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August 26th, 2019

city of liberal logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


Summer is under way and work will continue for the Liberal City Commission at its next meeting this evening starting at 5:30. 

After finishing up discussion on the lots by the former South Middle School building (which had been tabled at the commission’s May 28 meeting), the commission will turn its attention to other projects throughout the community. 

Up first will be discussion of the formation of a new Rural Housing Incentive District (RHID). 

“This is an amended version of Resolution No. 2221,” the agenda information noted. “Resolution No. 2221 previously added this plat to the RHID. This amended Resolution 2221 corrects the legal description to add Lot 19, which was previously left out. The property has been developed and will satisfy requirements of Seward County to correct the description.”

The Mid-America Air Museum will also be on hand to make a request of its own for the archives room. 

“On my first day on the job as director of MAAM, when I entered the archive room, I immediately realized this was an area of operations that had been badly neglected and was in need of attention,” a letter in the agenda information noted. “The neglect has been the result of no one allocating the financial resources to purchase enough museum-quality archive supplies so items can be stored properly. In my opinion, if we as a museum accept items, whether they are planes or other artifacts, we have a duty to preserve then. As a result, I instructed the curator to start making a list of supplies that would be needed in order to properly store and preserve our archives. I have previously asked the MAAM Foundation to fund this request and it was turned down. Now I am asking the commission to approve my use of funds from the anonymous donation the museum received back in 2018 to fund this request.”

The Public Grounds Department will also have some requests of its own for the commission. 

“Staff is requesting approval to purchase a Sports Utility Vehicle for $21,772.47 for the sports turf facilities,” the agenda information noted. “Currently when we need to haul materials, we have to borrow the golf course’s, if it’s available. We will be using this machine on a daily basis, whether it’s for the ball fields, soccer fields or in the parks. This was not a budgeted item, so staff is requesting this equipment to be purchased out of the Equipment Reserve fund account.”

The community could also be seeing some improvements to several of the city’s bus stops after some presentations from the CityBus staff. The staff will be requesting improvements to 10 bus stops and will also be asking the commission’s approval to accept a grant application for a ramp-accessible minivan. The CityBus presentations will conclude with staff asking commission approval for Eagle Scout Dammion Brown to proceed with fundraising and other efforts in order to construct a new bus shelter for the bus stop at 14th Street, which services Dillons and other nearby businesses. 

The commission will also be asked to approve an appointment to the JCAPS Board. 

“JCAPS Board member Chris Carlile submitted her resignation from the board April 8, 2019,” the agenda information noted. “JCAPS Director Cristy Mulanax sent notice to the Liberal Area Coalition for Families and received one inquiry and one application. Presephoni Fuller has experience working with children and families, is very active in the community, and frequently attends city and county commission meetings. She will be a great asset to the JCAPS Board.”

The meeting’s new business will conclude with the awarding of the street seal bid and the water line bid.

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