorium.Also it was announced the city fireworks display will be held after darkness falls on July 3, following the Wellington Heat game. The game starts at 7, and after the game the stadium will be opened to the public for the fireworks.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Council member Bill Butts gave an update on the CGDG block grant application. Some city officials, Butts and Mayor Shelley Hansel made a presentation last week in Hays as part of the application process. The city started the process several months ago, and set up a group that took an inventory of the entire city housing. The city could get money to develop, or fix, houses of low income people in the city.He said the city was invited to continue its application process after the presentation. The city should find out in October if it will get the grant of more than $300,000. Even if not, the city can still apply each year. Butts said the things learned during the process were valuable, and that will make it worthwhile either way.There will be some town hall meetings at some point to educate the public about the program, as well as how one would go about applying. If the city gets the grant people would have to apply, which is how houses would be chosen for the project.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Council member Jan Korte updated the council on the hospital. She said collections wereÂ $690,000, and they seem to be down some in June. That is to be expected as things are slower in the summer.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢The raw water issue will be discussed at the work session meeting next Monday.Â The city installed a back flow prevention device last week. Jason Newberry told the council this would keep treated water from getting in contact with untreated water. The city is still supplying bottled water from the city.The city is currently in compliance with KDHE directives, but still has some issues that will involve a permanent solution.This came up when the state, following federal rulings, said the city could not allow customers to tap on to untreated water for home use. Mayfield area residents had been doing so for decades in a deal with the city, as the city has wells on their property.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢The city appointed Stacy Davis to the Wellington City Planning Commission to replace Gerald Gilkey who had resigned. He was just appointed in April. She was the only applicant. The term runs through April 30, 2020.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢The city passed a resolution to purchase transformers from the Kriz-Davis company of Des Moines, Iowa, for $50,695.90. The purchase had been budgeted. They received four bids and all were belowÂ what had been budgeted.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢The council has a work session next Monday to discuss the budget, starting at 5:30 p.m.Â Department heads will be there to talk about their individual budgets. The raw water issue will also be discussed.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.