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October 17th, 2019

city of liberal logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The Liberal City Commission will be taking on a wide variety of topics during its next meeting this evening starting at 5:30. 

Up first for the commission will be discussion of the 2018 audit and 2019 audit contract with Hay, Rice and Associates. 

“We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, the aggregate discretely presented component units, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information for the City of Liberal, as of and for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018, and the related notes to the financial statements, which collectively comprise the City’s basic financial statements,” the agenda information noted. “We did not audit the financial statements of the Housing Authority of the City of Liberal (a discretely presented component unit), which represents 61 percent and 54 percent, respectively, of the assets and revenues of the component unit columns. Those financial statements were audited by other auditors whose report thereon has been furnished to us, and our opinion, insofar as it relates to the amounts included for the Housing Authority of the City of Liberal, is based on the report of other auditors. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Kansas Municipal Audit and Accounting Guide, auditing standards generally accepted in the U.S. Those standards require we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement. In our opinion, the financial statements referred to present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, the aggregate discretely presented component units, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information for the City of Liberal as of Dec. 31, 2018.”

Up next for the commission will be discussion of the upcoming Oktoberfest event Saturday, Oct. 19. This discussion will include comments from City Attorney Lynn Koehn as well as amending certain sections of Ordinance No. 4531 and approving cereal malt beverage licenses for the alcohol vendors at the event. After that, the commission will then revisit Ordinance No. 4524, which concerns rezoning Lot 1, Block 1 of National Carriers addition from “A-L” agricultural district to “I-2” heavy industrial district. 

“The rezone was brought before the Liberal Metropolitan Area Planning Commission April 11, 2019,” the agenda information noted. “The Planning Commission had the public hearing portion of that meeting allowing anyone for or against the rezone to come forward and speak and during the public hearing, a representative from National Carriers came forward and spoke. He gave details as to why the request was made for the rezone and the plans National Carriers has for their new office and shop once the property is rezoned. The Planning Commission discussed the request for the rezone and agreed the rezone will conform to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Regulations. By a unanimous vote, the Planning Commission recommended the rezone go before the Liberal City Commission for its approval and the passage of Ordinance No. 4524, allowing this property to be rezoned to an I-2.”

The commission will also be revisiting Ordinance No. 4528, which concerns the vacation of a 20-foot alley.

“The attached ordinance, if approved, will vacate the 20-foot alley between Lots 1 through 12 and Lots 13 through 24, in Block 21 of the Farmer-Terwilliger addition to the City of Liberal,” the agenda information noted. “This requires the Liberal metropolitan Area Planning Commission to review and then recommend the reversion of the sub-division plat to the city commission for approval to vacate the alley. The Liberal Metropolitan Area Planning Commission reviewed and approved the recommendation of the vacation of the alley, without conditions, on Aug. 15. All surrounding utility providers were notified, and no negative feedback has been received from the landowners abutting the alley. The utilities that will be affected by the vacation of the alley have been working with the property owner to abandon, remove, and/or relocate the utilities at the new owner’s expense. Staff recommends the commission approve this ordinance.”

The commission will also be asked to approve the final plat for the East Industrial Park addition and will also be discussing upkeep of the Liberal Municipal Shooting Range. 

“The Liberal Municipal Shooting Range is out of compliance for EPA requirements of lead removal. No records can be located that show any removal of lead from the earth backstops since the creation of the range,” the agenda information noted. “The property the shooting range is located on has been deeded to Seward County, but the City still holds an easement specifically for the upkeep and use of the range.”

The meeting will conclude with discussion of the Digiticket e-citation system and the commission will also be asked to approve the purchase of a sprinkler system at the former South Middle School building. 

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