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August 26th, 2019

city of liberal logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


It looks to be an easy evening for the Liberal City Commission at its next meeting this evening starting at 5:30. 

After reviewing some corrections to minutes from a July 2018 meeting, the commission will hear a request for the purchase of equipment from the Public Grounds Department. 

“Staff is requesting approval to purchase a Mini 4001XL-R Boom sprayer for $4,020 for the sports turf facilities,” the agenda information noted. “Currently, we share a sprayer with the Parks Department and having our own spray rig will allow us to put chemical applications down at appropriate times without having to wait for the Parks Department to finish their spraying, which takes about two to three weeks to complete. Timing is everything when you are applying weed control because of wind conditions and temperature-restricted chemicals.”

The Liberal Airport staff will also be coming to the commission to request the installation of perimeter fencing. 

“In 2009-2010, the USDA-WS conducted an analysis of wildlife hazards at the airport with the intent to use the findings from this study to better understand and reduce or mitigate wildlife hazards to an acceptable level,” the agenda information noted. “The study mentioned the concept of a wildlife deterrent perimeter fence, but it was a low priority at that time. In January 2018, during the FAA inspection, we witnessed a coyote run across the main runway and run toward the golf course. As a result, this project has received higher priority in the Airport Capital Improvement Project. Staff’s recommendation is for the commission to approve the perimeter fencing installation project and approve the agreement for services with H.W. Lochner, Inc. for $39,000, with the 5 percent grant match funded with the Economic Development portion of the 1-cent sales tax program.”

The Liberal Police Department will also be on hand at tonight’s meeting with a handful of requests of its own, with the first of these being the annual taser purchase. 

“The department has been upgrading from the Taser X26 to the Taser X2 at a rate of four per year for the past several years,” the agenda information noted. “This is required to replace the aging X26 platform that has been in service for the past 16 years.”

The next requests from the department will the purchase of a new vehicle and additional equipment, the installation of graphics, the purchase of interior and exterior equipment,, the purchase of radar units and camera systems, and the purchase of Panasonic Toughbooks and docks. 

The final item of new business for the commission will be the reappointment of Mike Brack to the Liberal Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Advisory Board. 

“Mr. Brack’s term of appointment is expiring and he has applied for reappointment to the board. He works as the general manager of the Days Inn and was just voted vice chair of the board,” the agenda information noted. “The board recommends he be reappointed to a second 4-year term beginning in February 2019 and expiring in February 2023.”

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